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Archive for December, 2012

Wilmington police captain makes working the holiday easier

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While many of us are home enjoying our families, police officers are still out keeping the streets safe.

One captain with the Wilmington Police Department made working on the holiday a little easier.

Sergeant Michael Clemmons has worked for the Wilmington Police Department for the past 24 years, many of those years working Christmas, something he says has not always been easy.

“My children have loved it because their dad’s a police officer,” said Clemmons. “But then, it’s nerve-racking because they don’t know if I’m coming home.”

But this year, Captain Jim Varrone wanted to make it a little easier. He and his wife cooked an entire Christmas dinner for all the officers who have to work.

“Christmas isn’t all about receiving; it’s about giving,” said Varrone. “And it feels good to do something like this that I know is something that others are going to appreciate.”

Varrone says after many years of working on the holidays, he is happy to bring a little Christmas cheer to his family away from home.

“It’s time away from their families, and I know how lonely that can feel when you’re away from your family.”

Sergeant Clemmons will be home for Christmas next year. He is retiring February. But he says he and his fellow officers will always be a family.

“If you put this badge and gun on, you’re family. Once you’re a police officer, you’re always an officer.”

About 15 percent of Americans worked this Christmas. That includes emergency services workers, some retail workers, and yes… news reporters.

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NC megaport opponents turn to seashore project

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The people who fought a megaport on North Carolina’s coast are in the early stages of trying to preserve much of the same area along the lower Cape Fear River.

Mike Rice and Toby Bronstein of the nonprofit Save the Cape have leased office space in Southport for their effort to protect roughly 25,000 acres from development. They point to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore as an area that’s worked under similar circumstances.

They face opposition from the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission. Executive Director Jim Bradshaw says the area should be developed for industry. The state ports authority says it has no immediate plans for the 600 acres bought for the port.

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

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Woman dead after domestic dispute on Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Deputies with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office found a 46-year-old woman shot to death on her kitchen floor on Christmas Eve.

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Ability garden to refocus after horticultural therapist retires

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

After 13 years of watching the seeds of her hard work pay off, literally and figuratively, horticultural therapist Phyllis Meole will retire Jan. 1, leaving the Ability Garden at the New Hanover County Arboretum to grow without her.

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Deputies investigate murders on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Deputies in Columbus County are investigating two unrelated shooting deaths near Tabor City.

On Christmas Eve, just after 1 a.m., deputies found Rebecca Ann Buffkin, 46, shot to death on her kitchen floor.

Buffkin’s boyfriend, Beamon Fowler, 60, who called 911, was on the scene, east of Tabor City. Fowler surrendered, saying he had shot Buffkin in the head with her own handgun, following a dispute.

An autopsy was conducted the same day, confirming that Buffkin died from the gunshot wound.

Fowler is being held at the Columbus County Detention Center without bond.

In a separate, unrelated incident, on Christmas Day, deputies found Gilberto Antonio Segovia, 51, shot to death on the ground at the bottom of his front steps.

The shooting happened just before 12:30 a.m., west of Tabor City.

Segovia’s girlfriend was forcefully taken from the home during the incident by an ex, but was able to escape, unharmed.

Authorities are looking for the suspect and two others involved.

Autopsy results are expected in the next few days.

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