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Archive for February, 2012

Wilmington fugitive arrested in Mississippi

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

James Wesley Lee is facing charges of statutory rape.

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McCrory: I’ve disagreed some with NC Legislature

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory says he disagrees with the some of the actions taken by the new GOP majority at the North Carolina Legislature during its first year in charge.

McCrory made the comments Wednesday as he officially filed his papers to become a candidate. A few dozen supporters cheered and held McCrory placards as he arrived at the State Board of Elections office in Raleigh.

McCrory wouldn’t get into specifics about his areas of disagreement Wednesday but did say he didn’t think it was appropriate for the Legislature to meet after midnight last month when it overrode one of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s vetoes. The former Charlotte mayor said he’d prefer that sessions be held when lawmakers are most alert.

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

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Move, play, connect

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Study consultant looks for residents’ ideas about greenway sites

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Still not in race, Rouzer gets key endorsement

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — He still has not filed to run, but Congressional candidate David Rouzer picked up a key endorsement. NC Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger threw his support behind Rouzer today.

Rouzer, a Republican from Johnston County, is running for the Republican nomination in the newly-drawn 7th District.

Berger says he’s worked closely with Rouzer in the state Senate and called him one of the chamber’s “bright young stars.”

So far only Republican Randy Crow has filed for the seat currently held by Democrat Rep. Mike McIntyre.

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FIRST ON 3: Video shows SUV, police car before crash

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been two days since a crash in Forest Hills killed three people. Now video has surfaced that shows the SUV seconds before it hit a tree.

The video shows the SUV speeding down Colonial Drive toward Forest Hills Drive. About ten seconds later a Wilmington Police car follows at about the same speed.

Click here to see video of SUV, police car

We showed the footage to private investigator Marc Benson, who has received training in accident reconstruction and speed measuring. By comparing the SUV to other cars in the surveillance footage, his opinion is that the SUV was going well over 60 miles per hour.

“If I was sitting off to the side and saw that car pass, I would say in excess of 70, 75 miles per hour,” Benson said. “There’s a slower car that appears to be going the speed limit, which would be 20 to 25 miles per hour. Next you will see a car accelerating through that same shot, and as that car accelerates through, you can tell it is going much faster than the speed limit.”

Benson says with the SUV going that fast on a residential street, the crash could have had a deadlier outcome, especially if another car had turned into its path.

“This is not a highway speed or interstate speed environment,” he said. “When you got people going though there at interstate speeds something bad is going to happen.”

Police say an officer followed the SUV after seeing it driving with its lights off on Wrightsville Avenue. By the time the SUV passed the camera on Colonial Drive, though, its headlights appear to be on.

The one survivor of the crash, Demond Jones, was listed in fair condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.

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