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Archive for March, 2009

Corey Vann’s family raising reward money

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

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It has been about a month and a half since 20-year-old Corey Vann was found dead along River Road in New Hanover County. His family is still desperate for answers.

Vann’s relatives do not want his case to go cold. Vann’s mother, Julie Covey, has opened a memorial fund in her son’s name to raise reward money in hopes of catching Vann’s killer.

In the early morning hours of January 29th, Vann was found with a bullet wound to the head. Covey said she hopes the reward money is the incentive people will need to come forward with information. “You just take it one day at a time, you have good days and you have bad days. There are so many unanswered questions. We just want to know why. We just want to know who,” said Covey.

You can donate money to the Corey Vann Fund at any First Citizen’s Bank branch. Covey is hoping to raise five thousand dollars.

Anyone with information on Vann’s murder is asked to call local law enforcement.

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It has been about a month and a half since 20-year-old Corey Vann was found dead along River Road in New Hanover County. His family is still desperate for answers.

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Connolly disgraces Southport badge

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

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James Connolly used to be a Southport police officer. A year ago, he arrested Arlanda Lee McDuffie after he found him in possession of a gram of cocaine. When it came time to provide the evidence, Connolly couldn’t do it.

“I apologize for the actions of one officer, and that he disgraced his badge, and his honor,” said J.V. Dove of the Southport Police Department.

Connolly reportedly sent the cocaine to be tested at the SBI lab, along with reports, but the SBI has no record of the drugs being tested there.

On top of that, Connolly failed to show up at McDuffie’s superior court hearing and the judge had no choice but to dismiss his case, along with four to five other felony cases.

Brunswick County Assist. District Attorney Chris Thomas could not go on camera due to the pending investigation, but did say, McDuffie could have faced ten to twelve years in prison, for habitual felony charges.

McDuffie was convicted of second-degree murder in the past twenty years, not to mention other charges within North Carolina as well.

Southport Chief of Police J.V. Dove said Connolly’s actions have disgraced their force. “I hope that his actions will not pale the honor and integrity and fidelity of the rest of the officers of this department.”

Connolly was found guilty of contempt of court, and sentenced to 30 days in jail plus a $500 fine. The case is still under the investigation and Connolly could be found guilty of other charges.

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videoJames Connolly used to be a Southport police officer. A year ago, he arrested Arlanda Lee McDuffie after he found him in possession of a gram of cocaine. When it came time to provide the evidence, Connolly couldn’t do it.

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NHC layoffs made, county saves $1.5 million

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

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Twenty-seven New Hanover employees were let go Tuesday.

Manager Bruce Shell met with the heads of county departments to discuss the layoffs this morning.

The layoffs are part of a larger effort to make up the county’s $12 million budget deficit.

The total salaries of the affected employees is more than $1.5 million dollars.

We had expected to hear more details regarding who was laid off today, and from what departments, but Shell wanted to protect the employees.

The county has already frozen 45 positions, cut travel expenses, and won’t replace 42 employees who opted for early retirement.

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Twenty-seven New Hanover employees were let go Tuesday.

Manager Bruce Shell met with the heads of county departments to discuss the layoffs this morning.

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Victim of fatal crash identified as Lumberton man

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

A man who died after he was ejected from his car in Brunswick County on Monday was identified as 20-year-old Lumberton resident Brandon Earl Smith, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

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Sheriff among those asking for money from Brunswick commissioners

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Bolivia | Just before Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram was about to pitch his budget goals for fiscal year 2009-2010, Commissioner Bill Sue said he wanted to hear what the sheriff’s office wanted and where it would get the money.

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