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Archive for November, 2009

Retailers report sales increases

Friday, November 6th, 2009

From staff and wire reports

Sales at stores open at least a year rose 2.1 percent in October, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs tally, compared with a 4.2 percent drop in October 2008. Locally, some retailers saw that glimmer of hope in September and October.

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Carolina Beach native Kim Munley credited with stopping Ft. Hood shooting

Friday, November 6th, 2009

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The carnage might have been even worse at Fort Hood, had it not been for civilian police officer Kim Munley. Upon arriving at the scene, she saw Hasan and started firing. Munley’s boss said Hasan spun and charged her with a gun in each hand, but Munley was able to stop him with a shot to the torso. She was wounded as well.

Who is this woman? It turns out she’s one of ours.

Linda Barbour found out about her daughter, Kim Munley’s involvement in what happened at Fort Hood Thursday after her own mother saw a story about the shootings on WWAY. But it wasn’t until early Friday morning that Barbour got to talk to Kim.

“Emotional. Very much like what I’m feeling right at the moment. I am thankful that she was alive and that she would get well,” said Barbour.

All of 5’ 3”; friends and coworkers said Munley packed the courage and bravery of a lion.

Wrightsville Beach police officer John Carey said, “She was a very small in stature officer, but she was very brave.”

“Kim acted very courageous, and she is a fine example of a law enforcement officer and the country should be proud to have law enforcement officers like her on duty,” added Detective Shaun Appler.

Munley and Shaun Appler started with the Wrightsville Beach Police Department in 2000, and worked side by side for two years. Appler said Munley was always there when he needed her. He remembers a time she came to his rescue, just in the nick of time. “Together, with her help, we were able to subdue the suspect. After the fight was over, realized that my gun was actually on my back, and the suspect was going for my gun. I have to give Kim a lot of credit, she probably saved my life that night,” he said.

A Hoggard High grad, Munley got her basic law enforcement training at Cape Fear Community College. After two years with Wrightsville Beach, she became a guard at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Born and raised in Carolina Beach, her family is still a big part of the Cape Fear region. Her dad, Dennis Barbour, used to be mayor of Carolina Beach, and owns and operates True Value Island Tackle.

Her mom works for the Cape Fear chapter of the American Red Cross, which helped her get in touch with Kim after the shooting.

Munley’s friends and family are proud of their hometown hero. Now their priority is making sure she recovers, after the tragic events at fort hood.

“She is an everyday hero, and she’s my daughter. I am very, very proud of her,” Barbour said.

Kim Munley’s mom, Linda Barbour told WWAY she was able to speak with her daughter late Thursday night.

Right now, Munley’s father is on his way to Texas. Munley is in stable condition at a hospital in the Fort Hood area.

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videoThe carnage might have been even worse at Fort Hood, had it not been for civilian police officer Kim Munley. Upon arriving at the scene, she saw Hasan and started firing.

Who is this woman? It turns out she’s one of ours.

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Officials tight-lipped about military murder at Camp Lejeune

Friday, November 6th, 2009

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Twenty-one-year-old Private Jonathan Law is in custody for the murder of another Marine early Friday morning. Officials still have their own questions regarding the incident, and are saying little about what they do know.

“A lot of your questions today are going to fall into two categories. On one hand, there are going to be a lot of unanswered questions because I simply don’t have the information. On the other hand, there’s going to be questions that I won’t answer because of the pending investigation,” said US Marine Capt. Timothy Patrick.

Military authorities took Private Jonathan Law into custody after the body was found in the woods, near the French Creek area of the base. Law is a decorated Marine who joined the Corps in 2006 and served in Iraq.

Capt. Patrick said, “He’s being treated for apparent self-inflicted wounds at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.”

Law has not been formerly charged with the murder. Officials would not release the victims identity or comment on the murder weapon, except to say it was not a gun.

Locals and visitors were shocked by the event. “I have never heard anything like that. I’ve heard of civilians killing civilians, but not military killing military,” Robert Hoffman of Jacksonville said.

Officials said it is unclear if anyone else was involved and the incident is still being investigated.

On the heels of Thursday’s murders at Fort Hood, Camp Lejeune officials said they would look into their security measures, although for now they said there is no connection between the two incidents.

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videoAt Camp Lejeune, there was another military murder. One Marine was killed at Camp Lejeune and another suspected of killing him is in serious condition.

Twenty-one-year-old Private Jonathan Law is in custody for the murder…

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Bond reduced for Leland man facing child sex charges

Friday, November 6th, 2009

By Shelby Sebens, Shelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

District Court Judge Jerry Jolly on Friday reduced James T. Johnson’s bond from $250,000 to $100,000.

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Ironman competition will have New Hanover County traffic tied up Saturday

Friday, November 6th, 2009

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There is a traffic advisory to tell you about in New Hanover County.

The Beach to Battleship full and half Ironman is Saturday.

This is going to cause some traffic problems in various parts of the county throughout the entire day. It starts around 7:30 Saturday morning.

For a complete look at the traffic advisory and map of the course, log on to www.beach2battleship.com

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There is a traffic advisory to tell you about in New Hanover County.

The Beach to Battleship full and half Ironman is Saturday.

This is going to cause some traffic problems in various parts…

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