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Archive for January, 2013

State may buy truck to keep traffic moving on causeway

Friday, January 18th, 2013

N.C. DOT staffers will meet with locals about bringing an Incident Management Assistance Patrol vehicle.

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Wilmington fire officials respond to fire on 26th St.

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Wilmington fire officials responded to a house fire Friday afternoon on 26th St.

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Brunswick Co. teacher charged with having sex with student marries him

Friday, January 18th, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (STARNEWSONLINE.COM) — A former Brunswick County teacher charged with having sex with a student pleaded guilty last month to a lesser charge after she married the victim, preventing the state from compelling him to testify against her, a prosecutor said this week.

Leah Gayle Shipman, 42, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

Court records indicate that on Jan. 19, 2011, she divorced her husband of 19 years, and on Jan. 25, 2011, Shipman married student Johnnie Ray Ison in Brunswick County after obtaining a marriage license from Columbus County. According to the Columbus County register of deeds office, Ison was 17 at the time of the marriage, and his mother, Susan Wilson, signed the paperwork allowing him to marry.


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Bank robbers description released; police not sure if school threat linked

Friday, January 18th, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — It’s been a busy day for law enforcement in Bladen County, including a bank robbery and a bomb threat at a school.

Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw says a black man in his early to mid 20s showed a teller at First Citizens Bank a note demanding money and showed a handgun. Kinlaw said the man was not wearing a disguise, but was wearing a baseball hat and a blue flannel shirt.

Around the same time, a bomb threat was called in to Elizabethtown Primary School. The school district says all 556 students and 86 staff were moved by school buses to a secure location at the National Guard Armory.

Kinlaw said investigators do not know if the two incidents are connected, but he said it’s suspicious that they happened at the same time.

Elizabethtown Primary School’s principal sent an Alert Now message to all Elizabethtown Primary parents notifying them of the situation.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department bomb dog search team, searched the school campus and all school buildings, the district says. Investigators say the school was safe and free of any bomb. Students and staff returned to the school at about 11:15 a.m.

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N.C. film officials hope to lure new filmmakers at Sundance

Friday, January 18th, 2013

North Carolina film officials will be on hand in Utah this week to represent the state’s movie business.

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