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Archive for August, 2009

UNCW students concerned about H1N1

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

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The H1N1 may have hit the campus of UNC Wilmington.

School health officials say a number of students have reported to the health center with flu-like symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control recommends treating any sign of the flu as H1N1.

Officials say even though flu is on campus, no one needs to be alarmed about an outbreak.

“We certainly do have a number of students who have come” said Student Health Center Director Katrin Wesner. “We have been very busy at the health center, but we have also seen a lot of worried people who don’t have the flu but have heard it’s there and have some questions and might have a cough and just want somebody to check them out.”

Students are being asked to seek treatment if they feel sick and practice good hygiene.

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School health officials say a number of students have reported to the health center with flu-like symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control recommends treating any sign of the flu as H1N1.

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Students return to Snipes Academy

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

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We caught up with the students at Snipes Academy in Wilmington Tuesday.

Click video to see what they had to say about their summer vacations and what it is like to be back at school.

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We caught up with the students at Snipes Academy in Wilmington Tuesday, where it is one down and 179 to go.

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Lawyers, Investigators remain tight-lipped regarding shooting at Senator Soles’ home

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

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Information in Sunday’s shooting at the home of State Senator R.C. Soles is hard to come by.

Twenty-two year old Kyle Blackburn was shot in the leg by Senator Soles. The incident is still under investigation by the SBI. Repeated calls to the Attorney General’s office were not returned. Columbus County District Attorney Rex Gore’s secretary told us Gore does not expect to file any charges this week.

Both parties involved in the incident have obtained lawyers, who are following law enforcement’s lead and staying tight-lipped.

Our calls to Senator Soles’ office for comment were referred to his attorney, Joe Cheshire. Cheshire is a high-profile lawyer based in Raleigh. He’s dealt with cases like the Duke Lacrosse rape charges a few years ago. He represented Soles in the ColCor vote-buying investigation in the 1980’s.

Cheshire was quoted by at least one other media outlet Monday, but after repeated calls, his secretary told WWAY he would not be commenting on the incident.

Cheshire told the Wilmington StarNews the Senator fired two shots – one warning shot, and a second that hit Kyle Blackburn. Cheshire described Soles as “enormously frightened” during the ordeal.

Despite an extensive surveillance system, Cheshire said Blackburn was not in view of cameras.

Blackburn is a legal client of the Senator. He was released from Loris Community Hospital in South Carolina Monday afternoon. He is now represented by Whiteville attorney Scott Dorman. After repeated calls and a visit to his office, Dorman told WWAY he had “no comment.”

Despite the shooting, court documents show the Senator Soles is still scheduled to represented Blackburn in several court appearances late next month.

Monday Kyle Blackburn told WWAY’s Joe Mauceri Soles opened the door holding a shotgun, and shot him as he was walking away. Soles’ attorney referred to the weapon as a pistol.
Law enforcement would not confirm either account.

Despite other trespassing complaints against his clients, this is the first time Senator Soles has fired a gun.

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Sunday, 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn was shot in the leg by State Senator R.C. Soles. District Attorney Rex Gore’s office does not expect to file any charges against either man this week.

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How far can you go to protect your home?

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

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The shooting of a man allegedly trespassing on Senator R.C. Soles’ property has led to a lot of questions regarding what the law allows when it comes to shooting someone on your property.

According to the North Carolina Justice Academy:

North Carolina law does allow the use of deadly force against an intruder to prevent forcible entry into the home or residence, if the occupant reasonably apprehends that the intruder may kill or inflict serious bodily harm to the occupant.

The law does not permit the use of deadly force solely to protect property, or to prevent theft. If only property is threatened, deadly force cannot be used.

If entry can be prevented by non-deadly means, the use of deadly force would not be necessary.

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The shooting of a man allegedly trespassing on Senator R.C. Soles’ property has led to a lot of questions regarding what the law allows when it comes to shooting someone on your property.

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Leland family featured on TLC’s ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

By Lori Kennedy-StewartStarNews Correspondent

4-year-old Skylar Speas has been participating in pageants since she was 2. This week, she can add one more title to her name – TV star.

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