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Archive for July, 2009

Holden Beach officer arrested for driving patrol car while impaired

Friday, July 10th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

A Holden Beach police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with driving his patrol car while impaired.

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Exclusive information on Williston teacher case

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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The family of the fifteen year old boy who allegedly had a sexual relationship with his teacher, Jessica Wishnask, is seeking justice. Troy Slaughter, the attorney representing the minor and his family, sued not only Jessica Wishnask, but the principal and vice principal of Williston Middle School.

Slaughter claims they knew there was an inappropriate relationship going on between the student and teacher, and failed to do anything about it. “One of the allegations in our complaint is that every child in this state has the right to an education free from harm including the minor we are representing,” Slaughter said.

The suit claims that on two occasions, Principal MaryPaul Beall and Burton Kilpatrick met with Wishnask and the boy to discuss their possible relationship. Both times, Wishnask was suspended, and asked to stay away from the boy.

Slaughter added, “A minor cannot consent to have sex with an adult, you can’t do it.”

The suit claims Wishnask was negligent in actively pursuing an inappropriate relationship with a minor.

Wishnask, Beall and Kilpatrick were served the lawsuit Friday. Often times in cases like this, the school district would be protected by what’s called “sovereign immunity”, a doctrine that protects a government agency from lawsuits. This is why Slaughter decided to sue the individuals outside of their official capacities.

We spoke to the attorney for the school district, Wayne Bullard, Friday afternoon. He told us he was not aware of the civil suits, and until he reads them, he’s not prepared to comment.

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videoThere is new exclusive information surrounding the case of a former Williston Middle School teacher, and allegations she may have had a sexual relationship with one of her students. On top of her criminal charges, Jessica Wishnask is now facing a lawsuit.

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Amateurs and pros stoked about Reef Sweetwater Surf Contest

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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The Fifth Annual Reef – Sweetwater Surf Contest got underway at Wrightsville Beach Friday afternoon. The Pro-Am event is one contest surfers look forward to up and down the east coast.

Everyone from pros to local amateurs enjoyed the sunny conditions and seemed “stoked” to have some good waves. “It’s always just a fun weekend. There are always waves and everybody just has a great time. It’s crazy down here, it is good times,” said pro surfer Asher Nolan.

The contest continues throughout the weekend behind Sweetwater Surf Shop.

Pros are competing for their share of the $20,000 prize.

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The Fifth Annual Reef – Sweetwater Surf Contest got underway at Wrightsville Beach Friday afternoon. The Pro-Am event is one contest surfers look forward to up and down the east coast.

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Senator Hagan recommends Ben David, Allen Cobb for top federal positions

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan recommended two members of our legal community for some of the state’s top federal positions.

New Hanover and Pender County District Attorney Ben David is one of three people being recommended for the US Attorney for the eastern district of North Carolina.

She also recommended New Hanover and Pender Judge Allen Cobb to serve as the US District Court Judge.

The recommendations were sent to President Obama, who will make the final selection.

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North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan recommended two members of our legal community for some of the state’s top federal positions.

New Hanover and Pender County District Attorney Ben David is one of three people being recommended for the US Attorney for the eastern district of North Carolina.

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Many NC drivers are taking to the roads uninsured

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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With a struggling economy, many people are forced to pick and choose what bills they pay. Experts say one of the first places people are applying the brakes is on their car insurance payments.

So far this year, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has issued more than 200 citations for uninsured driving; a pace that could exceed last year’s total.

New Hanover County has the highest car insurance rates in the state. “That’s because there are more accidents that happen in this county, so the state sees it as a higher risk – so they charge us more rates here in this county,” explained AAA insurance agent Ed Cologgi.

Surrounding counties are not much cheaper, so with expensive rates and an economy that’s left many people unemployed, a lot of drivers are choosing not to pay for car insurance. But driving without insurance leaves both you and your car vulnerable if you’re involved in an accident.

Uninsured driving is a theme that the insurance companies seem to be well aware of. But even with ads urging uninsured drivers to stay off the roads, experts say the number of drivers without insurance will continue to increase. “Currently, we’re at a 14.8% uninsured motorist rate here in North Carolina. It is predicted to rise to about 18 percent by 2010,” said Cologgi.

It’s important to know your insurance companies policy on late payments. Some companies will cut your coverage if you are even a day late, while others will give you a grace period before canceling the insurance.

If you have to reapply for a policy, because of late payments, you could face late fees from both the state and the insurance company.

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videoWith a struggling economy, many people are forced to pick and choose what bills they pay. Experts say one of the first places people are applying the brakes is on their car insurance payments.

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