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Archive for March, 2012

Seven girls faces charges in alleged gang fight at school

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is preparing juvenile petitions against seven girls allegedly involved in a fight at a Wilmington middle school last week. A Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says investigators believe the fight Thursday at Williston Middle School was gang related.

Sgt. Brewer says all seven girls will be charged simple assault. Three of the girls will face a charge of felony second-degree kidnapping.

Brewer says the juvenile petitions will be delivered to the girls’ parents. The children will then have to appear in court.

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Get soup, bread, bowl and help feed hungry

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

There are few ways you can spend $15 and come away with something hearty, artistic and functional.

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Belville mayor says town commissioner threatened him for months

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Belville Mayor Jack Batson has filed charges against one of the town’s commissioners for communicating threats and cyberstalking.

Batson told WWAY Commissioner Joe Breault has been threatening him for months.

“The last few months he’s been threatening me with physical violence from time to time,” Batson said. “He wrote me an e-mail that he was gonna knock my teeth down my throat and out my ass. I just got tired of hearing all that.”

Breault says Batson “is distorting the facts” and “blowing the whole thing out of proportion.”

“This should have been dealt with in a very personal way,” Breault said. “I sent him an e-mail from my personal computer to his personal computer.”

Breault says it all stems from Batson standing in the way of a town hall project the rest of the commission is working on.

Batson says Breault’s threats have been increasing in volume for two or three months.

“Little snide comments to start with,” Batson said. “Then more and more graphic. I didn’t say anything at first, but he was starting to make me feel uncomfortable, so I decided to (file charges).”

The Belville Board of Commissioners, speaking through Mayor Pro Tem Mike Allen, released a statement today.

“The Town learned about the charges against Commissioner Breault this morning,” it said. “Under the American system of justice, an accused person is innocent until proven guilty. The Board puts its faith in that system and will allow the process to proceed forth to its conclusion. In the interim, the Board will closely monitor the situation and take those actions deemed necessary to protect the interests of the Town’s residents.”

Batson has been at the center of multiple controversies in the last few months. In September, the Town Commission voted to censure Batson because of an allegedly inappropriate relationship with a town employee. A few weeks later Batson was charged with sexual battery by a woman who claims the mayor attacked her in his home. He was found not guilty of the charge in February.

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Panel discussion focuses on ballpark pitch

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Time to play ball? The clock is ticking for city leaders to make a decision on the proposed baseball stadium in Wilmington.

This morning, some big league names from the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball came to the Port City to discuss a game plan.

“To me, it’s the perfect storm of a great opportunity,” Braves President John Schuerholz said.

Schuerholz was one of the aces at a panel discussion Monday about the proposed baseball stadium that would be home to a Braves minor league team.

“Braves and Mandalay want to become, as we have in our other communities, part of the fabric of this community,” Mandalay Baseball’s Rich Neumann said.

Mandalay Baseball, which would run the team, projects an average of 5,000 fans per game, or about 350,000 people coming out to the ballpark each summer.

But a lot of things are still up in the air. The city is looking at several sites for the stadium, though many believe the ideal spot is downtown on the river.

The big question, though, is cost.

“The Braves and Mandalay together expect to pay 20 to 25 percent of the obligation through some form of rent,” Braves CFO Chip Moore said.

How the rest of it will be paid is a little murky.

“You’re not going to find one that was built with 100 percent private funds,” Neumann said. “It just doesn’t pencil out.”

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo did not rule out a public-private partnership.

“There’s always the possibility that a private entity could come forward and help fund this thing also” Saffo said.

Saffo says this isn’t just an entertainment project. This is an economic development project, and it will take some tough calls from the city to make it happen.

The city plans to hire a project manager as soon as possible to help crunch numbers and decide whether this is a worthwhile investment for the community.

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Small lakes, not a golf course, are focal point in Waterford

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Today there are more than 750 families living in 19 individual neighborhoods on 1,010 home sites.

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