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Soles Shooting Update

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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The Whiteville News Reporter has published an article saying that soles shot 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn in the back of his right thigh.
Blackburn told us he was shot as he was leaving the senator’s property, but Senator Soles said he shot Blackburn in self defense as Blackburn was trying to break into his house.
Authorities have never disclosed the location of the bullet entry wound, but if it was in the back of Blackburn’s leg, it would lend credence to his version of events.
It may also help explain the grand jury’s decision to indict Soles on a felony assault charge last week.

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The Whiteville News Reporter has published an article saying that soles shot 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn in the back of his right thigh.

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Cost of Wilmington Beach project spurs concern at Carolina Beach meeting

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

The price tag of the proposed Wilmington Beach Paving and Drainage project drew concerns from residents at the Carolina Beach Tuesday meeting.

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Former sheriff a free man again

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett is once again a free man. Hewett served the final day of his sentence after pleading guilty to a federal charge of obstruction of justice in 2008. It’s the end of a nearly two year saga that saw a popular lawman fall from grace.

Since being named the youngest sheriff in the state when he started serving at age 31, Hewett has traveled a long road. After pleading guilty to obstruction of justice Hewett was sentenced to 16-months in a federal prison. In October Hewett was released from Butner Federal Corrections with time off for good behavior. He spent the last few months at a half way house and is now free to return to his home near supply.

“Oh, it’s just an answer to prayers for this day to come,” Hewett’s aunt Irene Holden said. “We’re just so happy that the Lord has blessed us that he has come back and now can be with us the rest of his days and our days.”

Hewett’s family says while in prison, Hewett received an outpouring of support from the community he once served. Most Brunswick County residents we spoke with today say Hewett has served his time, and they hope he can move on.

Hewett is working part time for Brunswick County developer Mark Saunders. Hewett worked for the company before heading off to prison. A spokesperson for the company says they are happy to have him back.

We tried to reach Hewett today, but he did not return our calls.

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Ron Hewett served the final day of his sentence after pleading guilty to a federal charge of obstruction of justice in 2008.

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No one injured in Cedar Avenue house fire

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Wilmington | No one was injured in a Cedar Avenue house fire that caused $5,000 to $6,000 in damage Tuesday evening, a Wilmington Fire Department official said.No one was in the house at 4116 Cedar Ave., off of 41st Street, when the fire was reported about 7:55 p.m., said Capt. Donald Ragavage of the WFD.

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New Hanover ABC chief Billy Williams to retire

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Under fire for the past two months over his six-figure salary, Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator Billy Williams said that he would retire in February.

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