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Archive for July, 2012

Opposition group calls rejection of baseball stadium petition war on citizens’

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Group now plans to campaign against $42 million bond referendum

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New law could force funeral home sale

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Wilmington Mortuary Service owner won’t discuss plans

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Crime in NC lowest since 1977; Wilmington also sees drop

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Justice says crime is down across the state. According to its annual report, violent crimes fell by more than five percent last year, making the crime rate the lowest since 1977.

There has also been a decrease in those numbers here in Wilmington.

“We’re grateful that we’ve had a decrease,” Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said. “We still have too much crime in the city, and we’re going to continue to work to keep driving those numbers down.”

With 2011 state crime numbers came refreshing stats for the City of Wilmington. According to the annual summary report the city has seen slight decreases in crime.

In 2010 Wilmington Police responded to 6,427 total crimes. Meanwhile the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office saw 5,228.

In 2011 those numbers fell; Wilmington’s to 6,367 and New Hanover’s to 4,896.

Still, Evangelous says the city has far too many property crimes.

“burglary and larceny are our big numbers here, and unfortunately the justice system places the least amount of resources for property crimes, but it affects the largest number of our folks in the entire state,” he said.

The only numbers that increased were murders, both locally and across the state.

“The fact that overall crime is reduced by 0.9%, yes that’s a good thing, but there are other crimes out there that are increasing,” Attorney General Roy Cooper said. “The murder rate went up. We need to heed these warning signs, because crime could significantly increase if we do not put the investment in law enforcement and technology that’s needed.”

Evangelous says drugs are another of the Port City’s biggest issues.

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Some want changes after latest Masonboro mess

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Is the party over for Masonboro? Some people say they hope so after this year’s 4th of July celebrations.

Hundreds of people made their way to Masonboro Island last week to celebrate Independence Day, but in the holiday’s wake are folks upset about the conditions on the island.

With the big crowds came big problems like numerous underage drinking tickets, fights involving 40 or more people and hundreds of pounds of trash left by drunk partiers.

With all the mess left on Masonboro, some wonder if the hoopla is worth the hassle.

“It’s like any other college-aged party,” Jack Kilbourne with the group Masonboro.org said. “It gets pretty crazy.”

Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti joined Masonboro.org to clean up the island on the 4th. What he saw shocked him.

“I was a little disappointed that there were a lot of fights,” Cignotti said. “Overintoxication was the norm, and in my mind what I saw was not what we would want to occur in our community.”

Cignotti says the problems don’t stay on the island either. The people who spend their day drinking on the island eventually come back to shore, bringing their problems with them.

The mayor says something has to change.

“I know one option that we can’t consider: to allow what has occurred to keep going on,” Cignotti said.

Cignotti and Kilbourne agree that if something isn’t done, they’re worried the island will be cut off to visitors for good. They don’t think that is fair for those who respect the rules and regulations and enjoy the environment.

“We don’t want to see them add any additional regulations, because if the regulations that were on the books were enforced, there would be no issues,” Kilbourne said.

Masonboro.org collected trash all day and said the island was spotless by nightfall on the 4th.

Cignotti says he may talk to all those involved in regulating the island to decide how to make the situation safer and more family friendly.

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Voters pick favorites in NC, legislative runoffs

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The surge of Republican candidates in North Carolina this year has led to more runoffs next week for statewide and legislative races.

GOP and independent voters who cast Republican primary votes in May get to choose next week between four pairs of candidates seeking the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner, secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction.

The superintendent’s race pits Wake County school board member John Tedesco against special education teacher Richard Alexander of Monroe. They differ on whether the job should ultimately remain a statewide elected position. The winner will take on Democrat June Atkinson.

Only one statewide runoff is for a Democratic nomination. John Brooks and Marlowe Foster want to challenge Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry in November.

There are also several legislative runoffs.

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

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