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Archive for May, 2012

Wilmington man accused of punching police officer in the face

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 24-year-old Wilmington man faces multiple charges after he was arrested for punching a police officer in the face. It happened just before 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Scotchman at 4415 Market Street.

Wilmington Police say Carl Wilkinson was at the store to purchase beer when the clerk refused to sell it to him. He then started damaging shelves and other items in the store. Wilkinson left the store, and upon returning, tried to steal a beer but the clerk stopped him, resulting in a physical altercation.

Authorities arrived and located Wilkinson behind 4401 Market St. when one of the Patrol Officers confronted Mr. Wilkinson and ordered him several times to show his hands, which were bloody.

The officer then grabbed Wilkinson’s left wrist to detain him when he punched the officer in the left eye. Several officers then tried to take Wilkinson into custody but he continued to fight. The injured officer deployed his taser and Wilkinson was taken into custody.

Both Wilkinson and the officer he punched were treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. Police say Wilkinson is being charged with assaulting the clerk, assaulting an officer, damaging property, and resisting arrest.

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Local pediatrician writes funny, informative book

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — David L. Hill, MD, FAAP, is a local pediatrician, but he’s also a man with a sense of humor.

He combined his expertise of children with his wit to create his new book, Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro. The book will be available on Amazon.com beginning June 1, 2012.

Dr. Hill works at Cape Fear Pediatrics, but the real inspiration comes from his personal interactions with fathers. In an interview with GMC Anchor Ashley Jacobs, Dr. Hill said the book is a product of his cul-de-sac. The neighborhood is full of dads just trying to get through the journey of parenthood.


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Electric car stations to get first test in downtown Wilmington

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Going downtown? Parking won’t be free, but the fuel will be for a couple of electric car owners.

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NC lawmakers mull how much schools should pay back

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Some House Republicans would like to slash by more than half the amount North Carolina public school districts will have to return to the state next year. But GOP lawmakers aren’t sure there’s enough money elsewhere in state government to do that.

The House education budget subcommittee met Tuesday to discuss potential adjustments to the second year of the two-year budget to begin July 1. Republican lawmakers rolled out ideas the subcommittee will consider. One would reduce the amount districts are required to return from $503 million to about $170 million.

Subcommittee co-chairman Rep. Hugh Blackwell of Burke County said there are other pots of money that could be tapped to restore the cuts. Democratic Rep. Mickey Michaux says Republicans are setting up unrealistic expectations without raising taxes.

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

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Single deer causes two accidents, one death on NC 53

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Pender County, NC (WWAY) — One person is dead and two others injured after a deer ran into traffic on NC 53 last night.

All it took was one deer, to hit two cars and kill 43-year old Charles Foelsch while driving with his wife Sunday night.

According to Highway Patrol, a couple was driving toward Jacksonville on NC 53, when a deer ran into the road and hit them. The deer then catapulted off the couple’s car, and into Foelsch’s windshield, while driving the opposite way. After running off the road into a tree, Foelsch died at the scene.

Pender and Burgaw emergency crews received the call just after 9 p.m.

Foelsch’s boss, Bill Tarplee, who owns Tideline Marine in Jacksonville, says he saw Foelsch just hours before.

“I was pretty shocked. Out of the clear blue, this is just a terrible thing,” Tarplee said. “He apparently left, went home, got his wife and went to look at a car they were thinking about buying.”

Car accidents caused by deer are common in Pender County, most happening in the peak season, which runs from September to January. However, this was out of the ordinary.

“We do have a lot of deer wrecks in Pender County, but to this extreme-this doesn’t happen a lot,” says Highway Patrol Sgt. M.L. Collier.

Foelsch’s wife and the passenger of the other car were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Tarplee says Foelsch will be sorely missed.

“He was a family guy,” Tarplee said. “He was very proud of his children and his wife and just one of the nicest people that you would ever meet.”

Tarplee is now collecting money to help the Foelsch family. You can donate at the Tideline Marine in Jacksonville, or you call the store for more information at (910) 455-2979.

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