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Archive for June, 2012

Projects in Willard, Atkinson get funding

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Ballfield for Kiwanis Park also approved

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Commissioners and Aldermen discuss countywide plastic bag ban, shoppers react

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Paper or plastic? That’s the discussion between New Hanover County Commissioners and Wrightsville Beach Aldermen. Last week, they revisited the idea of a countywide plastic bag ban to be more environmentally friendly.

George Hill has always gotten his groceries in plastic bags. He says they come in handy later.

“Well I tell you, I’ve got a closet full of bags,” Hill says. “I reuse them in the bathroom, I reuse them here and I reuse them in my truck.”

“They are so easily transported by wind and water that they very easily end up in our waste streams, from our waste streams and into our marine environments,” says Sean Ahlum, with the Cape Fear Chapter Surfrider Foundation. “I think it should be a state wide ban on plastic bags because it’s just not a problem on the coast. It’s a problem in our lakes and in our rivers.”

Ahlum says the idea of a bag ban is nothing new. Right now Dare County, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles have enacted bag bans.

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield says he believes folks would be receptive to the bag ban and hopefully start to use their own bags.

However, shoppers we spoke to had mixed ideas.

“I would do the tote bag to tell you the truth if I really got motivated,” Hill says.

“I think when the government decides to do something, they jump in. Well, nine times out of ten they jump wrong,” says Buddy Brown, who is against a plastic bag ban. “I think it’s an intrusion in our lives. I think it’s another government intrusion.”

To get a ban in place, the county will need to go through the general assembly in Raleigh. Commissioner Barfield says they hope to introduce the idea to legislators next year.

WWAY reached out to Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti for comment, but he did not return our calls.

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Meth bust

Monday, June 18th, 2012

SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — Another methamphetamine lab bust in Brunswick County. The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit received information last week that a meth lab was being operated in Supply.

The narcotics unit issued and executed a warrant at 2560 Elkin ST SW, Supply. The following subjects were arrested and are now in the Brunswick County Detention Center:

Matthew Wayne Cordell of Supply was arrested and charged with maintaining a dwelling place for a controlled substance (Felony), possessing and distributing a precursor chemical, possessing drug paraphernalia; bottles, tubing, plastic container, and smoking pipe and manufacturing methamphetamine. His bond is set at $61,600.

Melissa Robin Bumgarner of Supply was arrested and charged with possessing and distributing a precursor chemical, maintaining a dwelling place for a controlled substance (Felony), manufacturing marijuana, manufacturing a methamphetamine, exceeding pseudoephedrine limits and possessing drug paraphernalia bottles.
Her bond is set at $65,000.

Raymond Barefoot of Dunn was arrested and charged with felony conspiracy. Barefoot who was at 2560 Elkin ST SW, Supply, NC, when the warrant was executed, was out on pretrial release for a previous methamphetamine lab related charge. His previous bond was revoked and is now set at $250,000.00

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Man bites police dog

Monday, June 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say s man is in jail after he bit a dog. Police arrested Travis Glaspie on June 5 on multiple counts, but he was released after posting bail. They tried to arrest him again on Friday on other charges, but he ran.

The chase ended when WPD K-9 “Maxx” caught Glaspie. While struggling with Maxx, Glaspie bit the dog’s ear, tearing it so severely the dog needed several stitches.

Glaspie was originally wanted on outstanding warrants including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and firing into an occupied vehicle. He was then charged with felony assault on law enforcement animal, resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer, property damage and possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.

His bond initially was set at $1,025,000 and he remains in custody.

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New fee would tax race runners in Wilmington

Monday, June 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Runners may soon have to shell out more cash for their hobby. The proposed fee is part of Wilmington’s recommended budget for the upcoming year. It would require all city race participants to pay an extra dollar for each race they run.

“I just don’t think that it’s a very good idea,” said Tracy Christian, president of Wilmington Road Runners, a group of running enthusiasts, and a race organizer. “I want people to be more well. We want the cross-city trails, we want the greenways, we want people to be active and healthy, and this is not how you do it.”

Christian is not happy with the fee proposed by Recreation and Downtown Services Superintendent Amy Beatty as a way to maintain greenways, trails, streets and sidewalks.

“What we are trying to do is directly link the the service to a particular fee, so that the users of that service are the ones who are absorbing that fee,” Beatty said.

Beatty hopes race organizers will pass the fee on to participants instead of taking it on themselves.

“I think it’s kind of a shame that they are going to tax the runners, because I know that the races bring quite a bit of money into the city, but at the same time, it is just a dollar,” runner Chaia Warring said.

The Port City hosts about 40 or 50 races every year, but race organizers are afraid the proposed fees could cut that number significantly.

“I wonder if the city maybe had some complaints from people downtown and they are trying to get rid of events, because this will definitely shut down smaller races,” Christian said.

The majority of the city’s races are small. Christian says when smaller races go, the non-profits who put them on will lose lots of funding.

Beatty says she does not expect the fee to impact the number of races in town.

If the budget is approved at tomorrow night’s City Council meeting, runners could see changes starting as early as July 1.

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