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Archive for August, 2009

High risk of rip currents in New Hanover, Pender counties

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Southeastern N.C. | There’s a high risk of rip currents through 8 p.m. Thursday for beaches in New Hanover and Pender counties, the National Weather Service office in Wilmington warns.

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Breaking news: Teen with ties to Soles charged with setting his own house on fire

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Allen Strickland was arrested on charges that he set fire to the house the senator reportedly bought for him.

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Mayor Saffo supports forum to address Titan, ‘smoke-stack businesses’

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said this week that it’s time for a community-wide discussion about whether the coast of Southeastern North Carolina is an appropriate setting for businesses like Titan America.And such a forum is already being planned.

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Allen Strickland arrested for setting fire to his house bought by RC Soles

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

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There have been major developments related to the stories we’ve been following connected to State Senator RC Soles. There has been an arrest in arson investigation that sparked a media frenzy over the Senator’s involvement with many of his young male clients.

Senator Soles bought a house for one of those clients, 17-year-old Allen Strickland.

The house was gutted in a suspected arson late last month, and on Thursday, Strickland was arrested for setting his own house on fire. He’s also facing fraud charges for trying to collect insurance proceeds on the house.

Strickland’s bond has been set at $100,000 dollars.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has declined our request for a jailhouse interview with Strickland.

The day of the fire, Strickland told WWAY he jumped out of a top story window to escape his burning house.

He said he thought someone was trying to kill him, and has repeatedly denied setting the fire.

In fact, earlier this week, he offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and indictment in the arson investigation.

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There have been major developments related to the stories we’ve been following connected to State Senator RC Soles. There has been an arrest in arson investigation that sparked a media frenzy over the Senator’s involvement with many of his young male clients.

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Storms add urgency to Bald Head Island beach nourishment request

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

As Bald Head Island licks its wounds from Hurricane Bill, village officials are again pressing to start their $17 million beach nourishment project before the normal dredging window opens.

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