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Archive for May, 2014

Gas line cut on South Kerr

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Construction crew accidentally cut line

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Brunswick Co. officials move forward with plan to address coal ash on baseball field

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Brunswick County officials are going to proceed with actions required to submit a Remedial Action Plan to address the coal ash on the South Brunswick Middle School baseball field.

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Search for missing Marine remains rescue operation

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The search for a Marine remains a rescue operation, nearly a full day after he went missing from a training flight on an Osprey aircraft over Bladen County.

Search crews are using search and rescue dogs, ATVs, helicopters and radar tracks to find the Marine, whose name has not been released.

The Marine Corps says it happened around 6:30 p.m. north of White Lake near the Bladen-Sampson County line. Bladen County dispatchers say the search is back on this morning after efforts were suspended around 2 a.m.

The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marine was the crew chief on board the MV-22B Osprey, which means he should have been tethered in the back of the aircraft, which has the ability to take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane.

During a news conference this morning, USMC Lt. Col. Christian Harshberger said that everyone on board the Osprey had a restraint system. He said the crew of the Osprey noticed while still in flight that the Marine was no longer on board. Harshberger said the search will continue until the missing Marine, whose name has not yet been released, is found.

Hundreds of Marines from MCAS New River near Jacksonville arrived this afternoon to join the more than one dozen search teams already looking for the missing Marine. The Marine Corps also has four helicopters in the air as part of the search.

Bladen County Fire Marshal Bradley Kinlaw said Bladen and Sampson County emergency units are helping military crews in the search.

Searchers started this morning at Turtle Cove on the west bank of White Lake and headed toward Autrytown Road. They say the search area includes several blueberry fields and Carolina Bays. That means crews will have to deal with thick, marshy areas, which could make the search difficult, Kinlaw said.

Kinlaw says the Osprey crew was doing touch and go training at the airport in Elizabethtown, when the crew noticed the Marine missing near Maple Bay about five miles from White Lake.

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Crews responding to natural gas leak on Kerr Avenue

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Crews with the Wilmington Fire Department are responding to reports of a natural gas line leak in the area of 824 South Kerr Avenue.

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ACLU wants judge to put NC voter ID law on hold

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — Advocacy groups are asking a federal judge to put key provisions of North Carolina’s elections overhaul law on hold for the November election.

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have already filed a lawsuit to block provisions of the 2013 law approved by the General Assembly, saying they will erode voting rights, particularly among minorities.

But with the trial not expected until 2015, the ACLU asked a judge late Monday to put North Carolina’s law on hold.

ACLU spokesman Dale Ho says they’re worried some people could be blocked from voting.

The challenged provisions of the law include a photo identification requirement to vote in person, the reduction of the number of early voting days and the elimination of same-day voter registration during the early voting period.

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

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