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Archive for May, 2012

Navassa council says no to $1.2 million loan

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The Navassa Town Council voted unanimously Thursday night not to pursue a $1.2 million loan

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Jury begins deliberations in John Edwards case

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A jury has started deliberations in the campaign corruption trial for former presidential candidate John Edwards.

Jurors are considering six criminal counts against Edwards. Prosecutors say Edwards took money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress while seeking the White House in 2008. Edwards’ attorneys say he did not knowingly commit any crime.

The jury heard about 17 days of testimony, but did not hear from Edwards or his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

Prosecutors say Edwards solicited $1 million from the donors because he wanted to win the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. The defense says the money was meant to hide the affair from Edwards’ cancer-stricken wife.

Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all six counts.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Nine-year-old honored as hero

Friday, May 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners and emergency responders say a nine-year-old girl is a hero. Ella Flewwellin saved her mom’s life by calling 911 when she had a seizure.

“My mom had a seizure, and I was so worried,” Flewwellin said. “I didn’t know what to do at first, and then I ran for the phone and called 911.”

“She got everybody there that needed to be there,” Ella’s mom Christina Crouch said. “She got the dog outta the house. She did all the directions that she needed to do.”

Friday, New Hanover County Emergency Management Director Warren Lee and County Commission Chair Ted Davis presented Ella Flewwellin with an award for her quick thinking. They point to her as an example for all children.

But with her 911 Hero Award in hand, this nine-year-old says her classmates are actually the ones she learned from.

“It feels great to have all my friends to encourage me to do all this stuff and teach me and help me,” she said.

Flewwellin is a student at St. Mary Catholic School. The whole school gathered to celebrate her bravery after this morning.

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Gastonia pastor had sex with minors in Haiti while doing mission work

Friday, May 18th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A Gastonia pastor has been indicted after authorities say he had sex with two minors in Haiti while doing missionary work in the country.

Larry Bollinger remained in the Mecklenburg County jail Friday, charged with two counts of having sex with people under age 18.

The federal indictment says the crimes happened in 2009.

Bollinger also has volunteered for House of Mercy, a residential care facility for people seriously ill from AIDS. The CEO of the organization says Bollinger and his wife were wonderful volunteers and others in the program were stunned to hear about the allegations against the 66-year-old pastor.

It wasn’t clear if Bollinger had an attorney.

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

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Sea turtle eggs show up early along NC coast

Friday, May 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Sea turtles nesting along the North Carolina coast have surprised volunteers and laid more than 1,000 eggs slightly more than two weeks into the nesting season.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that Jim Boyce of the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization says the first loggerhead turtle nest was found on Mother’s Day, which he says is about two to three weeks early.

A nest on Figure Eight Island was found on May 12, which is considered well ahead of schedule.

Sea turtle nesting season begins on May 1, though local volunteers said they usually don’t see nests until the end of May or the beginning of June. However, Boyce suggested that unusually warm water temperatures in the wake of a mild winter may have hastened the nesting.

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

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