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Archive for May, 2012

Dudley Mansion items for sale, preview the goods this weekend

Friday, May 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Built in 1825, the Dudley Mansion was home to our state’s first elected governor Edward Dudley.

The estate’s most recent owners are moving out, which means you have a chance to get your hands on some of the home’s most luxurious items. From furniture to dolls to chandeliers to animal rugs… It’s all for sale Monday at Big South Auction.

Of the nearly 700 pieces, about 90 percent of them are from the Dudley Mansion. Owner of Big South Auction John Ward said the Picketts, who bought and renovated the home back in 2005, originally bought a lot of the furnishings from him. Now he’s auctioning everything off.

“A lot of it is old and antique, but they have a lot of good, usable new stuff as well,” Ward said. “They’ve got a Yamaha baby grand piano. They’ve got a theater system that costs about $35,000 to $40,000.”

The downtown Wilmington mansion has been considered a party place since it was built in the early 1800’s. The estate is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

“I think what the Picketts did for downtown Wilmington and that home in particular was certainly an asset, and I think their improvements that they did to the home were certainly positive for Wilmington,” Ward said. “I think downtown Wilmington will miss them.”

Some people may not agree. In the past several years, the Picketts have had their share of controversy; including rifts with neighbors, a lawsuit with the city and trouble refinancing the home. The Picketts are set to be out this weekend, and according to the StarNews, U.S. Bank will take over ownership. The newspaper also adds that the future of the home is uncertain because of a foreclosure delay with the mortgage company.

You can preview the items this weekend at Big South Auction on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The auction is set for 10 a.m. Monday.

Ward said it will take about six hours to sell all the content. Some of the proceeds will go to area charities.

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Man charged with murder in 2 Fayetteville deaths

Friday, May 25th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A Fayetteville man is facing murder charges in the deaths of a man who was found shot to death and his girlfriend, who was missing for more than a week until her body was found in a wooded area.

Fayetteville police said Friday that 27-year-old Danny Lee Jones is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree kidnapping. He’s charged in the deaths of 35-year-old Tommy Loren Webb and 26-year-old Denika Jones.

Jones had been missing since May 15, when Webb’s body was found in their mobile home. Her body was found Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area less than a mile from the couple’s home.

Police say Jones was in federal custody for a probation violation when they obtained arrest warrants for him.

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

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Man in Brunswick County shooting indicted as habitual felon

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Hakeem Muhammad’s record stretches back to when he was a teen

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STORMTRACK 3: System to remain south of our area, but indirect effects posible

Friday, May 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  An area of low pressure continues to slowly organize off the southeastern US coast. The storm could attain tropical or subtropical characteristics later this weekend. 

Most computer models indicate the storm will NOT landfall in southeastern NC. Instead, the system will eventually track SW toward Georgia and Florida. We will still see a few indirect effects, including an increase in the chance for spotty showers (some heavy). However, we will see a little sunshine at times (enough to reach highs near 80).

Perhaps the biggest impact from the storm will be the high risk of dangerous rip currents at the beaches both Saturday and Sunday. With the crowded beaches, this is a big concern. Make sure you heed warnings of lifeguards at all times. 

Just to recap our forecast:

  • Saturday- Partly sunny with a 50% chance of heavy showers. Highs near 80. Winds out of the NE at 15-25 mph and gusty. At the coast, seas average 5-8 feet with a high rip current risk.
  • Sunday- Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of heavy showers. Winds out of the SE, gusting to 30 mph. Highs in the 70’s. Rip current risk remains high, with seas of 5-7 feet.
  • Stay tuned to WWAY for updates, and head to Hurricanes 101

– Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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Incendiary sermon sends Butler on road trip

Friday, May 25th, 2012

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