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Archive for May, 2014

Colin Hackman leaving WECT, not Wilmington

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Meteorologist Colin Hackman is saying goodbye to his full-time position at WECT Wednesday

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South Kerr reopened after gas line repair

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Construction crew accidentally cut line

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Attorney: Wife of officer charged with killing teen threatened by victim’s mom

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — The attorney for a Southport police officer accused of shooting and killing a schizophrenic teen earlier this year says the victim’s mother threatened the officer’s wife at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

James Payne filed a motion last week requesting video recordings inside the courthouse of an interaction between Keith Vidal’s mother Mary Wilsey and Victoria Vassey, the wife of Southport Police detective Bryon Vassey.

Bryon Vassey is charged with shooting and killing Vidal in January. Vassey claims Vidal had a screwdriver and was trying to stab him or two other officers on the scene at the time.

Payne alleges that Wilsey approached Victoria Vassey and said, “I’m gonna burn your (expletive deleted) house down and every (expletive deleted) body in it.”

When reached by phone this afternoon, Wilsey’s husband Mark said the alleged incident did not happen and that the family’s attorney would address it.


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Military search parties still working to find missing Marine

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Crews have narrowed their search down to just Bladen County for a United States Marine who reportedly fell from an Osprey aircraft.

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Wrightsville Beach dredging project likely to last into mid-June

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Work to replenish sand at Wrightsville Beach will last longer than expected.

Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Tim Owens says the contractor handling the dredging project and the Army Corps of Engineers have asked for an extension to finish the work. Owens says that means parts of the beach will be blocked off until June 13.

Owens says the project is about five days behind schedule for a variety of reasons, including mechanical issues and the amount of sand available. He says the work should be past Johnny Mercer’s Pier by Memorial Day, which will clear one of the busiest stretches of the beach strand.

Crews work in 1,000-foot increments, Owens said, meaning they block off that amount of beach as they work.

“It’s not ideal, but we need the project before Hurricane Season,” Owens said.


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