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Archive for December, 2011

Investigation underway in fatal shooting at Virginia Tech

Friday, December 9th, 2011

BLACKSBURG, VA (AP) — An investigation is under way into the fatal shootings today at Virginia Tech.

A gunman killed a campus police officer in a school parking lot and was later found dead, with a gun nearby, in another lot.

Virginia Tech was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern US history nearly five years ago. In an ironic twist, the shootings took place on the same day Virginia Tech officials were in Washington, fighting a government fine over their alleged mishandling of the 2007 bloodbath that left 33 dead.

Before it became clear that the gunman in today’s attack was dead, the school locked down the campus and used a high-tech alert system to warn students and faculty members to stay indoors.

Police say the officer was killed after pulling a driver over in a traffic stop. The gunman – who was not involved in the traffic stop – walked into the parking lot and shot the officer. Authorities won’t talk about a motive.

The officer had served on the campus police force for fouryears. Police don’t know if he had been specifically targeted.

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

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New Hanover News & Notes – Flotilla winners; book award winners; horse title

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The 28th annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla and Fireworks featured a nighttime parade of beautifully decorated boats.

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Southport board gives mayor power to once again appoint committees

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Newly elected officials take oath.

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Leland’s NC Christmas Parade & Festival Saturday

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

LELAND, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The Unity Group of North Brunswick in Leland presents the 19th annual NC Christmas Festival and Parade this Saturday.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. with Village Road being closed at 9 a.m.

Festivities will continue after the parade at Leland Town Hall with special guest band Johnny Folsom Four, the ultimate tribute to Johnny Cash.

There will also be free children’s activities, arts, crafts and of course, Santa!

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Police: Va. Tech shooter not person pulled over

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

By ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON and ERIC TUCKER
Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, VA (AP) — State police say the gunman who killed a police officer at Virginia Tech appears to have walked into a parking lot and shot the officer during a traffic stop.

Sgt. Robert Carpentieri says it appears that the shooter also was not in the car that was pulled over on Thursday.

The sergeant says another officer later spotted a second person in a parking lot who was alive at the time. That person later died.

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

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