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Residents of flooded apartments feeling left out in cold

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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The cleanup continued at Brookstone Apartments Wednesday night, for people who were flooded out of their residences. Just about everything that was not nearly washed away, has to be thrown away. What is infuriating some residents even more is how they say they are being treated by the complex’s management. “Brookstone hasn’t said anything, it’s all up to us to fix and repair and get all our stuff out of there,” said flood victim Gavin Hammond.

Nobody from American Campus Communities, the owner of Brookstone and Campus Walk Apartments, would speak on camera, but they released a statement. “We have set up temporary storage containers and have been working…to assist our residents…to expedite the repair process.”

“We were told everything we left out would be put into storage, and none of it has been,” Hammond said.

The storage units are there, but residents say they are locked – others don’t trust them. “I don’t want to put all my stuff in there that everyone else’s is in and have it go missing,” said Justin Snider.

American Campus also said, “We are reviewing each situation on a case by case basis… This could include hotel accommodations or not charging rent.”

Displaced tenants say they have not been offered a place to stay. “I’ve been living out of just two bags all day and the last two nights. I really have a few places to go and I feel like I’m a burden to all my friends now,” Snider said.

The hunt is on for a new place to live, accompanied by a bogged down feeling of what to do next.

Residents of American Campus Communities Properties say not everyone is having a tough time. People who live in nearby complexes say they have had a great deal of help from their management.

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videoThe trouble continues for displaced residents of Wilmington apartment complexes flooded by Monday night’s rain. Residents say management is not helping them at all, and much like their belongings – they’ve been hung out to dry.

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Dog Court: Two Springer Spaniels – dangerous or not?

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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Malichi and Benjamin are both 6 year old English Springer Spaniels. They have been deemed potentially dangerous. Ruth Ellen Weldon owns both dogs and is appealing the dangerous dog label. That is how she ended up in dog court Wednesday evening.

“I saw Mr. McDaniel come around the corner and say, ‘Dog patrol, dog patrol,’ and he was immediately on the phone calling the police and animal control,” said Weldon.

The dogs have apparently bitten before, but paperwork was never filed. Those bites, whether they took place or not, could not be used in this hearing.

Keith McDaniel was not bitten, but he said he was terrorized. “Both dogs charged at me in a menacing manner and it was only due to the fact that I’m a large guy on a tall bike that I was able to successfully fend them off with no bites resulting,” he said.

Joyce Bradley presides over the volunteer, three person panel. She added, “It’s a scary thing, being on a bicycle, it is, there’s no denying it. They like to chase bicycles.”

John Boozer, one of the dog court panelists added, “He was able to handle the situation a lot better than a child could have done, but again, I think the owners are aware now that a serious situation could have occurred.”

The verdict was a unanimous not guilty. “We feel that it’s an isolated incident and the owner has taken responsibility to keep the dogs up and has agreed to training,” said Bradley.

New Hanover County Animal Control Services frequently holds no cost rabies clinics. The next free clinic is scheduled for Saturday, July 18th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the New Hanover County Health Department on 17th Street.

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videoOne of our monthly features on NewsChannel 3 is New Hanover County Dangerous Dog Appeals Court. Court was back in session Wednesday night with two English Springer Spaniels a Wilmington man said terrorized him while he was riding his bike.

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Funeral under way this morning for fallen National Guard member

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

By Kellen MooreKellen.Moore@StarNewsOnline.com

Rain-drenched U.S. flags still managed to flutter slightly Thursday morning at the funeral of Sgt. 1st Class Edward Kramer, a fitting memorial to the vitality of his life.

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The Dish – Familiar faces open new eateries across town

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

By Liz BiroLiz.Biro@StarNewsOnline.com

I have a good friend from Duplin County whose Southern food memories nearly make me cry. She tells of Mama’s homemade layer cakes and fall family gatherings for the sole purpose of dressing a whole hog.

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Top 10 chefs – Eric Gephart

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

The 2009 Wilmington Magazine and StarNews Top Chef competition narrowed a field of 50 reader-nominated chefs down to your Top 10. As we count down to the Taste of Wilmington festival on July 19, we spotlight each of the chefs.

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