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Archive for March, 2012

BREAKING FIRST ON 3: Uncontrolled wildfires burning near Leland, Southport

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Firefighters in Brunswick County are battling two uncontrolled wildfires this afternoon.

One is near Leland. The other is near Southport.

We have a photographer headed that way and will keep you posted on updates.

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Former North Topsail police officer facing peeping charge

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

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Eaton Elementary’s make-up day scheduled

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Students at the year-round school will have a full day on June 14 and a half-day on June 15.

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Allergy season hits Cape Fear with full force

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Flowers are blooming, and the pollen is here. The official start of spring is still a week away, but some of us are already suffering with springtime allergies, and it could get worse.

“My eyes have been really burning and running like weeping,” allergy sufferer Bronwyn White said.

Allergists say the warmer temperatures have triggered the early pollination of trees around the Cape Fear.

“We start with a spring pollen, which are tree pollens, and then we run into the grass pollens in your late spring, summer,” allergist Dr. Alex Yip said. “And then late summer, we run into the ragweed and fall-time pollen, so it’s a long pollen season in Wilmington in general.”

Dr. Yip says allergies can be severe, but there are some simple tricks to fight the pollen. He suggests showering after you come inside from outdoor activities, taking allergy medications and keeping your windows closed during high pollen days.

“It’s hard, because the house gets so warm, and at night you wanna open the windows, because it’s so cool. Cool off the house, but then all the pollen comes in,” White said.

Dr. Yip says you don’t have to miss the warmer weather and suffer all spring.

“A lot of people sort of resign themselves to being miserable throughout the spring, ‘Oh, here’s the spring pollen season. I’m going to be sneezing and itching and having runny, drippy nose all spring long, but I’ll get over it.’ But I think the important thing to realize is that there are a lot of treatments out there that are very successful, well tolerated, and make their springtime not so miserable,” Dr. Yip said.

He says dry, windy days are usually the worst. He says check out pollen forecasts to find out how severe the pollen is from day to day. You can wind one each morning and evening during StormTrack3 Weather on WWAY NewsChannel 3.

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Former prison guard found guilty of sex offenses with 13-year-old

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — At the conclusion of a jury trial that lasted over 3 weeks, Matthew Kevin Yow, age 40, of Ocean Isle Beach, was found guilty on Monday afternoon in Brunswick County Superior
Court of two (2) counts of Indecent Liberties With a Child and two (2) counts of
Disseminating Obscenity for incidents that occurred over a period of time from 2006 to
2007. The victim in the case is a male child who was between the ages of 13 to 14 years
old at the time of the incidents and is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, which is on
the Autism spectrum of disorders. Yow, who previously worked as a prison guard in
Columbus County, was sentenced to two (2) consecutive 16 – 20 month active sentences
in prison, which amounts to a total of 32 – 40 months behind bars. The victim and his
family were present in court for the entry of the sentence and offered victim impact
statements to the court prior to the entry of the judgment. Yow will now be required to
complete sex offender treatment while he is in prison and to register as a sex offender for
thirty (30) years after he is released.

In honor of the victim in this case, and other children in Brunswick County and
surrounding areas who are victims of physical or sexual abuse, members of the
Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office will be participating in the 2nd Annual
Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington on April 21,
2012. April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Autism Awareness Month.
Anyone interested in participating, volunteering, or otherwise supporting this event
should contact www.coastalncrunwalkforautism.com for more details and to register.

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