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Archive for January, 2012

Top lawyer for Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton dies

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The chief lawyer in the office of Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton has died suddenly.

Dalton spokesman Schorr Johnson said that Cynthia O’Neal died Wednesday at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Johnson said she was 37 years old.

Johnson said he didn’t have any details on the cause of O’Neal’s death, but said it was unexpected. He says he understands an autopsy will be performed.

Dalton said in a statement he and his staff are mourning the loss of a friend and colleague. He called O’Neal “a brilliant lawyer and an amazing person.”

O’Neill previously served in private law practices and once clerked for state Supreme Court Justice Sarah Parker.

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

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Couple says pet’s value was more than $350

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

A North Carolina appeals court is considering the value of a dog’s life.

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Salisbury man charged with stealing metal

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

SALISBURY, NC (AP) — A Salisbury man has been arrested and charged after sheriff’s deputies say he tried to sell about 400 pounds of metal he had stolen.

The Salisbury Post reported that 28-year-old Bradley Keith Hampton was charged with 20 felonies earlier this week.

Rowan County sheriff’s deputies say Hampton was questioned by deputies as about 400 pounds of metal was being weighed at the scrap yard.

Investigators say they determined the steel frame supports had been taken from an auto parts store in Salisbury.

Detectives say Hampton had sold metal to at least two businesses on more than a dozen occasions.

Hampton was charged with 12 counts of felony larceny and eight counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense.

It was unclear if he has an attorney.

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

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Pender County hires new manager

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — Pender County has a new county manager. In a 3-2 vote, the County Commission this morning selected Mickey Duvall to succeed Rick Benton, who is retiring.

Commission Chair George Brown voted against Duvall. He said he did not vote for Duvall because he felt other candidates had more experience for the position than duvall, who currently serves as Graham County Manager.

Duvall says he knew about the way the council would vote beforehand, so he was not surprised by the way things played out this morning.

“I did know the background of the vote prior to coming on, and I do feel really comfortable,” Duvall said. “After the vote they gave me a full board of support, and that’s all any manager can ask for in this situation is that the board is behind them. The manager has a great chance to succeed, and I think we will succeed here in Pender County.”

Duvall says he is excited to get to work for Pender County.He starts February 13.

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Complaint filed against New Hanover County Schools

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The parents of a 5 year-old child with special needs have filed a formal complaint with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights against New Hanover County Schools. The family filed this complaint on behalf of all elementary students with disabilities attending schools in New Hanover County, who are being held in seclusion rooms.

A seclusion room is a small space used for some special education students who fall under the individualized education program.

NC FEAR FREE EDUCATION, a group that is working to suspend seclusion and restraint, says the school system is treating students with disabilities differently than it does their nondisabled classmates.

Dr. Rick Holliday, Assistant Superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, says the school system follows the law when it comes to utilizing these rooms. He directed us to the school district’s website, which features a Power Point presentation on the policies and procedures when it comes to using seclusion rooms or other means of restraint. You can read it here: http://www.nhcs.net/support/SpEdRestraints/Power%20Point%20Overview%20of…

We are working to get more information on this story.

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