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Archive for July, 2012

New Hanover deputies bust marijuana grow house

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man is in jail accused of running an indoor marijuana grow operation. Harold Monroe Becker Jr., 56, faces multiple felony drug charges.

Vice and Narcotics detectives executed a search warrant at a home at 107 Hawthorne Dr., where they say they found two separate indoor grow operations. Investigators say the first was in a back room. The second was in a storage building located at the rear of the property.

Detectives say they seized more than 150 marijuana plants during the operation with a potential value of more than $200,000. They also found harvested marijuana and packaging material.

Investigators say the grow house included extensive ventilation and artificial lighting equipment.

Becker is in the New Hanover County Detention Facility under a $50,000 secure bond. He’s charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana, one count of possession with intent to sell/distribute marijuana, one count maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for drugs, two counts possess of marijuana and one county of manufacturing marijuana.

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3rd chicken tests positive for eastern equine encephalitis

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Eastern equine encephalitis is a deadly mosquito-borne virus.

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Hickory boys basketball coach faces sex charges

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

HICKORY, NC (AP) — Police have arrested the boys basketball coach at Hickory High School and accused him of statutory rape and sexual activity with a student.

Thirty-eight-year-old Shawnacie Antoine Johnson was arrested Tuesday morning.

Johnson is charged with four counts of statutory rape from incidents in 2007 and 2008 and one charge of sexual activity with a student by a teacher from a 2009 incident. Police say the victim was in her early teens.

Hickory City Schools reported the allegations in May.

Johnson is a physical education coach and wide receivers coach in football in addition to being the head coach of the basketball team. He has been at the school since 2002. He’s been on paid administrative leave since June 1.

Attorney Blair Cody says it’s hard to believe the charges.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Third chicken tests positive for EEE in New Hanover County

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — New Hanover County Health Department encourages people to protect themselves from mosquito bites and the risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Recent testing in the local sentinel chicken flock confirmed a positive sample of EEE in New Hanover County. This marks the third positive chicken in the last three weeks. This raises concerns about the mosquito-borne disease making its way into the human and equine populations. “Human incidence of EEE is rare, but it is a dangerous disease.

There is no cure and no vaccine for people available right now, so people need to protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites,” stated David Rice, New Hanover County Health Director. “Minimize unprotected outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, the times during the day when mosquito activity peaks as they search aggressively for blood meals. Protective measures include applying insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.” Though rare in humans, when it does occur, EEE is a very serious illness and can be fatal.

The young and elderly populations are at greatest risk. Survivors of EEE infections may suffer from long-term brain damage. Therapy is limited to treating the symptoms of the disease, as there is no specific cure and no available vaccine for humans. Horse cases are almost always fatal. A preventive vaccine is available, and effective for horses if administered before the animal is bitten by infected mosquitoes. Vaccinations should be administered by a licensed veterinarian to assure that viable vaccine is utilized and injections are properly administered.

Ways to eliminate mosquito breeding and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease include:

-Cover rain barrels and have tight fitting screens.
-Change the water in bird baths and pet bowls at least twice a week.
-Empty or remove any other containers that hold even a small amount of water including saucers under flower pots.
-Store out of service or unmounted tires under cover so as to prevent the collection of any water.
-Keep gutters clean and in good repair.
-Repair leaky outdoor faucets.
-Use tightly-screened doors and windows.

For additional information regarding the use of repellents visit, http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/RepellentUpdates.htm. Follow the New Hanover County Health Department on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/NHCHealth or ‘like’ us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NHCHealth.

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3rd chicken tests positive for E. Equine Encephalitis

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a deadly mosquito borne virus

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