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Archive for September, 2011

Authorities seek man who assaulted woman in Calabash

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Deputies are looking for a man who reportedly assaulted a woman with a knife as she was returning to her condo last week in Calabash.

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ONLY ON 3: DA asks AG to help with Leland; AG has different story

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — We have new information in our ongoing investigation into issues that continue to plague the Town of Leland and its police department. We learned today that District Attorney Jon David has asked the the Attorney General’s office for help.

David told us he has asked the Attorney General to appoint another attorney to be the point person for anyone who wants to come forward with allegations against the town or the police department, but the AG’s office says that’s not exactly the case.

David has not been interested in meeting with sources close to the situation. One person has said they tried to talk to david on the phone, but says he only laughed and hung up. David says he does not recall doing that. He’s also continuously tried to discredit our sources, saying they have a vendetta and are disgruntled employees. Still, he has yet to sit down and listen to their stories in detail.

We even tried to broker a meeting between multiple sources on this story with him, but David has now deferred them instead to the attorney general’s office.

David says he made the call to the AG after we told him there are some sources who do not want to talk with him because he lives across the street from and is friends with Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne. They say they don’t trust David because of that. David has acknowledged that is an issue.

The Attorney General’s office, though, says it is available to answer any questions brought forward by law enforcement agencies investigating allegations about Leland. A spokeswoman says it is not available to the general public like David said.

In the meantime, we requested documentation from the Town of Leland in a records request a week and a half ago. When we checked on the request Tuesday, Town Clerk Carol Ann Floyd said none of it was done. The Local News Review in Leland has also made a similar request. We and the the newspaper have been told it will take weeks to fulfill the requests.

In an editorial Tuesday morning, the StarNews encouraged Leland Town Manager Bill Farris to act quickly on the allegations that have been made against the police department and to share the results with the public as soon as possible. Late last week, Farris told the paper he was aware of the issues, and had been conducting a three-month investigation, but was not ready to share any information.

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Warshauer’s concerto based Rosh Hashanah to be broadcast nationally

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Mother of Twins Club offers deal on baby stuff

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Are you in the market for some baby items? There will be plenty to choose from this weekend during the Cape Fear Mother of Twins Club Fall Thrift Sale and Fundraiser.

With about 100 folks selling items, the fall sale can help you get a head start on Christmas shopping.

“There are masses of toys. You can get your basics, equipment and your clothing, but we have endless amounts of toys and books, just lots of things for kids,” said Carole Wirszyla of the Mother of Twins Club.

The public sale is Saturday 8-11 a.m. It’s at the Elks Lodge on Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

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Downtown business just finding out about 2008 sign ordinance change

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Signs, signs, everywhere signs. But in downtown Wilmington, some business could be in violation of a city ordinance, and that could mean big bucks in an already tight economy.

In 2008 Wilmington City Council adopted changes to the city’s sign ordinance for businesses downtown, but owners say they were not told about the ordinance until recently.

“The business owners did not even know the sign ordinance had been changed and passed,” said Tom Harris, owner of Front Street Brewery. “We didn’t find out about it until 2011 when we started receiving violation notices.”

Tuesday the city admitted its mistake. In a statement a spokeswoman said, “The lack of notification on this change in the sign ordinance was a significant oversight on the part of the city. The city has already begun to develop a process to make sure we do a better job with these types of notifications in the future.”

Under the ordinance, the city requires that window advertisements only take up 10 percent of the window. Hard Wire Tattoo is just one of many businesses that have been cited for this violation. Justin LaNasa owns the shop. He’s also a candidate for Wilmington Mayor.

“Them telling you what you can do inside of your windows is, to me, is against the moral fabric of being able to do what you want to do in your business,” LaNasa. “To me, it’s unreal.”

Among the violations business owners face is the size of their freestanding and marquis signs.

Harris says the rule is not fair to owners who already paid big bucks for their signs.

“They’ve taken signs that used to be legal and are now making them illegal, and some of those signs are very expensive and tens of thousands (of dollars). In my mind that is taking away private property,” Harris said. “That’s very, very disturbing. I think grounds for a lawsuit.”

For now the city plans to work with businesses on a case-by-case basis to deal with the sign ordinance violations.

Harris says he plans to distribute surveys about the ordinance to business owners tomorrow and will share the results with City Council.

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