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Mental illness an increasing problem for military members

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

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The treatment and diagnosis of mental health problems in the military has been making headlines since the untimely death of Commander Keith Springle, the Navy social worker who was gunned down by a patient at a mental health clinic in Iraq last month. Now legislators and mental health experts are citing the incident as a call to action.

Area doctors, psychiatrists, and mental health professionals gather to learn more about the military, veterans and the complicated problem of traumatic brain injury.

It’s a seminar Commander Keith Springle helped with in the past.

“The deaths at the clinic brings right to the fore, that we need to be doing what we’re doing here today,” said Dan Hickman.

Springle, along with four other Americans, were shot in a military mental health clinic by one of its patients in mid-May.

His death is a reminder of how much more needs to be done.

“Reduce the barriers to treatment, whether it be distance, whether it be finances, whether it be stigma, whatever it is, to get the support that these people really need,” said Bob Goodale of the Citizen Soldier Behavior Health Initiative.

Since growing numbers of our military are surviving their physical injuries because of advanced medicine, more and more, service men and women carry the invisible wounds with them after the medical ones have healed.

New legislation, sponsored by Congressman Mike McIntyre, was spurred by Commander Springle’s death. “It has too often been a silent problem and a quietly discussed frustration, which has lead to overt acts of taking of other people’s lives, which shows that something has got to be done.”

McIntyre has co-sponsored two bills making mental health care and concerns a priority.

Now military members returning home fill out a paper evaluation. One of the bills would require a returning service member to have a face-to-face mental health screening with a doctor.

The two bills, the Veterans Mental Health Screening and Assessment, and the Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Act, were introduced in the spring and are currently in committee.

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videoThe treatment and diagnosis of mental health problems in the military has been making headlines since the untimely death of Commander Keith Springle, the Navy social worker who was gunned down by a patient at a mental health clinic in Iraq last month. Now legislators and mental health experts are citing the incident as a call to action.

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Anderson Elementary students make Marconi proud

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

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Fifth graders at Edwin Anderson Elementary in Wilmington have a lot to be proud of today. The students launched their own radio show.

The nine fifth graders call themselves The Pelican Crew, named after their school mascot.

They broadcast songs, tell jokes, deliver school news and even some local and national news. They may give us a run for our money.

Behind the scenes, are nine eager fifth graders, putting together an hour-long daily radio show. “This is a good opportunity for the parents to actually hear the news and what the students are supposed to be doing,” said Rachel or ‘DJ Ray’ as she is known.

“We get to search and do our own news and then report it because you know every kid has always wanted to be on the radio, like they listen to the radio and they’re like oh, sounds like they’re having fun on there,” added Ryan or ‘DJ RK’.

Each has a different job, from DJ’s and news reporters, to technicians and production managers.

“It’s probably one of the most important jobs because you pick the music that goes on the actual radio station,” said Dylan who is the music manager.

Parents can hear the broadcast within two hundred yards of the school. It airs just in time for them to pick up their kids.

“A great way to get announcements out about the school, what’s going on like fun day, and the picnics, and award ceremonies and stuff, it’s a great way to get that information out to the parents,” said parent Barb Hollandsworth.

The equipment used to broadcast the radio show is minimal; a laptop, a microphone, Windows Media Player, and a simple editing system.

Thursday was the first broadcast, so the Pelican Crew gave parents some friendly reminders to tune in.

“It’s been a good opportunity to know what I want to do when I grow up, and it’s really fun to work with all my friends and computers and how to and learn how to edit and use all these tools that we use,” said Lance who is a technician for the Pelican Crew.

Anderson Elementary already has a television show they broadcast every morning throughout the school.

Nearly all of the Pelican Crew said this radio show has inspired them to pursue careers in communications.

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videoFifth graders at Edwin Anderson Elementary in Wilmington have a lot to be proud of today. The students launched their own radio show.

The nine fifth graders call themselves The Pelican Crew, named after their school mascot.

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Wilmington Hammerheads Graham Tatters

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Graham Tatters was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004 as a player at UNC-Charlotte. This is his first year as a member of the Hammerheads.

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Charges get more serious against Jessica Wishnask

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

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Things have gotten considerably more serious for former Williston Middle School teacher Jessica Wishnask. New charges were filed against her Thursday afternoon in New Hanover County Court.

Statutory rape and dissemination of harmful materials are two of the newest charges against Wishnask, but the District Attorney’s Office says more may be headed her way.

The charges against Jessica Wishnask started out as indecent liberties with a child. Thursday, Wishnask was behind bars in New Hanover County Jail again, facing charges of statutory rape, a felony, and dissemination of harmful material, a class one misdemeanor.

“These charges are much more serious as far as structured sentencing than what she was faced with before,” said DA Ben David.

Wilmington police arrested Wishnask in Martin County, early Thursday morning.

The case has quickly gained momentum. Wishnask and a 15-year-old boy were discovered on May 23rd, engaging in indecent activity in the back seat of a car.

“Proactive police officer out in the field, investigating a suspicious set of circumstances, and that’s how this all started,” said Chief Ralph Evangelous.

The investigation is still ongoing, which could mean more charges against Wishnask.

Based on the information so far, detectives have determined the inappropriate and illegal activity between Wishnask and the fifteen-year-old boy happened both within and outside of the Fifth Judicial District.

The Wilmington Police Department and the District Attorney believe Wishnask was exchanging inappropriate content with the minor prior to her May 23rd arrest via e-mail and text messaging.

They also have reason to believe the youth was taken across state lines.

“For instance, if travel is involved for the facilitation of a felony, and is done without parental permission, that can be a de-facto kidnapping charge, even though we have may have a different concept of what that is,” Ben David said.

Wishnask made her first appearance in court today, via video. Cameras were not allowed into the courtroom.

The District Attorney’s Office did say the young boy and his family are cooperating with the investigation.

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videoStatutory rape and dissemination of harmful materials are two of the newest charges against Wishnask, but the District Attorney’s Office says more may be headed her way.

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Fifth suspected case of H1N1 in NHC schools

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

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There’s another suspected case of the H1N1 virus in a New Hanover County school.

School officials said Thursday that a student at Holly Tree Elementary School is suspected to have contracted the virus.

The student has not attended school all week.

Holly Tree parents have been notified by phone and by a letter sent home with students.

So far, five cases of the virus have been confirmed in three New Hanover County schools.

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There’s another suspected case of the H1N1 virus in a New Hanover County school.

School officials said Thursday that a student at Holly Tree Elementary School is suspected to have contracted the virus.

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