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Archive for December, 2011

New Hanover County Community Action back in the spotlight

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– New Hanover County Community Action is in the spotlight again this evening. It’s under investigation for allegedly misspending funds. Now, a Wilmington City Councilman’s wife says she was listed as being on the board of the organization, but never served a day.

Sandra Sheridan says she has never stepped foot in the organization’s building much less done anything as a board member for Community Action. She says she wants her name cleared.

Community Action operates Head Start, an early education, anti-poverty program. It has a board of directors, and Sandra Sheridan says she was asked once to join, but she politely declined.

She was shocked to find out that Community Action listed her as a board member on an IRS Form 990 the group filled out in 2008 and 2009.

“I have never served on the board. I don’t know when they meet. Don’t know anything about their organization. All I can say to you is I’m very upset that my name has been put out there,” said Sheridan.

Community Action is also under federal investigation for allegedly misspending close to $1,000,000.

We reached out to a number of the group’s board members. They told us we could only talk to the chairman, Rev. Charles Davis. Davis called us back late this afternoon and said he couldn’t do an interview until next week.

Sheridan adds that another reason she couldn’t be on the Community Action board is because she’s already on a competing board.

She also added that she is still trying to wrap her brain around how all this happened, and once she does, she’ll decide on what to do next.

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Voices of Conscience — Healing to helping

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Cancer survivor, graduate student focuses on nonprofit management

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New members of Leland Town Council take seats

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Council members look forward to addressing town’s challenges

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Suspect arrested for fire at Independence Mall

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police arrest a suspect after they say a fire was intentionally set at Independence Mall.

Police arrested William Peacock, 48, who they say started the fire at Belk that caused it to be closed Saturday afternoon.

Peacock is charged with burning personal property and is being held on a one-thousand dollar secured bond.

Fire investigators say the fire was set in a trash compactor. Multiple fire crews responded to the scene.
There were no injuries.

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Trooper zaps trainee in buttocks

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS AND OBSERVER) — Ouch! A State Highway Patrol training officer horsing around at the magistrates office in the Wake County Jail last month accidentally stunned a trainee in the buttock with a Taser.

It happened in the early morning hours of Nov. 27, when the training officer pulled the trigger of his Taser without a cartridge loaded. That makes a loud popping noise, but doesn’t fire the weapon.

Unfortunately, the trainee trooper’s startled reaction was to jump backward into the Taser, which stunned him. The trainee wasn’t injured, according to a spokesman with the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.

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