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Archive for February, 2014

Storm debris pick up schedules and drop-off locations

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Now that the storm has passed, everyone wants to know what to do with their yard debris.

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ABC Board mulling cutting downtown task force funding

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s budget season, and the New Hanover County ABC Board is looking for ways to save money.

Director Dan Sykes says one proposal on the table would have the board cut the $180,000 it gives to a joint task force meant to cut down crime downtown. That would mean three officers could have their positions cut if that money is not made up somewhere else.

“We are concerned about the possible funding cuts to our joint law enforcement effort,” Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a statement. “We have made tremendous strides in reducing crime in the downtown community. We appreciate this partnership and hope to continue working with the sheriff’s department on this effort.”

Sykes says the money would go back into the ABC Board’s general fund and distributed back to municipalities.

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Man held on $1 million bond in heroin case

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

A Jacksonville man was in the Brunswick County jail in lieu of more than $1 million bond Tuesday

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Brunswick County Sheriff supports law enforcement use of drones

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The use of unmanned drones has raised privacy and safety concerns across the country. But the controversial aircraft could also be a useful tool for law enforcement one a local sheriff would like state lawmakers to consider.

“It is much quicker than a helicopter or plane. much quicker,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said. “I mean, it can basically be carried around in a vehicle and launched within minutes.”

The portability, the speed and the cost are all reasons why Ingram favors law enforcement agencies’ use of drones.

“It’s just technology, but we have to be mindful how we use that technology and how it will affect our citizens and society,” Ingram said.

Some people are concerned about the thought of a drone flying around.

“I would just want to know exactly the restrictions are and what things are they are able to investigate,” said Sara Willis, who is concerned about drone use.

In a statement the Federal Aviation Administration says there are about 80 law enforcement agencies operating unmanned aircrafts. The FAA says the operator must fly the device within the line of sight no more than 400 feet off the ground.

“Man force is not getting enough done,” said Richard Warren, who supports drone use. “So with the drones, that might be more helpful to law enforcement in solving crimes.”

For agencies like the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, which only has one helicopter pilot, Ingram says having drone capabilities would be beneficial.

“You could be on scene with something like this, immediately deploy it, and start initiating the search,” he said.

Ingram says this is not something that is going to happen any time soon. These are just the beginning stages of planning for the future.

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NHC school officials share legislative priorities

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

School leaders in New Hanover County presented their wish list to county commissioners and state lawmakers during a legislative breakfast Tuesday.

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