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Archive for July, 2012

Whiteville man arrested in Lumberton officer’s shooting death

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

LUMBERTON, NC (AP) — A Columbus County man has been arrested and charged with killing a Lumberton police officer.

Twenty-seven–year-old Marques Ramon Brown of Whiteville was charged with murder Tuesday night.

He is accused of shooting Master Police Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson Jr. at a gas station just off Interstate 95 late Tuesday morning.

The 33-year-old officer was off-duty when he saw a man wanted on other charges. Authorities say he waited for another officer before approaching the suspect’s car. As the officers walked up, authorities say the suspect began shooting, and Goodson was struck several times. He died a short time later at the hospital.

Goodson had been with the police department since 2006.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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DOT announces location for proposed Military Cutoff Extension, Hampstead Bypass

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced the location of the proposed Military Cutoff Road Extension and US 17 Hampstead Bypass in New Hanover and Pender counties.

The projects are aimed at improving safety and traffic flow along the US 17 and Market Street corridor.

The DOT selected the plans after getting input at two public meetings on possible options last fall. The alternatives selected for each project are:
·Alternative M1 for the Military Cutoff Road Extension project, and
·Alternative E-H for the Hampstead Bypass project.

Military Cutoff Road Extension Alternative M1 will extend Military Cutoff Road from Market Street to the US 17 Wilmington Bypass.

The US 17 Hampstead Bypass Alternative E-H will extend from the US 17 Wilmington Bypass across Sidbury Road into Pender County. It will cross NC 210 and Hoover Road north of South Topsail Elementary School. The project will tie into existing US 17 near Leeward Lane and will follow existing US 17 to Sloop Point Loop Road.

NCDOT will continue to explore options for providing access to existing US 17 north of Topsail High School from the proposed bypass, in response to citizen concerns.

The NCDOT says these two alternatives will have the least impact to federally protected species and preservation areas and will result in fewer residential and business relocations. In addition, there will be fewer wetland, pond and stream impacts than the other project alternatives.

The DOT says right-of-way acquisition for the Military Cutoff Extension project is scheduled to begin in 2014, with construction scheduled to start in 2016. Right-of-way acquisition for the Hampstead Bypass is scheduled to begin in 2017 with construction scheduled to start in 2020. Visit the project website for more information.

A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28 to discuss the design of the Military Cutoff Road Extension project. A public meeting will be held for the Hampstead Bypass project at a later date.

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Man dies when hit by train in Thomasville

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

THOMASVILLE, NC (AP) — Police say a man has died after he was struck by an Amtrak train in Thomasville.

Thomasville police say they were called shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The man’s name has not been released while relatives are notified.

Investigators say the man was trying to cross the tracks when he was hit.

Police Capt. Darren Smith said the train stopped about a quarter mile from where it hit the man. The train was estimated to be traveling 72 mph when it hit the victim.

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

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CFCC holds public forums for presidential candidates

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees will hold public forums in their search for a new president.

The five candidates are Dr. William Carver, Dr. Richard Federinko, Dr. Greg Rutherford, Dr. Ted Spring and Dr. Rod Townley.

Their experience ranges from current president of Nash Community College to current president of York Technical College.

The forums will allow college employees, students, and the general public to learn more about the candidates’ backgrounds and give feedback in the series of forums that will be held this week and next.

The forums will be held on the following schedule:

Wednesday, July 18, 1 p.m., Wilmington Campus Cafeteria
Thursday, July 19, 1 p.m., Wilmington Campus Cafeteria
Monday, July 23, 1 p.m., Wilmington Campus Cafeteria
Tuesday, July 24, 1 p.m., Wilmington Campus Cafeteria
Wednesday, July 25, 1 p.m., Wilmington Campus Cafeteria

CFCC hopes to have a president in place by the time classes begin next month.

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DOT selects routes for Military Cutoff, Hampstead Bypass projects

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The N.C. DOT has selected routes for the Military Cutoff Road Extension and Hampstead Bypass projects.

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