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Archive for April, 2012

Evacuation urged for Pine Valley as fire burns 50 acres

Monday, April 16th, 2012

At about 6 p.m., Wilmington Police Department officers are evacuating residents in the Pine Valley area because of a brush fire this afternoon.

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Brush fire closes 17th Street near Monkey Junction

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Firefighters are responding to a small brush fire Monday afternoon that is causing a lot of smoke over parts of 17th Street and Carolina Beach Road.

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One year later, Ammon still copes with killer twisters

Monday, April 16th, 2012

AMMON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been one year since a devastating and deadly tornado outbreak ripped through the small Bladen County community of Ammon. The tornadoes leveled homes and killed three people.

“Woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, and it’s gone,” Henry Robinson of Ammon said one year later as he remember the storms that ravaged his town. “That woo, woo, woo, it has changed this community a whole lot.”

Robinson was born and raised in Ammon. He had just walked in the door when the tornado he says sounded like a train hit his street, killing three of his neighbors and friends.

Ammon resident Douglas Smith said he’s so thankful the tornadoes did not hit his home, but because Ammon is such a close-knit community, he still felt the blow.

“What was there was gone,” Smith said. “It just devastated the whole place up there.”

Smith said the fear of more severe weather is a constant.

“Always,” he said. “Every time a cloud comes up.”

While there are still remnants of devastation, community members say the past year has brought restoration.

“Got together and cleaned up the place out there, got all the debris out, and joined together,” Smith said.

Robinson said, “This was a devastating thing that happened, but we got to be strong. Other people in the community got to pull together as people. And it’s glory.”

Volunteers are helping rebuild one of the homes that was completely demolished in last year’s storm.

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Man missing in Cape Fear River confirmed Camp Lejeune Marine

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — A man reported missing in the Cape Fear River has been confirmed as a Marine based at Camp Lejeune.

The Public Affair’s Office at Camp Lejeune has confirmed he is Lance Cpl. John J. Pruitt of Fontana, CA. He is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

Police say Pruitt either fell or jumped in the Cape Fear River late last night. A search for Pruitt resumed around noon today.

Wilmington Police, EMS, the Wilmington Fire Department, Water Rescue, as well as the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and Coast Guard have been assisting at the scene.

Crews have also been using helicopters and sonar to search for Pruitt.

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Residents generally confident’ in city government

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Most residents think Wilmington spends the right amount or should spend more on core services.

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