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Archive for June, 2012

NC court grants new trial for man facing life

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The N.C. Court of Appeals has granted a new trial for a man convicted five years ago in the murder of a teenager.

The Times-News of Burlington reports that the court granted the new trial for 37-year-old Lawrence Donell Flood Sr., who was convicted in December 2009 of first-degree murder in the death of Jerrod Watlington. Watlington was shot in the head in August 2007 with a .38 caliber handgun that was never recovered.

The court said evidence of a previous murder conviction in New Jersey was inadmissible in Flood’s Alamance County trial.

The state sought the death penalty but the jury recommended Flood be sentenced to life without parole. Watlington and Flood were allegedly involved in a drug deal when the murder occurred at a Graham apartment complex.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Ham radio ops set up 24-hour emergency demo

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re almost a month into Hurricane Season; and since June is typically a quieter month, now is a good time to get yourself ready and learn about the folks who help in severe weather situations.

Because they use radio frequencies, amateur radio operators are often the first to communicate after a severe weather event and can work when cell phones and TV’s and radios are out. The area’s three local amateur radio clubs are set up and camped out at Ogden Park for 24 hours this weekend to demonstrate their capabilities.

“The tornadoes this year, some of the forest fires; amateur radio supported those operations,” said Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club President Charlie Vaughan. “Generally they are on the air first in terms of supporting the officials that are trying to deal with the particular emergency.”

Hams not only communicate in severe situations. It’s also a hobby many use to get in touch with people around the world.

The hams will be at Ogden Park until Sunday at 2 p.m.

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NC wildlife officers to watch for impaired boaters

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — Officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are patrolling the state’s southeastern waterways and channels as part of an operation designed to educate boaters about the dangers of drinking while out on the water.

The StarNews reports that Operation Dry Water is in its fourth year and is a nationwide campaign. The operation is similar to the N.C. Highway Patrol’s ‘Click It or Ticket’ program.

Officers will be patrolling the water throughout the weekend, conducting routine safety checks while also monitoring for boaters who might have had too much to drink.

A conviction for operating a boat under the influence can include a fine of up to $1,000 and possible jail time.

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

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Wilmington’s council members want own offices

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

City might consider leasing some space in county-owned building

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Mormon church grows in Southeastern North Carolina

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Stilman White, who played for UNC in the 2012 NCAA tournament, brought attention to the church’s missions

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