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Archive for October, 2011

Leland officials seek SBI probe on police misconduct

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Leland town council members will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall building to address allegations of police misconduct that have surfaced in the wake of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint by police officer Sherry Lewis, Batleman said.

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Builder vows to fix Kure Beach park project

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Kure Beach officials were concerned about construction going awry for the Ocean Front Park on Atlantic Avenue, so they held a meeting Thursday afternoon to demand answers from the project’s builder.

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Loss of ‘Project Soccer’ leads to finger pointing

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s official. Southeastern North Carolina has lost more than 1,000 jobs to the Palmetto State.

Continental Tires announced it will build a $500 million facility with 1,600 jobs in Sumter County, South Carolina.

Now the state legislature and the governor’s office here in North Carolina are playing the blame game.

The company was also looking at land in Brunswick County. Thursday, NC Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco met with Brunswick County leaders to thank them for their efforts.

“We are disappointed, but it’s important that we come here and say thank you,” Crisco said.

Without naming any names Secretary Crisco said Senate leaders were unwilling to give Continental Tire what it needed in the end.

“There (were) several packages put forth, but at the end of the day they were unwilling to make the exact statement, make the exact proposal that the company required to come here,” Crisco said. “We were told many times, ‘It’s yours to lose.'”

The issue: timing.

Crisco said Continental needed the incentives it requested in the building stage of the project instead of over a long period of time.

“The senate leadership was unwilling to meet that timing request,” he said.

State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), though, blames Gov. Bev Perdue for the loss.

“Pay-to-play politics in North Carolina, unfortunately, is something we have seen time and time again,” Berger said.

Berger’s comment refers to reports that the sale of the Brunswick County property would have lined the pockets of Perdue’s campaign donors.

“We immediately contacted the Commerce Department, made the governor aware of what we had been advised,” Berger said. “They seem to have no concern what so ever of the appearance that existed.”

Berger did not say if the issue played a role in continental’s decision. Crisco says there was nothing questionable in the site selection. He said an independent consultant selected the site, not the governor or the Department of Commerce.

The governor fired back late this afternoon. In a statement she said:

“Sen. Berger is making reckless accusations in order to evade responsibility for his own decision, a decision that cost North Carolina 1,300 jobs. I didn’t have any involvement in the site selection process, and it didn’t matter to me what piece of land the company selected, as long as the 1,300 jobs came to North Carolina. I supported the package that would bring these jobs to north carolina because it was a good investment for our state; Sen. Berger decided to oppose it because he thought the jobs were not worth it. Now he should stand up and take responsibility for his decision.”

The governor’s office contends Berger and the legislature knew everything about the offer that was on the table and approved it. This afternoon, her office released the chain of correspondence related to the pitching of the project.


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High school students learn consequences of drinking and driving through simulated car crash

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hoggard High School students witnessed a simulated fatal car crash involving a teenage driver Thursday afternoon.

The Wilmington Police and Fire departments alongside other public safety agencies participated in the event.

After the impact of the simulated accident, students and faculty witnessed a jogger calling 9-1-1 as well as sounds of the dispatched call and the events that unfolded afterwards.

Students say the event was a huge wake-up call.

“It was eye opening,” said Nick Dolley, a student at Hoggard. “It just makes you realize the consequences of things you don’t really think about, texting, you think it’s something simple, something no harm will come from it, but it shows you what can happen.”

Students say they really learned from the event and saw what could happen from drinking and driving.

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ONLY ON 3: Occupy Wilmington’s media blackout leaves many questions

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading across the country and making its way to the Cape Fear.

If its purpose is the same here as it is in the Big Apple, then the mission of the event is to end what protestors call the greed and corruption of the wealthiest one percent of the country.

We tried to catch up with an organizer of Occupy Wilmington, but without much luck. As we tried to find out more about this popular movement today, we were shot down in a very strange way.

Based on the Occupy Wilmington NC Facebook page, Jim Natale is one of the movement’s local organizers. We called him and even visited his Hampstead home, but he did not answer.

As the Occupy Together movement continues to sweep across the nation, there is a growing interest in its cause. We simply wanted to talk with Natale or anyone involved in our area about the movement and get more information about an event planned Saturday at Greenfield Lake in Wilmington.

Natale posted on the Occupy Wilmington NC Facebook page that we were outside his home, but that he would not talk. Members of the group posted comments saying he should stay strong.

One comment from a member of the page says: “We can’t allow the media to dominate the message. It’s our message and it’s not tidy, and it’s not in sound bites.”

Protests in other states have turned into sometimes violent clashes with police. Although Wilmington’s movement shows no signs of that, it does not indicate much of anything.

In a Facebook conversation between Natale and WWAY’s Kevin Wuzzardo, Natale said Occupy Wilmington NC is “a leaderless movement,” and that there would be no communication with the media until Saturday’s event.

On a separate page he goes on to say that “main stream media will always portray things into there own light. We the 99% are not disorganized…….”

At this point we still do not know what Occupy Wilmington NC is doing, if it will protest in the city or what its true purpose is.

We have tried to let the group know if anyone wants to talk about the movement, we’d love to hear from them.

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