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  • What is that thing spotted off the Crystal Coast?

    By Jaime McCutcheon
    Published On: Jul 28 2014 03:02:36 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 28 2014 03:28:07 PM CDT

    Ron Butler


    We've been contacted by a number of viewers about a large object spotted off the Crystal Coast.  We made some calls to find out what it is.

    A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson tells us the large object, which some viewers described being as large as an oil rig, is actually a liftboat. Viewer Ron Butler sent us the image above.

    The liftboat is currently parked off the Crystal Coast and will not be moving until the end of this week.

    It's port of call is somewhere on the gulf side of Florida.

    According to Levingston Offshore, which builds liftboats, a liftboat is a self-propelled, multi-purpose, self-elevating vessel. Liftboats are commonly used to perform maintenance on oil and gas well platforms. A liftboat also has the capability of rapidly raising its hull clear of the water on its own legs so as to provide a stable platform from which maintenance and construction work may be conducted.

  • Mother charged with biting child, breaking ribs

    Published On: Jul 29 2014 12:48:02 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 29 2014 12:54:57 PM CDT


    Police have charged a 34-year-old mother with biting her 16-week-old baby and breaking the child's ribs and shoulder blades.

    Mary Martin Peele, of Okelly St., was arrested by Raleigh Police Department detectives Monday.

    She's charged with one count of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury and one count of misdemeanor child abuse.

    According to arrest warrants obtained by ABC11, Peele allegedly broke 12 of her baby's ribs and both scapula bones. She also allegedly made a deep bite wound on the boy's shoulder.

    The warrants list a date range between the end of May and mid-July for the alleged incidents.

    Bond for Peele was set at $250,000. She was ordered not to have contact with any minor under the age of 18 without supervision.

  • Victim identified in deadly crash involving 18-wheeler

    By Elizabeth Bynum
    Published On: Jul 28 2014 12:56:03 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 29 2014 09:44:52 AM CDT

    We're learning more details about the man killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer.

    The incident happened Monday morning around 8:40 a.m. in Bertie County at the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 45. That's northeast of Windsor. Trooper Reed with The Highway Patrol said a 2011 Toyota Avalon slammed through the bottom of an 18-wheeler, then veered into a wooded area where the car came to a stop.

    The driver of the Avalon, Myron Burney, 38, of Raleigh did not survive the accident.  It is not known whether the 18-wheeler driver, Robert Peele, 47, of Washington, suffered any injuries.

    Burney was the interim assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management at Elizabeth City State University. "Please keep Myron's family in your prayers and thoughts. Death diminishes us all.  Myron's death is a tragic loss for his family, the ECSU community, and human kind," said ECSU Chancellor Charles Becton.

    The Highway Patrol asks you to call 252-332-6808, or 252-325-2847 if you were a witness to the accident, or know any information about this crash.

  • Tropical Depression #3 could be named today

    By Les Still
    Published On: Jul 29 2014 09:54:16 AM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 30 2014 07:45:14 AM CDT

    The most robust tropical wave of the season is working its way westward through the southern Atlantic Ocean around 10 degrees latitude. It is located about 1200 miles southeastward of the Windward Islands. Satellite images have looked pretty impressive early Wednesday morning and it looks like within the next 24 hours it will be upgraded to Tropical Depression #3.

    Forecast computer models track Invest area 93-L (as it is known at this point) north of the islands and towards the Bahamas by early next week. There is a fair amount of dry air several hundred miles ahead of it and lots of dry Saharan dust to the north of it. But if this system can survive and get north of the islands this weekend, the weather pattern close to the east coast of the U.S. will be conducive to support a tropical system.

    So at this point, I’d plan on a tropical system of some strength passing between Hatteras and Bermuda the middle of next week. Be sure to check back often as we continue to track the progress of this system.

  • Hail hits homes hard near Havelock

    By Juliana Valencia
    Published On: Jul 29 2014 05:47:29 PM CDT

    People are still cleaning up after hail stones fell, some as big as baseballs, damaging homes and cars Monday night. The hail storm hit Pamlico, Craven and Carteret Counties.

    Hill's Mobile Home Park off of Hwy 101 near Havelock saw some of the most hail damage. Windows were shattered, cars smashed, and homes had several dents in them that looked like bullet holes.

    Richard Dettman said he had three windows broken and his mobile home's underpinning ruined.

    "I've been here close to forty years or better and this is the worst storm damage we've had, even with the hurricanes and everything," Dettman said.

    According to Newschannel 12 Chief Meteorologist Skip Waters the severe thunderstorm caused this hail. He said cold air high up in the atmosphere caused the rain to freeze and very strong updrafts kept those raindrops in the atmosphere longer making some of the hail stones a lot larger.

    More than 30 mobiles homes in the park saw damage from hail.    

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