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Archive for September, 2011

UPDATED: Man dead after Creekwood shooting; ambulance carrying 2nd victim involved in crash

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

THE FOLLOWING IS A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE WILMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Wilmington Police Department
News Release
Thursday, September 15, 2011 – 12:50 p.m.

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday night in the Creekwood community. The incident was reported a few minutes before 10:00 p.m. One man was killed and a second victim was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment of gunshot wounds.

Preliminary information indicates that the two male victims fled into an upstairs apartment at 1005 N. 30th Street, followed by 5 – 6 men running after them. After shooting the two victims, the assailants fled in two separate vehicles.

Descriptions were broadcast for a white Honda and a blue and white box-style Chevrolet. WPD detectives are canvassing the area and interviewing potential witnesses. Several important leads have been developed, but there have been no arrests as of the time of this release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department’s main number at 910-343-3600. Anonymous tips may be submitted through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the message and send to CRIMES (274637).

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say one man is dead and another hurt after a shooting in the Creekwood community Wednesday night. The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday at 1005 North 30th Street.

According to police at the scene of the shooting, two black males were chased into a duplex by a group of five or six men. They ran up to the second floor, where the two victims were shot. There were people uninvolved in the incident on the first floor.

Police say one of the men died. The other was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, but on the way, the ambulance carrying him was hit by another car at the intersection of Market and 16th Streets. Another ambulance took the shooting victim the rest of the way to the hospital.

Police say the group of gunmen ran out of the home and got into a white Honda with tinted windows and a light blue Chevrolet.

Police are still looking for the shooters.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3600. Or you can submit an anonymous tip through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the message and send to CRIMES (274637).

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Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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Zahra’s stepmom pleads guilty in disabled girl’s death

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

By MITCH WEISS
Associated Press

NEWTON, NC (AP) — A North Carolina woman has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the death of her disabled 10-year-old daughter, Zahra Baker.

Elisa Baker entered a plea of guilty Thursday to second degree murder, nearly a year after the Australian girl was reported missing from her home in the western North Carolina town of Hickory.

Baker also pleaded guilty in Catawba County Superior Court to obstruction of justice, and to charges unrelated to Zahra.

Parts of Zahra’s remains were found in multiple sites around Hickory shortly after her reported disappearance. The case captivated the attention of communities here and in Australia. Her father moved to the United States to marry Elisa after the two met online.

Zahra had a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after an early battle with bone cancer.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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Swimming advisory issued at Caswell Beach

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

MOREHEAD CITY, NC (NCDENR) –- An advisory against swimming was posted today at an ocean-side site in Brunswick County, where state officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed state and Environmental Protection Agency recreational water quality standards.

The advisory affects waters at the public beach access at Lighthouse Park off Caswell Beach Road in Caswell Beach, where test results indicate a running monthly geometric mean average of 41 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, based on five samples taken within a 30-day period. This exceeds the state and federal standards of a running monthly average of 35 enterococci per 100 milliliters for high usage sites.

Enterococci, the name for the group of bacteria used for testing, are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While the bacteria group’s presence does not cause illness itself, scientific studies indicate that the presence of enterococci is closely correlated to the presence of other organisms that may cause illness. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.

This advisory is not a beach closing, nor does the advisory affect the entire Caswell Beach area. Swimming advisories affect water within 200 feet of the sign. The sign posted reads as follows:

ATTENTION
SWIMMING IN THIS AREA IS NOT RECOMMENDED. BACTERIA TESTING INDICATES LEVELS OF CONTAMINATION THAT MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH. THIS ADVISORY AFFECTS WATERS WITHIN 200’ OF THIS SIGN.
OFFICE OF THE STATE HEALTH DIRECTOR

State officials will continue testing the site, and they will remove the sign and notify the public again when the bacteria levels decrease to levels below the standards. The state Recreational Water Quality Program samples 240 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis, from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when fewer people are in the water.

For more information on the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program, visit the program’s website at: http://www.deh.enr.state.nc.us/shellfish/Water_Monitoring/RWQweb/index.h… or on Twitter.com @ncrecprgm.

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