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Archive for August, 2012

Bryant trial continues in Brunswick County

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Testimony continued today in the trial of a man accused of killing a Brunswick County realtor after what prosecutors say was a real estate deal gone wrong.

Bryant is accused of killing Shallotte real estate agent Adam Bradshaw. Bradshaw’s body was found in a shallow grave at the end of Watt Road in Ocean Isle in April 2008.

Tuesday, investigators from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation testified about what they found when they responded to the rural road. Detectives explained in detail what was done with a shotgun and other evidence collected from five different crime scenes, including where the body was found, a home nearby, and vehicles that may have been involved in the incident.

Investigators say the shotgun, believed to be the murder weapon, was not dusted for fingerprints when it was entered into evidence and was handled by officers and detectives without gloves. A detective said the gun was not investigated more because it is very difficult to remove fingerprints that are usable for evidence from the gun.

Jurors were also shown graphic images of the crime scene, including close-ups of Bradshaw’s body buried under debris.

Bryant’s girlfriend at the time of the murder, Lora Moultrie, was scheduled to testify Tuesday, but time ran out before she could take the stand. District Attorney Jon David says he expects Moultrie to testify Wednesday.

Moultrie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last year in connection to Bradshaw’s death. Prosecutors believe she will be a key witness in this case.

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Judge green lights interrogation in wife killing case

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Ray Belton sat in a drab interrogation room at the Wilmington Police Department trying to convince detectives that he failed to notice his wife started bleeding from the head after his gun went off.

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Hospital expects increasing profits

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s operating margin – a key measure of the financial health of hospitals – is projected to return to normal under a budget approved Tuesday by the board of trustees.

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Smart Start funds outdoor learning activities

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Painting outside, said Learning Tree owner Marta Slater, is part of a national trend to move children outdoors.

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FIRST ON 3: New Hanover Co. approached with stadium plan; Ripken confirms talks

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A baseball stadium built without using taxpayer money. WWAY was first to uncover that’s an idea one group has brought to New Hanover County.

One city councilman calls it a rumor, while the county confirmed a group did approach it with this idea.

Cal Ripken’s name is once again linked to baseball in the Port City. A source involved in the discussion told us the Hall of Famer’s company Ripken Design is interested in building a stadium. It would be privately funded using public infrastructure, such as sewer.

County Manager Chris Coudriet confirmed all but the name.

“Baseball is a hot topic in our community. We did have an organization approach us a county government and say here’s an idea that could be considered,” Coudriet said.

Right now, the city is in talks with Mandalay Baseball Properties to build a taxpayer-funded stadium for an Atlanta Braves minor league team. The cost of the stadium and land could reach $37 million if voters in Wilmington pass a bond referendum in November.

The city had considered Ripken Design to do a feasibility for a ballpark, but it chose another company when Mandalay objected to Ripken’s involvement.

If news of a private stadium is true, it would throw a major wrench in the city’s plans. But Councilman Kevin O’Grady does not seem too concerned about this latest twist.

“What’s the source of the funding? That’s unidentified,” O’Grady said. “What’s the location? What about the infrastructure needs? I mean, if it exists at all, it’s nothing more than an idea.”

But if someone is willing to build a stadium for free, why wouldn’t City Council pursue it? Mayor Bill Saffo says he would be delighted to talk with the Ripken group about its idea.

Residents opposed to using taxpayer dollars to build a stadium say it’s a no brainer.

“If there’s a glimmer of hope that someone would come in and do this for us, then they should pursue it,” said Scott Harry, the leader of a group of business owners opposed to the tax-payer stadium plan.

Late this afternoon a PR person for Ripken Baseball said in an e-mail: “Ripken Design has spoken with the county through a mutual acquaintance while we were doing a facility assessment at UNC Wilmington. These conversations with the county were only in regards to the process of building a county-owned stadium.”

After we asked for clarification, John Maroon wrote back, “We did not approach them with the idea of building a stadium. Ripken Design was informed that the county was exploring the idea of building a stadium If the City did not.

“After learning this, Ripken Design was put in touch with the County through a mutual party to discuss the process of planning designing and building a stadium and ways that Ripken Design could assist should the County move forward. nothing has transpired since.”

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