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Archive for January, 2012

Berger not in court yet for protective order case

Friday, January 27th, 2012

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was scheduled to be back in court Friday.

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HAPPENING NOW: Commissioner Berger no-show for court hearing; Deputies at his house

Friday, January 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is AWOL again.

He was supposed to be in court this morning for a hearing related to him violating a protective order.

His attorney, State Senator Thom Goolsby says he doesn’t have any idea where his client is.

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield is there though. He says he’s been subpoenaed to testify. Berger’s ex-girlfriend Heath Blaylock is there too.

The county has sent sheriff’s deputies to Berger’s house to make sure he’s okay.

Berger has been consistantly late to meetings since taking office, even missing voting on a motion to remove him from the boards he sits on.

Last year, the four other commissioners asked Berger to resign. He’s refused, saying they’re out to get him because he has different political views.

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Man charged in beheading plot to appear in Wilmington court

Friday, January 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — A Raleigh man accused of paying a hit man to behead three witnesses in a North Carolina terrorism case will make his first appearance Friday in federal court.

Shkumbin Sherifi was arrested last weekend after FBI agents tracked him to a meeting in Wilmington with a government informant posing as a hit man. Agents say the 21-year-old paid the informant $4,250 in cash toward the first killing.

Officials say the plot was masterminded by Sherifi’s imprisoned older brother Hysen Sherifi, who was sentenced to 45 years earlier this month in what prosecutors described as a conspiracy to attack the Marine base at Quantico, VA, and targets abroad.

Also arrested was Nevine Aly Elshiekh, a 46-year-old school teacher from Raleigh. Her first appearance is scheduled for Feb. 3.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Governor’s news not a big surprise to those in Wilmington

Friday, January 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON NC (WWAY) — While the news of Governor Perdue choosing not to run again took some local voters by surprise others did not seemed too phased, and most were still more interested in the issues.

Nate Seifrite of Wilmington says it doesn’t surprise him that anyone in the political spotlight would want to get out. And he quotes one of our founding fathers. “I believe Ben Franklin coined the sausage principal it states simply that any man who loves sausage and or has respect for the law should never watch either one being made.”

Jesse Tate of Wilmington was not surprised to hear about the governor but he is more interested in what’s going on in the state. “I did hear about the governor and she wants to raise state taxes three quarters of a percent to bring in money for education, I don’t agree with that.”

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State of the City address on Monday

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Mayor Bill Saffo is expected to talk about accomplishments of 2011 and goals for 2012.

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