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Monday, April 16, 2012

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On April 16, 2011, an EF3 tornado cut a swath through an area of Onslow County. The Daily News takes a look at progress

Two killed in burglary attempt


Intruders in Jacksonville home shot by resident
By LINDELL KAY
Daily News Staff

LEFT: Beverly Wilkinson, 74, stands outside her home on Oxford Drive, located off Piney Green Road, the morning after an EF3 tornado touched down and destroyed her home. Beverly and James Wilkinson had lived there for more than 40 years. BELOW: The home of Beverly and James Wilkinson, now rebuilt on Oxford Drive.

Businesses impacted Damage, recovery by the numbers What weve learned Pictures of the damaged areas then and now

Police say two intruders were killed while trying to burglarize a Jacksonville home early Sunday morning. Residents returned to their home at 107 Country Club Drive at around 2 a.m. to find two people in their home, said Beth Purcell, spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Police Department. Police said the residents who have not been identified by police and declined to speak to The Daily News later in the day said they were attacked by the two intruders. Three residents were transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital, treated and released. One resident, a male, had visible injures to one of his arms, which were from a shotgun blast, according to neighbors who also said one of the residents was hit in the head. Both intruders were pronounced dead at the scene. Telecommunications traffic during police response to the incident indicated that there four to five assailants in the house. JPD Chief Mike Yaniero has announced a press conference set for 10 a.m. today to provide further information about the shootings. A neighbor at 105 Country Club Drive, Marc Brownlee, told The Daily News that everything was quiet at 12:30 a.m. when he took his dogs for a walk. Then at 2 a.m. all hell broke loose as around a dozen police vehicles converged on the scene. He said police spent time in his yard using flashlights to look for evidence on the ground. He said detectives were at the scene in the early morning daylight hours and ambulances transported the decedents at around 8 a.m. The only indication an incident had occurred by mid-morning on Sunday was a pile of police barricades that were stacked in the yard of 107 Country Club.

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Im glad my neighbors are OK, Brownlee said, adding that he has only lived on Country Club Drive since February and while he didnt know his neighbors very well, they seemed like good people. He said he was thankful for his alarm system. Several yards in the neighborhood had alarm system signs posted; there was no visible sign of an alarm at 107 Country Club. Brownlee, a former Marine, and other neighbors said almost everyone who lived in the quiet neighborhood off Piney Green Road were former, retired or active duty Marines, including one of the residents where the shootings occurred. Naval Criminal Investigative Services is assisting Jacksonville police in the case. The shooting marks the second time in a week an occupant has killed an alleged intruder in Onslow County. David Darling, 22, was killed April 8. Detectives said Darling was shot by an occupant at 111 Fieldcrest Drive while supposedly climbing through a broken bedroom window while nude. Darling lived at 113 Fieldcrest. The shooter in that case has not been identified by authorities. The District Attorneys Ofard Kellum. They can be reached at 910-938-6405. Crime Stoppers of Onslow County is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for additional information in the case. Anyone with information concerning this incident can contact the Jacksonville/ Onslow Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Callers to Crime Stoppers do not have to reveal their identities.
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Officers with the Jacksonville Police Department responded to a residence on Country Club Drive where they say two intruders were shot during a burglary attempt.

fice is reviewing how the shooting fits into the states new Castle Doctrine, which basically says a person

can use deadly force to protect their home, vehicle or workplace. The new law took effect Dec. 1.

Sundays shooting in Jacksonville is being investigated by JPD detectives David Brown and Rich-

Contact Daily News Senior Reporter Lindell Kay at 910-219-8456 or lkay@ freedomenc.com. Read his crime blog, Off the Cuff, at http://onslowcrime.encblogs. com. Follow him on Twitter and friend him on Facebook @ 1lindell.

Base housing, schools recovered after twister


By LINDELL KAY
Daily News Staff

More than 200 homes damaged and 32 destroyed in Tarawa Terrace II by storm
aging more than 250 homes and an elementary school. A year later, homes have been repaired and rebuilt and a new school opened.

Just moments before an April 16, 2011, tornado ripped through Jacksonville, it ravaged Camp Lejeune base housing, dam-

dents from grades 35 were moved to the While no lives were cover, said Col. Dan der to get them renewly-constructed Helost, the property dam- Lecce, who was base built, AMCC reached roes Elementary unage was catastrophic commander during the back to original archi- til a new wing could in scope and required storm and up until his tectural plans since be added to TT2 Elea Herculean effort by transfer earlier this AMCC didnt build mentary. The contract all base and Marine month. those structures. The to build a new 44,000Corps facilities to reThe twister dehomes are scheduled square foot addition to stroyed 32 homes and to be available for TT2 has been awardcaused minor damage new residents by next ed and scheduled for to more than 200 other spring. completion this fall. houses in Tarawa TerAnother 32 AMCCLecce said opening race II. Thirteen othbuilt homes are under- Heroes Elementary er homes had to be de- going major renovawas the toughest chalmolished down to the tions and are slated to lenge he faced durslab, said Nat Fahy, open to new families ing his tenure because spokesman for Camp in September. there was simply no Lejeune and Marine After the tornaplaybook on how to do Corps Installations do, TT1 Elementait. East. ry School was deemed In the final days of In partnership with unusable and around his tour as base comthe base, Atlantic Ma- 240 students from that mander, Lecce took rine Corps Communischool were moved time out to recogties moved quickly to into makeshift classnize all those staff and ensure all residents rooms in TT2 Elemen- personnel from Nathat suffered major tary within a couple of val Facilities, Lincoln damage from the tordays. The students fin- Housing, Defense Denado were able to relo- ished out the school partment Schools, and cate into another home year there. All the Installations and Enwithin 10 days of the teachers, students and vironment for their storm, according to in- families received crihelp in getting the formation from AMCC. sis intervention coun- school opened only A year later, all miseling and support, two weeks after the nor repairs have been Fahy said. start of the new school made. The construcOver the summer, year, well before its tion of the 13 demolTT2 Elementary was originally-scheduled ished homes has been re-designated a Priopening date of Januput out for bid. In ormary School and stuary 2012.

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