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Archive for November, 2011

FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Businesses back to normal after bent crane forces evacuations

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A bent construction crane in downtown Wilmington forced the evacuation of several buildings, along with some streets being closed. The sub-contractor says building were evacuated as a precaution as work crews tried to unhook the crane.

“We’re in the Self Help building on the second floor. The fireman came in and asked us to evacuate, because of the danger of the crane possibly toppling over,” said Beverly Dixon, who was forced from her office around 11:30 a.m.

The crane was working on the future Courtyard Marriott hotel on Grace and Second Streets. Around 9:30 a.m. the arm of the crane buckled while trying to move a metal beam.

“I’m thinking we’re probably not going back in today,” Enan Baldwin said as she waited on the street.

Baldwin and several others who work at 221 Second Street say the evacuation caught them off guard.

“I thought one of my staff members was joking that we had to leave the building,” Andrew Gray said. “We came outside, and everyone was standing around looking at this bent crane.”

Minutes later firefighters showed up to help evacuate surrounding buildings. A section of Second and Front Streets were also closed off as crews worked to get a replacement crane in place.

It took a little more than two hours, but crews finally disconnected the buckled crane and folks were allowed back in their buildings.

No injuries were reported.

The bent crane was moved to an area on site that would not pose a risk to surrounding buildings.

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Brunswick Co. man guilty of indecent exposure again

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County man has pleaded guilty to indecent exposure, a crime he’s committed before.

The District Attorney’s office says Benjamin Stroup Korb, 48, of Holden Beach, entered the plea Monday afternoon in to two counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure. It stems from an incident in Holden Beach in August 2010.

Assistant District Attorney Meredith Everhart said in court during the plea that Korb was inside his home, which backs up to the waterway, when he intentionally took his pants off and exposed his private parts to two young girls who were playing in the public waterway and could see him through the window in his home.

At the time, Korb was already on unsupervised probation for a previous conviction of indecent exposure in Holden Beach in 2009. He also has another conviction for indecent exposure from Guilford County in 2002. Everhart said that if the case had gone to trial, the witnesses from the previous cases, as well as witnesses from other similar but uncharged incidents of indecent exposure involving Korb would have been called to testify.

Judge Jack Hooks placed Korb on supervised probation for two years in this case and ordered him to have no contact with the victims or their families and to undergo a psychosexual examination and follow any recommended treatment.

The DA’s office says both victims and their families were in court for the plea, and they provided written statements presented to the judge, but they did not say anything in court.

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CFCC culinary students serve up sweet holiday treats

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and as the semester wraps up at Cape Fear Community College, culinary students are celebrating with a special holiday treat.

The annual Holiday Pastry and Confections Open House was a hit with visitors who got a taste of what the culinary students at have been working on all semester. From cakes, to cookies and everything in between, visitors were able to fill their plates with the sweet treats that students prepared, plated and passed out.

Students say this event is the culmination of all their hard work over the course of the semester.

“One of the greatest joys of the cook is being able to share his craft with others, so when we are able to interact with the community, it really gives us a sense of accomplishment, and we’re able to interact with guests, find out what their response is, how much they like it,” student Joshua Shipman said. “Just a lot of fun for everyone involved. Both the workers and the guests who get to try the treats.”

Guests were able to try as many treats as they wanted, all leaving full and satisfied.

Donations from guests will help the Culinary Club go to the National Food Show in Chicago.

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Eye doctor works with students on international aid

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Returning from Nicaragua, Dr. Jamie Casper shares stories that bring perspective to life at home.

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Wilmington pastor faces sexual offense charges

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Crimes allegedly took place in 1998.

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