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Archive for May, 2009

Marine research at UNCW to share in $22.5 million award

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

As one underwater research program winds down at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, another is rising to take its place.

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View the new ClassiFind section, including comics

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Due to newspaper delivery route changes, the new ClassiFind section of the Tuesday, May 12, StarNews was inadvertently left out of the newspaper in some portions of Brunswick County.That six-page section included classified advertisements, the comics page, daily TV listings, horoscopes, Ask Amy advice column and six puzzles.

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New House districts pass initial vote

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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A new map of House districts for Pender and New Hanover County passed a second reading in the House Monday night 116-to-1.

In March, the US Supreme Court ruled the 18th District was an unconstitutional minority-influence district.

The new plan puts all of Pender and northeast New Hanover in the 16th District represented by Carolyn Justice.

The 18th District and Sandra Spaulding Hughes would serve northwest New Hanover including downtown Wilmington. She said the plan does what the High Court required, but could hurt minority candidates in the future.

“It will affect that population, because we could not incorporate all, of course, the African American communities. But we do have a large democratic constituency, and if that person has worked hard, well-known, developed relationships in that community, there’s a possibility another minority could win within the next election.”

Spaulding Hughes hopes she is that candidate. She plans to run again next year.

The House has to vote one more time on the map before it moves to the Senate.

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A new map of House districts for Pender and New Hanover County passed a second reading in the House Monday night 116-to-1.

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Another arrest in robbery and rape in Columbus County

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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Another suspect is under arrest, connected to the robbery and rape of a 78-year-old Columbus County woman this weekend.

Clarence Gerald was arrested Tuesday and will likely be charged in association with the home break-ins on Sunday. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Department has already arrested 47-yr-old Arthur Leon Stanley of Nakina. He is likely facing first degree rape charges.

Stanley allegedly broke into 3 other homes before sexually assaulting the woman and kidnapping her daughter. The sheriff’s department is in the process of extraditing him from Horry County back to Columbus County.

“He usually has accomplices with him, and that’s one of the things we are looking into right now is to see if there are any other accomplices were involved in this situation,” said Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten.

Stanley’s court date has not been set as of yet.

The 78-year-old victim remains in intensive care at Loris Community Hospital, just over the South Carolina line.

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Another suspect is under arrest, connected to the robbery and rape of a 78-year-old Columbus County woman this weekend.

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Man found dead in sand near Holden Beach Pier

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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A little after 6:00 Tuesday morning, a volunteer out on his regular turtle nest patrol discovered the body of a white male lying face down near the Holden Beach Pier, partially buried by sand.

A couple walking nearby said their morning changed in an instant. They asked us to conceal their identity, but said, “The turtle patrol was standing there with a dead body. At first I thought it might be a shark or a beached something that died, we started looking closer and it was a human body.”

Police were called out to the scene and found a middle-aged man with blood on his face and legs.

The witnesses added, “We walked out on to the pier and they had flipped the body over and you definitely saw something had struck a blow to his forehead.”

Police said the body could have been there since high tide late last night, or early this morning. So far, they’ve only been able to determine that he was visiting Holden Beach from Ohio.

Investigators said the missing piece to this case is determining how the body actually got here. Until they do, they say they have very little to go on.

“I’m not ruling anything out at this point. It’s an un-witnessed death investigation and until we have all the facts, I’m not ruling anything out,” said Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne.

Police are trying to connect the dots by scanning the beach for clues and using a metal detector to either find his belongings, or possibly a weapon.

Police aren’t releasing the victim’s name until his family has been notified.

The body was moved to the morgue in Brunswick County and will be transported to Jacksonville Wednesday for an autopsy.

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videoA little after 6:00 Tuesday morning, a volunteer out on his regular turtle nest patrol discovered the body of a white male lying face down near the Holden Beach Pier, partially buried by sand.

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