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Archive for March, 2012

Suspect, victim in fatal shooting had long feud

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

LUMBERTON, NC (AP) — Robeson County authorities say the victim in a shooting outside a convenience store was once charged with killing the suspect’s father.

The Robesonian of Lumberton reported that 33-year-old James Earvent Chavis was charged Tuesday in the shooting death of 30-year-old Fernando Fortunato Smith. Chavis remained in jail Thursday with no bond.

Authorities say the victim and suspect had a long running feud. Smith was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Chavis’s father, James Arthur Deal, but court records indicate the charges were dropped in January 2005.

Newspaper articles quote officials at the time as saying that Smith intended to shoot Chavis, but shot Deal instead in an incident sparked by a fight the night before.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Chavis has an attorney.

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

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OTH’ sale offers extra chance to score goods

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Bargain Box of Wilmington is giving “One Tree Hill” fans a second chance to score pieces.

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Store’s hazmat scare draws Customs, Homeland Security

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A scare at a Wilmington business this morning. Jugs of liquid found in a shipping container led to an evacuation, while police, US Customs and even Homeland Security got involved.

It started off as a normal morning at New River Pottery on Market Street. A new shipment of rattan furniture came in, so employee Lenwood Mills began unloading it.

“I opened it up, and soon as we looked down to the left there was a container of three bottles that were strapped together,” Mills said. “The funny thing about it is there was a small bottle strapped on top turned upside down.”

The store called police, and it didn’t take long before firefighters, EMS and a hazmat team arrived. They evacuated the store.

“They quarantined me and the other guy mainly because we had touched the substance with our bare hands,” Mills said.

This shipping container came through the State Port of Wilmington, which raised a red flag with customs and the department of homeland security.

“We started looking at the manifest bill of lading. This particular container was not listed on the bill of lading on the manifest, and we became concerned, and obviously US Customs became concerned as well,” Wilmington Fire Department Battalion Chief Jimmy Casteen said.

The hazmat team was able to remove a sample of the liquid from the jugs, which they tested on site to determine what exactly was in them. Turns out, it’s not a threat. The liquid appears to be a type of finishing product used on wicker furniture. The fire department says it likely was locked up accidentally in the shipping container in Indonesia and shipped overseas.

Employees and customers were allowed back in the building around 12:30 p.m.

Casteen says US customs will still likely investigate.

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Fewer New Hanover taxpayers past due this year

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

There are 4,662 unpaid parcels and $5.3 million owed to the county government.

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Thompson, Barfield plan to attend protest against board action

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Commissioners Jason Thompson and Jonathan Barfield plan to attend today’s protest.

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