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Archive for December, 2011

DEVELOPING: Police say three people in hospital after Chadbourn shooting

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — Investigators in Chadbourn say three people have been taken to the hospital after a shooting this morning.

There are few details at this point, but Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw tells WWAY the three victims were members of a family that was outside their house at 312 East 3rd Street as they got ready to go out shooting.

Police say the shot was fired from inside the home across the street at 313 East 3rd Street.

Earlier the The News Reporter of Whiteville reported that witnesses said two teenage girls were shot. The newspaper also said early reports indicated the shooting happened when a neighbor was cleaning a high-powered rifle and that police had detained someone.

We have a crew at the scene and will more information as it becomes available.

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County manager looks to 2012 challenges

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Bruce Shell talked about challenges, issues and decisions facing the county.

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New Hanover Co. deploys new TV White Space Network

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — New Hanover County government is once again, on the cutting edge of technology with the launch of the country’s first TV white space network. TV white space flows along the old, analog television spectrum which was abandoned with the local area’s national launch of digital TV in 2008.

Because of the groundwork laid last year with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to introduce rules for use of the white space spectrum, commercial equipment is now beginning to hit the market. New Hanover County is the first in the nation to deploy the new FCC certified radios.

New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Vice-chairman, Jason Thompson spearheaded the county’s efforts in the project. “New Hanover County is proud to lead the nation with the first commercial installation of a white space network at the county’s flagship park, Hugh MacRae Park”, Thompson said. “We will be using this new technology to extend our networks outdoors into our parks and gardens to provide enhanced services to our citizens.”

New Hanover County entered into a partnership with communication technology company, TV Band Service, LLC, in 2009 to test a wireless network that could allow for wireless coverage up to sixteen times that of current Wi-Fi. TVBS was granted an experimental license from the FCC last year.

Thompson, and county Information Technology Director, Leslie Chaney have been working with the FCC and TVBS to help promulgate rules that has allowed for testing and deployment at Hugh MacRae Park. Phase 2 deployment, to begin in January, will include Veterans Park and historic Airlie Gardens. Several locations in the city of Wilmington will also be included in the second phase.

Community leaders have been eager to keep the area in the race to develop new technologies and uses since the FCC chose the local television market as the first in the country to transition to digital TV. New Hanover County and Wilmington are also noted in the FCC’s National Broadband plan as a model of the usability of the spectrum.

New Hanover County has provided network IP cameras, Wi-Fi routers, antennas and other hardware as well as technical installation of the new FCC approved radios. New Hanover County, city of Wilmington and TVBS have been using white spaces for a number of business applications already, including water quality monitoring and security purposes.

Chaney says the county and city governments collaborated on a pilot project that provided Wi-Fi and video surveillance in the Creekwood housing development. The county is also using white space to automate the collection of water quality data in environmentally sensitive areas that would have required trenching of wires.

In testing white space, Chaney says “We see ranges of up to 1.5 miles on a point-to-point application of the spectrum including signal propagation through vegetation and buildings. Installing these newly approved radios and appropriate antennas could allow wireless service far beyond traditional boundaries.”

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Leland plans to build toward more walkable town

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Trying to walk across U.S. 17 in Leland is a lot like playing the classic video game Frogger.

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THE RANT: Why is the Leland Town Manager continuing to allow Chief Jayne to force officers to take lie detector tests?

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY’S ‘THE RANT’) — We got word again this morning that Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne is continuing to force his officers to take lie detector tests. We’re told the paranoid chief is trying to find “leakers” on the force, discover what they’re telling investigators, anything that will help him keep what’s going on inside his department out of the media.

New Town Manager David Hollis says no one is being “forced” to take these lie detector tests. (I’m sure these officers are getting a choice – take the test, or pack your box, it’s totally up to you.)

Mr. Hollis, what kind of workplace makes people take lie detector tests? What kind of town allows these types of conditions to exist? Are you BEGGING for a multitude of hostile work environment lawsuits? Is the town oblivious that it’s not only under media scrutiny for all of North Carolina to see, it’s also on the radar of both state and federal investigators?

Mr. Hollis, all of Leland and the Cape Fear region want to know, who’s running your town, you or Chief Jayne? Can you not get control of your police chief?

Chief Jayne continuously lobs criticism at this television station saying we’re on a witch hunt, out to get him and the entire town of Leland. It appears he’s got his own going against his own people.

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