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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Wrightsville Beach not yet releasing video of incident that led to lawsuit

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — As we told you last night Wrightsville Beach and two of its police officers face a federal lawsuit for allegedly violating the civil rights of a town alderman’s son.

Today we hoped to get a look at what happened, but the town said no.

Adam Mills, the son of Wrightsville Beach Alderman Darryl Mills, claims police violated his civil rights after a November 2011 DWI stop.

We asked for video from inside the police station of what happened.

The town’s defense attorney Clay Collier said we would be able to get a copy because the event is not under criminal investigation.

Town Manager Tim Owens later told us that Town Attorney John Aessell would release the video today, but Wessell said today he needs time to review the video, even though the incident happened two years ago, and the lawsuit was filed July 1.

Wessell also questioned if the video is public record. We believe it is.

You may remember in 2011 video released from inside the Wrightsville Beach Police station helped clear a state trooper after a woman accused him of intimidation.

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Jobs for highly-paid McCrory staffers never posted

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says two 24-year-old campaign staffers landed senior-level jobs in his administration because they were the most qualified applicants, beating out older candidates.

But the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, where Matthew McKillip and Ricky Diaz got big promotions and raises, has been unable to provide any evidence their positions were advertised or that other applicants were considered. The agency also says there are no written descriptions or requirements for their jobs.

McKillip is paid $87,500 a year as a chief policy adviser. Diaz makes $85,000 annually as the agency’s communications director.

A review of descriptions for similar government positions shows McKillip and Diaz do not meet the academic or experience requirements to qualify for even entry level positions in the areas they oversee.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Body found at Carolina Beach identified

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Timothy Young’s death was ruled a suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot wound

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Giant man-eating plant takes over Thalian Hall

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Opera House Theatre Company is rounding out its season with Little Shop of Horrors, the popular send-up to “B” horror movies.

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Army Corps officer relieved of command

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, WV (AP) — The US Army Corps of Engineers has relieved the commander of its Huntington District while it investigates allegations of misconduct.

The State Journal reports that Col. Steven McGugan was relieved of his command last Friday by Brig. Gen. Margaret Burcham. She is commander of the Corps’ Great Lakes and Ohio River division.

Col. David Patterson is a public affairs officer for the Corps. He confirmed that McGugan had been relieved but declined to discuss the specific allegations.

A telephone listing for McGugan could not be found in the Huntington area.

The Huntington district has more than 830 employees. The district operates and maintains 35 multi-purpose reservoirs and nine locks and dams.

The district covers 45,000 square miles in five states: West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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