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Archive for September, 2011

Family of 5-year-old boy says shark bit him at North Myrtle Beach

Monday, September 26th, 2011

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – The family of a 5-year-old Walkersville, Md., boy says he was bitten in the leg by a shark off North Myrtle Beach, but authorities aren’t sure what kind of animal bit the child.

Tom Gilbert told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that he was jumping in the waves with his grandson Saturday morning when the boy began yelling.

Gilbert says he saw fins heading back into the ocean, but did not see a shark. The boy’s family says the 4-inch long and 2-inch deep bite mark on his leg looks like it was caused by a shark.

North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling says bluefish can cause similar bites, and since there were no other witnesses, the kind of animal may never be known.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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ONLY ON 3: Murder suspect is brother of missing teen

Monday, September 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re finding out more about two separate incidents in the past couple months in Wilmington that may have gang connections.

Back in May, a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of Club 609 on Market Street. About a month later, Al’quon Flowers went missing. Tonight, we’ve learned the two crimes have a family tie.

A source close to the family says Garry Orlando Hines, who was arrested Saturday for the murder of Cornelius Tremayne Blanks, is the brother of Flowers. Flowers went missing back in July, just two months after Blanks was killed outside of Club 609.

We spoke with the father of Flowers and Hines soon after Flowers went missing. He said he thinks Flowers got caught up in his brothers’ mess.

“He’s a follower, but as far as him being in a gang, you know, he just followed his brothers,” the elder Garry Hines said in July. “They’re his brothers.”

Flowers disappeared from Red Cross Street July 19. The elder Hines told us then that he thinks his kids were caught up in the wrong crowd.

“I do believe that this stemmed from another incident. I do believe that,” he said. “You are not just going to come up, take a kid into your car, take him over the bridge and then turn him over to somebody else. It just don’t happen. Not in Wilmington.”

With one brother behind bars and the other still missing, the family of Flowers and Hines were too upset to speak with us Monday on camera.

Their father told us in July that his sons were involved in gang activity. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit says the tattoos on the younger Hines’s forehead and cheek are gang symbols. They say they believe the “B” stands for the “Bloods” gang. They also say the three tear drop tattoos represent two different things. The two darkened teardrops tend to represent people who have died because of you. The light tear drop represents mourning the loss of someone.

Hines is in the New Hanover County Jail without bond charged with first-degree murder.

Flowers is still missing, but the investigation continues. If you have any information on where he may be, call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3600.

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City seeks input for Inland Greens revamp

Monday, September 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington is moving forward with a parks project that would renovate the old Inland Greens Golf Course. A public meeting starts at 6 p.m. to discuss plans for the property.

Inland Greens has seen better days. Soon the fairways and greens will get a facelift from the City of Wilmington.

The city bought the 31 acres back in March for about $500,000. With another $800,000 the city will transform Inland Greens from 18 holes to a nine-hole. Walking trails and park space would be added as well.

“When we seek input from the public on what types of recreation activities and facilities they would like to see, walking trails is always the number one answer. With this project we are going to be able to deliver on that,” Wilmington Parks and Recreation Supervisor Amy Beatty said.

Many residents, though, have questioned the timing on this project considering how much the city has spent and will spend on it. The city says it’s just doing what the voters had approved.

“The last parks and green space bond that was bought to the public in 2006 received overwhelming support from the public, and that tells us that recreation and park amenities are important to people who live in Wilmington and New Hanover County,” Beatty said.

At Monday night’s meeting the city and representatives from the design firm will present conceptual designs of the upgrades and will also take comments from the public.

“We’re excited about the golf course,” Inland Greens/Cedar Ridge HOA President Dick Gurley said. “It wasn’t in good condition before, and I’m sure the city will make it a nice course and park.”

With the course and future park sitting in the backyard of many Inland Green residents, though, the public park has drawn criticism. Some say the new facility will only benefit the Inland Greens community. Residents disagree.

“I understand the walking trail will connect to all the other trails,” Gurley said. “The city course is used by everyone and this course will be, too.”

If you’re interested in attending tonight’s public meeting, it starts at 6 p.m. at the Inland Greens Club House.

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‘Iron Man 3’ rumored to choose Wilmington as filming home

Monday, September 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rumor has it the next installment of a successful silver screen series is coming to Hollywood East. According to an entertainment website, “Iron Man 3” is set to bring its massive production to the Port City.

According to entertainment LatinoReview.com, the comic book-turned-blockbuster is set to be a massive production, taking up 10 sound stages at Screen Gems Studios.

“It’s very credible, because it comes from a Marvel source within Screen Gems Studios,” LatinoReview.com Managing Editor Hector Ayala said. “So basically the source, who didn’t want to be named, told us that it’s 90 percent likely that iron man’s next avenger-less outing will be shot in the Port City of Wilmington.”

Ayala says Latino Review has a 98-percent success rate when it comes to getting the scoop on Marvel movies.

Local fans are already buzzing about the possibility.

“I’m extremely excited,” Fan Boy Comics owner Thomas Gilbert said. “I would love to get it here in town. I would love to see some of the actors and talk to some of the people who are involved in the creative end of it. That would be fantastic.”

Bilbert said “Iron Man” has big appeal because the character uses his brains to beat the bad guys and because it kick-started the superhero movie trend. He says the filming would boost his business and our local economy.

Other business owners are already trying to bank on the rumor. Kay Baker and Associates Real Estate is taking the opportunity to try and sell our area and their properties.

Ayala says there are many reasons why marvel would choose Wilmington, like good tax incentives and just a change of scenery from the first two movies.

“They’re building their brand,” he said. “They just want to continue testing out which other states and see how they work there. Eventually, when they have a library, they’ll go back to those specific states. So, yeah, they’re basically taking advantage of the production incentives the states have to offer.”

We spoke with a production assistant working on “One Tree ill” who said no one at Screen Gems is willing to comment, because they don’t want to jeopardize the production’s privacy, but another film industry source told us he heard “Iron Man 3” producers were checking out Screen Gems recently.

“Iron Man 3” is set to hit movie theaters in May 2013.

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Man wearing Spiderman mask robs Wilmington store

Monday, September 26th, 2011

A man donning white gloves and a black Spiderman mask reportedly pointed a gun at an employee inside the Gas Center at 604 S. College Road early Sunday, the Wilmington Police Department said.

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