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Archive for October, 2012

Gott not allowed to vote in New Hanover Co.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A woman who was once the top nominee to fill a vacancy on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners is now not allowed to vote or hold public office in the county.

Tuesday the county New Hanover County Board of Elections ruled that Melissa Gott does not live in the county and therefore is not a registered voter.

Melissa Gott was expected to defend her residency in new Hanover County, but decided against it. Her attorney, John Ferrante, spoke to the board of elections, calling the challenge frivolous.

“Ms. Gott has decided to save this board a long drawn out hearing,” Ferrante says. “This withdrawal of objection to the challenge should not be seen or perceived of admission that the challenge is valid.”

Gott was the Republican Party’s nominee to fill a vacant county commission seat, but was rejected after her New Hanover County residency was challenged.

Wilmington business owner, Justin LaNasa, was set to testify Tuesday to prove Gott did not live in the county, and only used the house at 602 Chestnut Street for work. In reaction to Ferrante’s statement, the board of elections unanimously ruled to withhold LaNasa’s challenge, meaning Gott is not a registered voter in the county.

“I believe she did the right thing and hopefully there’s no little lawyer tricks involved where it comes back,” LaNasa says.

However, according to elections director Marvin McFadyen, Gott could still register to vote in New Hanover County this week and claim she has lived at the Wilmington address for at least 30 days.

“Because you’ve been removed from the records, a person can still meet the qualifications to register and vote based on what the law reads,” McFadyen says.

Folks who live around Gott’s house on Chestnut Street also showed up to the hearing. One neighbor WWAY spoke with says this is proof that Gott did not live at the house.

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Man accused after 2 shot, killed in Charlotte

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a man with murder after two people were found shot to death inside a home.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/RrbmcT) 28-year-old Jacquece Forest is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Jennifer Smith and Luc Eric Gonzalez. Both Smith and Gonzalez were 25.

Police say a woman called to say she thought she’d seen her ex-boyfriend in the woods behind her house. About two hours later, officers stopped a speeding vehicle. The suspect fled on foot to an apartment but was captured and taken to a hospital for treatment and told staff he had shot his girlfriend.

Capt. Nick Pellicone said officers went to the home and found a man and woman dead. He said a child at the home was not injured.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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

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NC woman accused of pouring hot water on child

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in Jacksonville accuse of woman of pouring scalding hot water on her 9-month-old daughter.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year-old Michelle Julia Woodhouse-Deboyes of Jacksonville is charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and mental emotional injury.

A statement from the sheriff’s office said Woodhouse-Deboyes was angered by the baby’s crying. Investigators say she filled a coffee mug with boiling water and poured it on the infant, then turned the baby over and held her in the hot water puddled on the floor,

The baby is being treated at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill for second-degree burns over 12 percent of her body.

Authorities say Woodhouse-Deboyes has been released on a $200,000 unsecured bond. It’s not known if she has an attorney.

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

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Ballpark could bring homes and businesses to Downtown Wilmington

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) – South Street Partners, a Charlotte based private real estate investment company, has submitted an offer to purchase the Upper Dean Tract, a property adjacent to the proposed minor league ballpark. South Street is currently in negotiations with the owner. The group hopes to develop a mixture of high end residential units and ground floor retail on the site.

According to Patrick Melton of South Street Partners, this mixed-use development, along with the proposed ballpark, would represent a significant investment in the future of downtown Wilmington.

“We are serious about making downtown Wilmington a magnet for economic development,” Melton said. “We know that the ballpark will make this area of downtown a true destination for entertainment and business. A mixed-use project overlooking the ballpark will be another key asset in the area’s ongoing development.”

“Well executed residential and commercial projects can flourish on sites adjacent to new ballpark developments. One need look no further than the public-private partnerships forged in the cities of Durham, Dayton and Winston-Salem for evidence of this.” Melton said. “When you take into account that all of this development will take place along the river, the sky’s the limit.”

South Street Partners’ offer is contingent on the passage of the Wilmington ballpark bond referendum in next week’s election.

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NC officials troubled by raucous election activity

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina election officials are concerned about raucous campaigning around early voting sites and people purposefully misrepresenting voting laws to reduce turnout.

State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary Bartlett says his office has received many reports of “aggressive electioneering” at in-person voting sites during early voting that ends Saturday.

Bartlett says candidate and party activists have been entering no-campaign zones to work potential voters and used profanities against their opponents. He told county election officials this kind of aggressive campaigning can’t be tolerated.

There also have been reports of voters being told they can vote by phone or they can’t vote if they have outstanding traffic tickets.

Bartlett said he’s never heard more complaints, misinformation and what he calls voter suppression or intimidation activities during his tenure.

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

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