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Archive for October, 2012

Ways to keep it safe on the street this Halloween

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

On a night dedicated to nothing but fun, spooks, candy and decorations, the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office wants to make sure everyone plays it safe, too.

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20th case of rabies reported in New Hanover County

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Animal Services says the 20th case of rabies this year has been confirmed in the county. It happened on Seafarer Lane in Carolina Beach.

Yesterday, Animal Services was called to pick up a fox that was killed by a family dog. The owner handled the pet after the altercation, which resulted in potential exposure for him. The dog is current on its rabies vaccine.

Today the State Lab notified Animal Services that the fox tested positive for rabies. The victim was notified of the positive results, and the dog was given a rabies booster.

Animal Services will canvass the area to educate the public about the importance of keeping their pet’s rabies vaccine current.

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2nd NC storm victim identified

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Officials have released the name of a North Carolina man killed as winds from superstorm Sandy whipped through the state.

Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton said 25-year-old Jody Alan Davis of Mount Airy was driving a pickup Monday night about 7 p.m. when he struck a downed oak tree near Dobson. Davis was declared dead at the scene. Shelton said speed was not a factor in the wreck.

Also Monday, the US Coast Guard recovered 42-year-old Claudene Christian, a crewman on the HMS Bounty, a replica 18th Century sailing ship that sank off the coast of North Carolina during the storm. The search is continuing at sea for Robin Walbridge, the ship’s 63-year-old captain.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Masked teens accused of stealing scooter

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two teens are out of custody after being accused of stealing of a scooter and running from police.

Wilmington Police say an officer saw the boys on a scooter at Wrightsville Country Store on Wrightsville Avenue. Neither boy was wearing a helmet, but both had their faces covered with bandanas. When they saw the police cruiser turn around, police say the boys took off on the scooter and cut through the Creek Apartments.

Officers found the two 14-year-old boys in Vista Village at 1912 Gufford Dr. They also found the stolen scooter with the motor still warm, along with bolt cutters and a screwdriver.

Both juveniles were released to their parents. Officers are following up with the Office of Juvenile Justice for any possible charges.

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Gov. Perdue hasn’t yet emptied campaign coffers

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has not yet emptied her campaign fund as the closing of the campaign season and her administration approaches.

The Bev Perdue Committee’s campaign filing this week showed nearly $1.3 million in cash in its accounts as of Oct. 20. The campaign gave $250,000 to the state Democratic Party recently and refunded nearly that same amount to donors.

Perdue decided not to seek re-election and leaves office in January. The campaign report says the committee still owes Perdue and her husband $776,000.

A Perdue committee spokesman did not immediately return a phone call and email Wednesday, but two newspapers quoted Marc Farinella as saying the governor keeps exploring ways to use the money for causes like public education and helping Democratic candidates.

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

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