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Archive for October, 2011

$300,000 lottery ticket sold in Bladen County

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It looks like there may be a big winner in Bladen County. The North Carolina Education Lottery says a Carolina Cash 5 ticket sold at Champs Food Mart on NC 41 West in Bladenboro was the only one to match all five numbers in Monday’s drawing.

The winning ticket is worth $300,632. The jackpot had been rolling over since the October 11 drawing.

The winning numbers were: 5-6-14-19-35.

The winner has 180 from the day of the drawing to claim their prize. If the winner lives in Bladen County, it would be the biggest winner there since the lottery started in 2006. The current record is held by Katie Evers of Bladenboro, who won $100,000 on a Carolina Black instant ticket in February.

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Onslow Spider-Man robber beaten with broom, not Wilmington suspect

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Spider-Man appears to be a copycat.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dale Foughty, 56, after they say he tried to rob a convenience store early this morning while wearing a Spider-Man mask. The arrest comes after a series of robberies in Wilmington, where a man also wearing a Spider-Man mask has robbed convenience stores of money and cigarettes.

Deputies in Onslow County say Foughty tried to rob the store with a sword, but the clerk responded with a broomstick to Foughty’s stomach. A second clerk joined in the fight in which Foughty lost his mask and part of his ponytail. They say Foughty managed to get away. Deputies found him at a home nearby, where they say he had shaved off his hair, helping show off the lumps on his head left behind by the broom.

Investigators in Wilmington, though, say the thieving superhero doppleganger is not their man.

“Onslow Spiderman, according to official records, is Caucasian and significantly shorter than the Wilmington robber,” WPD spokeswoman Lucy Crockett said in an e-mail to WWAY. “Not our guy, so our detectives will keep at it.”

Wilmington Police have been looking for a tall, slender black man who uses a gun to rob stores.

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Tree cutting near power lines upsets Upper Reach resident

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Though it’s perched at the intersection of a busy throughway, Janet Wolff’s house never felt like a corner lot, thanks to the ring of tall blue spruce pine trees shielding her home from the road.That all changed Monday, when work crews hired by Progress Energy began methodically plucking the trees from the ground one by one.

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Girlfriend of Soles shooting victim dies in crash

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A witness to the shooting at R.C. Soles’s home in 2009 has died.

Highway Patrol says Jessica Nealey died yesterday from injuries suffered in a car crash Monday night. Troopers say Nealey’s car ran into a tree off of State Road 1141 east of Tabor City.

Nealey was the girlfriend of Kyle Blackburn. She was at the senator’s home in August 2009 when Soles shot Blackburn in the back of the leg.

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Leland to hold hearing on building codes

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Leland officials are gearing up for the culmination of a year and a half’s work.The town council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the town hall to hold a public hearing on the town’s newly revised building codes.

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