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Archive for April, 2012

Columbus County man shot and killed in his home

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County man is dead after being shot and killed in his own home Friday evening, according to Sheriff Chris Batten.

Batten said the victim has been identified as 46-year-old Keith Douglas Gachette. He was shot on Palmetto Bay Road near Hallsboro, and deputies received the call around 6 p.m. Friday.

Batten said there are currently no suspects. The body has been sent to Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

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Here Now – Living the circus life

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

John Pugh is owner of Cole Bros. Circus

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NC native Scotty McCreery plays to sold-out crowd at Trask Coliseum

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Native of Garner, North Carolina with a bass voice that melts teen girls across the country, Scotty McCreery performed to a sold-out crowd at Trask Coliseum.

Scotty sang his first single “I Love You This Big” and several other hits from his debut album, clear as day.
We caught up with Scotty before he took the big stage.

“I’ve been on the road now for a while and I did the American Idol tour and I’m on tour with Brad Paisley right now and the Band Perry,” McCreery said. “We’re getting to go to a lot of cool places and see some nice things and stuff but there’s nothing like coming home to North Carolina in front of the home state and seeing the fans.”

Scotty started singing at the young age of three. He says he hopes he can continue singing for the rest of his life.

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NC man arrested for peeping into locker room

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) – An eastern North Carolina man is facing peeping and trespassing charges after authorities say he videotaped baseball players in their locker room.

Zebulon police arrested 32-year-old LaDarryl Strong of Ayden. He was identified as an employee of the Lenoir County Schools.

Authorities say Strong posed as a janitor and sneaked into the locker room last Tuesday after a Carolina Mudcats home game. Police said he had secretly recorded members of the Wilmington, Del., Blue Rocks as they undressed and showered. Police say Strong was arrested as he tried to get away.

Police seized 20 computers from Strong’s home, along with other digital media devices to investigate.

Strong is free on bond. There was no phone number listing available for Strong and it wasn’t known Friday if he had an attorney.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Aldermen grant permit for Oceanic pier expansion

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s time to expand. Thursday night, the Board of Alderman approved a conditional use permit for the Oceanic to allow an extra 115 outdoor seats on its pier.

Because of the Oceanic pier’s poor condition, it was required to be repaired or demolished. With the extra money from more customers, the pier can eventually be repaired, allowing for a public access section beyond the restaurant seating.

There are a few conditions to the permit: the pier must have a barrier to make sure garbage does not blow off the pier and music cannot be played after 10 p.m.

Mayor Cignotti says this is a win-win. The pier gets repaired and the public will be able to use the pier to fish.

“As you know North Carolina’s piers are disappearing at a fairly fast rate and we’re trying to preserve some of the fishing piers and this is one pier that we are hoping to preserve,” Cignotti says.

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