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Embers Smoke at Mission and 22nd Building

first_img Tags: 22nd Street fire • Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, firefighters responded to a small amount of smoke coming from a building on Mission and 22nd streets that was destroyed by a major fire in January 2015. Firefighters noted embers but no fire, according to a fire department spokesperson, and personnel on the scene departed quickly.Since a major fire in January 2015 that killed one, displaced more than 60 and rendered the building uninhabitable, the building has suffered two further fires, both attributed by fire officials to trespassers using a heat source that then ignited.Construction crews have been working on demolishing the decaying building to ground level after an emergency alteration order from the city.Mission Local posted this story earlier in the week showing the progress of the demolition. 0%last_img read more

KEIRON Purtill believes the right mental attitude

first_imgKEIRON Purtill believes the right mental attitude is essential in securing the points in Catalans.The Saints travel to Perpignan to take on the Dragoons aiming to get back on track following the defeat to Warrington last week.“Catalan haven’t had the greatest starts to the season, but gained a great win last weekend at Hull KR,” Saints assistant coach said. “They have brought in a lot of players and have a new coach and I think they have taken time to gel.“But going there is never easy and we’ll be expecting a tough physical game. We need defensively to be on top and the right mentality is key.”And Saints expect Leon Pryce to be back for the game as their walking wounded get back to full fitness.“Leon is important for the team not just as an attacking player because of his offloads and breaks, but for the organisation skill he brings to the side too. He is an experienced player,” Kieron said. “He is 99 per cent certain to be back for the match providing he shows no reaction from training this week.“James Graham took some whacks at the Warrington game – some intentional, some not – but he is getting used to that. He is a pivotal player for us and will always attract that type of attention. He’s tough enough to get over them now and get stuck into Catalans.“Paul Wellens is good to go too. His rib problem is more to do with pain management. We’re also expecting Josh Perry and Gary Wheeler to return in the next two weeks too.“Perry has been training with the players for a while and to be honest we are trying to hold him back. Gary has responded well to treatment and the key for him is to string some games together so he can put pressure on others around him.”last_img read more

THE RFL has launched a pioneering marketing campai

first_imgTHE RFL has launched a pioneering marketing campaign – ‘The Rugby League of the Extraordinary’ – to attract new audiences to the sport.Featuring our very own James Roby, the campaign celebrates the amazing feats and human endeavours in the sport of Rugby League and goes live next week across outdoor media sites in Manchester.Players from the eight competing teams in the 2012 Super League play-offs have been selected and will be characterised as super heroes showcasing their outstanding attributes that make them supreme athletes in professional sport.The aim is to attract general sports fans to major Rugby League events starting with the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, Manchester on Saturday October 6.“We want to engage with a broader audience and get more people to join in and experience the excitement of Rugby League,” said RFL’s chief executive Nigel Wood. “The ‘Rugby League of the Extraordinary’ campaign, which has been developed by marketing consultant Matt Lowery and leading top London agency VCCP, is focused on increasing awareness of the strengths of Rugby League, utilising the highly skilled attributes possessed by our athletes.“The combination and intensity of speed, skill and power of a live Rugby League game are extraordinary. They can provide a compelling experience to a broad audience of general sports fans in addition to the passionate following of the sport’s traditional support.“The RFL and Super League Clubs are committed to increase the visibility and profile of the sport and make a step change in those actively following the sport ideally by attending live games or by watching the live TV broadcasts of Super League matches.”Alongside the outdoor media activity, a film will be released bringing the campaign to life showing the players’ demonstrating their ‘super powers and fans can also engage via social media including the creation of hashtag #extraordinaryrugby when tweeting about the sport.The video, which will be seeded across a number of websites and social media platforms, will also be hosted on, which will go live on Monday 17 September. The microsite will inform a new audience of the extraordinary attributes of Super League players and experiencing Rugby League live.last_img read more

LUKE Walsh says Saints need to focus on their defe

first_imgLUKE Walsh says Saints need to focus on their defence if they want to be successful this season.The scrum half says the Club’s attack has been pretty fluid – but they need to stop leaking points.And he’s put to bed rumours of being unsettled.“It was a good performance at the weekend against London, we needed to win and get a bit of confidence back into the team which I thought we did,” he said. “We were scratchy in the second half and know we have to do better against the top teams.“I don’t think we will have problems scoring points, it’s our defence. On London’s first good ball defensive set we let a try in and doing that against the good teams will kill us as proved against Leeds and Wigan.“Our attack is pretty good at the moment but the problem is the defence and we are working hard on that.”Luke has featured in 10 of Saints 13 matches this season, scoring three tries and kicking 42 goals.He joined the club from Penrith Panthers in the close season and has been the lynchpin of a strong attack.“I’m happy,” he said. “My family has settled in and everyone is happy. The little fella is happy too. I’m in good spirits.“My wife is happy and we’re not going anywhere at all. We’re staying here.”You can hear Luke talking about the challenge Bradford present and his goal kicking on BBC Radio Merseyside tonight between 6 and 7.last_img read more

Last year he was part of a number of Saints on Wor

first_imgLast year he was part of a number of Saints on World Cup duty which meant Justin Holbrook’s side didn’t come together until mid-December.But with only new signing Joseph Paulo to return alongside Luke Thompson, Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax, Mark Percival and Theo Fages, the squad is on the front foot.“It’s always nice to get back in with everybody and at this stage, compared to last year, we have a lot more players in too,” he said. “It’s good to get everyone in and get back to work. We want to start the season well and all the hard work starts now.“Every player does something different in the off-season, whether it is the Aussie lads heading back home, or taking a family holiday to rest up mentally and physically.“At this stage last season we hadn’t had a lot of time off with the World Cup so it’s good to have that rest and we’re now looking forward to getting working.”Saints will begin their Betfred Super League campaign with a mouth-watering clash against arch rivals Wigan Warriors on Thursday January 31 (7.45pm).But before then, a lot of hard work lies ahead.“This is the time of the season when the stepping stones are put in place for what comes after Christmas and that big fixture at the end of January,” Kyle added. “It’s a very important four or five weeks for us as we look to get as much load in our legs as possible.“That will get us ready for the tough work that follows after that.”The best way of seeing Saints next season is with a 2019 Membership.It guarantees access to all Saints 14 home Betfred Super League fixtures and brings with it a whole host of benefits too.To find out more, and to save ££ on walk-up prices, then click here.last_img read more

Closing arguments set in retrial of man convicted of killing four

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Closing arguments are set for Monday morning in the retrial of a man convicted of killing four people more than a decade ago.District Attorney Jon David tells WWAY the prosecution called a final witness today before resting in Danny Lamont Thomas’s case. He says the prosecution then rested without presenting witnesses and evidence.- Advertisement – David says closings will start at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Columbus County Courthouse in Whiteville.A jury convicted Thomas in 2011 for three murders in Chadbourn and one in Whiteville back in 2005. Jurors could not reach a decision on a sentence for Thomas, who faced the death penalty, so a judge gave him four consecutive life sentences.But in 2013 an appeals court overturned the convictions ruling Thomas’s attorney should have been allowed to replace a juror who admitted she knew a witness.Related Article: Teacher accused of slamming door, severing student’s handRegardless of the outcome of this retrial, Thomas will remain in prison for the rest of his life under a life sentence for a murder in Durham County.Thomas’s 2011 trial was one of the longest and most expensive ever in Columbus County.Testimony in the retrial began Aug. 14.last_img read more

Drone video released of man swimming from Surf City Police

first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Surf City Police have released drone video of Zachary Kingsbury swimming from police Wednesday evening.One video shows what appeared to be a shark swimming around 25-30 feet from Kingsbury.Zachary Kingsbury (Photo: Pender County Jail)- Advertisement – Police arrested a him after they say jumped out of a car in Surf City and then into the ocean before ending up in North Topsail Beach hours later.Coast Guard, North Topsail Beach Police, Pender EMS, a fire marine unit and Surf City Fire Department all responded.Kingsbury was taken to the Pender County Jail.last_img read more

UNSOLVED Man goes missing in Wilmington body found in Town Creek

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After more than 20 years, a mother is still searching for answers as detectives continue searching for the person who killed her son.Bryan Smith went missing on April 29, 1994. His body was found 10 days later.- Advertisement – Lou Smith said her son Bryan was living in an apartment in Wilmington with his twin brother at the time.“They were so close,” Smith said. “I could not tell one from the other when they would call me and they loved to play tricks on me.”Smith said Marion and Bryan shared more than just similar features. They had a bond that was more like a sixth sense.Related Article: Area leaders break ground on ILM Airport terminal expansion phase 2“One could think like the other,” Smith said. “I remember one time, Bryan was working in Salisbury, North Carolina and he came home for Christmas and he and his brother had on the same shirt, not knowing and I went, ‘This is unreal.’”On April 30, 1994, Smith said Marion called her with a weird feeling.“He said, ‘Mom. I feel like Bryan didn’t come home last night. I feel like something is wrong,’” Smith said.Captain Phil Perry with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said Bryan was out in downtown Wilmington the night before with friends.“They went to a place down on Front Street called the Ice House,” Perry said.Perry said Bryan met up with some other friends there.“As well as some British soldiers that were on a naval ship from Britain visiting Wilmington at the time,” Perry said.He said the group eventually left the Ice House.“One of the girls that was with him there wanted to go dancing,” Perry said.Perry said on the way to go dancing, the group stopped at Barbary Coast.“The girl and her friends went in that particular bar leaving Bryan standing out front talking,” Perry said.Perry said when the others came back out of the bar, Bryan was gone.“Bryan was gone as well as the sailors,” Perry said.Perry said Bryan’s friends never found him. Smith said Bryan never came home and never called to check in.“I said, ‘This is not like him,’” Smith said. “He always called. I mean, we had a rule. If you aren’t coming home, you call.”Ten days later, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office got a phone call.“On May 8th, 1994, there were two fisherman in Town Creek here in Brunswick County found a body floating,” Perry said. “He was later identified as Bryan Keith Smith.”Perry said an autopsy was later done.“He died as a result of his throat being cut,” Perry said.Smith got the news from Bryan’s twin.“He was standing on the steps and he said, ‘Mom, someone killed my brother.’ And I collapsed and it has been a nightmare,” Smith said.She said it was news Bryan’s twin brother knew all along.“He knew,” Smith said. “I don’t know what it’s like to be a twin, but I’ve read up on it and when one passes, the other, I mean a part of your heart is taken.”Smith started looking for answers going to the sheriff’s office weekly for years.“I met a very dear friend through all of this, Birdie Frink, and she and I started a support group and no one could have ever told me that their pain was as great as mine, but yes it is,” Smith said.In the meantime, Detectives got several leads and even took the investigation over seas.“We sent an officer to London and talked with these seamen who were on the British ship that was in Wilmington at the time,” Smith said.Now, 23 years later, detectives are still looking for a suspect.“We know that we have a lot of information,” Perry said.Perry said they just need a little more.“Any information that anyone could come forward with,” Perry said.But no matter how much time passes, Smith will continue looking for answers.“I know I’ll see him again one day, but that doesn’t take away from the pain,” Smith said. “I mean you become a totally different person when you lose a child, especially an unanswered murder.”Through the pain though, she still has hope.“I have faith,” Smith said. “I may not live to see it, but God is their judge.”She has faith that one day Bryan’s murder will no longer be unsolved.If you have any information, please contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

Baby great white pings off Topsail Island coast

first_img OCEARCH is a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on great white sharks and other large apex predators.Since being tagged, Bruin has traveled from the Rhode Island down to North Carolina. The Cape Fear has been the farthest south the shark has pinged.According to pings, Bruin has been swimming up and down the Carolina coast since at least December.Related Article: Cluster of massive great white sharks spotted off Carolina coastYou can track the shark and others on the OCEARCH website. Bruin pings off Topsail Island coast Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Ocearch) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A baby great white shark “pinged” off the coast of Topsail Island Tuesday afternoon.OCEARCH tagged the baby male shark, named Bruin, last August in Montauk, New York. It is a 5’5″ and weighs just over 100 pounds.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UNC system board approves 95000 bonus for president

first_imgMargaret Spellings and UNCW Chancellor during State of the University Address (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina system president is getting a $95,000 performance bonus.The UNC Board of Governors voted Friday in Wilmington for the bonus for President Margaret Spellings. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that’s on top of her $775,000 base salary to lead the 17-campus system.- Advertisement – Board Chairman Lou Bissette says the amount was reached after a board committee decided Spellings had met or exceeded expectations. Some members opposed the bonus. Board member Tom Fetzer says taxpayers should expect excellence in performance with her base salary.Spellings assumed the president’s duties in March 2016.Spellings began giving “State of the University” speeches this week across the state, focusing on a system plan that includes educating more low-income and rural students, improving graduation rates and creating economic impact.Related Article: Man allegedly took inappropriate photos of child at Wilmington Walmart___Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.comlast_img read more

See something say something DA praises mom for reporting school threat

first_img David says that call is the main reason a possible crisis was averted.One thing he wants this to be is an example for if you see something, say something.David says this shows the seriousness of these threats.Related Article: Deputies investigate after potential threat written on school bathroom wall“Parents who are struggling with keeping a tab on their kids and understand that they have all these cocktails of issues they need to reach out for help and I applaud that mother for doing that,” David said.He encourages other parents, students and anyone else who might see something that poses a threat to follow in this mothers footsteps.David says it is everyone’s responsibility to keep the schools and the community safe. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bryce Sheehan was charged after the Pender County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from Sheehan’s mother. She told deputies her son was possibly in route to the school with a firearm.It is a call District Attorney Ben David says he is thankful for.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Plans submitted for Independence Mall rebuild

first_img The existing north entrance to the mall will remain, but be redesigned to include an 85-foot monument-style entryway.Plans show the new wing will include eight retail pads, 10 restaurant spaces, a “mercantile” store and a 26,000-square-foot grocery store. The plans do not say what grocer could locate at the mall; Wilmington city planners said this week that Lidl, the German grocery chain, was eyeing a location on Oleander Drive.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline. WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Independence Mall’s owner has submitted plans to the city for the first phase of its massive mall redevelopment, opening the way for work to start this year.Plans submitted Wednesday for phase one of the Collection at Independence — the mall’s new name — call for demolishing the Sears wing and building a promenade-style shopping wing, with stores and restaurants opening onto the parking lot. A cluster of outparcel retail spaces in what is now the parking lot will connect to the main mall building with a walkway.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Duke Energy prepares for Hurricane Florence response

first_img Brooks says this will not be an overnight fix. The hurricane is likely to cause a lot of damage leaving people without power for days or even weeks.He says if you are not going to evacuate, you need to be prepared to go without power, stay inside your home, and never go near a downed power line.“Right now our crews are on alert, they’re doing their final pre-storm checklist procedures, getting ready for going into round-the-clock mode. We’re also bringing in about 2,000 crew members from other states from the Midwest and Florida, to assist with restorations in the Carolinas,” said Brooks.Related Article: ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-FlorenceBrooks says if you do stay here, make sure to report any outages or downed lines so crews can respond accordingly.Brooks says if you are staying and plan on using a generator, make sure to follow the manufacturers instructions, and never put it inside or in your garage. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Duke Energy is preparing to respond to power outages once Hurricane Florence hits our area, and they want customers to know what to expect.Duke Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks says despite the company’s experience dealing with storms in the past, they’ve never seen a storm quite this intense.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick County offers way to get your record expunged

first_imgBrunswick County courthouse (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — District Attorney Jon David has announced a new project to assist Brunswick County community members with expunging their records.The Brunswick County DA’s Office has partnered with a number of volunteer attorneys and the UNC School of Law to make it possible.- Advertisement – Starting Friday, March 1, through Friday, March 29, you can submit an application at DA’s office located on the third floor of the courthouse.Only four categories of expunctions will be accepted: dismissals, misdemeanor convictions for those who were under the age of 18, controlled substance convictions under the age of 22, and non-violent felonies and misdemeanor convictions.For additional information, applicants can contact the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office (910) 253-3910.last_img read more

BCSO searching for missing Leland man

first_imgJonathan Ryan Norris (BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing man.Deputies believe 34-year-old Jonathan Ryan Norris may be in the Wilmington area.The Sheriff’s Office says he went missing from Lanvale Road in Leland. He has two distinct tattoos you should look out for – one on his right arm of a black panther and another on his left arm with the name ‘Chloe’.- Advertisement – Norris is described as a white male with blue eyes, bald with a goatee and he is around 5’9″ at about 160 lbs.Anyone with information should call 9-1-1.last_img read more

PL to get its fourth seat in EP Casa to be elected

first_imgUnofficial sources are saying that Partit Laburista will obtain its fourth seat in the European Parliament with Miriam Dalli obtaining the most number of votes.According to the sources that have spoken with, Alfred Sant, Alex Agius Saliba and Josianne Cutajar are expected to be elected on behalf of Partit Laburista. For Partit Nazzjonalista, David Casa and Roberta Metsola are expected to be elected.READ: Update: PL wins with 55% of the votes – Prime MinisterThe order in which the candidates are expected to be elected is Miriam Dalli, Roberta Metsola, Alfred Sant, David Casa, Alex Agius Saliba and Josianne Cutajar. This would mean that four incumbent MEPs will return to the European Parliament.READ: Watch: ‘This result gives PN the opportunity to reform itself’ – PuliPL MEP candidate Josianne Cutajar might well be the first Gozitan elected to the European Parliament.Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat while addressing the party activists gathered outside the party headquarters claimed that the difference between the two major parties is at 48,000 votes.READ: LIVE: Follow what’s happening inside the Counting HallWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more