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Archive for August, 2012

NC trooper found at fault for I-95 wreck

Friday, August 17th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper has been found responsible for a wreck on Interstate 95 in Cumberland County.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that 32-year-old Trooper M.A. Bethea will be disciplined internally for the wreck Wednesday morning.

A patrol spokesman says Bethea failed to yield the right of way when he was merging onto the road.

Officials say Bethea was chasing a speeder when he entered the road. But they say he had not turned on his blue lights when his cruiser was rear-ended by a vehicle.

Both the trooper and the driver of the other car suffered minor injuries. No charges have been filed against the other driver.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Man arrested in Greensboro motel stabbing death

Friday, August 17th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Police have arrested a Greensboro man and charged him with murder in the stabbing death of a woman at a motel.

Police were called to the motel in Greensboro on Thursday afternoon to deal with a fight. They found three Greensboro women had been injured.

Twenty-four-year-old Brittany Patrice Turner died from stab wounds at Moses Cone Hospital. Turner’s mother and sister were injured.

Forty-nine-year-old Larry Cook is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Cook is being held in the Guilford County jail. It was not clear if he has an attorney.

Police have not determined a motive. But they say the victim was in a relationship with Cook.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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FIRST ON 3: WPD resolves standoff after man threatens suicide

Friday, August 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC — A Wilmington man was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical center Thursday night after a more than three-hour standoff with police.

Lucy Crockett, a police spokeswoman, says the man had called a crisis hotline around 7 p.m., threatening to kill himself or provoke police to shoot him. Crockett says the man did indicate that he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Wilmington Police patrol officers, detectives and special operations responded to the 200 block of N. 31st St. in Wilmington. Both ends of the street were blocked off for the duration of the standoff.

Officers finally got in contact with the man by phone and the situation was resolved around 10:30 p.m.

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WB aldermen approve new Jet Ski speed regulation, third taxi stand in CBD

Friday, August 17th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Folks who ride jet skis in Wrightsville Beach are going to have to slow down. The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Thursday to approve enacting an ordinance for Jet Ski operators to drive with no wake 100’ on either side of the Banks Channel bridges.

Mayor David Cignotti says after recent repairs to both the Causeway Drive Bridge and the Salisbury Street Bridge, the DOT found very definite lines of corrosion and deterioration underneath from Jet Ski plumes. He says the salt water was damaging the bridges as well as the water and sewer lines.

The speed regulation cannot be enacted until appropriate signage is attached to both bridges.
Wrightsville beach police say they plan to use their best judgment call of no wake speed when enforcing the new regulation.

Also during the meeting, Aldermen unanimously approved adding a third taxi stand to the central business district to improve congestion and safety of patrons. Wrightsville Beach Police have been testing out the third taxi stand since Memorial Day Weekend. Police Chief Dan House says there have been less pedestrians in the street and businesses have been happy with the addition.

The new stand will be located in front of Lagerheads on North Lumina Avenue.

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Leland council passes changes to yard sale ordinance

Friday, August 17th, 2012

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — During a meeting Thursday night, Leland town council passed a motion changing the town’s ordinance on yard sales.

Moving forward, one yard sale per calendar month will be allowed. This applies to both residential and commercial properties.

Leaders said they had to address the issue after people were essentially running a business from having yard sales nearly every day.

Council passed a separate motion, clarifying that selling a motor vehicle at a residence does not constitute a yard sale.

Also tonight, council was expected to discuss a contract for Town Manager David Hollis. Council skipped over the issue on the agenda.

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