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Archive for March, 2014

News & Notes – Earth Day celebration; academy applications accepted; soldier gets grave marker; modern-day slavery

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Earth Day is cause for celebration in Wilmington noon-6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Hugh MacRae Park.

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Company gets $500K worth of incentives, adds no new jobs

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

After a public hearing Monday morning, the New Hanover County Board of County Commissioners approved an industrial advancement grant for Fortron Industries.

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Man once considered suspect in cold case murder talks about case

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

For the first time, we're hearing from a man who was once considered a suspect in an unsolved murder in New Hanover County.

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Multiple homes burned in Kings Grant, man gets elderly woman out

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A fire spread through several homes in the King’s Grant neighborhood this afternoon.

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

When our crew arrived at the Crestwood Estates neighborhood, 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.

Darrin 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 road 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 added.

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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Two men arrested, accused of manufacturing meth

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two men were arrested and charged for manufacturing meth.

Jeffrey Brown of Richlands and Ryan Clark Haithbock of North Topsail Beach were arrested after officers conducted a search on a home that was suspected to be a meth lab. Officers did find a meth lab on the property.

Brown and Haithcock are both charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Possessing/Distributing Meth Precursor. They are both being held in the Pender County jail.


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