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Archive for April, 2012

New Hanover News & Notes – Cruisin for Kids; benefit auction and show; Wine, Women, Shoes

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Wilmington’s Residential Adolescent Achievement Place is hosting a Cruisin for Kids fundraiser.

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Pedestrian killed near Isabel Holmes Bridge

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New details this morning on a fatal accident near the Isabel Holmes Bridge Wednesday night. State troopers tell WWAY that the victim is 31 year old Pender County resident Alisha Lee Sellers.

The accident happened on Highway 421 near the Isabel Holmes Bridge, and was called in to New Hanover County Dispatch at 8:59 Wednesday night.

Sellers had pulled over her car, and turned on her emergency flashers before getting out and walking southbound. That’s when James Lewis Jr. hit her while driving his truck.

Troopers are not citing Lewis for the accident and say they don’t know why Sellers had gotten out of her vehicle since it had not broken down.

The investigation is ongoing, and troopers have requested a toxicology report – even though they do not think drugs or alcohol were involved.

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FBI steps in to investigate Chadbourn shooting death, neighbor relives tragic day

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — Jasmine Thar was shot and killed outside of a Chadbourn home last December and nearly four months later no one has been arrested. The shooter claims it was an accident, but now state and federal investigators are involved.

Billie Bright is still reliving what happened on December 23rd.

“I see Jasmine’s face a lot,” Bright says. “I can’t imagine losing a child. I can’t imagine what they’re going through.”

She lives next door to the home where 16 year-old Thar died in the front yard. A single bullet fired from inside a home across the street killing Thar and wounding two other relatives.

“I got down on my knees beside Jasmine and I held her hand,” Bright recalls. “I felt so useless because there was really nothing I could do.”

23-year-old James Blackwell, who lived across the street, told Chadbourn Police his Remington Model 700 rifle fired without pulling the trigger.

“The guy across the street fell to his knees screaming ‘no, no!’ because he could not believe he did it,” Bright says.

Blackwell was taken to the police station in handcuffs that day, but was later released. The case however, is far from over. District Attorney Jon David says after the shooting, he requested both the SBI and FBI to help investigate alongside Chadbourn Police.

The Civil Rights unit within the FBI is reportedly looking into whether the incident was a tragic accident or a crime.

“I think about her all the time,” Bright says. “I will never forget her name. I will never forget that scene. But, I do believe that it was a tragic accident. I don’t think it was on purpose.”

Jasmine’s family has launched an online petition at signon.org, which has already generated about 9,000 signatures.

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Fatal accident near Isabel Holmes Bridge

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — At least one person is dead after an accident on Highway 421 near the Isabel Holmes Bridge.

The accident was called into New Hanover County Dispatch at 8:59 Wednesday night.

Highway Patrol is on the scene. There is no word yet on any other fatalities or injuries.

Stay with WWAY for all the updates on this developing story.

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Gubernatorial candidates debate ahead of Thursday’s early voting

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The three leading Democratic candidates for North Carolina governor spent less time criticizing each other in their third and final live televised debate and more trying to reach out to voters as the early-voting period for the May 8 primary begins Thursday.

Verbal jousting between former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison was limited Wednesday night at the WNCN-TV studios in Raleigh.

Etheridge said the primary election was about leadership and said he had been able to work across party lines during a long political career to get things done. Dalton discussed his vision of retooling the state’s economy for high-tech jobs and said he was committed to innovation.

Faison said he would be a champion to keep North Carolina a progressive state.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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