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Archive for July, 2012

FIRST ON 3: Man arrested after disturbing church with bomb threat

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Sunday school turned scary at a Brunswick County church when a man threatened there was a bomb in the building. It happened over the weekend in Ocean Isle Beach.

“There is an individual in this church who’s screaming, ‘Bomb,’ and we had to carry him out,” a caller told 911 operators. “He’s in the parking lot. We’ve restrained him.”

It’s probably the last place you would expect something like this to happen. For the Beach Assembly of God congregation, it was a Sunday they may remember for all the wrong reasons.

“We had a subject who I believed was under the impairing substance of something. To what, we’re not sure,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Det. John Holman said. “But what he was doing was going around, interrupting sunday school and services, walking up behind people and slapping them extremely hard on the back, and then he would say bless them.”

Pastor John Chase says it was a pretty unique incident, and that luckily members of his church were able to avoid more harm. He says the situation here at his church was under control very quickly, as there was an off-duty deputy in his congregation, and the Sheriff’s Office responded very quickly to their calls.

“It really encouraged our congregation, even in the midst of the disturbance, that such expertise and professional care and help was available to our congregation within just a matter of minutes,” Chase said.

Deputies arrested Christopher Walker, 31, of Wilmington, for disorderly conduct, simple physical assault and assault on a female.

Despite the original bomb call, investigators searched the church with a K-9 unit and did not find any explosives.

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Former New Kid on the Block coming to Wilmington

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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Officials still watching for hotspots at Ogden Park

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Fire could end soon, but it can take months for the area to get green again

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Free stargazing and planet-gazing in Carolina Beach

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

For more information, call the society at 742-9740 or Carolina Beach State Park at 458-8206.

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FIRST ON 3: Hear the 911 call from OIB animal bite

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — New details to the animal bite yesterday at Ocean Isle Beach.

WWAY obtained the 911 call from the incident, in which an animal bit a 12-year-old boy in the water

Victim’s aunt: “I don’t know if my nephew has been bitten by something… Has a huge gash in his leg. We are at 131 west 1st street.”
911 Operator: “He has a gash in his leg, you said?”
Victim’s aunt: “He has a gash in his leg. Mom, has he been bitten by something? We think, maybe… It’s a big deep gash. Might be shark, possibly.”

Witnesses told us the boy was talking about something the size of his arm that swam between his legs before he felt the bite. First responders said they thought the might came from something smaller than a shark, like a bluefish.

The Town of Ocean Isle Beach has not released the identity of the victim, and there’s no word on how he’s doing.

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