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Archive for July, 2012

Fish cleanup should be done Tuesday

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Greenfield Lake fish dying due to heat spell

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Fire crews save house, rescue pets

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

No injuries in morning fire

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Duke to NC regulators: CEO’s term not guaranteed

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

AP Business Writer

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The man unexpectedly appointed as Duke Energy’s CEO says the executive who was supposed to hold the top job was dumped minutes after creating the United States’ largest electric company.

Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson had been designated to head the expanded company, but it was Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers who ended up getting the job.

Rogers testified Tuesday before the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which is investigating the last-minute switch. Rogers says corporate directors asked him more than a week before the deal closed whether he’d consider staying on as CEO but nothing was final until the merger closed.

He said directors told him they were disappointed in Johnson’s authoritarian-like style, ongoing problems with Progress Energy’s closed Florida nuclear plant, and disappointing financial performance at Progress.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Two Fairmont High School grads killed in wreck

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

FAIRMONT, NC (AP) — Two former football players from Fairmont High School have been killed in a wreck south of town.

The NC Highway Patrol said 18-year-old Tyreke Addison of Lumberton and 18-year-old Nokolma Dakota Hunt of Fairmont were killed Monday night. The two were among five people riding in a 1994 Ford Thunderbird than ran off NC 41 and struck a tree around 9 p.m.

Addison also played on the school’s basketball and baseball teams.

A patrol report said neither Addison nor Hunt was wearing seat belts.

Authorities identified the driver of the car as 18-year-old Alex Gilchrist of Lake View, S.C., another former Fairmont football player. He and two other passengers were hospitalized.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Police investigating death find pot grow house

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police responding to a call about a man dead in his home stumbled upon a marijuana grow operation.

Police were called Monday afternoon to 6509 Greenville Loop Road, lot 31. A had called police about finding his uncle Patrick Anthony Taylor, 47, dead on the bed.

While investigating, officers found two rooms in the home where marijuana was being grown.

The Wilmington Vice Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant and seized three firearms, three mature marijuana plants, 10 newly planted marijuana plants and several other pieces of marijuana cultivation equipment.

Police have wrapped up their investigation.

A police spokeswoman told the StarNews it appears Taylor committed suicide.

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