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Archive for July, 2014

HWY 17 pedestrian fatalities triple since 2013

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

According to Highway Patrol State troopers, there have been five fatal accidents on Highway 17 so far in 2014, three times the amount as 2013.

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License check results in five drug arrests

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — A special ops unit with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office made five arrests over the weekend.

According to spokeswoman Emily Flax, officers were performing a license checking station at Old Shallotte Road and McMilly Road in Shallotte around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. They said they found 89 bags of heroin along with pills, marijuana, paraphernalia and a gun in one car.

They said they arrested the five men in the car. Those men are Jarvis Alonzo Davis, 34, of Wilmingon, Bradley Christopher Griffin Jr., 29, of Longwood, Steven Thomas Hansford III, 25, of Hallsboro, Aveon Lasha Slappy, 19, of Bolivia, and Delonne Watts, 25, of Longwood.

The men face several charges including possession of heroin and cocaine, drug paraphernalia and concealed weapons.

Flax said Watts, Davis and Slappy are still in jail. Hansford and Griffin were released Sunday.

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Traffic Alert: River Road/133 closed due to flooding

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

River Road/HWY 133 in Brunswick County is closed to traffic due to flooding.

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Controversy over child with illness

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – All her life, 5-year-old Isabella Billings has suffered from a severe nut allergy. She can die if she comes in contact with or eats nuts.

Isabella will start Kindergarten at Alderman Elementary, but due to her potential allergic reaction, her parent think it’s extremely important for her to be transferred to Winter Park Elementary, which is much closer to home.

Her father believes the move could be the difference between life and death.

Jonathan Billings said, “She’s been in anaphylaxis before. She has been very close to hurt and possible dead.”

One of the reasons why they are so concerned.

“When things happen like they have happened in the past, and our child in endangered, we are able to be there. We have had her in situations where she is around professional medical staff and our ability to be there is what has made the difference,” Billings expressed.

The family has tried to contact the New Hanover County School system several times, but the board has denied their request for reassignment. The Billings plans to appeal the decision to Superior Court.

Billings hopes the school system will reconsider. If not, they may be forced to home school their daughter this school year.

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Land-use ordinance passes in Columbus County

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Columbus County commissioners will soon have more control over how landowners use their property.

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