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Archive for September, 2011

FIRST ON 3: Military solves mystery of drones washed up at area beaches

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Folks at two area beaches had quite a surprise this morning. They found what turned out to be military target drones on the the beach.

Jerry and Barbara Kennedy in Oak Island sent us two photos of the plane they ran across on the strand, which is larger than a grown man (above, right). We also received a photo from Carolina Beach (above, left).

“The aircraft in question is a UAT or Unmanned Aerial Target; specifically it is called the ‘Griffon MQM-170,’ which is primarily used for surface-to-air missile defense training,” said Mike Barton, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing. “2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, just completed a live fire exercise on Sept. 17 at Onslow Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. What was found is the remains of two of the targets, out of 40 that were used during the exercise.”

If they wash up near you, you can keep them.

“As we can’t re-use those aircraft, the finders are welcome to keep them, or we can arrange to pick them up,” Barton said.

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RAW VIDEO: Berger, colleagues air differences at town hall meeting

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners talked about a lot of issues during a town hall meeting at Williston Middle School last night, but several times questions via Twitter brought the commissioners back to the ongoing issues involving Commissioner Brian Berger, including the other commissioners asking him to resign recently.

This video includes the raw video we shot during those parts of the meeting, including what Berger had to say about his fellow commissioners and responses from Chairman Jonathan Barfield and Vice Chairman Jason Thompson.

Again, this is RAW video, and has not been edited beyond the use of the record button on the camera.

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Armed robber hits Holiday Inn on Market Street

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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Detectives arrest suspect in shooting of Bolivia woman

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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Shore Lines – Drone update: Marine Corps confirms aircraft as missile targets

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Marines of the 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion used the targets – called unmanned aerial targets – this weekend during surface-to-air missile defense training at Camp Lejeune’s Onslow Beach.

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