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Archive for January, 2010

Firefighters train at CFCC

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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Safety was the name of the game at Cape Fear Community College this weekend. More than 600 firefighters traveled from across the state to CFCC’s Safety Training Center on its North Campus to take courses to advance their certification.

This real life training involved operating large ladder trucks, repelling out of a multi-story building, driving courses and plenty of others. The facility is fully equipped with low rise and high rise buildings that can simulate fire conditions.

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The beauty about this place now is that the training facility has just recently opened, and for us to finally have the ability to use the facility is great,” said New Hanover Co. Deputy Fire Chief Cliff Robinson. “It gives the firefighters a real application of what’s going on on a real fireground.”

Perhaps more taxing than the actual drills was braving the elements. During most of the outdoor exercises Saturday afternoon the temperature hovered in the mid-30s with wind chills in the 20s.

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More than 600 firefighters traveled from across the state to CFCC’s Safety Training Center on its North Campus to take courses to advance their certification.

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Trooper, deputy involved in shooting

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into a shooting involving two law enforcement officers last night. Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten tells WWAY it all started with a report of a stolen SUV south of Chadbourn on Highway 410.

Batten says some time after 7 p.m. one of his deputies and a state trooper stopped the vehicle, but the driver then rammed both officers’ cars and took off. Batten says in the process shots were fired and the suspect, a hispanic man, was hit. The officers chased the SUV, eventually stopping it again on NC 130 east of Whiteville.

Batten says the suspect is in the hospital in good condition. The SBI is now trying to figure out who fired and who hit the suspect.

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Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten tells WWAY it all started with a report of a stolen SUV south of Chadbourn on Highway 410.

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N.C. Rep. Sandra Spaulding Hughes won’t seek re-election

Monday, January 11th, 2010

N.C. Rep. Sandra Spaulding Hughes won’t seek re-election in House District 18 this year, she said in a news release.

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Priest charged with sex crime against boy

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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A Catholic priest from Duplin County arrested for crimes involving a boy is out of the Brunswick County Jail.

Fr. Edgar Sepulveda is charged with second-degree sexual offense and sexual battery. He posted a $100,000 bond. Detectives say Sepulveda was visiting church members in Brunswick County in May when the offenses occurred.

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A Catholic priest from Duplin County arrested for crimes involving a boy is out of the Brunswick County Jail.

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Abnormally cold weather for Wilmington area nearing record

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

This long stretch of bitterly cold weather is not normal for the Wilmington area. In fact, we’re very close to setting a record.The longest stretch of consecutive days Wilmington has seen lows of 28 or colder is 11 days. That occurred in 1935, 1940 and 1960.

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