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Archive for May, 2009

Vets evaluate seized horses

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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Evaluations from a veterinarian conclude that one of the malnourished horses seized last week in Hampstead has cancer and needs to be euthanized.

Kathy Lewis, from the Topsail Humane Society, said they are still waiting for test results on the other nine horses.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office seized the animals last week.

The owners were charged with animal cruelty.

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Evaluations from a veterinarian conclude that one of the malnourished horses seized last week in Hampstead has cancer and needs to be euthanized.

Kathy Lewis, from the Topsail Humane Society, said they are still waiting for test results on the other nine horses.

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Schools could be starting closer to beginning of August

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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State lawmakers could be cutting summer vacation short for North Carolina students.

Proposed legislation may allow schools to start the academic year two weeks earlier in August. The bill would allow public schools to open as early as August 8th.

Back in 2004, school start legislation went into effect, pushing start times back past August 25th, which was good news for the tourism industry. They are fighting against the new legislation, claiming it would cut into the vacation month and tourism dollars to our area.

“It’s also two fold in our area. It’s not only tourism coming in, but high school students are a big part of our summer workforce and with them going back to school earlier as well it takes away a vital part of our workforce during those summer months,” said Cape Fear Visitor Bureau President Kim Hufham.

A commerce committee had previously voted down the proposal, but it was passed Monday.

It now goes to the house floor for a vote this week.

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State lawmakers could be cutting summer vacation short for North Carolina students.

Proposed legislation may allow schools to start the academic year two weeks earlier in August. The bill would allow public schools to open as early as August 8th.

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OSHA concludes investigation of Leland Police Department

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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The word tonight from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is that there are no serious safety problems at the Leland Police Department.

OSHA wrapped up a recent investigation by writing up the department for one violation.

It cites the department for not adequately training its employees to handle hazardous material, but the citation lists the infraction as “non-serious”.

The department will not be fined and has until June 3rd to comply with the OSHA regulations.

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The word tonight from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is that there are no serious safety problems at the Leland Police Department.

OSHA wrapped up a recent investigation by writing up the department for one violation.

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Three counts of second degree murder for driver involved in fatal wreck

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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There are serious charges for the driver of a car involved in a fatal wedding day accident last month.

Forty-three-year-old John Daniel Kelley was charged with 3 counts of second degree murder Monday. He was arrested after the accident on Highway 214.

Kelley’s blood-alcohol level was 0.12 at the time of the crash, well above the legal limit.

The accident killed a groom, best man and the groom’s younger brother just an hour before the wedding.

Troopers say Kelley was driving 20 miles an hour over the speed limit at the time of the crash.

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There are serious charges for the driver of a car involved in a fatal wedding day accident last month.

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US Marshals track down Brunswick County man in Belize

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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A man who disappeared last year while on trial in Brunswick County has been apprehended in Central America.

Back in December, Brian Perry was being tried for statutory rape, taking indecent liberties with a child and possession of firearm by a felon. The jury found him guilty, but Perry fled the country while the trial was still in progress.

The US Marshals have been looking for him for months, and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office got word this weekend that he had been found in Belize.

They are now in the process of having him extradited back to the United States. Perry has a lengthy criminal history and could face more than 40 years in prison

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A man who disappeared last year while on trial in Brunswick County has been apprehended in Central America.

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