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Archive for February, 2012

UPDATED: Police release names of victims in deadly Forest Hills crash

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

UPDATE: Driver: Raphael Lynn Samuel, age 22, of 130 Spring Avenue, Wilmington.

Front seat passenger: Yashica Myvett White, age 21, of 686 Pine Branches Circle, SE., Leland.

Back seat passenger: Shatia Lynette Hankins, age 25, of 2824 Graham Street. Wilmington.


Back seat passenger: Demond Rashod Jones, age 30, of 805 Swann Street. Wilmington.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Three people are dead after their SUV crashed into a tree last night in Wilmington. Investigators say none of the passengers were wearing a seat belt.

The accident happened at 10:22 p.m. at the intersection of Forest Hills Drive and Colonial Drive. Wilmington Police say a Dodge SUV with four passengers was speeding when it hit the tree.

Two female passengers died at the scene. The male driver was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he later died. The other male passenger is in the hospital and is expected to survive.

The names of the victims have not yet been released. There is no word yet on whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

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Church under contract to buy Wilson’s building

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

A church is under contract to buy the former Wilson’s restaurant on New Centre Drive.

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Flea populations on the rise

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Fleas are the annoying pests that keep coming back again and again, and they can infest any home, even those without pets. According to the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), pest management companies across the state are experiencing an increased number of calls related to flea infestations.

“Flea infestations come in cycles. We’ll experience periods where fleas are less noticeable statewide followed by periods where they are more troublesome,” said Lee Smith, entomologist and board member of NCPMA. “Thanks to the mild, warm winter that we’ve had this year, there was not enough cold weather to reduce the population sizes for many pests and insects such as fleas.”

Fleas typically attach to the fur of small animals such as dogs and cats and can quickly infest a home if not treated properly. Fleas can also enter homes through other pests such as rodents or by clinging to the clothing or shoes of a person after he or she has been outside.

Fleas can cause itchy red bumps by biting humans or animals and, in some cases, can carry and transmit serious diseases.

“If you have pets in your home, it’s important that you maintain a good flea prevention regimen by working with your veterinarian and pest management company. This will help to keep flea problems at a minimum,” Smith said. “Even if you don’t have pets in your homes, it’s important to be aware of how to treat and prevent such infestations. People don’t often realize that fleas can enter homes even without pets, so it is important that they maintain good pest prevention methods.”

NCPMA provides the following recommendations for preventing flea infestations:

· Clean and vacuum a home thoroughly and regularly, especially if pets are allowed outside and indoors.

· Visit a veterinarian regularly to ensure that all flea medications are up to date and properly applied.

· Groom your pet and maintain a pet’s fur to watch for signs of fleas or flea eggs.

· Keep your yard well-maintained to deter rodents and other animals and prevent the spread of fleas.

· Call a pest management company at the first sign of an infestation. A list of NCPMA member companies is available at www.ncpestmanagement.org.

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Belville mayor not guilty of sexual battery charge

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Belville Mayor Jack Batson has been cleared of criminal charges stemming from an incident at his home last fall. The 70-year-old was found not guilty of sexual battery.

In October a woman accused Batson of pushing her down onto a bed, putting his hand under her shirt and touching her breast.

Neither Batson nor District Attorney Jon David have returned our request for comment on Batson’s acquittal.

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Report suggests closing, curbing state attractions

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Legislature’s fiscal watchdog agency says the state of North Carolina should close an Elizabeth City museum, a Kinston historic site and reduce operating hours at seven other locations to reduce operating expenses at attractions with high costs and low visitor traffic.

The Program Evaluation Division’s report released Tuesday calculated that these and other recommendations would save only about $2 million annually. The report’s authors examined dozens of public attractions operated by the departments of Cultural Resources and Environment and Natural Resources. They determined it did not make sense to consolidate oversight of the attractions under one roof.

The report suggested the Museum of the Albemarle be closed and the Richard Caswell Memorial be closed once the remnants of a Civil War gun boat there are moved.

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

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