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Archive for September, 2011

Construction summit will head to Wilmington

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Spiderman suspect wanted for robbery

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Spiderman has some sticky fingers.

Sunday morning, a man wearing white gloves and a spiderman mask entered a gas station at 604 South College Road. He had a gun and demanded cash and cigarettes.

The masked bandit got what he wanted and ran off, after telling the clerk and a customer to lie on the floor. If you have information, call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3600.

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StarNews Editorial: Make Leland Police investigation thorough, timely and public

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


The Leland Police Department is under suspicion, and whether or not that suspicion is justified, town officials owe it to residents and the officers to complete an ongoing investigation as soon as possible. And when it’s completed, the results – for better or for worse – should be made public.

Assorted complaints, including a former female officer’s discrimination allegation, beg for a quick and open examination of what may or may not be wrong with the police department.

Complaints go all the way to the top to Chief Timothy Jayne.

Town Manager Bill Farris says he’s been looking into it, and at least one council member believes it’s all “on his shoulders.” She is partially right, but the town council also has an obligation to ensure that appointed officials follow through and that the residents are informed of the outcome of the investigation.

A number of accusations are swirling around the police department, including possible misconduct by Jayne and some of his officers. That sort of cloud could taint the department’s ability to enforce the law and must be addressed immediately.

The most widely publicized incident involves a female officer who said she was injured after being shot in the groin by a paintball gun during a training exercise.

Sherry Lewis filed a discrimination complaint. She resigned after receiving an $18,750 settlement; her lawyer got $6,250.

Although a state official says it’s unrelated to the complaint, the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission confirmed recently that it has done an audit of the department’s training protocol and found some deficiencies.

Some are said to be minor; the town should provide a full report to the council and the public that includes how the department will address them.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE EDITORIAL: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20110926/ARTICLES/110929749/1108/e…

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Henderson Co. residents discuss steep-slope issues

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (AP) — Residents of Henderson County have discussed steep-slope issues as they reviewed a landslide hazard map.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reported that about 30 people attended a steep-slope forum Monday at the
Henderson County Public Library. The Environmental and Conservation Organization sponsored the session and will post a general map highlighting high-risk areas on its website next week.

Senior geologist Rick Wooten of the state Department of Environmental Resources says a more detailed map is available on CD for free through the North Carolina Geological Survey’s main office in Raleigh.

The agency has identified 88 landslides in Henderson County in the past 94 years, compared with more than 2,000 in Watauga County.

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

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Northeastern NC SPCA buys larger building

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

ELIZABIETH CITY, NC (AP) — The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Northeastern North Carolina is trying to raise $350,000 to move to a new, larger location in Pasquotank County.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported that the SPCA has paid $300,000 for a warehouse and more than 3 acres of land. It needs the additional money to renovate the 6,000-square-foot building.

The president of the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina says staff will be able to separate healthy animals from sick ones in new space. President Kim Parrish says the facility also will have rooms for feral cats and pregnant animals.

The SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina is a private, nonprofit organization that provides animal shelter services in Pasquotank through a contract with the county.

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

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