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Archive for July, 2012

LaRoque asked to consider resigning

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – House Speaker Thom Tillis said he’s advised a fellow Republican member who was indicted on federal charges to resign from the chamber.

Tillis said Wednesday he’s told Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Kinston it would be a wise decision if he stepped down from his legislative seat. A grand jury indicted LaRoque this week on charges he took hundreds of thousands of dollars loaned to his company through a federal program and gave it to another company he owned for transactions that helped family members.

Tillis told The Associated Press his advice isn’t based on whether he believes LaRoque is guilty or innocent but in protecting the institution of the House.

LaRoque declined to comment on Tillis’ statement. LaRoque lost in the May primary and won’t return in January.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Domestic disturbance leads to knife injuries

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A domestic disturbance led police to a home in Elizabethtown Wednesday evening. James Hunt and Erika Pearson both had minor knife injuries.

When officers arrived, Hunt had been cut with a knife on his back and chest area. The wounds were not deep and EMS personnel treated him at the scene. He refused transport to the hospital.

Pearson had a cut on her hand, which was also treated at the scene, and she also refused further medical treatment.

Pearson stated that when she attempted to leave after an argument, Hunt grabbed a bag from her shoulder, and she cut him with the knife.

Once Hunt was placed into the patrol vehicle for transport to the magistrate’s office, he began beating his head against the rear window, causing minor damage.

Pearson was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury and she is currently in the Bladen County Jail under a $250,000 secured bond.

Hunt was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury and injury to personal property and he is currently in the Bladen County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond.

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Viral shark video has people wondering if it’s safe to go into the water

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s the video gone viral that’s amazing to some but scary for others.

The fishing video taken just across the border in South Carolina shows a large bull shark suprisingly grabbing a fish off a line in the Intracoastal Waterway in Cherry Grove. That has many asking if sharks that big are in the Intracoastal Waterway here as well.

“It’s the first thing I thought about,” Richard Anderson said as he visited Kure Beach today. “Like I said, going over the dune and looking at that water and thinking about that situation with the shark.”

Although many beach visitors might be thinking that way, shark experts at the Fort Fisher Aquarium say it’s unnecessary. Hap Fatzinger says there were fewer than 30 shark attacks in the US last year. He says the shark in the video was simply reacting to the fish and would most likely not react to a human that way.

“The animals are there. It’s their natural habitat,” Fatzinger said. “That shark was eating its natural prey, being a red drum. The likelihood that the animal is going to come up and interact with a human is very unlikely.”

Fatzinger admits, though, the video is incredible, and that he will probably think about it when he enters the ICW Thursday on an aquarium assignment.

One beach visitor says he’s been thinking about it, and was very careful in the water wednesday.

“I didn’t go more than 10 yards in,” Anderson said. “I saw people 30 yards out and wondering… I thought they were crazy.”

Yes, there are sharks in the Intracoastal Waterway in our area. Fatzinger says although an attack is highly unlikely, swimmers should avoid swimming at dawn and dusk and wearing jewelry.

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Former assisted living CFO in NC pleads guilty

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The former chief financial officer of a chain of assisted living facilities in North Carolina has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

The U.S. Justice Department says in a news release that Michael R. Elliott pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wilmington after being indicted in November by a grand jury sitting in Raleigh. He was the CFO for Caremerica Inc., based in Leland.

The Justice Department says Caremerica companies accrued more than $4.5 million in employment tax liabilities between 2003 and 2006.

Sentencing is set for the court term beginning Nov. 5.

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

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center ranked among “Best Hospitals”

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — US News & World Report’s annual rankings of Best Hospitals recognizes New Hanover Regional Medical Center among the Best Hospitals in North Carolina and the Coastal Plain area. NHRMC was also recognized as high-performing in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics and Pulmonology.

“Providing quality care to our patients is our first priority and we are honored to be recognized for that care,” NHRMC president and CEO Jack Barto said in a statement. “I am proud to work with such a dedicated team of physicians, nurses and staff who have worked hard to earn this achievement.”

This year’s Best Hospitals were ranked based on four elements: reputation, patient survival, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. The rankings showcase approximately 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. The Best Hospitals rankings judge medical centers on their competence in situations in which patients are especially at risk because of age, physical condition, infirmities, or the challenging nature of the surgery or other care they need.

“All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” US News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow said. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”

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