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Archive for December, 2011

ONLY ON 3: Family says it caught cop peeping on teenage daughter

Friday, December 16th, 2011

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A scene no parent wants to stumble upon: A peeping Tom outside their daughter’s window. A North Topsail Beach family says that’s what happened to them. They were even more horrified when they say they realized the man outside their home was a police officer.

“I’m just scared, I guess,” the alleged victim, 17-year-old Caitlin Pretty, said. “I hate being outside. I hate being in my room now. It’s just terrifying.”

Pretty doesn’t feel comfortable in her own home after she says she fell prey to a peeping Tom. Caitlin’s mother Shannon says her fiance caught the man early Wednesday morning.

“He sees a figure that is crouched down at my daughter’s sliding glass door watching her through her blinds,” Shannon Pretty said.

Shannon told us her fiance began yelling at the man to come down, and when he started walking down the stairs from the second-floor balcony, the fiance realized it was an officer in uniform.

The cop, who the town says was Ofc. Casey Simpson, told Shannon’s fiance he was called to the area to look for a suspicious person.

“He actually told my fiance he went up there to see what a person would be looking at, and now he knows what that is,” Shannon said.

“I started off in a towel, and then I changed into my bra and panties, and then I just sat down on my bed and started doing my make-up and blow drying my hair,” Casey said.

“The Chief of Police and the major of the department came to the house that morning and apologized on behalf of the police department that this could happen,” Shannon said. “They said the officer was terminated and that he would never work in law enforcement again.”

We tried contacting the North Topsail Beach Police Department, but no one would comment. The town told us the incident is under investigation, but that they can’t talk about it, because it’s a personnel issue.

We tried to contact Simpson at his home, but his wife said he had just stepped out. When asked whether her husband is still employed with North Topsail Beach Police, she refused to comment.

The Pretty family is pressing charges for trespassing and secret peeping. They have been told the SBI is also investigating.

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Man arrested after arson at Wilmington home

Friday, December 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a house fire this morning was intentionally set.

Investigators say Ronald Joseph Rose, 20, of Wilmington, is charged with breaking and entering and arson.

Firefighters responded to the fire at 38 Robert E. Lee Drive before 11 a.m. The home was vacant at the time.

Crews had the fire under control within minutes of arriving on scene. Damages are estimated at around $15,000.

Rose is out of jail on $25,000 secured bond.

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Patrick Murphy, big-city police chief who urged restraint during turbulent era, dies at 91 in Wilmington

Friday, December 16th, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick V. Murphy, a police reformer who urged officers to hold their fire as head of the New York, Detroit and Washington police during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, died Friday. He was 91.

Murphy died of a heart attack at a hospital in Wilmington, N.C., his son, Gerard Murphy, said.

“Pat Murphy was the visionary embodiment of police reform,” New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a written statement. “In the face of fierce opposition from entrenched police leadership nationally, he revolutionized policy to restrain the use of deadly force.”

Murphy was born in Brooklyn and became a police patrolman after serving as a Navy pilot in World War II. He rose through the ranks of the NYPD, then left to become the top police official in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1962. He later headed the forces in Washington and Detroit.

He became known as a fighter against corruption and police brutality.

“If you were a big-city mayor with a slightly berserk police department on your hands, there was one preferred remedy. You hired Patrick V. Murphy for your chief,” Washington Post reporter James Lardner wrote in 1978.

In 1968, Murphy ordered police not to shoot at looters during the riots that wracked Washington following the killing of Martin Luther King Jr.

New York Mayor John Lindsay brought in Murphy in 1970 to clean up the NYPD after police whistleblowers Frank Serpico and David Durk rocked the force with allegations of rampant graft.

Murphy started planting internal spies, known as “field associates” in the police department to watch for corruption.

“The field associates concept was your basic double-agent system,” Murphy said in his book, “Commissioner: A View from the Top of American Law Enforcement.”

New police academy graduates were taken to the office of Murphy’s anticorruption coordinator, William McCarthy. Some would sit in the outer office, while others were brought in and invited to become field associates.

Then the rookies would all be dispatched to their precincts, where their co-workers would assume that all of them were anti-corruption spies, even the ones that had never been signed up.

In 1972, Murphy instituted new rules restricting the use of deadly force to situations in which police needed to defend a life.

He also pioneered the “Cop of the Block” concept, later known as community policing, which encouraged police to get to know the residents of the neighborhoods they were patrolling.

He led the NYPD until the end of Lindsay’s term in 1973.

“It was a rough time … but he was very proud of his work there,” Gerard Murphy said.

Murphy later became a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and spent 12 years as president of the Police Foundation, an advocacy group. He also helped found the Police Executive Research Forum and was an adviser on police issues for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

“Police chiefs across the nation recognize Patrick Murphy as an icon in the field of policing, and agree that he played a historic role in changing the landscape of policing for the better,” the Police Executive Research Forum said Wednesday.

Murphy’s survivors include his wife, Betty Murphy, and eight children. A funeral will be held Wednesday at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Gerard said.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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City council talks annexation, baseball, bridge

Friday, December 16th, 2011

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Wrightsville Beach gets NC Travel Guide cover

Friday, December 16th, 2011

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Like we need an excuse to go to the beach, today Johnnie Mercer’s Pier was the scene of a big announcement.

Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, local leaders and the state Divison of Tourism all came out to a beautiful, sunny day on Wrightsville Beach. They weren’t there for the unseasonable weather, but for the unveiling of the cover shot of the official 2012 North Carolina Travel Guide.

The cover photo of the pier at sunrise will set the tone for the guide. The guide features attractions and accommodations across the state.

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