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Archive for October, 2013

Public records on NC fair case seized by sheriff

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Wake County Sheriff’s Department has seized records from the state Labor Department in connection with a mishap at the North Carolina State Fair last week.

Labor Department spokeswoman Dolores Quesenberry said the agency was ordered Tuesday to turn over files related to its inspection and investigation of the “Vortex” ride. Three people were seriously injured last Thursday after the ride started suddenly as passengers were getting off. A ride operator is facing criminal charges for allegedly tampering with one of the ride’s safety features.

Separately, a contract between the state and New York-based carnival operator Powers Great American Midways shows the company was required to provide at least 28 rides classified as “spectacular” or face a maximum daily fine of $5,000.

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Caregivers can share thoughts at groups event

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center invites the public to an evening honoring family caregivers.

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After school program needs volunteers for positive influence

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Leaders with the Wilmington Housing Authority see the after school program for the Houston Moore community as bright spot for a public housing system that's been in the shadow of increased violence in the city.

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911 tapes describe events surrounding Pizza Hut shooting

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Newly released 911 tapes are shining a new light on the way events unfolded outside a Wilmington Pizza Hut on Friday night.

A shootout with police outside of the restaurant left two men dead and another wounded.

In a city where police have increased patrols to control the crime it appears that one officers trained eye may have made all of the difference.

Police say around 11:45 p.m. Friday, three men approached an employee outside the Pizza Hut at 2402 S. 17th Street. Investigators say Jalani Smith, 20, Ronald Roland, 18, and Tevin Robinson, 20, all from Brunswick County, forced the employee back into the restaurant at gunpoint and robbed the people inside.

When the suspects left the building they met police officers outside. WPD says the suspects refused commands from officers and gunshots were exchanged. All three suspects were injured and taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Roland and Robinson were pronounced dead a few hours later.

Smith has been released from the hospital and is now in the New Hanover County Jail under a $1.5 million bond. He is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, multiple armed robbery charges and four counts of first degree kidnapping.


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Man criticizes WPD response after hit and run

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man who was the victim of a hit and run is upset over a series of events that took place after his accident.

On September 20th an 18 year old girl backed into his car at a stoplight on Carolina Beach Road.

He immediately pulled over and called 911, but while he was on the phone with dispatch the girl who hit him drove off.

Carlton James says that it took a civilian crash investigator more than an hour to get to the scene of his accident.

Once they got there they filled out an accident report if he got any information about the girl who crashed into him.

Two weeks later James says he called police with the girl’s license plate number, but never got a response.

“We’re all taxed,” said Carlton James. “Our taxes helps pay for the law enforcement salary. I’m upset, frustrated and confused, because I’m trying to understand why there hasn’t been anything handled about it.”

Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley says it’s common for civilian crash investigators instead of cops to respond to accidents

She says she is reaching out to James to try and get the situation cleared up.


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