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Archive for January, 2013

Columbus Co. Sheriff writes public letter supporting Second Amendment

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Earlier this week, Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten released a letter to the public showing his support for the Second Amendment.

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Nationwide Anti-Bullying touches down in Wilmington

Friday, January 25th, 2013

A nationwide anti-bullying tour made it's first stop in Wilmington on Friday night.

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ONLY ON 3: Former Bladen Co. jailer says violence nothing new at jail

Friday, January 25th, 2013

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Three days after 30-year-old Joshua Ward was beaten by several inmates, a former jailer says he saw similar violence first-hand.

“I have seen many cases where inmates will assault another inmate,” Marcus Hubbard said.

Tuesday afternoon, three men pulled a sleeping Ward from his bunk and started beating him. Hubbard says one of the men accused in the beating has a history of violence towards other inmates.

“Nothing ever really happened to Twasjay Brown. It’s like a slap on the wrist, don’t do it no more,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard says such random acts of violence were a normal thing when he was working in the jail as they are often times overlooked.

“The aggressor goes unpunished at the jail,” Hubbard said. I was told it’s up to the victim to file charges, but then that victim has to go back living with the aggressor.”

Hubbard was hired as a jailer in December 2011. He says he observed other jailers being lax on the job, not checking cells and at times allowing inmates to break the rules. “Elizabethtown is a small town. They know the jailers and sometimes the jailers are more easy when dealing with those people because they know their mother, their father, their sisters and brothers.”

Hubbard has kept numerous papers for his records, which he says are reports of inmate violence that he filed with his supervisor. He says when he would file a report, Chief Herman Dunn would say he was conducting an internal investigation, but Hubbard says Chief Dunn can’t be trusted. “Chief Deputy Herman Dunn has a tendency to keep valuable information from the sheriff.”

Hubbard says he feels his complaints of inmate violence and jailers not doing their jobs continued to fall on deaf ears. He resigned in June of last year.

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Screen Gems leader named to head film commission board

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Wilmington Regional Film Commission directors vote to appoint EUE/Screen Gems’ Bill Vassar as chairman.

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Film permits revised after businesses voice concerns

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Filming for NBC's hit show Revolution will be in full swing by next week. Locals should be prepared to make some changes if you are planning on making a trip downtown.

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