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Archive for July, 2013

STORMTRACK 3: Dorian continues to push westward, no threat to United States for at least 6 days

Friday, July 26th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dorian continues to move westward in the general direction of the Leeward Islands. The storm will not have any impact in southeastern NC this weekend. Dorian is at least 6-8 days away from the United States.

Most computer models bring Dorian near eastern Cuba by Wednesday.  It is much too early to speculate about any potential impacts on the United States mainland for next weekend.

You can always see the latest tropical updates by visiting Hurricanes 101, or by downloading the free STORMTRACK 3 Mobile Weather App to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device.

Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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Families, police want answers in unsolved Wilmington murders

Friday, July 26th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Their bodies were found years ago in Wilmington, but details of what led to the deaths of four women are still scarce.

Today, Wilmington Police joined the victims’ families in a plea to the public for help finding answers surrounding the unsolved murders.

Investigators found the bones of Angela Rothen and Allison Jackson Foy in April 2008 in woods off Carolina Beach Road. Five years later, they still have not found their killer.

“It really doesn’t go away,” Courtney Jackson said. “It’s not something you want to go away. You want to remember all of the good times and keep those memories close to you, because once you forget, it’s not important to you anymore.”

Years have slowly trickled for the families, yet so many questions are left unanswered about who and what led to their deaths.

The same is true for the murder of Priscilla Rogers, whose bones were found near River Road in December 2009 and Carol Ann Johnson, who was stabbed to death in her Pine Valley home in July 2011.

Three of the victims’ families joined police Friday to ask for the public’s help in solving the crimes.

“If someone out there knows something, come to the police department,” Rogers’s sister Beverly Rivers. “Don’t come to me and my family and tell us if you’re not going to make a statement.”

Police say they are following leads, although they remain tight-lipped on the details.

“There is information we are working on in each of these cases, and I’ll leave it at that,” Det. Lee Odham said.

For loved ones like, Foy’s sister Lisa Valentino, the fight for justice will never end.

“The anger motivates you to have the desire to persevere more and continue to seek answers and justice,” Valentino said.

Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says new information on the four cases will be released in the next month.

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Civil War relics stolen from Cape Fear Museum

Friday, July 26th, 2013


​WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some pieces of Civil War history are missing from the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington. The museum staff noticed they were missing this morning.

The museum says someone stole:
-A United States Army oval brass belt plate (buckle) with “US” stamped on face
-A Confederate infantry brass button stamped with “I” on the face; aged green patina
-A Confederate artillery brass button stamped with “A” on face; aged brown patina
-Two Confederate North Carolina brass buttons stamped with “NC” and a seven-point starburst pattern; aged green patina

“It is very distressing that we would have been targeted in this manner,” curator Barbara Rowe said in a news release. “We take the security of our collections seriously and are working closely with New Hanover County Property Management, museum staff and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to thoroughly investigate this incident. Our utmost priority is working with the sheriff’s office to recover these objects to our collection.”

Anyone with any information on this crime should contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (910) 798-4260.

The museum encourages pawn and antique business owners as well as private collectors of such objects to keep a watchful eye out in case they are offered anything resembling these items.

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Wilmington-area economic indicators – July 26, 2013

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Wilmington-area indicators

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Coast Guard investigating after barge hits pier

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Officials with the Coast Guard are investigating after a barge ran into a private pier on the Intracoastal Waterway, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.

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