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Archive for June, 2013

Teen shot in leg while visiting friend in Hillcrest community

Monday, June 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A teen who was shot in the leg in Wilmington’s Hillcrest community early Monday morning says he was visiting a friend when someone shot him.

Police say the 19-year-old showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound, saying someone shot him near S. Lincoln Court and Meares Street.

Wilmington police say the shooting is not related to any recent shootings in the area.

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Man recovering from gunshot wound

Monday, June 24th, 2013

A 19-year-old is recovering after being shot in the leg late Sunday in the 1500 block of Meares Street, an official said.

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Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity celebrates completion of 40-home community

Monday, June 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear’s Habitat for Humanity celebrated the completion of their first neighborhood, The Cottages at Cornerstone. The 40-home subdivision on Prices Lane in Wilmington has become a tight-knit community for those who live there.

The newest and final family to join the neighborhood, Erika and Shannon, were beyond excited.

“We’ve been married for 17 years, and this is something we’ve been working on our whole life, to provide this for our family,” Shannon said.

They say the community involvement is what makes this place so special.

“It’s a great community, and a great neighborhood to raise a family,” Erika said.

But it didn’t always look this way. Barbara Birkenheuer, former Executive Director of The Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, remembers what this street looked like from the beginning.

“We did have a dream,” she said. “And I remember them just putting the road in, and there was nothing else here but trees, and walking down, and envisioning what it might look like. I had no idea it was going to be this wonderful.”

She says her dreams have been fulfilled.

“It is a dream come true,” she said. “And it shows you what hard work, dedication, and working together can produce in life.”

The couple worked a total of 400 hours building their home, and other homes in the neighborhood.

But now they say they are ready to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

“Ready to move in, ready to get in here and start our lives, and ready for the next part of our journey,” Erika said.

“Yeah,” Shannon said. “We’re ready to take a deep breath and relax for a little bit to be honest with you.”

They say this isn’t the end of road, though.

“We’re habitat for lifers,” Erika added. “I mean this has been such a life-changing experience, that we couldn’t ever stop.”

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UPDATE: Man dead after car, tractor-trailer crash on Carolina Beach Rd.

Monday, June 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police say a man is dead after a car and tractor-trailer crashed on Carolina Beach Road Monday morning.

Police say the driver who died ran a stop sign from Wellington Avenue onto Carolina Beach Road.

That’s when witnesses say the car went under the truck, and was dragged about a block down the road, until the tractor-trailer stopped near Hardee’s.

Investigators say the victim was involved in a hit and run in the area, and was trying to get away from the driver he hit, when he crashed into the tractor-trailer.

Investigators say the man who died was in his mid-30’s.

Both southbound lanes (toward Monkey Junction) were closed for a few hours as crews cleared the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed.

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Deputies conduct death investigation in Leland

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are investigating a death of a man, whose name has not yet been released.

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