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Archive for June, 2014

Leland wants to clean up its wire

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Plan to bury lines would cost $2.5 million

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2 New Hanover County Sheriff’s Lieutenants suspended, demoted

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Two New Hanover County Sheriff's Lieutenants have been suspended and demoted to the rank of deputy following an internal investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

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First Alert Forecast: seasonable heat, humidity, storm chances for final weekend of June

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Shower and storm chances will dot the forecast as a classically hot and humid center of summer high pressure will control our weather for most of the period.

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Police give insight into Mayfaire standoff

Friday, June 27th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– On the heels of the ‘critical incident’ Tuesday, questions arose about just what the police response entailed.

WWAY got an inside look into those crucial moments when one officer’s life was on the line.

“It’s not an easy yes or no answer because in this particular situation because he had a police radio that could hear everything where everyone was,” said Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous.

He could also hear how police were responding to the call about an officer in crisis.

“That’s what I’m getting ready to set up now,” said an officer on police radio traffic released Thursday. “We’ve got one side blocked off. I’m gonna have one of the other units set up now.”

Early on, you can hear the distress in the responding officers’ voices.

“If you would call the mother, and see if there’s a number where I can call and speak with that subject directly,” said another officer referring to the subject, an officer who was suicidal barricaded inside of a Mayfaire apartment.

“Have all units, EMS and patrol,” said an officer on their radio. “Stay away from the intersection of Parker Farms and Town Center. That’s right where his apartment faces.”

Police were actually changing their tactical response to respond to one of their own.

“We had to try to keep things as quiet as possible and go dark as much as we could until we could get everything set up and in place there,” said Evangelous, “If you are not happy in your home life you cannot function in your job. You can’t do it, especially in this job.”

Evangelous said time in this instance was their friend. The more time that passed, the better chance of a positive outcome. He added that striking a balance between public interest and ensuring the safety of the man barricaded inside became a focal point.

“In this particular situation, I think we struck the balance we had to based on what the facts were,” said Evangelous.

W.P.D. has not yet reviewed the incident.


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An ‘Uber’ trendy way to get around

Friday, June 27th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington is in the second batch of cities in the state selected for the ride sharing application after Charlotte and Raleigh.

Users simply open the app, request a pick up and the nearest available Uber driver gets a notification. The app tells you who is coming to get you and what kind of car they’ll be driving. All payment can be made through the app, so there’s no need for cash.

Uber drivers use their personal car and work whenever they want. Wilmington Uber driver Jonathan Ward owns a printing company and uses Uber to make some extra money. He says it’s a safer, more convenient transportation option.

“I would get in any Uber driver’s vehicle personally, and that says a lot, ’cause I wouldn’t just jump in anyone’s car,” Ward said.

The drivers go through a criminal and sex offender background check before they can become an Uber partner.

Ward thinks once the word gets out about Uber, many folks will choose it over other transportation services like taxi’s.

Manager of the local cab company Katt’s Taxi Tracie Chrisante says, “The taxi industry has to step up.”

She says there will always be competition, but the taxi industry is going to have to step up it’s game.
“Cabs should be clean, drivers should be nice,” Chrisante said.

Because ride-sharing apps are fairly new, legislation regulating the services have yet to catch up. States are slowly but surely clarifying how these services handle insurance policies.

Folks that have used Uber in other cities rave about their service. Kendra Bullington has used Uber many times. She says, “It’s more personable than a taxi and honestly more reliable. I’ve never had a bad experience with Uber.”


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