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Pastor and after school program owner facing three charges of indecent liberties with a child

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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A pastor from South Side Baptist Church 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.

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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Whats Happening: June 11-14

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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Lace up your shoes for some late night basketball. The City of Wilmington is inviting teens to the MLK Center for some midnight basketball every Friday until July 24th. The MLK Center is on 8th Street. It begins at 9:00 p.m. and ends at 1:00 a.m. The program is for children fourteen to eighteen. You can pre-register at 910-341-7803.

It is a love triangle with a sci-fi twist. “Am I Here Yet?” is a play about a man who can time travel. When he falls in love with his best friend’s girl, he goes back in time to win her hand first. It is at Thalian Hall’s studio theater this week and next week. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are twelve dollars.

On the Thalian Hall main stage, Rent is continuing it’s run for the next two weeks. Tickets range between 18 and 24 dollars. The show runs Thursday’s through Saturday’s at 8:00 p.m., Sunday’s at 3:00 p.m.

This weekend, it is the first ever North Carolina Beach Wrestling Championships and it is happening at Carolina Beach. If you want a shot, you can register Friday night from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Blackhorn Bar and Kitchen, or Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and noon at the competition. The entry fee ranges from 10 to 20 dollars. Wrestling will be held at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

Saturday, there will be an event that celebrates the end of slavery in America. The Juneteenth Festival begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Junior Center and Robert Strange Park in Wilmington.

If your young one wants to try their hand, or foot, at skateboarding, a clinic for beginners is this weekend. It is happening at Greenfield Grind Skate Park (302 Willard Street) for children seven to twelve years old. It is 15 dollars per child. It runs from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

The Riverfront Farmers Market continues this weekend, with amended hours. On Saturday, the market opens at 9:00 a.m., instead of 8:00 a.m. The market resumes its normal hours next week.

We are in hurricane season, so it is best to be prepared now. Brunswick County wants to help by offering a hurricane forum on Sunday. Local, state and federal officials will be there, including Chief Meteorologist Chris Phillips. It is from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium. Everyone is invited to attend.

A history lesson is happening in Columbus County this weekend. Dr. Chris Fonvielle is speaking about his most recent book, Louis Froelich: Arms-maker to the Confederacy. It begins at 2:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Forestry Museum in Whiteville.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoWith the school year coming to a close, you may be looking for something for you and your family to do. There are plenty of options this weekend, from festivals and plays to beach wrestling and midnight basketball.

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Texting while driving ban brings up concerns

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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Earlier this week, the state Senate gave final approval to legislation, banning drivers from text messaging or sending e-mails with their cell phones.

The ban is now headed to the Governor’s desk, but the law raises some concerns. Many are questioning how police would enforce this law; they say it would be difficult to prove someone was texting while driving without searching through the person’s phone, and that raises invasion of privacy concerns.

“I just put it on the steering wheel sometimes when I’m driving the car, and text while I’m driving down the road,” said Jackson Turbeville.

Many of us admit we do it, text or search the web while behind the wheel.

Police say it likely contributes to many of the thousands of rear-end collisions in New Hanover every year.

“People take their eyes off the road and either try and dial a number or text and we end up having a rear-end collision, we have had some serious ones,” said First Sgt. A.E. Morris of the NC State Highway Patrol.

But with the new ban outlawing all drivers to text behind the wheel, some lawyers question how police will prove it.

“I think the only way an officer would be able to prove the case would be to seize the phone, go through the phone, see if there are text messages. If you do that, you’re going to definitely have some search and seizure issues. You’re also going to have some privacy issues,” said former prosecutor Thomas Porter.

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Earlier this week, the state Senate gave final approval to legislation, banning drivers from text messaging or sending e-mails with their cell phones.

The ban is now headed to the Governor’s desk, but the law raises some concerns.

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Retail Details – Beautiful Things is moving, sales up to 75 percent off

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

By Judy RoyalJudy.Royal@StarNewsOnline.com

I’ve heard some people say the sales in most stores are so good right now retailers are practically giving away their merchandise. While meant as an exaggeration, it’s not too far from the truth at Beautiful Things.

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NC Coastal Federation tries to delay Titan’s progress

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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A state environmental organization has gone to the governor to stall the Titan Cement Plant.

In a five-page letter, the North Carolina Coastal Federation asked Governor Perdue to delay state permits on the Carolinas Cement Plant in Castle Hayne until a federal study on its environmental effects is complete.

That study could take up to two years.

A representative for Carolinas Cement says there is no logic in delaying the permit, and the company will continue to follow the process.

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In a five-page letter, the North Carolina Coastal Federation asked Governor Perdue to delay state permits on the Carolinas Cement Plant in Castle Hayne until a federal study on its environmental effects is complete.

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