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Archive for October, 2009

Sewer line cave-in blocks South Kerr Avenue traffic

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

All lanes of South Kerr Avenue between Market Street and Cinema Drive are closed because of a sewer system cave-in, according to a news release from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

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Prokop pleads guilty to indecent liberties

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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Before the jury had a chance to deliberate, former New Hanover County K-9 officer Thomas Prokop pleaded guilty Thursday to taking indecent liberties with a four-year-old girl.

Prosecutors say the 32-year-old Prokop broke down in court before the fourth witness took the stand.

The judge asked Prokop after his plea if he was guilty, and Prokop said, “Yes.”

Prosecutor Connie Jordan said more often than not, child molesters will admit their guilt, especially if the odds are stacked against them. “The defendant finally told us what he did. At least partially what he did. We know his version of what he did, and that was from a guilty conscience,” said Jordan. “This case is really a classic sexual assault case, it is what happens to our children everyday.”

A judge sentenced Prokop to 24 months in prison. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the next 30 years.

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Before the jury had a chance to deliberate, former New Hanover County K-9 officer Thomas Prokop pleaded guilty Thursday to taking indecent liberties with a four-year-old girl.

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New Hanover ABC board won’t reveal workers’ pay; other counties do

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

The New Hanover County Alcohol Beverage Control board is refusing to provide the StarNews with the salaries of its employees, citing privacy concerns.

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Britt Motorsports facing felony charges

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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After a ten month investigation by the DMV, the owner of a well known Wilmington business faces several felony charges.

David Scott Britt, owner of Britt Motorsports on Market Street, made his first court appearance Wednesday. He is charged with altering or changing a manufacturer’s serial number on a motorcycle and fraudulent title application.

DMV officials say Britt was using salvaged motorcycle parts and welding the vehicle identification number to another frame in order to get a fraudulent title.

Robert Connelly, a Britt’s Motorsports employee, and Donald Hill, a former employee, also face charges.

In a statement released Thursday, Mr. Britt said he and his family have operated the business for more than 30-years honorably and have never taken advantage of anyone.

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After a ten month investigation by the DMV, the owner of a well known Wilmington business faces several felony charges.

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Days dwindle before voters head to polls

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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The convention center, annexation, the Cape Fear Skyway Project are all issues important to voters in the Port City, and all issues the candidates for Wilmington mayor have strong opinions on.

Bill Saffo is running for his second full term as Wilmington mayor based, he says, on a commitment to results. “I look for things I feel that need to be done, and then I work like crazy to try and get them done. That’s my job as a mayor.”

Paul Knight wants that job, too. The general manager of radio station owner Sea-Comm Media, Knight says he’s running because he thinks the city’s current leadership does not listen to the people. “I believe I can do a better job at representing the people and not just be a politician.”

Knight says the biggest issue facing the Port City is fighting crime. He says the key is making sure police have the resources they need and use them wisely. “I believe we need to redirect this manpower and have some better supervision when they’re out in the field that gets them walking the streets and getting in front of the citizens and showing a presence.”

Saffo says there are big challenges ahead, especially when it comes to handling the city’s budget. “I think that we have to be very good stewards of the public’s money, and we need to continue also at the same time find ways to attract jobs here and to also implement the initiatives that the community voted for in may of 2006, like parks and transportation.”

Both men agree the Cape Fear Skyway Project is a needed addition to the area. They also agree that the convention center, scheduled to open in about a year, must have a full-service hotel, but their opinions differ strongly on annexation.

Saffo says any future annexation must be done on a scale that allows the city to serve the new area properly unlike, he says, what happened in 1998 when the city annexed a large area that included Saffo’s home.

Knight says no annexation will happen on his watch. “But I do believe in city-county consolidation.”

It’s a plan knight says, if done properly, will save property owners on their taxes in the long run.

There are also 11 people in the running for three open Wilmington City Council seats. The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Early voting ends Saturday.

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videoThe convention center, annexation, the Cape Fear Skyway Project are all issues important to voters in the Port City, and all issues the candidates for Wilmington mayor have strong opinions on.

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