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Archive for August, 2013

Power outage closes Wilmington Walmart for hours

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Walmart Supercenter on Sigmon Road in Wilmington was forced to close its doors after a power outage around 5 a.m.

Walmart employees were standing at the doors and at various spots around the parking lot to tell customers that they were forced to close due to the outage.

Power was finally restored around 1 p.m.

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Stalled charter school losing students

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Just days before classes are set to start, SEGS Academy, a new charter school in Columbus County, still doesn't have the permits required to hold classes. According to officials with the Columbus and Bladen county school systems, at least 18 students who planned to attend the charter school will be attending their schools instead.

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Police looking for suspect with ties to Columbus Co.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Authorities in South Carolina are searching for an armed robber who could be from the Columbus County area, according to investigators in Tabor City.

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Smithfield, Food Lion donate to Food Bank

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two North Carolina companies are giving back to the needy in the state.

Smithfield and Food Lion donated 80,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. It will ultimately provide more than 300,000 meals to families in our area.

The joint effort is part of Smithfield’s “Helping Hungry Homes” program.

“We decided that turning these donations into a media event, maybe other people will give, people will volunteer or start a food drive,” Smithfield’s Dennis Pittman said. “So this is about raising awareness about homeless and helping hungry people.”

If you’d like to get involved, click here to visit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

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FIRST ON 3: Wrightsville Beach releases officers’ personnel files, not video of incident

Thursday, August 29th, 2013


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach town leaders still have not released a video that the son of a town alderman says shows two police officers assaulting him in 2011. But the town is releasing information about the officers.

As you saw FIRST ON 3 Tuesday, Adam Mills the son of Wrightsville Beach Alderman Darryl Mills, is suing the town and the officers claiming they violated his civil rights during a November 2011 DWI arrest.

While the town won’t yet release video of what happened inside the police station that night, it did release the officers’ personnel files.

Ofc. Jesse McCubbins, 26, has worked for the department since 2008, though he did leave for about a year to work at the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Cpl. Jimmy Rich, 40, has worked at the department since 2005 and has six merit-based promotions.

Neither officer has ever been disciplined, suspended, or demoted.

Town Attorney John Wessell again said he is not sure if the video is public record or if it can be released for legal reasons. He did say that he hopes to have some clarification to us very soon.

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