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Archive for July, 2012

NC Sherriffs’ Association holds conference in Sunset Beach

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY)– The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is holding its 90th annual training conference in Brunswick County this week.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is hosting more than 70 other state offices at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach for the event.

Sheriff John Ingram says the week-long conference helps teach leadership, risk management and how to better serve communities.

“It’s just a great time to not only pick up some valuable information from the speakers we have lined up but also an opportunity for the sheriffs to network and share ideas,” said Ingram.

There are also a lot of vendors at Sea Trail this week who are there to cater to the needs of the different agencies on hand.

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Crews battle woods fire near Market Street and Military Cutoff Road

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Fire crews were working to contain a woods fire near Market Street and Military Cutoff Road around 6 p.m. Monday. Billowing smoke was filling the sky northwest of the Market-Military Cutoff intersection.

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Ogden Park evacuated due to fire caused by lightning strike

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Ogden Park has been evacuated due to a brush fire that was started by a lightning strike.

The park will remain closed until further notice.

Stay with WWAY for all of the updates on this developing story.

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Wilmington restaurant with connection to Colo. shooting plans fundraisers for victims

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Across the country people are coming together to help the families of the victims of the movie theater shooting in Colorado, including help from right here in Wilmington.

For a restaurant at Mayfaire, the shooting across the country hits especially close to home.

Alex Sullivan was excited to kick off his 27th birthday with a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” He tweeted before the show, “Oh man one hour til the movie and it’s going to be the best birthday ever.”

Sullivan, who had a birthday and a wedding anniversary over the weekend, died at the Cinema 16 theater in Aurora, CO. As his family searches for peace, his work family is trying to help.

Sullivan was an employee of a Red Robin in colorado and reportedly had just gotten off work before he went to the movie.

Workers at Red Robin at Mayfaire in Wilmington say they are hosting fundraisers this week to help Sullivan’s family financially.

“We consider ourselves a very big family, and our team members are an extension of that family,” said Brian Dunmire, who manages the Red Robin at Mayfaire. “Our staff felt compelled to do this, to help raise money for rehab and other expenses and to support one another.”

Dunmmire says his staff feels particularly close to the situation, because many of them too went to a midnight showing of the movie.

“That could have been any place, any person, but it was another group similar to our team just going out to have a good time and see a movie,” Dunmire said.

Dunmire says he was told other employees of the Colorado store were injured in the shooting and are still in critical condition.

Thursday, Red Robin in Mayfaire will donate their time and tips to the victims of the Colorado shooting. Friday, they will host a lemonade stand out front of the store as well.

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Third-party entrant wants NC write-ins counted

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A former Virginia congressman says writing his name on the November ballot for president in North Carolina wouldn’t be a wasted vote because he’s offering alternative policies to those of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode turned in petitions Monday at the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Goode will be a certified write-in candidate and his votes will count if more than 500 petition signatures of qualified voters are confirmed.

Goode said he’s on the November ballot in 17 states and hopes to give voters the option in 40 states.

Goode served as a Democrat, Republican and independent during his 12 years in Congress. He said he supports congressional term limits and a moratorium on certain legal immigration. He’s limiting individual donations to $200.

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

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