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Archive for May, 2012

WTVD ABC11 INVESTIGATION: Investigation of Bald Head Island police officer’s death reopened

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WTVD) — The North Carolina coast is known for its beautiful beaches, and Bald Head Island is among the best. With million dollar mansions, it’s a remote summer playground for the rich and powerful.

But in the fall of 1999, the island was where Loy Buff’s long nightmare began. Back then, his daughter Davina Buff-Jones was just starting a new career as a police officer on Bald Head.

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Duplin County schools on 2-hour delay due to fog

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

DUPLIN COUNTY (WWAY) — Duplin County schools are on a 2-hour delay today due to dense fog.

Teachers and staff are asked to report at normal times, but to drive with caution.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Debate tournament; all-state band

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Fields Pierce, a senior at Cape Fear Academy, won a national qualifier spot at the 2012 Lincoln Financial Group/National Forensics League National Speech & Debate Tournament.

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NC blocks dues check-off law targeting NCAE

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A trial court judge has blocked from taking effect a state law preventing members of the North Carolina Association of Educators from having their dues removed automatically from paychecks until a lawsuit is heard.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday. He ruled the state’s largest teacher lobbying group would suffer irreparable harm if the new law is enforced and that they’re likely to win at trial on constitutional grounds.

The association sued following the after-midnight session by the Republican-led General Assembly in early January in which the House completed an override of Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of the dues bill.

A GOP leader said the bill was payback for NCAE’s attempts to persuade some Democrats to vote against last year’s budget.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Opening statements start in Williford murder trial

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An attorney for the North Carolina man accused in the death of a state Board of Education member says his client suffered from a number of mental illnesses that made it impossible for him to form the intent to commit first-degree murder.

Opening statements came Wednesday in the trial of 32-year-old Jason Williford, who is charged in the 2010 death of board member Kathy Taft.

Defense attorney Ernest “Buddy” Conner said Williford raped Taft and fractured her skull and doesn’t deny what he did. But he said his client is not guilty of premeditated murder.

The brief opening statement from Wake County Assistant District Attorney Trish Jacobs said Taft felt safe in the Raleigh home where she was staying as she recovered from plastic surgery, but she wasn’t.

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

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