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Archive for June, 2014

Bond increased for child molestation suspect

Monday, June 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man accused of sex crimes involving a 10-year old girl made his first appearance in a New Hanover County courtroom today.

Nathaniel Malpass is charged with multiple crimes, including three counts of first degree sexual offense on a child.

Wilmington Police arrested Malpass Friday. He appeared in court today via video from jail.

His attorney said initially he planned to ask for a bond reduction, but a judge actually tripled the bond for Malpass from $100,000 to $300,000.

Malpass’s attorney also signaled his intention to contest the validity of the charges. The defendant’s family was in the courtroom today on his behalf.

The victim’s mother in this case talked to us exclusively over the weekend. She said she never thought she’d have to deal with.

“No. I would never, and never with him,” the woman, who we are not identifying to protect the identity of the victim. “I mean, we trusted him. He was a part of our family.”

Malpass’s sister would not speak with us after the hearing today, but on our Facebook page wrote, “This is my brother… Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty??”

His attorney agreed to speak with us, and then walked away from the courthouse telling us he’d be right back, but he never returned.

The attorney had told us Malpass could not afford to post bond. Malpass remains in jail tonight. His next court date is July 17.

If found guilty, Malpass could face as much as three life sentences without parole.

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UNC: NCAA to reopen probe into academic misconduct

Monday, June 30th, 2014

North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham says NCAA investigators will take another look into academic misconduct at the school.

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Third case of mosquito-borne virus reported in NC

Monday, June 30th, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A third case of a mosquito-borne virus that can sicken victims for weeks has been confirmed in North Carolina.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Monday that a Buncombe County resident has contracted chikungunya. It’s believed the victim was bitten by an infected mosquito while traveling with a group in Haiti.

Cases also were reported in Alamance and Forsyth counties. Both victims also were thought to have contracted the virus while overseas.

Chikungunya symptoms include fever, joint pain and swelling, headache, muscle pain and rash. Most people recover within a week, but health officials said some victims suffer joint pain for months. Symptoms usually appear three to seven days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. It cannot be spread from person to person.

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

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Parents talk about N.C.’s legalization of marijuana oil

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Several local parents are celebrating the move to approve oil that is derived from marijuana plants

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Warrants allege former police officer took secret photos of a child

Monday, June 30th, 2014

An arrest warrant recently made public alleges a former Fair Bluff police officer used a cell phone to take photos of a child in a bathroom.

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