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Archive for March, 2014

Deputies cleared in 2007 shooting suit

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A federal district court jury in Raleigh today found in favor of two Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies in a case stemming from a 2007 shooting.

The sheriff’s office says the jury answered a series of questions about the facts of the shooting and concluded that George Cooper did fire a shotgun at Dep. James Sheehan on May 2, 2007, at his home on Maco Rd. near Leland. Judge James Dever then dismissed the case on the grounds that, based on the jury’s findings of fact, Sheehan and Dep. Brian Carlisle were entitled to use deadly force to defend themselves. That means they could not be liable to Cooper’s claims of use of excessive force.

Cooper suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

A SBI investigation years ago cleared the deputies, as well. In 2011, a jury found Cooper not guilty of assault on a law enforcement officer by point a firearm.

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Sneads Ferry man drowns at North Topsail Beach

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Michael Moore, 63, was unresponsive when he was pulled him from the water off the Village of Stump Sound

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New Hanover business owners have new group looking to advocate for them

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

New Hanover County Chamber of Commerce will focus on keeping businesses tech-savvy

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Regulators say Duke pumped coal ash at Cape Fear plant

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River.

State Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Jamie Kritzer says the action violated Duke’s wastewater permit at its Cape Fear plant.

He says the agency issued Duke a notice of violation for the permit violations.

Kritzer says regulators have notified municipalities downstream of the Cape Fear plant.

So far, he says no municipalities have reported problems meeting federal drinking water standards.

But he says his department is collecting water samples near the plant.

The discharge comes a month after Duke’s massive coal ash spill in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Group wants to intervene in NC coal ash case

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

MITCH WEISS
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — An environmental law group says it’s getting involved in a case involving a Duke Energy coal ash pit that coated 70 miles of the Dan River spill with toxic sludge because it cannot count on state regulators to do the right thing.

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a motion Thursday to intervene in the state’s enforcement action against Duke for pollution problems at the company’s Dan River ash dump.

It’s the latest action filed by the group on behalf of environmental groups, which say regulators have not done enough to force Duke to clean up nearly three dozen leaky, unlined ash pits across the state.

The group says regulators last year blocked them using the U.S. Clean Water Act to force the company to clean its coal ash pollution.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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