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Archive for September, 2011

Investigators offer no new info on baby mauled by dogs

Friday, September 9th, 2011

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The investigation into a nine-day-old baby mauled to death by dogs at her family’s Bladen County home still has few answers.

Today, District Attorney Jon David released this statement:

“We realize there is a tremendous amount of interest in this case. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation continue to work closely together to determine whether anyone should be held criminally responsible for this tragic event. All of our agencies have been inundated with requests from the media about the facts and circumstances surrounding the death. The rules of ethics limit what information we can share with the public about a pending investigation. We hope to conclude our investigation sometime next week.”

Nine-day-old Addyson Camerino died after at least one dog attacked her at a home in Clarkton August 30. Animal Control seized five dogs from the home. David told WWAY earlier this week that investigators are trying to figure out which dogs were involved in the attack and interview all the people involved.

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VA to break ground on Wilmington clinic Sept. 19

Friday, September 9th, 2011

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to break ground on the much-delayed Wilmington veterans clinic this month.

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Groups challenge Duke-Progress Energy merger in NC

Friday, September 9th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Some environmental groups have filed last-minute challenges to the proposed merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that groups making Thursday’s deadline say the merger would be a bad deal for customers and the environment. The complaints were filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which opens hearings on the merger Sept. 20.

Charlotte-based Duke and Raleigh-based Progress want to merge, creating the nation’s largest utility.

Groups including the Sierra Club and Environmental Defense Fund say the merger would create a company that would dominate the state and crowd out competition from clean energy producers.

Progress spokesman Mike Hughes says the company has followed state policy to provide reliable service at the lowest possible cost.

The merger also faces federal review.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Berger vows to retain post; receives no-contact order

Friday, September 9th, 2011

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Belville censures town Mayor

Friday, September 9th, 2011

BELVILLE, NC (WWAY)– Belville is a nice community in Brunswick County, known for well kept subdivisions, shopping centers and now politics.

The Belville Board of Commissioners called a special meeting tonight to censure the town’s Mayor.

The town meeting started friendly enough with Mayor Jack Batson commenting on progress of recent storm clean up. but the main item was a censure of the mayor.

Belville Mayor Pro Tem Mike Allen tells us about the incident that prompted the town’s action.

“We received a complaint from an employee of the town and asked me if I would look into it the complaint, it was about a relationship or the mayor asking the individual to go out. So being an elected official I had an obligation to look into it and when I looked into it I saw substance there so I requested an investigation”.

Mayor Jack Batson tried to discuss the allegations against him but did not get much feed back, he was especially frustrated to get no response from the Town Attorney. Mayor Batson does not feel he was treated fairly in the proceeding.

Following a vote by all council members to censure the Mayor the board adjourned to a private session with Town Attorney Jim Eldridge and returned to end the meeting.

Mike Allen feels the matter is resolved, but Mayor Batson still feels he deserves answers to his questions.

A censure is simply an official expression of disapproval. It should be noted that at no time did either side allege any sexual relationship between Mayor Batson and the employee.

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