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Archive for October, 2013

BSCO: Missing teen found safe

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

UPDATE: Detectives say DaMonte Batts was found safe in Leland.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says a teen who was last seen at school is now considered to be in danger.

DaMonte Batts, 15, was last seen around 4 p.m. Monday at North Brunswick High School.

He is a black male, 5’4″ and 145 lbs. He was last seen wearing a grey Aeropostale sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should contact Det. Holly Locklear at (910) 880-4950.


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Digital Bookmobile promotes eBooks at public libraries

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — eBooks are all the rage nowadays. Did you know you can borrow eBooks for free from the library?

Today the Digital Bookmobile visited Wilmington to teach traditional readers how to access eBooks using the latest technology.

New Hanover County Virtual Services Librarian Rachel Langlois says the 74-foot long Digital Bookmobile is helping increase awareness of an already popular service offered by the library.

“eBook usage has gone up tremendously for us, and we have a number of patrons who simply visit the library virtually instead of actually within one of our branches,” Langlois said.

Library patrons like Melinda Shepard stopped by for a quick lesson in how to check out and use eBooks.

“I thought it would be a good time for me to finally learn how to download books on my iPad and keep up with my children and my husband,” Shepard said.

Some like Linda Piasio were excited by how much easier it can be to check out an eBook.

“I love to come to the library and rent books, but I’m really horrible about returning them on time, so this is going to save a lot of money,” she said.

New Hanover County Public Libraries purchased a number of eBooks through the Digital Bookmobile’s parent company Over-Drive.

In addition to books library patrons can also use their digital devices to check out music and films all for free.

eBooks are not just available at libraries in New Hanover County. Brunswick county also offers the service. For more information, visit your local branch.

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$230,000 in NC governor’s mansion repairs off list

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An updated to-do list from Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration to spend taxpayer dollars to repair North Carolina government buildings has left out some bathroom renovations at the Executive Mansion.

A legislative committee signed off Tuesday on how McCrory and the University of North Carolina system planned to spend $150 million on building renovations.

The preliminary version of the building list earlier this month earmarked $230,000 for remodeling bathrooms in McCrory’s private living quarters on the mansion’s second floor. Those plans gave more fodder to critics of McCrory’s policies.

McCrory’s office later said no taxpayer money would be used to remodel or upgrade the bathrooms. The list of proposed projects Tuesday left out the project. The list still retains $143,000 to paint the 19th-century mansion and fix a steam valve.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Missing 15-year-old boy located

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

A 15-year-old boy who went missing Monday was located Tuesday afternoon,

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UPDATE: Man who sparked crash, slammed into phone pole charged

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Leland man faces multiple charges after police say he ran a stoplight at a Wilmington intersection, causing him to slam into two other cars and a phone pole.

Police say Andraes Bryant, 25, ran through the stoplight at Red Cross Street and 5th Avenue around 6 p.m. yesterday, sparking a three-car crash that shut down the intersection for hours.

They say when Bryant first hit another car, then a telephone pole, and finally slammed into a parked car, knocking down power lines along the way.

Police say Bryant was the only one hurt in the crash, so he was taken to the hospital before being booked in the New Hanover County Jail.

Bryant is charged with DWI and reckless driving to endanger. He was later released on a $1,000 secured bond.


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