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Archive for November, 2012

UNC computer employee arrested on weapons charge

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — An information technology employee at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been arrested on a weapons charge.

Forty-two-year-old Charles Hitlin of Pittsboro was charged with felony possession a gun on educational property. Officers said they found a loaded 9mm handgun in Hitlin’s office.

He was head of information technology for UNC’s School of Public Health. He was fired Nov. 12, four days after his arrest.

Search warrants say Hitlin was investigated after a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force chatted with someone using a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill computer address. Police say the address was traced to Hitlin.

Attorney Meredith Nicholson says Hitlin is good man who is subject of a far-reaching arm of the government which is spying on computer communications.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WEATHER: Give thanks, for the forecast

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – As the low pressure center that brought the rain pulls away from the coast we still hold on to the lower level moisture across eastern North Carolina in spite of building high pressure.

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Driver charged: investigation tells different story of ‘carjacking’

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

A man who originally claimed he was carjacked off of Gordon Road Monday morning now faces several charges himself.

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Man sought in armed robbery

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Pender County Sheriffs are searching for a man they say robbed the La Tienda Esmeralda Store Monday night.

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ONLY ON 3: UNCW student claims police brutality

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In September, a UNCW student was arrested by a Wilmington Police officer he claims used excessive force. This is cell phone video taken by friend the night of the incident. The student claims police brutality. You can decide for yourself.

A friend of UNCW student Joe Gigliotti recorded video of Gigliotti being arrested by Wilmington Police Officer R.S. Young. Gigliotti was charged with resisting arrest/hinder and delay, but says he was a victim of police brutality.

“He used excessive force,” Gigliotti says. “He abused his power.”

Gigliotti says there were about 15 people at his house that night, the majority of which were over the age of 21. He says when Officer Young came to his house and asked if there was any underage drinking, Gigliotti assured him there was not and says young then forced himself inside.

In the video, you can see Officer Young dragging Gigliotti through his house and then pushing him onto the ground.

“I landed on my head and had a pretty big bump on my eye for the next week and a half,” Gigliotti says. “I also had marks on both of my arms from where he had pulled me as well as my wrists.”

After his time in jail, Gigliotti immediately filed a police brutality complaint against Officer Young. A few weeks later he says Wilmington Police Internal Affairs informed him that Young had been severely reprimanded and Gigliotti’s charges were dropped.

However, Gigliotti says police brutality is nothing new with Wilmington college students and hopes this video will change that.

“I would rather just see them become both a more effective and friendly police force instead of the way that they are right now,” he says.

Wilmington Police spokesman Kevin Smith says an internal investigation into Officer Young was completed and says he is still employed with the department. Because it is a personnel matter, Smith could not comment any further.

According to police records, no one was ticketed for underage drinking at Gigliotti’s house the night he was arrested.

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