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Archive for December, 2013

WHA: Two records requests will cost more than $125,000

Friday, December 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Housing Authority says two recent public records requests will cost the authority more than $125,000. As a result, the agency is asking for more specific requests.

WHA says a request by former New Hanover County Commission and Wilmington City Council candidate Napier Fuller involves four years of “emails, letters, communications, charts and other documentary materials” between the CEO and Board of Commissioners along with all “legal settlement files.” WHA says Fuller’s request will involve approximately 93,000 emails and 11,000 documents. While Fuller has requested these documents in digital format, WHA says the costs in the required legal review will more than $70,000.

The StarNews has requested all written correspondence, sent or received, involving any and all members of Wilmington Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners and correspondence involving WHA’s former CEO and the interim CEO, the authority said. The request applies to all personal e-mail accounts the Commissioners use to conduct public business, according to a WHA news release. WHA says the StarNews request will cost WHA more than $56,500

The WHA says it has been working on both of the requests since they were received. Due to the vast nature and extreme costs related to the requests, WHA has asked Fuller and the newspaper to submit a more detailed, concise request.

“Wilmington Housing Authority believes in full transparency,” the authority’s release said, “but fiscal responsibility is of utmost concern as well as the financial impact this will have to the community.”

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Two teen lovers charged with multiple burglaries

Friday, December 20th, 2013

MONKEY JUNCTION, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two teenagers for multiple burglaries.

Jacob Arthur and his girlfriend Nicole Thoos, both 17, were arrested December 10 for three stolen vehicles and a string of other recent crimes.

Investigators say a man woke up that morning at 5:00 a.m. and found someone in his bedroom at his home on Beamon Lane near Monkey Junction.

The victim stated the suspect told him, “Don’t move, or I’ll kill you.” When the victim realized the suspect did not have a gun, he fought with the teen.

The suspect got away, but the victim had ripped off enough of the suspect’s clothes that he was easily identifiable.

Deputies found Arthur a couple of streets away, Deputies also located the vehicle Arthur was driving which was stolen over the weekend. A search of the car turned up multiple stolen items and the evidence was enough to link Thoos to the crimes.

Since their arrest, Detectives have also connected Arthur and Thoos to other B&E’s in the area.

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Lunchtime shooting near Houston Moore complex

Friday, December 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY / STARNEWSONLINE.COM) — Police are on the scene of a report of a man shot several times in the area of 12th and Greenfield streets, according to law enforcement officials.

The shooting occurred at 12:16 p.m., and the victim has been taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, according to a news release from the Wilmington Police Department.

As of 12:41 p.m., crime scene tape blocked off a portion of a parking lot on Crocus Court.

(F.T. Norton from the StarNews contributed to this story.)

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The Cape Fear Chordsmen carry Christmas cheer through carols

Friday, December 20th, 2013
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Chordsmen bring cheer to so many around the Cape Fear this time of year, and their passion for music won't miss a beat throughout other seasons, either. 
 
The barbershop chorus continues making spirits bright through song all year long, and many shows they put on in the community is all to benefit charity. The group recently put on performances at the Arboretum, before heading to area nursing homes to give people there a reason to be happy this holiday, too. 
 
Though carols are a big hit leading up to Christmas, the chordsmen are already tuning up for that sweet holiday in February, preparing for songs that spread love to special Valentines. If anyone wants to order up a treat for their special someone, just visit their website at capefearchordsmen.com to find out more information. 
 
Before they begin the new year with new songs, several members of the group stopped by Good Morning Carolina to give viewers a listen of a fun, holiday favorite.

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Booming year in TV production lends stability to industry

Friday, December 20th, 2013

All potential projects first work with the Wilmington Regional Film Commission

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