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Columbus County law enforcement addresses Green Acres crime

Friday, October 25th, 2013

TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County community of Green Acres used to be the place to be. After two men killed each other Thursday morning local law enforcement spoke out about crime in Green Acres, and how it quickly became one of the most dangerous areas in the county.

“Back in 1973 when I first came to Columbus County, Green Acres was being formed at that time and there was some good Christian people living at Green Acres,” said Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless.

But according to Chief Dowless and Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten over the years things have gone downhill for the once quiet community.

“You know there are a lot of good people in there,” said Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten. “There’s probably 25 households throughout the whole community right there off of 904 and you’ve just got three or four households there that make the whole community appear bad.”

Sheriff Batten says 163 Pine Circle Drive was supposed to be one of the good homes, but that changed in an instant when James Soles and his 16-year-old stepson Gregory McKinnies shot one another.

“We hadn’t ever had any complaints on that particular location,” said Batten. “It was just a blow up between a stepfather and a stepson.”

To minimize the “blow ups” that investigators generally start over drugs it takes multiple agencies working in tandem due to the community’s unusual location.

“The Green Acres property butts right up with the South Carolina border, and it makes it a challenge because everybody can just shoot right out the backside and go into Loris,” said Batten.

But the secluded area that surrounds Green Acres also has its advantages in the fight against crime.

“We did a round-up with some federal charges,” said Batten. “Being so isolated we were able to focus on those communities and get some of the bad people out of them.”

“We’ve been able to calm it down by sending several to prison,” said Dowless. “I will say in the last two years we’ve had very little interaction with Green Acres.”

Unlike the problems in Wilmington both Sheriff Batten and Chief Dowless say that they don’t believe there is a gang problem in Columbus County.


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WakeMed names retired Navy admiral as interim CEO

Friday, October 25th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – WakeMed has chosen a retired Navy rear admiral and career health care executive to be its interim CEO while the search continues for a permanent leader.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/1aeYbCZ) the health system’s board voted Wednesday night to appoint Donald Gintzig as interim president and CEO effective Friday.

Gintzig retired from the Navy less than four weeks ago, where he served as acting deputy surgeon general. He had served as CEO of a half-dozen hospital and health care systems.

Former WakeMed CEO Bill Atkinson was fired last month after a 10-year tenure, citing differences on the future direction of the organization.

WakeMed said it plans to find a permanent CEO in the next 12 months.


Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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

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Masked men storm house, police on the hunt

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Police and K-9 units are on the hunt for three men suspected of forcing their way into a home and stealing property.

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Friday, October 25th, 2013

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Law enforcement searching for home invasion suspects

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The men, who the residents said were black, demanded money.

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