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Archive for January, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERT: CFMB, IHB expected to go up Friday

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and the Isabel Holmes Bridge is expected to go up around 11 a.m. Friday.

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Several NC robbery suspect tracked by snow prints

Friday, January 31st, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Sometimes it’s easier than other times to find robbers.

Police in Charlotte, Gastonia and Fayetteville say they made arrests in several robberies this week by tracking snow prints.

Charlotte police say tracks led them to a pair of suspects in two convenience store robberies Wednesday. Police say they followed prints from one of the stores to a residence where they arrested the two men.

The same thing happened in Fayetteville. Police say someone took three laptop computers from a business just after midnight Wednesday. Sgt. Manuel DeJesus says officers tracked footprints to a home and arrested a suspect.

Another suspect was tracked by snow prints in a gasoline station holdup several hours later.

Gastonia police made an arrest in a series of car break-ins by tracking footprints in the snow.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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MELTING AWAY: Roads improve as thaw begins

Friday, January 31st, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Life is finally starting to return to normal around the region as a long-awaited thaw has finally begun.

Despite light precipitation overnight, temperatures at or above freezing aided the work of road crews as southeastern North Carolina begins to defrost from a winter storm that will be long remembered for its ice than snow in many areas.

Early this morning main roads in Wilmington like MLK Parkway, Market St. and College Rd. were mainly clear of ice, though patches of slushed remained. Many secondary roads, though remained messier, but conditions are improving.

Today’s forecast calls for highs in the 40s. It’s a significant departure from the sub-freezing temperatures that have gripped the region since Tuesday evening. The warmth should allow significant melting letting some people venture out for the first time in days.

Emergency dispatchers told WWAY there were no significant issues around the region overnight. It may be a sign that many drivers continued to need warnings to stay off roads unless travel was absolutely necessary.

Still trouble spots will continue in many areas, and drivers are urged to continue using caution, slow down and increase their following distance.

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Region thawing as rising temperatures help clear roads

Friday, January 31st, 2014

With temperatures forecast as high as the low 50s Friday, the frozen tundra of the Cape Fear region has begun to thaw.

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3.5m gallons of sewage in Haw River in Burlington

Friday, January 31st, 2014

BURLINGTON, NC (AP) — Officials say 3.5 million gallons of wastewater has spilled into the Haw River after a break in a line at a treatment plant in Burlington.

City officials said the sewage reached the river Monday night and was not stopped until Wednesday afternoon.

Eric Davis with the water and sewer system says officials notified the water resources division of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources about the spill.

Davis says state officials told him to make the spill public after the overflow had stopped.

Officials brought in a bypass pump. Officials say the snow delayed delivery of parts and personnel traveling from Raleigh and Wilmington.

The city has notified Pittsboro, which gets its drinking water from the Haw River. Davis says Pittsboro has not seen any problems yet.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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