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Archive for February, 2012

ONLY ON 3: Citizen accuse demoted Wrightsville Beach cop of misconduct

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A day after details were released in the investigation of three Wrightsville Beach Police officers, citizens are coming forward with their own allegations of police misconduct.

From a traffic stop that ended in a Tasing, to claims of a botched investigation of an apparent sexual assault, residents say one officer should not be allowed on the streets.

“All three officers had strong performance records… up to this particular time,” Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Bob Simpson said Tuesday when announcing the demotion of two officers and the resignation of another after an internal investigation.

Simpson’s comments had some people scratching their heads. Among them, Arlo McLawhorn. He is one of four men seen in dash cam video that shows a Wrightsville Beach cop Tasing McLawhorn’s friend. He says the officer firing the Taser is Shaun Appler, who the town demoted this week.

“He’s basically getting Tased, and you can see he’s Tasing him the whole time; just holding him telling him to come, you can see him motioning,” McLawhorn said about the video.

McLawhorn says the incident happened in June 2009. He and his buddies had hailed a cab when they were pulled over. McLawhorn says Ofc. Robert Miller, who was also demoted this week, was in the process of giving the cab a citation for an illegal pick-up when his buddies got out to try and let one of their friends go to restroom. McLawhorn says that’s when things went downhill.. He claims the officers in the video acted unprofessionally.

“Immediatly the officer comes up with his cuffs drawn and arrest my buddy,” McLawhorn said “He never tells us why he’s arrested.”

About five minutes later the video shows McLawhorn’s friend being Tased.

But McLawhorn is not the only person that has had a run in with one of the demoted officers. A man who we’ll call “Rick” says his son was caught up in a he-said-she-said story in which he was accused of rape.

Rick says his son was beat unconscious by friends of the alleged victim, but when it was time for police to investigate what happened, Rick says Ofc. Appler made no attempted to be fair and investigate both sides.

“This young man did not need to be carrying a weapon and enforcing the laws, ’cause he doesn’t know how to enforce the laws equally,” Rick said. “He enforces the laws as he sees it. It’s his court. What he said to me, and I quote, ‘Your son deserves what he got.’ He was almost beat to death, and my son had not even had his day in court yet. How would you feel if a police officer said that to you?”

We reached out to Simpson about his comments regarding Miller’s and Appler’s performance record. He said he made the comment based on what was in personnel records, including looking at reviews or any reprimands from five years back. As for the incidents in our story, he declined to comment.

We also tried calling Appler at work, but we could not reach him for comment.

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Dalton says NC needs to boost business incentives

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today was the first full day of Walter Dalton’s campaign for governor. He spent part of it here in the Cape Fear.

The current lieutenant governor visited Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington a day after filing to run. Dalton says his game plan changed when Gov. Bev Perdue announced she would not run for re-election.

The Democrat says he plans to work well with both parties in the legislature to bring change for the state.

Dalton says one thing he knows needs work is economic incentives to draw business. He says he knows not everyone is a fan of incentives, but to be competitive with other states, North Carolina needs to step up its game, as it did for the film industry.

“You’ve got ‘Iron Man 3’ and Marvel being filmed here, along with others. That is a great thing,” Lt. Gov. Dalton said. “It will help build the economy now. It helps build the economy for the future, but if we didn’t have those types of incentives, we wouldn’t have that business.”

Dalton says he also thinks the state needs to refocus on education. He says it’s important to support the state system now to ensure a strong future.

We’ll have our full interview with Dalton Monday on WWAWY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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U.S. 17 closed in both directions

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Road closed between N.C. 211 and Benton Road

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UPDATE: Missing Pender Co. girl spotted in park

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

UPDATE FROM PENDER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: In reference to the runaway juvenile from Pender County Rebecca Hewett. Today the Sheriff’s Office has obtained information through interviews and calls from citizens in the Castle Hayne area that Rebecca Hewett was seen at the New Hanover County park located on Parmale Rd. in Castle Hayne yesterday. Rebecca was seen in the park between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Hewett was asking individuals in the area for a ride. The Sheriff’s office is asking that citizens that may have had contact with anyone fitting her description to please contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 259-1212.


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in locating a missing 17-year-old girl.

Rebecca Hewett was last seen around 3p.m. at Heide Trask High School on Tuesday. She was last seen wearing a blue Heide Trask High School hoodie, blue jeans and blue Etnies shoes. She is 5’5″ with sandy brown hair and blue eyes. The family believes she may have left with a friend after school.

If you have any information, please contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 259-1437.

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Beach Plan might float tax-free bonds to curb premiums

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The Beach Plan says it needs a total of $4 billion on hand to pay potential claims.

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