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Allen Strickland found guilty of multiple driving violations

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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A Tabor City teen with ties to Senator RC Soles has been found guilty of multiple driving violations.

Seventeen-year-old Allen Strickland was sentenced to 45 days in jail for driving without insurance and an inspection sticker. He was also fined, placed on 18 months probation, and ordered to complete community service.

Strickland still faces felony charges for the arson of his own home, which Senator Soles bought for him.

The Tabor City teen is being held in jail under a $500,000 bond in that case.

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A Tabor City teen with ties to Senator RC Soles has been found guilty of multiple driving violations.

Seventeen-year-old Allen Strickland was sentenced to 45 days in jail…

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Making sure kids aren’t tricked on Halloween

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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There are more than 600 registered sex offenders in our five county region. Local parole officers are taking part in a statewide effort to make sure sex offenders aren’t opening their doors on Halloween night.

Makeilah Brisbon and Shameka McAllister’s kids won’t be trick or treating this year.

“I’m going to take them out to church because in Wilmington because there’s too much drama out here to be taking the kids anywhere,” said Makeilah Brisbon, a concerned parent.

“There’s too many people getting killed and snatched up and i don’t feel safe at all,” McAllister said.

Local parole officers are trying to keep kids safe on Halloween with an initiative called Operation Lights Out.

The idea is to keep trick or treaters from walking up to a sex offender’s house.

Registered sex offenders are instructed to keep their porch lights off on Halloween night.

The 70 sex offenders who are on parole in New Hanover and Pender County have additional instructions; in New Hanover County, they have to report to a supervised location during the peak trick or treating hours.

Parolees who live in Pender County can stay at home, but parole officers will be checking on them to make sure they are where they say they are, and their lights are off.

“It’s a signal to children when they see a porch lights on, at a house on Halloween that that’s someone who’s participating in Halloween activities and our sex offenders are being instructed to participate in any Halloween activities and they’re to keep their porch light off,” said Judicial District Manager Jean Walker.

Walker advises parents to go trick or treating with their kids, stay in safe neighborhoods, and like Makeilah Brisbon, consider participating in community Halloween activities instead of trick or treating.

“There’s so many community activities where they know everybody who’s there, and everything takes place in one location and you’re not going to a stranger’s house,” Walker said.

Another good thing parents can do is search the sex offender registry online before trick or treating, so you know which houses to avoid. You can do so at sexoffender.ncdoj.gov.

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videoThere are more than 600 registered sex offenders in our five county region. Local parole officers are taking part in a statewide effort to make sure sex offenders aren’t opening their doors on Halloween night.

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Middle Sound residents worry zoning change would bring more traffic

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Chris Mazzolini,Chris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

Under the proposal, developers who use a set of specific “exceptional design” features in their projects can be awarded points that would allow them to build denser and taller projects.

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Road collapse slows down traffic on Market, Kerr

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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Driving down Market Street Friday had some people confused; others were agitated – all thanks to a sewer collapse on Kerr Avenue Thursday.

“I talked to one of the guys over there and it’s a pretty deep hole. I am sure glad I didn’t go over it,” said taxi driver Ronnie Hawes.

Friday morning drivers were still trying to get around a giant hole in the middle of Kerr Avenue.

“It’s kind of putting me out of the way, because normally I go down Kerr Avenue, but I had to take an alternate route. I was going to City Trends to go shopping, so it’s really an inconvenience for me,” said Rodney Freeman.

The street collapsed around 2:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon, closing the road between Market Street and Cinema Drive; leaving drivers to find an alternate route.

Construction crews said old, leaky pipes caused the road to collapse, leaving a 15 foot hole in the middle of Kerr Avenue. Despite all the road cones and closure signs, some drivers did not get the message right away.

“As I was coming up onto it along Market there was some congestion and traffic and people switching lanes and not sure what was going on ahead. So it seemed to be making things a little bit more dangerous,” said frustrated driver Victor Gerhard.

Most road warriors said the closure was just an inconvenience. “It hasn’t affected us a whole lot. We can still go and come. Of course, some of our exits are blocked off as you can see. But we can still get out here and over there and behind us, so it hasn’t affected us too much,” Hawes said.

Thanks to construction crews working around the clock, CFPUA opened the road just before 4:00 p.m.

Most of the drivers said they were impressed with how quickly the crews were working.

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Driving down Market Street Friday had some people confused; others were agitated – all thanks to a sewer collapse on Kerr Avenue Thursday.

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Fight leaves man dead in Elizabethtown

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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It sounds like something from a Shakespeare tragedy. One man is dead, and another seriously injured after a late-night fight in Elizabethtown; a daughter is left in the middle.

Rumor ran rampant through Elizabethtown Friday after a fight between members of two well-known families left one of the men dead.

“Everybody is impacted, because they either know the family or they know the children, and you realize bad things can happen to good people,” said Danny Ellis of Elizabethtown.

Police say 22-year-old Caleb Stoker shot and killed 41-year-old Rick Carroll next to the boat ramp at Tory Hole Park Thursday night.

“This is an unfortunate situation for both parties, for the families, and the community, because both families are known here, and are well liked,” said Elizabethtown Police Chief Robert Kinlaw.

Folks in the town say Carroll did not approve of the fact that Stoker was dating Carroll’s 18-year-old daughter. Sources say Carroll and Stoker arranged to meet at the boat ramp to settle their differences in person.

“We certainly hate to hear about any kind of violence or somebody being shot in our small town,” Ellis said.

Police found two weapons at the scene; the handgun used to shoot Carroll and a lead pipe investigators believe Carroll used to beat Caleb Stoker.

Carroll’s role in the fight could play a big part in determining how investigators charge his accused killer. Stoker could face charges ranging from self-defense to first-degree murder.

According to 9-1-1 records, the first call from the scene of the fight came in from Caleb Stoker.

He is out of the hospital tonight.

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videoIt sounds like something from a Shakespeare tragedy. One man is dead, and another seriously injured after a late-night fight in Elizabethtown; a daughter is left in the middle.

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