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Archive for January, 2013

New walking tour will highlight ‘Streetcar Suburbs’

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

This spring the Historic Wilmington Foundation plans to launch a new "Streetcar Suburbs" walking tour.

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Shots fired lead to car chase

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Deputies arrived at 7212 Morley Ct. around 9 o’clock Friday night after reports of possible gun shots fired. 27-year-old Phillip Michael Donaldson II was inside the home and in possession of a handgun and a long gun. He had fired the gun towards the ground on his property.

Deputies could not arrest Donaldson because he did not break the law.

“There is no North Carolina criminal law that says you cannot discharge a firearm on your own private property,” said Sgt. Jerry Brewer.

Deputies instead advised Donaldson of county ordinances against discharging a firearm in the county. He agreed that he would not discharge the firearm again.

However, Deputies were called back to the same address for possible shots fired early Saturday morning. This time, Donaldson was not as cooperative. Deputies who were in the neighborhood already arrived at Donaldson’s home to see him getting into his vehicle and driving away. Deputies and other units from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Surf City Police, and NCSHP pursued Donaldson on Highway 17 heading North towards Hampstead. All units were trying to stop Donaldson who was driving carelessly and recklessly. It was not until Donaldson ran his vehicle into a ditch near Surf City that Deputies could take him into custody.

Sgt. Jerry Brewer says Donaldson fired his weapon because of a domestic issue. The female who lives with Donaldson was not home at the time of either incident. Brewer also says that Donaldson was believed to be impaired and could be charged with a DWI in addition to careless driving and failure to stop.

Donaldson was taken to Pender County Jail pending charges. All New Hanover County charges are pending as well.

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Business owners say MLK Day parade hindered business

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Some downtown Wilmington business owners said they were inconvenienced by last Monday’s Martin Luther King Day parade.

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Young dancers help out Make A Wish Foundation

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

A Dance Competition on Sunday worked to raise money for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation. This was the 5th year for the event.

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Non-native plants threatening area ecosystem

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – From the backyards of Wilmington to the waters of Lake Waccamaw environmentalists are spreading the message of invasive species faster than Kudzu.

“It a plant is green and growing it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good plant and doesn’t necessarily mean it is in the right spot,” Airlie Gardens environmental education manager Matt Collogan said.

From Kudzu and Privet, to Betony and Honey Suckle, invasive species of plants are all around us. Experts say that if we don’t start stopping the spread of these non-native plants soon it could be too late.

“These invasive plants are very prolific they out compete some of our native varieties of plants and that’s a big deal because the non-native plants cannot be eaten by our insects, and if those bugs don’t have anything to eat then there’s nothing for the birds to eat and nothing for the reptiles to eat,” said Collogan. “None of them can really adapt and to these things that are coming from halfway across the world.”

While kudzu and privet are taking over on land, experts say that our lakes and waterways are being taken over by another type of invasive species.

“Hydrilla is an incredibly aggressive aquatic weed and it has been found in Lake Waccamaw and it was not known to be in those lakes and because they are shallow lakes and this is a very aggressive growing plant it has the capability of completely taking over that lake and severely altering that aquatic ecosystem,” said conservation horticulturalist Melanie Doyle. “A real focus right now is early detection of an invasive species and rapid response so that we can get a hold of a problem before it’s a problem. That’s very important and we’re seeing that happen more and more all of the time now which is wonderful.”

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