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Archive for January, 2010

Pender teen missing since Saturday is OK

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Hampstead | A 15-year-old boy who had been missing since Saturday was located Thursday by Pender County sheriff’s deputies and is OK, a detective said.

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Feds open inquiry into Wilmington Housing Authority

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

A federal agency is looking into allegations surrounding the Wilmington Housing Authority’s acquisition of a Princess Place Drive apartment complex in 2005.

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Friends and Family Remember Victim of Weekend Fire

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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Family and friends gathered this evening, to celebrate the life of the UNCW grad who died in a weekend fire.

A memorial for 23 year old Rory Michaelson was held on campus Thursday evening.

"I was so proud to be rory’s sister, and that she called me hers," Courtney Michaelson said, "Nothing made me happier than when she was accomplishing her goals, and when she was happy."

That’s how 23 year old Rory Michaelson’s family and friends remembered her. She was a happy young woman, who took on life’s challenges with enthusiasm and humor.

"Remember her smile that lit up the room, remember the love she had for each and everyone of us and how forgiving she was," Rory’s friend, Richard Oetter said.

Michaelson’s life was cut short by an early morning weekend fire at the Cypress Point apartments in Wilmington. She was a recent graduate of the UNCW Watson School of Education where she was a stand-out among her classmates.

"Rory, from all of us in the Watson School, we will always remember and miss you," Rory’s internship coordinator, Carol Chase Thomas said.

Recognizing her accomplishments in education, the school gave each of her parents a copy of Rory’s diploma. Before graduating, Rory Michaelson was a student teacher at Gregory Elementary School in Wilmington. There, she left her mark on both teachers and kids alike.

"She loved teaching, and she loved helping students learn. she loved her students, she was a blessing sent to us," Harriet Coe, Rory’s Mentor, said.

Gregory Elementary, where Rory did her student teaching, is planting a garden in her memory. There’s no telling how many lives she would have touched, as she was set to begin her career as a special education teacher in New Bern next month, but those she left behind proved she had already touched so many. The Wilmington Fire Department says the fire at the apartment complex was accidental, started by an improperly discarded cigarette.

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HSHW: Pender Breaks Out

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Rachel and Dan make the trip to Burgaw to interview Pender coach Gary Battle and discuss the Patriots. Also, the mideastern is evaluated and East Bladen girls.

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Grand jury indicts Soles

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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A Columbus County grand jury indicted Sen. R.C. Soles for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Last month, a grand jury found probable cause to believe Soles had acted unlawfully when he shot 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn, a client of his law firm.

Soles said former client Kyle Blackburn was trying to break into his home outside Tabor City when the shooting took place five months ago. Today a grand jury decided there was enough evidence to move forward with a trial for North Carolina’s longest serving state senator.

The grand jury met at the Columbus County Court House behind close doors. Nine new members were selected to replace those who had fulfilled their service since granting the presentment last month. Just after 2 p.m. the jury returned 59 true bills of indictment, one indicting Soles for assault with a deadly weapon, which is a Class E felony. If he’s found guilty Soles could serve up to two and a half years in prison. His next court date is scheduled for February 10.

Soles’s attorneys Joe Cheshire and Brad Bannon said in a statement: “We are disappointed with the indictment of Senator Soles and maintain that he was acting in defense of himself and his home on August 23. We will continue to work with the Attorney General’s Office to resolve this unfortunate matter, consistent with the truth. Absent any new developments, we will have no further public comment about it.”

No word yet on when soles will be arrested or turn himself in.

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