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Archive for November, 2013

Board approves of pay hike for ABC CEO

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of a proposed pay hike for Dan Sykes.

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SABLE helps nab alleged copper thieves

Monday, November 18th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputies used the SABLE helicopter to find two men over the weekend wanted for allegedly stealing copper.

Deputies say Daniel Johnson and Brent McGhee had several pieces of cut copper ground cable from a Duke Energy power station on Blue Clay Road.

Both men were charged with felony larceny, trespassing, and damage to property.

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Record high temperature set Monday

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Wilmington reached a record-high temperature of 84 degrees Monday

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UPDATE: Search for missing plane, pilot narrowed to area 2 miles from runway

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Emergency officials have narrowed down the search area in the hunt for a missing plane and pilot in Duplin County.

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UPDATE: No sign yet of plane as crews search near Willard

Monday, November 18th, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crews in Pender County are searching for a plane that possibly went down some time yesterday.

Emergency responders have set up a command post on Crooked Run Road near Willard. Just about 1,000 yards away, a ground team of 6 people from the Penderlea Fire Department is searching.

Officials say the plane left from Albert Ellis Airport in Jacksonville yesterday morning and was headed to Michigan. They say the pilot never closed out his flight plan, which does not necessarily mean he has not landed. Regardless crews are trying to pinpoint an emergency locator beacon. Investigators say the satellites that pick the signal up are accurate, but they’ve gotten a hit in Pender County, in Duplin County and one near Mount Olive. They say no one in the area heard or saw anything.

“It is time consuming, and we have to rule out everything,” Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins said. “We don’t want to go off and then we find him out here alive and leave him, so we just have to rule him out of this area.”

The Civil Air Patrol is searching by air to locate the beacon, as well as the SABLE helicopter.

Officials are not releasing the pilot’s name but they say he is in the military and his family has been notified.


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