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Archive for March, 2012

Naked man chases cars in Wilmington neighborhood

Friday, March 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Naked and on the run. That’s what folks on Forest Hills Drive saw when a man sprinted down the road with no clothes on chasing cars.

“It’s not something that happens in the neighborhood very often,” witness Bill Poteat said. “Certainly we’ve never seen that before.”

What Poteat saw was a naked man running down Forest Hills Drive.

“I looked in my rear view mirror, and he got up and started running down the street. Obviously I sped up enough so he couldn’t catch me,” Poteat said.

Poteat says the man, who looked to be in his mid-20s was chasing after cars.

“He was jumping, chasing them, diving into bushes,” Poteat said.” Supposedly he broke into two houses down the block. They found his clothes behind one of the houses.”

Police caught the man around 2 p.m.

“Situations like this can be dangerous, and that’s why it requires a lot of officers out there and detain the individual,” Wilmington Police spokesman Cpl. Kevin Smith said.

Poteat says he was told the man had taken several hits of acid.

“I think that was the general determination by the officers at the scene that it may be drug-involved or drug-induced,” Smith said.

Police took the man to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for an exam.

“It’s a contrast of comedy and tragedy,” Poteat said. “It’s unfortunate to see someone behave that way. Of course he was on the influence of some illegal drugs.”

Police say because of privacy issues, they cannot release the man’s name until he is medically cleared and booked into jail. They say they will likely charge him with felony trespassing, misdemeanor breaking and entering, and hinder and delay.

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NC regulators: Fracking is safe with right rules

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s environmental agency says a high-pressure drilling technique to free underground natural gas deposits can be safe if lawmakers adopt the right precautions.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Friday released its study required by the Legislature of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The General Assembly would have to develop regulations before the drilling technique that has been blamed for polluting underground water and even causing earthquakes is allowed in North Carolina. Supporters say drilling would mean jobs and profits with little environmental risk.

Fracking uses high-pressure water and secret mixes of chemicals to crack underground shale rock and release natural gas.

DENR offers more than a dozen recommendations for lawmakers, including full disclosure of chemicals to regulators and banning the use of diesel fuel.

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

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Man jailed, facing charges for February double shooting

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Michael Gerrod Jones allegedly shot Montey Murray and another man in the 600 block of Emory Street.

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Head of NC unemployment agency quits

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The embattled head of North Carolina’s unemployment insurance agency says she’s resigning from her job.

Assistant Commerce Secretary Lynn Holmes has told employees of her decision to step down from the post effective April 15. The Associated Press obtained a copy of her e-mail Thursday to Division of Employment Security workers.

Holmes wrote she’s decided to pursue other opportunities.

She’s been criticized by Republican leaders at the Legislature for her management of the division, particularly when it was a stand-alone agency until last November.

A General Assembly committee took the unusual step of issuing a subpoena for her to testify in Janaury when she didn’t attend a panel meeting in December.

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

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New fire rating is good news for homeowners

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Homeowners in the unincorporated area could see a drop in insurance premiums

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