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Archive for November, 2013

UPDATE: Missing plane found

Monday, November 18th, 2013

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WTVD) — Our sister station in Raleigh reports the plane emergency responders were searching for in Pender County was found in Duplin County.

A fire official told ABC11 that the plane was located after 6 p.m. just north of the Kenansville airport.

Crews in Pender County stopped their search for the plane around 5 p.m. Monday evening.

Officials say the plane left from Albert Ellis Airport in Jacksonville Sunday morning and was headed to Michigan.

Crews tried to pinpoint a signal given off by an emergency locator beacon which was picked up by satellites.

Investigators say the satellites that receive the signal are not completely accurate. They said they also had hits in Duplin County and one near Mount Olive.

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

Stay with WWAY for more information on this developing story.

(Photo courtesy of WTVD)


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Cat sanctuary fire investigated

Monday, November 18th, 2013

A fire that destroyed a building Sunday in Whiteville is being investigated, a fire department official said Monday.

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UPDATE: Search for plane called off as crews find nothing

Monday, November 18th, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crews in Pender County have stopped a searched for a plane they were told may have done down some time yesterday.

Emergency responders set up a command post on Crooked Run Road near Willard, but crews searching on the ground and in the air found nothing.

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 tried to pinpoint an emergency locator beacon. Investigators say the satellites that pick the signal up are not 100 percent accurate,. 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 before the search was called off. “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 and SABLE helicopter searched by air to locate the beacon.

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


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UPDATE: Officials search for missing pilot in Pender County

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Emergency officials are searching for the pilot of single-engine plane in Pender County.

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Coudriet: County vacation policy is a guideline

Monday, November 18th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The StarNews reported this weekend that New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet is intentionally violating the county’s personnel policy to fatten the compensation of several top department managers.

This morning we went to the County Commission meeting to see what Coudriet and commissioners had to say.

The county’s personnel policy says the standard personal leave accrual rate for all employees is based on “consecutive years of service in New Hanover County.” But several high-level county employees, including Coudriet, are accruing vacation days at a higher rate without county experience to back it up.

Coudriet has worked for New Hanover County for only five years, but he has the vacation time of someone who has been with the county for 15 to 19 years.

“In terms of creditable time in the local government retirement system, I actually have the equivalent of 15-19 years,” said Coudriet, who worked in a couple of other counties before coming here.

But allowing himself and others to accrue vacation time like that goes against the county’s own policy.

“Policy is a guidance,” Coudriet said. “It’s a framework to work within, and certainly I have taken the opportunity with a couple of hires to extend to them at their request the opportunity to earn vacation that is consistent with their time of service in the public sector.”

We asked Commissioner Brian Berger what message that sends to residents.

“I would say don’t trust your county government,” Berger said. “I would say don’t trust government period.”

He says citizens should keep a close eye on their government.

“Because when we don’t, that’s when government abuses of power start taking place, and that’s what we’re seeing here in New Hanover County,” Berger said.

We tried to talk with Commission Chair Woody White and Vice Chair Beth Dawson. They say they would talk about anything on the meeting agenda, but not this issue. Commissioner Jonathan Barfield told us the vacation time is another tool in the toolbox to recruit good employees. Commissioner Thomas Wolfe left the meeting before we could talk to him. He has not yet returned a phone message seeking comment.


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