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Archive for August, 2012

Ben the bear won’t return to roadside zoo in NC

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) – Everyone agrees that Ben the bear will instead stay at his new home in California rather than return to Cumberland County.

The Fayetteville Observer reported both sides of the legal fight about Ben’s ownership agreed Monday to keep him at the sanctuary where he was moved earlier this month.

Ben is a black-and-brown bear hybrid who had lived the last six years at Jambbas Ranch Tours, a roadside zoo in Cedar Creek. A lawsuit was filed, and Ben was moved to a Performing Animals Welfare Society sanctuary in San Andreas, Calif.

Ben had lived in a 12-by-22-foot cage with a concrete floor. He now lives in a 2-acre habitat with grass and a pool.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Soldier pleads guilty at Fort Bragg in hazing case

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — Another soldier is being punished for his role in the suicide of an Army private, who authorities say killed himself because he was hazed over his Chinese ancestry.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Spc. Thomas Curtis pleaded guilty Monday to hazing, assault and other charges in the suicide of Pvt. Danny Chen of New York last fall in Afghanistan.

The 27-year-old Curtis from Hendersonville, Tenn., was sentenced to about three months in prison and a demotion to private. Prosecutors wanted up to nine months in prison, reduced rank, and a bad conduct discharge

Curtis apologized to Chen’s family, saying he had gone too far in pushing the 19-year-old soldier.

Curtis is the fifth soldier from Chen’s Alaska-based unit to stand trial. Eight soldiers are charged in the case.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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One man arrested for trafficking marijuana

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Vice and Narcotics detectives arrested one man on Friday for trafficking marijuana.

Steve Rohan Smith was arrested after he was found in possession of more than 18 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana has a street value of more than $40,000.

Smith was released after posting a $35,000 Secured Bond.

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Gas, air travel prices expected to rise as Isaac hits Gulf

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As Isaac barrels down on the Gulf Coast, how will the storm affect your wallet at the gas pump? According to AAA, the storm is expected to drive up prices at the pump. How much exactly? AAA says it’s still a little early to tell.

“We don’t expect it to be catastrophic, but we do expect that it will increase fuel prices,” says Sarah Hall, Wilmington AAA spokeswoman.

Drivers hope the up-tick doesn’t kill their wallets.

“I really hope it doesn’t go up, because I don’t have much money to go around,” says Wilmington driver Liza Broadhurst.

“If you have to drive, you have to, but I’ll keep the driving to a minimum,” says John Eyster.

Several energy companies have evacuated workers from their oil and gas platforms, cutting off oil production in the Gulf, which accounts for more than 20 percent of our country’s supply.

Our area, according to Hall, may be affected more so than other regions. She says that 90 percent of our gas comes from the Gulf.

Another thing she says folks will need to worry about with Isaac is airline ticket prices.

“I do recommend that anyone that is planning any trips or air travel to go ahead and buy their tickets now,” Hall says. “When fuel prices are affected, so are airline tickets.”

Hall says when Katrina hit seven years ago, gas prices went up 60 percent in our area. The good news is she does not expect Isaac to cause prices to increase anywhere close to that.

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Gas, air travel prices likely to rise from Isaac

Monday, August 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As Isaac barrels down on the Gulf Coast, how will the storm affect your wallet at the gas pump? According to AAA, the storm is expected to drive up prices at the pump. How much exactly? AAA says it’s still a little early to tell.

“We don’t expect it to be catastrophic, but we do expect that it will increase fuel prices,” says Sarah Hall, Wilmington AAA spokeswoman.

Drivers hope the up-tick doesn’t kill their wallets.

“I really hope it doesn’t go up, because I don’t have much money to go around,” says Wilmington driver Liza Broadhurst.

“If you have to drive, you have to, but I’ll keep the driving to a minimum,” says John Eyster.

Several energy companies have evacuated workers from their oil and gas platforms, cutting off oil production in the gulf, which accounts for more than 20 percent of our country’s supply.

Our area, according to Hall, may be affected more so than other regions. She says that 90 percent of our gas comes from the Gulf.

Another thing she says folks will need to worry about with Isaac is airline ticket prices.

“I do recommend that anyone that is planning any trips or air travel to go ahead and buy their tickets now,” Hall says. “When fuel prices are affected, so are airline tickets.”

Hall says when Katrina hit seven years ago, gas prices went up 60 percent in our area. The good news is she does not expect Isaac to cause prices to increase anywhere close to that.

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