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Archive for July, 2009

Police get crisis training to deal with mental patients

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

More than a dozen officers from law enforcement agencies including the Wilmington Police Department and Brunswick Sheriff’s Office are spending the week learning about mental illnesses.

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A malfunction has many worried about blood borne diseases

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

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A letter was sent out as a warning to 283 patients from the New Hanover Community Health Care Center, telling them there could be a chance they may have been exposed to a virus.

This comes after an employee discovered a malfunction in a device used for testing diabetes patients. There is a chance more than one patient may have been stuck with the same lancet.

“The day we found out that the machine did not work properly, we immediately took it out of service,” explained New Hanover Community Health Center CEO Alfred Thomas.

Cape Fear Community College nursing director, Brenda Holland said exposure to the same needle could mean patients may have contracted a blood borne illness. “Hepatitis C, D, HIV those microorganisms could potentially be introduced into another person who did not already have that disease.”

Anyone whose blood was tested with the device from January 1st to June 3rd is being asked to come in to the center for re-testing, free of charge.

“There safety and their health is our primary concern, and we want to do everything to ensure that takes place,” said Thomas.

The device was pulled out of service in June, along with similar ones that were in use. A number of patients have already been re-tested for wrongful exposure; so far no one has tested positive.

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videoImagine paying your doctor a visit, only to learn weeks after, you may have been exposed to a blood borne disease. That is what New Hanover Community Health Center is warning some of the patients about, after discovering a malfunction device used for diabetes testing.

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Vandalism strikes Leland community

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

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Residents of a Leland community woke up Wednesday morning to some vandalism. “Stop Obama” was spray painted in three places. One on a vacant home’s For Sale sign, one on a stop sign and another at the entrance to the Birch Creek community.

Residents said the neighborhood is normally very quiet and safe, so news of the vandalism was surprising. “It was kind of mind boggling because the community is so diverse and there’s so many good people,” said Birch Creek resident Rochon McDuffie. “I’ve got great neighbors out here, and it just blew my mind that someone would write something like that.”

The chief of the Leland Police Department said the department did not receive any calls from residents about the vandalism, but officers would go check it out.

Because it involved the president’s name, the vandalism would be mentioned to Secret Service, but most likely the culprit would face a random act of damage to property charge if caught.

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Residents of a Leland community woke up Wednesday morning to some vandalism. “Stop Obama” was spray painted in three places.

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Winnabow volunteer firefighters presented much needed equipment

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

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There was a much needed boost for the Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department Wednesday. Firefighters were presented with $9,000 in equipment from Firehouse Subs, which included a defibrillator and forcible entry tools, like axes.

Money for the tools came from in-store donations from the community. “We are extremely grateful that they could do this for us. We definitely needed the equipment we really thank God for their donations,” said Winnabow Captain Kevin Gore.

“All of this money is coming from the community members and then in turn it is giving back to the fire department, so it has really come full cycle for us,” added Leslie Wildes, Firehouse Director of Community Programs.

The Firehouse Subs restaurant chain was started by a group of firefighters. The Winnabow Fire Department has about 30 volunteers, and the need for the equipment was great.

Money saved from buying this equipment, helped the department buy another truck.

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There was a much needed boost for the Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department Wednesday. Firefighters were presented with $9,000 in equipment from Firehouse Subs, which included a defibrillator and forcible entry tools, like axes.

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Controversial town leader resigns

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

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The Calabash Town Administrator is stepping down, following controversy over his credentials.

Jeremy Cribb announced his resignation in a letter this morning. He wrote he is “keeping in mind what is best for the continued success and growth of the town.”

Last week, we reported Cribb lied about prior work experience on his resume. He also has a criminal history for impersonating a law enforcement officer, and writing worthless checks.

The town gave him a second chance, because they were happy with his work.

Cribb’s resignation is effective immediately.

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The Calabash Town Administrator is stepping down, following controversy over his credentials.

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