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Archive for June, 2013

Cops: Shots fired less than 8 hours after plea for ceasefire

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Less than eight hours after Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous' plea for a ceasefire, WPD officers are once again investigating a report of shots fired. According to Detective Kevin Smith, officers are investigating a shooting that happened Thursday night in the 900 block of Greenfield Street.

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Investigators: Train derailed, blocking road carrying flammable cargo

Friday, June 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A train carrying flammable cargo is derailed in Wilmington’s Love Grove community, blocking people who live there from getting in and out of the neighborhood.

Dispatchers say the train ran off the tracks in the 1200 block of King Street around 5 a.m.

Investigators say they are working to set up a gravel road near the scene so people there are able to get around the accident.

They say the 64-car train is carrying flammable cargo, with two of the cars completely off the tracks. The cargo is contained at this time, but crews are worried if the cars teeter, they will be punctured.

Investigators say they believe the tracks may have begun disintegrating, sending the train to slide off the tracks.

Police say they are waiting on crews out of South Carolina to respond to the scene with a crane to help clean up the crash, opening up the roadway.

Stay with WWAY for more on this developing story.

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UPDATE: Wrightsville Beach Aldermen say no to de-annexation

Friday, June 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Wrightsville Beach Aldermen held a public hearing Thursday night on the de-annexation proposal.

The owner of the Galleria shopping center wants Wrightsville Beach to de-annex the property so it can be turned into a possible mixed-use development. The Galleria on Wrightsville Ave. is one of the few properties west of the Intracoastal Waterway annexed by Wrightsville Beach.

“The board decided not to support de-annexation,” said Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti.

State Street Company out of Charlotte wants to purchase the property and build apartments and retail stores.

“I think most of the citizens and the board feel like that property is a part of Wrightsville Beach. We are willing to work with the owner,” said Cignotti.

Wilmington City Council will hold a special meeting Friday to vote on a resolution supporting the annexation of a Wrightsville Beach shopping center into the Port City.

Friday’s Wilmington City Council special meeting is at City Hall 11 a.m.

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Train derailment causes evacuations

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Emergency crews responded to a train derailment at the entrance to the Love Grove Community around 5:00 Friday morning and are evacuating some homes in the area.

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State Air Quality division to hold Titan hearing

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The state Division of Air Quality will hold a public hearing regarding proposed changes to an air permit issued to Titan America

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