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Archive for June, 2014

Smithfield confirms apparent ammonia leak at Tar Heel plant

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Smithfield Foods says it is working to determine the cause of an apparent ammonia leak.

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Wilmington Fire Department Honors Fallen Heroes

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department honors one of its fallen heroes today.

Fire fighter Joe Willard died in the line of duty June 17, 1893. He was battling a blaze at the Calder Brothers warehouse on South Water Street when part of the roof of the building collapsed. Fire Fighters say Willard could not get out of the way of falling brick, was struck by the wall, and died on scene.

The Fire Department says for every person killed in the line of duty, it lays a wreath on the individual’s memorial in Empie Park, lower the fallen fire fighter flag, and put flags on their grave site.

“We don’t ever want to forget. This memorial is making sure we never forget our fallen; the ones that paid the ultimate price. They made the ultimate sacrifice for the community,” said Battalion Chief David Hines.

Yesterday, the department honored Charles Schibben who served as chief for 37 years. He was killed after his truck overturned three times when his driver swerved to avoid crashing into another car on Fourth and Dawson Streets.

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BREAKING: Ammonia leak at Smithfield plant forces evacuations

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Emergency crews in Bladen County are responding to reports of an ammonia leak at the Smithfield Packing Plant.

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Wilmington Police investigating after 18-year-old stabbed in the back, neck

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating after they say a man was stabbed in the back and neck late last night.

Police say it happened in the 200 block of N. 10th Street just after 11 p.m. That’s where officers say they found the stabbing victim, 18-year-old Kevion Jones, near the intersection at Chestnut Street. Police say Jones was cut on the back of the neck and in the lower back.

Officers say Jones told them that a black, bald man who was heavy set and around 6 feet tall was wearing a white t-shirt when he jumped him and stabbed him. Police say Jones told officers the man stabbed him for ‘no reason.’

Police say Jones was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center by EMS for his injuries. WPD continues investigating the crime.

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Former Onslow Co. firefighter charged for burning his own vehicle in insurance fraud

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

State insurance investigators charged a former volunteer firefighter in Onslow County after he reportedly set his own vehicle on fire and tried to collect insurance.

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