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Archive for September, 2011

Man dead after Creekwood shooting; ambulance carrying 2nd victim involved in crash

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say one man is dead and another hurt after a shooting in the Creekwood community Wednesday night. The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday at 1005 North 30th Street.

According to police at the scene of the shooting, two black males were chased into a duplex by a group of five or six men. They ran up to the second floor, where the two victims were shot. There were people uninvolved in the incident on the first floor.

Police say one of the men died. The other was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, but on the way, the ambulance carrying him was hit by another car at the intersection of Market and 16th Streets. Another ambulance took the shooting the rest of the way to the hospital.

Police say the group of gunmen ran out of the home and got into a white Honda with tinted windows and a light blue Chevrolet.

Police are still looking for the shooters.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3600. Or you can submit an anonymous tip through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the message and send to CRIMES (274637).

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‘Ignite’ worship service rescheduled for Sept. 18

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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McIntyre writes Postmaster General about Surf City Post Office

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC (NEWS RELEASE) -– US Representative Mike McIntyre has written the Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service (USPS) advocating for the continued operations of the Surf City Post Office.

“We are putting a full court press on USPS to let them know of the importance of keeping the Surf City Post Office open,” Rep. McIntyre said. “Citizens and businesses in the community have been loud and clear that they need their post office, they depend on it, and it is a financially stable business. We are going to be with them every step of the way in doing all we can to keep it open!”

Recently, the Surf City Post Office was placed on a list of potential closures by the USPS. Congressman McIntyre has been working closely with Surf City Mayor Zander Guy and the community in gathering information and documentation on the importance of the post office to the community and citizens.

Contained in the information sent to USPS was a petition signed by over 1600 citizens in support of the post office, and three local municipality resolutions in support (Town of Surf City, Town of North Topsail Beach, and the Pender County Commissioners) of the post office.

In his letter to the Postmaster General and with the accompanying documents, McIntyre stressed the following:
·Revenue trends at the Surf City Post Office have shown significant growth over the past four years;
·Surf City is a growing community and postal operations will only increase as more people and businesses take stake in the town;
·As a tourist destination, Surf City sees its population increase over seven fold during the summer months which necessitates a post office to serve those visitors; and
·Closing the facility would have a detrimental effect on local businesses who are struggling in this difficult economy.

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Wilmington’s gay and church communities respond to possible new amendment

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– North Carolina is one of the last states in the Southeast without a constitutional amendment making it clear that marriage is only legal between a woman and a man. That all might change come May after the North Carolina General Assembly recently agreed to put an amendment banning gay marriage on next year’s ballot.

“For what it means to the families here in North Carolina is that it’s just bringing on discrimination and hate towards them and says that they’re not welcomed in this state,” says TR Nunley, President of Wilmington Pride.

A Wilmington church also reacted to the amendment.

“I think that the church treads on dangerous grounds when we start trying to play God. As far as how we feel about it, you know God tells us to love people and whether we agree with it or not I believe it’s the church’s responsibility to reach out and love people,” says Pastor Daniel Cook of The Sanctuary.

Although it is already illegal for people of the same sex to marry in the state, if this amendment passes in May, it will make it difficult for future legislatures to extend further rights to gays.

Nunley says that might mean same-sex couples moving from North Carolina to more gay friendly states. He also says Wilmington Pride will do all it can to keep that amendment from passing.

“On May 5th we intend to go up to Raleigh, to the capital, to protest against the amendment,” Nunley said.

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Two men arrested after over $20,000 of stolen property found at residence

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Onslow County, NC (WWAY) — Two men are in custody and the arrests of three to five more people are expected to follow after an early morning search of a residence located at 284 Mattocks Road. 22-year-olds Quentin Bryant and Costilla Cruz are charged both charged with six counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, among other charges.

Three truck loads of stolen property valued at approximately $20,000 were recovered.The stolen property included six stolen firearms, portable generators, pressure washers, air compressors, 4-wheelers, lawnmowers, an aluminum John Boat and more. This property was traded for drugs. Investigators say that the property was stolen from home break-ins in the Hubert, Swansboro, and Belgrade-Swansboro road communities. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office encourages victims of stolen property to call the Sheriff’s office in order to be reunited with their stolen property.

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