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Archive for July, 2012

Expert: Heat beating city’s efforts to oxygenate Greenfield Lake

Monday, July 9th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Folks trying to enjoy a day at the lake got a nasty surprise. Turns out this heat isn’t just making us sweat, it’s killing dozens of fish in Greenfield Lake.

Experts say runoff from areas around the city, which includes things like pet waste, pesticides and fertilizers, promote algae growth in the lake, which diminishes oxygen for the fish. But this extreme heat has just been a catalyst for the problem.

“This is a classic summertime fish kill. That hot weather makes it really difficult for everything in the lake to breathe,” said Kay Lynn Plummer-Hernandez, a wildlife biologist and education specialist with Cape Fear River Watch.

She said the health of Greenfield Lake directly impacts the health of the river, because it acts as a sort of filter.

Right now the lake is not doing so well.

“It’s stinky, stink, stink,” lake visitor Alethea Hudley said.

“It’s gross,” said Madison Grant, who visited the lake with her summer camp from Delco. Her teacher Gwen Williams said the stinky surprise was not what the group was hoping for.

“We were very disappointed that the fish kind of spoiled it for us, but we made the best of it,” Williams said.

Plummer-Hernandez said the city is trying to make the best of it, too. It added an extra filtration system, are running airboats that circulate the water and are scooping up the dead fish. The lake also has five SolarBees, which are solar-powered fans on the bottom of the lake that constantly turn and stir up oxygen. But Plummer-Hernandez says they just aren’t enough with the lack of rain and abundance of heat.

“Pray for rain and cooler weather, which seems to be on the way,” Plummer-Hernandez said. “Hopefully Greenfield Lake will be a nicer place to come to within a week or two.”

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Man charged with attacking neighbor with machete

Monday, July 9th, 2012

An Elizabethtown man is in jail charged with cutting his Bladen County neighbor with a machete Saturday.

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NCIS helps local law enforcement crack cold cases

Monday, July 9th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — It sounds like a crossover episode of two TV crime dramas: NCIS and cold case. But in Brunswick County this week, it’s a joint effort trying to solve some real life murder mysteries.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office along with NCIS are holding a three-day cold case training seminar. Law enforcement will take a look at old cases to try and find new leads.

“We will invite the agencies represented here to share some of their cases with us and there will be a brainstorming, if you will, a sharing of ideas, not only between NCIS and local agencies but between the local agencies,” NCIS Director Mark Clookie said.

In 1995 NCIS developed the first cold case homicide unit. Now many local law enforcement agencies have followed suit.

This week detectives from across the region are working together on their cold cases. One case is the 1987 Brunswick County Murder of Jaye Potter Mintz.

“That’s something that we will go over as far as the seminar and look in more detail and hopefully we can apply some of the techniques that we learn to this case,” Brunswick County John Ingram said.

NCIS has solved cases even older than the Mintz murder. They have solved 62 cases overall, with their oldest going more than 35 years unsolved.

“It’s the hope that the diversity of the experience and the training in the room is going to come together coalesce and hopefully resolve some of these cases,” Clookie said.

Investigators from New Hanover, Columbus, Anson and Horry counties along with the SBI are also on hand for the training.

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UPDATE – Leland drops proposal to merge with Belville

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The town of Leland has cancelled a planned Thursday hearing on a possible merger.

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Rx grand opening this week

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Rx Restaurant and Bar on Castle Street opens this week,

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