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A plane from the Sheriff’s Department was lost over Tulagi, and no sign of the patrol craft has been found. The plane, routinely used in traffic monitoring and aerial patrols over large areas without roads, carried a single deputy and had been tasked with flying over an area that has been dubbed Tri-C – a triangle of catnip growers and “nip labs.”

“We are doing what we can to find the craft,” a spokesperson told us, “but we will need help.”

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An inside source at WIA has told us that ERIA Cargo has been linked to several black ops in the West River area, and that the freight operation “sometimes confuses cargo with car-boom.”

According to the source a recent op targeted a high value sand thief while they were traveling to a remote airfield. The hit was arranged by a “private party” who used one of HIT Corp’s competitors.

“It’s getting ugly out there,” said our source, “and off books hits are coming from one sand thief to another catnip grower.”

We asked HIT Corp about the story and they said “grrrrrr.”

The new East River Civic Center and its groundbreaking gender neutral bathroom

Completing phase 12 of an ambitious 60 part plan, the East River has centralized itself in the hamlet of Grizedale (link), transforming the suburban area to an administrative hub for one of the world’s largest economies. Ringed around a new ERC Civic Center, Grizedale now has a post office, businesses, and
essential services under construction.

“Governor Chia has really caught on to somethin’,” said one construction foreperson we spoke to. “She’s got all these admin buildings and services right here – real central like. Cops, firepeople, and everyone can go straight from here to anywhere in the ERC, and everybody files papers here. It’s a good thing.”

The Grizedale phase is just one part of the overall project which includes a new GTFO port and augmented airport in Pippen, more artist studios in Hellevelyn, and new factories for Feral Marine.

“‘Think big’ is the motto of the Feral Corporation,” explained ERC Legal council. “That is how they’ve stayed so powerful while West River imploded.”

The plan has wide support from the community, and Waterbank citizens have donated hours of community service to support the changes. At the same time that people are excited about the increase of trade, some residents are concerned that things are being pushed by catnip money and that the East River might turn into a criminal haven.

“This isn’t Bay Cities,” said an East River policeperson we asked. “This may be one of the few places where catnip is legal, but we have an active community that can handle what comes. Fire, police, port authority, hospital, even some commando units. People shouldn’t worry about it.”

“I have to admit,” said the intern at Grace Development Agency, “that I was hoping that they would bring back the gambling catnip paddleboats of yesteryear to East River. Top hats, and grass flecked noses – those were the days.”

The East River Chamber of Commerce called an emergency session after a Two Tangos helicopter was unable to land at ERIA.

“There was a dinosaur on the pad,” complained the pilot. “We were carrying a VIP, and this dino’s laying eggs!”

The incident was one of several events recently that are affecting citizens in the area.

“We’re waiting to see how Governor Chia will weigh in on the issue,” said one council member.

White Star Airfield located on the Northeast shores of Nautilus in the Grayling and Grunion sims is under new ownership. Float Follet, in 2015, established White Star in honor of the RMS Titanic that was moored in the Grayling sim for many years. Zack Friller, owner of Rocna Airport, assumed ownership of White Star and immediately began making wide-sweeping policy changes.

New gates have been added, Gates A4 and Regional Ramp B3. Gates are now also for rent. In addition, some of the hangars and lounge prices have increased. Shergood Aviation has moved East into Grunion at the end of the runway.  But one of the most puzzling changes is the closure of the SLWS Air Cargo building. The building is currently cocooned in Tyvek and scaffolding. The remodeling is under complete secrecy. Despite the closure, all cargo flights and GTFO activity remain unhindered.

Zack was able to acquire a larger easement into the channel to add a small recreational  marina for pleasure boats and small yachts.  Plus, now there was room for a special pet project, a brand new bar.

Someone must not have been too happy with these new additions. To Zack’s horror, while touring the new marina, each end of the dock caught fire and spread very quickly. Airport firefighters raced to the scene, but the fire was soon out of control. A call went out over Mutual Aid for assistance. Agencies that responded to the blaze included HitCorp International (HCI), Crash Fire Rescue (CFR), and a helicopter from the Sheriff’s Department.

The fire was fought by firefighters on the docks. The fire was pummeled by trucks on the tarmac. The fire was assaulted by fire boats in the harbor. And, finally, bombarded by helicopters from above. SLNN News was on scene and was able to get some amazing footage.

Sheriff’s Department investigators released a preliminary report that arson was believed to be the cause of the blaze. However, they refused any further comment on this or any ongoing investigation. We will bring you more news as it becomes available.

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