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Archive for August, 2012

StarNews: Ex-Hoggard coach admits assaults on students

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

By: Brian Freskos

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — Joseph Brown Jr., whose six-year tenure as Hoggard High School’s assistant football coach imploded earlier this year amid accusations that he assaulted students on campus, pleaded guilty to criminal charges on Tuesday and was ordered to undergo anger management counseling.

The plea, entered in a New Hanover County courtroom, ends an embarrassing chapter for a school that boasts one of the most successful football programs in the state.

Brown lost his job after accusations surfaced in March that he punched and threatened six students he was supervising in a classroom.

The judge presiding over Tuesday’s plea arrangement ordered Brown to attend anger management classes and complete 36 hours of community service. He is also barred from Hoggard’s school grounds until July 2015, unless the New Hanover County school board gives permission otherwise. The latter stipulation is grounded in the logic that the victimized students will have graduated by then, said Samantha Dooies, an administrative assistant with the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office.

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WPD to get 12 new patrol cars, laptops

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — During their Tuesday night meeting, Wilmington City Council unanimously approved $31,488 to pay for 48 new laptop computers for the Wilmington Police Department. The laptops will replace those currently used in the police vehicles. According to City Manager Sterling Cheatham, the smaller sized computers will provide a more ergonomically efficient and safe workspace.

The money for the new technology will come from North Carolina drug tax funds.

Council also approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of twelve 2012 Dodge Charger Police patrol vehicles for $267,864. The replacement of these vehicles is funded in the adopted FY 12-13 Fleet Replacement Budget. Cheatham says the new computers will conform to the smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles.

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Council votes to finance cost of Water Street parking deck

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — During their meeting Tuesday night, Wilmington City Council approved financing the more $3.3 million used to purchase the Water Street parking deck, with an interest rate no higher than four percent.

In July, council voted to approve purchasing the parking deck. The money will cover both the cost of buying the deck as well as whatever council members choose to do with it. Several options have been discussed, like tearing it down to build a park and possibly renovating it. However, a final decision will be made at council’s September meeting.

A public hearing was held, however no one came up to speak.

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House of Raeford found guilty of fouling water

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A federal jury has convicted poultry processor House of Raeford Farms of 10 counts of polluting the local sewer system, but the plant manager was acquitted on all charges.

The U.S. Department of Justice said that the poultry producer allowed employees for 16 months to send untreated wastewater contaminated with blood, grease and body parts from slaughtered turkeys directly to the city of Raeford’s wastewater treatment plant.

Monday’s verdicts followed a weeklong trial at the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem. The convictions could result in a $5 million fine.

Plant manager Gregory Steenblock faced a 14-count indictment. He was accused of being responsible for the discharges and for allowing them despite hearing complaints and warnings from his employees. He faced up to 42 years in prison had he been convicted.

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Land deal approved for new Wilmington fire house

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Efficiency plan will replace 2 old stations with a modern one

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