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Archive for September, 2011

ONLY ON 3: Leland police officer shot in groin with training bullets wins harassment complaint against department

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — We have learned that a Leland police officer recently filed a harassment charge against the police department – and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found in her favor late last week.

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.

Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne referred our calls to Town Manager Bill Farris.

We called Farris and he told us he couldn’t comment on the story.

The Leland Town Council is scheduled to discuss the matter at their Thursday meeting.

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NC 71-year-old offers water, beaten with own cane

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — North Carolina police say a
71-year-old woman was robbed and beaten with her own cane after
getting a glass of water for a stranger at her door.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Wednesday
that police have been unable to find the
suspect. The newspaper said it was not naming the victim.

The robbery happened after dark on Monday.

The woman told police that a man came to her door and asked for
a glass of water. She told him if he would go to the street, she
would put some water for him on the front porch.

When she returned to the door, the man rushed from the street,
knocked her down, and started beating her with her cane.

The robber stole some money and ran away.

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

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Elon University criticizes racists slurs

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

ELON, NC (AP) — Elon University says it is working to raise
awareness of racial issues after remarks were made to two students
in the past week.

The Times-News of Burlington reported
that Elon President Leo Lambert met with about 2,500 students
Tuesday to talk about the two on-campus incidents.

Student Government Association executive president Sam Warren
says he hopes students will learn of the incidents and be more
aware of the problem.

Lambert says a racial slur was yelled at a student last week
from a car that passed dangerously close to her. No suspects have
been identified.

Racial slurs were also yelled at a student after Saturday’s
football game. Officials don’t think that person who yelled was a

Lambert also sent students an email on the topic Sunday.

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

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Newspaper: Charlotte luring Chiquita to move HQ

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Officials in North Carolina’s largest
city are offering millions of dollars if banana giant Chiquita
Brands International relocates its headquarters from Ohio.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that Charlotte and
Mecklenburg County have each decided to offer
$1 million in incentives, with the state adding another $2 million.
The newspaper says its information comes from several people
familiar with the proposal after closed-door meetings this week of
the city council and county commissioners.

Chiquita also considered moving its headquarters from Cincinnati
in 2005, but stayed in Ohio.

Chiquita spokesman Ed Loyd says the company is evaluating sites
and is in talks with officials in Cincinnati, Charlotte, and other

The newspaper reports the average salary of the roughly 400
headquarters jobs would be more than $100,000.

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

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Bill to cap legislative terms may have to wait until November

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly is
cleaning up several laws approved this year before leaving town
Wednesday, but a measure to let voters decide whether to cap time
served by legislative leaders may have to wait.

A House committee agreed Tuesday to a compromise with senators
on the tweaks to new laws, including the delay of a new requirement
for young drivers to record hours they drive before they get a full
provisional license until Jan. 1. The bill also would allow bail
bondsmen to access court records online for a fee.

It looks less likely House and Senate Republicans will agree on
a constitutional amendment limiting how long the House speaker and
Senate leader can serve. The Senate hasn’t appointed negotiators.

The Legislature could return to Raleigh in November.

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

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