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Brunswick County residents gain the know-how to make their county safer

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has 20 new additions. Citizen’s Academy held its graduation Monday night. And while the students did not get guns or badges, they do have the know-how to help make the county safer.

“We consider them part of our law enforcement family when they go through this class and complete it,” said Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram.

The 20 Brunswick County residents had eleven weeks of intense hands on training before receiving diplomas Monday from the Citizen’s Academy.

“With that knowledge they can pass that along to their neighbors and friends, and hopefully help us make Brunswick County safer,” added Ingram.

While the graduates can not carry badges, they did get a badge of honor; a small pin with the sheriff’s star. “It felt very good. It felt like I was putting the pins on when I was in the service,” described Citizen’s Academy graduate Karl Wendelken.

Graduate Jo-Ann Tompkins said, “It felt really good because I learned so much. I have a totally new respect for law enforcement in Brunswick County with the sheriff’s office.”

Jo-Ann’s daughter, Deanna Whalen, is now a sheriff’s office volunteer, after getting her stripes in the last class. She was the inspiration for mom to do it this time. “I am very proud of mom and I’m very proud and honored to be part of the sheriff’s office,” she said.

Deanna was not the only one. Pauline Shiltz also graduated and said, “I feel so proud. When I got my PhD I was alone, and this is a group of friends and I’m really proud and I feel good about the sheriff’s office.”

Along with camaraderie, students said the program builds an understanding of what danger looks like, and how to be pro-active, as opposed to reactive.

If you are interested in being a part of the next Citizen’s Academy, visit the sheriff’s office website at www.brunswicksheriff.com for an application. The program is free to attend for Brunswick County residents who pass a background check.

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videoThe Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has 20 new additions. Citizen’s Academy held its graduation Monday night. And while the students did not get guns or badges, they do have the know-how to help make the county safer.

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Police quiz suspect in NC teen’s bus stop slaying

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — North Carolina police have questioned the adoptive brother of a pregnant 15-year-old who was shot in the head as she waited at a Charlotte school bus stop.

Multiple media outlets reported that 36-year-old Royce Mitchell was wanted on warrants for statutory rape and indecent liberties with a minor. Charlotte-Mecklenburg homicide detectives have questioned him about the shooting, but describe him as a person of interest rather than a suspect.

Tiffany Wright died Monday, hours after she was shot while waiting for a morning school bus near her home in north Charlotte. The Hawthorne High School 11th-grader’s baby was delivered at Carolinas Medical Center.

Police spokesman Rob Tufano says the shooting followed a domestic dispute.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina police have questioned the adoptive brother of a pregnant 15-year-old who was shot in the head as she waited at a Charlotte school bus stop.

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Ceremony to welcome soldiers returning from Iraq

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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MORRISVILLE, N.C. — A welcome home ceremony is scheduled for 120 soldiers of the Army National Guard who have recently returned from deployment in Iraq.

The ceremony for soldiers of the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade will be held Tuesday afternoon at the unit’s Morrisville headquarters. They deployed to Iraq in September 2008.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include members of the North Carolina National Guard Leadership, civic leaders and family and friends.

The 449th brigade is trained to handle security, air assault and other service support missions.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A welcome home ceremony is scheduled for 120 soldiers of the Army National Guard who have recently returned from deployment in Iraq.

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Two arrested after downtown Wilmington home invasion

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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Two men are behind bars after what began as a tense situation Monday night in Wilmington.

The call came in as a possible hostage situation. Police said it was actually a home invasion/armed robbery in the 1400 block of Seventh Street.

A man inside was pistol whipped but was not hospitalized. The suspects ran when police arrived, but were caught a block away.

Police arrested 28-year-old Tyquan Lane and 30-year-old Troy Akheem Wilson.

Lane is in jail under a $500,000 bond. Wilson’s bond is $375,000.

Both men face multiple charges including robbery, assault and kidnapping.

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Two men are behind bars after what began as a tense situation Monday night in Wilmington.

The call came in as a possible hostage situation.

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NC university professor forecasts state’s economy

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina professor who studies the state’s economy offers some predictions for the months ahead.

UNC Charlotte economics professor John Connaughton on Tuesday offers his latest look into the months ahead. He’s one of the leading voices in forecasting the North Carolina economy.

Connaughton predicted in June that unemployment would reach 11.3 percent by the end of this year. The jobless rate has been hovering around 11 percent for the past three months. New state unemployment figures are due out on Friday.

Connaughton’s previous forecast said about now North Carolina’s economy should be beginning a modest recovery that’s so weak most people won’t be able to recognize it, especially the jobless.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A North Carolina professor who studies the state’s economy offers some predictions for the months ahead.

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