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Archive for September, 2011

STORMTRACK 3: Maria stays far offshore, no new systems

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical system Maria will not directly affect our area. The system may increase our risk of rip currents later this week, but no rain/wind is expected from Maria.

Elsewhere, the tropics are quiet. No new systems are expected to form in the next 48 hours.

You can always see the latest forecast path for each system at Hurricanes 101.

– Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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Rabon’s last-minute decision sends issue to voters

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

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ONLY ON 3: American flag honoring 9/11 victims burned

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As we continue to remember the anniversary of September 11, one Wilmington couple’s attempt at respect fell victim to vandals.

To honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Jason and Jennifer Saucier hung an American flag outside of their business. Two days later, they came back to find their proud display of patriotism charred and smoldering on the ground.

“This is American soil, so who’s doing this? Americans,” Jason Saucier said. “What kind of American burns an American flag at a business? This is not a political rally or something; this is my place of business that I worked hard to create.”

The Sauciers own Prima Day Spa in Wilmington. They are proud Americans who say they just wanted to show their respect for our country. Jennifer said, at first, she could not believe what she saw.

“I just drove up this morning, and it was singed, gone,” she said. “I’m just sick.”

“It’s just… I don’t know what to say. It’s just so disrespectful,” Jason said. “On the way over here, I was thinking, I’m trying to make the best out of this, I’m thinking, ‘Well, maybe it’s just kids.’ But then I think, ‘Who’s influencing the kids?'”

The Sauciers say they are shocked that someone would burn their attempt to honor the flag and those who have fallen for it, but they won’t let it break their American spirit.

“I’m not going to be intimidated by somebody burning a flag, a childish gesture,” Jason said. “I’m just going to put my new flag up and let that sit for a while.”

Jennifer said she’s “just hoping that nothing like this will ever happen again.”

Jennifer says there are no surveillance cameras on their building, but the Sauciers hope cameras across the street in Target’s parking lot caught whoever is responsible.

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Former Brunswick Co. Sheriff Hewett accused of threat

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett is back in the news.

According to a Shallotte Police report a customer at Jones Ford, where Hewett is a salesman, claims the former lawman threatened him and showed a closed fist.

Robert Miller said he took a car for a test drive and was running late. He told police when he got back, hewett threatened him.

Hewett denied that, but said he told miller not to come back. He told police it was the third or fourth time miller had taken a car for a joy ride.

So far no charges have been filed.

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ONLY ON 3: Leland police officer shot in private area with training bullets wins harassment complaint against department

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — We have learned that a Leland police officer recently filed a harassment charge against the police department – and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found in her favor late last week.

Multiple sources tell us Sherry Lewis was shot in the private area multiple times with training simulation ammunition by fellow officers.

Her attorney says she was injured by the shots.

Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne referred our calls to Town Manager Bill Farris.

We called Farris and he told us he couldn’t comment on the story.

The Leland Town Council is scheduled to discuss the matter at their Thursday meeting.

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