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Archive for October, 2012

Judge declares mistrial after Cox jury deadlocks

Friday, October 19th, 2012

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — It took more than 18 months for Chadbourn’s town manger to go to trial on charges of impersonating a police officer. After all that time, there’s still no resolution in the case.

The judge today declared a mistrial for Stevie Cox after jurors said they could not reach a unanimous decision. Jurors said they were split 7-5. It was not clear which verdict the majority supported.

Cox is accused of impersonating a police officer during a March 2011 traffic stop in the town vehicle belonging to Chadbourn’s police chief. Prosecutors say when he was pulled over while returning from town business in Raleigh, he showed a state trooper the chief’s badge. Cox and the other people in the car with him, including Chadbourn’s mayor, say he never told the trooper he was the chief. Cox maintains he only showed the badge to make it clear he was in the chief’s car and on town business.

WWAY’s Holden Kurwicki has been in court throughout the trial and deliberations. He will have reaction from the Columbus County Courthouse on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5 p.m.

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Town leaders in Leland are close to settling legal battle.

Friday, October 19th, 2012

After 5 years, town council unanimously voted on a tentative agreement Thursday afternoon regarding HWW LLC, which was the developer of the Westport community in town.

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New Hanover Co. Sheriff using inmate labor to cut costs

Friday, October 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Jail inmates were behind another type of bars Friday morning, helping out the Sheriff’s Animal Services Unit.

The inmates lent their skills with a brush by giving the kennels at Animal Control a fresh coat of paint. The Sheriff’s Office estimates it will save $3,000-4,000.

“It’s good. It has the inmates come out and get a little exercise by painting, and we reap the benefits of not having to hire an outside contractor,” Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said.

The Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out more ways it can utilize inmate labor to save costs, such as work at the jail and other county buildings.

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Civil War re-enactment at CAM canceled, but living history program still on

Friday, October 19th, 2012

For more information, call the museum at 395-5999.

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MyReporter answers question about government consultants

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Q: Why do governments use consultants when employees are on staff to do the same work?

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