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Neighborhood watch hosts cook out to gain support from other neighbors

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You could smell the food from a few blocks away, and that was the point. One Wilmington community used food and friends as a way to gain support against crime this weekend.

“This neighborhood used to have a really bad reputation,” said resident Abigail Beck. “It turned around a couple of years ago, and now it is creeping back in. We don’t really want to have it.”

Residents near South 7th and Queen Streets are taking a stand against violence before it spills into their neighborhood.

“A lot of us feel very safe, but we want to keep it that way,” said neighborhood watch organizer Caren Gordon.

After a string of shootings in Wilmington and word of increased gang violence from the Wilmington Police Chief,

“We have recently arrested some high level gang members, gang leaders. We believe that has created a void in local gangs.”

…the community wants to create an effective neighborhood watch. They organized a cookout on the corner of 7th and Queen Streets this weekend to gain support from other neighbors.

“If everybody knows who actually lives in this neighborhood, then we can look out for each other,” said Beck.

Residents did point out that stopping violence isn’t the only focus.

“We also see prostitution,” said Gordon. “Some neighbors have witnessed drug transactions.”

They are relying on each other’ eyes and ears to keep their neighborhood safe. Long-time resident Alice Miller says she may not be as young as she once was, but she still hears and sees pretty well.

“I have a very attentive mind, and I sit on my porch a lot,” said Miller. “I see a lot.”

Miller says the violence “is all around,” and it is important to meet everyone and know who truly belongs in your neighborhood.

The neighborhood watch will hold monthly meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for October 16th at MLK center.

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Man from Leland dies in accident outside Richmond, VA

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

A 76 year old North Carolina man is dead following a three-vehicle crash on I-295 South in Hanover.

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Rocky Point man charged with sexually abusing girl, 5

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

A Rocky Point man was arrested Saturday on charges he sexually abused a minor.

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UDPATE: Oleander fire may be a total loss

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The flames that engulfed the top of an office building in Wilmington may have left the structure a total loss, according to investigators.

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UPDATE: Office fire put out; Building valued at $1.6 million

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Crews have an office fire under control at 6329 Oleander Drive. And, all eastbound lanes, and one westbound lane are open. That’s according to Sammy Flowers, the Wilmington Fire Department Battalion Chief, and the Wilmington Police Department.

An off-duty Wilmington Fire captain was driving home from work and saw smoke coming through the ridge vent of the roof and called 911, the fire department says.

Oleander Drive between Bradley Creek Bridge to Greenville Loop Road is closed. Drivers are urged to stay away from the area and not to drive over water hoses.

The firefighter who saw and reported the fire went into the building to make sure everyone inside made it out safely. No one was hurt.

According to the building owner, the value of the structure was $1.6 million. The fire department says the structure sustained heavy fire and water damage and may be a total loss. The fire appeared to have started on the second floor attic area, but the cause is still undetermined.

Photos courtesy of Kristopher Gerner.

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