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Archive for October, 2011

Topsail High principal suspended with pay

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Topsail High School Principal Marcus Skipper was suspended with pay Monday.

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Candidate profile: Laura Padgett

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With early voting underway and Election Day right around the corner, we’ve been introducing your to the candidates for Wilmington City Council.

Incumbent Laura Padgett says her experience is an asset to the city and looks forward to continue to improve Wilmington.

Padgett has served on Wilmington City Council for four terms. She was born and raised in Louisville, KY, but has called Wilmington home for decades.

“I came here first in 1975 with my husband at the time, who had a job teaching at the university,” she said. “So I have lived in Wilmington basically 35-plus years, although I was gone a couple of years in the early ’80s pursuing a career.”

The retired financial advisor and stock broker says despite having been elected four times, her work is not over. Padgett wants to continue to see projects flourish like roads and parks.

“A lot of things run at a tortoise pace with government, so you start things, and we have ideas when we get elected, but it does take a long time for thing to come to fruition,” Padgett said.

Padgett says her years of experience on council is an asset, adding that her non-incumbent challengers may not realize what the job entails.

“It is kind of a hard job,” Padgett said. “People don’t realize the time and effort it takes, the volume of material you are responsible for. How many views points you really have to take into consideration before you make a decision that is going to affect everyone, sometimes affect many other people that you have not really heard from.”

Padgett has been part of some controversies during her tenure. Most recently her travel expenditures.

“There was a very good reason for each of those trips,” she said. “Number one City Council had approved a travel budget. The city manager and the city council through the travel budget allocation had not only approved the trips ahead of time but encouraged me to take them.”

Padgett says despite the bumps in the road her focus has always been on making Wilmington a better place for all. She says if the city continues to improve itself, soon everybody, including businesses will want to live and grow their companies here in the Port City.

“I would like to continue to contribute to Wilmington’s success, and I think I bring a lot of knowledge and experience about how we got where we are and how we might make things better,” Padgett said.

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Marine Corps captain among those charged in child porn crackdown

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

A Marine Corps captain is among those charged in child porn crackdown.

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ONLY ON 3 @ 6: Former Leland officer Sherry Lewis talks about shooting, harassment within department

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — For the first time since being shot during a training exercise in March, former Leland Police Officer Sherry Lewis sat down with us to describe what happened to her and the harassment she says she faced on a daily basis inside the Leland Police Department.

Lewis says on March 10, her tenth anniversary with the department, she attended a training exercise at Ft. Fisher. She says multiple officers and their wives told her that the supervising officers would target her during the training session.

“When I would begin my shift in the morning, if those supervisors’ vehicles were in the parking lot, I knew they were inside. Before I’d go in I’d take a couple of deep breaths,” Lewis said. “I’d prepare myself. I didn’t think about what could happen in the streets. That was pretty much… you knew what you may have to encounter out there. I’ve had plenty of encounters. You know I have in ten years. I’ve handled by business, but there I have some type of control on what my actions can be. I had no inside. No matter what they did or said, I was at their mercy.”

By the end of the exercise at Ft. Fisher, she says she was shot between the legs at least 12 times with simulated ammunition. We have since learned that Ofc. Michael Landen was the officer that shot her all 12 times. As of today, neither the Town of Leland nor the police department will say if Landen was ever disciplined.

We’ll have much more of Lewis’s interview tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 6 p.m.

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Topsail High principal suspended

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Topsail High School’s principal has been suspended, but no one is saying why. Pender County Schools spokeswoman Joyce Keith says Marcus Skipper was suspended Monday with pay. Keith said in an e-mail to WWAY, “There are no further comments.”

Back in June the school board reassigned Skipper to Cape Fear Middle School leading to outcry from Topsail parents and students. Within days, the board reversed its decision.

“Marcus Skipper requested to be reinstated,” Keith told WWAY in an e-mail June 16. “The decision is in the best interest of Topsail High School and Cape Fear Middle School.”

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