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Archive for November, 2011

Workshops will focus on college aid

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The College Planning Committee for Minority Students will hold college fairs.

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Back Then – College campus dedicated in 1961

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Looking back 50, 100 and 150 years ago in the StarNews.

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UNCW back to normal after lockdown overnight

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Things were back to normal at UNC Wilmington today hours after police searched for an armed robbery suspect on campus prompting a lockdown.

It all started when a man reportedly robbed two women at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Hardee’s on South College Road. They say he headed toward the woods on campus, which led campus police to an issue a campuswide alert.

Police say they got the report just before midnight. UNCW’s police chief says within four minutes his department sent out phone, text, and e-mail alerts to students, telling them to stay inside.

Wilmington Police used a K-9 to follow a track from Hardee’s, but it ended near a bus stop on Randall Drive.

Police lifted the alert at 5 a.m. when they believed the gunman was off campus.

“I actually had an evening class last night, so I was on campus during the incident. We took precautions and went inside, but I was never scared. I knew that they had it under control,” UNCW student Katherine Freshwater said.

Wilmington Police say no one has been arrested for the robbery, but the investigation continues.

Police say they are looking for a light-skinned black man in his twenties with green eyes and a deep voice. They say he is about 5’11” with a stocky build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red bandana partially covering his face.

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Family, investigators split on 10-year-old’s death

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County family is grieving tonight after the death of a 10-year-old girl. Loved ones say they found Jasmine McClain last night hanging by a belt in her room. The family says the girl’s death was an accident, but investigators believe it’s was intentional.

Jasmine as a happy, friendly child.

“She was a beautiful girl. Happy go-lucky. She loved to dance,” Jasmine’s grandmother Frances Smith said.

“She was full of life,” family friend Linda Ward said. “She’s gone, but she is still here with us. She will never leave us.”

The family says around 9:30 p.m. Monday the 10-year-old went to her room to get ready for bed. Several minutes later Jasmine’s mom Samantha West walked by her room and saw that her daughter was not in bed. She walked in to find Jasmine hanging from a belt in her room.

“Sam started screaming and calling for me, and I went back there, and I lost it,” Smith said.

The family says the girl would often swing on her belts from a beam in her room.

“She played with her belts and stuff like that,” Smith said. “She didn’t like to wear them, but she loved to play with them.”

The family thinks Jasmine slipped while playing with her belt. Nothing was underneath her for her to step on.

Chadborn Police and the State Bureau of Investigation were on scene Monday night into early Tuesday morning. The SBI says Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw asked for the agency’s assistance.

The police department says at this point evidence leads them to believe the girl’s death was a suicide despite the family’s belief that Jasmine accidentally killed herself. Chadbourn Police say they area close to wrapping up the investigation.

Family members say a memorial is in the works for Jasmine. They are waiting to get her body back after an autopsy.

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Castle Hayne fuel-manufacturing facility fined

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $17,500 civil penalty against Global Nuclear Fuel.

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