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Archive for March, 2009

Man charged with stalking, peeping at house-sitter

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Wilmington police charged a man with stalking and secret peeping Sunday night.

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Police: Gunman’s ex-wife worked at nursing home

Monday, March 30th, 2009

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CARTHAGE, N.C. — Police are looking into whether a gunman accused of killing eight people in a North Carolina nursing home may have targeted the facility because his estranged wife worked
there.

Police Chief Chris McKenzie says investigators are looking at whether what he called domestic issues may have been the motive for the rampage Sunday in the town of Carthage.

Police say 45-year-old Robert Stewart killed seven residents and a nurse at the Pinelake Health and Rehab center and wounded three other people.

The injured included a police officer credited with ending the rampage when he confronted and fired on the gunman, who was also wounded.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Police are looking into whether a gunman accused of killing eight people in a North Carolina nursing home may have targeted the facility because his estranged wife worked
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Woman killed in crash with NC police cruiser

Monday, March 30th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Authorities are investigating a crash between a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police cruiser and another vehicle in which a 20-year-old woman was killed and an officer and three
other people were injured.

The Charlotte Observer reports the victim of the late Sunday wreck was identified by police as Shatona Robinson, who died at the scene.

Authorities say her 1991 Ford Escort was struck on the driver’s side by a patrol car driven by 24-year-old Officer Martray Proctor, who has a broken leg.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokeswoman Jean Wassenaar said Proctor was on the way to help another officer at a traffic stop when the wreck occurred.

Police said three other people were in the Escort and their injuries weren’t life-threatening.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Authorities are investigating a crash between a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police cruiser and another vehicle in which a 20-year-old woman was killed and an officer and three
other people were injured.

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Media company CEO talks in NC about online impact

Monday, March 30th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A North Carolina audience will hear about the Internet’s effect on media from an executive whose company is feeling those effects.

Media company E.W. Scripps’ CEO Richard Boehnoe speaks Monday at Wake Forest University’s Babcock School of Management in Winston-Salem.

Media businesses are coping with falling revenue from advertisers who are cutting back in the recession and, in some cases, following audiences to the Internet.

Scripps owns a chain of local newspapers and television stations. It announced this month it lost $480 million last year.

Scripps shut down the nearly 150-year-old Rocky Mountain News in Denver, the largest newspaper to fail so far in the industry downturn that has led to widespread media layoffs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A North Carolina audience will hear about the Internet’s effect on media from an executive whose company is feeling those effects.

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Bladen County residents picking up after tornadoes

Monday, March 30th, 2009

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Folks in Bladen County spent Sunday picking up the pieces after two tornadoes touched down Saturday night; leaving a path of destruction.

“Right now, it’s trying to find the keepsakes, the personal items, the house can be rebuilt, that is not a big deal,” said Chris Stone, whose house was destroyed.

Clarkton resident Johnny Autry said, “It sounded like a jet coming over the house.”

Broken glass, scattered belongings and the remains of the Norris home, wiped away by a vicious tornado late Saturday night. The family said the tornado was just like you see in the movies. They were sitting in their living room around nine o’clock and the next thing they knew the back end of their house came crashing in.

The owners of the house, along with their two young children hid in a closet underneath the stairwell. They said it was part of their evacuation plan; it’s the safest part of the house because it doesn’t have any windows.

“Stephanie and Eddie had a plan. They got under the stairwell in a closet. They had a plan and did exactly what they should have done so everyone is safe,” said Stone.

About a half a mile down the road, the Callhans watched their front porch fly over their mobile home. “The lights went out, the porch went across the trailer, and then I laid down on the floor,” said Bobby Callhan.

Judy Callhan added, “Right before it happened, we heard wind, rain and hail.”

The National Weather Service said the first tornado touched down near a turf farm; a storm with a wind speed of up to 85 miles per hour. The twister wrenched a metal silo and knocked down nearby trees.

“It happened in about a second, it doesn’t take more than a second for something to happen to you,” added Judy Callhan.

The rebuilding has already begun. The Norris family found their freezer and sofa about a quarter of a mile away from their home.

“Stephanie’s daughter made this for her in kindergarten, she is 11 now. And this was in a field probably about 100 yards away from here,” said Stone.

They said what was lost was just stuff and stuff can be replaced. The good news – no injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an F-2, with winds of up to 115 miles per hour. Another tornado touched down about six miles north of White Lake. There was no structural damage from that storm, just some uprooted trees.

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videoFolks in Bladen County spent Sunday picking up the pieces after two tornadoes touched down Saturday night; leaving a path of destruction.

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