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Archive for June, 2009

Brunswick restaurants, fishermen and retailers band together to promote local seafood

Friday, June 12th, 2009

By Brenda C. BirmelinCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Brunswick County has a long tradition of fishing, but its seafood industry has sagged in recent years. It’s been hammered by rising fuel prices, cheaper imported products and diminishing docking space as housing developments continue to take waterfront property.

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SC band director charged with sex with NC student

Friday, June 12th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A band teacher at a South Carolina middle school has been arrested and accused of having sex with a North Carolina student.

Multiple media outlets reported that 44-year-old Richard Priode of Charlotte was charged Thursday with indecent liberties with a student.

Priode is the band director at Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill. The charges stem from his work at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. Priode left South Mecklenburg last June.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokeswoman Cynthia Robbins says the school district cooperated with police as soon as it learned of the allegations.

Rock Hill schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker says she can’t talk about the case because the district is awaiting official notification of the charge.

It was unclear if Priode has an attorney.

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

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A band teacher at a South Carolina middle school has been arrested and accused of having sex with a North Carolina student.

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After school program owner facing three charges of indecent liberties with a child

Friday, June 12th, 2009

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The owner of a New Hanover County after-school karate program is behind bars, charged with indecent liberties with children.

John Maisenhelder made his first appearance in a New Hanover County courtroom today. He’s charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the charges involve three separate victims from an after school center Maisenhelder owns, a place where he taught karate to kids.

A teacher, a pastor and a friend, John Maisenhelder seems like an unlikely suspect for the charges he faces. Three counts of indecent liberties, involving three different children at the Creative After School Training program, or CAST.

Maisenhelder has owned CAST for ten years, and taught karate there. He is blackbelt. He also holds a degree from a theological seminary, and once served as a pastor. Maisenhelder’s Defense Attorney Woody White told us he was a pastor at Southside Baptist Church. Church members tell WWAY he was not a pastor there, but was a church member.

Employees at CAST were instructed not to speak with the media, but the day after Maisenhelder’s arrest, children did attend the after school program.

According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, both Maisenhelder’s home, and the CAST center were searched before the arrest.

His defense attorney, Woody White, issued this statement to WWAY: “Presently, John, his wife, his daughter, family and many friends are shocked over the allegations of the last 24 hours. They have fully cooperated with the authorities, and respect the investigative process, while also, unequivocally, asserting John’s innocence.”

WWAY spoke with John Maisenhelder’s wife. She did not want to appear on camera but said her husband was innocent.

In court, John Maisenhelder’s bond was cut in half, from $1 million to $500,000. He has no prior record.

His after school program is still open. It currently has 42 children enrolled.

Law enforcement has notified the parents of Maisenhelder’s arrest and subsequent charges.

The District Attorney’s Office is concerned that news of the charges against Maisenhelder will bring more allegations from current and former students.

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videoJohn Maisenhelder made his first appearance in a New Hanover County courtroom today. He’s charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the charges involve three separate victims from an after school center Maisenhelder owns, a place where he taught karate to kids.

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Southport asks legislature to withdraw bill on nuclear plant annexation ban

Friday, June 12th, 2009

By Shelby Sebens, Shelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

The Southport Board of Aldermen is backing off from a controversial agreement that would keep the city from annexing the Brunswick Nuclear Plant for the next 65 years.

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Belt-busting promotion offered at new Hardee’s

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

If you’re one of the first 101 in line Monday morning at the remodeled Hardee’s at 112 Military Cutoff Road – opening at 5 a.m – you’ll get free Thickburgers once a week for one year.

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