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Archive for May, 2009

Update: Crash involving 5 West Brunswick students kills one; another in critical condition

Friday, May 8th, 2009

A West Brunswick High School student has died as a result of a car accident early Friday.The N.C. Highway Patrol confirmed the death of senior Jacob Moseley, 18, a passenger in the vehicle, said 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris of the highway patrol.

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Dredge spoil disposal snags project at Carolina Beach marina

Friday, May 8th, 2009

With its docks pulled and emptied of boats, the Carolina Beach State Park marina looks abandoned. The only activity visible Friday morning was birds foraging on the ground inside the orange construction fencing that surrounded the basin.

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Reavis found guilty

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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WILMINGTON — A jury of nine women and three men found 42 year-old Brain Reavis guilty of the rape, robbery, and beating of a 95 year-old Wilmington woman.

The jury deliberated for about two hours Friday afternoon to find Reavis, an ex-convict, guilty on charges of first degree rape, robbery, burglary and maiming from the attack that happened in April 2008. Physical evidence found on the elderly victim led police to arrest Reavis. Prosecutors presented that physical evidence this week.

When Reavis’ defense attorney tried to prove Reavis was insane at the time of the attack by presenting records of his long history of mental illness and drug use, prosecutors claimed he knew right from wrong, especially since he served 11 years in prison for three armed robberies in the 90s.

District Attorney Ben David said, “Very pleased with today’s verdict. The community stepped up to support this woman in so many ways, including helping her catch who did this and providing treatment for her and kindness throughout this last year. Today the community provided the ultimate support to her by returning this verdict.”

Paul Verzaal, the lead detective with Wilmington Police, said, “I think the community did the right thing and did their duty to protect Wilmington and our society as a whole. I agree with what was said and I don’t think he should have been let out in the first place, but the fact remains that he was and this crime happened and it’s a shame that it happened. I think justice was served today.”

Reavis was sentenced to a minimum of 88 years in prison and a maximum of 100 years. He won’t be eligible for parole for another 85 years.

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A jury found Brian Reavis guilty of the rape, robbery, and beating of a 95 year-old Wilmington woman.

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Back Then (May 1959): Janitor cleared in sex assault

Friday, May 8th, 2009

The following historical report, compiled from past Star-News articles archived at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Randall Library, takes readers back to the Cape Fear region of years past.

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Wilmington Christian Academy students give back to the community

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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Some kids proved Friday, that you do not need a holiday or a special occasion to give back to the community.

Middle school students from Wilmington Christian Academy visited the Good Shepherd shelter today. They brought more than 900 donated flip-flops and socks with them, which were handed out to residents.

“It’s really important that they have something to wear on their feet. This is just our way of giving back to the community,” said Wilmington Christian Academy 8th grader Matt Vanderwal.

All the donated items will be put to good use by residents at the shelter.

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Some kids proved Friday, that you do not need a holiday or a special occasion to give back to the community. Middle school students from Wilmington Christian Academy visited the Good Shepherd shelter today.

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