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Archive for April, 2012

Groups detail charter school proposals sent to state

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Two education groups applied to open schools in August 2013

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Judge: Witness in Edwards case called witnesses

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A judge says a key prosecution witness in the criminal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards contacted other witnesses in the case to ask about their planned testimony, a possible violation of federal law.

US District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles said Monday that former Edwards aide Andrew Young called the three other witnesses in the last two weeks. Eagles ruled that lawyers for Edwards could mention the improper contact to jurors in opening arguments Monday, but barred using the term “witness tampering” or telling the jury that Young had a one-night stand with one of the other witnesses in 2007.

Young claimed paternity of the child Edwards fathered with his mistress in 2007. Young is potentially the government’s most important witness as prosecutors seek to prove Edwards knowingly violated campaign finance laws.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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ONLY ON 3: Leland mayor proposes unifying police forces in northern Brunswick Co.

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Some changes could be coming to communities in North Brunswick. One elected leader has suggested combining police department.

Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman says combining police forces would help all of northern Brunswick County.

Bozeman says now is the time to combine police forces in Leland, Belville, Navassa and Northwest creating a North Brunswick Police Force. She says it’s all about neighbors helping neighbors.

“They have to come into our town. We’re constantly going through their town to the other part of our town, and I just think it makes sense,” Bozeman said.

Despite recent controversies, Bozeman says changes to Leland’s Police Department offer a unique opportunity to unite forces while big decisions are being made so everyone can have a say.

“At this time, with a new chief coming on board pretty soon that would give them an opportunity to have some say so in that,” Bozeman said.

The logistics still need to be worked out, like who would be in charge, and if anyone who is currently employed by any of the departments would lose their jobs. Bozeman says first she needs the other towns to get on board.

“We need to talk,” Bozeman said. “We need to have a big joint meeting of all the boards and get everyone’s feelings on it, because everyone should have their say so.”

Bozeman says the change would not only help the towns administratively, but the communities the police departments protect and serve.

We tried to talk to leaders from Belville, Northwest and Navassa.

Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis says because of the coverage of the Leland Police Department he would have to speak with the rest of his town council before making any type of statement.

Northwest Mayor James Knox says the town council was not interested in the merger, but they may bring it up again at their meeting tomorrow.

Commissioners from Belville say Mayor Jack Batson wrote off the idea of a united police force without consulting the board because of the Leland controversy.

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Autopsy inconclusive on how child died on bus

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An autopsy on a girl who died on a school bus in February could not help figure out what killed her. According to the autopsy report, the cause of eight-year-old Jamiah Batts’s death is undetermined.

Batts died shortly after arriving by bus at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering February 29.

Batts suffered from cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair. According to the autopsy report, a teaching assistant saw the chest strap on the girl’s wheelchair near her neck after the bus driver noticed she was unresponsive. However, the autopsy says Batts showed no external evidence of injury to her neck.

A toxicology report showed batts had two drugs in her system. One was given to increase her heart rate. Another is a treatment for epilepsy.

In february, the state fined the group home where Batts lived and ordered it to suspend admissions.

We tried reaching out to the family’s spokesperson this afternoon for reaction to the results. She has not yet returned our call.

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ONLY ON 3: Leland mayor proposes unifiying police forces in northern Brunswick Co.

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Some changes could be coming to communities in North Brunswick. One elected leader has suggested combining police department.

Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman says combining police forces would help all of northern Brunswick County.

Bozeman says now is the time to combine police forces in Leland, Belville, Navassa and Northwest creating a North Brunswick Police Force. She says it’s all about neighbors helping neighbors.

“They have to come into our town. We’re constantly going through their town to the other part of our town, and I just think it makes sense,” Bozeman said.

Despite recent controversies, Bozeman says changes to Leland’s Police Department offer a unique opportunity to unite forces while big decisions are being made so everyone can have a say.

“At this time, with a new chief coming on board pretty soon that would give them an opportunity to have some say so in that,” Bozeman said.

The logistics still need to be worked out, like who would be in charge, and if anyone who is currently employed by any of the departments would lose their jobs. Bozeman says first she needs the other towns to get on board.

“We need to talk,” Bozeman said. “We need to have a big joint meeting of all the boards and get everyone’s feelings on it, because everyone should have their say so.”

Bozeman says the change would not only help the towns administratively, but the communities the police departments protect and serve.

We tried to talk to leaders from Belville, Northwest and Navassa.

Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis says because of the coverage of the Leland Police Department he would have to speak with the rest of his town council before making any type of statement.

Northwest Mayor James Knox says the town council was not interested in the merger, but they may bring it up again at their meeting tomorrow.

Commissioners from Belville say Mayor Jack Batson wrote off the idea of a united police force without consulting the board because of the Leland controversy.

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