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Archive for August, 2009

Convicted felon faces crack, gun charges

Monday, August 24th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | A 39-year-old Wilmington man faces felony drug and gun charges after New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies searched his home Friday.

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Car buyers try to take advantage of last minute savings

Monday, August 24th, 2009

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While time ticks away, local car dealerships are preparing for a busy Monday night. The government’s Cash for Clunkers program expires tonight.

Employees at Bob King Auto Mall says this weekend was by far the busiest as the deadline approached. About a dozen people came by today alone.

The deadline is 8 o’clock tonight, but that doesn’t mean you have until then to trade in your old car. Problems with the government website means it may take longer to process the exchange.

“It’s like trying to shove a watermelon down a garden hose, there’s so much activity trying to be on there it just can’t keep up,” said Jason Wallace of Bob King Auto Mall.

There have also been problems with the program’s government reimbursement. For example, 40 cars have been sold at Volkswagen at Bob King Auto Mall, but the government reimbursement has only come in for three.

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While time ticks away, local car dealerships are preparing for a busy Monday night. The government’s Cash for Clunkers program expires tonight.

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Man shot by Soles says he was leaving property

Monday, August 24th, 2009

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The man shot by State Senator RC Soles Sunday around 5:00 p.m. told WWAY he was walking away, when he was shot in the back of the leg. Kyle Blackburn is recovering in a South Carolina hospital and wanted to set the record straight about what happened.

Law enforcement was called to the Senator’s Tabor City home shortly after 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon.

The Senator told authorities two men, both believed to be clients of his law practice, were trying to kick in his front door.

Soles shot 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn.

Blackburn was taken to Loris Community Hospital in South Carolina.

Monday WWAY was able to speak with Blackburn who wanted to tell his side of the story.

Blackburn says he and BJ Wright were sitting on a pier behind the Senator’s home when they noticed Soles looking at them from a window.

Blackburn says he knocked on the Senator’s back door, but got no response. He then tried the front door.

When the Senator answered, Blackburn says Soles was carrying a shotgun and fired a warning shot in the air.

Blackburn says he put his hands up in the air, told the Senator he was leaving and started to walk away.

It was then Blackburn said the Senator shot him in the back of the leg.

Senator Soles has a surveillance system on his property, which Blackburn says will confirm his story.

Our Durham affiliate caught up with Senator Soles on Monday, but he had little to say regarding the incident. “There’s an investigation going on and I’m not in a position to make any statement at this time. I’m sorry you made a trip down here to get that comment, but until it’s cleared up I wouldn’t want to say anything that would prejudice anyone’s investigational rights.”

Blackburn scheduled an appointment to speak with us on camera Monday afternoon, but when we called to follow through Blackburn’s mother told us he ‘acquired representation and would no longer be taking phone calls’.

As we’ve previously reported, Senator Soles has filed several complaints against his clients for trespassing.

Last year, Blackburn and another legal client of Senator Soles were arrested for trespassing while the Senator was away.

A neighbor reported the suspicious activity, but allegedly Senator Soles declined to press charges.

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videoThe man shot by State Senator RC Soles Sunday around 5:00 p.m. told WWAY he was walking away, when he was shot in the back of the leg. Kyle Blackburn is recovering in a South Carolina hospital and wanted to set the record straight about what happened.

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Senator Hagan meets with local officials during Wilmington visit

Monday, August 24th, 2009

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US Senator Kay Hagan came to Wilmington Monday to meet with local leaders. North Carolina’s junior senator talked with representatives from New Hanover County, Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.

Top issues they raised were the need for the Cape Fear Skyway Bridge and beach renourishment. Senator Hagan also spent time discussing the health care reform debate raging around the country.

“I know a lot of people’s insurance premiums have increased dramatically, and yet their wages are not going up. The other area is pre-existing conditions. We need to be sure in this country that if you have a disease like diabetes, that you can still get health insurance,” said Senator Hagan.

Hagan said she will not support a reform bill unless it is deficit neutral and helps eliminate fraud, abuse and waste from the health care system.

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US Senator Kay Hagan came to Wilmington Monday to meet with local leaders. North Carolina’s junior senator talked with representatives from New Hanover County, Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.

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Angry outburst leads to downtown beatdown

Monday, August 24th, 2009

A man was taken to the hospital early Sunday morning after he kicked a bar door and was beaten for it.The man told police he was walking south on North 2nd Street after bars closed Sunday morning, according to news release from Lucy Crockett with the Wilmington Police Department.

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