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Archive for January, 2014

DOT already busy getting roads ready for storm threat

Monday, January 27th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Southeastern North Carolina is bracing for what could be a winter weather mess. Meanwhile the Department of Transportation has been busy preparing to keep the roads safe.

Monday was a beautiful day with blue skies as far as the eye could see; a completely different story than what the forecast is calling for for the next couple of days.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Grace Butler said while enjoying some ice cream Monday. “The last time it snowed was a couple of years ago.”

As we brace ourselves for the storm, some are already preparing to stay indoors.

“I’m not going to be driving if it snows, especially if class get canceled,” CFCC student Parker Bishop said.

“It creates a lot of issues for people around here that don’t have four-wheel drive and aren’t accustom to driving in the snow,” driver Scott Dispirito said.

NCDOT crews started treating roads Sunday night and continued the work today. In New Hanover County, crews have already dumped more than 3,500 gallons of salt brine on streets. Workers will report to work at midnight Tuesday and are prepared for the long haul.

“We’re going to be here until the roads are in a safe, passable manner,” the DOT’s Gerard Taylor said.

The DOT in New Hanover County says there will be about 10 trucks on the road at any given time during the storm.

“They’ve got a lot of equipment they are operating all at the same time while they are driving,” Taylor said. “Give that driver some room. Give yourself some room.”

The DOT has already ordered an additional 250 tons of salt for New Hanover County to make sure they have enough to keep up with mother nature.

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Tips to avoid frozen pipes

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Wilmington plumbers are warning residents about cold weather freezing pipes over the next couple of days.

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Winter Storm Warning in effect for all of southeastern NC Tuesday/Wednesday

Monday, January 27th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Winter Storm Warning continues for all of southeastern NC through Wednesday morning. Light rain will transition to a mixture of snow and sleet near the coast early Tuesday morning. The mixture will push inland during the day, transitioning to all snowfall. 

Snow becomes heavy across our viewing area Tuesday evening and continues through Wednesday morning. The storm system departs our area by Wednesday afternoon.

Stay with WWAY and the StormTrack 3 Weather Team for continuing developments and forecasts as the system approaches. Follow updates on this potential coastal winter storm via Facebook and Twitter or download our StormTrack 3 mobile app to keep up on the go.

 

 

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Garry Hines pleads guilty in 2011 death

Monday, January 27th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man accused of murder took a plea deal at the last minute.

A trial was supposed to start this afternoon for Garry Orlando Hines, 20. But before the jury even came in Hines pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Cornelius Blanks, 20. Blanks was shot and killed during an early-morning fight in May 2011 outside Club 609 in Wilmington.

In court, the judge said it was his understanding that some witnesses, who he believes may have been involved in gangs, refused to testify.

Talks of a plea deal circled around the courthouse last Wednesday, but no one could confirm whether Hines was offered a deal or what that deal might have been. Jury selection began later that day with trial set to begin today. But just minutes before the jury was supposed to head to the courtroom, Hines accepted a plea deal for voluntary manslaughter.

Hines also faced several heroin-related charges in an unrelated case. The judge says those charges were in the plea agreement.

Tthe judge says Hines will serve 51-71 months in prison.

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Bank robber busted

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Wilmington Police have arrested a man accused of robbing two banks within the last week.

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