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Archive for April, 2012

Military investigates death of NC-based Marine

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) – The Department of Defense says it is investigating the death of a Camp Lejeune Marine who died in Afghanistan.

Officials said 22-year-old Cpl. Aaron M. Faust of Louisville, Ky., died April 15 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province.

Faust was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Report: Improvements key for wounded soldiers unit

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – The 18th Airborne chief of staff says an
inspection of Fort Bragg’s battalion for wounded soldiers shows the
post needs to do better in selecting and training the unit’s staff
leaders.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that
Brig. Gen. Michael X. Garrett made his comments Tuesday while
releasing findings of an inspector general’s report.

Garrett says while the inspection confirms that the Warrior
Transition Battalion is doing many things right, Fort Bragg
recommends improvements to better serve its nearly 500 physically
and mentally wounded soldiers.

The commander of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg ordered
the inspection following complaints from spouses of soldiers in the
battalion. Advocates told Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick that some
soldiers in the battalion believed they are being overmedicated,
poorly treated and unfairly discharged.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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FIRST ON 3: Police look for driver who ran over camper at Carolina Beach

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Police in Carolina Beach are looking for a driver who ran over a camper early Sunday morning at Freeman Park.

“He was asleep in his tent about 2:30 in the morning and awakened by someone driving over him in his tent,” Carolina Beach Police Det. Harry Humphries said.

Carolina Beach Police say Dale Joseph Sheeler is in the hospital after the accident at Freeman Park. Det. Humphries says Sheeler was sleeping near Zone 6 close to where cars drive on the beach .

“We don’t know whether they were drinking,” Humphries said. “We know nothing about the driver or the vehicle.”

Because so many vehicles drive on the beach, police say they couldn’t distinguish which tracks ran over Sheeler and have no idea what type of car it was.

“I mean, it’s like New York City out there,” Det. Humphries said. “There’s people up all night long, and there’s traffic in and out all the time, so I’m hoping that somebody was awake and did see something.”

Humphries says Sheeler has broken ribs, but no internal injuries. Humphries says it could have turned out much worse.

“I’d say he’s very lucky, extremely lucky,” Humphries said. “Six inches one way or the other could have made a difference.”

A spokeswoman for New Hanover Regional Medical Center says Sheeler is listed in fair condition.

If you have any information on what happened Sunday morning, call Carolina Beach Police.

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Man rowing up East Coast for good cause

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One man says it’s his mission to row from Miami to New York City all in the name of a good cause.

Lewis Colam is rowing more than 1,400 miles to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research. The catch? Colam had never rowed more than two miles before his trip.

“I guess I chose rowing because it’s the one thing I’ve never done before,” said Colam. “I’m pretty sure I could walk, and I knew I could run and cycle, but I never tried rowing, so I thought if I was going to do a fundraiser I should rechallenge myself by doing something I’ve never done before.”

Colam started his trip 45 days ago from Florida. He says making it to Wilmington is a big deal because that means he’s more than halfway there.

“It’s a bit of a celebration arriving in Wilmington because it’s 800 miles into the journey so a bit of a milestone for me,” said Colam.

Aside from raising awareness, Colam has been able to experience a new culture at every stop. The Englishman says it’s a trip of a lifetime.

“I’m getting the chance to see a beautiful country,” said Colam. “America is very exciting. The Southern states in particular have a nice, distinct cultural feel. They’re very hospitable here to the idea of adventure and challenge.”

To learn more about the trip, track Colam’s progress in real time or make a donation to the cause, visit his website at www.iamfinechallenge.org.

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UNCW recognizes efforts to improve children’s lives

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The University of North Carolina Wilmington honored one organization and three people who have served young people in North Carolina.

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