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Archive for October, 2011

ONLY ON 3: Leland Police Chief Jayne witholds info on bank robbery; Councilwoman, town manager apologize

Monday, October 24th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne’s beef with WWAY apparently runs so deep, he withheld information from the public about an armed man who robbed a credit union Friday to prove his point.

Just hours after the robbery, Jayne sent out a news release to inform local media and alert the citizens of Leland. We discovered, though, he deleted our e-mail address from his distribution list. There were even names of journalists on the list who hadn’t worked in Wilmington media for months, some for years.

We e-mailed the chief letting him know that not e-mailing us the information only put the people of Leland at risk. All he did was forward us his release.

We also alerted the Town Council Town Manager Bill Farris. Councilwoman Brenda Bozeman sent an e-mail Saturday apologizing and promising to make sure Farris took care of the situation. This morning, Farris personally dropped off an apology letter to the station.

“I was out of town Friday,” Farris wrote. “When I returned last night I read your email regarding the handling of the armed robbery press release. How anyone at the Town feels about your reporting or your station’s reporting of events and operations at the Town of Leland is immaterial. All media outlets need to be ‘fed from the same spoon.’ I am making sure WWAY is included on any future press releases from the Town. Please accept my apology.”

This comes after reporting a number of stories alleging misconduct within the police department and a lack of information on if anyone has been held accountable or disciplined.

See what Kevin Wuzzardo thinks about the whole thing in tonight’s edition of “The Rant” coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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ONLY ON 3: Leland Police Chief Jayne withholds info on bank robbery; Councilwoman, town manager apologize

Monday, October 24th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne’s beef with WWAY apparently runs so deep, he withheld information from the public about an armed man who robbed a credit union Friday to prove his point.

Just hours after the robbery, Jayne sent out a news release to inform local media and alert the citizens of Leland. We discovered, though, he deleted our e-mail address from his distribution list. There were even names of journalists on the list who hadn’t worked in Wilmington media for months, some for years.

We e-mailed the chief letting him know that not e-mailing us the information only put the people of Leland at risk. All he did was forward us his release.

We also alerted the Town Council Town Manager Bill Farris. Councilwoman Brenda Bozeman sent an e-mail Saturday apologizing and promising to make sure Farris took care of the situation. This morning, Farris personally dropped off an apology letter to the station.

“I was out of town Friday,” Farris wrote. “When I returned last night I read your email regarding the handling of the armed robbery press release. How anyone at the Town feels about your reporting or your station’s reporting of events and operations at the Town of Leland is immaterial. All media outlets need to be ‘fed from the same spoon.’ I am making sure WWAY is included on any future press releases from the Town. Please accept my apology.”

This comes after reporting a number of stories alleging misconduct within the police department and a lack of information on if anyone has been held accountable or disciplined.

See what Kevin Wuzzardo thinks about the whole thing in tonight’s edition of “The Rant” coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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ONLY ON 3: LaNasa blames Saffo supporters for damaging signs

Monday, October 24th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Political campaigns often inspire supporters to pull some dirty tricks in the run-up to Election Day. Among the most common is campaign signs damaged or even stolen. Many times there is no proof, but one candidate for Wilmington Mayor caught a vandal on video.

It was just before midnight on Monday, October 10, when a man in a long, light-colored coat tried to take down a “LaNasa for Mayor” sign. The man quickly walked away as a car approaches, but he returned six hours later to finish the job.

“(I) checked out the surveillance footage, and it was an old guy in a expensive jacket with a pair of Crocs on ripping my sign down,” candidate Justin LaNasa said.

LaNasa will not say where exactly he put this camera, but it is obvious that it sits high above. The candidate for Wilmington Mayor decided to put cameras up after some of his signs were damaged. At first he thought it may have been some kids, but only two days after putting a camera by this sign, LaNasa had a visual of the suspect. It’s left him calling out supporters of incumbent Mayor Bill Saffo.

“They didn’t look like they were kids or anything like that, so it’s definitely supporters of the other side,” LaNasa said. “I don’t mess with his stuff. I feel people should treat people the way you treat them. I would never do that to anyone. I think it is an underhanded thing, and it shows the way he conducts business or his friends conduct business.”

Mayor Saffo says he has heard this story.

“No one ever comes up with a name, no one ever comes up with a driver license, no one ever comes up with a perpetrator, so it’s unfortunate,” Saffo said. “I’ve had my signs damaged, but I would not make an accusation against anyone unless I knew who it was. Unless I have facts, unless I have proof, I don’t make those kind of accusations.”

LaNasa is eager to find out who damaged his sign. He is even offering a $1,000 reward from his own pocket for any information that can help lead to the vandal’s arrest.

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NC crisis pregnancy centers criticized in report

Monday, October 24th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates challenging new restrictions on doctors before the procedure is performed in North Carolina are now taking aim at centers that urge women to continue their pregnancies to term.

A group called NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation said in a report released Monday that many crisis pregnancy centers are offering inaccurate information about the health dangers associated with abortion for women. The group says its findings are based on what it calls an undercover investigation of more than 60 centers over the past year.

Dozens of the centers will receive a part of the proceeds from new “Choose Life” license plates that now can be issued in North Carolina.

Physicians who provide abortions already have sued to block a portion of new restrictions taking effect Wednesday.

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

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New squatting strategy targets vacant NC property

Monday, October 24th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A new strategy by squatters in vacant homes is popping up in North Carolina’s largest city.

The Mecklenburg Times reports that people have been filing documents called affidavits of adverse possession which they say allows them to take possession of vacant
properties
.

North Carolina law allows such seizures under rare circumstances. But the affidavits don’t protect claimants from trespassing charges, and last month Charlotte police charged a man who had filed the paperwork with burglary.

Sgt. Walt Bowling says such cases can be confusing for police, since squatters produce affidavits which they say allow them to live in the home.

There’s no statewide database of such affidavits, but Tom Miller of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission says he’s surprised to hear about the Charlotte cases.

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

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