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Archive for January, 2013

Local man with rare condition released from the hospital

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

We have learned that Adam Zwan, who is one of only 18 people with a rare condition called Wolfram Syndrome, is out of the hospital.

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Building History: 5th Avenue Methodist Church

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a beautiful church with art and architecture reaching back to the 1800s. 5th Avenue Methodist Church welcomes you, and we welcome them in this week’s Building History.

5th Avenue Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington has served the faithful for years, and so has their pastor, Dr. Joe Peterson. He says he’s been a pastor for both Baptist and Presbyterian churches and knows his church inside and out with stories that start before you even walk in the door.

Peterson says, “Martin Luther, the reformist, when he would go to a new community he would paint the door red. And someone said why are you painting the door red? And he said, so somebody will notice it.”

Peterson says the church has a very colorful history. It was established in 1847 by the Grace United Methodist Church. That church burned down but the sanctuary was built back and is still there now. 5th Avenue Methodist Church moved into the reestablished building in 1889 and they have been worshiping there ever since.

Peterson says the inside of the church has a very sacred theme. Instead of the typical stained glass, the church has a very artsy feel.

Although everything in the church is up to date, the old stories are compelling, “The chandelier when it was originally installed was gas, and with this big crank and wheel in the attic someone would go up there every Sunday and they would crank the chandelier down so they could light the gas bulbs,” says Peterson.

The sanctuary is ornate with art and architecture, everything you want in a house of worship.

5th Avenue Methodist Church is always inviting new members to stop in and see if this church might become home for you too.

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NC gives Mecklenburg on mental health operation

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s health agency has given Mecklenburg County another chance to prove it can operate its own managed-care organization to treat the mentally ill, instead of being assumed by a regional entity.

The Department of Health and Human Services says Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos (vosh) told Mecklenburg County officials Wednesday they’re getting another month to show it’s prepared to run its Medicaid mental health services program.

Wos’ predecessor ruled last month Mecklenburg couldn’t meet a Feb. 1 deadline and that Cardinal Innovations – which oversees mental health services in more than a dozen counties – would supervise Mecklenburg. County officials balked at the ruling.

HHS spokeswoman Julie Henry says an outside consultant will evaluate MeckLINK Behavioral Healthcare this week and determine whether it can be ready to start March 1.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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FIRST ON 3: Mistrial, dismissal end case against mom in baby mauling death

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County family can start the healing process after a judge ruled the 2011 death of a nine-day-old girl was an accident.

In August 2011 Addyson Camerino was just nine days old when her mom, 18-year-old Chelsea Brigman, left her sleeping in her carrier while she took a shower. Investigators say that’s when the family’s five dogs mauled the infant to death. It led investigators to charge Brigman with involuntary manslaughter.

“Any time we have a case involving a child that is so vulnerable, we have pledged to our community that children should grow up in a safe and injury-free environment,” Assistant District Attorney Tripp Watson said.

After a week long trial at the Bladen County Courthouse, Judge Ronal Stephens granted a mistrial after jurors could not reach a verdict after six hours of deliberations. Judge Stephens then granted a motion to dismiss all charges in the case. He said that even if jurors had reached a guilty verdict, he would have set aside that verdict and sent the case directly to the appellate court.

“If the judge decides the evidence was just insufficient or perhaps the jury had made an incorrect decision, they can set the verdict aside, but I don’t remember the last time that’s happened for me in 29 years,” Brigman’s attorney Butch Pope said.

Prosecutors decided not to appeal the dismissal, which means this case is closed.

What’s not closed, though, is a mother’s grief.

“Her whole world changed forever,” Pope said. “I don’t know that any of us can imagine what they have been through, but I don’t know that chelsea will ever fully get over the loss of that baby.”

Prosecutors have also dropped involuntary manslaughter charges against Brigman’s father-in-law and co-defendant Nelson Camerino.

Brigman left court quickly after the judge’s ruling. Her family did not want to comment.

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Lift of combat ban has some people worried

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new decision out of Washington may mean more opportunities for women in the military. Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military’s ban on women serving in combat.

This decision overturns a rule established in 1994 that banned women from artillery, armor, infantry, and other combat roles. Some people say changing the role of women may cause some unforeseen problems.

“When women get on the front lines, if they get captured with the kind of enemies we face in this day and age, problems may come up. I think rape, sexual abuse, torture, things like that would be employed by these enemies,” says veteran Tom Atkins.

Others say it is not necessarily allowing women to fight on the front-line in combat situations that’s the problem. They say modern technology allows for war to be more far reaching than it has been in the past.

“Today, I think you have to ask yourself ‘what is the front-line?’,” says American Legion Post 10 Commander David Harley. “Does that mean a confrontation directly on the front-line with the enemy or are we talking about hundreds of miles back where rockets and missiles are capable of hitting?”

By lifting the ban, more positions become available to women in the military. Most people agree that women are more than capable of performing under pressure if trained properly.

Panetta’s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

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