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Archive for December, 2012

New Hanover School Board holds special meeting on safety tonight

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In the wake of last week’s school shooting in Connecticut, the New Hanover County School Board has called a special work session tonight to discuss school safety.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon are expected to participate in the discussion.

One parent we spoke with says schools can do more to keep kids safe.

“I think more law enforcement patrolling, possibly even metal detectors, would definitely help out,” Valerie Davis said.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting tonight. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Board of Education building on South 13th Street.

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7 p.m. Update: Mary Lee the shark back off Brunswick County

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

As of late Wednesday afternoon the shark was located south of Lockwood Folly Inlet

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Wilmington Fire battalion chief charged with DWI

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington Fire Department battalion chief is off the job after being arrested on a drunk driving charge.

Wilmington Police arrested James Casteen Sunday night on Ivocet Drive on a DWI charge.

A city spokesman says because Casteen cannot perform his duties as a firefighter without a driver license, Casteen is currently off work using accrued leave. He can return to work after getting his license back.

Casteen is due in court February 18.

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Talk of tougher laws driving gun sales

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gun suppliers in Wilmington are struggling to keep their shelves stocked. They say it has to do with people protecting themselves, but employees say they think customers are more worried about some weapons soon being banned.

John Yeaton thinks everyone has the right to protect themselves. He bought a gun Wednesday, so he would have a weapon if necessary.

“(I) started getting a little worried about what could happen,” Yeaton said. “I wanted to hurry up and get down here and get one, so that it would be grandfathered in prior to whatever they decide.”

Yeaton is not alone.

Shooter’s Choice in Wilmington has been packed since talk of stricter gun control started circulating in Washington.

“People are just afraid,” Shooter’s Choice’s Alice McKoy said. “We’ve been busy since before the election. Then we have our regular Christmas rush that we usually get, but I think after the incident (in Connecticut), people are afraid that they’re not going to be able to get stuff, so everybody’s coming in and buying everything they can get their hands on.”

Despite recent shootings, employees at the store do not think banning certain types of weapons is going to make the community safer.

“I don’t necessarily think that it’s going to make a difference as far as the violence goes in our country,” McKoy said. “I tend to believe that guns don’t kill people. Automatic guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

Yeaton served in the Marines and was wounded in action. He says his injury along with the potential new restrictions on firearms makes him worried about his safety.

“It’s going to make me a much softer target, since I walk around with a cane after being wounded,” Yeaton said. “It’s going to affect everything.”

People we spoke with today at the store say they believe people who go out of their way to register and purchase a gun legally are not the people the government needs to worry about. They said people who follow laws are not the same people responsible for mass shootings.

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Community donations will bring a smile to children this Christmas

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Parents and grandparents were grateful for donated gifts from viewers in the area as they picked up some items from the Salvation Army Wednesday.

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