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Archive for August, 2012

Study – UNCW has billion-dollar impact on area economy

Friday, August 24th, 2012

UNCW put $1.064 billion into the economy for eight counties in Southeastern North Carolina in 2011-12.

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B.J. Wright, wife arrested for jury tampering

Friday, August 24th, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two days after a judge delayed his trial B.J. Wright and his wife have been charged with jury tampering.

B.J. and Karen Sealey Wright are each charged with one count of felony conspiracy, harrassment of a juror and obstructing justice, according to the Columbus County Jail. Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says more charges may be filed after investigators talk to the couple.

Judge Douglas Sasser asked for an investigation into allegations of jury tampering Wednesday after granting a request from Wright’s attorney Scott Dorman to withdraw from the case and ordering a delay.

Sheriff Batten says the allegations are that B.J. Wright had his wife approach potential jurors in his trial that was set to begin and offer them money in exchange for a not guilty verdict. Wright was on trial for five criminal accounts stemming from incidents early last year. Prosecutors said he had a total of 21 pending charges. That list will now grow.

Earlier this month Wright was charged with multiple offenses after jumping out of a second-floor window at the Columbus County Courthouse while in the building for a hearing.

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Power restored to areas near 10th, Dawson and Market streets

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Power has been restored to an area where a Progress Energy feeder lost power about 12:30 p.m. Friday.

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NC Supreme Court stops release of several inmates

Friday, August 24th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court has stopped the release of a handful of inmates sentenced to life in prison so it can consider the case further.

The high court’s stay was issued Friday after a lower court ruling that some inmates sentenced to life more than 30 years ago should be released because of a legal quirk.

The 2-1 Court of Appeals ruling applied to two men sentenced in the late 1970s for second-degree murder and second-degree burglary. At least 13 other inmates have similar cases, including some convicted of rape.

At the time, the law defined a life term as 80 years, but rules allowed inmates to reduce their sentences through good behavior, taking classes or working. The inmates contend they have earned their release.

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

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Fourth and Grace streets still closed

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The intersection of Fourth and Grace streets will remain closed until Monday afternoon.

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