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Archive for January, 2010

Deadly apartment fire began with ‘smoking device’ on balcony

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | Authorities said Tuesday the fire that killed 23-year-old Rory Elizabeth Michaelson last weekend started with embers from a smoking device, probably a cigarette, discarded on the balcony of her apartment.

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Fire safety important for pets, too

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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Our pets are like family to most of us. If a fire breaks out when they’re left at home, we want to make sure they can get out safely. In fact, half a million pets are affected by home fires every year, but there are steps you can take to help keep your four-legged family members safe.

Pet proof your home. Curious pets could knock over a candle and accidentally start a fire, so keep them away from any open flames.

Keeping your pet in a kennel could restrain him in a fire, so if you need to cage your pooch, put the kennel near a door so firefighters can easily find him.

Putting a sticker on the window with the number of pets inside your home saves rescuers time when locating your pets, but don’t forget to update the information if that number changes.

“Firefighters have to make a decision,” said Brunswick County Deputy Emergency Services Director Scott Garner. “Every time there’s a fire, they make a life or death decision. They’re going to search the home and look for every occupant they can find. Of course the human occupant is the highest priority. That human life is the highest priority for us, but a pet’s life is just as important and we’ll search for them as well.”

Firefighters and EMS workers in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties are equipped with pet oxygen masks to help dogs, cats and even birds breathe after they’re rescued. Emergency workers say more often than not, pets try to find a way out of a fire on their own. But if they do get scared and hide, taking steps to pet-proof your home and keep firefighters informed may help bring your four-legged friend to safety.

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Half a million pets are affected by home fires every year, but there are steps you can take to help keep your four-legged family members safe.

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New Hanover ABC board members stepping down

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — ABC board members in a coastal North Carolina county are stepping down following a flap over the salaries of the board’s father-and-son administrative leaders.

Multiple media outlets reported all three members of the New Hanover County ABC board sent resignation letters Monday to the county commissioners.

The resignations of Chairman Charles Wells, Richard Hanson and Stephen Culbreth were announced on the same day the commissioners scheduled a public hearing with Alcoholic Beverage Control board members. The ABC members were expected to take questions about the
pay of administrator Billy Williams and his son, assistant administrator Bradley Williams. The hearing was canceled.

Billy Williams earns $232,000 annually, while Bradley Williams gets a salary of $115,500.

The letter said there were “misunderstandings emerging” within the public about their performance as board members.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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ABC board members in a coastal North Carolina county are stepping down following a flap over the salaries of the board’s father-and-son administrative leaders.

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Woman killed in Carolina Beach Road crash was recent Ashley High grad

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

By Dan SpearsDan.Spears@StarNewsOnline.com

Former Ashley High School golfer Marjorie Jean Whitney, 19, of Wilmington, died early Tuesday morning as a result of injuries sustained in a crash on Carolina Beach Road, according to a news release from the Wilmington Police Department.

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Don’t forget furry friends in frigid temps

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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Most of us are taking steps to stay warm as extremely cold temperatures take hold this week. But don’t forget about your pet as the mercury dips. New Hanover County Animal Control says it’s imperative you keep them warm during these frigid days and nights and to bring your pets inside if possible.

“If they do keep their animals outside that they have a doghouse that’s facing away from the north wind,” said Animal Control’s Stephen Watson. “You can hang a burlap sack or curtain over the opening. They’ll learn how to go in and out. Bedding should be five inches thick, and it can be rugs, blankets, pine shavings.”

It’s also important to make sure if your pets are outside that they have clean, unfrozen water.

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New Hanover County Animal Control says it’s imperative you keep them warm during these frigid days and nights and to bring your pets inside if possible.

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