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Archive for November, 2011

Wilmington fishermen have a close encounter with a great white shark

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A group of local fisherman had an close encounter with a Great White Shark over the weekend.

“After a while, when the shark started hitting the boat, it kind of makes you a little nervous,” said boat captain John Watson. “All of sudden you start hearing all the dun-dun-dun-dun-dun’s.”

Captain Watson has been fishing off Wrightsville Beach for around 25 years. After Saturday’s trip, he now has the ultimate fishing story.

“The fish kept circling. He kept getting closer and closer and he swam under the bow of the boat and hit it then came around the boat a couple minutes later. did a turn, and slapped the side of the boat with the back of his tail,” said Watson. “You could feel the whole boat shutter.”

Watson and a group of friends traveled about 25 miles southeast of Wrightsville Beach, where they were only 17 miles off the shore of Fort Fisher. That’s where the encounter happened.

The men say the fish was at least 18 feet long and more than 4 feet wide, nearly the size of their boat.

“I was probably 2 or 3 feet from the bow roller. His nose was at my feet,” said fisherman Don Smith. “His tail was pretty much in line with the rod that we had in the back of the boat in a rod holder. That’s a pretty good estimation of just how big the thing was.”

The fisherman say they have never seen anything like it before. The great white shark circled the boat fro nearly 20 minutes. A once in a lifetime experience just miles off our coast.

“It was absolutely amazing to see a creature this large and made you feel so small,” said Watson.

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Detectives arrest man in Castle Hayne murder case

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the murder of 56-year-old Kay Waters. Police have arrested 48-year-old Keith Waters and charged him with 2nd degree murder.

It happened at a residence on Hanover Avenue Tuesday evening.

The family of the victim said they did not want to speak about the incident tonight but may after more information is released.

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NC revenue collections ahead of projections

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s revenue collections are
still ahead of projections set when legislators drew up the state
government budget this year.

The General Assembly’s top economist told lawmakers Tuesday the
state’s coffers have taken in $115 million above the roughly $6
billion expected through Oct. 31, the first four months of the
fiscal year.

The presentation by Barry Boardman to a legislative oversight
committee said the amount of taxes withheld from worker paychecks
is improving and corporate income tax collections are above
targeted levels.

The revenue surplus was about $150 million through September.

Boardman said downgraded economic forecasts for North Carolina
and the nation present risks for the state to meet required revenue
levels in the months ahead.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Deputies get warrant for bank robbery suspect

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

CALABASH, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives have obtained a warrant for a man they say robbed a Calabash bank this afternoon. Investigators say Christopher Wilson Scott, 32, of Little River, SC, robbed the Security Savings Bank at 10231 Beach Drive SW around 12:25 p.m.

Deputies say Scott, a white male about six feet tall, 155-170 pounds, with black hair, was wearing a black hooded jacket with a backpack. They say he walked away from the bank. Earlier they said he may be driving a silver, four-door, 2003 Chrysler Sebring with some tint on the windows.

If you have any information on where Scott may be, call the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 253-2777 or Det. Mark Jarman at (910) 880-4949,

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Authorities investigating homicide in Castle Hayne

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Middle-aged woman killed at home

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