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Archive for May, 2012

NC man with innocence case released from prison

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina man whose innocence claim on a rape conviction will be heard later this year is out of prison on parole.

The attorney for Willie Grimes says he was released Monday from the Gaston Correctional Center, where he was held on his conviction of raping a 69-year-old Hickory woman in 1987. Attorney Christine Mumma says Grimes had to register as a sex offender.

In April, the state Innocence Inquiry Commission unanimously agreed that enough credible evidence exists to refer Grimes’ case to a three-judge panel. That panel will decide if Grimes should be declared innocent.

The 65-year-old Grimes has always maintained his innocence, even refusing to participate in prison programs that could have helped him reduce his sentence because he would have to admit guilt and express remorse.

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‘Save the Cape’ wants to stop more state funded port studies

Monday, May 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (STARNEWSONLINE) — A group opposed to a new seaport in Brunswick County is pushing to have language inserted into the state budget to prohibit any additional state spending toward that end.

Members of the nonprofit, anti-port group Save the Cape have gone as far as to draft the language they want inserted into the budget bill. It would prohibit any money from the N.C. State Ports Authority, the state General Fund, Highway Fund or Highway Trust Fund or any other source from going toward building or studying a port on the Cape Fear River.

Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, said the House version of the 2012-2013 state budget, which is expected to be released soon, may include that provision.


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Man accused of peeping pleads guilty

Monday, May 21st, 2012

A Wilmington man accused of peeping on a teenage female relative pleaded guilty Monday.

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County to renovate building

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Commissioners directed county staff to proceed with a plan to renovate 320 Chestnut St.

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Brunswick manager will not propose tax increase

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing will recommend a budget that contains no property tax increase.

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