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Archive for November, 2009

Breaking news: Fired New Hanover County deputy arrested on assault charges

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Nicholas Dillon, the former New Hanover County deputy charged with assaulting his estranged wife, was taken into custody Monday night.

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Veterans enjoy friendship, meals at Golden Corral

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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Veterans gathered Monday night to be recognized for their service. In an annual tradition, Golden Corral restaurants offered former and active members of the US military a free dinner. The event has become about more than the meal, but also conversation and camaraderie.

It was a time to reflect on some old memories.

“I had the pleasure of meeting one of my comrades, and we really had a good time reminiscing about Korea. I have a lot of pictures saved and I brought them out tonight so I could show anyone who may be interested,” said Korean War veteran Fred Johnson, Sr.

The Golden Corral offered a free meal to members to those who have served our country; something our veterans said, they don’t take for granted.

Many recall their days on the battlefield, and think about those who are now serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; places where violence continues and future military strategy is stirring debate.

“If I got to go, I’ll go. I’ll do whatever I have to for my country,” said Iraq War veteran Benjamin Kinkaide.

“We continue to lose our men, to no gain, as far as I can see. I’m not that well versed in the history of it, but I don’t see anything that’s really come out of it,” said Johnson.

It was the ninth year of the event that has served more than two-million meals for vets, including about 3,500 at its two Wilmington locations a year ago. Each year the event grows, in size and importance to those who have served.

“I think about them most every afternoon and every night. Wherever the military is, I’m one hundred percent for the military,” said Korean War veteran Laurence Stanley.

The folks at the Golden Corral on New Center Drive in Wilmington said they began serving vets an hour and a half before the event actually started because of the turnout. By 8:00 p.m. they had served about 1,600 veterans.

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videoVeterans gathered Monday night to be recognized for their service. In an annual tradition, Golden Corral restaurants offered former and active members of the US military a free dinner. The event has become about more than the meal, but also conversation and camaraderie.

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NC foodies get coaching, tips for business success

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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RALEIGH — People who think they’ve developed the world’s best hot sauce or terrific pies that restaurants will want to put on their menus can get some coaching on how to build a business.

North Carolina’s Agriculture and Consumer Services Department hosts a food marketing workshop Tuesday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The goal is training food entrepreneurs to succeed despite the recession. That includes letting small food businesses hear from buyers for restaurants, supermarkets and institutional kitchens about what they look for from the suppliers they let in the door.

Food, forestry and the rest of the agriculture industry generates more than $60 billion a year in North Carolina and employs more than 20 percent of the work force.

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

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People who think they’ve developed the world’s best hot sauce or terrific pies that restaurants will want to put on their menus can get some coaching on how to build a business.

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Searchers find body of missing 5-year-old girl

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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Fayetteville Police spokeswoman Theresa Chance told The Associated Press that searchers found Shaniya Davis’ body southeast of Sanford in central North Carolina.

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Bailiff under custody after alleged assault accusations

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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A former New Hanover County bailiff is now in the custody of the Sheriff’s department. He’s accused of assaulting his estranged wife, a domestic violence detective with the Wilmington Police Department. Nicholas Dillon fled the scene early Sunday morning, but told WWAY Monday, he planned to turn himself in.

Nicholas Dillon worked part-time for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s department. Working as a bailiff at the county court house. Police said he was well aware of the laws he allegedly broke.

Sargeant John Keel said, “It gives us a bad name, it gives us a black eye. Because we are supposed to uphold the law and protect the public, so when things like this happen it gives us a bad name.”

Dillon fled the Willows subdivision in Leland, after allegedly assaulting his estranged wife Adrienne Dillon. Turns out, she is a Domestic Violence Detective at Wilmington Police Department. Working hand in hand with victims.

Sources said the two are legally married, but recently separated. We spoke with Dillon on the phone Monday morning. All he would say is that there are two sides to this story.

“It is a domestic, which is one of the more severe misdeameanor charges. And he is law enforcement too,” said Keel.

Dillon won’t face any additional charges because he is a member of law enforcement. But he was terminated from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department almost immediately after Sheriff McMahon got word of what happened. He told us he has a zero tolerance level for any type of domestic violence.

Now that Dillon is in the custody of the Sheriff’s department, it is up to law enforcement to protect the alleged victim. The Wilmington Police Department will not comment on the case until charges have been filed.

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videoA former New Hanover County bailiff is now in the custody of the Sheriff’s department. He’s accused of assaulting his estranged wife, a domestic violence detective with the Wilmington Police Department.

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