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Archive for November, 2009

Poor economy could play a role in domestic violence, officials say

Monday, November 9th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Overall, New Hanover County has not seen a dramatic spike in domestic violence, but officials fear the number of cases will grow during the holidays.

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NC budget cuts Charlotte mental health services

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Officials have cut $1.5 million from mental health services in the Charlotte area after North Carolina state budget cuts reduced funds.

The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that the cuts will reduce a program that supports pregnant women with substance abuse problems. Mecklenburg County officials also are delaying the opening of a crisis center by three months.

County mental health officials say the department faced a $4 million shortfall as a result of county budget cuts on top of state budget cuts.

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

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Officials have cut $1.5 million from mental health services in the Charlotte area after North Carolina state budget cuts reduced funds.

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NC’s largest city sees increase in shoplifting

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Police in North Carolina’s largest city say shoplifting has risen more than 20 percent in 2009, and statistics indicate the trend is accelerating.

The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said that shoplifting was up almost 40 percent in the third quarter of 2009 compared with the same quarter last year.

A spokesman for Matthews-based Family Dollar Stores said the chain is seeing more frequent shoplifting from different parts of its stores. Spokesman Joshua Braverman said instead of targeting items near the cash register, people are taking things from the food aisle.

But some say bad economic conditions aren’t the only reason. Police Sgt. Steve Huber works off-duty security at several Food Lion stores, and says of all his arrests, not one person was
stealing for their family.

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

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Police in North Carolina’s largest city say shoplifting has risen more than 20 percent in 2009, and statistics indicate the trend is accelerating.

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Pender County School Board looking into evacuation plans

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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The Pender County School Board is looking into its school emergency evacuation plan after complaints from Topsail High School parents.

Thursday, a strange odor forced school officials to evacuate the building.

School Board Chair Tom Roper said Topsail operated under its lock down plan and that each Pender County School has a different operating procedure based on their layouts.

Some parents were unhappy their children were outside for hours and parents were not allowed to pick them up.

School officials said the kids were in the safest location possible. They are going to look in to how to make sure kids continue to stay safe without inconveniencing their parents.

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The Pender County School Board is looking into its school emergency evacuation plan after complaints from Topsail High School parents.

Thursday, a strange odor forced school officials to evacuate the building.

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Name released in murder of Camp Lejeune Marine

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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Camp Lejeune has released the name of the Marine murdered early Friday morning. Meanwhile, charges are still pending against a fellow Marine.

Twenty-one-year-old Jonathan Law was released from Pitt Memorial Hospital late Saturday night, where he was treated for self-inflicted wounds. He is now in the brig at Camp Lejeune.

The victim, 22-year-old Corporal Joshua Hartzell was found Friday morning in the woods near the French Creek area of Camp Lejeune. Locals and visitors were shocked by the news.

“Hearing it’s happening here, it does get you a little nervous because military bases you want to think they’re tops,” said Helen Ryan.

Officials said it is unclear if anyone else was involved and would not comment on the murder weapon, except to say it was not a gun.

The murder is still under investigation.

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Camp Lejeune has released the name of the Marine murdered early Friday morning. Meanwhile, charges are still pending against a fellow Marine.

Twenty-one-year-old Jonathan Law was released from Pitt Memorial Hospital late Saturday…

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