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Archive for September, 2011

Council OKs settlement for police officer

Friday, September 16th, 2011

After a closed session Thursday night, the Leland Town Council approved a settlement with police officer Sherry Lewis who had filed an Equal Opportunity Commission complaint against the town for an incident that allegedly occurred during a police training incident in March.

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Town of Leland settles wth police officer shot in groin; Mayor says he is “out of touch”

Friday, September 16th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Leland agreed to settle with a Leland Police Officer who was shot in the groin multiple times with training ammunition during an exercise.

The town’s insurance company will pay Sherry Lewis $18,750 and her attorney $6,250. Lewis also agrees to resign her position and neither party will admit fault or liability.

We asked Town Manager Bill Farris if the officer that shot Lewis had been disciplined. He told us he didn’t know anything about that. When asked if he was denying the shooting happened, he got up and abruptly left the interview.

We also asked Mayor Walter Futch about the incident. He said he hadn’t talked to Farris about it until yesterday and added that the hurricane had taken up most of his time lately. When asked about Police Chief Tim Jayne punching another officer, he said he hadn’t talked to Farris about that issue. Futch said he’s not involved with hiring and firing and that he left that up to Farris. We asked Futch if he wasn’t Farris’s boss? He said he wasn’t, but finally admitted that the council actually was, but that he would need at least three votes to do anything about Ferris. When asked if Futch wasd “out of touch,” he admitted that he was, that the people who elected him only voted for him to set policy and not worry about personnel issues or the town’s credibility.

We asked Chief Jayne for a comment as well. He told us he needed to step out and that he would be right back, but then proceeded to get in his car and leave.

Mayor Futch has agreed to join us for a live follow-up interview on Friday during WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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State House speaker visits Wilmington

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Tillis also fields questions on gay marriage ban amendment.

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Suspects still sought in shooting homicide

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Police confirmed that the victims of Wednesday night’s shooting, 19-year-old Jonathan Jones Jr. and 24-year-old Joseph Edward Hanible, did not reside in Creekwood.

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Robinson’s ceremony honors her career, former judge who died

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

New Hanover and Pender counties’ newest District Court judge was publicly sworn in Thursday evening during a ceremony that paid tribute to family and her predecessor.

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