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Archive for March, 2009

Sex harassment suit filed against Oak Island

Monday, March 16th, 2009

One of the women who claimed sexual harassment by an Oak Island Police Department sergeant last year filed a lawsuit Monday against the town.

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Wilmington Fire Department looks at a new pier

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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The Wilmington Fire Department could soon begin work on a new pier in the Intracoastal Waterway, but it just needs to find a home.

The $60,000, 200-foot pier would mean a new home for the department’s fire boat. It will be located near the Wrightsville Beach Public Works Department.

Fire officials said the pier would cut response times to fires on and along the Intracoastal Waterway.

City officials said the pier would not cost taxpayers any additional money because it’s coming from the fire department’s capital budget. Chief Jordan said it is a win for everyone involved. “Because we will have a boat in that area since we have areas along the waterway that belong to the city. It will be a win for Wrightsville Beach because they don’t have any fireboat water capabilities at the present time,” he said.

Fire operators for the boat would be based at the Landfall Fire Station. The Wrightsville Beach Town Council still has to approve the project. They will vote on the proposal next week.

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The Wilmington Fire Department could soon begin work on a new pier in the Intracoastal Waterway, but it just needs to find a home.

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Budget shortfall threatens Brunswick DARE program

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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The DARE program has been run by the town of Leland for the past three years. Now, budget concerns may mean an end to it.

Like many local governments, the town of Leland is bracing for a budget crunch. A DARE program advocate says the town is not only robbing the community, but the future of the town’s youth.

Skip Wittkofsky wears his DARE hat proudly. He’s been a supporter of the drug awareness program since it came to Leland three years ago.

He’s so invested, he personally raised thousands of dollars to get it off the ground and into area schools. “We need to reach these kids to let them understand about drugs, about crime. It’s just so important, it’s not a major amount of money to put a program on like this,” Wittkofsky said.

For two years, DARE was funded by donations from business owners like Wittofsky. Last year however, the town of Leland took over the $75,000 a year cost of running the program.

But now, DARE might be in danger.

“We are at the point where we need to make the most effective use of all of our resources so that we don’t have to lay anybody off,” said Bill Farris, Leland Town Manager.

Under a new proposal, the town would stop funding the DARE program, and instead use the money for priorities like public works projects, and running the police department.

Wittkofsky said he understands belt tightening, but not sacrificing a crucial program in the process.

The town wants to take DARE officer Sherry Lewis off her education route, and switch her on regular police patrol.

Her DARE police car would go back into the fleet, a car Wittkofsky said was bought with money donated by people in the community who support the program.

Sources told WWAY Officer Lewis’s DARE car has already been stripped of its decals, despite the fact that town council still has to vote on taking away the DARE program.

There is talk of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department taking over where the Leland Dare program left off. But, there are budget concerns there as well.

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videoThe DARE program has been run by the town of Leland for the past three years. Now, budget concerns may mean an end to it.

The town wants to take DARE officer Sherry Lewis off her education route, and switch her on regular police patrol.

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Southport police officer finds himself behind bars

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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A Southport police officer will serve thirty days behind bars.

Officer James Connolly, who has been with the Southport Police since 2002, was subpoenaed for a trial and did not show up.

This past Friday a Brunswick County judge sentenced Connolly to thirty days in the Brunswick County Detention Center.

The police department fired Connolly after he was convicted.

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A Southport police officer will serve thirty days behind bars. Officer James Connolly, who has been with the Southport Police since 2002, was subpoenaed for a trial and did not show up.

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Gallison, Braun join Azalea Fest as celebrities

Monday, March 16th, 2009

A grand old man of American daytime drama and a young star of the movie “Sky High” are joining the roster for the 2009 N.C. Azalea Festival.

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