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Archive for December, 2011

FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Leland council calls special meeting tonight to talk police and Chief Jayne

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Mayor Walter Futch has called a special closed session meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m.

While Mayor Elect Brenda Bozeman either brushes us off or runs from our cameras when we request an interview, she tells the StarNews that the meeting will deal with personnel issues within the police department.

Bozeman also said she and new Town Manager David Hollis would suggest a number of “reorganizations” within the embattled department.

WWAY NewsChannel 3 was the first local media outlet to uncover multiple allegations of misconduct within the police department. So far, no council member, the town manager or the police chief have refuted the allegations.

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ABC World News features ‘Enchanted Airlie’

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In the holiday spirit, ABC World News is featuring different holiday scenes from across America this month. Tuesday night, the holiday shoutout from George Stephanopoulos spotlighted Wilmington’s own “Enchanted Airlie” light display at Airlie Gardens.

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NC county questions sheriff on behavior, lawsuits

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (AP) — Henderson County commissioners are asking the sheriff now on leave because of mental illness to respond to rumors he has moved to settle legal complaints by his employees.

The commissioners sent Sheriff Rick Davis a letter seeking information after a closed-door meeting. A resident alleged in a public meeting Monday that the county’s insurance company paid $300,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Davis told the Hendersonville Times-News the settlement amount cited was ridiculous, but he would not say if a settlement was paid.

Davis said his manic bipolar disorder led him to yell at employees and send inappropriate emails. Davis said long hours and little sleep as sheriff led him to hear voices that didn’t exist.

He began an indefinite leave from his job two weeks ago.

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

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Billion-dollar weather disasters smashes US record

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s wild weather year has hit yet another new high: a devastating dozen billion-dollar catastrophes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday that it has recalculated the number of weather disasters passing the billion dollar mark, with two new ones, pushing 2011’s total to 12. The two costly additions are the Texas, New Mexico and Arizona wildfires and the mid June tornadoes and severe weather.

The nation’s weather service chief said destructive and relentless extreme weather in America has killed more than 1,000 people this year. The dozen billion dollar disasters add up to $52 billion in damages.

There were as many billion-dollar weather disasters this year as in the entire decade of the 1980s.

Scientists blame a combination of global warming and freak weather.

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

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Outgoing Carolina Beach Council discusses contracts, reflects on term

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach is one week away from swearing-in its new council but the current council remains busy. Tuesday night town council met for a special meeting to discuss the approval of a new parking contract and a management contract involving two town owned motels. The parking contract passed unanimously while the details of the motel contract were discussed but not finalized. These two items possibly being the last ones the outgoing council will have a say on.

“I’ve had a good time and I’ve enjoyed serving my town,” said Carolina Beach Mayor Joel Macon. “I’ve been on council for 12 years and mayor for the last four and it has been an awarding experience.”

Mayor Macon is not the only one who is on his way out. Councilwoman Pat Efird and Councilman Dan Wilcox are the other two who are coming to the end of their term.

“I thank the citizens for letting me serve them for four years,” Councilman Wilcox said. “I can look back and know that I did everything I could do. I worked very hard and the town’s interest was always in my heart and I have no regrets for the accomplishments I have made.”

While Wilcox and Macon are proud of their work on council, their upcoming departure and Efird’s departure comes in the midst of an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, regarding property that was purchased by the town. Wilcox and Macon did not say much on the pending investigation but did show confidence Tuesday night that the allegations would be found untruthful.

“The complaint is bogus. I can tell you right now there is nothing to be found,” Wilcox said.

“We’ll let the SBI do what they do which is an investigation,” said Macon. “It’s pretty simple, they do an investigation and if there is any wrongdoing found then they handle it.”

Councilwoman Pat Efird was in attendance Tuesday night as well but we were unable to grab her after the meeting for comment.

The new council will be sworn in December 13.

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