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Archive for December, 2009

Follow-up on death of Ogden woman

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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New Hanover County deputies yesterday arrested the daughter of a woman found dead in her home months after she died. The discovery of Blanche Roth’s body came after a 911 call to dispatch Tuesday. It’s the anonymous call that finally alerted authorities to the death of 88-year-old Blanche Roth.

Caller: we have an older, elderly lady in the house, who has died and we need her taken to the morgue.
911: and how long ago was it that this happened?
Caller: uh, I don’t know I’m going to say a month.
911: ok, you believe that she passed away a month ago?
Caller: yeah. 911: alright, but she’s still in the house?
Caller: yes

Who that caller is, and what prompted him to report the death, have not yet been released, but when New Hanover County deputies arrived at 612 Cherry Laurel Court, they found something they hadn’t expected.

“You wonder what would go through someone’s mind to not report a relative dying. We’re trying to, at this point figure out, there’s got to be more to the story” said sheriff Ed McMahon

Blance Roth’s decaying body was lying in a room. Investigators believe it had been there since the spring. Authorities are now saying five people lived in that home, including Roth’s daughter, Amy Blanche Stewart, and her three children. Stewart is charged with concealing Roth’s death and more charges could follow.

District attorney Ben David said “We’re looking to see whether or not any financial benefit was obtained by failing to notify law enforcement that this woman had passed away several weeks or even months ago”

It’s still unclear to detectives what killed Blanche Roth, and exactly when she died. Detectives are awaiting results of the autopsy to fill in those blanks.

Amy Stewart is out of the New Hanover County jail on bond. She is scheduled to make her first appearance in district court this morning.

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New Hanover County deputies yesterday arrested the daughter of a woman found dead in her home months after she died. The discovery of Blanche Roth’s body came after a 911 call to dispatch Tuesday.

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17 new deputies take an oath and received their badges

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has 17 new deputies.

The new officers took an oath and received their badges Wednesday. The graduation marks the end of a 16-week basic law enforcement course offered by the sheriff’s office and Cape Fear Community College. This is the second graduating class from the program.

“It’s just a great day and I’m so happy and proud of all of them” said New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon.

The ceremony took place at the old New Hanover County Courthouse. Sheriff Ed McMahon was the keynote speaker.

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The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has 17 new deputies.

The new officers took an oath and received their badges Wednesday.

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Despite recession, pet portraits in demand

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

By Wayne Faulkner,Wayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

Even amidst a deep recession, pet owners apparently have not cut back on picturing their pets for Christmas, with family, or even as a remembrance.

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Charities having trouble meeting their goals

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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Volunteers seem plentiful, but some local charities are falling short of this year’s goals.

“We just want to reach out and help in the community and get established here,” said volunteer Fran Denninger.

Members of the Leland Police Officers Association are working with Toys for Tots for a charity called Operation Santa Cop. They are trying to surpass last year’s goal by collecting more than 1,200 toys for needy children in the Leland area. Right now, they are about 200 toys short.

They have plenty of toys for toddlers and young children, but are in desperate need of toys for young teens. It is not too late to help. Toys can be donated at Walmart and other locations in Leland until Christmas Eve.

“We know it’s really rough, but if you could find a way, even if it’s one toy, that’s great, and maybe it’ll catch on to other folks, and we can make this a bright Christmas for these kids. They really need it, especially in the times we’re living in now,” Cpl. Robert Ernest said.

Other local charities are experiencing similar struggles. An example is the Salvation Army’s angel tree, where people choose a child to shop for.

The old Haverty’s building has a room lined with about 3,000 bags of clothing for needy children. The problem is there are holes; about 200 of them where people took a name off the angel tree with good intentions but for whatever reason, did not turn any clothes in for that child.

Major Butch Mallard of the Salvation Army said, “Christmas is for kids, and we’d like each of them to wake up on Christmas morning, that have new toys, but all their friends are having clothes, but we’d like them to have at least one new outfit.”

Denninger added, “We’re there to help each other. You never know when you’re going to be in that spot and want someone to reach out and help you.”

The Salvation Army will still accept clothing until Thursday at noon, but it would rather have monetary donations.

You can drop off donations at the old Haverty’s on Oleander Drive across from the Independence Mall or at the Salvation Army office on North Second Street.

Good Shepherd on Martin Street in Wilmington also needs canned goods and winter clothing.

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video‘Tis the season for giving. Many of us typically donate food, clothes or toys to help out our local charities. But it is a little more difficult this year. Some charities are having trouble meeting their goals.

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Traffic lights could be out through rush hour because of wreck

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

A truck hauling an oversized cylinder struck a utility pole at Carolina Beach Road and Shipyard Boulevard, closing the busy intersection Thursday.

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