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Archive for August, 2009

Missing Ohio man found swimming in Cape Fear River

Monday, August 10th, 2009

An Ohio man reported missing to police has been located and is safe, according to a statement from Wilmington police Monday morning.

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Demonstrators upset about midwives being phased out

Monday, August 10th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

Patients and friends of local midwives demonstrated Monday, hoping the hospital could provide the solution for the area’s dwindling number of certified nurse midwives.

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Others claim Soles gave them money also

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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We now have reason to believe that there are several other young men, in addition to Allen Strickland, receiving substantial financial assistance from Senator Soles.

One of Senator Soles’ legal clients, B.J. Wright, was released from prison Monday, and it appears there is a paper trail that shows R.C. Soles has been giving him a lot of money.

Billie J. Wright, 23, was released from prison on Monday after a two-year stint behind bars for crimes ranging from larceny to hit and run to assault.

Wright is a client of Soles, who works as a criminal attorney in Columbus County. According to article’s from the news reporter out of Whiteville

Senator Soles defended B.J. Wright on more than 30 criminal charges before the D.A. finally stepped in and threw the book at Wright in 2007.

Since he went to prison, it appears that R.C. Soles has been continuing to help B.J. Wright.

Documents we were given to WWAY by a source within the prison system, who shared them with the agreement that we not release their identity.

They are internal prison documents that show who has been sending inmates money while they are incarcerated. They indicate B.J. Wright had a balance of more than $8,000 when he left Bladen Correctional, and his most generous benefactor was R.C. Soles.

We’ve also received about a dozen reports that the Senator has purchased the ex-con a Chevrolet Tahoe, that’s sitting outside Wright’s mother’s residence in Whiteville.

Wright refused our request for an interview on the matter, and the Senator hasn’t returned any of our calls for weeks.

The prison documents also indicate that Soles has been giving generous financial assistance to other inmates, including Shane Coleman, and Daniel Floyd. Some at the North Carolina State Bar say while it’s highly unusual for an attorney to provide financial assistance to an inmate, it doesn’t run afoul of any professional ethics rules.

There are ethical guidelines that prohibit North Carolina attorneys from entering into certain business and sexual relationships with their clients. The state bar says it’s flat out against the law to post bail for a client.

It appears that B.J. Wright was able to post bonds for tens of thousands of dollars before he went to prison. We’re still trying to track down who posted those bonds, but one thing that plenty of people are telling us is that R.C. Soles hands out a lot of cash.

“He had his secretary, Amanda something, who has just quit, walk out of the back of his office and hand me maybe a total of $35,000 cash. For what purpose? I don’t know,” said Stacey Scott.

Since they aren’t public record, we can’t independently confirm the prison inmate bank account records. And, again, Senator Soles refuses to discuss any of these transactions with us.

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videoOne of Senator Soles’ legal clients, B.J. Wright, was released from prison Monday, and it appears there is a paper trail that shows R.C. Soles has been giving him a lot of money.

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Area has fourth drowning victim of the summer

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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A fourth drowning this season at area beaches has raised further concerns. Three of the four drowning victims were from out of town, so lifeguards are trying to educate tourists not used to the dangers of the ocean.

Rip currents have claimed yet another life. This time, it was the life of a ten-year-old boy from Sanford, North Carolina.

Now, beach goers are being extra cautious.

“I’ve heard they can tow you under, and you can drown, so that scares me,” said George Daneberg, Jr. of Youngsville.

“When it’s really rough out here, you should take extra precautions to keep an eye on your child, and keep your child away from the ocean,” added Dee Pearce.

The boy who drowned was with his older brother. They were swimming at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area when he got into trouble.

He is one of four people that have drowned from a rip current. Three of which were from out of town. It begs the question, when visitors come to our area on vacation, are they educated on what to look for when it comes to the dangers of the ocean?

“I’m originally from Long Island, there are plenty of rip currents there, and also in Lake George, NY where there were plenty of rip currents where people could get hurt or get killed, and I’m going to be very careful with my daughter here today,” said tourist John Schiavio.

Brandon Allenczy of Wilmington said, “If you feel yourself being pulled out really bad, don’t swim toward the shore, you have to swim parallel, cause they’re only about 20 to 30 feet wide.”

Detective Swan of the NHC Dive Team said, “Talk to the lifeguards, find out what the conditions are, before you go out in the water. That’s what the best practice is.”

Lifeguards are being proactive in trying to educate the public. They are approaching people as they arrive at the beach, and explaining what rip currents are, and how to get out of them.

Multiple agencies responded to the drowning on Saturday. The New Hanover County Dive Team recovered the young boy’s body after he lost his life.

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videoA fourth drowning this season at area beaches has raised further concerns. Three of the four drowning victims were from out of town, so lifeguards are trying to educate tourists not used to the dangers of the ocean.

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Bacteria strikes Brunswick County daycares

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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Bacteria in Brunswick County daycare centers are making some kids sick to their stomach.

The bacteria is called shigella. Symptoms of infection by shigellosis include fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

The disease is passed from the stool or soiled fingers of one person to another’s mouth. Health officials say to wash hands thoroughly and dispose of diapers in a closed lid garbage can.

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Bacteria in Brunswick County daycare centers are making some kids sick to their stomach. The bacteria is called shigella. Symptoms of infection by shigellosis include fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

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