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Archive for December, 2011

Electricity angel keeps power for 14 NC families

Friday, December 30th, 2011

LINCOLNTON, NC (AP) — Worries are a little lighter for more than a dozen North Carolina households in danger of losing electric power.

The Gaston Gazette reports that the same Good Samaritan is making it an annual tradition to help those in need at Rutherford Electric Membership Corp., an electric co-op that serves rural households in parts of 10 counties just west of Gastonia.

The co-op’s Linda Garner says the anonymous man first walked into its Lincolnton office in 2009 with $2,000 and asked staffers to find families who needed it. Garner says the co-op’s workers now keep a list of people who are having a hard time. He came back in 2010, and again this year.

His donation this month helped 14 families pay their bills.

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

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Nuke plant violations found, corrected

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Inspectors found emergency generator fuel supplies unprotected from hurricanes.

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Top stories 2011 – ‘OTH’ stays for one last season

Friday, December 30th, 2011

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ONLY ON THREE: Victimized store clerk gets shooting lessons

Friday, December 30th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You may remember the Wrightsville Country Store clerk who shot a robber in November. Having had no experience with a gun, the store’s owner thought it would be a good idea to get Mark Headstrong some training.

“A gun in a person’s hand that is not trained is really more dangerous than somebody trying to rob you,” said Matt Rhodes, a concealed carry instructor in Wilmington.

Storeowner Musa Agil gave his employees guns and now he is paying for them all to get properly trained.

“I think we owe it to them, said Agil. “We owe it to them to give them the tools to protect themselves, not only that but to give them the proper training to use those tools.”

“It’s an amazing experience to learn how to hold a gun and handle it,” said Headstrong.

The Wrightsville Country Store isn’t the only Wilmington business taking this extra step to protect themselves.

“A lot of people have come to me that own businesses from restaurants, to taxi cab drivers, to people that own convenient stores, because they feel at any time they could be robbed,” said Rhodes.

Headstrong says the training has given him the confidence so that next time he finishes the job.

“I’m going to shoot to kill and not to feel mercy on him or whoever,” he said.

With so many armed robberies in Wilmington, Agil says employees should be able to defend themselves.

“I don’t think you really want your employees to be sitting ducks and helpless and defenseless,” he said. “I think it would be a major mistake”.

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Decorated fridge prompts bomb scare in Durham

Friday, December 30th, 2011

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Note to people who decorate their refrigerators: It might be a good idea to say away from the attack helicopter look.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports that a discarded fridge decorated to resemble an Apache helicopter brought the sheriff’s office bomb squad to a local landfill Thursday.

Lt. Tony Prignano says the sheriff’s office was called after someone spotted the icebox, which was painted black with military-style markings and signs that referred to explosives. The refrigerator was also locked.

Using a robot, the bomb squad found no explosives inside. The appliance’s former owner told police he locked it to prevent children from getting trapped inside.

No charges will be filed.

Prignano says he’s not sure why the owner decided to decorate the refrigerator that way.

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

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