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Archive for November, 2011

Toll of NC murder-suicide rises to 4 as son dies

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A North Carolina woman’s weekend rampage through her family has claimed the life of her second son.

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said Tuesday 14-year-old Zachary Lee Smith died late Monday after being shot by his mother.

Authorities say 36-year-old Mary Ann Holder killed herself after shooting her two sons and three other children in the head. The sheriff’s department says Holder’s nephew and her older son’s girlfriend remain in critical condition.

Holder also shot her married former lover when they met early Sunday. Forty-year-old Randal Lamb was in stable condition after being shot in the shoulder.

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

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‘Arthur Newman’ wraps with goat

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

"Arthur Newman, Golf Pro" wrapped filming in Wilmington on Saturday with several public shoots.

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NC’s online public school facing $3M shortfall

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Surging enrollment in North Carolina’s online class program for public high school students is creating a funding shortfall that means teens in 15 school districts have been blocked from signing up for spring classes.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday the projected $3 million shortfall for the North Carolina Virtual Public School means those and other districts may have to tap local funding if they want students to take the free classes.

The virtual school receives $20 million for its budget, which is divided among school systems based on previous enrollment. Teachers are paid to teach online courses that often are hard to find in districts or don’t fit a student’s schedule.

Officials expect more than 28,000 students in the spring – 3,000 more than originally forecast.

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

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N.C. jobless rate slips

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

North Carolina’s unemployment rate slipped to 10.4 percent in October.

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Police use SABLE helicopter to catch dangerous driver

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — At about 8:00 p.m. on Monday night, WPD officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the Queen Street area, but the driver refused to stop. The man was driving so recklessly that Officers elected not to pursue him, fearing danger to themselves, as well as to motorists and pedestrians who may have been unwittingly involved in the incident.

Around 10:15 p.m., the car was spotted again, and this time officers initiated pursuit, based on the earlier violations and the knowledge that NHCSO also had attempted to stop the vehicle earlier in day (Monday morning). Officers kept the car in sight until SABLE 1 arrived in the area.

The SABLE 1 flight crew kept sight of the car and called out locations, thus enabling officers on the ground to stay out of a very dangerous pursuit.

The SABLE crew used the aircraft camera system and observed the fleeing car traveling a high rate of speed, running stop lights and signs, and going the wrong way on S. 17th Street, Dawson Street and Wooster Streets. They tracked the car from the air until it stopped on Russell Alley and the driver attempted to hide. SABLE directed multiple ground units and K-9 to the suspect’s location, where he was taken into custody.

Paul Brian Schaller, d.o.b. 6-9-1970, was arrested and charged with multiple counts, including DWI and Felony Speeding to Elude Arrest. He is in custody at the New Hanover County detention facility under $20,000 secured bond.

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