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Archive for March, 2014

UNCW baseball postponed due to rain

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

UNCW's non-conference baseball game at East Carolina has been postponed due to rain.

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Teen found guilty of murder in 2012 shooting death

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

A Clarkton teen was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder in the April 2012 shooting death of Keith Gachett

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Multiple homes burned in Crestwood Estates, man gets elderly woman out

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A fire spread through several homes in the Crestwood Estates neighborhood of New Hanover County this afternoon.

No one was hurt, all thanks to a quick thinking neighbor who saved the day.

When our crew arrived, smoke and flames were billowing from the homes, making it hard to breathe, let alone see. But one man braved the fire to get a disabled elderly woman to safety.

“He had heard an explosion, and the first thing he did was get my mom out, and I’m thankful,” Darrin Leazer, whose home was one of the three burned, said.

Leazer says he was on the way home when he got the call that his mother’s garage was on fire and spreading to nearby homes.

Leazer’s sister, Melissa Phillippi says she was driving on College Rd. when she saw the commotion.

“I could see the smoke billowing, and the pit of my stomach dropped out,” Phillippi said.

She says if it was not for a neighbor, her mother may not have made it out in time.

“The neighbor, the hero went in and got my mother who is home-bound out of the house in time, and no one was home in this other house as well, so we’re grateful,” she said.

The only person hurt was a firefighter. A New Hanover County spokesman says a firefighter was hit by an electrical wire and taken to the hospital for observation. He says the firefighter is looking well and should be released soon.

Meanwhile Leazer says his main concern now is to find his mother’s missing cat.

“They were already outside but of course when the explosion happened, they took off,” he explained. “They have found one. The other one probably won’t come back until everything is quiet.”

One home plus Leazer’s garage were both badly damaged. Firefighters say the blaze also slightly damaged another home.

Investigators stayed on the scene, but there no word yet on what started the blaze.


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Jury finds young man guilty of murder in fatal shooting from 2012

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

A jury in Columbus County found Marquice Antone guilty Monday of first degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection to the shooting death of Keith Gachett in 2012.

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UNCW’s Give 24 in 24 Challenge is going on now

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The goal of the challenge is to raise $24,000 in 24 hours.

If this goal is reached, UNCW will receive a $24,000 gift for scholarships. Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends are encouraged to participate by making a gift to any area of the university.


Over 70% of UNCW students receive some type of financial assistance which is why scholarships remain a top fundraising priority for the university.

A $24,000 gift would make a significant impact in helping UNCW recruit the best and brightest students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Will you help?


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