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Archive for August, 2012

FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Ballree out as BSL police chief

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Emmett Ballree has been fired as Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief.

As WWAY reported FIRST ON 3, Ballree was suspended with pay last month as City Manager Jeff Repp began investigating an allegation Ballree abused his power as chief. Repp said at the time the allegation was separate from an SBI investigation into Ballree launched earlier this year.

“I want to thank Chief Ballree for his nearly five years of service to the citizens of the city, but after reviewing the facts of the investigation that I conducted and the direction that needs to be taken for the betterment of the department, I made the difficult decision to relive the chief of his position and begin the process of advertising and selecting a new Chief of Police,” Repp said in a news release. “I will be advertising the position regionally and hope to have the new Chief on board as soon as possible. In that this was a personnel action I will not be commenting further on this matter.”

Repp also said in his release that Lt. Richard Spenser will continue as acting chief during the search process for the new police chief.

Coming up tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3, we’ll find out what Ballree has to say about his dismissal.

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UPDATE: Victim in Hampstead pedestrian fatal identified

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

A person struck by a car along U.S. 17 in Pender County on Monday night has died.

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3rd gubernatorial debate set for Dalton, McCrory

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

ROCKY MOUNT, NC (AP) — Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton have agreed to a third televised debate this fall in their race for North Carolina governor.

North Carolina Wesleyan College, the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce and WRAL-TV are assembling a statewide television debate with Dalton and McCrory at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 on the college campus in Rocky Mount.

The North Carolina Association of Broadcasters announced last week the pair of candidates would participate in two TV debates on Oct. 3 and Oct. 16. Those debates will be held at the University of North Carolina Television studios in Research Triangle Park.

Libertarian candidate for governor Barbara Howe isn’t participating in the three debates. She says she should be included.

McCrory and Dalton debated in Wilmington in June.

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

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NC elections panel reviewing commissioner’s claims

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State Board of Elections officials likely will use a less severe method to consider campaign finance accusations made by North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin against Republican challenger Mike Causey.

Elections director Gary Bartlett told The News & Observer of Raleigh this week the allegations against Causey likely will be resolved through administrative action. The board has held public hearings to investigate past allegations.

The Democratic incumbent Goodwin wrote to Bartlett last month alleging rules were violated when Causey failed to file campaign reports electronically and campaign ads ran in a trade magazine for auto body shops.

Causey wrote in response that no laws were violated knowingly and all expenditures were reported properly. But Causey added he failed to report a $1,000 in-kind contribution for the trade publication ads.

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

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Flesh-eating bacteria in water kills man fishing near state line

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

A Robeson County man is dead after being exposed to a flesh-eating bacteria.

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