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Archive for October, 2011

ONLY ON 3: Leland council members to call for private investigation of PD

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Earlier this week Leland Town Council called a special meeting for tomorrow night. WWAY has learned whether it’s the main topic or not, at least one council member plans to ask for a private investigator to look into mounting allegations against Leland’s Police Department.

Councilwoman Martha Currie say if it is not brought up at tomorrow’s meeting then she will ask for a private investigation. But what can a PI accomplish?

If the town decides to hire a private investigator, that firm will likely have access to files and interview members of the police department. A private investigator would be used to look into the numerous allegations and issues we’ve uncovered in recent weeks and then report back to the town.

Private investigator Marc Benson says there can be complications in a case like this.

“Sometimes you can start looking at what the original allegation is, and it turns into multiple other issues, and so depending on how many other issues you find, it depends on how long the investigation will take,” Benson said.

Benson also says that when you are going after an employee and are getting ready to affect their livelihood, you must remain unbiased and try to protect their job. But if the investigation finds they are not doing their job the right way, then the p-i would report that to the town.

That special meeting is open to the public. It’s at Leland Town Hall tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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Belville mayor arrested on sexual battery charges

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Belville Mayor Jack Batson Jr. was arrested Wednesday on a charge of sexual battery, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

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Elizabethtown sets Halloween revelry rules

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — Halloween is less than a month away, and one Bladen County town is ready for the all the ghouls and goblins. Elizabethtown is so ready, that this week the town passed an ordinance setting the times for trick-or-treating.

Earlier this week the town council passed a resolution that set not only the time trick-or-treaters may be out, but also set the time that teenagers can’t be out. Kids between the ages of 13 and 18 will not be allowed out on the streets from 11 p.m. on Halloween until 6 a.m. on Nov. 1.

Councilman Ricky Leinwand says the resolution is intended to keep everyone safe. As someone who was born and raised in Elizabethtown Leinwand also hinted at the type of mischief a kid can get into on Halloween.

“Well, I can’t go into detail, but I got into some trouble in my youth days,” Leinwand said.

What’s surprising about this resolution is that it is nothing new. Mayor Sylvia Campbell says Elizabethtown has set the designated the trick-or-treat and curfew times for the past several years. She says residents like the resolution, because it dedicates a period of time for their little ghosts and goulies.

“We’re just urging everybody to be real careful as they go out and to be mindful of these children on the street,” Mayor Campbell said. “We’re looking forward to a big halloween this year.”

The town did not say what would happen to anyone who breaks the rules on Halloween. Maybe they’ll be fined a few pieces of candy.

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Bladen County holds Ag day for third graders

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

BLADEN COUNTY (WWAY) — Dozens of Bladen County third graders got a chance to learn outside of the classroom today.

Ag’em up day gave students an opportunity to get hands-on while exploring different aspects of agriculture. Seven different stations were set up, which included lessons on cotton, soil, and swine just to name a few.

Teachers say the event gave their third graders an understanding on how important agriculture is in Bladen County. “It also opens them up to what’s available here in Bladen County because they’re learning that blueberries are the main crop and they learn about the soil and the air and what they can crop and about the animals that are raised here.”

The instructors for Ag’em up day, where students themselves from both East and West Bladen high. As for the third graders, they said it was very cool to see and touch the baby pigs.

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‘Project Soccer’ looks like loss for NC as SC Gov. plans announcement tomorrow

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — “Project Soccer” has been kicked back and forth between the Carolinas for months, but it seems the Palmetto State has scored.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley plans a major economic development announcement tomorrow in Sumter County. Word among North Carolina lawmakers is that officials from Continental Tire will announce their decision to build a factory south of the border, but what does losing this huge deal mean for our future?

Rep. Dewey Hill (D-20th District) says losing this deal will be a huge wake-up call to state legislators. He says he hopes they go after future deals more aggressively. Rep. Danny McComas (R-19th District) agrees and says something needs to change.

“We’re not leaving any stone unturned,” McComas said Wednesday. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure we provide the jobs we so badly need in southeastern North Carolina.”

But “Project Soccer,” the code name for Continental Tire’s newest manufacturing plant, would provide our area with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investments. The company is believed to be considering land near the Brunswick-Columbus County line for the factory.

“The decision has not been made as of yet, so we’re still at the table, and we’re still doing everything we can to make it happen,” McComas said.

If South Carolina lands this deal, it will be the second tire plant to pump up the Palmetto State’s economy in a month. Bridgestone Americas is planning to expand its plant in Aiken by adding 850 new jobs to the area.

So why is it so hard for us to compete?

“We need to offer these industries an opportunity to come in so they’ll bring all of these other support industries,” McComas said. “If we are able to do that, we could certainly reduce our corporate tax rates and have a snowball effect.”

McComas says South Carolina put more cash incentives on the table, while North Carolina wanted to pay out its incentives over time. He says the problems lie within state government.

“You’ve got the governor, you’ve got the House, you’ve got the Senate, and we all need to get together and find a way to make it happen,” McComas said.

According to a South Carolina newspaper, “A state economic development board that approves incentive packages is set to meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday. They only item on the agenda is ‘a confidential economic development project’ in Sumter County.” Sumter is the other location Continental is believed to be considering.

Despite what lawmakers have told us, a spokeswoman for Continental Tire says she does not know of any announcement scheduled by company officials.

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