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Archive for February, 2012

7th person arrested in NC animal cruelty case

Friday, February 24th, 2012

RAEFORD, NC (AP) — A seventh person has been arrested on charges related to an animal cruelty case at a Butterball turkey farm in Hoke County.

Brian Douglas of Raeford was arrested Thursday after being charged last week with cruelty to animals. Six Butterball workers have been charged, five of them with animal cruelty.

The case comes after an animal rights group used a hidden camera to videotape workers kicking, dragging and throwing turkeys.

Butterball says four employees have been fired and two others suspended.

A state agriculture official who tipped off the company about the cruelty case, Sarah Mason, has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. She was sentenced last week to one year of probation and was suspended for two weeks without pay.

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

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Meet lawmakers face to face Sunday

Friday, February 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This election season we’re talking about Your Voice, Your Vote. And this weekend at the New Hanover County Government Center your voice can be heard.

Come voice your concerns with your lawmakers face to face. It’s a chance for you to tell them what you think. Elected leaders from the local, state and federal level from New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties will be there to hear your concerns.

The annual event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

“We hope that it’s bringing about a public service to the area,” Carole Ellis of the League of Women Voters said. “That’s what we strive to do with this event, so we certainly hope that everyone will come and see their representatives and understand that politicians are human beings as well.”

Face to Face with Your Legislators is Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the New Hanover County Government Center.

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New Hanover school district preps for seclusion room probe

Friday, February 24th, 2012

School staff must record each time a student is put into seclusion

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Water main break at Second and Orange temporarily repaired

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Motorists should use an alternative route, according to CFPUA.

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Durham DA offers defense for feud with NC judge

Friday, February 24th, 2012

DURHAM, NC (AP) – Lawyers for Durham County’s embattled top prosecutor present their case at a rare judicial hearing to decide whether she should be permanently removed from office.

Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline’s attorney is expected to present evidence Friday.

Cline was suspended last month based on accusations of misconduct she levied against Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson.

If visiting Judge Robert Hobgood finds Cline brought her office into disrepute and undermined public confidence in the justice system, he could permanently remove her. Hobgood could rule Friday or make his decision later.

Such a special inquiry has been held only once before in North Carolina. That was nearly 20 years ago, after a New Hanover County DA was accused of using an ethnic slur.

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

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