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Archive for July, 2012

Man hit and killed on N. Kerr identified

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have identified the man whose body was found early Sunday morning on N. Kerr Avenue.

Investigators say he was Silverio Garcia Merino, 34. They say he lived and worked part-time in Wilmington, and traveled to find additional work.

The autopsy revealed Merino died from injuries suffered when he was hit by a vehicle. WPD traffic investigators have not been able to identify either the vehicle or the driver. They hope someone will come forward with information so they can provide some sense of closure to the victim’s family.

Anyone with information, even some small detail, is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600. Information also may be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the information; send to 274637 (CRIMES).

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Police identify man hit by car on North Kerr

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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Workers at Wilmington restaurant donate time, tips to Colorado shooting victims

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Workers at a Wilmington restaurant are donating their time and money to support victims of the Colorado movie theater shooting, and you can help.

Red Robin lost one of its own in the shooting. The restaurant’s store here Wilmington is doing its part to help victims and their families.

Alex Sullivan was a Red Robin employee, who went to the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” with co-workers last week. It was the beginning of a celebratory weekend with friends and family that ended in lost lives.

Across the country, Sullivan’s death had an impact on his extended work family.

“Here at the Wilmington store, just like they were in Colorado, we were waiting for midnight, and we were all getting together figuring out who all was gonna go (to the movie),” Red Robin employee Jessica Norris said. “There was about 15 to 20 of us that all went, so when we heard, it just hit really close to home.”

Being able to relate to the victims so well, many at the Wilmington restaurant wanted to do something to give back to the devastated colorado community. Norris and other employees decided to come in even on their day off day and donate their time and tips to the victims of the shooting.

Many costumers made the trip to Red Robin to support the cause.

“We realize how important friends are, and we think it’s great that a company such as Red Robin sticks together and supports fellow workers and friends,” customer Ilse Englehard said.

Red Robin employees hope others will come out and support their effort to help victims and their families. The restaurant is open until 10 p.m.

The restaurant will also hold a lemonade stand in Mayfaire Friday. Profits will benefit the Colorado victims.

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Rep. McComas rents out warehouse to TV crew

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Third area legislator adds income from film industry

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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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