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Archive for March, 2012

New Hanover News & Notes – Donut Dash; Touch a Truck; stepfamily survival class; open house

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

The first Zeek Donut Dash will take place at 8:30 a.m. March 24 at the track at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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Hoggard coach fired after arrest for fight at school, students react

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Hoggard High School teacher assistant and assistant football coach has been fired days after being arrested for allegedly assaulting several students at school. A New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman said Joseph Brown’s termination was effective yesterday.

“All the people that’s always been around Coach Brown is just wishing that he never got into that situation,” said Durojaiye Andrews, a Hoggard High School football player. “Just wishing he was still here because Coach Brown was a good coach and teacher and a good role model for all the kids at Hoggard.”

The school district said Thursday after Brown was arrested it would wait for the results of an internal investigation before moving forward. Brown had been suspended with pay since the fight at Hoggard March 8.

Sheriff’s deputies charged Brown with five counts of simple assault and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

According to the arrest warrants, Brown hit multiple students in the head with a closed fist, grabbed the throat of another alleged victim and even took a yard-long wooden stick and threatened the students with it. The fight was reportedly over a stolen iPod.

“He kind of did take it a little to far, especially when they said he broke a ruler,” said Hoggard freshman Lester Jackson. “I heard it was just an all out brawl in the classroom so it was pretty bad.”

Students say Brown is the talk of the school and simply got mixed up with the wrong crowd.

“I feel like Coach Brown is a good guy. I’ve known him for a little while,” said Hoggard senior Kenny Lanier. “Things got blown out of proportion a little bit but genuinely he’s a good guy.”

WWAY called Coach Brown but he has not returned our message. His court date for the alleged assaults is on April 10.

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NC Democratic primary debate April 16

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Three North Carolina Democrats running for
governor are poised to debate each other on live television on
three consecutive nights leading up to the start of early voting.

WRAL-TV in Raleigh announced Wednesday it would air a one-hour
discussion April 16 between Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, former U.S.
Rep. Bob Etheridge and state Rep. Bill Faison. The 7 p.m. debate
also will air online and could be simulcast on other stations.

The three candidates also are expected to debate April 17 on the
University of North Carolina public television network and April 18
at the WNCN-TV studios in Raleigh. Early voting begins April 19.

Democratic candidates who won’t participate are Gary Dunn of
Matthews, Gardenia Henley of Winston-Salem and Bruce Blackmon of
Buies Creek.

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

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Testimony starts in Grooms’ second-degree murder trial

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Wreck witness testifies at trial

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Charges against “Teen Mom 2” star are dropped

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) – Charges of making threats and harassing
phone calls have been dropped against the North Carolina woman who
stars on the MTV reality show “Teen Mom 2.”

The StarNews of Wilmington reports the charges against 21-year-old
Jenelle Evans were dismissed this week in Brunswick County court.

Evans’ attorney, Dustin Sullivan, says the woman who had filed
the charges decided she did not want to pursue them.

Evans is still embroiled in a legal dispute with her former
boss, James Duffy. She has filed a cyberstalking complaint against
him, and he responded by filing a cyberstalking complaint of his

The “Teen Mom” show documents the challenges of four teens’
first years of motherhood.

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

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