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Archive for January, 2012

ONLY ON 3: $1.6M redo of part of Cross-City Trail should be done by May

Friday, January 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Piece by piece, the Cross-City Trail is winding its way through Wilmington. While the city has yet to break ground on some new areas, other parts that have already been constructed are being torn up.

“You can’t always anticipate every problem,” said Dylan Lee, the assistant to Wilmington City Manager, about a stretch of the Cross-City Trail along Eastwood Road, where a completed section is being torn up because of issues not accounted for when it was built.

“They are doing a massive stormwater improvement,” Lee said. “There was a lot of localized flooding in that area near Cavalier Drive, so City Stormwater is working on a large pipe underneath where the trail was to alleviate that flooding.”

Lee says that section of the Cross-City Trail was completed in 2008 when an old drainage system on the opposite side of the road was in place and design had not yet begun on the new stormwater system. Once design began and engineers ran models of how the system would handle heavy rain, it became clear that the new pipe had to be placed under the trail to best handle flooding and not cause lane closures on Eastwood.

Lee said the $1.6 million project, paid for with stormwater fees from city residents, is set to be done by May. Despite the setback, he said the trail is about 70-percent complete.

“The Cross-City Trail is part of Wilmington’s future,” he said. “It’s alternative transportation. It’s good for people’s health. It’s good for our busy roads, and it’s just a great amenity. It’s the kind of thing people look for when they want to move here.”

Around midday Friday we tried to talk to people in the area about the trail and what they thought of part of it being torn up, but we couldn’t find many people using it.

When complete, the biking and running trail will stretch from Wrightsville Beach to the Pine Valley area.

Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m., the city will hold an open house at St. Mark’s Catholic Church for anyone who wants to learn more about the next segment of the trail that will connect the College Acres area to the existing trail on Eastwood.

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Bail denied for Adams in Craven County also

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The charges in the 1977 case were leveled against Adams following his arrest Jan. 13 in Wilmington.

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Judges refuse to delay NC primary

Friday, January 20th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A three-judge panel has refused to delay North Carolina’s May 8 primary while a court considers a lawsuit over Republican-drawn boundaries for legislative and congressional districts.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway said Friday’s unanimous ruling reflects a pragmatic examination of the case. Ridgeway says the two-month delay requested by the plaintiffs would not have made much difference in resolving the election districts.

Democratic elected officials and civil rights and election watchdog groups argue the plans are unconstitutional because of racial gerrymandering and boundaries that cross too many county lines. They had wanted the primary postponed until July 10.

Legislative leaders and lawyers for the state say the boundaries are legal and a preliminary injunction is not needed.

Candidate filing is scheduled to begin in less than four weeks.

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

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Smoke-filled ILM-bound plane had second smoke problem

Friday, January 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A flight from Charlotte to Wilmington was delayed this morning after reports of smoke on board. Passengers say while getting the on-board safety briefing, they noticed smoke in the plane.

“Basically everything was OK when we first got on,” Gail Beckstein, a passenger on Flight 2301, said after landing in Wilmington on a different aircraft about 22 minutes behind schedule. “Within a couple minutes, though, it appeared the cabin was filling up with smoke. The flight attendant, who was very professional, said, ‘Everybody off. Get out of your seats. Leave your belongings, and just get off the plane.'”

US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr says the three-member crew decided to have the flight’s 25 passengers go back into the terminal and board a different plane. Mohr said it was not an emergency situation.

That wasn’t the case later, though. After crews at CLT checked out the plane, US Airways decided to put it back into service for an 11:20 a.m. flight to Charlottesville, VA. After taking off, the jet filled with smoke again and had to return to the airport.

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FIRST ON 3: African-American scammers targeting local black community with Black Farmers Settlement

Friday, January 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Scammers taking advantage of the federal government’s Black Farmers Settlement are targeting the local black community.

Word got out that if you showed up Friday at the Ekklesia United Holy Church on 17th Street near Market, filled out an online form, then had it notarized on site for $20, you could apply to receive part of the proposed $1 billion settlement. The qualifications to apply for the settlement are very strict and only apply to very few black farmers and their families.

Officials tell us the online form is free to download and does not need to be notarized. It’s also illegal to charge more than $5 for a notary stamp in North Carolina. A spokesman for the Black Farmers Claims Administrator, the independent group overseeing the settlement, says what’s going on in Wilmington is “a total scam.”

We went inside the church looking for someone in charge. Everyone we talked with said no was in charge was there. The people taking applications also scooped up their forms and left while we were trying to get answers.

Det. Kevin Smith with the Wilmington Police Department says exchanging $20 for a notary stamp isn’t fraud, because it’s payment for a service. However, he says paying $20 for a worthless piece of paper is definitely a scam.

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