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Archive for January, 2010

Water heater sparked fire at Jersey Mike’s on Eastwood Road

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Combustible materials located near a hot water heater ignited and caused a fire to break out early Tuesday morning at Jersey Mike’s Subs near Wrightsville Beach

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Port City crime numbers a mixed bag for 2009

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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Wilmington police released their crime stats for 2009 today. Some crimes are on the decline, while others are on the rise. The Port City had three murders in 2009, the lowest number since 1994.
Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said his department’s efforts to target felons with guns seem to have paid off helping take weapons off the street. While murder numbers have decreased, police have seen an increase in burglaries and larcenies. Evangelous blames the increase on the fact that those charged with larceny do not serve jail time. He says the lack of punishment tempts thieves to repeat the offense over and over again. Evangelous says the new numbers, though, area a step in the right direction.
"They could always be better obviously," Evangelous said. "I would love to have zero numbers and all that. I think overall we have made some big improvements since our peak year."
Wilmington also saw decreases in robberies and motor vehicle thefts.
Some residents in Downtown Wilmington told WWAY they were very surprised to hear how low the murder numbers were. Many said they’re still concerned about their safety, especially in the downtown area. Chief Evangelous said police are planning on making extra efforts to help make downtown safer in 2010.

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Wilmington police released their crime stats for 2009 today. Some crimes are on the decline, while others are on the rise.

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Slumping economy leads to record CFCC enrollment

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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Instead of heading to the unemployment office many people are choosing to go back to school. Hundreds of people lined up Tuesday for the last day of spring registration at Cape Fear Community College. So many people signed up for the spring semester that many classes were closed out.

This semester a record number of students enrolled at the community college. With area unemployment back above 10 percent, many people are trading the briefcase for a backpack and heading back to school. Students hope earning a degree will give them an edge over the competition and help them find a job.

“Right now I’m working part-time, and it’s just not quite enough,” student Megan Cruse said, “so I’m furthering my education so I can have an actual career and make good money.”

Some students will use the opportunity to learn about new career fields they have always had an interest in. Others are focused on learning skills that will help them get jobs in fields that continued to grow despite the recession. Health care remains the most popular field at CFCC.

Ultimately getting a higher education could be the difference between finding a job and staying unemployed. While the total unemployment rate is about 10 percent, the unemployment rate for folks without any college education is more than 15 percent.

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This semester a record number of students enrolled at the community college. With area unemployment back above 10 percent, many people are trading the briefcase for a backpack and heading back to school.

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Cigarette blamed for fatal fire

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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We now know the cause of that apartment fire that took the life of recent UNCW grad Rory Michaelson over the weekend. Wilmington firefighters said it started on the outside, upper level deck of Michaelson’s apartment at Cypress Pointe off New Centre Drive.

“It was a windy night, and somehow a spark or a cigarette that was improperly discarded and that started the fire,” Battalion Chief David Hines said. “The fire then moved up the outside of the building into the attic area. Once it got into the attic area, it was above any smoke detectors; thus the detectors were not able to pick up and detect it. It disabled the smoke detectors which were electrical or hardwired detectors. The current to the detectors was disabled before the fire could ever reach it to set off the detection devices.”

The apartment building did not have sprinklers and the smoke detectors did not have a battery back-up. That combination proved to be deadly.

A celebration of Michaelson’s life will be held Thursday at UNCW. It’s open to UNCW students, faculty and staff.

Her boyfriend remains in critical condition at the burn center in Chapel Hill.

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Wilmington firefighters said it started on the outside, upper level deck of Rory Michaelson’s apartment at Cypress Pointe off New Centre Drive.

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Work could slow Oleander traffic

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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Sewer work will affect traffic on a busy Wilmington road for at least a week.

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority crews will start working on the waste water collection system with some lane changes along Oleander Drive at 5:30 Wednesday morning.

The northern turning lane of Oleander at Hawthorne Road, the adjacent westbound lane of Oleander and all lanes of Hawthorne between Oleander and Hydrangea will be closed.

Work and road closures are anticipated until January 14, but cold temperatures could delay paving.

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Sewer work will affect traffic on the busy Wilmington road for at least a week.

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