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Archive for June, 2013

Rescued pit bulls may return to owner

Friday, June 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Six pit bulls Wilmington Police found at an empty house a week ago may soon be reunited with their owner.

A spokesman for New Hanover County Animal Services says the owner has been in contact with Animal Services. He says the woman is currently making arrangements to try and get the dogs back.

Because they are pit bulls, the animals cannot be adopted out and would have to be put down if not returned to their owner.

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Emergency crews have 1 of 6 train cars on stable track following derailment

Friday, June 28th, 2013

As of Friday afternoon, emergency crews have one train car on a stable track following a train derailment that happened around 5:00 Friday morning near the entrance to the Love Grove Community, officials with the Wilmington Police Department say.

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Four of six train cars back on track following derailment; King Street temporarily reopens

Friday, June 28th, 2013

As of Friday afternoon, emergency crews have four train cars on a stable track following a train derailment that happened around 5:00 Friday morning near the entrance to the Love Grove Community, officials with the Wilmington Police Department say.

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Glenn Sellers returning to sidelines at Trask

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Sellers, who came to Trask in 2009, stepped down on September 11, 2012 citing health concerns.

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Work continues to clear derailed train, reopen Love Grove

Friday, June 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Crews are working to reopen the only road into Wilmington’s Love Grove community after a train derailed this morning. They expect King Street to reopen around 10 p.m.

In the meantime a temporary road is set up for residents to get in and out for emergencies.

“I heard the loud noise when it came off the tracks,” resident Tom Atwood said. “Then you heard a loud rumble.”

It was not the way folks Love Grove residents expected to wake up Friday morning.

“Fire shooting from under the train, so I quickly put on my clothes and ran outside,” Atwood said.

Outside residents like Atwood saw they were trapped by a derailed train blocking King Street, which is the only way into their neighborhood. The only way in or out was on foot.

“We’ve been trying to get another exit out of Love Grove since I was a child,” resident Yolanda Homes said.

After the derailment, residents say they hope this will shed light on what they say is a bigger problem.

“This is a major disaster that is going on, and if something were to happen to what was in those tanks, just think about all those people it would affect,” resident Rosa Mack said.

CSX says those tanks contained xylene and methanol, which are chemicals that could catch fire. Crews evacuated 16 homes as a precaution.

“The methanol is used to make many different kinds of solvents, and the xylene, you can make soda bottles,” CSX Hazardous Materials Manager Harry Hopes said.

Ronald Davis, whose mother lives in Love Grove, said his friend saw a cracked joint on the tracks a week ago and notified CSX.

“He said eventually this thing is going to break and cause a problem,” Davis said.

Hopes says crews will use bulldozers and cranes to move the cars back onto the track.

“We will walk them down to what’s called a good track structure basically putting them back on the roadway,” he said.

CSX has not yet responded to our questions about whether it had received a report of damage to the track before the derailment.

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