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Archive for September, 2009

Deputies searching for a man who broke into home, attempted sexual assault

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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New Hanover County deputies are looking for a man they say broke into a house early Monday morning and attempted to sexually assault the resident.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. in the 7300 block of Vespar Court in the northern part of the county. The suspect is described as a heavy set black male.

Call 911 if you have any information.

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New Hanover County deputies are looking for a man they say broke into a house early Monday morning and attempted to sexually assault the resident.

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Man left bloody and beaten in streets of Wrightsville Beach

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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A brutal attack is Wrightsville Beach over the weekend left a man in intensive care and a family with many questions. His attacker is still on the loose.

Judd Gee was riding his bike home from the bars around 2:30 Saturday morning. He didn’t make it back to his beach house.

“You always say it won’t happen, but obviously it has happened,” said the victim’s brother Carlyle Gee.

Judd, a 39-year-old from Charlotte was riding his bike back to his beach house after a night at the bars when a man on South Lumina Avenue assaulted him.

A witness said the suspect walked by looking very angry. She said he was even hitting his fist like he was looking for a fight. Minutes later, she heard the attack. “He walked down the street and he kind of disappeared for a minute, which makes me think he might have hid in the trees or the bushes then we saw. We heard a loud noise and we looked down and he looked like he was hitting somebody then he flew off on a bike.”

Gee was left in the street. The witness said, “He was on his back and his arms were spread out and there was a puddle of blood around his head; you could tell that he was choking on his blood. He couldn’t move, he couldn’t talk, he couldn’t do anything.”

Carlyle said of Judd’s condition, “He has broken ribs, a broken collar bone, a fractured jaw and fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, a punctured lung.”

The suspect is described as a white male in his twenties with dark hair. He was wearing plaid shorts, a dark shirt, brown shoes, and a Carolina blue hat. He’s described as medium build, between five-seven and five-ten.

“There was an angry person that night at this beach that was looking for a victim. Somehow my brother became his victim,” Carlyle said.

The suspect ditched Gee’s bike just down the road from the attack and fled on foot.

Police fingerprinted the bike, but no arrests have been made.

If have any information, you’re asked to call 911.

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videoA brutal attack is Wrightsville Beach over the weekend left a man in intensive care and a family with many questions. His attacker is still on the loose.

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Two apprehended after home invasion, pistol-whipping in Wilmington

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Two robbers confronted a man in his home and demanded money, hitting him in the head multiple times with a pistol.

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Brunswick bridges undergo inspections this week; expect delays

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Brunswick County | Bridge inspections will cause intermittent lane closures Tuesday on the Ocean Isle Beach bridge and Wednesday through Friday on the Holden Beach bridge, according to news releases from the N.C. Department of Transportation.The work will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Remembering Floyd ten years later

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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Ten years later, the memories from Hurricane Floyd are fresh in the minds of those on Oak Island. Over a foot of rain was only half the battle, as storm surges as high as fifteen feet devastated the shores.

“Water, water, water… wettest hurricane I think I can ever remember. I don’t ever remember seeing so much water come at one time and just stayed here. It presented us with a few problems that we weren’t normally accustomed to,” said Mayor Vereen.

The high surf and raging waves were powerful enough to bring down two of the island’s piers. Tommy Thomes used to own the Long Beach Pier. “Watched the end of the pier fall, and about a third of the pier fall by 7:00 or 8:00 that night. Then the next morning we went back and the entire pier was gone,” Thomes said.

A decade later, Thomes now works at the Oak Island Pier. For him the future is clouded with the uncertainty of living on Mother Nature’s doorstep. “Oh, I look forward to it. It’s like everything else, it’s a challenge and it’s interesting. We just don’t want to see anybody get hurt, and if people are smart enough to leave when they should, then generally we can survive.”

Since Floyd, Oak Island has benefited from dune and beach renourishment as well as public works projects that hope to keep the island as safe as possible from future storms.

“God brings what god brings and so we have to put up with it. We’re visitors here and he isn’t,” Vereen said.

The Oak Island Pier is hopefully ready for any future storm. The pier underwent a $150,000 reinforcement this past spring.

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Ten years later, the memories from Hurricane Floyd are fresh in the minds of those on Oak Island. Over a foot of rain was only half the battle, as storm surges as high as fifteen feet devastated the shores.

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