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Archive for January, 2012

Occupy Wilmington protester not guilty

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Occupy Wilmington has had its share of headlines but not much trouble really, except for 16 year old Shelby Lentz.

Shelby was with a group on City Hall lawn back in late November when Wilmington police ordered them to leave the area. Most did, Shelby did not and he was arrested and charged with being in a park after dark,

Shelby told WWAY then he wanted his voice to be heard in court, he faced a judge today along with his attorney. Shelby was found not guilty.

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VOTE 2012: Poll of GOP Primary voters like Pantano over Rouser almost 2 to 1

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ilario Pantano’s campaign released the results of a new poll today that show the Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional District leads State Senator David Rouzer 48.3% to 21.1% among GOP Primary voters. More than 30% though are still undecided.

The poll, conducted by Conquest Communications Group, has a margin of error of +/- 5.35%

Results also show that Pantano has a favorable rate of more than 47% compared to Rouzer at 16%.

More than 70% of the 350 people polled said they had no opinion of Rouzer or had never heard of him.

Almost 40% said they had no opinion about Pantano or had never heard of him.

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Baseball stadium, hotels likely announcements today

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

A baseball stadium and hotel projects are likely parts of a city announcement today.

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FIRST ON 3: Berger guilty of breaking protective order

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Guilty. That’s the verdict in a trial this morning for New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger. A judge found Berger did violate a protective order filed by his ex-girlfriend.

Berger was early for court Tuesday morning for a hearing on whether he violated the order. The charge came after berger attended a community action incorporated meeting in november at the building where his ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock works as a teacher.

Cameras were not allowed in court during testimony.

Blaylock said she knew berger was aware of where she worked because at one point they joked about the location of the building being in a “bad part of town.” Blaylock said she was not at the meeting that night but found out berger was the next morning from coworkers.

Community Action Executive Director Cynthia Brown says she questioned berger’s attendance at the meeting almost immediately because she knew about the protective order Blaylock had against him. She notified board member Curtis Barnhill, a sergeant for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Barnhill said he told Berger he should not be at the school because he was violating the order. Barnhill testified Berger said he did not think Blaylock would be at the meeting, because it was late and she had young children and he would not let Blaylock stop him from doing his job as a county commissioner.

Then, Commissioner Berger took the stand to tell his side of the story. He said he had no idea the building was where Blaylock worked. In fact, he said he thought it was a church.

He then said he felt it necessary to attend the meeting because of the corruption he was told was taking place within the organization.

Judge Shelly Holt eventually found Berger guilty of violating the order, because it says to stay away from Blaylock’s workplace, regardless of if she is there.

Deputies took Berger into custody, but released him on the $25,000 secured bond he posted Friday.

Because of his conviction, Berger will now again face charges from his June arrest after a fight with Blaylock that had been dismissed.

Berger’s attorney Thom Goolsby has appealed this conviction to superior court. That hearing could happen as soon as March.

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Charlotte Mayor Foxx passing on NC governor run

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Charlotte’s Democratic mayor says he isn’t running for North Carolina governor.

Anthony Foxx said Tuesday the short time before May’s primary would take too much time away from his young family and the issues facing Charlotte.

Gov. Bev Perdue announced last week she will not seek a second term, stunning fellow Democrats and sending them scrambling to find a candidate.

Foxx is black and supporters felt he could have helped to bring out Democratic voters. Charlotte is hosting the Democratic National Convention in September, when President Barack Obama will get his party’s nomination for re-election.

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is the only announced Republican running for governor. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison of Orange County have announced they’re seeking the Democratic nomination.

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

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