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Archive for February, 2009

Autopsy reveals Ogden woman was beaten and stabbed

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Autopsy results for a 58-year-old woman found slain along with her husband inside her Ogden home on Feb. 4 indicated she was beaten to death.

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Prepare for another dose of winter … and maybe snow

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

While the Cape Fear Region has already endured more than its normal accumulation of snow this season, another storm could bring more as soon as Monday.

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Troopers encourage teens to Drive to Live

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol is paying special attention to teen drivers this week.

As part of operation Drive to Live, troopers are concentrating on the roadways near high schools.

Among the violations they’re enforcing are speeding, following too closely, seat belt usage, and careless and reckless driving.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for North Carolina teens. Troopers are working to change that.

“The biggest thing is, number one, getting the awareness out there and showing aggressive enforcement. That way we can show people that in the community that we are proactive and we are trying to make a difference in teen lives,” said Trooper Phillips of the NC Highway Patrol.

In the last four years, 554 North Carolina teens have been killed in traffic accidents; 126 of those deaths happened last year.

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol is paying special attention to teen drivers this week.

As part of operation Drive to Live, troopers are concentrating on the roadways near high schools.

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Man found guitly for undersized flounder

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

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A Pender County jury had to decide the case of the undersized flounder on Thursday.

James Jones, a commercial fisherman for twenty-five years, was on trial for catching an undersized flounder.

The case goes back to august when Jones was spotted gigging a fish. A marine patrolman asked him to measure the fish, and found it was 13-and-a-half inches, half an inch too short to keep under state regulations.

“When it’s an ignorant law, you need to stand up to it,” Jones said.

Jones said he had no intention of keeping the fish and tossed it back. While the officer first issued Jones with a warning, he upped it to a full fledged citation after learning Jones had a previous undersized fish charge from 2006.

“The principal behind it is, the rules have to be applied and the rules have to be enforced. I could have easily dismissed this charge, but I would be telling the wildlife officer don’t do your job,” said Assistant District Attorney Joseph Bowman.

“I’ve got no problem with it being 14 inches but they have got to give us some leeway,” Jones said.

Even with bigger fish to fry in the court system, some say this trail was worth it.

“It was a small case, it wasn’t earth shattering, but I think it’s important if someone does have a view and they feel like they have been wronged then they should have a chance to express that,” said juror Nicholas Herring.

“A lot of people would say that it was a waste of the courts time to go over a case involving a fish but you got to think about North Carolina and it’s resources and they need to be protected,” added fellow juror David Lorenz.

In the end, maybe justice prevailed for the fish. The jury deliberated for a half hour to find Jones guilty of possession of an undersized flounder.

Cases like this don’t usually go to trial. The assistant DA said he offered Jones a deal to pay the fines for a lesser charge, but Jones refused saying he did nothing wrong.

Now, Jones will have to serve 12 months of unsupervised probation, pay over $400 in fines and court costs, and could potentially have his fishing license suspended.

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videoA Pender County jury had to decide the case of the undersized flounder on Thursday.

James Jones, a commercial fisherman for twenty-five years, was on trial for catching an undersized flounder.

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Associated poll

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Theory of Intelligent Design explains origin of species

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

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Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is widely accepted by scientists, but some bio-chemists support another theory explaining the origin of species.

Doctor Michael Behe has written two books on the Theory of Intelligent Design. The theory suggests elements in nature can be better explained by a purposeful design.

Behe explains the theory by comparing it to a presidential monument. “Anybody walking by Mount Rushmore would realize that it wasn’t just wind and erosion and rain and so on that shaped those faces, but some intelligent being had to face it.”

Behe contends that the same is true on a molecular level. He says the design of the cells are so intricate and dependent on one another, some being must have designed them.

Behe will hold a discussion on intelligent design at UNCW Thursday at 7:00 pm.

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videoDarwin’s Theory of Evolution is widely accepted by scientists, but some bio-chemists support another theory explaining the origin of species.

Doctor Michael Behe has written two books on the Theory of Intelligent Design. The theory suggests elements in nature can be better explained by a purposeful design.

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