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Archive for September, 2011

Businesses, parents … even online donors step in to fill basic classroom needs

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

With local, state and national school supply budgets at an all-time low, teachers are getting creative to provide basic classroom needs or school events.

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CFPUA talks about broader role, cutting costs

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

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Wilmington bank robbery suspect in jail after 5-hour standoff

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Clay Lumont McArthur, the man who police say robbed a bank Wednesday and then barricaded himself in his house during a five-hour standoff, remained in the New Hanover County jail Thursday morning in lieu of $100,300 bail. The 38-year-old resident of 242 Greenville Ave. was charged with armed robbery and two counts of failure to appear in court on misdemeanor charges, according to jail records.

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Bank robbery suspect arrested after nearly 5-hour standoff

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say the man suspected of an armed bank robbery earlier Wednesday barricaded himself inside a duplex which sits on Greenville Avenue. The suspect, 38-year-old Clay McArthur, was arrested after a nearly 5 hour standoff.

Wilmington police set up a mobile command post on the corner of Greenville and Hinton Avenue. A portion of Greenville was closed for much of the night.

Police say this all started around 7:30 or 8 o’clock Wednesday night. Officers had shown up to the home to try and speak with McArthur when he then barricaded himself inside.

Officers kept residents back from the scene. The Sable helicopter was in the air circling the duplex, as police said the man was armed with an assault rifle.

Police say they used a bomb robot to knock out windows to help obtain McArthur.

“We used our bomb robot to break out the windows in the house and as we were breaking the windows out around the lower floors of the house he finally decided that he was going to give up,” said Chief Ralph Evangelous of the Wilmington Police Department.

Shots were fired to take out a light fixture off Greenville Avenue. Neither suspect nor officer was hurt. McArthur was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

“We were very meticulous about it, we took our time and it worked out well for everybody,” added Evangelous.

McArthur has been charged with armed robbery with more charges possibly to follow.

Stay with WWAY Newschannel 3 for all the latest.

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UPDATE – Greenville Avenue standoff ends peacefully after five hours

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

A five-hour standoff between Wilmington police and a robbery suspect that started Wednesday night ended peacefully early Thursday morning about 1:20 a.m. when the man turned himself into authorities.

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