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Archive for April, 2012

Foundation gives $50,000 for patient care

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Dr. James McCabe’s connections to the late baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell run deeper than most.

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ONLY ON 3: City says high-tech recycling bins won’t lead to fines

Monday, April 9th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Recycling bins or spy gear? As we told you last week, the City of Wilmington plans to replace its small recycling bins with much larger ones. The new bins will come with a radio frequency identification chip.

If you don’t recycle, could the ID chips let the City of Wilmington know? And could that lead to a fine? That’s what a local political blogger alludes to in his Wilmington Watcher blog. He compares Wilmington to other cities that use the id chips to fine residents who don’t recycle.

That’s not what some folks in Wilmington want to hear, although some residents think it could work.

“I think if you were going to get fined, I think a lot more people would recycle on a daily basis, because who wants to get fined, you know?” Wilmington resident Matthew Miller said.

City spokeswoman Malissa Talbert says the city has “absolutely no intention” of going through people’s trash. So why the need for these high tech chips? For starters, to make sure someone hasn’t stolen a recycling cart.

“Sometimes there’s a problem with the person who isn’t paying the bill,” Talbert said. “We’ll take the cart away, and the person who is paying the bill is stuck with the bill but doesn’t have the cart.”

Wilmington resident Ed Vogeley said, “Sounds like a good idea to me. I don’t know how much theft there would be, but maybe that will cut it back a little bit.”

The city will also be able to determine which neighborhoods do a good job recycling. That will let them know they don’t have to focus on recycling efforts there. But what about fines?

“There’s no fine now, and we don’t plan to have any fines in the future,” Talbert said.

Talbert says workers on the trucks use a hand clicker to keep a count of how many people in Wilmington recycle. With this new technology, they won’t have to do that.

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Man arrested on rape charge after investigation at Leland adult care home

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man on a second-degree rape charge.

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No charges for former Carolina Beach leaders in SBI probe

Monday, April 9th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Three former elected leaders and two citizens in Carolina Beach will not face charges in a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation.

Former Carolina Beach Town Councilman Dan Wilcox tells WWAY he got a call from SBI this morning saying investigators found no wrongdoing and no charges would be filed against anyone under investigation.

Back in October, then Mayor Joel Macon confirmed the SBI was looking into allegations regarding property dealings involving Macon, Wilcox and then Mayor Pro-Tem Pat Efird and citizens Michael and Delores Kirkbride.

An anonymous letter to the Attorney General in February 2011 outlined the allegations and sparked the probe.

Wilcox said he always knew everything was fine, but the end of the investigation is a relief.

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Law enforcement warns about synthetic drug “Pump-It”

Monday, April 9th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Law enforcement is warning of another synthetic drug on the streets of Wilmington. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department joint Downtown Task Force encountered Pump-It this weekend.

Investigators want parents to know if you hear your kids talking about Pump-It, be concerned. While it’s marketed as an “enhanced plant vitamin” and not for human use, many are abusing it to get high.

The Downtown Task Force found two people injecting the substance this weekend. Because it is not illegal, officers did not arrest anyone.

Pump-It is the latest substance law enforcement is dealing with following K-2 and bath salts as a synthetic drug.

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