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Archive for July, 2009

Three suspects arrested in cold case, detectives looking for one more

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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A New Hanover County cold case is almost solved, but detectives may need your help.

Three men accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Geoffrey Graham appeared in court Friday. Graham was shot in the head in October of 2007 at his Ogden home.

Christian Jones of Hampstead, Nicholas Matasich of Wilmington and Randy Owens of Hampstead are being charged with the first degree murder, robbery and kidnapping. The sheriff’s department said these arrests helped give the Graham family a sense of closure.

“They’re going through another rekindling of the loss of their family member. They are happy the individuals have been arrested, but you have to understand it is just another chapter in the book for them to get closure,” said NHC detective K.W. Murphy.

One more suspect is wanted in connection with this murder. Detectives are looking for 22-year-old Adam Ward of Hampstead.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 910-798-4200.

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A New Hanover County cold case is almost solved, but detectives may need your help.

Three men accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Geoffrey Graham appeared in court Friday. Graham was shot in the head in October of 2007 at his Ogden home.

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Warehouse fire out; Peanut roasting resumes

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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Operations resumed Friday at the Bladen County peanut farm where a large fire broke out late last week.

Flames destroyed two huge warehouses full of peanuts, but the factory itself was spared. Workers couldn’t roast peanuts for a few days, because of all the smoke.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

It finally burned itself out on Tuesday, after smoldering since last Thursday. The EJ Cox peanut plant is one of the largest peanut farms in the country. The owners said they were grateful to firefighters for saving their peanut factory, despite the limited water supply in the town of Clarkton.

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A Clarkton peanut factory is fully operational once again, after a fire destroyed its warehouses last week.

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Thom Goolsby says he’ll challenge Julia Boseman in 2010

Friday, July 24th, 2009

The Wilmington attorney has said he will run for the New Hanover County state Senate seat currently held by Democrat Julia Boseman – even though the seat isn’t up for grabs until November 2010.

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Rep. McIntyre acknowledges ties to secretive Christian group

Friday, July 24th, 2009

By Amanda Greene,Amanda.Greene@StarNewsOnline.com

Congressman Mike McIntyre on Thursday acknowledged his association with a secretive Christian group in Washington alternately known as The Family, The Foundation or The Fellowship that seeks to influence national and international political figures.

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High risk of rip currents continues through Saturday

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Swimmers beware, because there’s a high risk of “life-threatening” rip currents along the coast of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties through Saturday.

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