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Reavis’ mother opens up about son’s problems

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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The jury is deliberating in the trial against Brian Reavis, the man charged with robbing, raping and beating a 95 year old Wilmington woman.

It’s now up to them to decide if he’s guilty, or not guilty, by reason of insanity. WWAY’s Margo Gray sat down with Brian Reavis’ mother, for an exclusive interview.

For the mother of Brian Reavis, sitting in a court room for a week and testifying in the trial against her son has been her worst nightmare come true. Reavis faces life in prison or in a mental facility for the robbery, rape and beating of a 95 year old woman – Charges sylvia colbert says aren’t ‘completely’ accurate.

“I do believe that Brian is guilty, but I don’t believe he raped anyone,” she said.

Earlier in the week, Reavis’ defense attorney moved to reduce the rape charge to sexual assault, but that motion was denied. The defense’s case is based on the notion that Reavis was insane the night of the attack.

Reavis has a long history of mental illness, and drug use. Sylvia Colbert says her son was a product of a rape. She says he is not crazy, but is sick, and has been since he was six months old, and that’s why he needs medical treatment.

“I would love for my boy to go into a mental hospital for the rest of his life. You think that’s what he needs. That’s exactly what he needs,” COlbert said.

Colbert says Reavis needed medical intervention back when he was arrested for armed robbery in 1996 and spent 11 years in jail. She says he only received medication for the first 4 years of his sentence.

“When I begged the system to help my boy they threw him under the carpet. the first four years they helped him. for five and a half years they stopped.”

Shortly after his release from jail in December of 2007, he was prescribed medication for schizophrenia and depression. In April of 2008 – just four months after his release – he attacked the now 96-year old woman.

“I don’t want what happened to that lady to happen to anyone else in life. That was horrible and I am truly sorry,” Colbert said.

Whether the jury decides to send Brian Reavis to prison, or to a mental hospital Colbert says this difficult week has prepared her for the news.

“I love my baby and i can love him from a distance.”

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videoThe jury is deliberating in the trial against Brian Reavis, the man charged with robbing, raping and beating a 95 year old Wilmington woman. WWAY’s Margo Gray sat down with Reavis’ mother for an exclusive interview.

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Outlook optimistic for recent grads and their job search

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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Today’s graduates face the harsh reality of finding a job. Not an easy task considering unemployment is at its highest levels in their lifetimes.

NewsChannel 3 caught up with some students Friday before graduation. Whether they had a job, or were still looking, the collective outlook was optimistic.

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videoToday’s graduates face the harsh reality of finding a job. Not an easy task considering unemployment is at its highest levels in their lifetimes.

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Grab those last minute Mother’s Day gifts online

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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You can find flowers online starting at about thirty dollars. Proflowers.com has a few options. Order by Saturday to arrive in time for Mother’s Day, but be warned, you are going to face extra shipping charges.

By the time you add express and Saturday delivery charges, a vase, and taxes; a thirty dollar bouquet will probably end up costing you more like eighty dollars. If you want to get more creative and spend less, here are some other ideas.

Buy a jump drive, you can find one with ample storage for under thirty dollars at Amazon.com. Download mom’s favorite novel or magazines onto the drive to make it personal. Books.Google.com has some interesting reading choices.

Take breakfast in bed to a whole new level. AllRecipes.com offers recipes categorized by cooking skill level. Print out some of mom’s favorite dishes, bind the pages into a book, add a fancy cover, and serve it on a platter with her breakfast.

You can never fail with a gift certificate to her favorite restaurant or store, and most will be available online. If you are not sure which store to choose, log on to GiftCertificates.com. They offer what’s called a “super certificate”. With this card, your mom can make the choice from more than 200 merchants. The certificate never expires and will be e-mailed to mom immediately.

Another last-minute gift idea is to get mom a subscription to her favorite magazine. Swing by the grocery store and pick up a current issue so you have something to give her Sunday. Tell her the mailman will deliver the rest. You can get a year’s worth of subscriptions to most magazines for around fifteen dollars.

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videoSunday is Mother’s Day. If you have not gotten your mom something special yet, there’s still time. If you would like to stray away from the ordinary, here are some other ideas.

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Security tight at UNCW commencement ceremonies

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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Commencement ceremonies are going on Friday at UNC Wilmington. Due to a bomb threat last week, security is tight at Trask Coliseum. Everyone entering the building has to be scanned with metal detectors. Despite the extra security the ceremonies are running on time.

UNCW Police Chief David Donaldson said, “What’s unusual this year is how public some of our efforts are, and how visible are efforts are. We’ve had a lot of assistance from the New Hanover Sheriff’s Department, Wilmington Police Department, UNC Chapel Hill, ATF, FBI and State Capitol Police to put in place the security measures appropriate for this event.”

Four ceremonies are being held over two days for the first time in the history of UNC Wilmington. The public is advised to avoid university entrances as traffic will be heavy this evening and tomorrow.

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Commencement ceremonies are going on Friday at UNC Wilmington. Due to a bomb threat last week, security is tight at Trask Coliseum.

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Topsail High hosts Special Olympics

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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Topsail High School hosted Pender County‘s Special Olympics Friday.

Eighty-five kids from special needs programs across the county participated. They competed in sporting events like races, long jump, and softball. The teachers have been coaching the kids in PE class for the past six weeks. Friday, the kids showed off their skills to the crowd.

Event coordinator Danielle Platt said, “A lot of them don’t get to participate in sports or group activities outside of school so this is a time for these athletes to be able to compete against their peers and have an equal chance with each other.”

Participant Dylan clark said, “I like running and softball throw, I like decorating cupcake and eating oatmeal cream pie and singing the oath.”

Some Topsail High School honors students took the day off from school to help out at the event.

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Topsail High School hosted Pender County’s Special Olympics Friday. Eighty-five kids from special needs programs across the county participated.

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