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Archive for November, 2011

Recount for Bolton mayor race Monday

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It may be more than a week since Election Day, but the election process is not over yet. In Columbus County, there’s still some double-checking to be done for mayor in Bolton.

Columbus County Elections Director Carla Strickland says the Board of Elections will do a discretionary recount of the votes for mayor on the Bolton precinct ballots. The recount is Monday at 5 p.m. at the Board of Elections office. Strickland says absentee and One-Stop Voting ballots will not be recounted, as there is only a question about the precinct ballots.

The unofficial tally shows Frank A. Wilson with 121 votes in the race, which tops Gary Graham’s 111. Of the 232 votes in the election, 217 were cast at the precinct on Election Day. Wilson got 120 of those votes to 97 for Graham.

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Lockdown ends at ECU after report of man with gun

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

GREENVILLE, NC (WCTI) — The East Carolina University campus was eerily empty Wednesday just before lunchtime. The entire campus was placed on lockdown around 10 a.m. after reports of a man with a gun near campus came into police.That lockdown was lifted just before 1 p.m.

For nearly three hours, officials from ECU and Greenville Police in coordination with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Department searched the ECU campus for what they believed to be a man with a gun.

The initial report of a gun came from footage seen from a traffic camera, Greenville Police Sgt. Carlton Williams said.

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Carolina Beach police chief resigns amid ‘speculation’

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

At the same time, officer Alicia Lachance resigned effective Wednesday.

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Foot-long shrimp evoke caution

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The number of Asian tiger shrimp in N.C. waters is at an all-time high.

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Columbus Co. woman pleads guilty to killing her boyfriend

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

WHITEVILLE, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — On November 10, 2011 Mattie Kelly plead guilty to 2nd Degree Murder and 1st Degree Burglary in Columbus County, North Carolina.

Ms. Kelly received a sentence of 314-472 months in the Department of Corrections.

This plea is a result of a crime that occurred on August 6, 2010 in Chadbourn, North Carolina. On August 8,
2010, Officer Jeremy Lewis with the Chadbourn Police Department was patrolling South Brown Street around
4:45 a.m. While patrolling, Officer Lewis saw a black female standing on the sidewalk flagging him down.
Officer Lewis stopped his vehicle and approached the female, Mattie Kelly. At that time, Ms. Kelly told the
officer that she had just killed her boyfriend. Ms. Kelly then told the officer the name of her boyfriend, Edward Jerome Jackson, and the location of his body.

Officer Lewis remained with Ms. Kelly while other officers responded to the address given by Ms. Kelly. The
officers responding to the victim’s home found Edward Jerome Jackson deceased in the location given by Ms.
Kelly. During an interview with officers, Ms. Kelly admitted to killing Mr. Jackson with a hatchet in his home on August 6, 2010. Ms. Kelly also informed the officers of the location of the murder weapon.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Chris Gentry.

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