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Archive for May, 2009

Hurricane Ike retired; three new storm names chosen

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

So long, Ike and Gustav. And Paloma, we barely got to know you.

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Luxury home developer owes over one million dollars in taxes

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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According to the Brunswick County Tax Department, luxury home developer Mark Saunders is behind on his property taxes, to the tune of $1.3 million.

Mr. Saunders’ office said that they hope to have this issue resolved soon.

A Brunswick Beacon article listed a number of elected officials in Brunswick County who are also behind on their taxes.

First on that list is County Commissioner Marty Cooke and his wife, Catherine, who is on the Board of Education. They owed more than $1,600 on two pieces of property in the county, but paid their bill yesterday, right after the article came out.

Southport Alderman James Brown owes $4,600 in taxes.

Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis owes $466. Two of his commissioners also have unpaid balances.
Milton burns owes $336 while Melvin Walker owes $889 in back taxes.

Varnamtown Alderman John David Dawson owes over $1,600, and Bolivia Alderman Warren Knox owes $760.

One update, Oak Island Mayor Johnie Vereen, who we’ve previously reported was delinquent on his taxes, has since paid his tax bill.

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According to the Brunswick County Tax Department, luxury home developer Mark Saunders is behind on his property taxes, to the tune of $1.3 million.

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NC town discusses police arrests, resignation

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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SPRING LAKE, N.C. — Elected officials in a North Carolina town plan to meet with their attorney to discuss the arrests of two police officers and the resignation of their police chief.

The board of aldermen in the town of Spring Lake, next to Fort Bragg, has scheduled a Thursday afternoon meeting that will be closed to the public.

Two sergeants were arrested earlier this week and charged with crimes ranging from embezzlement to assault and obstruction of justice. The town’s police chief also resigned this week.

The sheriff of Cumberland County has taken over criminal investigations in the town.

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

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Elected officials in a North Carolina town plan to meet with their attorney to discuss the arrests of two police officers and the resignation of their police chief.

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Psychologist and mother of Brian Reavis take stand on Thursday

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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Defendant Brian Reavis’ mother took the stand again today, along with a local psychologist who gave his testimony on the accuser’s history of metal illness.

The psychologist testified that just two days before the attack on the 95-year-old victim, Brian Reavis was prescribed medication for schizophrenia.

He also told the jury that Reavis has a long history of drug abuse and combining that with his mental problems may have led to the attack.

According to prosecutors, the Brain Reavis trial could end one of two ways, with Reavis spending the rest of his life in prison or in a mental facility if found guilty for the robbery, rape, and beating of a now 96-year-old Wilmington woman.

It’s up to his defense attorney to prove to the jury whether Reavis was insane at the time he committed the crime.

In court Thursday, Reavis’ attorney produced pages upon pages of records from his clients mental history. The jury also heard from local psychologist Jerry Sloan who evaluated Reavis’ mental state months after the attack.

The psychologist said Reavis’ bouts with mental disorders date back years. He’s been diagnosed with psychosis, schizophrenia and depression. He also highlighted the fact that Reavis also has a long history of cocaine abuse.

The doctor said that if someone with a metal illness adds cocaine to the mix, it is adding fuel to the fire and that drug-induced behavior may have led to the attack.

Just days before the attack, Reavis was treated at the Oaks Behavioral Health Hospital. He also tested positive for cocaine and was given a prescription for medication, which was never filled.
Two days before the attack, he went to the Southeastern Center for Mental Health because he was hearing voices in his head.

Reavis’ anguished mother told prosecutors that she couldn’t believe that her son attacked the women saying, “I do believe he pushed that lady and stole her money but I don’t believe he raped that woman.”

The prosecutor then asked if she didn’t think there should be consequences for his actions. She responded, “But you just want to put him in a cage.”

Doctor Sloan said Reavis would need mental treatment for the rest of his life.

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Defendant Brian Reavis’ mother took the stand again today, along with a local psychologist who gave his testimony on the accuser’s history of metal illness.

The psychologist testified that just two days before the attack on the 95-year-old victim, Brian Reavis was prescribed medication for schizophrenia.

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Codington celebrates Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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The lobby of Codington Elementary was transformed into a “secret garden” Thursday morning. The Codington PTA is celebrating Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week with, Special Days with Movie themes. Today was The Secret Garden.

Students could also buy carnations for their favorite teachers for a dollar. Previous themes included Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where the kindergarten provided breakfast and Willy Wonka where 1st and 2nd graders gave out chocolate.

The students said there are lots of things they like about their teachers. “They’re so special to me. They play games,” said kindergartner Jaden Esquiel.

Appreciation Week ends Friday with, That’s a Wrap, where the teachers and staff will receive Chick-Fil-A wraps for lunch.

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The lobby of Codington Elementary was transformed into a “secret garden” Thursday morning. The Codington PTA is celebrating Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week with, Special Days with Movie themes.

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