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Archive for April, 2012

Driver’s quick thinking credited with saving lives in bus fire

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A scary field trip for students in Brunswick County, when their activity bus caught fire on the way back to school. It happened this afternoon near NC 87 and Funston Road.

Forty people from Leland Middle School were on the activity bus. They were returning from a field trip around 1:30 p.m. when the bus driver heard a loud “pop” and then pulled off the road.

Flames tore through the entire length of it. Despite all the damage no one was hurt.

The driver, who is also a Leland Middle School teacher, pulled off the road after hearing the pop, noticed smoke, and quickly got all the students off the bus. He then called 911.

“The quick and decisive action of the driver and the school’s personnel was really helpful,” Brunswick Co. Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said. “That’s exactly what they should’ve done and that kept it from being a potentially bad situation for everyone involved.”

A bad situation, because within minutes, flames had engulfed the activity bus. Then, a tire exploded and flew up in the air, finally landing in a yard nearby.

Firefighters, the sheriff’s office, emergency services and the school superintendent all responded.

The school district says the fire started at the rear of the bus. It was reported that the tires were on fire, but because this was a rear-engine bus, it could’ve been the engine that was on fire.

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Investigators: Man made woman read Bible at gunpoint

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

CHINA GROVE, NC (AP) — Investigators in Rowan County say a man held a double-barreled shotgun to a woman’s head and made her read her favorite scripture.

The Salisbury Post reports that the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said 20-year-old Jonathan Alan Morton was taken into custody when deputies arrived at his home shortly after midnight Sunday.

Investigators said Morton held 19-year-old Elizabeth Nichols against her will inside his bedroom, pressing a shotgun to her head and, at one point, a screwdriver against her throat. A report said Morton stood behind Nichols and held the gun to her head as she read.

Nichols escaped and called 911. Morton was arrested as he walked in a ditch near his home.

Morton was jailed under a $35,500 bond. His attorney wasn’t immediately available for comment Tuesday.

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

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Firefighters reign in train-sparked wildfire

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the fire season just getting underway both New Hanover and Pender Counties have already seen their fair share of flashing lights.

Firefighters say sparks from a train started the small brushfire this afternoon in New Hanover County. It happened off US 421 behind Ferguson Waterworks.

Firefighters say they got the fire under control quickly.

They say they usually get a couple fires a year that start the way.

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Appeal denied in Tice murder case

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Robert Hugh Hewson, 78, is serving a life sentence in the death of his estranged wife, Gail Tice, at her Landfall home in 2004.

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Early voting for May 8 primary starts Thursday

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

One-stop voting for the May 8 primary election begins at 9 a.m. Thursday and ends May 5 in North Carolina.

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