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Archive for December, 2009

Body at Carolina Beach State Park identified

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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Detectives have identified the man whose body was found in Carolina Beach State Park.

Twenty-six-year-old Joshua Bryant Hines was found dead in “Area Two” of the park last Tuesday.

Hines is from Greenville. His cause of death is still unknown, though the preliminary autopsy showed no apparent signs of trauma.

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Detectives have identified the man whose body was found in Carolina Beach State Park.

Twenty-six-year-old Joshua Bryant Hines was found dead…

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Welcome Home Angel helps local teenager cope with illness

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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Just in time for Christmas: A Wilmington teenager and her family are celebrating an important gift. Courtney Causey has a new bedroom, thanks to the Welcome Home Angel organization.

Courtney Causey’s room has just about everything a thirteen year old girl could want; a purple telephone, a computer, and a flat screen TV. Unique to Courtney’s room are all the different kinds of horses you will find; from the stuffed variety, to her clock. She has been riding since about six years old.

“I like horses, so I wanted to have my horse pictures hung,” said Courtney.

But Courtney can’t spend much time in the barn anymore because of a compromised immune system. In July, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor.

To help her cope with the illness, the Welcome Home Angel program, stepped in. It is a local non-profit organization that remodels chronically ill children’s bedrooms.

“With kids who have been diagnosed with an illness that’s chronic they spend a lot of times in their rooms, and to make it as bright and cheery helps with recovery because your mental state has a lot to do with your physical state,” said Melissa Wilson from Welcome Home Angel.

A local designer worked with Courtney, who already had her ideas on paper, to design her new room. Courtney’s mom, Gail Causey said, “Its really been something really good for her. She’s really been excited about it and we have too, so its really helped her spirits a lot so we really appreciate them coming out and doing all that.”

Courtney is battling her tumor with chemo, but sleeping in her new bedroom, makes the fight a little easier.

Welcome Home Angel also offers guidance to family members of chronically ill children.

In addition to Courtney’s room, the organization will paint her sister’s room too.

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videoJust in time for Christmas: A Wilmington teenager and her family are celebrating an important gift. Courtney Causey has a new bedroom, thanks to the Welcome Home Angel organization.

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NC barrel monster artist creates another monster

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The controversial barrel monster artist in North Carolina has created another monster – this time out of office supplies instead of orange road construction barrels.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Monday that college student Joe Carnevale has built a towering elephant out of old computer parts, power cords and printers.

Carnevale was commissioned by the Purple Elephant – a nonprofit agency that rebuilds donated computers and delivers them to needy children. The work was part of a sentence of 50-hours community service given to Carnevale in the spring after he turned roadside orange traffic barrels into a giant monster.

Police charged Carnevale with larceny and destruction of property but the charges will be dismissed with the community service.

Information from: The News & Observer

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

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2 men arrested in NC police shooting

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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SANFORD, N.C. — Authorities have identified two men charged with attempted first-degree murder for the shooting of a North Carolina police officer.

Multiple media outlets report that Sanford police arrested 21-year-old Breon Montrell Black and 16-year-old Thomas Harold Mitchell II on Sunday.

Thirty-three-year-old officer Scott Norton was shot early Sunday while patrolling a mobile home park. Norton was hit five times but was wearing a bulletproof vest and did not suffer any
life-threatening injuries.

Sanford Police Capt. David Smith says the last time an officer with the department was shot was in the 1970s. Police say they expect more arrests.

Black and Mitchell were being held in the Lee County Jail. It was unclear if they had attorneys.

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

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NC sisters start Web site for female Marines

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Four North Carolina sisters are launching a Web site to provide support for the very few and the proud: female Marines.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported Monday that the site, www.wherethedifferencebegins.com, will debut January 1. A Marine at Camp Lejeune, Tammie Martin, and her sisters – two retired military and one civilian – say they want to fill a need for nearly 13,000 active duty female Marines. The Department of Defense says women make up about 6 percent of the Corps. The sisters say such a small minority means female Marines lack resources and need somewhere to turn for guidance and support.

The site will offer forums covering topics like education and deployments. Martin hopes the site will be used by recruiters to show potential female Marines they can be successful.

Information from: The Daily News

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

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