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Archive for January, 2013

Christian Coalition offers community college books on Christianity

Friday, January 18th, 2013

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Funeral this weekend for Brunswick Co. deputy

Friday, January 18th, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Family and friends will say goodbye this weekend to Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy who died earlier this week. Det. Kyle Jones, 41, died unexpectedly at his home Monday.

Family visitation is tonight from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at New Beginnings Church at 730 Whiteville Rd. in Shallotte.

Funeral service are tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia. Burial will follow at Brunswick Memorial Gardens at 5229 Ocean Hwy W in Shallotte.

Jones was a 19-year veteran of law enforcement. He served in Columbus County from 1994 until 2000 and in Brunswick County from 2000 until his death.

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Bald Head Island dredging delayed

Friday, January 18th, 2013

BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The start to a new dredging project at Bald Head Island will have to wait a little longer.

The Village of Bald Head Island says the dredge has arrived, but the contractor doing the work for the Army Corps of Engineers is waiting on a pipe to be shipped. That means they expect to start pumping sand by the start of February, instead of the projected start date of Jan. 25.

The village hopes the sand will help renourish West Beach on the island. Adding sand and plans to build a terminal groin are expected to help erosion issues on Bald Head’s South Beach.

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NWS says microburst caused Columbus County damage

Friday, January 18th, 2013

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — Families began the clean-up after strong thunderstorms caused some serious damage last night in Columbus County, as experts tried to figure out what exactly happened.

Severe thunderstorm warnings sounded off last night ahead of a strong line of storms. The storms rolled through Columbus County with winds as high as 75 mph near Chadourn.

The storms damaged homes, knocked down trees and power lines and carried debris far from it came from.

The National Weather Service sent a team out to assess the damage this morning. They said the damage was not the result of a tornado, but something else.

“We found evidence of a microburst, which is a big bowling ball of wind and rain, basically, that descends from the thunderstorm, and when that hits the ground, it fans out and can cause considerable damage like we saw in the Chadbourn area,” NWS Warning Coordinator Meteorologist Steven Pfaff said.

The microburst had two areas of strong winds that are to blame for damaging homes near Chadbourn. Even though there was moderate property damage, no one was hurt.

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Elizabethtown Police identify suspect in bank robbery

Friday, January 18th, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — Elizabethtown Police say they have identified the suspect in a bank robbery this morning.

Police say they have spent the afternoon searching for Aaron Montrese McDowell, 27, . Elizabethtown Police and Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at McDowell’s last known address of 48 Buck Lane Drive in White Oak, but he was not there.

Police say the bank robbery happened around the same time as another major incident in Elizabethtown this morning.

Around 9 a.m. Elizabethtown Primary School got a call about a bomb threat. Police rushed to the scene to ensure the safety of the 550 students and their teachers and evacuated them to the National Guard Armory.

“School staff responded wonderfully,” Bladen County Schools spokeswoman Valerie Newton said. “They were able to very quickly get the children evacuated from the school, and in just a matter of a few minutes law enforcement was on the school campus very quickly, and it went so smoothly we couldn’t have asked for a better evacuation.”

Police say while they were assisting with the evacuation at the Elizabethtown Primary, they received a second call. The First citizens Bank on Broad Street, just blocks away from their station, was being robbed.

“A light-skinned black male walked into the bank and approached the teller. There wasn’t any customers in the bank at the time, and he handed the teller a note displayed a handgun and basically demanded money,” Elizabethtown Police Chief Robert Kinlaw said. “She gave him the money that she had that he put into a black duffle bag and then he left on foot.”

Police say that they cannot tie the two incidents together, but they say the timing of both calls makes it very suspicious.

“We can’t verify that the two are related, but it’s just awfully coincidental, and we are investigating whether or not there is some relationship there,” Chief Kinlaw said. “I have been working here for 30 plus years, and this is, as I recall, the third bank robbery we have had.”

If you have any information about either the bomb threat or the bank robbery call police.

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