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Archive for July, 2012

More children living in poverty

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Job losses driving more families into trouble

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ONLY ON 3: Neighbors say video caught on tape example of problems

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Caught on tape, two teenagers go at it in a Wilmington apartment complex as adults stand by. But there may be more to the neighborhood problem than just this fight.

The fight at Greentree Apartments off North Kerr Avenue did not escalate too much, but the footage did cause some concern.

In the video, two boys end up fighting, but this is not where the controversy in the neighborhood ends.

“They just start fights everywhere they go,” neighbor Dee Thompson said. “I’m surprised they’re not yelling right now.”

Thompson says since her neighbors moved in, the drama in the neighborhood has been unreal.

“This is the way they handle stuff: by communicating threats like they’re going to kill people. ‘Oh, when the police leave, I’m going to kill you.’ When the police are here you’re trying to kill me. It’s crazy,” Thompson said.

Thompson says there have been many altercations between her and the two women in the video, including a fight with a baseball bat.

We tried to talk to the women to get their side of the story.

Velma Smalls says Thompson is the troublemaker, and they were sticking up for their family.

While we were talking to Smalls, Thompson shot video of a woman on the other side of the building hitting a metal baseball bat on the concrete and yelling at her across the parking lot.

Both women say nothing happened after we left, but both Thompson and Smalls have taken out charges on each other. They are due in court August 6.

Smalls says the fight caught on video was of members of a gang trying to attack her son, and she’s worried about his safety.

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ONLY ON 3: Ivey Hayes says miracle moved gift of art to left hand

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Local artist Ivey Hayes is famous for his unique, colorful paintings. Sadly, Hayes was temporarily left crippled and unable to paint. But now he says a miracle has given him a way to continue his passion.

Today Hayes presented the first painting he’s ever done with his left hand to the doctor he says gave him the ability to pick up a paint brush again.

Hayes began painting in elementary school. He truly became passionate about his art when he was crippled by rheumatoid arthritis and used painting as a method of therapy. But Hayes recently suffered a blood clot in his dominate, right hand. The clot caused nerve damage and made painting impossible.

“I really thought really as an artist my career or something I really love to do was over, because of this tremendous blood clot I had in my arm,” Hayes said.

Hayes began seeing chiropractor Donald Reese to relieve some of his pain. Reese says the adjustments helped to lift Hayes’s energy. With the pain under control, Hayes was encouraged by his brother to try brush strokes in his left hand. The new method of painting was successful.

“I realized very shortly, within maybe less than an hour, that, man, this is really great, because, hey I’m still an artist but left-handed now,” Hayes said.

As a special gift of thanks, Hayes presented his first left-handed painting to Reese today in a small ceremony.

“I’m amazed and honored that he would actually do this, because he had such great results with chiropractic,” Dr. Reese said. “You know, he’s obviously not gonna be running down the street, but he functions very well, and he’s back painting.”

Hayes says the artistic gift in his left hand is a miracle. He plans to continue painting for as long as he can.

Hayes says he is in the process of working on a group of 15 to 18 paintings using his left hand.

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FIRST ON 3: SBI investigates rape allegation against trooper

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A state trooper is under investigation after a woman says he raped her earlier this week.

A spokeswoman for the State Bureau of Investigation confirms the agency received a request from the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office today to investigate Tpr. Bryan Phillips for an allegation of sexual assault.

The alleged victim says she met Phillips online a couple of weeks ago. She tells WWAY they’d been talking since. The woman says she met Phillips two nights ago in Wilmington. She says she felt very safe going to his house and just planned to hang out there for a few hours.

The woman says Phillips tried to make her go into his bedroom. When she refused she tried to hide in a bathroom and call 911, but she says Phillips got her out of the bathroom before she could make the call and forced her into the bedroom, where the attack happened.

The woman says she went to Brunswick Novant Medical Center for a rape kit last night. Wilmington Police Department investigators interviewed her at the hospital before the case was transferred to the SBI.

A Highway Patrol spokesman says Phillips is on administrative leave as the SBI investigates.

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Trial continues in fatal wreck case

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Jurors hear from state troopers

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