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Raleigh Woman Up for Parole, Neighbors Worried

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RALEIGH — A Raleigh woman who pleaded no contest tocharges she torched her father's business and home four years ago, came upfor a parole hearing Tuesday.

Some conditions that could be lifted, and that has her oldneighbors pretty upset.

Carol Wilkinson is a diagnosed paranoid-schizophrenic. Currently, sheis allowed to visit her parents twice a week for no more than three hoursat a time. She now wants more liberal visitation, but some neighbors sayWilkinson is danger to their Country Club Hills neighborhood.

Wilkinson's confinement came after she pleaded no-contest when accusedof torching a Cameron Village business in May, 1993. A dozen buildingswere scorched and the blaze caused $5 million in damages.

Records indicate Wilkinson also tried to set fire to her parents' homeon two different occasions.

Some neighborhoods say they don't feel Country Club Hills is the placeWilkinson needs to be.

Wilkinson's five year probation ends in 2001. She now lives just a fewblocks from her parents' neighborhood.

The Tuesday hearing was expected to answer a lot of questions.

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