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Archive for June, 2012

FIRST ON 3: Explosion reported at National Sheriff’s Conference

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WKRN) — The ABC affiliate in Nashville, WKRN, is reporting emergency crews were called to the scene of an explosion during a sheriff’s convention at the Opryland Hotel.

The explosion was reported around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The National Sheriff’s Association annual conference was being held at the hotel. Homeland Security was called to the scene.

Early reports indicated there was a mechanical explosion behind an elevator in the hotel.

No injuries were reported and the building was evacuated. Significant damage was reported in the hotel.

Brunswick County Chief Deputy, Charlie Miller, says he spoke to Sheriff John Ingram and says Ingram is fine.

New Hanover County’s sheriffs spokesman, Sergeant Jerry Brewer, says Sheriff Ed McMahon is not at the conference but a lieutenant with the department is. Sergeant Brewer is working to get an update on the lieutenant’s status.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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Ballpark may go on November ballot, Mandalay says private financing is now off the table

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — The City continues to slide closer to building a ballpark and bringing a minor league team to the Port City. Wilmington City Council voted Tuesday night to continue negotiations with Mandalay Baseball and the Atlanta braves for another six months.

Council members also discussed putting a ballpark bond referendum on the November ballot. However, with the new information from their consultant, National Sports Services, it still leaves the question: is this even a good idea?

“I think baseball can be successful in Wilmington,” said Brian Parker, who gave in presentation for NSS. “I can’t say that it’s the right investment for Wilmington.”

NSS brought its proposal to council, estimating a cost of $36 million to $42 million to build a baseball stadium in the Port City.

Afterwards, the city decided to consider putting the ballpark to a public vote in November. They would decide that at their July 10th meeting.

In a press release response, Mandalay Baseball announced that private financing is now off the table.

“We now feel that since this issue is going to a referendum it creates too much uncertainty for private investment teams. Also, private financing costs were a bit too high when compared to the rates the city could get for municipal bonds, making private financing too big a challenge,” said Rich Neumann, President of Baseball Development for Mandalay Baseball.

The economic impact of the stadium is estimated to create about 300 jobs per year in the city and county, but definite details are a long way from being complete.

“This is a starting point,” Parker said. “By no means would this necessarily be the ending point. If it is, it would be shocking if this is exactly how it broke down.”

If council approves the bond referendum it would go on the November ballot alongside the controversial ordinance against a tax-payer funded ballpark.

Council also approved $355,000 for further feasibility study, outside legal council and financial advice.

In their hypothetical funding scenario, National’s report had the city contributing around $17 million and “other governmental aid” paying $8.2 million. New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield says he and another commissioner have spoken with city leaders several times about re-entering ballpark negotiations, however County Manager Bruce Shell says the county is not actively discussing their involvement.

National’s report has downtown as the prime location for a baseball stadium.

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WWAY Health and Severe Weather Expo in Brunswick County

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Tuesday was our Brunswick County Health and Severe Weather Expo at Brunswick Community College.

It was a chance for people to come out and find answers to their questions.

There were quite a few displays and one of the big attractions was Brunswick County Emergency Services, Mass Evacuation bus.

It’s a mobile response unit to get people out or bring medical care to those in need on a large scale.

”This one is capable of carrying 20 patients, we have also designed it so we can do rehab for firefighters,” Mark Gore with Brunswick Emergency Services said, “we can move the stretchers out of the way and put down the seats and bring firefighters or whoever on to do rehab.”

It is an impressive vehicle and there were quite a few exhibits, but it is always hard to compete with the Storm Track three weather team and their popular green wall.

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NC congressman seeks investigation of forest fire

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina congressman is seeking an investigation into the fire that’s burned more than 21,000 acres in a national forest.

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones wrote the supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina asking for an investigation of the prescribed burn that led to the fire in the Croatan National Forest.

The Forest Service did a prescribed burn in the 160,000-acre forest last week. Jones says he’s concerned that the fire is hurting tourism and public health.

Smoke from the blaze has prompted the state Division of Air Quality to issue a Code Red advisory for portions of Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties, and a Code Orange warning for Beaufort, Craven, Hyde, Jones, Martin, Pamlico, Pitt, Jones and Washington counties.

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

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Missing man has been located

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

BOLOVIA, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has located a missing man.

John William Crowder of Zebulon was found safe by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

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