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Archive for December, 2009

High school students visit CFCC to learn about health industry

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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Hands on health training was the name of the game today at CFCC.

A handful of students from North Brunswick High School interested in pursuing health related careers got the chance to practice real life procedures.

Students learned about drawing blood, practiced suturing a pig’s foot, and took each other’s blood pressure.

Another demonstration involved a Nintendo Wii game that simulated surgery.

“It was a lot of fun, definitely a lot better than a school day. I want to be a surgeon and we got to do the Wii game. So its kind of like an intro to being a surgeon I guess,” said Eric Spafford.

The video game is new twist on the classic Operation game, but much more involved.

The program was a joint effort between CFCC, Brunswick County Job-ready, and the Southeast Area Health Education Center.

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Hands on health training was the name of the game today at CFCC.

A handful of students from North Brunswick High School interested in pursuing health related careers got the chance to practice real life procedures.

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Alleged Wrightsville Beach peeper indicted on more than 20 charges

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

A serial peeper caught after a Wrightsville Beach resident spotted him naked under a house has been indicted on more than 20 charges stemming from his October arrest for allegedly secretly videotaping multiple women in first-floor or easy access apartments.

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Man in critical condition after being struck by 18-wheeler while riding his ATV.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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An ATV driver was hit at intersection of Shipyard and Carolina Beach Road shortly after 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning by an 18-wheeler truck.

The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Ronny Ballard of Wilmington.

He was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for his injuries and is in critical condition.

Wilmington police are investigating the accident. It’s not clear why Ballard was riding his ATV in the road, but it’s illegal to drive them on public streets under most circumstances.

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An ATV driver was hit at intersection of Shipyard and Carolina Beach Road shortly after 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning by an 18-wheeler truck.

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Topsail Humane Society temporarily closed to address violations

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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A state inspector found several problems at the Topsail Humane Society on Lewis Road in Hampstead. During a routine inspection in October, the structure and sanitation of the shelter, and description and disposition of animals were determined to be “inadequate”.

“Some of the fencing, the Department of Agriculture wanted us to repair that,” said shelter owner Kathy Lewis. “We’re actually just going to replace all the fencing for the pens and we’re going to put new roofs on the pens.”

Many of the issues had been fixed in time for a follow-up inspection a few days later.
Since then, the shelter has worked to fix the remaining problems. It’s putting a system in place to keep animal hair and feces from ending up in the surrounding lawn, and fixing the fencing.

The shelter gets its animals from Pender County Animal Control, to keep them from being euthanized. Volunteers plan to rescue more animals, soon.

The Topsail Humane Society hopes to completely re-open in the next couple of weeks, after they’ve finished repairs and pass inspection.

Though no animals are staying at the shelter, it remains open to spay and neuter animals.

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videoThe Topsail Humane Society received a disapproval rating during a recent state inspection.
The animals have since been cleared out, so workers can make necessary repairs.

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Inman sentenced to twenty years

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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The man shot by Wilmington police as they raided his gambling operation has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

William Inman was sentenced Wednesday. Investigators testified that he would sit at the front door of his pool and spa business on Kerr Avenue with a handgun nearby.

Inman was convicted in May of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The officer fired after seeing Inman pull a gun out of a desk drawer during the raid.

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The man shot by Wilmington police as they raided his gambling operation has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

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