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Archive for April, 2012

I, 40 – Zombie bullets kill the undead even deader

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

If zombies ever rise up in Wilmington, nobody will be laughing at Mark Kidd.

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10 nabbed following undercover operation in Durham

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in Durham say 10 people face a total of 25 felony and 44 misdemeanor charges following a two-month undercover operation targeting organized retail theft.

A statement from Durham police Friday said the operation was launched after investigators received complaints that stolen goods were allegedly being sold at certain businesses.

Investigators from local and state agencies served search warrants at seven locations and seized items ranging from firearms and $14,000 in cash to more than 100 cartons of cigarettes and counterfeit merchandise,

Warrants were served at several stores and one apartment in Durham.

This latest operation is the third in recent months by Durham police. In 2011, investigators arrested 12 people after serving search warrants at five convenience stores and one grocery store.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Local Jeopardy!’ contestant scores second win

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Winnings total $46,000

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Five Leland police officers suspended, former interim chief included

Friday, April 13th, 2012

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland is once again in the spotlight. The town has suspended five police officers without pay as a result of ongoing investigations.

Town Manager David Hollis and interim Police Chief Mike James informed the following officers of their suspensions today: Deputy Chief Karl Smith, Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia, Officer Michael Landen and Officer John Blasingame.

“It’s been going on for some time and just recently we received some information that led us to this point right here,” Hollis said. “We will continue with the ongoing investigations until we have all the necessary information to make an informed and final decision on these officers and their further employment with the Town of Leland Police Department. We feel strongly that the actions we have taken today are warranted based on the information we have thus far received.”

James says there are several allegations of policy violations, but could not give any more details because of the ongoing investigation.

“We want the citizens of the Town of Leland to know and understand that we are dedicated to providing effective and courteous law enforcement,” James said. “The level of service required of the police department by the town and the citizens will not be diminished by the actions taken today.”

“This is fairly indefinite until we can get the full information from the investigation,” Hollis said. “I’ve asked that the investigation be expedited so that we can come to a conclusion fairly soon.”

Hollis and James say the ultimate goal is to re-establish trust and move forward to changing the perceptions people have of the police department.

“To be able to do that, we have got to check ourselves and make sure that we are following the same rules and laws that we expect everybody else to do,” James said.

Last year, during an audit of documents and training files, state regulators discovered Blasingame had not completed his mandatory in-service training in 2009 due to his military commitment. Training and Standards said then that Blasingame should be relieved of his duty immediately.

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4-alarm fire engulfs Salisbury funeral home

Friday, April 13th, 2012

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – A four-alarm fire has engulfed a
Salisbury funeral home, where the bodies of two women awaiting
funerals were inside caskets.

Initial reports say no one was hurt in Friday’s fire at Lyerly
Funeral Home. A staff member says all workers got out of the
building safely. The fire was reported around 12:20 p.m.

It’s believed the fire started in the basement near a furnace at
the funeral home. Owner Brent Lyerly said the fire began shortly
after someone turned on the heating system. Staff members saw smoke
coming through vents and heard a smoke detector sounding an alarm.

The bodies of two sisters who died on Wednesday were inside the
funeral home when the fire erupted. The sisters’ funerals were
scheduled for Saturday.

The family-owned business opened in 1957.

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

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