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Archive for September, 2009

Physical fitness a top priority for Wilmington firefighters

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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Wilmington firefighters are trying to get into a little better physical shape. This week all city firefighters are taking a physical fitness test that uses firefighting techniques like carrying a person, moving hoses and raising a ladder.

The tests have been required for new members of the department, but now they are required for every uniformed firefighter; all the way up to the chief himself.

Wilmington Fire Chief Buddy Martinette said, “I think at the end of the day it’s about us making sure that every firefighter that you see in the uniform have the ability to perform the job, and we want to make sure the public’s getting a good service in that regard.”

The department plans to make this an annual event to help maintain physical fitness and see how each firefighter compares from year to year.

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Wilmington firefighters are trying to get into a little better physical shape. This week all city firefighters are taking a physical fitness test that uses firefighting techniques like carrying a person, moving hoses and raising a ladder.

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NC doctor pulls out plastic piece lodged in lung of Wilmington man

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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A Wilmington man thinks his mysterious health problems have been solved. Part of a Wendy’s fast food restaurant spoon was recently recovered from John Manley’s left lung.

He had been sick for more than two years, with breathing problems, fatigue and pneumonia. He visited numerous doctors, and underwent various courses of treatment, but no one could figure out what went wrong.

Finally, after a long hospital stay, a doctor put a camera down Manley’s throat and saw the piece of plastic. A doctor at Duke got it out a week ago.

“Normally when I come out of anesthesia, I’m a little frisky, so I told him to stay at arm’s reach but when I got this thing out he said that I was trying to hug him and kiss him because I could breathe! I haven’t been able to breathe for two years,” described Manley.

The actual Wendy’s spoon is still at Duke for pathology.

Manley used to do home improvements, and said he used to visit Wendy’s, and eat quickly if he was in a hurry on a job.

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A Wilmington man thinks his mysterious health problems have been solved. Part of a Wendy’s fast food restaurant spoon was recently recovered from John Manley’s left lung.

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Newest Americans have kept promise to protect

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

The 74 military members and families of military members were welcomed Thursday at the Battleship North Carolina by Miss USA Kristen Dalton, Mayor Bill Saffo and representatives of the U.S. military and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Sandlin appears before judge after brutal Wrightsville Beach attack

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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The man charged with a brutal attack in Wrightsville Beach last weekend made his first appearance before a judge Thursday.

Twenty-eight-year-old Hugh Sandlin appeared via video from the New Hanover County Jail. His bond was increased to $150,000. Sandlin faces felony charges.

Police said he has admitted to attacking Jud Gee early Saturday morning. Detectives said Sandlin told them he thought Gee was someone else when he attacked him and took his bike.

Gee remains in critical condition and in a coma. His family said they want justice.

“We’re angry, but we’re relieved the man’s been caught,” said the victim’s brother, Carlyle Gee. “We know he can’t harm anyone anymore. We’re just hoping the system will do what it’s supposed to do and put him behind bars for as long as possible.”

If Sandlin posts bond, he will be electronically monitored at his father’s house in Jacksonville, and regularly tested for alcohol.

Sandlin’s next court date is October 8th where he will faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and assault inflicting serious injury.

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The man charged with a brutal attack in Wrightsville Beach last weekend made his first appearance before a judge Thursday.

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DA offering Pender County miscreants a day of immunity

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Attention absconders, scofflaws and fugitives: Anyone who has skipped a court date in Pender County for misdemeanor charges can make amends Nov. 4.

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