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Archive for February, 2009

Virus strikes New Hanover County nursing home

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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A virus has swept through a New Hanover County nursing home, sickening about 100 people.

Charles Long, the Executive Director of Davis Health Care Center on Porters Neck Road, said residents have been getting sick for the past two weeks. It appears to be a 24-hour virus with nausea and diarrhea as the symptoms.

The facility discouraged visitors, as to not spread the sickness. They are not sure how the virus made its way into the nursing home, but the New Hanover County Health Department did get involved.

Long said four residents are sick with the virus right now.

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A virus has swept through a New Hanover County nursing home, sickening about 100 people.
The facility discouraged visitors, as to not spread the sickness.

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Search warrant indicates trail of blood found in Gallaghers’ house

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Deputies have called it a brutal murder, and on Wednesday search warrants revealed some gruesome information about the deaths of Jim and Laura Gallagher.

The search warrant indicates bloody knives, and a hammer were taken from the crime scene, as evidence.

Mrs. Gallagher’s 33-year-old son, Gerard Altman is charged with the murders, a week after Laura and Jim Gallagher’s bodies were found in their home at 424 West Ridge Court in Odgen.

The search warrants indicate there was a blood trail through their home. Mr. Gallagher’s body was found by detectives in the living room, while Mrs. Gallagher’s body was found in a bedroom. Both had visible wounds and were already dead when authorities arrived.

“You never really expect something like this in the suburbs of Wilmington I guess, it’s shocking,” said neighbor Brad Bloomquist.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate that the Gallagher’s died from blunt force trauma. In addition to a hammer and knives, other pieces of evidence collected from the crime scene were blood stained gauze and towels, two cell phones, and clothing which may belong to the suspect.

After connecting him to the crime, detectives obtained a search warrant for Altman’s apartment at 2621 Confederate Drive. Search warrants show detectives found two crumpled checks with Mrs. Gallagher’s name on them inside Altman’s apartment along with knives, stained clothing, and a prescription label in the name of James Gallagher for oxycodone.

β€œIt is pretty mind boggling when you’ve seen both the victims and the suspect within walking distance of your house,” said neighbor Britt Peverall.

Altman remains behind bars tonight, charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

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videoDeputies have called it a brutal murder, and on Wednesday search warrants revealed some gruesome information about the deaths of Jim and Laura Gallagher.

The search warrant indicates bloody knives, and a hammer were taken from the crime scene, as evidence.

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Wilmington police close two murder cases from 2002 and 2003

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

“Based on renewed attention to cold cases and a few bits of new information, both cases have been solved,” police department spokeswoman Lucy Crockett said.

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Coast panel previews debate on inlet sand blockers

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Morehead City | Everybody wants stability and a long-term solution to the problem of threatened homes near the erosion-prone ends of barrier islands.

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DC Virgo Middle School students skipped class and rocked out

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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DC Virgo Middle School students got to skip class today and rock out.

A band called Hello Revolution fired up students and teachers. The band is a part of the Young American Showcase, a Florida-based production company that works to motivate students.

The first half of the show, the band kept the rowdy crowd very entertained. The second half of the show was more educational. Band members talked to students about peer pressure and bullying.

“We want students to feel safe when they come to any school, regardless of it being DC Virgo or another school in the county, and by getting this message out to students to hear that it’s not okay to be bullied or to be a bully,” said assistant principal of DC Virgo Middle School Don Cummings.

Hello Revolution will be rocking out again Thursday night at DC Virgo Middle School at 7:00 p.m. The show is open to the public.

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videoA band called Hello Revolution fired up students and teachers. The band is a part of the Young American Showcase, a Florida-based production company that works to motivate students.

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