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Archive for March, 2009

Teen in stable condition after being shot in Monkey Junction

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

A 17-year-old male was in stable condition Tuesday after he was shot in the neck earlier in the day in a house in the 500 block of Vallie Lane in the Monkey Junction area of New Hanover County, according to the county sheriff’s office.

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Can you identify these suspects?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Wilmington police are asking for help identifying suspects in connection with two separate theft cases that occurred last month.

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Anthony Pierce charged with second-degree murder for Officer Matthews’ death

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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After two days of testimony and deliberation, a New Hanover County grand jury has indicted Anthony Pierce on murder charges in connection with the death of Wilmington police officer Rich Matthews.

The charges are second-degree murder under the intent of malice.

On top of felony charges of fleeing to elude arrest, Pierce was charged with possession and intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and possession of a firearm.

“We are very pleased to take this case forward, and if we have to fight to make precedent in this state, frankly we believe this is a fight worth having,” said District Attorney Ben David.

Second-degree murder charges are now a reality for Anthony Pierce. It took the grand jury two days of hearing testimony and asking questions to reach this decision.

“It’s our job to present the facts, and we leave it to the grand jury to decide what the facts are, and anytime they can come up with a decision on that, we are pleased with that,” said Corporal Joseph Fitzgerald of the WPD.

Second-degree murder charges under “implied malice” means the state will claim Pierce intentionally engaged in reckless behavior to put another life at risk. In this case, that life was officer Rich Matthews.

The prosecutor’s theory is, if Anthony Pierce had stopped for the officers pursuing him, they wouldn’t have needed to call for back up.

A 25-page brief written by DA Ben David stated Matthews was traveling about 100 miles per hour when he crashed on his way to assist other officers. The brief outlines other important facts in the case, all which were compiled by officers like Corporal Fitzgerald who helped with the reconstruction of the accident.

Pierce made his first appearance in court today since the new charges. His bond was set at $750,000.

Judge Gessner appointed Walter Smith from the Public Defender’s Office to represent Pierce in this case.

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videoAfter two days of testimony and deliberation, a New Hanover County grand jury has indicted Anthony Pierce on murder charges in connection with the death of Wilmington police officer Rich Matthews.

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Oak Island Council approves Yaupon Pier purchase

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Despite the public’s pleas for fiscal responsibility, this town’s council on Tuesday approved a financing plan to buy the Yaupon Beach Fishing Pier.

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Coucil to vote Tuesday night on financing of Yaupon Pier

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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The town of Oak Island is thousands of dollars away from owning the Yaupon Pier.

Tuesday night, Oak Island’s town council will vote on how to finance the $1.7 million project to reopen the Yaupon Pier.

For some, opening the pier can’t happen fast enough. Oak Island resident, Charlie Wilson has owned Oak Island Sporting Goods, a store dedicated to the fisherman, for the past 27 years.

Since the Yaupon Pier closed over a year ago, times have been hard. “Bait sales are down, fish and tackle. Everything is down,” Wilson said.

Many of Wilson’s customers were people who fished off the pier. Sales have been slower ever since the pier and the restaurant connected to it went into foreclosure.

Town officials voted to purchase the property for $1.7 million, which includes repairing the dilapidated pier.

“I don’t know any other way this pier would have opened if we hadn’t taken position. I think it would have sat right here until it fell down,” said Oak Island Mayor Johnnie Vereen.

The town has already received $800,000 in grant money to get the ball rolling; $30,000 of it will be used to make initial repairs to allow a safe springtime reopening and $70,000 will go toward additional cosmetic repairs and maintenance when the pier closes again next winter.

The town received bids for financing the rest through a ten-year loan for $900,000 at a 4.39% interest rate.

For business owners like Charlie Wilson, finding a solution on how to get the pier back open is top priority. “I think the pier needs to be opened back up, whether it is by the town or whether it is opened by a private individual or not. I think the pier needs to be opened.”

The meeting is set for Tuesday evening at 6:00; WWAY will update how the council voted.

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videoThe town of Oak Island is thousands of dollars away from owning the Yaupon Pier.

Tuesday night, Oak Island’s town council will vote on how to finance the $1.7 million project to reopen the Yaupon Pier.

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