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Archive for August, 2014

Pender Co. man pleads guilty to running meth lab

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County man will spend about five years in prison after pleading guilty to running a meth lab.

A judge sentenced Jason Hall, 43, of Willard, North Carolina to 44-65 months after Hall pleaded guilty to manufacture methamphetamine from a clandestine lab and possessing immediate precursor chemicals used in clandestine manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation on Hall in September 2013 when they got a tip he was “cooking” methamphetamine, the District Attorney’s Office said. Prosecutors say the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office provided information that Hall and another person had on purchased items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine four times between March and August 2013. These purchases were captured on videotape.

Pender County detectives received information that caused them to focus on Hall’s home on Lake Road in Willard. During a February search of the house, officers found three loaded long guns and 40 pseudoephedrine pills, which are the primary ingredient in methamphetamine. They also searched an outbuilding, where they found lithium batteries, a pill grinder, camp fuel, coffee filters, several plastic bottles and coiled tubing, which constituted a small methamphetamine lab. One bottle contained a clear pink liquid that contained methamphetamine. Hall was arrested February 20 and made a statement that he had a small meth lab and it was nothing major, investigators say.

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Man leaving court arrested after car chase

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Investigators in Bladen County say a man leaving court this morning led officers on a car chase.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office says Dwione Terrell Baxley, 31, is charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer and driving without an operator’s license after a chase just after 10 a.m.

According to a news release, an investigator was traveling west on NC 41 near the Robeson County line when a black Chevrolet Impala sped past him. When the investigator tried to stop the vehicle for speeding, the Impala continued into Robeson County on NC 41 refusing to stop.

Deputies say Baxley, who was alone, jumped from the car and ran on Longs Road, which is off Old Allenton Road in Robeson County. Highway Patrol and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office helped in the pursuit.

Officers caught and arrested Baxley in a soybean field. He told them he had just left court in Bladen County when this incident happened. Court records show Baxley was scheduled to appear today on two misdemeanor probation violations. The NC Department of Corrections website shows Baxley’s criminal records include drug convictions and traffic violations. He was convicted earlier this month on felony drug charges in Cumberland County and sentenced to probation.

Baxley is in the Bladen County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond.

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High tides could wash out some holiday plans at Freeman Park

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — High tides could wash out some Labor Day plans at one area beach.

The Town of Carolina Beach says during high tides some parts of Freeman Park are completely impassable, as water comes all the way up to the sand dunes. With as many as 7,000 people expected on the North End this weekend, the town is worried about the conditions.

Freeman Park is one of the only places you can drive your car and camp on the sand, but Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer says recent storms have caused beach erosion in some places. Now during high tide, Zones 10-14 and 18 are impassable. So Cramer says this weekend they will close off those zones to campers, because they do not want them to be caught off guard.

“We’re also a little afraid of people getting to the farthest breeches of the northern end and not being able to get back, because there will be times that they’ll be impassable,” Cramer said. “They will be stranded out there for as many as four hours.”

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UNCW releases 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

UNCW men's basketball skipper Kevin Keatts will carry his revamped team to challenging venues at Louisville and Minnesota early in 2014-15 to prepare for an 18-game Colonial Athletic Association schedule that features several of the league's heavyweights in the first month of the new year.

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Pender man sentenced in meth lab case

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

A Pender County man was sent to prison this week for manufacturing methamphetamine

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