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Archive for January, 2012

Shot victim, friend hold suspect till police arrive

Monday, January 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington neighborhood is feeling a little bit safer tonight after two men held down an alleged robber until police arrived. One of the men had even been shot in the leg.

It was just after midnight Saturday when a group of friends were approached by a man walking in their neighborhood on Orange and 8th Streets.

“The guy came up and was yelling up at us from the balcony for someone to give him a cigarette, so Nick came down to give him the cigarette, and that’s when the guy drew the gun on him,” Jeff Marshall said.

Marshall’s friend Nick, who did not want to go on camera, gave up his wallet, but that was not enough for the thief. The suspect then told him he was going to follow him home and clean out his house. That’s when Nick fought back. Marshall rushed to his aid seconds later.

“At this point I heard what was going on and came running down the stairs, and I found them over in the middle of the street wrestling,” Marshall said. “We just kind of started running with the guy. He was trying to get away. We both wanted the cops to get here.”

In the process, the man shot Nick in the leg. Despite what happened, the suspect had a request for the victim.

“(He was) just saying, ‘Please let me go. I can’t go back to jail,'” Marshall said.

Nick’s buddies weren’t the only ones who came to his help. Neighbors who heard the gunshot called 911 and kept an eye out from their front porch making sure Nick was OK.

“A lot of people think I was foolish,” neighbor Katherine Rudeseal said. “I opened the front door just so I can get a bearing on where the guy was and if he really needed help, and I can hear and see that he had the guy that was trying to rob him pinned up against one of my neighbors cars. I would have run out, but I knew there was a gun somewhere.”

Cops eventually showed up, arresting 19-year-old Daquan Ellison. He is charged with numerous crimes, including robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault inflicting serious injury and first-degree kidnapping to name a few.

According to the NC Department of Corrections website Ellison is on probation after being convicted last month of robbery.

During the scuffle, Marshall says his friend Nick was hit by the bullet, but did not realize he was injured until after police had already hand-cuffed Ellison. Nick told us he is doing fine despite being shot.

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Budget Bites – Sandwich Specials week 1

Monday, January 16th, 2012

The sandwich was probably your first taste of culinary self-expression. So exert your creativity.

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Republican hopefuls hit Myrtle Beach ahead of debate, SC primary

Monday, January 16th, 2012

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WWAY) — The race for the White House is close as it’ll be for months tonight, as Republicans debate in Myrtle Beach. That debate will have one fewer candidate, after Jon Huntsman dropped out this morning.

“This is the most important election of our lifetime,” Huntsman, the former governor of Utah and ambassador to China said.

After not getting the support he hoped for in New Hampshire, Huntsman stepped out of the presidential race Monday in South Carolina. To the surprise of some, Huntsman decided to back Mitt Romney’s campaign saying he has the best chance to beat president Barack Obama in November.

Huntsman also had a few parting words before he left the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

“Let’s invest our time and resources in building trust with the American people and uniting them around a common purpose,” he said.

The departure did not catch many South Carolinians by surprise.

“I think his tactic to only focus on New Hampshire probably backfired on him a little bit,” South Carolina voter Scott Boulter said. “All in all I think Jon Huntsman will find himself in probably not a VP slot, but some sort of cabinet position.”

With huntsman bowing out of the GOP race, that leaves a narrowing list of candidates for those voting here in the Palmetto State.

“Ron Paul’s the only candidate that I’ve found that is actually talking about real spending cuts and real policy changes within our government,” voter Martin Goter said.

Voter Tom Gilkeson said, “My favorite would probably be Rick Santorum. I’m originally from Philadelphia, so he’s a Pennsylvanian, so I like his politics right now.”

Newt Gingrich had his fair share of support as well. But while we found supporters of all five remaining candidates around the Grand Strand, one Republican hopeful seemed to have the most support in South Carolina.

“I like Mitt Romney,” Kenneth Smondowski said. “He’s conservative enough for me, however he’s not way far right. I think if I had to choose, he’s the guy. He’s got business experience that I think will lead this country where it needs to be as far as the economy goes.”

Of the five Republican candidates left, the latest polls show Romney with a seven-point lead over Gingrich, followed by Paul, Santorum and Rick Perry.

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Empie Park builders waiting to be paid

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Subcontractors who worked on Wilmington’s Empie Park are still waiting to be paid.

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MLK Day parade draws biggest crowd ever, organizers say

Monday, January 16th, 2012

From noon until about 2:30 p.m., thousands of revelers lined eight blocks of Castle Street.

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