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Archive for January, 2010

Governor declares State of Emergency to deal with winter weather

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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There was no snow here today as some people hoped, but cold weather continues to dominate the state.

Today Gov. Bev Perdue declared a State of Emergency to make sure fuel supplies can be delivered across the state as the cold weather continues. She temporarily suspended regulations to allow truck drivers delivering fuel oil, diesel, gasoline, kerosene, propane and liquid petroleum gas to work more hours.

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There was no snow here today as some people hoped, but cold weather continues to dominate the state.

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Update – DA alleges ‘overkill’ in Ogden murder

Friday, January 8th, 2010

By Shannan Bowen and Veronica GonzalezShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Dennis Benjamin Roy, 55, confessed to the murder of Carmine Anthony Bruno, 68, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Roy is being held without bond.

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Soles turns himself in

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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R.C. Soles has spent 42 years in the state senate. His visit to jail lasted barely as many minutes.

The longest serving member of the state legislature turned himself in just after 11 a.m. Friday. Thursday a grand jury indicted him for assault with a deadly weapon. The charge stems from the August shooting of Kyle Blackburn, a law client of the senator, at Soles’s home outside Tabor City.

“I wish I were free to comment to you,” Soles told reporters on his way into the jail. “But it would be totally inappropriate under any circumstances now.”

The senator said nothing as he walked back to his car around noon after posting a $5,000 bond. His attorney said little more, including when asked how the criminal charges would affect Soles’s ability to serve out the remainder of his term.

“You know I want to leave all questions like that until later,” attorney Brad Bannon said, “and I hope you all can appreciate that, because this is now a pending case, and there are rules about as it relates to speaking about pending cases publicly.”

Soles’s next court date is scheduled for Feb. 10.

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The longest serving member of the state legislature turned himself in just after 11 a.m. Friday.

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Brunswick Commissioners hedging on mental health center

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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Brunswick County Commissioners are not exactly on board with plans for a new mental health center. Several years ago, Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties agreed on building an expanded Mental Health Crisis Center in Wilmington. But the state has changed the plans.

Instead of a clinic, Commissioners say the money will go toward building administrative offices in Wilmington. The building will cost nearly $5.8-million dollars. Brunswick taxpayers would pay about $117,000 a year for ten years to finance it. Commissioner Bill Sue said it needs more discussion.

“This new facility with 20,000 square feet,” Sue said, “I don’t know that it’s really going to serve the mentally ill patients in this region.”

Sue said there are already two mental health offices not being used in Brunswick County. The state recently ordered all public mental health agencies to cut staff-provided services in favor of contracting with private providers.

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Several years ago, Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties agreed on building an expanded Mental Health Crisis Center in Wilmington. But the state has changed the plans.

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Flu Vaccination Week starts Monday

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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Next week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the State of North Carolina is providing free flu shots to avoid another wave of H1N1. The New Hanover County Health Department will give free seasonal and H1N1 flu shots next week. Starting Monday, people can walk-in or make an appointment to receive the vaccinations.

The Health Department says the spread of H1N1 is likely to continue, so it’s important to act on this opportunity to get vaccinated.

“People are getting a little complacent, and maybe the majority of the people that really wanted it have already gotten it,” said the Health Department’s Janet McCumbee, “but we would encourage everybody in the community to get their flu shots, because we still have plenty of vaccine, and we want to remind them you can get the flu in February, March.”

The vaccinations will start Monday and run through Saturday or until the health department runs out of vaccine. To make an appointment call 798-6646.

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The New Hanover County Health Department will give free seasonal and H1N1 flu shots next week.

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