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Archive for July, 2012

Kure Beach now considering smoking ban

Friday, July 13th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — First Wrightsville, then Carolina, and now Kure. All of New Hanover County’s beaches are considering putting a smoking ban in place.

“If we can get them to pick up after themselves, it would be mighty nice,” Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth said.

“Teach people to not throw trash,” Carolina Beach Mayor Ray Rothrock said. “Not just cigarette butts, but not throw any trash on the ground, out the car, on the beach, anywhere. Don’t litter. That’s the solution.”

“There are many smokers who do take care of their cigarette butts, but there are many that don’t,” added Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti.

All three of New Hanover County’s beach leaders are now talking about banning butts on the beach. But some beach goers are not in favor.

“I smoke, so I just think everybody should use a can or a trash can or put them somewhere in a little pouch,” beach visitor Tammy Hawkins said.

Not all smokers are as spotless with their cigs.

The idea of a smoking ban started with Wrightsville Beach and spread down the coast. Cignotti said he thinks a ban fits the feel of Wrightsville, but says each town must decide separately.

Unlike Wrightsville, which has put the ban up for public vote, Carolina and Kure Beach town councils still have the power to approve or deny it.

“Enforcing it is going to be a problem,” Lambeth said. “It’ll mean more police and longer hours.”

“We don’t need to put another ordinance in place that we cannot enforce,” Rothrock said.

“I do think it’s enforceable,” Cignotti said. “It won’t be perfect. I’ve said before, yes, if someone wants to go and get in the water and smoke a cigarette, they can.”

Lambeth said Kure Beach is waiting for Wrightsville’s vote to make a decision. While Rothrock says Carolina Beach may say yes or no as early as next month.

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Stabbing on 10th and Wright streets

Friday, July 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to New Hanover County Dispatch a woman was stabbed on 10th and Wright streets in Wilmington.

A dispute between two neighbors over their children’s toys let to one neighbor cutting the other.

Dispatch says EMS was not needed and no charges were filed.

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Neighbors save woman from apartment fire

Friday, July 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Investigators say an apartment fire off Wrightsville Avenue last night quickly filled the home with smoke, with one woman still inside. Before firefighters could arrive, neighbors jumped to action.

“I got home. Sat down. Was just playing with the dog, trying to relax, and then we heard some screams from the backyard,” neighbor Andrew Bartels said. “We went out there, and somebody was screaming, ‘Call 911!'”

Bartels says at first he didn’t realize his neighbors’ home on Pompano Court was on fire. Soon, black smoke started billowing from the windows, and he figured out someone was inside.

Another man decided to brave the smoke and went inside the burning building to help. Bartels says when that man lifted the woman to the window, he pulled her to safety.

“He pushed her up enough that I could grab under her arms and then I just pulled her out,” Bartels said.

The Wilmington Fire Department says the fire started in the kitchen because of unattended cooking.
Responders say they aren’t sure if the woman would have been saved from the flames if the two men didn’t step up and help when they did.

Bartels say he was just doing what he thought he should.

“It doesn’t seem real to be honest with you,” he said. “I just went out there, everybody was screaming. I just wanted to help out. It’s pretty crazy. It doesn’t seem like it really happened.”

Damages to the home from the fire are an estimated $50,000 to the building and $20,000 to the contents.

There is no word yet if the residents had insurance.

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Stabbing on 10th and Meares Streets

Friday, July 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to New Hanover County Dispatch a woman was stabbed on 10th and Meares Streets in Wilmington.

Dispatch says EMS was not needed.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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VA fines Navy doc for bringing brain home

Friday, July 13th, 2012

PORTSMOUTH, VA (AP) — A Navy doctor who let his children handle the brain of a service member and his wife photograph the organ has been fined and faces disciplinary action.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that Dr. Mark E. Shelly was transporting the brain from a naval hospital in Camp Lejeune to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in December.

En route, he took the organ to his home to Virginia Beach and allowed his family to handle and photograph it, according to records with the Virginia Board of Medicine.

The board reprimanded Shelly last month and fined the osteopathic doctor $2,500.

A spokeswoman for Portsmouth Naval Medical Center said in an email that Shelly is awaiting final disposition of his case.

Shelly has acknowledged he used “extremely poor judgment.”

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

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