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WPD officer laid to rest

Monday, December 28th, 2009

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A member of the Wilmington Police department was laid to rest Monday. Sergeant Joseph McPherson died last Monday after battling brain cancer for over a year.

Hundreds of police officers, family, and friends gathered at Scotts Hill Baptist Church Monday to celebrate the life of 36 year old Wilmington Police Sergeant Joseph McPherson, known to most as “Jody”. He died of brain cancer last week.

“He’s left too soon. It’s just sad, he was 36 years old, it’s just sad, a sad day for us,” Wilmington Police Chief, Ralph Evangelous said.

Sergeant McPherson served with the Wilmington Police department for 12 years.

“He was a role model, he was a hard worker, he was honest, and he had impeccable integrity. He was a great person, a great officer. We’re going to miss him, the department’s going to miss him. We’ll get through it but it won’t be fun, that’s for sure,” Evangelous added.

McPherson was a founding member of the department’s special enforcement response team, or ‘SERT’ and taught classes at the police department for Cape Fear Community College students.

“He was a super guy. He was compassionate, and caring; a great husband, a great father, and a super friend. I’ve known him all my life and he’s certainly been my hero, and we’re going to miss him,” life-long friend, Hoyle Koontz said.

Friends and family held hands, and held each other. One after another, a procession of law enforcement officers made their way to Oleander Memorial Gardens to pay their last respects.

“Just hold your family close, because really, they’re the most important thing to you.” Evangelous added.

Sergeant McPherson leaves behind his wife, Debbie, and two year old twin sons.

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A member of the Wilmington Police department was laid to rest today. Sergeant Joseph McPherson died last Monday after battling brain cancer for over a year.

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Top Stories of ’09 – No. 3: Stories on officials’ pay lifted eyebrows

Monday, December 28th, 2009

By Amanda GreeneAmanda.Greene@StarNewsOnline.com

Raises large enough to buy an SUV and underpaid teachers in Pender County were just a few key StarNews findings about public employee wages in 2009.

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Top Stories of ’09 – No. 2: Officer’s death was first in 31 years

Monday, December 28th, 2009

By Chelsea Kellner, Chelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

In mid-February, when Officer Richard Matthews became the first Wilmington police officer to die on duty since 1978, it shocked and saddened the community and sparked a controversy over the state’s public records laws.

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Kwanzaa celebration begins in Wilmington

Monday, December 28th, 2009

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Another holiday is just getting started. Saturday marked the first night of the celebration of Kwanzaa.

The holiday is a week-long celebration of African culture, heritage and ancestry. Each year millions of African Americans gather and reflect on the year past and refocus themselves on the seven African principles of unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Each night, a different principle is honored with the lighting of a candle on the Kinara.

Islah Speller, Burnett-Eaton Museum Foundation said a different message will be given each night. No counselors, no mental health, no medication, it’s strictly what you’ve learned over the years and what we have to share together collectively.

Here in Wilmington, the Burnett Eaton Museum Foundation will host a public Kwanzaa celebration each night through Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Another holiday is just getting started. Saturday marked the first night of the celebration of Kwanzaa.

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Man robbed walking in apartment complex off Shipyard Boulevard

Monday, December 28th, 2009

A man reported being robbed at gunpoint in an apartment complex off Shipyard Boulevard on Saturday night.

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