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Archive for October, 2011

Man in Spider-Man mask robs two more stores

Monday, October 10th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department’s spider senses are tingling again. For the third time in less than a month, a store was robbed at gunpoint this morning by someone wearing a Spider-Man mask.

The latest incident happened just before 7 a.m. at the Gas Center at 4001 Market Street. That robbery came two day after the Country Store on Wrightsville Avenue was robbed. Back on Sept. 25, Spidey robbed the Gas Center at 604 South College Road.

Each time he’s demanded cash and Newport cigarettes. One time he also got away with a cell phone.

Police believe the masked suspect is a tall, slim, black man with a deep voice.

If you have any information, call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3600.

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Housing authority CEO – credited for turnaround – reaps rewards

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Mike Krause doesn’t sugar coat. The Wilmington Housing Authority CEO is frank and focused. He was handed a full plate of poor financial dealings and mismanagement in 2008 when he took over leading the public housing agency. From scathing audits to a $1.2 million deficit, his hands were immediately full. Despite the public’s dark picture of the housing authority and what they might think of the CEO himself, many are quick to point out the success so far.

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ONLY ON 3: Man who says Soles molested wants to make formal complaint

Monday, October 10th, 2011

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man who says former state Sen. R.C. Soles molested him three decades ago is trying to tell his story, but he says law enforcement turned him away.

Toby Faircloth has told his story to WWAY before, but now he wants to file a formal complaint.

Faircloth says he tried to file a formal complaint with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Friday, but was denied the opportunity and was given the run around.

Back in 2009 Faircloth, his face hidden from the camera afraid of the consequences, shared his story with WWAY. He says about 30 years ago when he was growing up in Tabor City, R.C. Soles molested him on more than one occasion when he was 13.

“Socially embarrassed and psychologically scarred,” Faircloth told us in 2009 about what happened to him years earlier. “Coming from an area like Tabor City, well that’s not exactly the kind of thing that you would talk about.”

But now the 49-year-old is not afraid to identify himself and tell his story in the form of a formal complaint. Friday though, Faircloth says he was denied that opportunity from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

“They tried to palm it off on the Tabor City Police Department,” he said. “Tabor City Police tried to palm it off to the sheriff’s department. They turned around and try to turn it to the district attorney. Really left us frustrated. Told me to go the SBI or Attorney General.”

Faircloth says he has shared his claims before, but had never done it in writing. He thinks a formal complaint would not only give him some sort of documentation, but could also get the SBI’s investigation on Soles moving.

“Maybe even break it loose from what appears to be a stalemate,” Faircloth said.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says it would have taken down Faircloth’s complaint if he had originally told the office about his claims. Faircloth admits he did first talk to the SBI about Soles in 2009, but he never filed a written complaint.

He feels his recent bump in the road is disheartening. Faircloth says it would mean the world to him if the Soles saga wrapped up soon ending with a prosecution and an admission of guilt.

“The admission itself… that would be worth so much to me,” Faircloth said. “It would take years of torture, thinking about it knowing about… just to hear him or somebody finally say yes he did it. Even if he doesn’t go to jail just the simple fact of hearing it itself would be so much of a personal relief to me.”

Soles and his attorneys have long maintained the former senator’s innocence.

Many of the alleged victims of Soles have been discredited because they have taken money from Soles. Faircloth says his willingness to talk about his encounters with Soles has nothing to due with money, but with what’s right.

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Bridge painters, already a year late, aim for November

Monday, October 10th, 2011

What is the status of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge painting project?

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Leaders deliver Meals on Wheels, check smoke detectors

Monday, October 10th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some local leaders hit the streets today to make sure people who need help are living in a safe place.

It’s Fire Prevention Week and to start it off, the Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Rescue are targeting senior citizens in their effort to provide safety information. Firefighters are delivering Meals on Wheels all week, talking to senior residents about fire safety and checking their smoke detectors.

“We’ve been doing this several years now, and we find that a lot of your residential fires are where you have elderly folks, and we think it’s very important to start off the week out checking smoke detectors and making sure they have a safety method in their home,” New Hanover Co. Fire Marshal Matt Davis said.

Today Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover Co. Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield joined Wilmington Fire Chief Buddy Martinette and New Hanover County Fire Chief Donnie Hall to deliver meals and check smoke detectors.

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