Thursday, March 30, 2023

Newsroom Podcast June 30 – Bad driving, latest on Pender County detective, Carolina Beach reboots dredging

This week: bad driving, how to drive in the rain, and what happens when a crane truck meets a power line. Also, Carolina Beach reboots its lake-dredging project, and the latest on the Pender County Sheriff's Office detective who appeared in the Facebook video of a recently deceased Burgaw man.

We start this week’s podcast with Friday’s blackout and shutdown of Military Cutoff Road, the result of a crane truck striking power lines — not the best example of good driving. Which leads us to bad driving in general, and things drivers get wrong. Turns out, many of us have been merging and dealing with rainy roads all wrong.

Next we tackle the strange story of Chris Parker, a young Burgaw man who died from an  apparent overdose earlier this month. The last post on Parker’s Facebook page was a video, featuring a man – later confirmed to be a Pender County Sheriff’s Office detective – who talks about having cocaine in his pocket and explicitly addressing Parker. Initially, the Sheriff’s Office said there was no link between the Parker and the detective, but there appears to be more to the story.

Then: a return to Carolina Beach and the town’s long-running and ill-fated lake dredging project. After dealing with rising costs, environmental issues, and “miscommunications” with the U.S. Army, the project stalled for months. Now the town wants to reboot the project and has a plan for the dirt removed from the lake — but the plan is not without its issues.

We also get back to tackling reader questions, including, “Does the recent state regulation decision over Duke’s power rates affect Wilmington,” and “Why does Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo always run unopposed?”

Before we end the podcast, we touch on successful drug raids conducted by both the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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