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Archive for September, 2013

MyReporter – Why are trees being cleared neared George Anderson Drive?

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Q: Why are crews stripping away trees off George Anderson Drive near Robert Hoke Road?

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Family wants to look into changing the law after fatal wreck

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sheila Sorrentino of Southport was killed in a head-on collision last June.

The driver who hit and killed her was charged with a misdemeanor, but Sheila’s family thought the punishment should be harsher.

Although it has been over a year since the fatal crash, Sheila’s daughters said they can still remember the shock they felt when they heard their mother was dead.

“When she (her sister) picked me up and told me she was dead I told her she was lying. I said ‘you’re lying,’ “said Sheila’s daughter Serena Johnson.

Sheila was just 55-years-old when she was killed.

Her family said she was always laughing, spoiled her grandchildren, and loved lunch dates with her daughters.

“She was just there. She was our mom doing what moms do,” said Johnson.

Investigators said 28-year-old Anna Kathleen Pierce hit Sheila’s vehicle when she crossed over the centerline on NC-133.

Sheila’s family said they later found out a hospital drug test showed Pierce tested positive for marijuana, cocaine, and meth.

“We were expecting the charges to be changed,” said Sheila’s daughter Theresa Smith.

Smith said investigators were not able to prove Pierce was impaired at the time of the wreck, which is why she was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and not a felony.

“When you party all weekend and get up Monday morning, after you used drugs, you are going to make bad judgments. Whether you are totally impaired or not, there is going to be a lingering affect,” said Smith.

Earlier this month Pierce pled guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 18 days in jail and three years’ probation.

Sheila’s family feels that was only a slap on the wrist for her which has prompted their fight for a change in the wording of the law.

“If you have a positive drug test, it should be a felony,” said Smith.

Smith said she reached out to Senator Thom Goolsby for guidance. She said she has not heard back.

WWAY also contacted Goolsby to no avail.

Smith also said she plans on contacting MADD and eventually Governor Pat McCrory.

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State remains cautious before opening fishery to gillnets

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Once an area reaches its limit of interactions, the fishery is shut down for the remainder of the season.

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Newton, defense lead Panthers past Giants 38-0

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, and Carolina's defense sacked Eli Manning seven times as the Panthers handed Tom Coughlin his worst defeat as coach of the New York Giants, 38-0 Sunday.

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Hampstead residents question proposed bypass plan

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The N.C. Dept. of Transportation’s plan for the proposed Hampstead bypass has some residents concerned.

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