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Archive for May, 2012

McCrory campaign takes ire over NC ad to FCC

Monday, May 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republican Pat McCrory’s North Carolina gubernatorial campaign has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission asking it to force television stations to stop airing a commercial about his connections to a Charlotte-based business.

The TV ad that began running late last week is being bankrolled by the Democratic Governors Association, which donated money to a group called North Carolina Citizens for Progress.

An attorney for McCrory’s campaign says the ad has false content and fails to identify the DGA’s funding.

North Carolina Citizens for Progress sent a memo Monday to TV and cable systems saying it’s complying with disclosure and disclaimer requirements. The memo also provided information the group says backs up the ad.

The ad highlights McCrory’s board position on the real estate and lending business Tree.com Inc.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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O’Charley’s closes in Monkey Junction

Monday, May 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (STARNEWSONLINE.COM) — A spokesperson for O’Charley’s has confirmed that the Wilmington location closed Sunday. The restaurant at 5104 South College Road recently won the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-off, in the Judges Choice category and for Best Decorated Booth.


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ONLY ON 3: Woman says HOA targeting her dogs after report of raccoon problem

Monday, May 21st, 2012

CASWELL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — We told you earlier this month about a condo complex in Caswell Beach that has some unwanted visitors. Now, one resident says the home owners association is retaliating against her for bringing the issue to light.

Susan Prater says after we aired a story about raccoons she says lived in her building, she started feeling the heat from the HOA. Prater says because she is renting from a private owner, the HOA says she does not have the right to have her two dogs.

But Prater has had her dogs for about two years, and they were never a problem before.

“No one will come and clean it. No one will talk about it,” Prater said of the problem with the raccoons. “The only issue they’re attacking is the dogs.”

We tried to talk to someone with the property. When we went to the office, no one answered the door. When we called the property manager, he told us he did not have the HOA president’s number, that he would not talk to us and then hung up.

Prater says she will fight for what she knows is right, because she believes there is a lot at stake.

“I know that there will always be raccoons here. There will always be wildlife here. That’s not the issue,” she said. “The issue is the health issue that remains and will continue to remain as long as the raccoons are allowed to live and breed in the buildings.”

Prater says she and the owner of her condo plan to fight the HOA’s decision to evict the dogs.

She says the health department came out today and was appalled by what they found. So far the health department has not returned our call.

We tried to talk to CAMS Property Management, which is in charge of the property, but have not heard back.

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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington man fights for child ex never told him he had

Monday, May 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is fighting for the right to raise his own child. A child he’s never met. A child he never knew existed until the baby was several months old and already living with its potential adoptive parents. So far, trying to intervene has been a losing battle.

There’s a crib, books to read at bedtime, toys. Items Greg Johns rushed to buy when he found out he was a father.

He has a nursery ready, but no baby sleeps in it.

“I’m already a father,” John said. “I’m just looking to be a daddy.”

In April 2011, Johns discovered he had a six-month-old baby boy. A mutual acquaintance told Johns his ex-girlfriend had a baby and put it up for adoption. He confronted her and found out the truth.

“The emotions of anger, sadness, the joy of being a father… I had all that compacted into a five-minute conversation by her just saying, ‘You have no rights.’ I just kept thinking, ‘What is she talking about? I’m the father,’ John said.

He found out Christian Adoption Services in Matthews had placed the baby, whom Greg has named “Chase,” with a family in the triad.

Johns has spent the past year and nearly $100,000 fighting in court for the right to intervene in the adoption. Last month, a judge in Charlotte denied that request.

“It sounds certainly unfair and unjust, and the law is not being applied favorably in his case,” family law attorney Jason Minnicozzi said.

Minnicozzi does not represent Johns, but is familiar with adoption laws.

Johns got a paternity test showing he is the father, which Minnicozzi says should be enough to intervene.

“You would think that the court would be inclined to allow that person to intervene in the matter and be heard on whether or not their parental rights should be terminated or whether or not their child should be adopted by another party,” Minnicozzi said.

Johns has paperwork from Christian Adoption Services that shows his name was on the paperwork, but someone scribbled out his last name and put a fake name in its place. The agency says it tried to notify a Gregory James to no avail.

“I can’t believe this was even notarized when the last name was crossed off and someone else’s handwriting is there,” Johns said.

The clock is ticking. Johns has an 18-month-old son he’s never met.

To say he is frustrated in the legal system is an understatement. The Charlotte judge ruled that because Johns wasn’t there from the beginning, he has no rights.

“I’ve used that anger in the right way,” John said. “Motivation to not give up, to know that I do have a beautiful baby boy, to know that one day he will know the truth, one day I will have custody of him, because I won’t stop. He’ll know the truth, and he’ll know his father did everything possible to love him. He’ll know his father.”

Now, all Johns can do is appeal, but money is running low.

“In this justice system today, you really need money to have your rights protected, because it’s a game within a game,” he said. “You have to have money to go. You have to keep appealing and go as high up as you can.”

Or until the money runs out. That’s is why Johns created a Facebook page called “A Father’s Chase” and he website AFathersChase.com in hopes of getting monetary and emotional support, and to spread the word as he tries to bring his little boy home.

We contacted Christian Adoption Services. Director Jim Woodward would not comment on the specifics of this case. He would only say, “It’s in the court system.”

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1 killed, 2 injured in Pender wreck Sunday

Monday, May 21st, 2012

One person was killed and two were injured in a wreck on N.C. Highway 53 in Pender County.

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