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Archive for July, 2012

Jury gets fatal wreck case

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Defendant testifies he has no memory of wreck that killed two

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Lejeune Visitor Center will remain on normal operating schedule

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WWAY) — Hours after announcing that they were cutting back the hours of their Visitor Center to cut costs and increase efficiency, Camp Lejeune announced that they will continue to run their Visitor Center 24/7.

According to officials, the plan to reduce hours has been suspended indefinitely to allow for further refinement, socialization and trial to ensure Camp Lejeune is supported as efficiently as possible.

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Extraordinary People: ‘The Shot Doctor’ has the cure for players on the court

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — From NBA pros to young rookies, Ernie Hobbie has dedicated his life to helping players on the basketball court.

The Wilmingtonian’s perfect prescription for shooting has earned Hobbie the title of “The Shot Doctor” by sports writers.

Hobbie has helped hundreds of athletes over the years.

“I tell people if you can count to three, you can shoot,” Hobbie said.

There is a science to what Hobbie teaches players, but he tries to keep it simple.

“Two things: rhythm and stance,” Hobbie said. “If you can get the same routine, so you get muscle memory and repeat the same thing, you don’t even need a ball.

Hobbie has worked his hoops magic with some big names on the court such as Grant Hill, Al Herrington and Mark Price. Price is the all-time record holder for successful foul shots, shooting 90 percent from the line.

“I’ve seen some different shots. My philosophy is if they’re good shooters and they’re successful, I’m not gonna change it,” Hobbie said.

It’s Hobbie’s simple approach to sinking the perfect shot, which includes lessons on gaining fingertip control and backspin, that has the youngest of athletes calling on the 82-year-old Hobbie these days.

Spending 40 years working in Education has given him a special gift of connecting with the kids. But Hobbie says undergoing quadruple bypass heart surgery four years ago is what really pushed him into volunteering his time with the youngsters.

“I said if I recover, I’m going to spend every ounce of my energy working with kids. And that’s what I’ve been doing,” Hobbie said.

If you know an extraordinary person in our community, please email Cacky at ccatlett@wwaytv3.com.

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Authorities find 2 bodies in Lincolnton home

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in Lincolnton are investigating the deaths of a married couple whose bodies were found inside their home.

The Lincoln Times-News reports that sheriff’s department received a call at 11:16 a.m. Thursday that someone had found the bodies of Mike and Bonnie Vincent.

No further details were immediately available.

Lincolnton Police Chief Rodney Jordan said the State Bureau of Investigation and Lincolnton Fire Department are assisting with the investigation. Jordan said the deaths are being treated as a homicide.

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

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As habitual drunk driver goes to prison, DWI court goes away

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County man may spend more than a decade behind bars for driving drunk again and again. District Attorney Jon David says the county’s DWI court is to thank for Wilbur Brown’s sentence, but the program faces the chopping block.

Most drivers fear getting even one DWI. Brown has eight. He has already served two years behind bars for his drunk driving, but now he will spend between nine and 11.5 years in prison.

“We were able to focus on his status and the case that was put in front of us because of his habitual status to make sure he never drives again and hopefully save some lives,” Assistant DA Cathi Radford said.

David says he understands that DWIs can happen and everyone makes mistakes, but he says Brown’s habitual crimes were inexcusable.

“In Brunswick County, a lot of our ‘murder’ cases are not guns and knives. It’s people driving cars while they’re impaired,” David said. “So when you have a person that’s done eight DWIs and haven’t learned their lesson? We’re going to aggressively prosecute them and take that case and give it something special.”

David is proud of his team for their efforts in Brown’s case, but he is worried about the future of the program. He says the state had to cut funding that allowed Brunswick County to have a separate DWI court. Those cases will no longer get the same attention they do now.

“The criminal justice system will be fine at the end of the day,” David said. “My people have learned to do more with less. We’re just going to have to work smarter, not necessarily harder, to identify the right defendants towards the courtrooms we already have.”

David says come October, DWI court will no longer exist in Brunswick County. He says that not only inconveniences the court system. It also means some rearranging of jobs so people stay employed.

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