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Archive for February, 2012

Cape Fear Region in severe drought

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The Cape Fear Region is in severe drought, but the lasting effects won’t be known for months.

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Cab driver robbed at gunpoint

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police were searching for three men early Thursday morning after a cab driver was robbed at gunpoint.

According to New Hanover County Dispatch the call came in at 1:44 am and the robbery took place in the parking lot of Codington Elementary School on Carolina Beach Road. The cab driver’s money and keys were stolen.

Police used the SABLE helicopter to search for the three suspects, two black males and one white male. Police suspended the search before 3:30 am and did not find the men.

The cab driver was not harmed during the robbery.

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Carolina Beach police investigate assault, victim threatened with a knife

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach police are investigating an assault Wednesday night in which a man was hit with a two-by-four and threatened with a knife.

When a property owner asked a group of people to leave his property on Cape Fear Boulevard, they refused. The group allegedly assaulted the man with a board and threatened him with a knife.

The victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening. No arrests have been made.

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State draft report envisions busier ports

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Report does not make firm recommendation on whether a new port should be built on the Cape Fear River near Southport.

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Attorneys asking for racial fairness to be ensured in murder trial and statewide

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys are asking the judge in the
Racial Justice Act hearing to ensure fairness in the case of Marcus
Robinson as well as in the North Carolina court system.

Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks said he would give the lawyers
four to five weeks to submit legal briefs and would make a ruling
sometime later.

Marcus Robinson is a black man convicted in 1994 of killing a
white teen.

Robinson’s attorneys argued that statistics, affidavits and
other evidence prove racial bias against black jurors both
statewide and in their client’s murder trial. A prosecutor
countered that the numbers don’t tell the full story and that
people who conducted a statistical study of jury selection weren’t
qualified to do the analysis.

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

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