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Archive for July, 2012

Corning stock price falls

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Second-quarter profits fell 39 percent

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Diligence heads out to sea

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Downtown Wilmington riverfront will be missing a regular resident for a while. The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence shipped out for another mission this afternoon.

Friends and family gathered to say goodbye as the crew prepared to set sail.

We caught up with a proud father who made the trip to Wilmington to see his son off.

“He wanted to serve his county, but he wanted to serve it here,” Joseph Patti Sr. said. “He said if I’m going to defend anything, I’m going to defend my own shores, and that’s why he joined the Coast Guard.”

The diligence will patrol the mid-Atlantic.

No word on when the ship and its crew will be back home.

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ONLY ON 3: Despite precedent, SHP won’t release texts from trooper accused of rape

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We have more information about the investigation into rape allegations against a state trooper. Last night the alleged rape victim showed us several text messages she says she exchanged with Trpr. Bryan Phillips, many of them explicit, leading up to the alleged attack, which she says happened Monday night.

Today, we asked Highway Patrol to see a copy of the trooper’s cell phone records.

The woman says the she met Phillips a week and a half ago on an online dating site. They also talked on the phone and exchanged texts.

We requested a copy of the text messages and calls Phillips made the past two weeks. In a statement, Highway Patrol spokesman First Sgt. Jeff Gordon said, “There is ‘no expectation’ nor requirement for personal cell phone usage in the performance of Trooper Phillips’ duties as a state trooper… Any use of the contents of any cell phone communication that took place ‘off-duty’ and on a personal cell phone would be outside the scope of the public records law.”

We asked Gordon why, then, Highway Patrol released text messages to the media in last year’s investigation into troopers Edward Wyrick and Andrew Smith, who were accused of misconduct. Though both troopers were using personal cell phones during the on-duty incident, Gordon says the texts were released for “the integrity of the agency.”

In the meantime, Phillips is on administrative leave pending a SBI investigation and an internal investigation by Highway Patrol.

The New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office says because Phillips is in law enforcement, it is standard practice to request a SBI investigation due to conflict of interest.

We called Phillips for comment, but he has not returned my call. We also have not heard back from an SBI spokeswoman to find out why Phillips has not yet been charged or arrested. Samantha Dooies with the District Attorney’s Office says it is not unusual for the SBI to wait until more facts are un-covered before making an arrest. She says they could be waiting for results of the alleged victim’s rape kit.

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Men charged with sex offense against mentally handicapped boy

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Investigators are looking into two men accused of sexual offense against a mentally handicapped boy in Pender County.

Sheriff’s investigators say the 16-year-old boy visiting Hampstead for Easter was the victim of second-degree sexual offense.

Before deputies could serve their arrest warrants, Orlando Jimenez and Victor Vasquez turned themselves into law enforcement in Union County.

Vasquez was victim’s mother’s boyfriend.

Both suspects have the same address in monroe on their warrants. Thursday a reporter from our sister station in Charlotte went to the home looking for answers. Jimenez, who works in the transportation department for Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools, came to the door, but did not want to talk.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says the boy’s mother was not aware of what happened to her son. Instead the report came months later from a therapist who works with the teen.

According to the warrant the boy was mentally disabled and physically helpless at the time of the crime.

We went to the house where the crime allegedly happened, but no one answered the door when we knocked.

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Wave may raise fares to keep Sunday buses

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Rates would be increased on all days

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