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Archive for February, 2014

Prosecutors file new subpoenas over NC coal ash

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Federal prosecutors have served North Carolina’s environmental agency with 20 additional subpoenas seeking documents and ordering state employees to testify before a grand jury.

The move is part of a broadening criminal investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River.

The subpoenas made public by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Wednesday are dated Feb. 11 and Tuesday. They came after two subpoenas The Associated Press previously reported were issued to the state agency and Duke Energy.

The new subpoenas seek documents related to the agency’s regulation of Duke’s coal ash dumps before the Feb. 2 spill, which coated the bottom of the river with toxic ash up to 70 miles downstream.

Duke has declined to share copies of subpoenas it received.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Students enter lottery for seats at Columbus Charter School

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Officials at Columbus Charter School near Whiteville don't have enough seats for all the students who want to go there, so as spelled out by state law, the school held a lottery Wednesday to determine which children to accept in grades where the number of applications exceeded available seats.

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2-year-old boy recovers from surgery after dog attack

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — A 2-year-old boy is recovering from surgery after the Pender County Sheriff’s Office says he was attacked by two pit bulls.

The attack happened yesterday evening when the child was visiting family.

“I was terrified,” the boy’s uncle Terrell Swinson said. “I just really didn’t know what to do. I was just shocked.”

Swinson says he was fixing his sister’s car when he looked back to see two pit bulls attacking his nephew Jamari Pigford.

“He wasn’t harming the dogs or nothing,” Swinson said. “He was just in the yard playing, minding his own business.”

Investigators say the dogs jumped a fence to get out of their owner’s yard. Neighbors say this is not the first time they’ve escaped.

“Ffrom what I understand the dogs have gotten loose before,” neighbor Pamela Bennett said. “I don’t know if they have ever bit anyone or not.”

The dogs mauled Jamari’s face while his family was left stunned.

“I panicked really,” Swinson said. “I didn’t know what to do. I was looking for a stick. As I ran up and approached the dog, it had run off when they saw their owner.”

The toddler was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center Tuesday evening, where relatives say he got surgery Wednesday morning.

The dogs’ owner Wesley Lewis was served civil citations for two counts of animals at large, two counts of no identification displayed and two counts of rabies tag violation. When we went to knock on his door, we were told to get off the property.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says the state vet wants to euthanize both dogs and send their bodies to the state lab to be tested for rabies.


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UPDATE: Southport man still missing

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

A massive land search is underway for a missing man in Southport.

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Fort Fisher burns to recreate historical appearance

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

The fort that protected the original Port of Wilmington went up in flames Wednesday, and it was all an effort to recreate history.

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