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Archive for July, 2012

Police say NC man shot to death after sword attack

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — Winston-Salem police say a 67-year-old man has been shot to death after he attacked a man with a sword.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that 56-year-old James Samuels was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of a gun by a convicted felon and the sale and delivery of marijuana.

But police say Samuels will not be charged with killing Anthony Alphonzo McArthur because Samuels was acting in self-defense.

Winston-Salem police say McArthur had attacked Samuels with an 18-inch sword because he was unhappy with the amount of marijuana he purchased from Samuels.

It was not clear if Samuels has an attorney.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Baseball negotiations taking longer than expected

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

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Charles Warren leaves GOP for Democratic Party

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Charles Warren is no longer a Republican.

The embattled Brunswick County Commissioner says he switched his party affiliation last month to Democrat, but it was not recorded until yesterday after the completion of run-offs in North Carolina primary elections. Warren lost the Republican primary race to retain his seat in May.

“I did not receive any support from the Republican Party and Republican leaders at the time I was going through all of those issues with Pat Sykes, Ginny Quaglia and the county commission,” Warren said explaining his decision to the leave the GOP. “I’m the only commissioner in North Carolina where the commission put in policies to force me from the Social Services board.”

The Brunswick County Commission has censured Warren and voted late last year to remove him from the Social Services Board, where Warren was chair, after an incident in which he kicked fellow member Sykes and a newspaper reporter out of a meeting. Sykes was the top vote getter in the primary race for Warren’s seat.

The Brunswick County Republican Party does not agree with Warren’s criticism.

“He, in my tenure as chair, which is 3.5 years, he’s only been to two meetings,” county GOP chair George Bell said. “Support is a two-way street in my book.”

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Veterinarians perform experimental surgery on turtle rescued from Holden Beach

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Veterinarians from NC State University say they have successfully completed experimental skull surgery on an endangered sea turtle.

A 10-person team of doctors and assistants operated Thursday on Holden III, a green sea turtle found on Holden Beach a month ago and that was being treated at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital in Topsail Beach. The turtle had a three-inch head wound that exposed the brain’s protective membrane. Veterinarians believe a boat propeller caused the injury.

Dr. Greg Lewbart installed an external wire brace to hold the skull fragments in place while the turtle heals. It was the first time the procedure was used on a sea turtle.

“It went surprisingly well,” Dr. Lewbart told WWAY by phone Thursday afternoon.

He said given the extreme nature of Holden’s injuries, doctors were concerned about using anesthesia on her, so they used some sedation and a local anesthetic.

Lewbart says the surgery was a success, but Holden III will need about a year’s worth of rehabilitation before being released back into the wild. He said she is already on her way back to Topsail Beach to continue her rehab.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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Officials develop vision of what the new Hillcrest will be

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Committee members prefer an option that would re-establish structured grids similar to the current layout.

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