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Archive for August, 2009

Bike patrol begins in Leland

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

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The Leland Police Department’s bike unit is on the lookout in a neighborhood near you. After weeks of training and new biking equipment, they are ready to hit the streets.

“We can get out into the community, people can see us face to face and we have a lot more interaction with people,” said Captain Nick Giacobbe.

It’s considered a crime prevention tool and expected to make officers more approachable.

“People are much more receptive and they have a tendency to open up a little bit more as far as letting us know what is going on in their neighborhoods and where we need to watch and what we need to be looking for,” said Joe Pierce of Leland Police.

An average day for the bike patrol is pedaling 30 to 40 miles. “Through multiple streets, up and down Village Road, Old Fayetteville… just about anywhere you can think of we have been,” explained John Holman.

Officers say trading in their four wheeler for two, will only help extend their reach out into the community and many residents agree.

“It’s not as personal when they are in a car; when they are on a bike they get to talk to people and that’s a good thing,” said Bob Pidgeon, a Leland resident.

The department expects to keep the bike patrol unit rolling year round.

It’s also helping the department go green, by cutting down on the costs for fueling squad cars.

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The Leland Police Department’s bike unit is on the lookout in a neighborhood near you. After weeks of training and new biking equipment, they are ready to hit the streets.

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Former Calabash town administrator arrested

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

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The former Calabash town administrator was arrested Tuesday morning.

Thirty year old Jeremy Cribb was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses and four counts of embezzlement by a public official. All charges are felonies and result from a six week investigation led by Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore.

Cribb resigned from his post last month amidst allegations that he fabricated his resume.

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The former Calabash town administrator was arrested Tuesday morning.

Thirty year old Jeremy Cribb was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses and four counts of embezzlement by a public official.

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Picketers back for day two

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

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Ever since a Wilmington medical practice discontinued its midwifery program, the voices of concerned mothers have been growing louder.

Picketers outside New Hanover Regional Medical Center, determined to raise awareness about the need for more local midwives, were present for a second day on Tuesday.

Among the crowd was Olivia Marshburn, a certified nurse midwife of 15 years.

“For women who are low-risk, the safest, best practice is given by a midwife,” Marshburn said.

Marshburn can do everything from performing pap smears and mammograms, to offering care before, during, and after childbirth.

Marshburn lives in Hampstead, but works at Camp Lejeune, because of the lack of midwife opportunities and red tape in the Wilmington area.

Picketers are unhappy with Carolina OB-GYN canceling its midwifery program and a New Hanover Regional policy requiring an obstetrician to be on campus when a midwife is delivering a baby there.

“This was a decision made by a private practice, it’s not linked to a policy at the hospital. In fact the policy that they’re referring to is something our obstetricians imposed upon themselves,” said Martha Harlan, a NHRMC spokesman.

Marshburn says she wants OB’s to understand the safety and cost-effectiveness of midwives’ work. She says midwives have fewer cases of c-sections, which are referred to doctors to perform, and fewer premature births than doctors. She says that means less money for hospitals because of fewer surgeries and less time in the ICU.

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videoEver since a Wilmington medical practice discontinued its midwifery program, the voices of concerned mothers have been growing louder.

Picketers outside New Hanover Regional Medical Center, determined to raise awareness about the need for more local midwives, were present for a second day on Tuesday.

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About ready for a new laptop?

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

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With school right around the corner, you may be looking for a new laptop for your high school or college student.

“For the price-conscious shopper, the Toshiba laptops are very highly rated on the market right now. A little under-powered compared to some of the bigger guys like the Mac Books and even some of the higher-end HP’s and Dells, but for the student that just wants to get on the internet, be able to do their school work, be able to shop around, Toshiba has a great little laptop, it only runs about $329,” said Jesse Tew of Best Buy.

The Toshiba Satellite is a bit bulkier than other laptops on the market. It weighs about five-and-a-half pounds and has a 160 gig hard drive.

If you’re looking for a slimmer laptop with a bigger hard drive and longer battery life, Tew says go with the HP Pavillion, which runs about $650.

“It has a lot of power to it, basically be able to carry you through your college career, something that’s going to be able to grow with you, and you still have all the extra abilities to be able to go on the internet, be able to do all your spreadsheets, your power point presentations and it won’t slow down on you.”

Both the Toshiba and the HP have wi-fi capabilities and qualify for a free upgrade to the Windows 7 operating system coming to market in October.

If you want to get a Mac, but don’t want to break the bank, Tew says the Mac Book Pro is the way to go. It’s just over a thousand bucks.

“It gives you all the extra benefits that most people are going to want to grow with their laptops, photo editing, video editing, web design, pretty much it allows you to do pretty much most of the products that most people want to use a higher end laptop for,” Tew said.

The Mac Book Pro weighs four-and-a-half pounds and has a 320 gig hard drive.

Manny “Papa Geek” Lloyd of Geeks in a Flash says once you get your laptop, you should back up critical data like term papers on an external hard drive or on the online where you can access the data anywhere.

“You tell it what data to back up,” Lloyd said. “Typically you want to back up the ‘my documents’ folder on a computer and that’ll back up all the critical data that you need unless you have i-Pod music and photos and things of that nature, I would recommend that you keep those on an offsite storage as well if they’re critical to you.”

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videoWith school right around the corner, you may be looking for a new laptop for your high school or college student.

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Coastal regulators to study terminal groins

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

The state House approved a Senate bill that prompts coastal regulators to study the “feasibility and advisability” of using terminal groins to protect threatened beachfront property around volatile inlets.

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