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Archive for August, 2012

Isaac better organized, track moved east

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 45 mph

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Isaac better organized; hits Caribbean Islands tonight

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical Storm Isaac has gained some strength overnight and looks much better organized today. The storm is quickly moving westward, and will hit the Lesser Antilles tonight. 

From there, the storm will press on into the Caribbean Sea where it should strengthen into a hurricane and approach the Dominican Republic and Haiti by the weekend. This will be a key stage for Isaac, as the tall mountains of Hispaniola could significantly weaken the storm if it passes directly overhead. 

As the storm re-emerges over the waters near the Bahamas on Sunday, it’s track becomes even more un-certain. Many track possibilities are being suggested by model guidance, including tracks over the Florida peninsula, up the East Coast, and out to sea. 

The bottom line is that it’s simply too early to suggest whether a US landfall is likely – or where it would occur. With that being said, it is a storm to watch for us in North Carolina as we head into next week. It’s also a great time to revisit your hurricane plan and make sure you’re ready for a storm as we hit the heart of hurricane season. 

You can always see up-to-the-minute forecasts from the StormTrack 3 Weather Team at Hurricanes 101.

Meteorologist Tim Buckley




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Gore indictment reignites old issues

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Rex Gore was the criminal prosecutor for three counties for 20 years. Now, he finds himself facing criminal charges. One man says Gore’s questionable actions started years before this latest development.

“I hope they put him in jail and he should be there a long time for what he has done,” Loy Buff told WWAY.

Buff’s daughter, Davina Buff Jones, died under mysterious circumstances on Bald Head Island in 1999. Gore called it a suicide.

Now, almost two years after ending his 20-year reign as the top prosecutor in three counties, Gore appeared before a magistrate Tuesday. He turned himself in a day after a grand jury indicted him for felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense.

“We are disappointed that an administrative decision that he made back in 2005 has resulted in criminal charges today 7 years later, but we do look forward to a jury making a decision and having an opportunity to be heard in front of a jury,” said Gores’ attorney, James Payne.

Gore is accused of allowing Assistant District Elain Kelly to submit false expense reports. Buff says this doesn’t surprise him. He has been fighting for more than a decade to get his daughter’s death ruled a murder instead of a suicide.

“He’s corrupt about everything because four times I proved in court that my daughter did not commit suicide,” Buff said.

At the time of her death Davina Buff Jones was a police officer on Bald Head Island. In May of 2011, current District Attorney Jon David reopened the investigation, seeking a definitive answer to the cause of Jones’ death.

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Council votes to delay convention center hotel deal

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A very frustrating situation. That’s how Wilmington City Councilwoman Laura Padgett referred to the process of bringing a hotel downtown, next to the Wilmington Convention Center.

Tuesday night, Wilmington City Council approved extending negotiations with the company looking to develop the hotel.

What was supposed to be wrapped up in September, negotiations will now be delayed by four months to January 2013 as Harmony Hospitality LLC works to bring an Embassy Suites hotel downtown.

Because of complications with the site, including problems dealing with water lines, easements, and the size of the lot, the development company has asked for the extension. Also, because Embassy Suites is a subsidiary of Hilton, Harmony must apply for a franchise license, which could cause concerns about competition with a Hilton hotel already downtown.

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Lewisville woman says she bought Johnson’s home

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

LEWISVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A Lewisville woman who owns Christmas tree farms is the new owner of race car driver Junior Johnson’s mansion and farm.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Loretta Sides Shore says she bought the 10,000-square-foot home and 150-acre farm at the Aug. 7 auction. The buyer’s identity had been kept confidential.

The winning bid was $2.3 million. The sale is scheduled to close this week.

The 81-year-old Johnson has said that health issues prevented him from caring for the property in Yadkin County. He and his wife moved to Charlotte.

Shore owns Shore’s Nursery, which grows Fraser firs in Alleghany County.

Johnson originally listed the house for $6 million, then lowered the price to less than $5 million. He decided to offer the house at auction when it didn’t sell.

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

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