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Archive for January, 2012

Controlled burn prompts alert

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Lingering smoke from a controlled burn Monday in the Mill Creek area might dampen visibility.

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Injunction may block Warren’s ouster from DSS panel

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Charles Warren’s fellow commissioners had scheduled a hearing to remove him.

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Meeting on ferry fare hike Tuesday in Southport

Monday, January 30th, 2012

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The NC Department of Transportation will hold a meeting tomorrow about the proposed rate increase on the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry and other ferry routes up the coast.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the ILA Union Hall. That’s at 211 West 10th Street in Southport.

The meeting will start with a formal presentation about the toll increase. Following the presentation, citizens can make comments and ask questions.

The state has to increase ferry revenue by $5 million. That means ferry fares will likely double.

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Judge to rule Wednesday if Brunswick Co. Commission can boot Warren from DSS Board

Monday, January 30th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren was once again fighting his fellow commissioners this afternoon this time in court.

A judge said he will make a decision later this week on whether commissioners can remove warren from the county’s DSS Board. It’s a move at least one fellow DSS Board member wants.

“I’m hoping desperately that he’s removed,” Pat Sykes said.

Commissioners want to remove Warren from the board after he threw Sykes out of a meeting last month. When commissioners scheduled a hearing on removing Warren, Warren filed a restraining order blocking them from taking action.

“I think with the handbook and the statutes that it plainly says in there that whoever appoints him to the board can remove him, so we’ll have to wait an see what the judge says,” Sykes said.

A superior court judge decided to wait until Wednesday to make any decision on the case.

Scott Phillips was the only commissioner in court. He says if the judge rules in the county’s favor, commissioners will start the hearing process as soon as possible.

“Then the county would move forward as soon as possible, meeting all the requirements for notice and evidence to be presented and witnesses to be heard,” Phillips said.

Warren’s restraining order against his fellow commissioners holding a hearing remains in effect until the judge makes a decision Wednesday.

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First hearing under NC’s Racial Justice Act begins

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — A hearing involving a killer who’s the first on North Carolina’s death row to use a new law to try to prove that race played a role in his sentence has begun in Fayetteville.

Attorney James Ferguson’s opening statement traced the history of blacks on juries in the state, ending with a 20-year study of prosecutors’ use of peremptory challenges in capital cases. He says the study proves Marcus Robinson’s case under the Racial Justice Act.

Robinson is using the act to try to get a sentence of life in prison without parole instead of the death penalty. He was sentenced to death in Cumberland County for the 1991 death of Erik Tornblom.

The first witness is one of the authors of the study.

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

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