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Archive for December, 2011

Staffer: Rep. Coble released from hospital

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — US Rep. Howard Coble is home from a Greensboro hospital after recuperating from the effects of a respiratory ailment.

Coble’s Greensboro office manager Kathy McClellan said Tuesday the Republican congressman was discharged from Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. McClellan says Coble will talk about his illness and recovery at a news conference Wednesday.

Coble had been receiving physical therapy at the Greensboro hospital since Dec. 21. He was originally hospitalized in Washington on Dec. 13 with an upper respiratory illness that depleted his sodium levels.

The 80-year-old representative was first elected in 1984 to represent the district around the eastern and southern part of the Triad.

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

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MyReporter fuels simmering debate over ‘Kerr’

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

The “car” pronunciation seems to predominate among locals.

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Two years later, murder victim’s mother honors memory

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been two years since the body of Tiffany Dawkins was found along the side of a road in Pender County. Despite the time that has passed her family is keeping her memory alive.

Tiffany’s mom, Kim Thomas, is remembering her daughter by holding a memorial at the site where her daughter was found. She also took time to talk us about her daughter’s murder case and the two little girls Tiffany left behind.

“She didn’t ever meet a stranger, never meet a stranger from day one when she was little. She was very outgoing, and I miss her a whole, whole lot,” Thomas said.

Thomas has remained strong in the two years since her daughter was found dead along the side of NC 133 in Rocky Point. Thomas and other family members will forever remember December 27, 2009, as the day their loved one was taken away from them.

Though the case remains open, a suspect in Tiffany’s murder, ex-boyfriend Dwayne Moore, can no longer be brought to justice. Moore, who went on the run earlier this year for another shooting, killed himself after a stand-off in Florida.

Thomas says she never wanted much media attention when it comes to keeping her daughter’s case and memory alive, but she feels the media has had a part in bring her some closure.

“To tell you the truth I didn’t want to be in the media, but how else are we going to keep it out there if we weren’t in the media? If it weren’t for the media, he wouldn’t have been caught as quick as he was when he shot Kayla (Floyd),” Thomas said.

Thomas says recently the most difficult part is explaining to Tiffany’s two young daughters what happened. She says the girls have become aware of their mother’s murder from news reports. Though she thanks the media for the good they have done, she asks for some space in the coming years.

“We’re not going to forget her, but we are going to try and close it up for her kids, ’cause they’re young still,” Thomas said.

We also asked Tiffany’s mother if Moore’s suicide makes her feel like her daughter’s case is solved. She said while she feels sorry for Moore’s family, she does think her daughters murder has been solved.

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SBI, Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office look into officer-involved shooting

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The SBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting last night in Brunswick County.

The Sheriff’s Office says at 10:17 p.m. deputies were dispatched to 377 Lansan Lane near Leland an assault with a deadly weapon. Inside the home deputies say they found Cassey Thomas, 43, who was trying to stab her husband, Timothy Thomas, 48.

The deputies challenged Cassey Thomas, and ordered her to drop her weapon. When she did not drop it, Sgt. Brian Tully fired two shots.

Cassie Thomas suffered a gunshot wound to her abdomen, and Timothy Thomas was hit in the upper right leg. Mr. Thomas also suffered a stab wound to his upper back. The Sheriff’s Office says all the injuries are considered to be non-life threatening.

Sheriff John Ingram has asked the SBI to conduct a criminal investigation. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Standards is conducting an internal investigation of the shooting.

Domestic violence and assault charges are pending against Cassey Thomas.

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Keeping preemie heads warm for four years

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Four years and 2,300 hats after its inception, the group is going strong.

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