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Archive for February, 2012

City leaders question wording in baseball stadium petition

Monday, February 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some Wilmington city leaders are crying foul over a petition to stop a publicly funded baseball stadium. They believe the wording is too broad and could jeopardize other events.

Josh Fulton is one of the Wilmington residents behind the petition. He says the petition has already been reworded once to specifically reference the proposed baseball stadium and if it had to be reworded again…

“It would be a disaster I mean, it’s such a pain dealing with all these modifications,” Fulton explained.

The current petition states:
“No city monies shall be used, either directly or indirectly, to fund any multi-use sports stadium for the purpose of professional sports and other events, including but not limited to a baseball stadium.”

The interim city attorney believes the phrase “and other events” is pretty far reaching and in a court of law, could be perceived to include Legion stadium.

“The Sharks baseball game. We could not allow them to do any kind of concessions. Same thing with the Hammerheads, 100% would have to come to the city. A lot of the time they use those concession to subsidize what the team is doing out there,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

Fulton says it was never their intent for the petition to include Legion stadium or other forms of entertainment like the Azalea festival or Riverfest.

“I don’t think other people would think that,” said Fulton. “But if they project that image then it would make people probably less likely to support us.”

They currently have 150 signatures on the petition. If they reword it, they have to start all over.

If 2,882 Wilmington residents sign the petition, city council either has to approve the ordinance as it’s written, or must call for a special election and put the proposed ordinance on the ballot.

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Vice President Biden to visit N.C. for campaign stump

Monday, February 20th, 2012

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is visiting
North Carolina this week to join his wife in stumping for the Obama
Administration’s push for community colleges.

The White House said Monday that the vice president will join
Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis at Davidson
County Community College in Thomasville on Friday. That will mark
the end of a three-day bus tour through key election states for
Solis and Jill Biden.

Their message is that community colleges have an important role
in training workers to meet emerging business needs.

Jill Biden was a community college instructor for 18 years.
Solis is a former community college trustee

The tour has one North Carolina stop after rolling through Ohio,
Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

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

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‘Otis’ vows to appeal guilty verdict in Mayberry

Monday, February 20th, 2012

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) – Otis is in trouble again, but this time
it’s not with Sheriff Andy Taylor.
James Slate, who dresses as the frequently-jailed Otis from
“The Andy Griffith Show” and plays checkers with tourists in
Mount Airy, has been found guilty of blocking a town sidewalk and
fined $50.
The 64-year-old former police officer said Friday he’ll appeal
the verdict.
Police say Slate was warned repeatedly about the checkerboard,
table and chairs he set up on a sidewalk in front of his son’s
store. They say he wasn’t dressed as Otis when he was arrested last
Mount Airy, the birthplace of Andy Griffith, served as the basis
for Mayberry, the setting of the popular 1960s TV show.

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Brunswick County jail death investigation concludes

Monday, February 20th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — On December 23, 2011, Steven Myers, of Cary, N.C. was found
dead in the Brunswick County jail.

Investigators say 21 year old Myers was alone in his cell and was found hanging from his bunk by a blanket.

He was booked into the jail December 20 th on charges of assault on a female, assault by strangulation and communicating threats.

Following an investigation by the SBI, District Attorney Jon David has concluded that no criminal charges are warranted and no further action will be taken on this matter by the District Attorney.

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Trial underway for 2008 Calabash drive-by murder

Monday, February 20th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After more than three years in the court system, a fatal drive-by shooting has now gone to trial.

Investigators found the body of James Murdock on Pineclair Drive in Calabash May 8, 2008. He had been fatally shot in the abdomen. Detectives at the time of the shooting say as many as 30 shots were fired from an assault rifle. Murdock was in his car when he was hit in the apparent drive-by.

Monday, one of Murdock’s alleged attackers, 28-year-old Matthew Baber, had his day in court in Bolivia. Family members from both sides were also present but waited for much of the day outside of the courtroom as both the prosecution and the defense tried to seat the 12-person jury. During jury selection the prosecution revealed that more than two pages of witness have been called forward to testify for the trial. It was also revealed during jury selection that the death penalty will not be a punishment option if Baber is found guilty of murder.

The trial is expected to last several days. Proceedings resume Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

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