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Archive for November, 2009

Chilling 911 calls from slain NC family home

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Police have released 911 recordings that contain the sounds of a gunshot and a relative pleading for ambulances to get to the scene of a quadruple murder-suicide in Fayetteville earlier this week.

On one, a voice can be heard quietly moaning before the sound of a shot. A 911 operator tries in vain to get someone to speak.

On the second recording, a relative urges police and ambulances to get to the house. The relative says he can see blood and bodies, but he can’t get inside.

In the background, a woman can be heard wailing, “I knew it. I knew it.”

Authorities say William Maxwell killed his wife and two teen children before shooting himself Monday night. Friends say Maxwell’s behavior changed in the weeks before the shootings.

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

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Police have released 911 recordings that contain the sounds of a gunshot and a relative pleading for ambulances to get to the scene of a quadruple murder-suicide in Fayetteville earlier this week.

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NC Sen. Hagan drops backing for judge

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan has withdrawn her support for a possible lifetime federal appointment for a state judge who ruled in favor of a company that includes Hagan’s husband.

The Greensboro News & Record reported Thursday that Hagan three weeks ago recommended Superior Court Judge Calvin Murphy to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. District Court for Western North Carolina.

Nine days later, Murphy signed a ruling favoring the owners of five small hydroelectric plants on the Deep River, one of them belonging to Hydrodyne Industries. That company lists Hagan’s husband as a managing member.

The first-term Democratic senator said she didn’t know Murphy had ruled in a case in which her husband had a stake until the newspaper asked her to comment.

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

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North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan has withdrawn her support for a possible lifetime federal appointment for a state judge who ruled in favor of a company that includes Hagan’s husband.

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Loaded handgun found in NC student’s backpack

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE — Authorities say a loaded handgun was found in the backpack of a North Carolina high school student.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the ninth grader was in the Asheville High School office on another issue Wednesday when a school resource officer searched his backpack and found a loaded 9mm handgun.

Police have charged the student with possession of a weapon on school property. He is a juvenile, and his name has not been released.

Last year, Asheville police arrested a 16-year-old boy accused of firing at a group of students. The school also went on lockdown in May 2007 when a student reported seeing someone with a submachine gun.

In both cases, police did not find a weapon on Asheville High School’s campus.

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

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Authorities say a loaded handgun was found in the backpack of a North Carolina high school student.

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Newly elected Wilmington councilmen eager to get started

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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City Council meetings often draw a crowd of interested residents. Wednesday’s meeting, however, had three faces that will come to represent them.

Newly elected Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and recently appointed city attorney, Carolyn Johnson, who will take over when Tom Pollard retires.

“Tonight’s meeting was an opportunity to just start the transition process, to get up to speed on issues and I’m looking forward to it,” said Johnson.

It was a night of taking notes, and making mental ones for when the councilmen elect take a different seat.

“I’ve been in the audience before,” said councilman-elect Kevin O’Grady. “I think it’s going to be much more interesting to be on the other side so you know all the details. And I had opinions tonight, but I didn’t get to say them.”

Priorities seem to be working out the problems of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, and the convention center hotel.

Rivenbark said, “You know we’ve got to get, I would ideally see, a four-star, full service restaurant hotel accommodation. It will just ensure the success of the convention center.”

This was the first of two meetings before O’Grady and Rivenbark are official council members. They will be sworn in on December 1st. Johnson will take over as city attorney in less than two weeks.

As for Wednesday night’s business, the council approved an ordinance to appropriate stimulus funds to complete a portion of the Cross City Trail.

Council also approved a resolution recognizing late coach William Murphy for his service to the city.

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videoWilmington City Council met Wednesday night, instead of Tuesday night, because of the election. Voters also shook up the composition of the council. WWAY’s Meghan Torjussen tells us the newcomers are eager to get started.

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Pender County designated economic ‘recovery zone’

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By K.J. WilliamsStarNews Correspondent

Pender County hopes to attract more businesses to the area by making it easier for private industry to secure economic stimulus funds.

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