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Burlington threatened with lawsuit over sewage spill in Haw River

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Preserving the beauty of the Haw River is a cause Melvin DuBose has dedicated himself to for years.

“This is part of our natural habitat, the water,” said Dubose, who is a board member of the Haw River Assembly environmental group.

But over the past few months, he says the City of Burlington has made his job hard, especially after a 3.5 million gallon spill of sewage from the East Burlington Wastewater Treatment plant leaked into the river in January.

“It’s dirty, dirty water,” DuBose said. “It’s like toilet water, a whole bunch of toilet water; everybody’s toilet water in the river. That’s pollution.”

The Haw River Assembly along with the Cape Fear River Watch is threatening to file a lawsuit against the city if they don’t come up with a plan to prevent future spills within 60 days.

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Graham man accused of biting detention officer

GRAHAM, N.C. — A Graham man was charged after authorities say he bit an Alamance County Detention Center officer.

Martin Fitzgerald Gaines

Martin Fitzgerald Gaines

The Times-News reported that Martin Fitzgerald Gaines, 45, of 109 S. Maple St., bit B. Dickerson on the left arm.

Officers say the man refused to stop fighting.

Gaines is charged with felony assault with physical injury of a law enforcement officer and resisting a public officer.

His bond is set at $22,500.

Elon University staff member dies in boating accident

CASWELL COUNTY, N.C. – An automotive mechanic in Elon’s Physical Plant department died Friday in a boating accident in Caswell County, according to Elon University officials.

The school said that Ed Watkins was fishing with Elon groundskeeper James Moore at Farmer’s Lake when their boat overturned.

Officials said Moore was able to swim to safety and call 911, but Watkins drowned. A volunteer firefighter on the scene was reportedly unable to revive him.

Watkins had been an Elon staff member since 2007 and was described by the school as a dedicated worker and friendly colleague.

Plans are being made for a Gathering of Friends in memory of Mr. Watkins at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Numen Lumen Pavilion. 

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Burlington Easter egg hunt rescheduled for Sunday

BURLINGTON, N.C. – The city of Burlington has rescheduled its annual Easter egg hunt for Sunday.

The event was originally planned for Saturday, but is now planned for 6 p.m. Easter at North Park at 849 Sharpe Road in Burlington.

Organizers said the Easter Bunny will be there and people will have the chance to find four golden eggs, worth a $25 savings bond.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring Easter baskets.

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Alamance Co. sailor returns home, surprises family

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A Navy sailor from Alamance County returned home from deployment in Afghanistan just in time to surprise his family for Easter.

Jeffrey Speicher hadn’t seen his children, 5-year-old Taylor and 3-year-old Justin, in 11 months. His wife, Kirsten, helped plan the surprise at Ace Speedway Friday evening.

Michaels security breach affects Triad locations

Michaels stores in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Burlington are on the company’s list of locations where debit card numbers were compromised.

In a statement posted online, Michaels CEO Chuck Rubins apologized and said 2.6 million cards may have been impacted.

They do not believe personal information like names, addresses or pin numbers were stolen.

The malware breach took place during a nine-month time period between May 2013 and the end of January 2014.

According to the website, the following local Michaels locations were affected:

Elon baseball player wins battle with cancer, team shaves heads

ELON, N.C. — John McGillicuddy has experienced a few lonely times in the past few months.

He’s used to having his twin brother Joe around. They grew up playing on the same team in northern Virginia.

They went to college together at Marshall and Louisburg. But now they’re apart: John is at High Point, Joe at Elon.

McGillicuddy had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He had to go through three rounds of chemotherapy over a nine week period. After his final treatment in February, he was cancer-free.

The brothers recently met on the diamond but it was so much more than a game.

After the Elon victory, the entire team and coaching staff had their heads shaved to help raise money for the Vs. Cancer Foundation, led by cancer survivor Chase Jones.