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Archive for November, 2009

Overdose killed patient released from NC hospital

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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RALEIGH — An autopsy shows a North Carolina man just discharged from a state psychiatric hospital died from a massive overdose of a painkiller given to him by the facility.

The News & Observer reported Tuesday that 40-year-old Jeffery Scott Swaim died in July of acute Fentanyl poisoning.

The synthetic opiate was the active ingredient in the pain patch Swaim was prescribed at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro. The newspaper said the drug has been linked to hundreds of overdose deaths nationally and is often abused by those seeking a high.

Doctors at a Wilmington hospital found one of the pain patches in Swaim’s mouth.

He was admitted to the psychiatric hospital almost two weeks earlier seeking treatment for alcohol abuse and suicidal thoughts.

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

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An autopsy shows a North Carolina man just discharged from a state psychiatric hospital died from a massive overdose of a painkiller given to him by the facility.

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String of vehicle break-ins results in three arrests

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | Neighbors in a community off of Wrightsville Avenue alerted police to several suspects who were charged with breaking into cars Monday morning, officials said.

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Fatal wreck began with a minor hit-and-run

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

An accident report, filed in connection with the wreck at Market and 23rd streets, confirms another driver’s account of a hit-and-run, and that an officer witnessed it.

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Community reaches out to family in need

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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More than 70,000 unemployed people in North Carolina could find themselves waiting up to six weeks to receive extended benefits. Friday, we introduced you to a man waiting to receive his unemployment extension check. Dozens of people were touched by his story, and many have helped Christmas come early for his family.

Terry Jorden was worried his family wouldn’t be able to make it through the holidays without his extended unemployment benefits, but thanks to an outpouring of community support, Jorden is confident the holidays will be happy. “It’s pretty much restored my faith in mankind, which I started to lose there for a while. The response has been overwhelming,” Jorden said.

Friday, Terry Jorden told us about his struggles with unemployment. In 2007 he lost his job as a plumber. Two weeks later his wife was also laid off.

The family lost their home and moved to the Wilmington area for a ten dollar an hour job.

“It’s just awesome for a new family, new to the area, that people would come together to help somebody like this, a perfect stranger,” Jorden said.

After the story aired, dozens of people called to ask how they could help Jorden, his wife, and two kids.

“When he opened his refrigerator door and there was hardly any food in there, and he said he and his wife had eaten toast for three days at a time, that really touched me and I knew I had to do something,” said Dianne Matthews.

“People actually called to catch us up on our rent. They’ve helped us with our truck payments. They’ve brought us food,” Jorden said.

Jorden says he’s thankful for all the support, but never expected the response. “I just wanted to bring attention to the fact that it was taking North Carolina so long to get out the benefits that are so desperately need right now, especially through the holidays and with it getting cold.”

Everyone who lent a hand said they didn’t want anything in return; they were just happy to help.

“Well I just think that it’s the American thing to do when you know somebody that things are out of their control and you know that you can help any little bit,” Matthews said.

“Thanks to this community, we’re pretty much in good shape right now, for right now,” Jorden said.

The North Carolina Employment Security Commission says it sent out checks to about 20,000 people eligible for the extension Congress approved last month, but computer programming could delay the rest of the checks by up to six weeks…after the holidays are over.

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videoFriday, we introduced you to a man waiting to receive his unemployment extension check. Dozens of people were touched by his story, and many have helped Christmas come early for his family.

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Becoming an organ donor can help save lives

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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The holidays are upon us, and what better thing to give, than the gift of life?

Organ transplants save thousands of people every year, still many more end up on waiting lists, and never get the organs they need to survive.

When John Hirchak was fourteen years old, he lost his father. “As a little boy, I would have given anything, anything, if someone would have stepped up and offered my father a kidney,” he said.

Hirchak thinks that may be what inspired his step-daughter Lindsay to sign up to be an organ donor when she got her driver’s license when she turned 16.

“At 18, she was up at ECU and it was in March of 2009, and we got the awful call in the middle of the night that she had passed away. It wasn’t until the next morning that we received a call from the Carolina Donors Association telling us that Lindsay was an organ donor. We weren’t even aware of that.”

Just one person signing up to be an organ and tissue donor can help about 50 others.

“Currently we have over 3,000 people waiting for a life-saving transplant in the state of North Carolina; we have 100,000 people waiting nationally, and we don’t have enough donors to save or enhance the lives of those people who need transplants,” said Dwain cooper of Carolina Donor Services.

Lindsay’s eyes helped someone see again. Her tendon helped a girl continue her love for volleyball. A man can now continue playing sports.

“I know a piece of Lindsay is in all these different people right now, helping them to lead normal lives, helping them to live,” John said.

You can sign up to become an organ donor when you come to the DMV to get or renew your driver’s license, or you can register at donatelifenc.org.

“My mother, she’s just, I call her the bull, she’s had dozens of heart attacks, a major stroke, two different cancers, she’s diabetic, she’s had so many things wrong with her, and she’ll be the first to tell you, who’s going to want what I have, having been through what I’ve been through, and I tell her, someone, someone will,” John explained.

Duane Cooper from Carolina Donor Services says a person has eight organs that can be donated, so even if you have a bad heart, someone could still benefit from your lungs, or eyes, for example.

Tomorrow on WWAY, we’ll introduce you to a woman who says she owes her life to her brother.

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videoThe holidays are upon us, and what better thing to give, than the gift of life?

Organ transplants save thousands of people every year, still many more end up on waiting lists, and never get the organs they need to survive.

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