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Archive for March, 2012

Warrants: Hoggard coach charged with hitting, threatening students

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An assistant football coach at Hoggard High School has been arrested after an incident at the school last week. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has charged Joseph Clinton Brown Jr. with five counts of simple assault and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman says all the alleged victims are students.

According to the arrest warrants, investigators say Brown hit one student in the head multiple times, hit another in the arm with a closed fist, hit two students in the forehead with a closed fist and grabbed another by the throat. The warrants also say Brown assaulted another student with a deadly weapon by striking “a yard long square wooden stick… on a table by the victim, placing the victim in fear.”

Brown turned himself in late Wednesday night and was given a $60,000 unsecured bond. He was released under the condition that he have no contact with the victims in the case.

The school district suspended Brown a week ago with pay after the incident on campus. Brown has been employed with New Hanover County Schools since August 2006.

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Parent of girl who died from inhaling helium wants to warn others

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stepfather of a 14-year-old girl who died after inhaling helium at a party is looking to warn others about the dangerous practice.

Ashley Long had told her parents she was going to a slumber party — but instead, she and her friends went to a condo in Medford, OR, where police say there was a party with booze and marijuana — and a tank of helium people were inhaling to make their voices sound funny. After inhaling the helium, Ashley passed out, and later died at a hospital from an obstruction in a blood vessel.

Justin Earp wants to see laws that would prevent young people from buying tanks of helium.

He spoke at a news conference in Washington by the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition. The head of the group says science teachers and other adults have been known to demonstrate the effects of helium on vocal cords. He says there was even an online game site that encouraged kids to inhale helium, talk funny and upload their videos.

The group says few states keep statistics on deaths from helium “huffing.”

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

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Amid debate on ferry fare, some fear ripple effect

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The current price structure took effect nearly a decade ago, in August 2002.

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UNCW conference focuses on economic recovery, downtown strategies

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New numbers suggest our local, state and national economy is making a slow but steady rebound from the great recession. Today, business owners, developers and economists in our area met to discuss the economic forecast and to devise strategies on how to get more folks to live, work and play downtown.

“It’s a lot easier to see your neighbors and run into people and be involved and discuss issues when you’re in an area where people are walking versus where everyone is sort of driving in and out. There’s a lot more community, and you get exposed to a lot of different types of people,” Andrew Gray said.

Gray is a downtown business owner, Wilmington Downtown Inc. board member and big advocate for downtown. One of his main reasons for attending the Joint Economic Growth Summit put on by UNCW and Coastal Carolina University was to hear the economic forecast to make more informed business decisions.

“It’s stabilized, which means it’s not necessarily getting any worse, but that’s a big difference in saying it’s getting noticeably better,” UNCW Senior Economist Woody Hall said.

Hall said the economy is getting better, but it’s going to take us a fair amount of time to get back to where we were.

One potential economic development downtown is a baseball stadium. Gray said he needs more information before he can fully step up to the plate.

“I’m very interested in a venue that could be used for more than just baseball, and if that is what it is, then I would be willing to support it with my tax dollars,” he said. “I’d also like to know what the impact is personally.”

Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties are forecast to grow two percent during this year. That’s slightly more than the one-point-seven percent forecast for the state and the same as the national forecast.

Our local economy is forecast to grow 3.2 percent in 2013.

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Hoggard assistant football coach arrested after incident at school

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An assistant football coach at Hoggard High School has been arrested after an incident at the school last week. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has charged Joseph Clinton Brown Jr. with five counts of simple assault and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Brown turned himself in late Wednesday night and was given a $60,000 unsecured bond. He was released under the condition that he have no contact with the victims in the case.

The school district suspended Brown a week ago with pay after the incident on campus. Brown has been employed with New Hanover County Schools since August 2006.

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