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Archive for October, 2013

Driver winds up on wrong side of MLK guardrail

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A car ended up on the wrong side of a guardrail on MLK Parkway in Wilmington this morning.

Police say the driver was not paying attention and lost control. His car was left hanging off the side of an embankment near the Burgaw exit.

They say no one was hurt, and the car never flipped over.

No word on what charges that driver may face.

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NC prisoners’ harvest to help depleted food banks

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina prisoners are working to harvest more than 13 tons of turnip greens for food banks faced with depleted supplies.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Wednesday the first batch of 6,700 pounds from the Caledonia Correctional Institution farm near Tillery is heading to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The Department of Public Safety has committed to provide the rest this fall.

The load is another effort by the McCrory administration to refresh food bank inventories. The governor announced last week the release of $750,000 in state funds to regional food banks.

McCrory’s office has attributed diminished supplies to the partial federal government shutdown. Food banks also faced higher demand as officials worked out problems related to an expanded computer system that delayed processing food stamp applications.

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Experts: ‘Mary Lee’ not likely a threat for triathlon swimmers

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

FORT FISHER, NC (WWAY) — A great white shark is again making a big splash off our coast.

Mary Lee has become a local celebrity of sorts. The 16-foot, 3,500-pound great white is back again swimming along our coast giving those who see her quite the encounter.

Jason Atkinson says he was returning from a boat trip near Masonboro Inlet when he spotted something large in the water.

"When we got close to it, it didn't dive down or anything, so it stayed right on the surface next to the boat, and it was about the full length of the boat, and you could see it clear as day that it was a great white," he said.

He says the shark's fins stuck out at least two feet before it dove back underwater.

The shark may have been Mary Lee. This big shark is one of the first of its size to be tagged for tracking.

"We can now put a device that's on Mary Lee called a spot track, and every time she sticks her dorsal fin out of the water for five years, it beams in her location," said Chris Fischer, founder of Ocearch.org, which tagged Mary Lee last year.

With the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon this weekend, we wanted to know if swimmers should worry about becoming Mary Lee's breakfast.

"I don't think so, but I do think it's also common sense to just follow the tracker, and if she happens to be in right on the beaches where a tremendous amount of people are getting in the water, it's important everyone has that information before they make choices on what to do," Fischer said.

Fort Fisher Aquarium's Marc Neill says he does not think the shark is a threat either.

"I really wouldn't think so," Neill said. "I'm certainly not going to say that you don't want to be cautious, but the odds are obviously extremely minimal."

Click here to follow Mary Lee at Ocearch.org

You can also check out Mary Lee's Facebook page

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With help, pink’ foundation brings in the green

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Pretty in Pink puts focus on helping newly diagnosed

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Woman wanted for I.D. fraud, police need your help

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

A woman is wanted by the Whiteville Police after she was able to cash a large check with falsified identification.

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