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Archive for May, 2014

THIS JUST IN: Former administrator at Wilmington Plastic Surgery arrested

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A former administrator with Wilmington Plastic Surgery is behind bars.

According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office website, Guy Williams was arrested and booked Thursday night. The 44-year-old faces several charges including embezzlement and forgery.

Sources close to the situation said he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Wilmington Plastic Surgery and that he is no longer employed there.

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WPD continues push to get officers into neighborhoods with new program

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

In order to crack down on crime, more Wilmington Police Officers are getting out of their cars and onto the street. In a new program called “Show Me Your Beat” patrol officers are taking their captain, deputy chief and even Chief of Police into the neighborhoods they patrol every day.

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New computer system causes delays at New Hanover County development services

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In March, New Hanover County’s development services implemented a new computer system to get rid of the old, outdated one. But the change comes with some challenges.

“March 3, we went live with a new system to track our development and permit review. The system is called ‘One Solution,’ and it also has a part of the system called GovNow that people who don’t work for the county can go and check out information about the projects they are working on,” New Hanover County Planning and Inspections Director Chris O’Keefe said.

The system connects the department with other agencies in the area, making it easier and faster to sign off on projects.

O’Keefe says it is a far cry from the system they were using before from the 90’s.

“The old system was green screen based,” he explained. “It looked like what you might have played pong on.”

But the modernization is not without problems.

“I can’t deny that the transition has been a challenge,” O’Keefe said.

Especially for staff, who had to learn and adapt to the brand new system.

“One of the real setbacks we’ve had so far is that when you click on a button you’ve got to wait a little bit and then it advances to the next screen,” he said.

O’Keefe says they are working with the vendor to fix the problems and smooth out the system for customers and staff.

“We need the system to be improved and we are told that it’s going to be,” O’Keefe said.

Inspections Manager Dennis Bordeaux says they formed a steering committee that meets weekly, and a users group to tackle the problems.

“You find with any system when you kick it off, well there’s things that could be done differently or things could be done better, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Bordeaux explained.

O’Keefe expects a new version of the program, which should fix some of the bugs, to come out in less than a month.

He says if you have a problem to let them know, because that’s how they identify where the issues are.


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Teacher tenure often misunderstood

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

A hot-button political issue in Raleigh, teacher tenure is often misunderstood, school officials say.

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NHSO K-9 units walk away with honors at regional trials

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

New Hanover County K-9 units came in first, second and third place at the United States Police K-9 Association regional trials.

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