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Archive for February, 2009

Armed robbers strike Dollar General on Castle Hayne Road

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of an armed robbery of the Dollar General at 6001 Castle Hayne Road, according to a release at 3:13 p.m. today from Deputy Charles Smith.Authorities said two men robbed the store and were last seen leaving on foot.

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Snipes Elementary gets artistic for Black History Month

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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Black History Month is drawing to a close, but students at Snipes Elementary School are still celebrating.

All month long, students have been learning about the achievements of African Americans. As a culmination, students performed, created artwork and acted as part of a living wax museum; keeping with the purpose behind snipes academy arts and design.

Snipes instructional supporter, Carolyn Williams said, “They’ve had an opportunity to perform which is what we try and do here at Snipes. They’ve learned a lot more maybe about people they didn’t know so much about.”

Each grade level participated and walked away with a bit more knowledge of black history.

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Black History Month is drawing to a close, but students at Snipes Elementary School are still celebrating.

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Brunswick County’s Teen Court is not kids stuff

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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A Brunswick County program is giving a whole new meaning to the term a jury of your peers. It is called Teen Court and it is a chance for young first offenders to wipe the slate clean. But make no mistake, this is not kid stuff.

At first glance it looks like a normal courtroom, but if you look closely, the attorneys, jury, bailiff, and defendant are kids. They are all part of Brunswick County’s Teen Court.

Teen prosecutor, Silas Acosta said, “My favorite show is Law and Order, so I wanted to see if Law and Order was the real thing or not. I found out that drama is drama.”

Juvenile offenders can be recommended to the program to receive a constructive sentence, typically involving community service. It also gives kids interested in the criminal justice system a way to get hands on experience under the supervision of adult advisors.

“I get to prepare an opening statement, a closing statement and I get to investigate. I get to interview, it’s very, very fun. I like it a lot,” Acosta said.

“I can speak publicly for the first time, I don’t run away and cower. It’s really taught me how to deal with people,” added teen defense attorney, Tabitha Causby.

Kids are forced to take responsibility for their actions, which include a variety of charges, including drugs and alcohol. Sometimes, even their parents take the stand.

Defendant Clint Pennell said, “I’ve learned that you need to abide by the laws and do them whenever you’re supposed to, not whenever you just want to.”

The only adult in the process is the judge, who is actually Assistant District Attorney Gina Essey. “Just watching them be quick on their feet, like real attorneys are in court, it’s an amazing thing to be a part of.”

The program has a solid success rate. Advisors said only five to ten percent of the teens offend again. There is no doubt there are some future attorneys in this room, and the experience they are getting now is priceless.

“If you get in trouble, you’ll see me,” said teen prosecutor, Perry Smith, Jr.

Brunswick County has had Teen Court for ten years. They meet once a month and typically see a few cases each session.

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videoA Brunswick County program is giving a whole new meaning to the term a jury of your peers. It is called Teen Court and it is a chance for young first offenders to wipe the slate clean.

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Tapes released from 911 call in Matthews crash

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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It’s been one week since Officer Richard Matthews of the WPD was killed in a car crash.

He was responding as back up for another officer when he crashed his car. The Wilmington Police Department just released the audio recordings of radio calls between officers on the scene and 911 dispatchers.

The recordings start with the initial traffic stop to which Officer Matthews was responding as back up early last Wednesday morning.

As the recordings progress, you can hear officers ask for help after Matthews crashed.

“318: I need EMS for Officer Matthews. He’s got a 1050 on Shipyard Boulevard right across from Pine Valley Baptist Church, he’s in the tree please.”

“I need EMS and fire and as fast as you can get them. 10-4 they’re both in route, 1018.”

“There is a 1050 officer involved, officer is ejected from the vehicle at this time.”

The Wilmington Police Department hadn’t planned to release the audio recordings this soon, considering many of the officers are still quite emotional, however some legal pressure from another media outlet prompted the police department to release the recordings late this afternoon.

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The Wilmington Police Department just released the audio recordings of radio calls between officers on the scene and 911 dispatchers.

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Getting fit with your iPhone

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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It seems that the new models of cell phones can do just about anything, from helping you surf the web, to playing your favorite music. Apple’s latest iPhone has a new program can even monitor your heart rate.

The fitness applications can keep track of your workout to help you meet your exercise goals. A technology company called ITMP came out with the applications that you can download to your iPhone or iPod Touch. It is free for a limited time.

Many iPhone and iPod Touch users bring their devices to the gym to stimulate their workouts with their favorite songs. Now as they’re pumping iron, they can also use the devices as a heart rate monitor and fitness tracking system.

Ross Hardin spends a lot of time at the gym, so he decided to try the programs. “It will pick up your heart rate, calories burned, fat loss, fat calorie percentage, everything so you can get very specific, log all your information, it picks it up from the tread mills or the bikes that you’re on, logs it for you, all month long you can know exactly what you’ve done for your goals.”

If you’re interested, you’ll need three items. First you need to buy SMHEART link, a small wireless device that transfers your heart rate onto your iPhone, which costs about 150 dollars.

You will have to download any of four fitness applications from the Apple store; all free for now.

Last, you need a heart rate monitor or a cycling computer.

SMHEART link works as a wireless bridge between the heart monitor and the iPhone. The apps log your workouts so you can see your progress. If you’re not sure you want to buy the SMHEART link, you can download the apps and watch a simulation to see if they would benefit your workout.

Kelly McSwain likes to listen to music on her iPod Touch while she exercises. She likes the idea of doubling it as a heart rate monitor. “I would be very interested in it. I usually come in and have very intense workouts and I do like to know that my heart rate is up and I’m burning enough calories and sweating and having a good workout.”

If you don’t belong to a gym, you can still use the programs for out doors walking or jogging. And you might even want to make a phone call….

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