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Archive for October, 2013

Chief: Suspects in Pizza Hut robbery ran at cops, did not shoot

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say the suspects involved in Friday night’s shooting outside a restaurant ran at officers but did not fire shots.

Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said this afternoon information WPD gathered through investigations of recent restaurant robberies, including through collaboration with Leland Police, led officers to keep an eye on the Pizza Hut on S. 17th. St. Friday night.

“As the officers arrived they observed what they believed to be an armed robbery in progress,” Evangelous read from a prepared statement. “Officers saw guns being used during the robbery. When the suspects left the building officers challenged the suspects and gave them several commands to surrender. The suspects refused to comply with the officers commands and ran towards our officers. The suspects were then fired upon by the officers.”

Two of the men, Tevin Robinson and Ronald Roland, died in the shooting. A third, Jalani Smith was injured and later charged in connection to the robbery. Evangelous said the investigation in the days since proved the suspects did not fire at officers, but investigators did take two weapons from the suspects after the incident.

Evangelous says six officers are on administrative leave as WPD conducts and internal review of the incident and while SBI investigates as well. He said the names of the officers will be released when the review is done.

“No one wins when lives are lost,” Evangelous said. “This recent incident affects everyone and I am asking for the community‚Äôs support as we move through this.”

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Skyrocketing flood insurance rates taking toll on home values

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Sales deals on second homes are starting to fall apart in Southeastern North Carolina

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Good idea for Downtown Wilmington? Raleigh mayor announces Downtown Raleigh Alliance gift card program

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

— Gift-giving in downtown Raleigh just became much easier.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced Wednesday the Shop Downtown Raleigh gift card program sponsored by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, set to launch on Friday.

“I’m very excited,” McFarlane said. “There’s always people you work with, and you want to give gifts to. They’ll be able to use it for lunch and shopping.”

For a one dollar activation fee, shoppers can purchase the plastic cards online at ShopDowntownRaleigh.com, and use them to make purchases at any participating downtown Raleigh business. All the money you spend on the card will return to businesses downtown.

“We zero out on it,” said Lacie Lindstadt, spokeswoman for the alliance. “It works just like a credit card for the public.”

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Halloween events planned around the region

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for some Halloween Happenings tomorrow night, several groups are hosting events around the Cape Fear.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office hosts its Fall Festival from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia. The free family-friendly event features free hot Dogs and popcorn, cake walks, costume contests, hay rides, haunted trail, bounce houses, face painting, pumpkin carving contest and more.

Wilmington Police and several churches are also hosting a Family Fall Festival. It’s tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m. at Union Missionary Baptist Church at 2711 Princess Place Drive. It features face painting, fellowship, food games music and more. No costumes or masks allowed.

In Pender County, Currie Event’s Inc. hosts its annual Trunk-o-Treat. It’s tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. at 186 Battleground Road. Organizers promise lots of fun and candy for the children.

And across the county, WWAY will be broadcasting live as the Kiwanis Club of Hampstead hosts its 8th Annual Trick or Treat in the Park. It’s from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hampstead Kiwanis Park at 586 Sloop Point Loop Road. Activities include a costume contest, hay ride, bounce houses and, of course, candy.

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Business Notebook – Jobs report delayed by gov’t shutdown

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

It also delayed the release of a slew of government reports, including the local jobs report.

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