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Archive for December, 2012

Thieves steal meteorites from NC science institute

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

ROSMAN, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities are searching for thieves who stole more than 100 meteorites from around the globe in a Christmas Eve break-in at a science education center.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Friday (http://avlne.ws/TJWKIY ) that the space rocks were taken from the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, located on an isolated mountaintop about an hour’s drive southwest of Asheville.

Research institute vice president Dave Clavier said the meteorites are irreplaceable. He said each one is a one-of-a-kind object that flew millions of miles through space before crashing to earth. Security cameras recorded images of three people entering the facility.

The not-for-profit foundation provides hands-on educational and research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. The facility was formerly a NASA tracking station and a National Security Agency station during the Cold War.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Remembering people from our region who are missing

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

 As 2012 draws to a close, dozens of missing persons cases are not. Monica Caison with the CUE Center for Missing Persons tells us, everyday someone from our region goes missing. 

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Two busted for operating marijuana grow house in Lake Waccamaw

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — Two people have been arrested for manufacturing marijuana in a home in Lake Waccamaw.

Around 6 p.m., after executing a search warrant at the house on Bella Coola Road, officers found about 117 plants of marijuana.

According to Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten, the plants were growing in two seperate rooms, and one room was being used for drying and packaging the drug.

Officers arrested Gordon Bennett Kennedy and Lydia Walters during the search.

Kennedy and Walters are facing several charges, including manufacturing with intent to sell and distribute the marijuana.

According to deputies, multiple agencies worked together to conduct the bust.

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Charge escalates to murder in brother’s death

Friday, December 28th, 2012

The suspect, Boyd Daddison Starnes, 57, was confined at the New Hanover County jail five months ago on assault charges

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EXPLORE WITH GEORGE: Cape Fear Museum

Friday, December 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The holiday shopping season is winding down, but the Cape Fear Museum hasn’t lost its spirit yet.

The museum is currently featuring an exhibit called “Shopping Around Wilmington.”

WWAY’s George Elliott stopped by to check it out, and see what else they have coming up.

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