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Archive for June, 2013

WEATHER: Strong morning downpours

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) Soaking showers and thunderstorms will continue to fire as a cold front presses southward. While the threat for severe weather has been marginal this morning the rain has been heavy.

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“Unprecedented” number of shots fired calls in Wilmington over the weekend

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Police in Wilmington responded to at least 20 calls of shots fired over the weekend.

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Wilmington City Council passes budget

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Wilmington City Council voted unanimously to approve the 2013-2014 budget. The total budget is $141 million, including the $88 million General Fund.

The budget does not include an increase on property taxes, but does include a 2% pay increase for city employees and a 1.5% merit raise for eligible employees.

Council members also unanimously voted to authorize the Mayor to enter into an Incentive Agreement with New Hanover County Commissioners and Castle Branch, incorporated that gives the company $500,000 in incentives for its expansion.

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Divers look for teen in Henderson County lake

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

TUXEDO, N.C. (AP) – Divers are searching for a Hendersonville teen presumed drowned in Lake Summit in Henderson County near a railroad bridge where teens often jump into the water.

Authorities said 19-year-old Traverious “Tre” Carter was swimming Monday evening when he started shouting for help. Investigators say his friends couldn’t rescue him before he went under.

Officials say the area of the lake has a railroad bridge where teens often trespass to jump in the lake.

Authorities say divers are struggling to find Carter because the water is up to 80 feet deep and the water temperature is just 40 degrees, meaning they can only stay under for about 15 minutes at a time.

Intermittent heavy rain has also slowed down finding Carter.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Wilmington Fire Department responds to residential fire

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Fire Department was called to extinguish a residential fire at 2006 Carolina Beach Road, Tuesday evening.

Units arrived to smoke and fire showing from the basement of a two-story structure. It was quickly contained.

Residents had evacuated the home prior to the fire department’s arrival. No injuries were reported.

Carolina Beach Road was closed during the fire department’s response, it is now open to traffic.

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