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Archive for October, 2014

Cause of fatal fire still unknown

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Steven Dale Worsham was killed Sunday night when his Peachtree Avenue home caught fire.

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No smoke detectors in home where man died

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department said the home where a man died in a house fire did not have smoke detectors. The cause remains undetermined, and officials said that it will probably stay undetermined.

The fire happened at 4308 Peachtree Avenue 10:00 p.m. Sunday. Neighbors say they heard some kind of an explosion. Investigators said Steven Dale Worsham, 54, died in the incident.

“I heard a loud explosion and then some pops behind it,” Christine Lyons said. “It definitely went up really quick. By the time firefighters got here, it was gone.”

Investigators said the fire started in the sleeping area, and smoking materials were found. Officials are still working to determine if those materials caused the incident, but they said due to the damage, it’s possible a cause will not be found. The home was being renovated when the fire started. Worsham’s friend and neighbor, Anthony Parker, said the victim remodeled homes for a living.

As for the explosions, officials said the remnants of a gas-powered chainsaw were found inside the home. It’s likely the small gas tank could have been what exploded. Arson was ruled out as a potential cause.

Fire officials said they will be walking around that neighborhood this weekend to bring awareness to the importance of having working smoke detectors in all homes.

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North Carolina AP high school football poll

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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Suspect captured following Delco break-in

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Detectives with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office took a man into custody Wednesday afternoon who they say broke into a house earlier in the day while a resident was at home.

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Duke Energy will not bill customers for taxes

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Duke Energy says it will not charge customers for corporate income taxes that it does not have to pay.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the Charlotte utility will not charge customers $19 million a year between Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress.

Company spokeswoman Lisa Parrish has said Duke Energy customers would have paid an extra 17 cents a month and Duke Progress customers would have paid an extra 9 cents a month if the utility followed a procedure authorized by the North Carolina Utilities commission.

The commission earlier this month said utilities could overcharge customers for taxes they are getting some relief from because of a decision by state lawmakers.

The attorney general has said he would appeal the decision allowing the overcharge.

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

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