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Inmate dies at Brunswick jail

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

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Christmas travelers come home via planes, trains, automobiles and buses

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While grandma’s cookies and great presents are waiting over the river and through the woods, you’ve got to get through the traveling to get the good stuff.

“I’m coming from Winston-Salem,” driver Denny Rutledge said.

“I traveled here from Raleigh,” said driver Tiana Thorpe.

Although the countdown to Christmas is at just two days, the roads don’t seem so bad. Drivers we spoke with were traveling into town to see family and say any hassles they run into on the road are worth the reunion.

They chose to travel by automobile instead of planes or trains.

“I’d much rather drive,” Rutledge said. “I’d much rather bring myself down.”

“It’s just easier because I had to take care of some things while I was here, so I needed my car to do it,” Thorpe said. “A little running around while I got here.”

But there’s another mode of transportation that seems to be gaining speed.

“People are starting to ride the bus more, save gas,” WAVE Transit Supervisor Leroy Robinson said. “With all that traffic out there on the highway, there’s less traffic you have to worry about on the bus because you don’t have to worry about left, right. You don’t have to worry about speeding up, slowing down. All that takes place when you’re riding the bus.”

Robinson is the supervisor at the new WAVE Transit hub, which is also the Greyhound stop here in Wilmington. He says there are lots of advantages to hopping on the bus for the holidays.

“You’re able to ride on the bus with the whole family at the same time,” Robinson said. “It’s not every day you can do that inside of a car. You’re well rested when you get there. And, at the same time, you’re sightseeing. You get a chance to see the good ol’ America, USA.”

No matter which mode you choose, it’s important to stay safe. Thorpe and Rutledge have some tips for making your Christmas commute as simple as possible.

“It wasn’t bad because I left at night,” Thorpe said. “I’ve learned that during the day is really rough. Usually I see a lot of cops during the day.”

“Keep a reasonable speed,” Rutledge said. “Stay in the right lane as much as you can, and watch everybody else.”

According to GasBuddy.com, gas prices at this time last year were right at or even a little below $3.00 per gallon. This year, a gallon of gas will cost you around $3.20.

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One dead, two hurt after Chadbourn shooting

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — One person is dead and two more are injured after a shooting this morning in Chadbourn.

Although investigators are not releasing many details, neighbors say they are shocked by what happened.

“I heard a gunshot go off, and I came out my front door, and I saw the people over there, and I ran over there to see what had happened,” neighbor Donald Fred Evans said.

Evans says when he got to his neighbor’s yard, he was shocked by what he saw. Three people had been shot and were laying in the yard.

Evans says the scene was devastating and confusing.

“I heard one shot,” he said. “I don’t know. I don’t know if he was cleaning his weapon or what.”

Evans says he immediately started performing CPR on one of the victims, who had been shot in the chest.

Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw says someone fired a gun from inside 313 East 3rd Street. Shaw said the one bullet hit three people who were standing across the street outside of 312 East 3rd Street getting ready to go shopping.

Evans says he believes the 15-year-old girl that he performed CPR on died from her injuries.

For now, the Chadbourn Police Department is being tight-lipped on details.

Evans says he cannot believe his peaceful neighborhood was turned upside by something like this just two days before Christmas.

Police have not yet released the names of the victims or their conditions.

We also asked District Attorney Jon David if any charges have been filed against the shooter. He said he could not comment on the investigation, but that his office and the SBI are investigating.

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Air Jordan release calm in MJ’s hometown, not in other places

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As you surely know, shopping around the holidays can be somewhat chaotic. But this year there was a big rush for one special item across the country inspired by a hometown hero. As the old commercials would say, “It’s gotta be the shoes.”

Every year around Christmastime there seems to be that one present that shoppers go crazy for. This year, for many sports fans, it was the newest Air Jordan shoe. The shoe caused madness across the country and even right here in Wilmington.

“Last night when we closed the store, there was already people starting to gather, and they knew they weren’t coming out until 9 o’clock in the morning when we open,” said Kate Lapp, who works at Boseman’s Sporting Goods in Wilmington.

Holiday shoppers camped out last night at Boseman’s for the release of the Retro Air Jordan 11 Concords. Many of those shoppers made the best of the situation.

“People ordered pizza, had gallons of sweet tea, McAllister’s deli trays, everything,” Lapp said. “They were all out there, I guess having fun.”

Boseman’s received 24 pairs in men’s sizes and 24 pairs in kid’s sizes. Employees say the store opened early for the occasion, and they were sold out of the shoes within 30 minutes.

But while there may have been excitement here in Michael Jordan’s hometown, it was nothing like the chaos in other places.

In California there were reports of shots fired over the shoes.

Last night in Charlotte police were called to at least three malls because of the crowds. At one mall glass door was even smashed.

“People started getting restless, so they cracked open the doors, and the next thing you know people started getting trampled and bum rushed. The doors fell on some girls heads, and it was horrible. It was real bad,” one shopper said.

Although many people across the country missed out on the hot item, they are already being resold online. The only problem is, in many cases, the asking price is at least double the original price of about $175.

It all proving that more than 30 years after Jordan left Wilmington and nearly a decade since he retired from the NBA, his Jumpman brand is still as popular as ever.

This is not the first time there’s been such a frenzy for Air Jordans since they debuted in 1985. They’ve been so popular at points that some people have been mugged or even killed for theirs.

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Local economy full of upsets in 2011

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

It was a momentous and stressful year for Wilmington’s economy and its business community.

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