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Archive for September, 2009

Taser failed to stop man before he was shot, sheriff’s office says

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Authorities say the 49-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy Sunday night went for the deputy’s gun before the fatal shot was fired.

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Questions surround Allen Strickland’s money trail

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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We’re learning more Tuesday about the finances of 17-year-old Allen Strickland, a Tabor City teenager with ties to State Senator RC Soles. Strickland has been in the news a lot lately, ever since the house that the Senator bought for him caught fire.

Allen Strickland is now facing criminal charges, accused of burning his own house. He posted bond on 100 thousand dollars to get out of jail on those charges.

“I posted my bond with my own debit card, no one was there to give it to me, you were outside, it’s on record that I paid for it with my debit card, and R.C. had nothing to do with getting me out. I’m innocent, and it’s not worrying me one bit, cause I’ve got proof that it wasn’t me,” Strickland said back on August 30.

A few days later, Strickland was arrested again, accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in the corvette he says he bought with money given to him by Senator Soles.

In that case, the unemployed teen managed to post bond, a half million dollars, to get out of jail again.

Many have asked how Strickland keeps coming up with all this money. He declined to answer that question on the advice of his lawyer.

NewsChannel 3 has obtained an affidavit of indigency Allen Strickland filled out just last year, while he was applying for a court appointed attorney.

In that case, he had been charged with burning the house of JC Phipps, the father of RC Soles’ law partner at the time.

Under the penalty of perjury, Strickland signed his name saying that he was indigent, and had less than 500 dollars in assets.

Since that time, he’s acquired a furnished house, a Corvette, several ATV’s and a generous allowance, saying he paid for all of it with cash the Senator gave him

While Senator Soles has admitted to paying for the house, he’s publicly denied giving Strickland enough money to meet the $13,000 reporting threshold for the IRS. The Senator then refused a request from the Wilmington Star News to see his financial records pertaining to the extravagant gifts.

Allen Strickland has numerous pending court dates on the two arsons, and the high-speed chase. We will continue to follow the story as it develops.

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videoWe’re learning more Tuesday about the finances of 17-year-old Allen Strickland, a Tabor City teenager with ties to State Senator RC Soles. Strickland has been in the news a lot lately, ever since the house that the Senator bought for him caught fire.

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New Hanover County students get an education in the history of downtown Wilmington

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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New Hanover County students spent Tuesday learning that there is more to the Wilmington Fire Department than shiny red fire trucks. Third graders from Eaton Elementary got a history lesson, which included a brief presentation of how fighting fire has evolved since the 1800’s.

This was their first stop along their tour of downtown through a program called, Tar Heels Go Walking. The Historic Wilmington Foundation partnered with New Hanover County Schools this year, to help promote heritage preservation during the tour.

“You have to train people for the future and investing in our children is one way to train future citizens to be good protectors and appreciators of historic building and our heritage,” said George Edwards of the Historic Wilmington Foundation.

Unlike walks in years past, there are now volunteer tour guides to help educate the students.

“This has been an awesome partnership. We’re very excited, the teachers are excited and I think students are going to be excited,” said foreign language lead instructor Travis Matthews. “We’ve got more resources; this trip has definitely been enhanced.”

As they make their way to places like the historic New Hanover County Courthouse and Thalian Hall, the students will also learn about the unique architecture and diverse history of downtown.

“We’re also going to point out things that are gone or that have changed so they can understand that downtown is dynamic changes constantly,” Edwards said..

Every New Hanover County third grader will get the chance to go on the tour. The schools are busing students downtown two classrooms at a time.

Organizers expect the tours to wrap up in December.

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videoIt is a history lesson you can not get in a classroom. Tuesday, some New Hanover County students got quite a tour of downtown Wilmington, while learning some interesting facts along the way.

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Students listen as President Obama speaks Tuesday

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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Despite some controversy over whether or not to show the President’s address at local school districts Tuesday, once President Obama started speaking the students were all ears.

“You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer, you want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer, or a member of our military, you’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers,” the President said.

About 40 eighth grade students at Cape Fear Center for Inquiry took notes as President Obama stressed the importance of trying your best in school.

“It really boosts confidence when you have someone so high up just talk to you instead of talk over your head,” said eighth grader Sebastian Simonsen.

The students identified with the President, who offered his own experience to show how a “goof-off” can take advantage of a good education with some training, work, and learning.

The President urged struggling students not to give up on their country, their families, and most importantly themselves by setting attainable goals at school.

“He said to never give up until you do your school work and talk to your teachers and that kind of stuff you’re never really going to know what you’re good at,” Joslyn Valente noted.

President Obama made it clear that education is the key to opening doors in the future.

“I think it will just make me smarter overall, so I have an open field to do a lot of stuff in whatever I want pretty much,” Sebastian added.

After the address, teachers led a discussion about the importance of education and some of the main points of the speech.

Students seemed focused on the fact that trying their hardest and never giving up on an education is the biggest key to future success.

Despite some parents’ concern about the content of the speech before it aired, there was no political discussion following Obama’s speech at CFCI.

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videoDespite some controversy over whether or not to show the President’s address at local school districts Tuesday, once President Obama started speaking the students were all ears.

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New building opens on CFCC North Campus

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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Cape Fear Community College had reason to celebrate Tuesday morning. A new building opened for high school and college students on Cape Fear’s North Campus.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, students and teachers got to tour the new 30,000 square foot facility. The first floor is designed for Wilmington early college high school students to earn a high school diploma and two-year associate degree in five years. CFCC cosmetology students will use the second floor to hone their skills.

CFCC President Eric MxKeithan said, “The addition of this building certainly gives us the ability to have enrolled 3 or 400 additional students this year. Without this building we certainly would not have been able to do that. In addition to having new and exciting facilities for Wilmington early college and our own very robust cosmetology program, it has loosened up a little bit of space, and we’re able to serve everybody else at the same time.”

To build the new facility and purchase the equipment cost $6.7 million.

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Cape Fear Community College had reason to celebrate Tuesday morning. A new building opened for high school and college students on Cape Fear’s North Campus.

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