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Archive for May, 2013

ONLY ON 3: Deputy under investigation after blocking handicapped parking space

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Add the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to the list of local law enforcement agencies in the spotlight because of an officer’s alleged bad behavior.

The actions of one deputy may have given the entire department a black eye. A disabled WWAY viewer claims a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy intentionally blocked his handicapped spot in the parking lot of a Wilmington business.

The viewer, who wishes to remain anonymous, says he was heading to his daily workout at Planet Fitness on N. Kerr Ave. Tuesday. When he went to pull into a handicapped parking spot, he says a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy cut him off and parked in a no-parking zone right next to the space, which kept him from being able to use it.

He later confronted the man inside the gym.

“I approached this individual and said, ‘Do you realize that you’re parked illegally?’ And this individual’s reply was that he was a cop,” the man said. “I think that police should be of higher moral fabric than that.”

The man is legally handicapped after having his leg severed and reattached following an automobile accident. He is not supposed to walk more than 300 feet at a time, though he admits he tries to avoid the handicapped parking spot.

He claims the issue here is not with the spot, but what else the officer could be getting away with.

“If this officer will take a handicapped stall and abuse his power in that manner, what other liberties might he be taking?” he said.

WWAY contacted the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, which says actions like this won’t be tolerated.

“The sheriff has been made aware of it, and he is very concerned about it and has asked for an internal investigation into the situation,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Jason Augst said.

The Sheriff’s Office has not yet identified the deputy involved citing personnel issues.

The victim says he is hopeful the officer will be disciplined for his actions, and that at the minimum he should have to face a fine.

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Berger amotion hearing sparks many questions about process

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

During the amotion hearing, there was dissension about the validity of the entire hearing.

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94 drivers ticketed during Wilmington traffic campaign

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Wilmington police handed out 94 charges to suspected traffic law violators during a “Click It or Ticket” campaign Wednesday.

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Student athletes rally to save sports at UNCW

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bill Rinehart helped organize Wednesday’s “Call to Action” on the UNCW campus. Rinehart is passionate about keeping current sports teams on campus intact. “We love Wilmington. We love the community and the athletic department and we love the alumni and this is what this is all about,” Rinehart said. “This is a galvanizing movement to stand strong, stay together in unity and fight for what’s right and fight for the future of UNCW.”

Five sports at UNCW are on the chopping block. This includes men’s and women’s swimming. Cyrus Hashemi is a freshman swimmer at UNCW. “As a swimmer on the swim team we’ve all tried to sit around to think about it, but we’re not in control at all. All we can do is try to be positive to try and show Chancellor Miller why we should keep the swim team,” said Hashemi. Dave Allen is the head coach at UNCW for swimming. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep swimming afloat on campus. “I’ve always maintained all my life that when a problem arises you need try to come up with a solution to that problem,” Allen said. “You don’t drop a problem in someone’s lap and just walk away and leave it for them to solve. I think there are solutions, but I’m asking for a dialogue so we can sit down and have that conversation and I think there are some solutions without cutting sports.”

Dave Allen should know. He started the UNCW swimming and diving program 36 years ago but this not just a swimming issue. It’s indoor track, men’s cross country and softball too. UNCW softball shortstop Camry Wagner can’t believe what’s transpired over the last week. Wagner told us “Every day we go out and wear UNCW across our chests. We have faith in UNCW and all we’re asking is to have a little faith in us. I have 100 percent faith in him that he’ll make the right decision.”

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WPD investigataes afternoon shooting

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a man was shot in the foot in the 900 block of Emory Street. The shooting happened just after 3 p.m.

Capt. J.D. Varrone says the victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-threatening injuries.

Investigators say the do not have any information on a suspect at this time.

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