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Archive for July, 2009

Family and friends remember Emmitt Irving

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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A memorial took place Monday night for the first anniversary of the murder of Wilmington resident Emmitt Irving.

The 26 year old was gunned down in front of his home on Grace Street. Family members and friends gathered at the Calvary Memorial Cemetery in Wilmington to remember him.

“The way he was murdered it was senseless. It’s hard because we don’t have closure yet,” said Irving’s cousin Kenyatta Clark. “The people who did this to him are not caught. It’s really hard to watch his daughter run around and play knowing that her dad is not here to see her grow up.”

Ebony Hines, Emmitt’s girlfriend said, “I feel like we’ve all been cheated. First of all her being cheated out of a father, me being cheated out of a boyfriend and he was a good father. He was a good provider.”

Family members believe they will not have any peace until someone is held responsible for Irving’s death.

Wilmington Police have offered $10,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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A memorial took place Monday night for the first anniversary of the murder of Wilmington resident Emmitt Irving.

The 26 year old was gunned down in front of his home on Grace Street.

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Wilmington traffic stop turns into car chase

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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An attempted traffic stop turned into a car chase through Wilmington. The chase ended a little before 10:00 P.M. Monday night, with this car backed into a fence at 29th and Lyndon.

The chase started when an officer attempted to pull over the vehicle for a traffic violation on Market Street. At one point during the chase, the driver shut the lights off and went the wrong way up a one way with speeds approaching 60 miles an hour.

Once the car hit the fence, the four males inside ran away.

We’re told the car or the plates may have been stolen.

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An attempted traffic stop turned into a car chase through Wilmington. The chase ended a little before 10:00 P.M. Monday night, with this car backed into a fence at 29th and Lyndon.

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NC nursing home fined more than $210,000

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina and federal regulators has imposed a fine of more than $210,000 after they determined that a Raleigh nursing home placed residents at immediate risk of harm this spring.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that Sunnybrook Healthcare and Rehabilitation was fined after Doris Weaver of Raleigh complained about a bruise on the face of her 88-year-old mother.

A state report says Weaver’s complaint that Della Jarrett had been abused could not be substantiated but investigators didn’t rule out that abuse might have happened.

Surveyors found violations in six other areas, including the failure to identify and report the source of Jarrett’s bruising.

Sunnybrook’s written response focused on the regulators’ inability to prove abuse but also pledged to correct other findings.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina and federal regulators has imposed a fine of more than $210,000 after they determined that a Raleigh nursing home placed residents at immediate risk of harm this spring.

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Matt Dols, prominent figure in Wilmington arts community, leaving for teaching job in Ohio

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

By John Staton,John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington will soon lose a prominent – and controversial – member of its arts community.

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Kure Beach boardwalk comes with mixed emotions

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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Kure Beach has a new place to take a stroll. Inspectors gave the stamp of approval Monday to an extension of the boardwalk, north of the pier. Kure Beach Mayor Mac Montgomery said, “I’m very proud of it. I think the town has done a good job. It’s been a long, long time coming.”

The boardwalk sits about a foot off the ground and stretches a little more than 1,200 feet, for two blocks along Atlantic Avenue.

“It makes the ocean more accessible now to the visitors and to the residents and that’s what Kure Beach is all about it; it’s a quaint little town and now it’s just a little bit friendlier,” said Jim Vatrt of Kure Beach Town Council.

Town leaders say it’s now also a little bit safer. Dean Lambeth of Kure Beach Town Council added, “We’ve got a lot of strollers, we’ve got a lot of toddlers, we’ve got a lot of little kids with bicycles and we needed to physically get them off the road.”

Not all property owners supported the idea of a new boardwalk, as it was discussed the past few years. “We were very happy with the way it was and we feel that we didn’t need the additional traffic flow from pedestrians down into this area,” said vacationer Diana Snell.

Mayor Montgomery said he is happy the project put local people to work, while hopefully helping to attract locals and visitors alike to Kure Beach. “We’ve gotten a great deal of public money, public’s financial support on this from the county, tourism development authority from the division of coastal management that made this possible.”

Now that the boardwalk is officially open to the public, it’s the town’s newest beachfront addition.

There will be a formal dedication ceremony in the near future, in memory of former town councilman Bill Ufferman, who had a key role in making the boardwalk a reality.

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Kure Beach town leaders hope families will enjoy spending time there, thanks to a new boardwalk. While the new addition did not come without some resistance, most seem pleased with the outcome.

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