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Archive for July, 2012

Ventriloquist Jay Johnson visits Wilmington

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jay Johnson loves, comedy, acting and ventriloquism. You may remember him from the off-center comedy Soap , Jay played Bob Campbell on the show from 1977 to 1981.

He is in town for an upcoming play at Thalian Hall but Jay wanted to speak to a group of future ventriloquists and show them some of his art.

Jay and his comedy partner Bob will be appearing in the Tony Award winning show, the Two and Only at Thalian Hall on September 15.

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2,600 without power in Carolina Beach

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Power should be restored by 10:30 p.m.

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ONLY ON 3: Neighbors say fight caught on tape example of problems

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Caught on tape, two teenagers go at it in a Wilmington apartment complex as adults stand by. But there may be more to the neighborhood problem than just this fight.

The fight at Greentree Apartments off North Kerr Avenue did not escalate too much, but the footage did cause some concern.

In the video, two boys end up fighting, but this is not where the controversy in the neighborhood ends.

“They just start fights everywhere they go,” neighbor Dee Thompson said. “I’m surprised they’re not yelling right now.”

Thompson says since her neighbors moved in, the drama in the neighborhood has been unreal.

“This is the way they handle stuff: by communicating threats like they’re going to kill people. ‘Oh, when the police leave, I’m going to kill you.’ When the police are here you’re trying to kill me. It’s crazy,” Thompson said.

Thompson says there have been many altercations between her and the two women in the video, including a fight with a baseball bat.

We tried to talk to the women to get their side of the story.

Velma Smalls says Thompson is the troublemaker, and they were sticking up for their family.

While we were talking to Smalls, Thompson shot video of a woman on the other side of the building hitting a metal baseball bat on the concrete and yelling at her across the parking lot.

Both women say nothing happened after we left, but both Thompson and Smalls have taken out charges on each other. They are due in court August 6.

Smalls says the fight caught on video was of members of a gang trying to attack her son, and she’s worried about his safety.

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8th DWI conviction lands Leland man 11.5 years behind bars

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Leland man will spend about a decade behind bars after being convicted for DWI for the eighth time.

A judge sentenced Wilbur Brown of Leland this morning to nine to 11.5 years in prison after Brown was convicted of habitual impaired driving and sentenced as a habitual felon.

Prosecutors say Leland Police stopped Brown November 11, 2011, for suspicion of DWI. They say Brown failed a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10. Brown had gotten out of prison eight months earlier after completing a sentence for a previous habitual impaired driving conviction.

The District Attorney’s Office presented Brown for habitual felon prosecution to the grand jury upon learning of his previous felony and seven misdemeanor DWI convictions, as well as convictions for felony drug and property crimes. The availability of enhanced penalties under the North Carolina Habitual Felon Act allowed the State of North Carolina to pursue a sentence greater than the maximum two year term that would ordinarily apply.

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NC female vet pursues discrimination complaint

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A 28-year-old female Army veteran has filed a complaint with the Department of Labor, contending a North Carolina ministry did not offer her the same job training courses offered male veterans.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday it filed the complaint against the Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry on behalf of Emily Bagby, now a full-time student at an Asheville technical college.

The former Army supply clerk at Fort Gordon says in her complaint she lived at the ministry’s Steadfast House through a program for homeless veterans. Bagby says men were offered training in truck driving, culinary arts, construction or internet technology, but she was offered courses in knitting, art therapy, yoga, meditation and Bible study.

The ministry denies the claim and says it offers the same courses to everyone.

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

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