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Archive for May, 2014

Pender man charged with indecent liberties with boy

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

A Pender County man was arrested in connection to two sex crimes involving a boy under the age of five.

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Calls from WPD may be satisfaction survey

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Most people would probably prefer not to get a call from police. But some folks in Wilmington are getting calls from police looking for feedback.

So far, the satisfaction surveys have contacted people involved in about 100 cases, but WPD has not gotten a huge response.

“I think people will have an enjoyable time just talking with them on the phone,” WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley said.

Since March, a pair of volunteers have been calling with a brief satisfaction survey. They’re contacting folks involved in cases that don’t necessarily need a follow-up.

“Anything serious is gonna be assigned to a detective,” Rawley said.

In two months they’ve contacted more than 100 people, but the response has been low.

“Some of them just didn’t want to talk,” Rawley said of the people being contacted.

In march they were only able to reach 15 people, and last month just 12. Rawley says it’s partly because they call during the day when people are working, but other factors are probably playing a role as well.

“We want people to know this, so when they get a phone call they don’t think it’s a scam,” she said.

Last month we told you that fake calls from police landed in the top ten scams of last year. But this time they say you should pick up.

“If you get a call from someone saying they’re from the Wilmington Police Department for a short survey, we encourage them to help us,” Rawley said. “We always wanna make sure we’re doing our very best in serving our community.”

An example of one of the questions on the survey is, “How would you rate the officer’s attitude toward the public?”


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Film incentive update heads to House Finance Committee

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A bill to eliminate the end of North Carolina’s film incentives overcame its first hurdle in the General Assembly today. HB 1142 passed its first reading as the House of Representatives referred it to the Finance Committee.

The next step will be for the Finance Committee to consider the proposal, sponsored by New Hanover County Democrat Susi Hamilton. The bill has support from members of both parties, including Republicans Ted Davis of New Hanover County and Frank Iler of Brunswick County, who signed on as sponsors. House Finance Committee chair Rep. Julia Howard, a Republican from Mocksville, has already said that that the state’s current incentives for film projects, which are set to run out at the end of the year, are unacceptable.

In addition to doing away with the sunset provision of the film incentives, Hamilton’s bill would also require productions to spend at least $300,000 before qualifying for a 25-percent tax rebate. That’s up from the current threshold of $250,000.

The key to the success of the bill is support from both sides of the aisle, and if enough Republicans will join Davis and Iler in supporting it. So far they have two more Republicans to sign on as sponsors, but one of them, Rep. Robert Brawley of Mooresville, was kicked out of the House Republican Caucus today.

There’s no word yet when or if the House Finance Committee will debate the bill.


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Burr introduces bill to put Brunswick County back into Wilmington MSA

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The fight over the federal government lumping Brunswick County into the Myrtle Beach metro area is apparently not over.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) has introduced legislation to address the decision by Census Bureau and the Office of Management of Budget (OMB) to move Brunswick County from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) to the Myrtle Beach MSA last year.

“Everybody in North Carolina knows that Brunswick County is part of the greater Wilmington area,” Sen. Burr said in a statement. “Instead of mindlessly applying bureaucratic rules, the administration needs to address what reality looks like for people in North Carolina.”

In a news release, Burr claims the move is hurting eastern North Carolina. He argues MSAs are commonly used by businesses to determine the size of new markets and to analyze the workforce. Separating Brunswick County from Wilmington has led to an understatement of the size of the state’s economy in the region and hurt economic development, he says.

If passed, the bill would require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to put Brunswick County back in the same MSA as Wilmington.

Civic and political leaders tried without success to convince OMB to reverse the decision last year.


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Bill introduced to move Bwk Co. back into Wilmington MSA

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

A bill has been introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) that would move Brunswick County back into the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

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