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Archive for February, 2013

2 die in Gastonia house fire

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – Two people have been killed in a house fire in Gastonia.

Firefighters were called to the home early Monday. Gastonia police said the victims were 78-year-old Ernest Adams and 57-year-old Angela Smith Wilson.

Emergency officials say there were no other injuries in the white vinyl and brick house.

Neighbor Randy Jenkins says he was unable to get into the house because of the flames.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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Fire on the Dock cooking competition returns to Wrightsville

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Fire on the Dock is back for its second year. Billed as competition dining, patrons vote on courses served and the winner advances.

The venue this year for the popular cooking competition is Bluewater Grill on the intracoastal in Wrightsville Beach. Sixteen restaurants face off through April 3.

Culinary ring master Jimmy Crippen gets everyone in on the show. ”I think what makes this a popular event is that you are the judge. This is all interaction, it is interaction to its finest extent with dining, you get to be the judge.”

Monday night’s contestants were the Antoine Murray with Cape Fear Country Club facing off against Scott Grimm and Dockside.

Tuesday night it’s Wilmington’s Rx against Oceanic from Wrightsville Beach.

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ONLY ON 3: Man tased at basketball game speaks out

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville man who police say was tased for disorderly conduct and assaulting an officer says that the Whiteville Police were out of line.

At Friday night’s game, Michael Kelly was 24-hours removed from the funeral of his father. He says to get his mind off of things he went to a Whiteville Wolfpack game to try and cheer up.

“I’m from Whiteville and I ain’t never had no problems going to no games up there,” said Michael Kelly. “I always had fun at the games.”

Kelly says he had just returned to his seat when there was a questionable call. Like many fans in his section he hurled a few insults at the ref and the next thing he knew he had been ejected from the basketball game, and two officers were surrounding him.

“They told me to get up and I got up and I bent over and grabbed my stuff and one of them pulled out a taser gun and held it to my stomach and he pushed me a little bit with it,” said Kelly. “When I leaned and fell back then the other one pulled out another taser gun. They tased me and I started shaking. My heart could have gone out my socket.”

While Kelly admits to being out of line while jeering the ref he says the police should have handled the situation differently.

“They could have escorted me to the door you know what I’m saying and told me not to come back on the premises no more and I would have did that for them, but what they did it wasn’t nothing but lies,” said Kelly.

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NC Highway Patrol trooper shot in Durham

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina highway patrol trooper is fighting for life after being shot in Durham.

Authorities said the trooper was shot Monday evening near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Cheek Road. He was transported to Duke University Hospital. His condition was not available.

Police are searching for a black Nissan Altima with a temporary 30-day-tag driven by a white male with short blonde hair.

Sgt. Jeff Gordon told WRAL-TV (http://bit.ly/12EErYW ) that the trooper had made a routine traffic stop on U.S. 70 when he got out of his vehicle and was struck by gunfire. The vehicle headed west on U.S. 70.

Authorities shut down parts of U.S, 70 and Interstate 85 as they investigated.

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McCrory saying he will sign unemployment insurance bill into law

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says his new administration will focus on the economy, education and the efficiency of state government services.

McCrory made the comments Monday night during his first State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in Raleigh.

The former Charlotte mayor also said North Carolina is no longer going to take federal money without knowing how to pay back. He was referring to the $2.5 billion the state owes the federal government for unemployment benefits. He said he would sign a bill Tuesday that would accelerate the debt repayment by raising taxes and cutting jobless benefits.

McCrory said he would seek legislation to allow school districts use more lottery revenues for technology and virtual learning.

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