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Archive for June, 2013

Stealth radar helps city curb speeding

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Are you tired of car after car speeding through your neighborhood? It may become a thing of the past in Wilmington thanks to a new big brother type of technology.

The City of Wilmington has spent close to $40,000 on nine pieces of radar it hopes will make the streets a little safer.

“From time to time the folks in the neighborhood get a little excessive and take out mailboxes and trees,” said Jordan Barrett. “It’s pretty bad.”

After numerous complaints from residents the City of Wilmington decided to hit the brakes on this troubling trend by purchasing 7 digital radar signs and 2 stealth radar systems to measure traffic in certain areas of town.

“It’s less expensive to put a stealth unit in place and gather the data from different neighborhoods and then position the officer where the problem is at the time of day that the problem is,” said city spokesman Dylan Lee. “It’s really targeted at addressing the problem and to be as efficient as possible.”

Despite the $40,000 price tag residents say that it’s worth it because you can’t put a price on piece of mind.

“There’s a little girl that lives right across the street and she rides her little razor scooter all the time, and I worry about her,” said Evan Edwards. “There are a bunch of dogs in the area, I’m personally a dog owner, and I worry about them getting hit by the cars too. It’s crazy; something needs to happen for sure.”

The new radar systems purchased by the city are mobile and can easily be moved from neighborhood to neighborhood.

City spokesman Dylan Lee says you can expect to see them hit the streets in about six weeks.

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Double murder trial starts in Columbus County

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Man accused of drive-by killing and execution of 14-year-old cousin

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New funding plan for area road projects gets initial favor

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Data will have a greater effect as projects move down the ladder

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Authorities, clergy to discuss Wilmington gun violence at news conference

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A news conference is scheduled for Thursday morning in the Hillcrest community, where local clergy and community supporters will be calling for a ceasefire throughout the City of Wilmington, according to an official with the Wilmington Police Department.

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Supreme Court decision sparks local discussion

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Supreme Court’s ruling to allow legally married same-sex couples to obtain the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples is receiving mixed reactions locally.

“Some oppressed people have received some good news. Some captives have been set free and once again justice is flowing like a river,” Reverend John McLaughlin of Saint Jude Metropolitan Community Church said.

After Wednesday’s ruling some are celebrating this as a victory in a long fight for equality.

“It’s been a long struggle but it’s come much faster than we thought it would come about,” Carol Leininger said.

Leininger and her partner have been married for almost five years but together for twenty-five. She said she is looking forward to being able to file their federal taxes together for the first time, and the news brought tears to her eyes.

“I am just overwhelmed today,” Leininger she said with a smile.

Others are overwhelmed for different reasons.

“It’s just not a normal thing for me to accept. I was not brought up with gay marriages,” Sammy Willmann said. “I think we are going down where we shouldn’t be.”

Some think the Supreme Court’s decision will work against the ban on gay marriage North Carolina has in place.

“Perhaps it will add momentum to the forces that one day hopefully overturn the amendment to our Constitution. That’s a much more difficult thing to do than just overturn a law,” Reverend McLaughlin said.

Over Leininger’s lifetime, she has seen a shift in society’s view of same-sex marriage and can only hope that change will impact future generations of gay, lesbian, and transgender people.

“Hopefully it’s going to be a lot easier and they will be able have a normal life; they can just be like anybody else,” Leininger said.

Wednesday Wilmington Pride will host a candle light vigil in celebration. It will start at 8:00 p.m. at 1819 Memorial on Martin Luther King Parkway.

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