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Archive for September, 2012

Lawyer for MacDonald witness speaks at NC hearing

Monday, September 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — On a Friday in August 1979, Helena Stoeckley testified that she wasn’t involved in the murders of the pregnant wife and daughters of then-Army Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald and that she didn’t know where she was more than nine years earlier.

Her attorney testified Monday at a hearing in Wilmington that just three days later she told him that story, but she then said she was in the MacDonalds’ Fort Bragg apartment the night of the killings. She said she didn’t participate in the murders.

Attorney Jerry Leonard testified that Stoeckley said a member of an occult group was angry with MacDonald.

The hearing is about new evidence and could determine if MacDonald gets a new trial. He’s serving three life sentences.

MacDonald maintains that intruders killed his family.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Protest to support mental health care workers

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Parents and supporters of the mental health care system were showing off their frustrations with budget cuts that will affect them at a protest Monday in Wilmington.

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Wilmington tests designated late-night taxi spots

Monday, September 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You may notice some specially marked parking spaces downtown.

The city has painted spaces in the 100 block of North Front Street to say “Taxi Only After Midnight.”

It’s part of a pilot project to increase compliance of the taxi stand restrictions downtown.

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Tickets to Magic Johnson speech go quickly; still chance to win on GMC

Monday, September 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tickets to hear Magic Johnson speak at UNCW went quickly this morning.

Free tickets were available starting at 9 a.m. By 11 a.m., all 1,100 tickets were accounted for.

Johnson will kick off a new lecture series on diversity and community outreach.

“I think it’s going to be a wonderful event, especially for the youth and New Hanover County to get someone of this magnitude to come to town to speak about the trials and tribulations of what he’s gone through to get where he is,” UNCW Assistant Athletic Director of Ticket Haig Lea said.

All tickets were first-come, first-serve seating.

Johnson will speak at Trask Coliseum on October 11 at 6 p.m.

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Commissioner claims he offered check to county, manager says that’s not true

Monday, September 24th, 2012

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger said he failed to show up to a conference in Chapel Hill that was financially covered by a scholarship because the county is not willing to accept his money. However, a county spokesperson said that's not true.

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