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Archive for July, 2013

BSL neighbors battle over level of Spring Lake

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It looks like the spring is not the only thing boiling in Boiling Spring Lakes. So are tempers.

Neighbors are battling over just how high the city should let Spring Lake be.

“I just don’t understand why several individuals just want water up to their bulkhead at the expense of everybody else losing property,” resident Ed Wilke said.

In the past year Wilke has lost his left leg, but he says he’s not ready to lose his yard to the rising waters of Spring Lake.

“I’ve lost part of my yard, and what I’m standing on is just spongy soft,” he said. “I’ve got these shrubs that are growing that I wanted to cut, and I can’t cut them now, because with my prosthesis I can’t walk out into the lake to cut them.”

Jane Falor lives across the lake from Wilke. In June, she and many of her neighbors successfully petitioned the city to raise the level of the lake.

She admits that the current drain system is not ideal, but after spending 33 years on the lake she hopes it never goes back down.

“This lake will never go back down again,” Falor said. “They will fix it so that the water will be at the right level. It’s not going to go any lower than this. The water that is out there now is supposed to be out there.”

Wilke said, “If they would just pull that elbow off of that drain pipe down there, the water’s going to drop, and my yard’s going to be dry, and my neighbors yard is going to be dry.”

City Commissioner will hold a meeting Tuesday at City Hall to hear both sides of the argument as to whether or not the lake should continue to rise or be allowed to fall to its natural level.

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Landfill, neighbors seeing results in battle with birds

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After being pooped on a number of times, workers at the New Hanover County Landfill are taking aim at their avian enemies.

After getting a federal permit in may allowing the landfill to cull their seagull population, workers say they are seeing results.

“There’s definitely less, and it’s hard to say if it’s seasonal, because it is the summertime, and they typically go to the beach and other areas in the summertime, but there’s definitely been a reduction in seagulls,” Landfill Environmental Specialist Andrew Mulvey said.

It has only been two months since Mulvey started to take aim at these pesky birds at the landfill. Before, workers were being bombarded by bird droppings, which caused health and safety concerns. And the population was growing.

Workers say they have tried everything from pyrotechnics to shooting off scare cartridges to get rid of the birds, but they say the birds are adapting quickly.

“We tried scaring them off, and after a while, the birds get used to the loud sounds,” Landfill Manager Sam Hawes said. “They get used to the fireworks, and they come back.”

This is why they say they had to resort to shooting to kill to thin out these clever birds. But they are not the only ones rejoicing in the reduction.

“Oh, my goodness, the birds, they were in the thousands. They were all on our roof,” said Eileen Rice, who works at neighboring All-Spec Industries.

She says the birds were flocking to her business leaving cars and people covered in bird poop. But she says in the past six weeks, she hasn’t seen a single bird.

“They’re not here at all,” Rice said. “We haven’t had a reoccurrence. We don’t even see the birds any more.”

Hawes says it takes a combination of lethal and non-lethal techniques to keep these birds at bay. He says it is a never-ending battle with the seagulls, but they hope these efforts will continue to work.

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Duke Energy donates $25k to Wilmington Arts Council

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Duke Energy presented a check to the Arts Council of Wilmington Tuesday for $25,000.

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Sheriff says internal issues have slowed enforcement of sweepstakes ban

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says it’s cracking down on sweepstakes parlors, but a bust today marked just the fourth time deputies have shut down one of the illegal gambling halls this year.

Deputies confiscated 50 computers from Capital One Reward Zone on Market Street today. The Sheriff’s Office hopes this raid sends a message to other sweepstakes operators.

“You can’t enforce everything every day, but you can enforce something every day, and today was their day,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Jason Augst said.

Deputies closed the doors on Capital One Reward Zone Tuesday afternoon. This comes months after the state made it illegal for these kinds of operations.

“We are going to be aggressively enforcing this violation of the law,” Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

Since January, deputies have raided four parlors after multiple warnings to pack-up.

“They’ve chosen to disregard the warnings, and now we have to take our valuable time and resources and effort to go back in and shut them down,” McMahon said. “It is frustrating.”

But deputies have only shut down a handful of the businesses. Sheriff McMahon says internal matters in his office and other criminal cases have taken precedent over this problem, but he is adamant about putting a stop to all owners breaking the law.

“It’s just a matter of getting the resources, getting the manpower together to come and shut you down,” McMahon said.

This particular sweepstakes opened two months ago. The parlor’s attorney said the program used on these computers were carefully designed and did not violate the law.

“I think that had a full examination been done of the software and how it operates, the officers would have been able to determine that,” attorney Tommy Hicks said.

Investigators say both of the owners were from out of state and have not yet been cited. Deputies however did cite the manager on duty and an employee.

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‘Eastbound & Down’ shoots at two downtown locations

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Crews from HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” filmed at Manna on Princess Street in Downtown Wilmington today.

Some of the actors were gathered outside of the restaurant and looked like they were reviewing the day’s scripts.

“Eastbound & Down” is in its fourth and final season.

The show also filmed today what looked like a Christmas scene at the Wilmington Convention Center.

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