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Archive for December, 2011

Necropsy planned for whale washed up on Carolina Beach

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Crowds of people gathered in Carolina Beach last night, all wanting to catch a glimpse of a 15-foot whale that washed up on shore. The animal was found around 9:30 p.m. near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

Aquarium officials believe it is a sub-adult minke whale.

Dozens of people dropped by to see the dead whale with their own eyes. A perimeter was put up around the animal preventing anyone from getting too close.

Officials say the whale could have died from disease despite the apparent shark bites.

“We definitely have confirmed some shark interaction with this animal,” said Paul Barrington from the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. “Whether this is the cause of death, it is still to early to tell. It may be some natural causes for the death of this animal: disease, boat strike. It is just to early to tell.”

The minke whale was not moved overnight. Officials plan to perform a necropsy later this morning.

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Leland settles claim from another police officer

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Two settlements within three months and seven officers all gone from the Leland Police Department in a matter of a year. The numbers just don’t seem to add up in Leland.

The Town of Leland settled yet another claim against the town from a Leland Police officer at Thursday night’s special council meeting. The settlement says officer Kevin Foss will resign as an employee, the claim he filed will be dismissed and the records concerning the situation will be sealed.

“A lot of people have resigned,” incoming Leland Town Manager David Hollis said. “There’s approximately 30 people in the department. Seven of 30 is a good percentage. That is concerning.”

Hollis says information about the claim cannot be released because it concerns personnel.

“I can’t really talk too much about what’s going on in the police department personnel wise,” he said.

When we asked Hollis if anything that we had reported so far about the Leland Police Department was untrue, he struggled to answer.

“That’s a good question,” Hollis said.

After months of denying to interview with us, Leland Mayor-Elect Brenda Bozeman says she still had many questions about the situation herself.

“I can’t deny it or I can’t… I can’t either way,” Bozeman said.

Bozeman says the problem council has come across while trying to find the truth is that there are so many different stories from different people. She says the council is waiting on the results from the SBI investigation requested earlier this year to come back before moving forward.

For now, Bozeman says she will continue to trust the police department and Police Chief Tim Jayne until she is told otherwise.

“As of right now, I have no reason not to unless something comes back,” Bozeman said.

We tried to talk to Foss about the settlement, but he said he was prohibited by the terms of the agreement with the town to talk to any media about the claim or any other issue involving the Leland Police Department.

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Public hearing to be held on Surf City swing bridge

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The public is getting its chance to comment on the alternatives to replace the swing bridge in Surf City.

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Firefighters respond to house fire at 5th and Meares

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Firefighters are at the scene of a house fire at Fifth Avenue and Meares Street.

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UNC trustees set to meet on ‘personnel matter’

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — The board of trustees at the University of North Carolina has scheduled meetings to discuss “a personnel matter” amid reports the school is about to name Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora as its next football coach.

Meetings are scheduled for Thursday and Friday morning. The school said some portion of those meetings are to be conducted in closed session.

The board is expected to “take action” during Friday’s meeting. Any deal to hire Fedora would be subject to approval by the trustees. That means North Carolina couldn’t introduce Fedora to the public as the new coach until Friday at the earliest.

The Tar Heels were looking for a permanent replacement for Butch Davis, who was fired amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct within the program.

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

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