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Archive for June, 2012

NC NAACP president focuses on past violence

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber was in Wilmington Tuesday night specifically to address the issue of the Wilmington 10 and the incident that led to their arrest four decades ago. We asked the Reverend about a current issue in the Port City and what guidance he would offer the community and young people in light of six young men arrested in connection to the robbery and murder of a Chinese food delivery man.

Barber said the rally for pardons for the Wilmington 10 was not the time or place to discuss the recent crime.

“I’m not going to mix the two,” Barber said. “I will talk to you about that separately. The NAACP and African-American people have always been against murder or death of any type. What we are talking about here tonight is when law enforcement and prosecutors and the court system manipulate justice.”

While Barber left without directly addressing the question about the murder of delivery driver Zhen Bo Liu, he did e-mail us later to again say he would talk with us about the issue. We hope to speak with him soon.

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FIRST ON 3: Tox report clean for three-year-old left at hospital

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A toxicology report shows no drugs in the system of a three-year-old boy who died after his babysitting took him to a Brunswick County hospital earlier this year and then allegedly led police on a car chase.

A preliminary autopsy in March said Jaronn McAllister II died of internal bleeding of the liver due to blunt force trauma. The boy’s mother Candice Young said Montey Murray was babysitting Jaronn at her Shallotte apartment when he woke up to find the child laying on the living room floor, hot to the touch.

Murray and a neighbor eventually took Jaronn to Brunswick Novant Hospital, where he died. According to investigation documents, on the drive to the hospital, Murray said, “If you pump his stomach he will be OK.”

Documents also show that during a search of the apartment, investigators found two plastic bags full of white powder, two bottles of prescription drugs, a wash cloth covered in vomit, and five bags of marijuana found in the little boy’s room, as well as multiple blood samples collected around the apartment.

The toxicology report from the Office of the State Medical Examiner says the only thing found in Jaronn’s system was atropine. That’s a drug used in hospitals to try to increase a patient’s heart rate.

Murray is in jail on charges related to the car chase.

No charges have been filed in connection with the child’s death.

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Students work on app wins business plan prize

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Reuben Rosado, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, won UNCW’s sixth annual Business Plan Competition coordinated by the Cameron School of Business.

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Wilmington 10 members, NAACP hold rally in support of pardons

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Members of the NAACP and Wilmington 10 rallied Tuesday night in support of pardons for the group, but one former police officer says there are questions that still need to be asked.

“It was wrong and the right time to do right is right now,” said Rev. William J. Barber II, president of the NAACP’s State Conference.

One Wilmington 10 member, Connie Tindall, served five years in prison before his conviction was overturned.

“As bad as it is, it’s a good time for at least now, we’re beginning to get the recognition that we are due,” Tindall says.

However, one man says there is another side to the story. John Winecoff joined the Wilmington Police Department in May of 1971, three months after the firebombing of Mike’s Grocery. He feels the full story needs to be retold.

When asked what he thought the truth behind all of it is, Winecoff said, “I think that they did most of the violence. I think right now, they are after money and recognition. if these people didn’t do it, then who did?”

Tindall says there were people involved with the burning and shooting, but he was not one of them.

“I’m not a rat, so I don’t tell on anybody, but what I know I’ll go to the grave with,” Tindall says. “All I can say with all truth and sincerity is that it was not me.”

Supporters of the pardons say the state now has a chance to right their wrongs.

“The lies of injustice can’t destroy the truth the Wilmington 10 stood on,” Rev. Barber says. “Their memory is still here.”

The Wilmington Ten Pardons of Innocence Project hopes to collect 100,000 signatures on its petitions.

If granted pardons, each member could be compensated $50,000 for each year they spent in prison.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Reunion; girls’ summer retreat; creative chemistry

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

New Hanover High School graduates, for the years 1930-1953, are invited to a reunion beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 27.

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