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Archive for September, 2011

Project Soccer incentives may need special session

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Rep. Susi Hamilton said Wednesday morning there is a "strong possibility" the General Assembly will return to the capital later this month for a special session to consider economic incentives for Project Soccer, the proposed development that could bring more than 1,000 jobs to an industrial park in Brunswick County.

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ONLY ON 3: Leland police chief punched officer during bachelor party

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — WWAY has confirmed with two independent sources that Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne recently punched one of his officers during a bachelor party in Myrtle Beach.

The sources, who wish to remain anonymous, tell us Jayne slugged Officer John Holman and that other officers had to pull him off. Myrtle Beach Police were not called in to investigate.

The party was being thrown for Officer Aaron Naughton, who has resigned since then and now works in the security department at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The sources also tell us the chief and his officers took town-owned vehicles to Myrtle Beach.

We’ve reached out to Chief Jayne to get his side of the story. We also wanted to talk with him about a story we broke Tuesday regarding Officer Sherry Lewis being shot at least 12 times in the crotch by her fellow officers with training simulation ammunition. Lewis’s attorney says she was injured in the shooting.

Jayne told WWAY this morning, “We’re not going to make any comment on that or any information regarding that story. And that comes from the Town Manager’s office.”

Leland Town Manager Bill Farris said he could not confirm or deny the incident happened.

Both the police department and the Town of Leland are also refusing to tell us if the officers involved in the shooting were disciplined or not and what, if any, disciplinary action was taken.

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ONLY ON 3: Leland police chief punched officer during recent batchelor party

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — We have confirmed with two independent sources that Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne recently punched one of his officers during a batchelor party in Myrtle Beach.

The sources, who wish to remain anonymous, tell us Jayne slugged Officer John Holman and that other officers had to pull him off. Myrtle Beach Police were not called in to investigate.

The party was being thrown for Officer Aaron Naughton, who has resigned since then and now works in the security department at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The sources also tell us the chief and his officers took town-owned vehicles to Myrtle Beach.

We’ve reached out to Chief Jayne to get his side of the story. We also wanted to talk with him about a story we broke Tuesday regarding Officer Sherry Lewis being shot at least 12 times in the crotch by her fellow officers with training simulation ammunition. Lewis’s attorney says she was injured in the shooting.

Jayne told Ramon this morning, “We’re not going to make any comment on that or any information regarding that story. And that comes from the Town Manager’s office.”

Both the police department and the Town of Leland are also refusing to tell us if the officers involved in the shooting were disciplined or not and what, if any, disciplinary action was taken.

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FIRST ON 3: State fines Progress Energy for death at Wilmington plant

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Labor has fined Progress Energy after a death at the company’s L.V. Sutton Steam Electric Plant in Wilmington. Cory Rogers, 24, died March 15 after hydrogen gas exploded during maintenance.

The Labor Department cited Progress Energy for nine alleged serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina with a total penalty of $31,500.

Civil penalties for OSH violations are included in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina in the General Statutes. The maximum penalty for each serious violation is $7,000. The General Statutes say that the Labor Department has to take into consideration various factors such as the size of the business, the good faith and cooperation of the employer, and the history of previous violations.

The Department of Labor says penalties are in no way designed to make up for loss of life. By law, the civil money penalties collected by the Department of Labor are not the receipts of the department, but rather must be remitted to the Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund, which then distributes the monies to the public school systems.

Fines are issued to penalize the offending employer but also to get the attention of other employers with similar work environments.

The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citation to request an informal conference with the Labor Department, to file a notice of contest with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina (an independent board appointed by the governor to hear appeals of OSH citations), or to pay the penalty.

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Leland Police stand by training that led to harassment complaint

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Leland Police Department stands behind a training exercise that led to a harassment complaint from a female officer. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently found in favor of Ofc. Sherry Lewis in her complaint against the police department.

Multiple sources tell us Sherry Lewis was shot in the private area multiple times with training simulation ammunition by fellow officers. Her attorney says she was injured by the shots.

Tuesday, Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne declined to comment on the incident and referred our questions to Town Manager Bill Farris. Wednesday Farris said Jayne conducted a training assessment. A short time after our conversation with Farris, Jayne released a statement about the traning on March 9 and 10.

“An internal review of the training incident was conducted and found no wrongdoing by any officer or supervisor who participated in this training,” Jayne said in the statement. “Force on force training is a state of the art training tool used by many agencies across the country. Simmunition or paint ball type ammunition is used to help identify when officers and suspects are struck by simulated gunfire.

“While this training does have some dangers, precautions were taken and appropriate attire, eye protection and helmets were worn by all participants, instructors alerted participants to the need for personal protective attire. While some minor injuries can sometime occur from force on force training, no injuries were reported to supervisors on the date of the training and all participants were polled about injuries at the conclusion of each training session.”

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