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Archive for January, 2013

Man hospitalized after jumping on cars

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a man was taken to the hospital last night after jumping onto the hoods of two vehicles stopped for a train on 5th Avenue at Martin Street.

Witnesses say the man appeared to jump on the hood of one car, causing it to drive off and throwing him to the ground. He then jumped on the next car in line. As that driver made a u-turn to get away, he hit the man on the ground.

Police will not charge the driver. They have not released the name of the jumper, because he is still in the hospital.

Investigators say the first vehicle involved, a black SUV, and the two people who were with the injured man were not at the scene when officers arrived. Any witnesses to the incident are asked to come forward or to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600. Information also may be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the information; send to CRIMES (274637).

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Hundreds of VIPER radios arrive in Brunswick County

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Four-hundred VIPER radios arrived in Brunswick County on Wednesday. The state of North Carolina recently pushed local emergency services to sign onto the new radio system.

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East Carolina 2013 Football Schedule Released

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

A season-opening three-game homestand, which includes a meeting with perennial Atlantic Coast Conference contender Virginia Tech, and in-state battles at North Carolina and North Carolina State highlight East Carolina's 2013 football schedule released Wednesday by Conference USA.

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Bill would let permit holders take guns into restaurants with alcohol

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — How well do guns and alcohol mix? A new bill in the General Assembly would allow people with concealed carry permits into restaurants where alcohol is served.

This is not the first time gun activists have pushed for this bill, but with recent debate on gun rights, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

“I think that if a person is legally entitled to carry a concealed weapon, I don’t think the location matters as much as a person with a weapon,” said Ricci Wright, the store manager at Shooter’s Choice in Wilmington.

The concern for many is if guns and alcohol should mix.

“As far as introducing alcohol in the situation, on the surface that sounds bad, but those same folks are driving back and forth to those restaurants, so assuming they have control of their intake of alcohol whether or not legally impaired for driving an automobile I’m assuming they have the same responsibility for their weapon,” Ricci said.

Others disagree. They say just like having a designated driver, you should have a designated gun holder.

“As far as someone you know, someone being able to bring a loaded weapon into a restaurant where people are drinking, I don’t think it’s a very good idea,” bartender Andrew Flynn said.

Many question if this will keep people safer. One supporter of the bill says it’s OK only if the restaurant owner allows it.

“If you have the right to bear arms, I think it becomes upon the owner of the establishment whether he wants you in or out with a weapon,” Thomas Russell said. “But you should have the right to carry a weapon all times, except where someone says you can’t that owns the building.”

Advocates argue that restaurants that serve alcohol are spots where law abiding gun owners are vulnerable to criminals.

The bill would also keep the names of concealed carry permit holders from being public information.

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New Hanover Co. throwing away incinerator plan

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County is trashing a plan a deal to get the county’s solid waste incinerator back up and running. But the ongoing discussion about what to do with garbage has cost the taxpayers a pretty penny.

For months New Hanover County Commissioners have explored paying Covanta Energy millions of dollars to refurbish the old WASTEC incinerator.

But county staff has informed the company that deal is dead.

“The way it looks, that is indeed the case,” said Commissioner Jonathan Barfield. “I’m not sure where we’re going from here, but previous boards have gone through this process of looking at all the options out there, and we had to deal with R3, which fell through.”

For now all county trash will go into the landfill. Barfield thinks it makes more sense to use the idle incinerator than just expand the dump.

“We’re going to spend roughly $27-30 million to expand the landfill over the time period we’re looking at,” Barfield said. “It would cost us the same thing to refurbish WASTEC. It would more than double the time of our landfill if we would do that. We really can’t build another landfill in this area. We have to determine what we are going to do with our trash here locally.”

County staff will study what to do with solid waste, but Barfield is not impressed with the so-called high tech solutions.

“To me they’re all pie-in-the-sky things; almost like R3,” he said. “I’ve heard so many different proposals from different companies from all over the country trying to handle our solid waste here. Everything from squirting enzyme into the trash and making it eat things up to R3, and again, there’s no new cutting-edge technology that’s out there.”

The StarNews reports documents fro the county’s accounting department show the county has spent $409,723.06 so far on finding a solid waste solution and still owes $93,856.27 on contracts involved in the process.

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