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Archive for March, 2013

Bladenboro manager charged with assaulting women at laundromat

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) — Police say a trip to the laundromat ended violently for two Blandenboro women and landed the town manager in trouble.

Penny Sahli says she was was doing laundry Sunday at town manager Delane Jackson’s laundromat, but the machines she was using were not working. She says another woman told Sahli if she wanted to talk to Jackson, she should do something that would catch his attention on the surveillance cameras he watches from home.

Sahli then smoked an e-cigarette and left the laundromat with a friend Zorrita Wood. When they got back, she says Jackson was waiting.

She says after trying to explain what happened, Jackson started swearing and was visibly upset but gave her her four dollars back. But Sahli said he pushed her and Wood.

“He said, ‘Get out of my washer. I could ban you,'” Sahli said. She said, ‘I’m calling (police officer) Randy Sykes.’ He said, ‘You call Randy Sykes, because he works for me. You tell him to come to my house and have some tea.'”

When the officers showed up, the women said they took out a warrant on Jackson for assault on a female. Sahli says as soon as Jackson was released from jail, he took out a counter warrant on her for communicating threats.

We tried to reach Jackson for comment, but town hall says he was in Raleigh at a conference. Jackson is due in court April 23.

Sahli is no stranger to the law. She has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1989 with convictions for fraud, credit card forgery, drugs, obtaining property by false pretense, breaking and entering, larceny and forgery.

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Leland Police search for home invasion suspect

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police need help finding a home invasion suspect they say is armed and dangerous.

Detectives have charges pending on Torie Nesbitt for a break-in on Greensview Circle Thursday. They’ve already arrested a 14-year-old for first degree robbery in connection with the crime.

Nesbitt faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault by pointing a gun, first degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering.

Police say they are following more leads and expect more arrests.

If you have any information, call Leland Police.

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Azaleas added to Wilmington gateway

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the Azalea Festival and the Azalea Garden Tour just weeks away, you may notice some new landscaping at the entrance of Wilmington near I-40.

Area leaders and the DOT announced the completion of a beautification project right under the city’s welcome sign with a ribbon cutting ceremony today.

Inspired by the sign’s design, you’ll notice palm trees and, of course, azaleas.

“We thought it was a worthy place to landscape with this gateway entrance into Wilmington to throw out a beautiful welcome mat for the people that are going to be coming to our city in the next few weeks, and for months and years to come,” Cathy Poulos of the Cape Fear Garden Club said.

Before the festival, next week is “Plant an Azalea Week.” It’s an effort to keep the city’s reputation of the “City of a Million Azaleas.”

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Special assistant to the county manager appointed in Brunswick

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Brunswick County Finance Officer Ann Hardy has been named the special assistant to the county manager.

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Marine’s final trip home includes Wilmington

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The final trip home for a North Carolina Marine killed during training in Nevada earlier this month will pass through Wilmington tomorrow.

The body of LCpl. Mason Vanderwork will arrive at Wilmington International Airport tomorrow night. From there he will head to Jacksonville for a memorial at Onslow Beach aboard Camp Lejeune Saturday at noon then onto his native Hickory for his funeral Monday.

Vanderwork, 21, was one of seven members of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune killed March 18, when a mortar shell exploded in its firing tube during an exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. Eight men were injured.

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