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Archive for April, 2012

Man arrested after CFCC president hit in office

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College’s president got a rude start to his day.

Wilmington Police arrested Norfleet Midyette Jr. after witnesses say he walked into President Eric McKeithan’s office and hit him multiple times with a pile of papers.

Police say Midyette was very upset, but he is not a student at CFCC.

Midyette is charged with assault and trespassing. He is in jail under a $400- secured bond.

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ONLY ON 3: Who is the ‘Wilmington Ballpark Coalition?’

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Monday morning, the Wilmington media were introduced to the Wilmington Ballpark Coalition – a group of local business leaders formed to support a minor league baseball team and stadium in Wilmington.

The group (listed below) chose Jim Hundley, Jr. as its spokesperson. He’s the CEO of T2 Healthcare, a medical device company based in Willmington.

His father, Jim Hundley, Sr., was also listed as a vice-chairman of the group. He was long-time orthopaedic surgeon in Wilmington, and on the board of Cooperative Bank, which folded in 2009. After exclusively investigating and reporting Tuesday that he and the rest of the board are being sued for millions by the FDIC for “neglect of duty,” Hundley, Sr. resigned from the WBC Tuesday afternoon, citing he didn’t want to be a distraction.

All of this information has been disseminated to the media over the past two days, not by the group itself, but by a public relations firm based in Raleigh called Capstrat. It sent the news release Monday morning announcing the formation of the group. It also sent out a statement Tuesday on behalf of Hundley Jr. and Sr. clarifying the members’s roles as volunteers only as well as the resignation announcement.

Mandalay Baseball Development, the Atlanta Braves and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce comfirmed in March they hired Capstrat to come up with a strategic pro-stadium campaign.

Tuesday, when asked about his father being a member of the group while being sued by the FDIC, Hundley Jr. told a WWAY reporter that he would have to check with the PR firm (i.e. Capstrat) first before he could make any comment.

We also cross-referenced all of the members of the WBC against the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s business directory. All but five of the 22 appear to be active members of the chamber. One, Connie Majure-Rhett, is President of the chamber. Hundley’s company, T-2 Healthcare is not listed in the directory. Neither is Rob Ziglar with East Coast Contracting, Terry Spencer or Matt Henrie. Henrie is, however, a Wilmington Ambassador with TrySports, a sporting goods store in Mayfaire (http://www.trysports.com/page/wilmingtonambassador). Spencer has written at least one pro-stadium letter to the editor to the StarNews (http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20120222/LETTERS/120229868).

Chris Fernandez, who’s company isn’t mentioned on the list, is actually the founder of the website portcitybaseball.com, which is pro-stadium and attempting to counter a grassroots protest petition movement which is against raising taxes to build the ballpark (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-tax-dollars-for-baseball-stadium/).

Capstrat also announced late Monday night that representatives from Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves would be holding a news conference Wednesday morning at 10:00 on the lawn of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Both have been very hush-hush about what the news conference will focus on, but WWAY is hearing that they will present numbers that will show the economic impact the ballpark would have on Wilmington and the surrounding area.

Members of the coalition include:

Jim Hundley, Jr., Chairman

Dr. James Hundley Sr., Vice-Chairman
Margaret Weller-Stargell, Vice-Chairman
Tom Babel – Ward and Smith
Dick Blouse – Global Perspectives, LLC
Dr. William Carmichael – Riverside Dental Arts
Ken Dull – McKinley Building Corporation
Chris Fernandez
Matt Henrie – MedTech Associates
Russell Johnson ¬– RJR Productions Inc.
Hal Kitchin – McGuire Woods LLP
Emily Longley – Longley Supply Co.
Capt. Howard Loving – U.S. Navy (Retired)
Connie Majure-Rhett – Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Roy Morgan – Signs by Tomorrow
Dallas Romanowski – Cornerstone Advisory Partners
Jarrett Shearin – Senn Dunn Insurance
Terry Spencer
Mary Margaret Latham-Vann – Parkway Volvo
Bill Vasser – Screen Gems Studios
John Hinnant – Wilmington Downtown Inc
Jonathan Weiss – City Club at deRosset
Rob Ziglar – East Coast Contracting

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Former Columbus Co. detention officer sentenced for inmate assault

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former Columbus County detention officer is heading to prison for his role in a jailhouse assault.

The United States Attorney’s Office says Senior US District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced former Sgt. Danny Ray Duncan, 63, to 20 months in prison followed by two years supervised release. Terry McMillian, an inmate involved in the attack, will spend 46 more months behind bars followed by three years supervised release.

“No one is above the law. Those responsible for the beating of this inmate must face consequences for their criminal conduct,” US Attorney Thomas G. Walker said in a statement.

Last fall Duncan admitted that while working on the night shift at the Columbus County Dentention Center in Whiteville on August 2, 2010, he placed a pretrial detainee into a cell knowing there was a substantial risk that the inmates in the cell would assault the man. Duncan also admitted he acted with deliberate indifference to the risk of assault, and that the detainee suffered bodily injury as a result of the assault.

McMillian, 26, who pleaded guilty on December 5, 2011, to conspiring to commit an offense against the United States, was an inmate at the detention center at the time of the assault. Prosecutors say McMillian and another inmate, brutally beat the detainee.

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N.C. Azalea Festival volunteers relive warm memories

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The N.C. Azalea Festival is made possible each year by the many volunteers who contribute their time and talent to the annual showcase.

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NC lawmakers give few details on insurance changes

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A study committee at the Legislature examining North Carolina’s automobile insurance system has completed its work with few detailed recommendations, but a panel leader said he wants changes in 2013 that will give more safe drivers lower premiums.

Members of the automobile insurance modernization committee voted Tuesday on the report it will give to the entire General Assembly when it returns in May for its budget-adjusting session.

The report recommends that legislation be enacted next year to create a system more reliant on free market principles, encourages competition and eliminates a surcharge millions of car owners must pay to keep a high-risk insurance pool solvent.

Committee co-chairman Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville said he wants a system where costs are shifted away from drivers with clean records.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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