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Archive for June, 2013

Wilmington drops plans to add Galleria land

Friday, June 28th, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It looks like the possibility of the old Galleria shopping center on Wrightsville Ave. becoming part of Wilmington is over.

After the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen voted last night against supporting deannexing the property, the City of Wilmington decided to drop its bid to move the property into its limits.

City Council was scheduled to discuss the property during special session this morning, but only Mayor Bill Saffo and Councilman Kevin O’Grady showed up.

“It obviously is a valuable piece of property, and the alderman of Wrightsville Beach saw it that way,” Saffo said. “I respect their decision, and I hope something nice will happen with that property in the future.”

Wrightsville Beach says it’s willing to work with the developer that wants to but the property, but leaders say plans to make it a mixed-use area do not fit with the town’s vision.

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For sale: Historic Dudley Mansion on the market

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The historic home can be yours for $1,249,000. The term “keeping up with the Joneses” was coined after one of the couples who lived in the house for the lavish parties they hosted there. Most recently, parties at the house drew ire from neighbors.

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Family sues Carolina Beach over 2011 drowning

Friday, June 28th, 2013

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The family of a teenager who drowned at Carolina Beach two years ago is suing the town and the top emergency workers at the time of his death.

Geoffrey Okinyi Onguti of Raleigh died June 26, 2011, after a raft he and some friends were on overturned near the beach access at Harper Street.

The lawsuit claims that due to weather that day, then Ocean Rescue Director Alicia Lachance, who was off duty, director her assistant Elliott Bass to send lifeguards home. As a result, the suit claims, when the storm was over and Onguti and his friends returned to the beach, there were not enough lifeguards or warnings about rip currents.

The suit also questions the qualifications of Lachance and Bass. It also alleged Lachance and then Carolina Beach Police Chief William Younginer, who is also named in the suit, were having an affair when Lachance was hired, and that Younginer knew Lachance was not qualified for the job.

The family is asking for damages of at least $10,000.

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Ford cars is this man’s passion

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Joe Williams is a Ford man, but not just any Ford.

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High-ranking fire official put on leave after alcohol breath test

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Wilmington has opened an internal investigation into the episode involving the official, Battalion Chief Jimmy Casteen.

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