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Archive for September, 2009

Deputies searching for missing New Hanover County man

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Deputies are searching for a New Hanover County man who’s been missing since Tuesday.Robert Earl Scherm, 35, was last seen about 11 a.m. on Tuesday at his home on Patalanda Drive, according to a news release from Deputy Charles G. Smith with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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Big headaches caused by two area Walmarts

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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The Wilmington Police Department divides its patrols into districts based on call volume. The more calls, the smaller the district. The Wilmington Walmart falls into District 5a, the busiest district in the city.

“Compared to other businesses that may close at 5 or 9 or 10, they’re 24-7. A lot of our calls are either in their parking lot of Walmart, or inside the store itself,” said Wilmington Police Department’s Lt. Kathy Cochran.

In the past 6 months the department has responded to more than 600 calls. That is about 3 to 4 calls each day, and officers never know what crime they’re going to get.

“A shoplifter, larceny in progress, we have 911 hang up. We’ve had child abuse calls out there, hit and run calls out there, warrant services out there,” said Lt. Cochran. “You name it we’ve had a lot of calls in that vicinity.”

In Monkey Junction, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department responds to the Walmart on Carolina Beach Road about 2 to 3 times per day.

Deputy Charles Smith said, “It certainly consumes the deputies time, in taking an initial report, or the number of reports from that outlet as well as following up with an arrest and transportation to the jail.”

With the upcoming annexation, the Monkey Junction Walmart will also become WPD’s responsibility. The department plans on adding five new officers to help patrol the area.

As for Walmart, law enforcement said the employees do what they can to help.

“In most cases when deputies respond, the loss prevention officers have their information that will assist in the prosecution of those crimes ready for the deputies upon arrival,” added Deputy Smith.

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videoArea Wal-Marts provide more calls for local law enforcement than almost any other patrol location. For officers and deputies it means around the clock patrols.

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Good Shepherd Center announces fall fundraising event

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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Good Shepherd Center has announced their fall fundraising event as a community wide raffle with the theme being “Every Ticket Shelters a Homeless Family”.

The raffle sales are being conducted from September 1 through November 30, 2009 with the prize drawings on December 7, 2009. Tickets are $10 each. For ticket purchase, raffle rules, and prize descriptions, please visit Good Shepherd Center on line at: www.goodshepherdwilmington.org, or call (910)-763-4424 x106, or see your Good Shepherd Center community volunteer representative. To participate you must be at least 18 years old.

The raffle consists of eight fabulous prizes including two US Airways round trip tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. ; a Southern Pines Condo weekend; dinner certificates to twelve outstanding Wilmington restaurants; a Wilmington weekend including hotel accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn, chocolate surprise, dinner for two at Terrazzo’s and a tour of the Orton Plantation; a three day weekend stay at a Wrightsville Beach cottage in 2010; a day of pampering including spa services for two at Head to Toe and overnight accommodations aboard the Jubilee Snooze and Cruise Yacht; monthly movies for two for a year at Mayfaire Cinema; and $149 of Jiffy Lube services.

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Good Shepherd Center has announced their fall fundraising event as a community wide raffle with the theme being “Every Ticket Shelters a Homeless Family”.

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Illegal immigrants allowed to enroll at NC community colleges

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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Undocumented immigrants will now be able to attend community college in North Carolina. There have been multiple policy changes since 2001, but this latest ruling may bring some closure.

The new policy comes with restrictions. In order to apply for school, immigrants must have graduated from a US high school, they must pay out of state tuition which will cover all tax payer costs, and they will be last in line to register for classes; not displacing any US citizens.

Officials at Cape Fear Community College say given the school’s popularity, they don’t foresee the new regulations having much of an effect.

“In the case of Cape Fear Community College, at the end of fall registration we were about ninety percent full. There weren’t that many classes to choose from, so as far as Cape Fear Community College goes, I see this having very little effect,” said David Hardin.

The ruling has left CFCC students with mixed feelings:

“I don’t think they should be going to any schools here if they are illegal; whether its high school, elementary, whatever,” said Robert Cerasuolo.

Rene Plowden said, “I don’t feel like its necessarily a bad idea, but I think its kind of contradictory to US law to tell immigrants that they actually shouldn’t be here, but them promote them attending school here.”

Chris Boone added. “I mean, if they go through the process of becoming a citizen, then that’s all good. But they need to do that before they should be allowed to go to school in this country.”

Students say even if they do not agree with the policy itself they would not have any problem sharing the classroom with undocumented immigrants in the future.

Even though there was only one dissenting vote, State House Republican leaders say that in adopting this policy the board ignored and defied the people of NC and Governor Perdue.

Their polling has consistently indicated a large majority in this state reject extending educational benefits to undocumented aliens.

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videoIt is a hot topic that has received much attention in recent years, but a ruling Friday morning by the State Board of Community Colleges will make way for undocumented immigrants to attend school beginning this April.

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Three detained, questioned about shots fired in Wilmington

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Wilmington | Three individuals were detained for questioning Friday by the Wilmington Police Department after shots were fired at a residence in the 200 block of Clay Street, off Market Street.

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