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Archive for November, 2011

Six-month investigation leads to drug, weapons bust

Friday, November 18th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a six-month investigation has taken a huge stash of drugs and stolen weapons off the street

Five men face a number of charges. Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says investigators believe these suspects were big suppliers in the area.

“Clearly there’s a nexus between drugs and violence,” Evangelous said.

Police recovered nine guns, including five pistols, a machine pistol, two AK-47s and an AR-15 rifle. Drugs included 55 grams of cocaine, heroin, even 9.5 grams of the rarely seen raw heroin. It’s all valued at around $22,000 dollars.

Chief Evangelous says he hopes today sends a stern message to those involved in drug and violent activity.

“We’ve put together this 30 person task force that kicked off this past Monday. We are going to put you in jail,” Evangelous said. “We will put you in jail. The DA has assigned a special prosecutor to work with us, and we will be as aggressive as we have to be within the confines of the law.”

That task force, which includes the FBI and US Marshal Service, arrested Jerome Robinson, Michael Walker and Haikem Tyshawn, all of whom are under $2 million bond. Police also arrested Francis Thompson and Andrew Roland.

“As we see the amount of weapons here, this is a pretty scary sight to think these are out on our streets,” Evangelous said.

Three of the four home police raided are next door to one another on Swann Street. Evangelous says it’s easier for drug and weapons dealers to hide away in homes left vacant by foreclosure.

“It’s much safer in their eyes for them to use a stash house that’s vacant, because it’s more difficult to tie them to the drugs and or guns,” Evangelous said.

Although police say the battle against drugs and stolen weapons in the community may be far from over, this was no doubt a successful day in their fight against crime.

“My hat’s off to our narcotics unit for a great job, for the tenacity to stay with this for six months and to help make our streets safer,” Evangelous said.

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Eleven Cape Fear area schools receive math and science grants

Friday, November 18th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Scotchman Convenience Stores and the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program have awarded $5,500 in grant funding to 11 area schools to support math and science education. Scotchman worked closely with school officials to secure the grants, which are available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations. The selected schools were:

Cedar Grove Middle School
Gregory Elementary School
Holly Tree Elementary School
Mary C. Williams Elementary School
Murrayville Elementary School
Ogden Elementary School
Pine Valley Elementary School
St. Mary Catholic School
Topsail High School
Williston Middle School
Winter Park Elementary School

“During times of budget cuts and limited outside funding, we are proud to be able to provide our local schools with this financial support,” said Jeff Turpin, CEO of VPS Convenience Store Group. “It’s important to make learning fun for the young people in the communities we serve, particularly in the fields of math and science.”

For the past 11 years, VPS Convenience Store Group, which operates Scotchman, Lil Cricket and Young’s Food Stores, has partnered with ExxonMobil to provide more than $125,000 in grant money to local schools. This year, VPS is giving a record-breaking $25,000 in grants to 50 schools throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

These grants are designed to make learning math and science fun and help schools purchase items supplemental learning tools such as science lab supplies, iPads, graphing calculators or to fund math and science related field trips. Funded by the Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance is designed to provide retailers like Scotchman with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through grants to neighborhood schools.

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ONLY ON 3: Exclusive video from inside store as clerk shoots robber

Friday, November 18th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One day after a Wilmington convenience store clerk shot a would-be robber, we’re getting a look at the shooting and hearing more from the store owner. WWAY is the only news outlet with the video from inside the store.

The Wrightsville Country Store has seen its fair share of robberies recently, but Thursday, clerk Mark Headstrong had seen enough.

In exclusive video from the store’s surveillance cameras you can see the robber point a gun at headstrong. The clerk then pulls a gun of his own and shoots the crook twice then holds him until police arrive.

“I’m sorry. Please. You shot me, man,” the man says after he’s shot. “Please. I’m not gonna go no where. Just call the police. Please let me go.”

If store owner Musa Agil had his way, the crook would not have had the chance to ask for mercy.

“He should have killed him, and this guy was soft on him,” Agil said. “He was trying to give him a second chance. Thugs like those should not ever be given a chance, because if that man shot mark, he’s not going to look at him and give him a chance. That’s why mark made a terrible mistake by letting him go.”

In an article in friday’s StarNews a Wilmington Police spokeswoman suggested clerks should just give up money and not risk the violence.

Agil strongly disagrees.

“If the spokesperson of the police department thinks, or is sure that if we cooperate and hand him the money they will leave us alone, then of course, yeah, I agree with that. But there is no guarantee that we give them the money and they leave us alone,” Agil said. “That’s why she should say, ‘Drop them dead if you can, because it may be your last chance to do so.'”

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous seemed to understand why Headstrong decided to shoot the suspect.

“It’s unfortunate any time anyone gets shot, but people have to do what people have to do to protect themselves,” Evangelous said.

Agil says he hopes this serves as a warning for anyone who thinks about robbing one of his stores in the future. He also has advice for other convenience store workers.

“Ask your corporation, if you work for corporate, to arm you, because you do not want to be easy prey,” Agil said.

Headstrong said the girlfriend of the robber came to the store in tears today and asked if Headstrong planned to press charges. He said he does not and is concerned about how the injured man is doing.

Police say they won’t release his name or charge him until he’s out of the hospital.

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ONLY ON 3: Man’s 3,300-mile walk for cause ends in Carolina Beach

Friday, November 18th, 2011

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The saying goes, “You’ll never understand a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” How about 3,300 miles? That’s how far a former Wilmington city employee has walked to raise awareness and money so needy people can have clean water.

“There’s nothing more beautiful than to get to the ocean,” Brooke Hinman said as he wrapped up his walk in Carolina Beach this morning. Even when you drive to go on a vacation, just to get there is amazing. So to spend over five months walking to it, I don’t have words.”

Hinman went through five pairs of shoes on his journey from the Pacific shores of Oregon to the Atlantic coast of his home state; 3,300 miles all to raise $25,000 for clean water.

“Right about one billion people lack access to safe, clean drinking water right now, so my motivation was purely based off of their need for something as basic as water and our ability to go and do something really practical to help bring clean water to them,” Hinman said.

The money raised will go toward building five wells in Africa, South America or the Middle East.

For the last couple miles, Hinman carried a 40-pound pack to see what it’s like to make multiple trips a day to get water that isn’t even clean.

“Most people can’t imagine walking 10 miles, but 3,300 miles for someone you’ve never met to have a necessity in life is just incredible,” Hinman’s wife Angel said. “I couldn’t be more proud. I’m so excited for him.”

Angel and the couple’s son Kiernan traveled cross-country with Brook, but Brook hit the pavement on his own.

“We never wanted to give up. That was never an option,” Brook said. “One of the hardest things was to be alone most days, just out there by myself, walking. Knowing that I was just doing it for people I might never meet, but it was still worth it.”

Hinman said he encountered all types of weather, people and animals along the way, including a hungry black bear.

He said he learned it is possible to make big strides toward helping others even in a tough economy.

Angel is writing a book about the journey and hopes to get it published.

If you’d like to celebrate with Brook and learn more about his trek, he is having a party and victory lap at Halyburton Park tomorrow from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

For more information about the cause, Charity:Water, visit http://www.charitywater.org/ or http://www.waterwalkamerica.com.

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Teacher arrested for indecent liberties with 12-year-old girl

Friday, November 18th, 2011

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A teacher is in jail charged with indecent liberties with a student.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested Jammie Lynn Locklear, 36, of Lake Waccamaw Wednesday night.

According to the school’s website, Locklear is a teacher at Hallsboro Middle School, where the 12-year-old victim is a student.

Investigators say the incident happened Wednesday evening away from school. Locklear is out of jail under $10,000 secure bond.

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