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ONLY ON 3: Neighborhoods use Facebook to keep watch

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Neighborhood Watch is nothing new, but technology is changing the way communities get together. In the past year, several Wilmington neighborhood pages have popped up on Facebook, and the trend continues to grow.

You can find your friends and businesses on Facebook. Now you can find your neighbors.

Some of the newest pages on the social media site are neighborhood pages. Some pages list neighborhood events, but there are some like “Ogden Community Watch,” which is your typical neighborhood watch, but online.

“The main thing that prompted me, there was some issues in the area with a little boy. Luckily he’s OK,” said Ally Harper.

Harper started the “Ogden Community Watch” page last month, after a neighborhood kid had a close call with an alleged abductor. Now the mom is trying to create a safer community.

“I’ve been here for 11 years, and I’ve noticed some changes here with some break-ins and close calls with children,” Harper said. “Facebook is just a great way to get the message out there.”

Neighbors like Melissa Siano say the Facebook page will bring their neighborhood closer.

“I’m hoping that people can join together and possibly start knowing who their neighbors are again,” Siano said. “It seems to me that people don’t even know who lives next door to them anymore.”

Even though the “Ogden Watch” Facebook page only has a few members right now, Harper and Siano hope their whole neighborhood will get involved and start posting on the page.

Recently David Hutson wrote about a woman who knocked on his door in the middle of the night asking for a ride. Harper and Siano say this is a perfect example on how neighbors can let each other know what’s going on.

“We can post if we see suspicious activity or if we know about a break-in, anything in the surrounding neighborhoods, and we can really try and help each other out and keeping each other informed,” Siano said.

Harper and Siano say they are in the process of also getting a traditional neighborhood watch together. They plan to post updates from that neighborhood watch group on Facebook as well.

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Perdue wants higher sales tax for education

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue says her budget proposal for next year will include a temporary sales tax increase to restore education cuts made by the Republican-led General Assembly when they let a similar tax expire last July.

Perdue announced Tuesday her plan to recommend what she calls restoring three-quarters of the penny sales tax that had been on the books for two years starting in 2009. That would raise the sales tax in most counties from 6.75 percent to 7.5 percent.

The GOP-led Legislature rejected Perdue’s proposal to set the sales tax at 7.5 percent, instead cancelling the penny altogether.

Perdue says the state owes it to children to stop cuts and make education a priority again by restoring the funding.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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DA might seek death penalty in murder

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The New Hanover DA’s office might seek the death penalty for Andrew Bernard Adams.

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Crystal Pier owners look to repair structure

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

If plans are approved, the pier would reopen to the public

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Warrant to charge Jernigan with lying to cops

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — A man with ties to former state Sen. R.C. Soles is in trouble with the law yet again.

Tabor City Police say an arrest warrant will be issued tomorrow morning for Frankie Jernigan. He is accused of providing false information to police.

Jernigan was recently released from jail after testifying last week that he lied about an assault involving former Soles.

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