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Archive for December, 2011

Top 10 – Berger’s personal life brings strife among officials

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Just this month, all four of the other commissioners supported other county employees or commissioners over Berger to represent several boards or committees.

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StarNews columnist dies after cancer battle

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Funeral arrangements were pending Monday.

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ONLY ON 3: Witness talks about early-morning shooting outside party

Monday, December 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An overnight shooting in downtown Wilmington has police looking for answers. Shots rang out at an event at the Brooklyn Arts Center around 1 a.m. Despite the large crowd no one was hit.

The Brooklyn Arts Center on the corner of 4th and Campbell Streets holds all kinds of events, like concerts, weddings and other private parties. But a Christmas night party was cut short early Monday morning when someone fired a gun.

“We were so close we could hear the barrel cock,’ said a witness, who does not want to be identified. He was on his way inside when the shots rang out. “Bow bow! That was it. I saw all the fire coming out the barrel.”

He says he heard people arguing moments before the shooting.

“The dude doing the shooting did not care at all,” he said. “No mask, no nothing. He was shootings toward the people who were standing in line.”

Wilmington Police arrived at the Brooklyn Arts Center around 1:30 a.m. Investigators say one shot was fired inside the building. They found several bullet casings outside.

Police say no one was hit during the shooting. That’s a big surprise to this witness.

“I was seriously shocked,” the witness said. “I was like, ‘Nobody got shot? Nobody got hit with none of the bullets?'”

The group that put on the party, Black Barbie Entertainment, had no comment Monday. But on the event’s Facebook page, the group did acknowledge the shooting saying, “Thanks to evryone (sic) who came out last night…..I am soooo happy no one was harmed in last nights (sic) incidents.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3600. Or you can anonymously text a tip. Just text TIP708 and your message to CRIMES (274637)

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FIRST ON 3: Neighbors doubt shooting that killed teen was an accident

Monday, December 26th, 2011

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — It’s been three days since a teenager was killed and two other people hurt by a single bullet in Chadbourn. Neighbors say not only are they surprised by what happened, but also that they believe it was not an accident.

“She took two breaths. She took one, and then she took another one, and I knew that second breath… she was gone,” said neighbor Donald Evans, who rushed to the scene of the shooting to give CPR after hearing the gunshot Friday.

There are blood stains on the lawn and a bullet hole in the window, but still no answers about what happened Friday morning on East 3rd Avenue in Chadbourn.

Neighbors say Jasmine Danielle Thar, 16, from Charlotte, died after what police are reportedly labeling an “accidental” shooting.

According to the Whiteville News Reporter James Anthony Blackwell, who lives across the street from where the victims were shot and who neighbors say has a military background, told investigators his .308 Remington rifle accidentally fired once as he took it out of a case in his home.

Neighbors are not so sure.

“That rifle had to be aimed,” neighbor Sylvia Evans said. “I mean it just don’t go off straight like that and straight out the window from the case to straight up in a row, you know what I’m saying? Some kind of way, something’s not right.”

Neighbors say Thar was with her cousin Jahmesha McMillian and her aunt Treka McMillian, when they were leaving a relative’s home on their way to Myrtle Beach to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. Chadbourn Police say that’s when Blackwell’s rifle fired hitting all three women.

“I don’t see how it could be an accident,” Donald Evans said. “I don’t see how an accident could shoot three people and be labeled as an accident. I just do not see how it could be done that way.”

Jahmesha McMillian is still in Columbus County Regional Medical Center and is listed in stable condition. Treka McMillian was treated and released.

The Whiteville News Reporter says Blackwell is cooperating with investigators, and no charges have been filed against him at this time.

We tried to get more information from Chadbourn Police today. They said Chief Steven Shaw was the only person who could release information. He did not return several calls. When we went by the police department today, no one was there.

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Police: Clerk socks would-be robber in gold store

Monday, December 26th, 2011

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (AP) — Police say a would-be robber who demanded money from a store clerk got a fistful.

Before he could run off with any cash, the clerk at the We Buy Gold store in Hendersonville punched him in the nose on Friday. Sgt. Dale Patton with the Hendersonville Police Department tells the Times-News of Hendersonville that 25-year-old Mostafa Kamel Hendi dropped to the floor.

The clerk, 26-year-old Derek Mothershead, then grabbed the gun – which turned out to be a pellet gun – and called police. Hendi lay bleeding on the floor until he was arrested.

Patton says the clerk was on high alert because the store had already been robbed once recently. Authorities are looking into whether Hendi was involved in that heist.

Jail records did not list an attorney for Hendi. He was being held on $100,000 bond.

Information from: Times-News, http://www.blueridgenow.com

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

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