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Archive for August, 2012

Search continues for boater missing in Lake Waccamaw

Monday, August 20th, 2012

LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — Divers are combing the waters of Lake Waccamaw after a boat was found circling the middle of the lake with no one on board yesterday.

“A call came in. They thought there was a gentleman slumped over in the boat,” Lake Waccamaw Town Manager Darren Curry said. “It turned out that it was a life vest in the boat that they had seen. They then got a little closer, and they identified that there was nothing in the boat.”

Family members confirmed that the boat belonged to Bunny Goldston of Lake Waccamaw. He took his boat out for a leisurely sunday ride, and never returned.

Divers spent Monday searching for his body just a few hundred yards off shore from the family’s home.

“The boat was seen circling unmanned at the time, so we are searching in a grid pattern,” Curry said. “Hopefully he is in that area, but we do not know how far the boat traveled before it was called in.”

Water conditions in the 9,000-acre lake are further complicating the search for Goldston.

“There’s a lot of debris in the water,” Curry said. “There’s a lot of christmas trees or other debris that it appears have been put in the water by fisherman.”

Officials say that events like this highlight the need to wear a life vest while boating.

“Obviously if you’re going out by yourself, it’s extremely important. If there is nobody with you to help position a rescue, the lake is very large,” Curry said.

Lake Waccamaw has been closed to boaters while crews search for Goldston.

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FIRST ON 3: Leland dance teacher makes first court appearance on child sex charges

Monday, August 20th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Leland dance studio is temporarily closed. The owner is behind bars facing child sex charges.

Revolutionz Dance Studio and Entertainment just opened in a strip mall on Village Road in Leland August 1. Now a handwritten sign on the door claims it’s closed for maintenance.

The owner, Jamie Watson, 36, faces charges of first degree sex offense of a child.

Leland police arrested Watson late Friday night. After his first court appearance Monday, his family did not have much to say.

Watson’s attorney, Bill Peregoy, is waiting to gather more evidence from Leland Police before he discusses the case..

“At the moment, we don’t have a law enforcement agency with sufficient acumen to do an investigation before they make an arrest,” Peregoy said. “They tend to arrest somebody and then see if they can build a case.”

Leland Police would not talk about the case.

Watson has taught dance for more than 20 years and is a member of the All American Clogging Hall of Fame All American Team. Clogging is just one of the styles of dance he taught to children of all ages in the studio; a studio that sits empty, for now.

Watson’s attorney asked for a probable cause hearing. That is scheduled for Aug 30. For now, Watson remains in jail under a $200,000 bond.

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Former Boiling Spring Lakes police chief, son indicted on felony charges

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Former Boiling Spring Lakes police Chief Emmett Ballree and his son were indicted by a grand jury in Brunswick County on Monday, according to a spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Justice.

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Mosquito spraying in New Hanover

Monday, August 20th, 2012

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City of Wilmington may vote to delay hotel deal

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The developers interested in building an upscale hotel next to the Wilmington Convention Center want the city to extend the negotiation period.

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