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Archive for August, 2012

Local Republican delegate to network at RNC

Monday, August 27th, 2012

PENDER CO., NC (WWAY) — A few Republican delegates from our 7th congressional district have made it to Tampa for the Republican National Convention.

Before he left, we caught up with delegate Bob Muller with the Pender County GOP party to ask about his expectations and what he’s most looking forward to this week.

“It’s going to go red, it’s going to go red.” That’s delegate Bob Muller’s prediction for how the state will vote in November.

This week, the larger-than-life event that solidifies the GOP presidential candidate has kicked off. Muller has only been able to watch past RNCs on television. Although there will be a lot of sights and sounds to take in during his first in-person experience, Muller says he plans to get right to work.

“I think it’s important to get there and to network with the other people in other parts of the state and other parts of the country and talk with them, pick up ideas about them and see what we can do to get the vote out,” Muller said.

More than 40,000 people, including more than 2,000 delegates are converging on downtown Tampa. The event has been years in the making. It comes weeks after Mitt Romney’s campaign announced Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan would join the ticket as the GOP Vice Presidential candidate. Muller says it was the right move.

“I think he’s a great addition to the ticket,” Muller said. Ryan is a smart guy. He’s Budget Chairman for the House. He knows what our financial situation is in this country, which is dire.”

Muller says a change in leadership is necessary to fix the economy and get people in areas like Pender county back to work.

“As you know in North Carolina, we have a high unemployment rate and here in Pender county we have a high rate,” Muller said. “We’ve gotta do something to bring the jobs back to this country and this state. I think that would be helpful to us with their plan as well as Pat McCrory for governor.”

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Accused “Chihuahua Choker” appears in court

Monday, August 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Justice for Charlie. That’s what a family is seeking after their dog was strangled last week. Today, its accused killer appeared in court.

Video is all Jenna Branham and her family have left of Charlie the Chihuahua. The little dog was killed on friday. The man accused of strangling Charlie? Branham’s ex-boyfriend, 24-year old Cory Morgan Gray.

“For someone to take a little 6 pound chihuahua out of his cage, literally strangle him and put him back in, deserves to be punished,” said Jenna’s aunt, Pam Postich.

It’s a punishment that will be up to a court to decide. Gray appeared before a judge Monday. Charlie’s family sat just feet away.

“My mind was just racing, my heart was just racing, just, he didn’t look like he felt bad for anything,” said Danielle Branham, Jenna’s sister. “He’s hiring his own attorney which obviously means he’s going to plead not guilty.”

Gray received his court date and walked out without saying a word to Branham’s family.

“He never gave us a reason, he can’t tell us why he did it,” Danielle Branham said.

Branham’s family plans to be there during the trial, seeking justice for Charlie and hoping for a change in the law.

“We can’t bring Charlie back but maybe we can help others,” said Jenna’s dad, Sid. “Maybe we can get stricter penalties on animal cruelty, that’s the goal.”

While at the courthouse, Jenna Branham also took out a restraining order against Cory Gray.

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Replacement chosen for Belville seat Batson vacated

Monday, August 27th, 2012

James V. Sheehan was appointed to the Belville Board of Commissioners. A subsequent board reorganization saw Mike Allen become mayor.

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Wrightsville Beach considers county building for emergency base

Monday, August 27th, 2012

To secure the space, the town could either pay a $70,000 lump sum or enter into a long-term lease.

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Testimony continues in trial of 2008 murder

Monday, August 27th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — It’s week two in court for the case District Attorney Jon David calls a real estate deal gone horribly wrong. Craig Bryant is accused of killing Shallotte realtor Adam Bradshaw back in 2008 with the help of Lora Moultrie who pleaded guilty to second degree murder last year.

Monday, the prosecution called key witnesses to the stand. David says Bryant sold a piece of property to Bradshaw, realized he had made a mistake and wanted to reverse the deal, and then tried to fix his problem with murder. David says Bryant then forged a deed that falsely claimed Bradshaw had sold the property back to him.

The notary who signed that fake deed, Robert Stanley, testified in court.

Mary Johnson and Ethel Gause, a mother and daughter who lived in the house where David says Bryant went to use the phone after he stashed Bradshaw’s car in the woods, also testified. David said Bryant called Christy Hughes.

David said Bryant had Hughes drop him off at the alleged murder scene and pick him up at a different location when he was finished.

David also plans to call crime scene investigators to the stand. He said the case is very involved because there are five different crime scenes.

Last year, Bryant’s then live in girlfriend, Lora Moultrie pleaded guilty to second degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder. She is scheduled to testify Tuesday. David says he does not know what she’ll have to say.

Bradshaw’s widow and her family were in court as well as Bryant’s mother. Bryant’s mother, Delphia was indicted for smuggling a razor blade to her son in prison last year.

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