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Archive for September, 2011

Biz Picture – Irene, canceled flights hit ILM passenger numbers

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The Wilmington International Airport saw passenger numbers plummet in August. But officials largely blame Hurricane Irene for the roughly 9 percent decline compared to the same month last year.

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Cowper gets 3 years’ probation, $25,000 fine

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The Wilmington contractor who pleaded guilty to illegally billing New Hanover County’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for work on its administrator’s home will serve no time in prison for his actions.

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Brunswick deputies search for Supply shooter

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a gunman responible for a shooting in Supply last night.

James Nelson Hill, 44, was shot in the abdomen. It happened in Stevenson Mobile Home Park on Stevenson Road just after 10 p.m.

Investigators say someone fired multiple shots into the home from a vehicle hitting Hill. EMS took him to New Hanover Regional Medical Hospital in Wilmington. He was released early this morning.

Anyone who has any information on this investigation should call the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 253-2777 and ask for Det. Kyle Jones.

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Cowper gets probation, fine in ABC scheme

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The contractor who admitted ripping off the New Hanover County ABC Board will avoid jail time. A federal judge today sentenced Lee Cowper to three years probation and a $25,000 fine.

In February Cowper pleaded guilty to mail fraud. Prosecutors say in 2006 Cowper, who was under contract to build liquor stores in New Hanover County, agreed to build a garage at the home of then New Hanover County ABC Administrator Billy Williams for $100,000, which was more than $40,000 less than the actual cost. Cowper then submitted a false invoice for $43,860 worth of paving work to the ABC to cover the cost.

Last month a jury convicted Williams on obtaining money by false pretenses for his role in the scheme.

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FIRST ON 3: Military target planes wash up overnight at area beaches

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Folks at two area beaches had quite a surprise this morning. They found what appear to be military target gliders 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).

We understand these gliders are usually towed behind a plane and used by other pilots for target practice.

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