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Archive for October, 2012

Jury selection underway in trial for 2009 murder

Monday, October 29th, 2012

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville family will have to wait one more day for answers in the trial of a man accused of killing their loved one.

There was no testimony was today as jury selection began in the murder trial of Danny Ray Nobles, though the defense provided some insight into its strategy.

Through the questioning today it appears the defense will try and prove that Nobles was mentally unstable when investigators say he killed Thomas Lee Melvin in 2009.

Since turning himself in after the crime Nobles has been institutionalized with mental health problems.

"We had called the cops several times to come out here and try to put a stop to it," neighbor Estelle Sellers told WWAY after the shooting.

Investigators believe Nobles shot and killed Melvin after the 53-year-old accused Nobles of spitting on him from his upstairs apartment.

In a 2009 interview with WWAY, Whiteville Police Det. Todd Dixon described the scene.

"Mr. Nobles went to his vehicle, pulled a rifle and began shooting the victim. The victim ran and was literally running for his life," Nobles said. "I’m just wishing that people in the city could disagree without being violently disagreeable."

Jury selection will continue Tuesday as both the prosecution and the defense comb through potential jurors to ensure that they are able to cope with the stress of such a high-profile and controversial murder trial.

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ONLY ON 3: CFCC students weather Sandy during trip home

Monday, October 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As Hurricane Sandy rages toward our neighbors to the north, some students from Wilmington are happy to be home.

Cape Fear Community College Marine Technology students faced some rough seas on their research trip, but thanks to some careful planning, the Research Vessel Dan Moore made it home safe and sound through Hurricane Sandy.

It was smooth sailing on the Marine Technology Program’s eight-day trip north to Baltimore last week. The trip home was a different story.

“We knew absolutely that we were not going to be venturing back out into the ocean and try to get around Cape Hatteras on the way south where Sandy was on her way for a direct collision course with us,” Capt. Steve Beuth said.

The 14 students and crew took the Intracoastal Waterway back to Wilmington to avoid raging seas and roaring winds. Capt. Beuth says after all his years on the water, he has never made the trip down the ICW, especially during such a strong storm.

“There was a lot of drama on this voyage, but it was a great learning experience for not only the students but for every one of us,” Beuth said.

Student Dave Supa says he was excited to have traveled through the storm.

“Of course it was a little windy and it was also raining, but overall it was a great experience; something that I’m going to take with me, put in my back pocket as a good resumé builder and say I’ve been through a couple different things,” Supa said.

Supa says he never felt unsafe on the trip thanks to the experience and steady compass of the CFCC crew.

“With the R/V Dan Moore’s crew and Capt. Beuth, I’m in the best hands,” Supa said. “I felt safer on the Dan Moore in the middle of a tropical storm than I do driving down College Road.”

The Marine Technology program takes trips like this every semester to give students real life experiences. Although students could not do all the activities planned, most say the hurricane made up for it.

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Man pulled over for not having insurance, cited for drugs

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Authorities cited a man from Whiteville with drug-related charges after being stopped near Booker T Washington School Road.

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A new company will soon take over Waterbrooke Assisted Living

Monday, October 29th, 2012

A new company is slated to take over the Waterbrooke Assisted Living Center this week.

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Driver charged with DWI after car hits house, sparks fire

Monday, October 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A strange scene on Kenwood Avenue near Market Street in Wilmington after a car ran into a house and started a fire.

The house went up in smoke just after noon after a Jeep lost control and ran into the side of it.

One witness was enjoying a day off on her porch and saw the whole thing.

“I guess he just went right in between the houses right into the kitchen of the lady’s house,” Kelly Larue said.

She said what she heard after the crash was even more frightening than what she saw.

“All you could hear was the gas line going off. Then the house just exploded,” Larue said.

The leaking gas forced neighbors to evacuate their homes until crews arrived.

“We do have the gas company on scene to secure the gas,” Assistant Fire Chief Jon Mason said. “At this point we are keeping the fire fed by the gas under control and have controlled the fire in the structure.”

Smoke from fire could be seen for miles and caught the attention of many people.

“We came driving around, and we saw smoke going across market street, turned in and saw all these fire trucks,” a woman from Forest Hills said.

Police say the driver of the Jeep is Robert Castorena, 52, of Wilmington. He was not seriously hurt, but is charged with DWI. He’s due in court tomorrow.

Witnesses say the homeowner’s children were at school during the accident. Police say no one in the house was hurt.

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