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Archive for January, 2012

Grandmother sent to prison after pit bulls maul grandson

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

ROBBINSVILLE, NC (AP) — A North Carolina woman will have to spend at least two years in prison after her grandson was mauled by family pit bulls and left in critical condition.

A Graham County jury found Susie Anderson guilty of felony child abuse Monday after a week-long trial. The child’s mother goes on trial in March.

Two-year-old Mathyis Smith was attacked in November of 2010 by at least four dogs as he played in the front yard of the family’s home in Robbinsville. Residents who rushed to help shot two of the dogs.

Social workers made three visits to the home before the mauling to investigate reports that the boy was living in unsafe conditions. The latest report came just days before the animals attacked.

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

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Charlotte City Council OKs broader police powers for DNC

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Charlotte will have new laws that give police more power to stop and search people when the Democratic National Convention comes to town later this year.

The new rules approved by the Charlotte City Council in a 10-1 vote Monday night also outlaw camping on city property, a change forcing Occupy Charlotte protesters from the lawn at old City Hall.

The vote was met with shouts of “Shame!” from a packed council chamber. No arrests were reported.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they are trying to ensure they have enough power to keep people and property safe as they expect large protests that have become common at political conventions.

People won’t be allowed to carry backpacks, satchels or coolers if police think they are being used to carry weapons.

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

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Belville board votes on settlement with former employee

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

April Willets was the subject of a claim that led to the censure last year of Mayor Jack Batson.

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FIRST ON 3: Pender Co. to introduce new county manager Thursday

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County will introduce its new manager later this week. The County Commission will appoint Dr. Michael N. “Mickey” Duvall of Franklin as the new county manager Thursday morning. Duvall currently serves as the county manager in Graham County.

Pender Commissioners started searching for a new manager in September last year when current County Manager Rick Benton announced his retirement. The Commissioners plan to make the appointment Thursday morning at the beginning of their planning summit.

Duvall will start his new job on Monday, February 13. The county will pay him $105,000 plus a $10,000 annual travel allowance for use of his personal vehicle in conducting county business.

Benton says his last day is January 31. He says he plans to stay involved in the county, while also taking time to do some traveling.

Duvall has served as Graham County Manager since 2010. He also serves as economic development director. Before becoming Graham County Manager, Duvall served as Senior Economic and Community Development Director and Director of Tribal Grants for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation from 2005-2010. In that role he was responsible for direction, oversight and implementation of tribal projects and initiatives, including management of the Cherokee Business Development Center and overseeing a variety of business, grant development, and other business and economic related programs.

Duvall served as a Professor of Public Administration at Western Carolina University from 1999-2005 and served as the Associate Director of the Public Policy Institute there. He served a term as a County Commissioner in Macon County from 1996-2000, and has taught political science and public administration at Southwestern Community College in Sylva and at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville.

Duvall earned a BS in Political Science/Public Administration from Western Carolina University in 1987, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Carolina University in 1991, and a Doctor of Theology from Gulf Coast Seminary/New Orleans Baptist in 1993.

Duvall and his wife Katie have four children, Tanner, Michael, Wyatt and Abigail. He is an ordained minister and is actively involved in family activities, community service and particularly ministries focused on teens.

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NC law targets assisted living center infections

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A new North Carolina law aims to prevent infectious diseases like one that killed six residents at a Wayne County assisted living center in 2009.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the law taking effect this month is designed to save lives by requiring cleaner practices and better trained staff.

Dr. Thomas Bender with Duke University says the law is an effort to deal with faulty diabetes care causing an increasing number of hepatitis outbreaks. The former investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says North Carolina’s program compares well to other states’ efforts.

The changes were prompted after residents died at the Wayne County nursing home from what public health officials said were under-trained employees misusing infection-tainted diabetes instruments.

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

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