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Archive for April, 2013

Police responding to shots fired at housing complex; nearby school under lockdown

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Authorities with the Wilmington Police Department are currently responding to a call of shots being fired at the Houston Moore housing complex near Greenfield and S. 15th streets, according to New Hanover County dispatch officials.

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Flood insurance hikes could drown out homeowners

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

For those who live along the coast, flood insurance rates could soon go through the roof forcing some homeowners to consider moving away.

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Wilmington Riverwalk to get repairs

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington’s downtown Riverwalk is undergoing construction for the next four months as part of the city’s five-year infrastructure improvement plan.

Crews will replace or repair 58 beams underneath the walkway. Because most of the work is taking place in the water, workers are specially trained in doing underwater repairs.

Repairs will also be made to the observation deck at the intersection of Water and Market streets.

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Person shot at housing complex; nearby school on lockdown

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Authorities with the Wilmington Police Department are currently on the scene of the Houston Moore housing complex near Greenfield and S. 15th streets, where one person has been shot. As a result, the nearby Lake Forest Academy, also located on S. 15th Street, remains on lockdown due to police activity in the area.

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Whiteville residents band together to fight crime

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Residents in part of Whiteville are meeting tonight to talk about the rise of crime in their area.

Some residents say Whiteville is the best little city in the US. But over the past several weeks the city has seen an increase in crime that has some concerned citizens taking action.

“We have had some citizens from a neighborhood located in our northeast section of town that are interested in forming a community watch in their area,” Whiteville Police Lt. Mark McGee said.

The organizer of the meeting told WWAY she was not concerced about her family’s safety until recently. That is why she is speaking up and organizing a crimewatch for her neighborhood.

Police say it’s a good idea.

“You look out for your own neighbors, and you’re the eyes and ears of the neighborhood and they help us with our job,” McGee said.

Lt. McGee says while the police department is not fully staffed, it is not their fault.

“We were in the process of hiring two additional officers, but that’s been put on hold, because of some possible budget cuts that we may be experiencing from lack of funding being cut from the state to the city,” he said.

McGee says police cannot be everyewhere at once, but they try to be where they are needed most.

One of the things police are doing is encouraging citizens from across the city to create a neighborhood watch. If you see something suspicious, call police.

Tonight’s meeting was organized before the shootings on the west side of Whiteville last week.

If you live in Baldwin Woods, Runnymede or High Woods or along Pinckney, Nance, Frink and Oliver Streets, you are encouraged to attend the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Beth-Israel Center on West Frink Street.

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