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Archive for May, 2009

N.C. House agrees to map change from court ruling

Monday, May 11th, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Lawmakers have approved changing House district boundaries in two North Carolina counties to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling two months ago.

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Oak Island Pier re-opens

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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The Oak Island Pier, formerly known as Yaupon Pier is back in business.

After a two-year hiatus, the Oak Island Pier is open again and Monday’s rain didn’t stop fisherman from re-claiming their spots on the pier.

“Coming back today was like a family reunion; you saw people that you hadn’t seen in a long time, since it closed in ‘ 07,” said fisherman Luther Dishman.

After the pier went into foreclosure, the fishermen who made the pier their second home all went their separate ways.

Now it’s called Oak Island Pier, and it’s officially back in business.

The town of Oak Island is leasing the pier until it can secure financing to buy it.

The pier is run by former Long Beach Pier owner Tommy Thomes, who is looking forward to his new business living a long and fruitful life. “There were people standing in line around 5:00 this morning, so yes I am surprised, and I’m surprised at the volume we’ve had today,” Thomes said.

The pier is almost fully repaired, minus a few details like replacing a few boards, and other cosmetic fixes, but veteran fisherman don’t fish off this pier for it’s looks.

“It’s more like a brotherhood, and that’s what we are all here for, and the occasional fish you catch,” said Jeremy Carter.

It costs about $ 9.00 to take two rods out and fish off the pier. There will be a grand opening for the new Oak Island Pier this Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

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videoAfter a two-year hiatus, the Oak Island Pier is open again and Monday’s rain didn’t stop fisherman from re-claiming their spots on the pier.

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Tar Heels meet President Obama

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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The first fan paid his respects to the Tar Heels Monday when the North Carolina men’s basketball team visited with President Barack Obama at the White House.

The team made Obama’s bracket a winner with UNC’s romp through the NCAA tournament. Monday, he was able to thank them personally. It was not the first time members of the team met the president.

During his presidential campaign last year, President Obama played a pickup game in Chapel Hill with some of the players.

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The first fan paid his respects to the Tar Heels Monday when the North Carolina men’s basketball team visited with President Barack Obama at the White House.

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Man bitten in attempted robbery near car dealership

Monday, May 11th, 2009

A man was bitten when a woman faking a limp tried to take advantage of his kindness, according to a report filed by the Wilmington Police Department.

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Man attacks women during crime spree

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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It was a dreadful Mother’s Day for one family in Tabor City. A neighborhood crime spree ended with the rape of a 78-year-old woman and the kidnapping of her 58-year-old daughter.

The Stanley family said they want justice after two women in their family were attacked on Mother’s Day.

“Helpless, I felt helpless man. I couldn’t do anything. I needed help, and I needed help quick,” said the victim’s son Steve Stanley.

Blood still stains the walls and carpet of the home of Steve Stanley’s mother. Pieces of a broken teapot scattered across the ground, a weapon used in the attack on his sister.

Steve Stanley, who was just a few hundred yards away from his mother’s house when the incident occurred, said he heard his sister scream. After that he ran over to find out what had happened. He said what he saw next changed his life forever.

“My sister was laying right here on the floor with the side of her face bashed in and it was pouring blood. My mom was sitting in that chair, I don’t think she had her clothes on because that blanket was over her, and that black man was over her in that kitchen saying I’ll kill you, I’ll kill you.”

Police say that man was 47-year-old Arthur Leon Stanley of Nakina. Authorities said Arthur Stanley admitted to breaking into three other homes on Seven Creeks Highway before sexually assaulting the elderly woman and kidnapping her daughter.

By the time Steve Stanley returned, the attacker had fled the scene. ‘When I came back here, my mom told me he had my sister and was gone with her vehicle.”

Steve’s brother Eddie followed the car through Brunswick County and tried to run the attacker off the road.

After a high-speed chase with Columbus County officers, the suspect wrecked his car just over the state line where he was arrested.

Friends of the family still can’t believe it happened. “She’s in there eating the lunch her son brought her on Mother’s Day, and somebody does this to her…no heart,” said Wendy Dorman.

The accused, Arthur Stanley, has a rap sheet dating back to 1978, and has served time for larceny, burglary and assault. He is now charged with multiple felonies including rape, kidnapping, burglary, assault, and larceny.

The victims are recovering at area hospitals.

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videoIt was a dreadful Mother’s Day for one family in Tabor City. A neighborhood crime spree ended with the rape of a 78-year-old woman and the kidnapping of her 58-year-old daughter.

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