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Archive for February, 2013

Gov. McCrory to join governor coalition in support of offshore drilling

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday he was joining a coalition of coastal governors who support offshore drilling.

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Wilmington Chamber of Commerce sets out agenda

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Both local and state issues, relevant to Wilmington’s business community, were included to develop a plan to stimulate the area’s economy.

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Bomb investigation moving into The Cape neighborhood

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Crime scene tape remained around North State Storage on Carolina Beach Road on Friday morning,

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FBI, SBI detonate 2nd package at storage facility

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — FBI and SBI agents have detonated a second suspicious package found at a storage facility on Carolina Beach Road. Earlier today another package exploded after a bomb robot shot at it as agents tried to figure out what was in it.

The FBI and the SBI assisted by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and Wilmington Police are conducting an investigation at North State Storage on Carolina Beach Road south of Monkey Junction. Law enforcement has ordered a mandatory evacuation for businesses around North State Storage on the east side of Carolina Beach Road as they continue to investigate.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says it started this morning when multiple agencies began dealing with a suspicious package. Brewer says the FBI was investigating a suspect, which led them to the storage unit. They used a robot to shoot the package, at which point the package exploded. It’s not clear if they shot it with water or live ammunition, but agents did not expect it to explode.

Brewer says agents are still dealing with one more suspicious package they found in the storage unit. They do not know what is in the package, but they are X-raying it to decide if they’ll need to detonate it. The bomb squad did the same thing to the most recently detonated package. They buried it before exploding it.

Spokeswomen for the FBI and SBI confirm their agents and the SBI bomb squad are on scene connected to an investigation being handled by the FBI. A SBI spokeswoman says all of its agents are at the single location, despite an earlier report from another Wilmington TV station that the SBI was at another location in a neighborhood farther down Carolina Beach Road.

A witness called WWAY around 12:45 p.m. and said he saw a bomb unit at North State, which is at the intersection of Sanders Road, and heard an explosion coming from the property a few minutes earlier. A New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman confirmed a small explosion. He referred us to the FBI and SBI.

The Wilmington Police Department’s bomb unit is also on scene to assist.

The StarNews reports the owner of a neighboring business said a law enforcement officer told her investigators “believed somebody was building bombs in a storage unit next door and one of the bombs exploded. The officer told her other bombs were in the unit.”

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BREAKING: One in custody as bomb investigation continues

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One person is in custody as state and federal agents continue an investigation of bombs found at a storage unit on Carolina Beach Road yesterday.

A FBI spokeswoman says one person is in custody in connection to the storage unit at North State Storage, where she says agents found several explosive devices yesterday. Citing US Department of Justice policy, she said she could not release more details of the ongoing investigation, and she did not identify the person in custody.

Today that investigation moved to a second location. FBI and SBI agents, with the help of local law enforcement, executed a search warrant at a home at 8116 Mainsail Lane in The Cape neighborhood off Carolina Beach Road. New Hanover County tax records show the home is owned by Kaliope Giannoulis. WWAY could not immediately find a phone number for Giannoulis.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says investigators did not find anything suspicious at the house. Agents have since cleared that scene.

Brewer says agents yesterday found multiple devices, which he described as IED in nature, in Building A of North State Storage. One of the devices exploded as agents investigated with a bomb robot. A bomb squad later detonated a second device found in the unit.

Early this afternoon, crime scene tape was still up at the storage facility, but investigators said they were wrapping up their work there.

A manager at the facility told WWAY, “We just want to move past this.” He then referred us to the corporate office, where no one has returned a phone message.

The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also assisting in the investigation, according to the FBI.

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