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Archive for September, 2009

Flooding destroys part of Pender County’s Hughes Road

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Pender County | Labor Day weekend flooding closed several roadways in Pender County’s coastal Hampstead area, and one remained closed Tuesday due to extensive damage.Charles Newman, the county’s interim emergency management director, said Tuesday that the area reportedly received between 8 to 10 inches of rain on Monday.

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Troopers charge 95 in New Hanover and Brunswick with DWI

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

N.C. Highway Patrol troopers arrested 95 people last week in Brunswick and New Hanover counties as part of a Booze It & Lose It campaign aimed at reducing crashes around Labor Day.

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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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