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Archive for November, 2011

Pawn shop robbed on Carolina Beach Road

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Police on Monday were investigating reports of an armed robbery at a pawn shop on Carolina Beach Road.

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Police arrest man on attempted murder charge

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Wilmington police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting.

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Occpuy Wilmington gives up protest spot for now

Monday, November 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Occupy Wilmington has gone from street protests to camping for their cause, but the group now says it has hit a speedbump. The protestors have been asked to leave their position near City Hall, and for the most part they have done so.

A few days ago members of Occupy Wilmington received a handwritten note from the wilmington police. The note told the group they can no longer have tents or sleep outside City Hall unless they are sitting upright.

Occupy Wilmington members say sleeping there without a tent is a safety hazard, so they will no longer stay there.

Although they are still allowed to stand and protest near City Hall, for the most part the group has left that spot. Protestors says they are trying to get a few new ideas. They made it very clear, though, that they are not giving up.

“We’re revisiting how we need to operate in Wilmington,” Occupy Wilmington member Mary-Kate Crum said. “I mean, a lot of the other occupations are a bit more showy and loud, and I’m totally down with that. I stand in solidarity with it, but we also need to keep in mind that we’re in Wilmington. This is the South. We want to be nice.”

Some of the Occupy members question the legality and the credibility of the handwritten note from police, but they say they are picking and choosing their battles.

The group says it is still holding weekly information meetings, but it does not know where the next protest will be.

Members also say they are trying to do more community outreach instead of those protests.

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Wilmington teen quacking his way toward world championship

Monday, November 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear turns out all kinds of great competitors: Football players, basketball stars and duck-calling champs.

You heard right.

One of Wilmington’s very own is competing in the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest in Arkansas this weekend.

“I’ve been calling ducks since I was probably about five years old,” Nathan Garrett said.

Garrett, 17, can call waterfowl with the best of ’em. He’s the junior champ in North Carolina, South Carolina and the Pamlico Region. Now he’s on to compete for the title of world’s best duck caller.

He said it’s hard to describe his love for the sport, but he knows it’s what he wants to do for the rest of his life.

“Seeing the ducks’ first flight, combing in the decoys, just being outdoors is probably one of the main things,” Garrett said. “Just being out there, being with friends and all.”

Garrett’s dad Nick couldn’t be prouder of his son. He says he can’t take credit for Nathan’s golden pipes.

“Everybody asks him how he got so good at calling. He said ’cause I couldn’t call quite so good. That’s kind of funny,” Nick said.

“It’s all about the different kinds of sounds and tones you put into the duck call to make the noises,” Nathan said.

Nathan’s the youngest competitor, but he has confidence in his calls. He said he’s excited to meet some veteran callers and learn from them.

“I practice about a couple times a week, just blowing routines every now and then,” he said. “Also, just being out duck hunting, calling for the clients, getting the birds in. It all comes together.”

And this weekend it could come together for a world championship.

Nathan also runs his own hunting lodge and serves as a hunting guide.

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Loved ones hold vigil for man missing since July

Monday, November 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The family of a man missing since July is not giving up any time soon.

Family and friends held a balloon vigil in honor of Al’Quon Flowers today to show they are still desperate for answers. Each of the orange and yellow balloons had custom messages to Flowers or anyone who might have answers who might find one of the balloons.

“We just want to let the community know that, you know, there is still concern about him and that we just want to know what’s going on,” Flowers’s cousin Nikki Smith said.

Flowers was last seen on Red Cross Street near downtown Wilmington July 19.

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