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Grant money given to help domestic violence disputes

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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Domestic violence cases too often get dismissed in court because the relationships are emotional and often the victim’s story changes to protect the abuser. A $200,000 federal grant will be used to hire a team to specialize in these complicated cases and help make sure they are heard in court.

Assistant District Attorney Gina Essey says around 550 domestic violence cases cross her desk every year in Brunswick County alone. About one third are dismissed in court.

“One thing that most people don’t understand is that almost all of the victim’s of domestic violence either recant or change their story. The victims want the violence to end but they want to continue the relationship because they love the person and they love the good things about that person that they see outside of the violence,” Essey said.

In a recent case in Brunswick County, a domestic violence victim dropped a restraining order against her alleged abuser, Alton Lawrence Walters and the two lived together for another year.

This past Sunday, a deputy shot and killed Walters after responding to a disturbance call.

Thanks to a federal grant last year, Brunswick County was able to start a domestic violence prosecution program.

Now it’s Columbus and Bladen’s turn.

“Because of the dynamics in the relationships between the parties involved in the crime, you have to have a specialized prosecutor to coordinate all of the resources available to the victim, and to make sure the case is fully prosecuted from beginning to end,” Essey explained.

The new grant will allow Columbus and Bladen counties to start their own program with a specialized prosecutor and victim witness coordinator to handle the cases for the next two years.

The additional caseworkers will be trained in Brunswick County’s domestic violence program.

The new prosecution program will begin in Columbus County in November.

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videoA $200,000 federal grant will be used to hire a team to specialize in complicated domestic violence cases and help make sure they are heard in court.

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More information in Brunswick County shooting

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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We have more information about the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting in Brunswick County.

Alton Lawrence Walters died Sunday after being shot by Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Hardee. Hardee was responding to a domestic disturbance on Captain’s Wheel Avenue in Supply.

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department, Walters resisted arrest. Hardee tried to use his taser, but said Walters pulled off the leads and continued toward the deputy.

Authorities said Walters then reached for the deputy’s gun, so Hardee fired.

Deputy Hardee has been placed on paid administrative duty while the SBI investigates.

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We have more information about the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting in Brunswick County.

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Sheriff’s office searching for 17-year-old

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing 17-year-old.

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Plan to deepen Cape Fear put on back burner

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

The decision reflects a lack of customers north of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and a lack of federal funds for the work, which would have involved blasting and dredging an estimated 3 million cubic yards of material.

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German shepherd shot in Brunswick County

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

After receiving reports of a wolf-like creature acting unusual in a Brunswick County neighborhood Monday morning, an animal control officer shot and killed a German shepherd, mistaking it for a wild coyote.

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