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A break in the case of a Hampstead murder

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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Take a good look at these two photos.

Detectives say a person in the area saw someone who looks like these two men leaving Moore’s home around the time she died, and came forward to detectives.

One is described as 5 foot 10 inches to six foot, about 220 to 230 pounds with medium brown thinning hair, with a stocky build. The other suspect is between 5 foot 7 inches to 5 foot 8 inches, about 145 pounds with sandy blonde hair and a slender build.

Detectives say this is a big development in this case.

“We still have evidence which is being processed at the lab for finger prints and DNA analysis and the information should be coming in to us rather soon,” said Pender County Sheriff’s Detective Scott Lawson.

Beverly Moore was found dead in the bathtub of her home on Sloop Point Road in Hampstead late September. The medical examiner says Moore was strangled. Sexual assault is also listed as a contributing factor in her death.

Anyone with any information about these two men is asked to call Detective Lawson at 259-1438.

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There is a big break in Pender County’s first murder of the year. Thursday, detectives released composite sketches of two people of interest in the death of Beverly Moore of Hampstead.

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Men sought in murder, sexual assault of Hampstead woman

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Beverly Ennis Moore of Hampstead was found in the bathtub of her home on Sloop Point Road about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

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Pender full of ponds and puddles

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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The water is receding and the clean-up effort is underway. When eight inches of water fall from the sky, there’s not much we can do to stop it.

“You watch it come, you wait for it to go, and you pray that there’s a lot of wind to dry up the course,” said Pat Funigiello, owner of Olde Point Country Club.

Olde Point Country Club in Hampstead seems to get hit the worst when the waters rise. Country Club Road has been closed twice in the last three months, back on Labor Day and again on Veterans Day.

A spillway connecting two ponds overflows and creates a river on the street; it’s just too much water for the road, and the golf course, to handle.

With all the rain that fell yesterday, the aftermath has created many new water hazards here on the golf course; some bunkers have turned into small ponds.

“It’s an inherent problem in the golf course. We can’t control the rain unfortunately, I wish we could,” Funigiello said.

Karna Godridge lives on the course and watched her rain gauge overflow with water. She says people still don’t respect the power of the water. “Country Club Road is blocked off and yet there are people who are determined to go through it. They actually will go around the barriers and try to go through it. One of the most dangerous things that you’re told not to do all the time.”

After a full day of course clean up, Funigiello is hopeful for golf on Friday. “I think we’ll be playing golf in the morning. I think that the suspect holes, there may be a few holes that have to be car-path only, maybe three or four holes, but the rest of the course will be open ready to do battle and hope everybody brings the ball out and gets to record it.”

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videoThe water is receding and the clean-up effort is underway. When eight inches of water fall from the sky, there’s not much we can do to stop it.

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Kim Munley reflects on her act of heroism

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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Sergeant Kim Munley sat beside Mark Todd on the Oprah show. Both civilian police officers, and both credited with stopping Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s shooting spree at Fort Hood.

The two received a standing ovation for their heroism. Munley is credited as being the first responder, taking down Hasan while he charged her with a gun in each hand.

“The entire incident was very confusing and chaotic. There were many people outside pointing to the direction this individual was apparently located, and as soon as I got out of my vehicle and ran up the hill is when things began getting really bad and we started encountering fire,” she said.

Had it not been for the bravery of Munley and Todd, many say what happened at Fort Hood could have been worse.

Years ago she was nicknamed Mighty Mouse for her small stature, but courageous attitude after an incident where Munley took down a suspect going for Detective Appler’s gun.

“Luckily I was able to stop that from happening, and Shawn happened to assign me a nickname that stuck with me throughout the years,” Munley recalled.

Now on a national stage, it was a nickname Shaun Appler didn’t think would ever go beyond their patrol car.

“I’m just so proud of her. It’s just a testament to how strong she is. Just a few days ago she took a couple of gun shots and now she’s able to sit up and talk to Oprah,” Detective Appler said.

Kim Munley is still in the Metroplex Hospital, recuperating from gunshot wounds and multiple surgeries.

“I’m doing well. Every day is progress for me and things are getting better day by day and emotionally, I’m just hoping the rest of the officers and the families of the deceased are healing as well,” Munley said.

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videoIn her first television interview since the shooting at Fort Hood, hometown hero Kim Munley Wednesday reflected on the incident that left 13 dead, and 43 injured.

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Oversanitizing: Are you doing more harm?

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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Labels on cleaning products boast claims that they can kill the flu virus or eliminate 99.9% of germs. But some experts say a few germs might be a good thing and keeping a clean house could be what’s getting people sick.

Grace Maiwandi admits she’s become a little more conscious of her cleaning to keep her grandson from getting the flu. Maiwandi soaks his toys in water with a little bleach to kill the germs, but she says some cleaners do more harm than good.

“If you ever try and clean in a bathroom and you put Lysol, I mean the fumes will over power you,” she said.

Doctor Sean Lucas says the while chemical cleaners are effective, but they can cause quite a headache.

“We have lots of people come in because their asthma gets triggered by people disinfecting, cleaning too much,” said Dr. Lucas. “In work place environments, people who have reactions to perfumes, all sorts of scents, especially with cleaning agents.”

According to the hygiene hypothesis, American’s are cleaning themselves sick. Lucas says wiping away all the dirt and germs could actually cause an illness. “Yu don’t see them as much in these third world countries where they’re cohabitating with their livestock, they have animals in the house, they don’t use as many disinfectants and things that we use here in the United States.”

Leaving a bit of bacteria behind could actually be a good thing, especially for kids. Dr. Lucas said, “Definitely you need some sort of bacterial exposure to kind of tweak your immune system to mature it appropriately, but then certainly there’s overkill.”

Maiwanidi says she’ll choose her cleaners carefully, and always be prepared. “That’s why I always carry a little sanitizer in my purse and in my car just to prevent this flu from affecting him at all.”

Dr. Lucas says the best way to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands. While sometimes overwashing can cause irritation, simple soap and water should kill the harmful germs and keep you healthy.

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videoConcerns about the seasonal flu and H1N1 have people putting extra emphasis on keeping their homes and bodies clean. But all the disinfectant and antibacterial soaps could actually be doing you more harm than good.

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