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Archive for September, 2011

Rocky Point man charged with rape

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Sheriff’s deputies last week charged a 38-year-old man from Rocky Point with second-degree rape in connection to a sexual assault that occurred in September.

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School bus crashes in New Hanover County

Monday, September 26th, 2011

A school bus crashed at Victoria Drive and Castle Hayne Road on Monday afternoon, according to New Hanover County 911 dispatchers.

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ONLY ON 3: Murder suspect in brother of missing teen

Monday, September 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re finding out more about two separate incidents in the past couple months in Wilmington that may have gang connections.

Back in May, a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of Club 609 on Market Street. About a month later, Al’quon Flowers went missing. Tonight, we’ve learned the two crimes have a family tie.

A source close to the family says Garry Orlando Hines, who was arrested Saturday for the murder of Cornelius Tremayne Blanks, is the brother of Flowers. Flowers went missing back in July, just two months after Blanks was killed outside of Club 609.

We spoke with the father of Flowers and Hines soon after Flowers went missing. He said he thinks Flowers got caught up in his brothers’ mess.

“He’s a follower, but as far as him being in a gang, you know, he just followed his brothers,” the elder Garry Hines said in July. “They’re his brothers.”

Flowers disappeared from Red Cross Street July 19. The elder Hines told us then that he thinks his kids were caught up in the wrong crowd.

“I do believe that this stemmed from another incident. I do believe that,” he said. “You are not just going to come up, take a kid into your car, take him over the bridge and then turn him over to somebody else. It just don’t happen. Not in Wilmington.”

With one brother behind bars and the other still missing, the family of Flowers and Hines were too upset to speak with us Monday on camera.

Their father told us in July that his sons were involved in gang activity. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit says the tattoos on the younger Hines’s forehead and cheek are gang symbols. They say they believe the “B” stands for the “Bloods” gang. They also say the three tear drop tattoos represent two different things. The two darkened teardrops tend to represent people who have died because of you. The light tear drop represents mourning the loss of someone.

Hines is in the New Hanover County Jail without bond charged with first-degree murder.

Flowers is still missing, but the investigation continues. If you have any information on where he may be, call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3600.

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Local preacher dies Sunday during sermon

Monday, September 26th, 2011

BOLTON, NC (FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER) — Jessie F. Graham, perhaps the longest-serving member of the Columbus County Board of Elections, died Sunday. He was 78.

Graham, a longtime minister at Myrtle Grove First born Church of the Living God in New Hanover county, collapsed in the pulpit.

He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington and pronounced dead.

In recent years, Graham had served as the second bishop at the church, said Carla Strickland, supervisor of the Board of Elections.

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STORMTRACK 3: Flood Warning in New Hanover Co. until 6:45 p.m.

Monday, September 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for New Hanover County until 645 pm edt

This storm has produced around 2 to 3 inches of rain from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. These thunderstorms are slowly drifting to the North. Reports from 911 are indicating that 16th Street and Dawson are impassable with a foot of water on the roadways. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area.

This includes the following creeks and drainages…Northeast Cape Fear River…Prince George Creek…Island Creek…Cape Fear River…Ness Creek…Smith Creek…Onslow Bay…Barnards Creek and Whiskey Creek.

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