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Archive for February, 2009

911 tape reveals couple not seen for two weeks

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Son wanted in murder of his mother and her husband

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Navassa residents are up in arms as town council approves youth group home

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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Some residents in the Brunswick County town of Navassa are up in arms. The town council recently approved building a group home for youthful offenders, but residents say they were not notified about it. It is a facility they say they do not want in their neighborhood.

“We are not standing still any more. If you’re not transparent to people, you got something to hide,” said Ella Beatty.

Beatty was one of many Navassa residents who spoke their mind to town council Wednesday night. In late December, council approved bringing a group home for troubled kids to Wideway Road in Navassa. It would be a locked facility that holds about 12 people, seven to 17 years old. But there was miscommunication somewhere; residents say they were not aware of it.

“When you have something of this magnitude come into your community, folks need to know,” said Beatty.

Navassa mayor, Eulis Willis said, “I’ve explained to them that we went above and beyond the call of duty when we let them know in four or five different ways that technically we didn’t have to.”

Mayor Willis said there were newspaper notices and signs posted. Residents said the proposed facility threatens their property value and their safety.

“I know everybody needs a home, but we don’t need it in this area. Let them carry it somewhere else, where the builder lives and put it next to him,” added Navassa resident, Bryant Bessant.

Mayor Willis said the council approved the home at the planning board’s recommendation and jobs were the major selling point behind bringing it to Navassa. But that is not the only reason. Mayor Willis said, “This is a $700,000 facility, as well, you can do the math a realize that that’s a pretty nice little tax penny.”

The developer, Alfred Dixon, was at the public meeting, but when he saw the News Channel 3 camera said he was not going to participate. He addressed some questions from the hallway and did not enter the room during the entire meeting.

Whether to move forward with the house is now up to the developer and the state. The council decided to hold another public meeting sometime soon.

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videoSome residents in Navassa are up in arms. The town council recently approved building a group home for youthful offenders, but residents say they were not notified about it.

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3 boats burn in Oak Island marina, 1 sinks

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

The Oak Island Fire Department responded to a three-vessel fire in South Harbor Village Marina at 5:30 this morning. Three boats were heavily damaged, and one sank to the bottom, according to Oak Island Fire Chief John House.

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Police: Armored car crash snarls NC I-85 traffic

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — An armored car crash snarled traffic on Interstate 85 in North Carolina after the driver apparently fell asleep.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Thursday that the Brink’s truck ran off northbound I-85 near High Point about 2 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle climbed an embankment, hit a bridge and came to rest in the right lane of the highway.

The driver and two other occupants suffered minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

The right lane of the interstate was closed for about 90 minutes near U.S. 311.

Police say they think the driver fell asleep and will be charged with making an unsafe movement.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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An armored car crash snarled traffic on Interstate 85 in North Carolina after the driver apparently fell asleep.

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NC Mom accused of slapping son’s basketball coach

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The mother of a middle school basketball player has been charged with assault after smacking the coach who took her son out of a game.

The News & Observer reported Thursday that the woman was charged with assault on a government official after the Monday night incident.

Wake County schools spokesman Greg Thomas says the woman’s son was taken out of the game between Millbrook and East Wake middle schools. Thomas says the woman yelled at East Millbrook Coach Chris Kwolek and came from the stands and hit him on the back of his head.

Thomas says an assistant principal and an off-duty Wake County deputy sheriff witnessed the incident and the deputy pursued the charge.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The mother of a middle school basketball player has been charged with assault after smacking the coach who took her son out of a game.

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