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Archive for January, 2013

CFPUA hoping to finish repairs before evening rush

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority now hopes to have traffic back to normal on Wooster Street before the heart of the evening rush.

At about 3:30 p.m., CFPUA spokesman Mike McGill said crews were working on road repairs after fixing a water main break. He says all lanes of traffic on Wooster should be open by 4:30 p.m.

McGill said the six-inch cast iron pipe, which is 60 to 80 years old, broke this morning near the intersection of Wooster and 3rd streets.

Police and firefighters closed three westbound lanes of Wooster as CFPUA crews work to fix the problem. Officials advised drivers to avoid Wooster between 5th Avenue and 3rd Street.

WFD suggests traffic wanting to cross the bridge to Brunswick County should use 3rd Street or Front Street or consider using the Isabel Holmes Bridge on the north end of downtown.

CFPUA says no customers are affected by the main break. The utility also says a boil water advisory is unlikely.

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New Wave bus routes to go to Carolina Beach, Leland

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

As part of its first major route overhaul since 2008, Wave will introduce bus service to Carolina Beach on Feb. 3.

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Water line repair expected before evening rush

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Repairs to a water main break near Third and Wooster streets are expected to be finished by 4:30 p.m.

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FIRST ON 3: Mistrial dismissal end case against mom in baby mauling death

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County family can start the healing process after a judge ruled the 2011 death of a nine-day-old girl was an accident.

In August 2011 Addyson Camerino was just nine days old when her mom, 18-year-old Chelsea Brigman, left her sleeping in her carrier while she took a shower. Investigators say that’s when the family’s five dogs mauled the infant to death. It led investigators to charge Brigman with involuntary manslaughter.

“Any time we have a case involving a child that is so vulnerable, we have pledged to our community that children should grow up in a safe and injury-free environment,” Assistant District Attorney Tripp Watson said.

After a week long trial at the Bladen County Courthouse, Judge Ronal Stephens granted a mistrial after jurors could not reach a verdict after six hours of deliberations. Judge Stephens then granted a motion to dismiss all charges in the case. He said that even if jurors had reached a guilty verdict, he would have set aside that verdict and sent the case directly to the appellate court.

“If the judge decides the evidence was just insufficient or perhaps the jury had made an incorrect decision, they can set the verdict aside, but I don’t remember the last time that’s happened for me in 29 years,” Brigman’s attorney Butch Pope said.

Prosecutors decided not to appeal the dismissal, which means this case is closed.

What’s not closed, though, is a mother’s grief.

“Her whole world changed forever,” Pope said. “I don’t know that any of us can imagine what they have been through, but I don’t know that chelsea will ever fully get over the loss of that baby.”

Prosecutors have also dropped involuntary manslaughter charges against Brigman’s father-in-law and co-defendant Nelson Camerino.

Brigman left court quickly after the judge’s ruling. Her family did not want to comment.

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Jury hung in case of woman facing involuntary manslaughter for baby’s death

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

It was announced Wednesday that the the jury in the trial against a woman whose 9-day-old daughter was mauled to death by a dog could not reach a verdict.

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