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Archive for June, 2012

Fund set up to help family of slain Chinese delivery driver

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The family of Zhen Bo Liu, the delivery driver whose killing set off an outcry across Wilmington, is requesting donations to help cover Liu’s funeral and the family’s travel expenses, according to a family attorney.

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Locals react to Supreme Court ruling on Arizona immigration law

Monday, June 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The US Supreme Court has struck down much of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

While throwing out a number of key provisions, the high court left in place the provision that requires police to check the immigration status of suspects stopped for other violations.

We wanted to know what the local implications of the Supreme Court decision are.

Ante Tarokic just moved to America in December from the former Yugoslavia. He is married to one of the Port City’s only immigration law specialists, Helen Jugovic, who says she’s happy about the Supreme Court’s decision to cut out the majority of the Arizona immigration law.

“I think that most of the Arizona legislation has been hate legislation,” Jugovic said. “I think it’s also duplicative. We already have systems in place, so to have the Supreme Court make this decision, it’s definitely going to be changing lives.”

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration, says he wishes the court would have upheld the other aspects of the law. But he says he’s happy they kept what he calls the most important provision., the one that requires police to check the immigration status of someone they suspect may be here illegally.

Gheen says illegal immigrants drain our resources.

“We’ve got illegal immigrants voting in elections, taking up valuable hospital and classroom space, eating over $1 billion out of our state budget each year and depreciating wages for jobs that still exist while taking jobs from many Americans,” Gheen said.

Gheen hopes North Carolina can adopt an improved version of the Arizona law soon.

Tarokic and Jugovic hope the Supreme Court’s decision helps our state moderate laws that could be very discriminatory.

“The problem with the law is that it isn’t OK for them to be stopping people and asking for their papers only when they realize the person has a foreign accent or is from a different country, which is how they might be using the law unfairly,” Tarokic said.

Jugovic says she’s also excited about President Obama’s DREAM Act that would impact young immigrants with no criminal record.

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Delta starts nonstop flights from ILM to NYC

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Monday marked the start of Delta’s nonstop daily flights from ILM to New York City.

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Wendy Block, philanthropist and civic leader, dies at 72

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Block, 72, died Monday at her Wrightsville Beach home after a long battle with cancer.

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ONLY ON 3: Demoted UNCW police officer moves back up the ranks

Monday, June 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A UNCW police officer demoted for showing up to work under the influence has made a long journey back up the ranks. Recently the department promoted him to lieutenant.

In 2010, not long after being selected as UNCW Police Officer of the Year, Charles Lindsey was demoted for reportedly showing up for work under the influence of alcohol.

Lindsey had been honored back for having the most DWI arrests in the UNCW Police Department. A few days after receiving the award he allegedly came to work reeking of alcohol.

Now he’s moving back up the ranks within the department. His recent promotion increased his salary more than $15,000.

In an official statement the university said, “Officer Lindsey fully complied with the requirements of the demotion, and he has had satisfactory performance reviews for the past 25 months. Since university or state personnel policy did not prohibit him from applying for a position at a higher rank, officer lindsey was fully eligible to apply for the promotion to lieutenant in 2012.”

The university also said Lindsey was the most qualified candidate to fill the position.

We tried to talk to UNCW Police Chief David Donaldson about the promotion, but he was not available.

Lindsey’s first day serving as lieutenant was last Wednesday.

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