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Archive for December, 2012

Mary Lee, the wandering shark, off Carolina Beach

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

It’s the shark’s second trip into state waters in the last month

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B.J. Wright pleads guilty, heads to prison for years

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It looks like B.J. Wright will not be home for Christmas after all.

Two days after a Columbus County judge granted Wright a bond, the 25-year-old with ties to R.C. Soles pleaded guilty to several crimes today with a sentence of from 12.5 to more than 17 years in prison.

“He will spent at least a decade and a half in prison,” District Attorney Jon David told WWAY NewsChannel 3.

Wright pleaded guilty to two counts of felony possession of cocaine, three counts of flee/elude with a motor vehicle, two
counts of harassment of a juror, one count of obstruction of justice, one count of felony conspiracy, one count of driving while license revoked and one count of obtaining the status of habitual felon.

“We feel that justice was served today,” Assistant District Attorney Heath Nance said in a statement. “The law enforcement community invested a considerable amount of time and effort to prepare this case and bring Mr. Wright to justice. They provided our office the tools that we needed to be effective in the courtroom. The result of their work was a long prison sentence that will greatly benefit the citizens of Columbus County.”

Wright had been held without bond after jumping through a second-story window at the Columbus County Courthouse in August, but he was entitled to a bond hearing. At that hearing Tuesday, Judge Douglas Sasser set Wright’s bond at upwards of $4 million, according to a spokeswoman for the judge. The spokeswoman told WWAY that as he left court, Wright told a bailiff, “I’ll be home by Christmas.” Now it appears that will not happen.

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McCrory makes 3 cabinet appointments

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A former legislator, mayor and federal prosecutor are among those who will serve in key cabinet positions for incoming North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

McCrory announced Thursday that he will appoint Winston-Salem businessman Lyons Gray to serve as his secretary of revenue, the state’s chief tax collector. Gray served six terms in the state Legislature before joining the Bush administration.

Susan Wear Kluttz will serve as McCrory’s secretary of cultural resources. Kluttz was mayor of Salisbury for 14 years and has been active as a historic preservationist.

McCrory named Raleigh defense attorney Kieran Shanahan as his secretary of public safety. Shanahan is a former federal prosecutor.

The governor-elect also filled other key jobs, including the appointment of wealthy Republican donor and former legislator Art Pope as deputy budget director.

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

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ARRESTED: Officials release details of rumors at Ashley High, student charged

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

School officials in New Hanover County have taken action against a student who started rumors earlier this week about violence that was to happen Friday at Eugene Ashley High School.

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Friends, family give surprise welcome home to soldiers

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Dozens of people gathered at Wilmington International Airport Thursday morning to give two soldiers in the area a special welcome home.

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