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Archive for April, 2012

Two shot to death near UNCC

Friday, April 27th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Two people have been shot to death near the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Police say the shooting happened shortly before 1 a.m. today.

Investigators say three men and a woman were at a townhouse when two other men arrived. Police say the men were let inside the townhouse and the shooting happened a short time later. A detective said the shooting was not a random act.

Police have not released the names of the two men who died. The other man and woman in the townhouse were not hurt.

Police have not released information on the suspects. Authorities have not said if the victims were students.

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Myreporter answers question about garbage truck noise

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Q: Is there a noise ordinance for garbage trucks?

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ONLY ON 3: Patients camp out overnight for free dental clinic

Friday, April 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dentistry is a service many of us take for granted but for those in need with low income their teeth may have to wait. This Friday and Saturday the North Carolina Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic is an answer to their prayers.

A dozen or so people were camped out at the Schwartz Center for a free dental clinic some like Sam Martin traveled far.

“How many miles? 229. We are going to be here all night, that’s why we came. The man said be here early if you want to get service so we’re here.”

Sam and his wife don’t mind the travel or the wait, they have benefited from the clinics before and Sam says now he knows what to expect.

“When I got there I didn’t have an idea there would be as many people, so when we heard about it we went the night before an spent the night and they just started coming in.”

More than three hundred and fifty people came to the last clinic Sam attended, this one should be bigger. Dentistry is expensive and dear to those who need it and for those who cannot afford this service.

Services include fillings, extractions, cleaning and some partial dentures. Local and area dentists will use the latest equipment for digital X ray and sterilization.

The Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic has enough equipment to set up an 80 chair dental clinic. The service is this Friday from 6AM to 4PM and Saturday from 6AM to 3 PM at the CFCC Schwartz Center and all services are free.

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Slain teen’s family press DA for answers in suspicious death

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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Slain teen’s family presses DA for answers in suspicious death

Friday, April 27th, 2012

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — More than a dozen family members of a 16-year old girl killed last year in Chadbourn met with the Columbus County District Attorney today, demanding answers. The FBI’s civil rights unit is working alongside local and state agencies to find out whether Jasmine Thar’s death was an accident or a crime.

“We want to move on it. We want things done,” said Willie Gary, the family’s high profile attorney from Florida. “It was a knock down, drag out meeting, there was no question about that. The family wanted answers.”

Both the DA and Gary came out of the meeting with a common understanding: the process to find answers will take time.

Jasmine was shot and killed in the front yard of a Chadbourn home in December. James Blackwell, who lived across the street, says his Model 700 Remington rifle fired without pulling the trigger, killing Jasmine and striking two others. The shooting was ruled accidental and Blackwell was never charged.

Gary says all parties need to be held accountable

“That’s not to excuse anybody,” he said. “The shooter, the gun maker, or the shooter for being negligent.”

The case has garnered some major attention. Carlletta McNeil, Jasmine’s mother, called upon John Barnette, a civil rights activist in Charlotte to help with exposure. Earlier this month, the family organized an online petition to demand justice for Jasmine. They say it already has about 75,000 signatures from supporters all over the world. Some are even drawing parallels to the high profile case in Florida involving Trayvon Martin.

“I would say that some of the people that signed the petition for Jasmine, if you would study and look deep enough a large percentage of those may be the same ones that supported Trayvon Martin and I think because Trayvon Martin sparked an awareness,” said Barnette.

Supporters plan to continue to fight for answers and demanding justice for Jasmine.

“I’m confident that we’re going to get a resolution,” Gary said. “I think it’s too early to start guessing what’s going to happen because I think the evidence is going to have to support that one way or the other. We want justice.”

District attorney Jon David says there is no timetable for the investigation. He says there are ballistic and forensic tests being done. He wanted to reiterate that the investigation will be very thorough.

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