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Archive for September, 2011

More time passes with no answers in Pine Valley murder

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been more than two months since a woman was killed in her own home, but still no one has been charged with her murder. Wilmington Police say investigators are still waiting on forensic evidence to come back.

Back in July Carol Ann Johnson’s fiance found her body in their Pine Valley home.

Police have not said if they have any leads on suspects.

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New bonds for CFPUA projects likely to mean rate increases

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

The Cape Fear Public Authority Wednesday approved millions of dollars in new bonds for projects aimed at maintaining the area’s water and sewer, including upgrading three wastewater stations in New Hanover County that are over capacity.But the move will likely mean another round of rate increases starting in fiscal year 2013.

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After marriage question, NC Legislature goes home

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly has left Raleigh following a three-day session in which lawmakers agreed to put a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on next year’s ballot.

The House and Senate adjourned Wednesday morning after finishing two bills that will be sent to Gov. Beverly Perdue. Both contained adjustments to laws approved earlier this year. The Republican-led Legislature approved the bill despite complaints by some Democrats about changes affecting community colleges and bail bondsmen.

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger say their chambers remain at odds over another proposed constitutional amendment limiting how long legislative leaders can serve.

Lawmakers adjourned until Nov. 7 when they could take up legislation needed to respond to Hurricane Irene, as well as election laws or redistricting.

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

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Pender murder case goes to grand jury

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County murder case is headed to a grand jury. Deputies say 34-year-old Michael Grant shot and killed his neighbor Anthony Wayne Edens August 31 and later fired at officers during a standoff.

Grant was scheduled for court today, but the DA’s office says his case will go to a grand jury for a possible indictment.

Grant is charged with first degree murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, assault by pointing a gun, communicating a threat and assault on a female.

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ONLY ON 3: Leland police chief punched officer during recent 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.”

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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