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Archive for February, 2014

New, stricter rules lowers crime in public housing areas

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Since the implementation of the new housing authority rules, and a stricter enforcement of the old ones, crime in public housing areas has gone down, and fast.

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Wilmington Parks and Recreation Advisory Board pushing for better rec center funding

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Members of Wilmington's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board are lobbying city staff members to improve the quality of the city's recreation centers.

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Conference Tournament Scoreboard

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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Raleigh woman convicted in death of stepsons’ mom

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Raleigh woman accused in the death of her husband’s former girlfriend has been convicted of second-degree murder.

A Wake County jury returned the verdict Wednesday in the trial of 41-year-old Amanda Hayes. She was sentenced to a minimum of 13 years and a maximum of 16 1/2 years in prison.

Hayes and her husband, Grant Hayes, were arrested 12 days after the death of Laura Ackerson in July 2011.

Ackerson was 27 when prosecutors say she was murdered in the Wake County apartment shared by Grant and Amanda Hayes. Investigators said Ackerson’s body was dismembered and disposed of in a Texas creek, yards away from the home of Amanda Hayes’ sister.

Grant Hayes was found guilty of first-degree murder last September and sentenced to life in prison without parole.


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ONLY ON 3: Man accuses WPD of using excessive force

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — How far is too far for law enforcement to go while searching for a suspect? According to Charlotte Burns one moment her son was walking home from work, and the next he was in handcuffs with multiple guns pointed at him.

“I’ve always taught my children that cops are good guys if you need help, but not now-a-days,” said Charlotte Burns.

19-year-old Benjamin Burns says he was walking home down Market St. when a Wilmington Police Officer stopped him and asked to see some identification because he fit a description of a criminal they say was armed and dangerous.

“He had a polo shirt on with a collar, and a pair of jeans, and black clean sneakers,” said Burns.

While Burns was talking to the officer four more squad cars pulled up, and officers approached him with their guns drawn to cuff him despite the fact he was cooperative and freely offered his ID.

“If they were scared that he was this Josh guy they should have had one gun or a taser on him until they figured out, but 12 guns pulled on my son?” said Bush. “I would have been terrified and his hands were up he wasn’t even acting aggressive!”

After police verified that Burns wasn’t the suspect they let the traumatized 19-year-old go with an apology, but his mother says they took the families piece of mind.

“It scared me because now-a-days the cops seem like they have gone a little gun crazy,” said Burns. “My biggest fear was if he would have made one wrong move would they have shot and killed him too?”

A WPD spokeswoman says that she didn’t have immediate information on the incident, but it sounded like common procedure since the suspect they were looking for was believed to be armed and dangerous.

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