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Archive for July, 2013

Doctor joins WPD SWAT team

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local physician recently graduated from CFCC’s basic law enforcement training program.

Dr. Jim Joachim has been sworn in as an auxiliary police officer with the Wilmington Police Department. He has been assigned as the tactical physician with the SWAT team.

Joachim says he hopes to combine his 26 years of experience practicing medicine with his new work in law enforcement.

“I hope to bring a higher element of safety and security to the citizens of Wilmington,” he said. “I also hope to enhance to Wilmington Police Department’s service to this community.”

Joachim attended evening classes four days a week for the past eight months.

He says as part of the SWAT team he will be in charge of tactical medicine decisions with paramedics on scene and immediate medical care to officers.

(Photo courtesy: CFCC)

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Robbery target calls 911 to report fatal shooting

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

A man who was the intended target of a robbery in Felix Smith Park in Whiteville early Monday morning called 911 to report a fatal shooting.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Accident near 10th and Wooster causing delays

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Expect traffic delays if you're near 10th and Wooster Streets this afternoon. Emergency crews are on the scene working to clear an accident that shut down the road at the intersection.

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Shuttered Galleria shopping center sold to developer

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The price was $3.76 million, according to the deed filed July 19

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Eugenics victim says payoff can’t fix what happened

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The General Assembly is poised to vote on the proposed $21 billion state budget. This time around, the plan offers $10 million to compensate victims of the state’s forced sterilization program.

For victims of eugenics, the money has been a long time coming.

Elnora Mills grew up as an only child. She dreamed of one day having kids of her own, but her hopes were shattered.

At age 16, Mills went into surgery for appendicitis when doctors decided to sterilize her.

“It was a hurting feeling,” Mills said. “They just didn’t care at all.”

Robbed of her chance to have children, 46 years later that changing moment in her life still haunts her.

“It was not right,” Mills said. “They used me for a target. They shouldn’t have done that.”

Efforts to compensate victims of the eugenics program have bounced around in the state legislature. Last year, lawmakers decided to not include a payment to victims in the budget. But now, the victims have new hope, as the negotiated budget allocates a $10 million fund to be split among surviving victims. It’s expected to pass in the next day.

Although she’d be happy to finally get some compensation, for Mills, the money isn’t enough to repair the damage.

“They still took my life away from me where I wouldn’t have no children,” she said.

A group set up to help the victims estimated last year that up to 1,800 victims are still alive, though the identities of only 168 have been verified so far with available records.

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