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Archive for July, 2014

NHC Sheriff confident jail personnel followed policies surrounding Hewett death

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office released a statement Monday saying they are confident that jail personnel involved with the death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett acted in accordance to policies and procedures.

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Brian Berger declared mentally incompetent to proceed with court hearing

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– A medical examination claims New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is mentally incompetent to go to court for breaking probation.

Berger was back in court today, but not for long. The district attorney wants a second opinion.

“The purpose of today’s hearing was to going to be to assess whether Mr. Berger has complied with the terms of his probation,” Ben David said.

The prosecution appeared in court with a couple dozen weapons as evidence.

“To allege basically that he absconded from our supervision, that he was caught in the mountains with several weapons he wasn’t allowed to posses, and on and on,” David said.

David was not able to move forward, because the defense presented the judge a medical examination claiming Berger is mentally incompetent at the moment.

“The judge has no choice, but to either find him incompetent today or give us time as the state to get a second opinion,” David explained.

This is a problem, because Berger also faces charges in Avery and Johnston counties.

“He faces 120 days at least and we’re only 41 days into that,” David said. “We would like to have this issue resolved. I wanted this hearing to take place today. I’m hopeful that we can have it, taking place the minute that he is found capable of proceeding.”

Both the DA and the judge agreed treatment needs to be enforced.

“Because if he’s just sitting there languishing in jail then his capability to proceed is not likely to change between now and our next review date,” district court judge Robin Robinson said.

Berger’s attorney claims he’s not getting his medication in jail, but because that issue is protected by HIPAA laws, no one could confirm that fact. They hope to have him capable for the hearing in the next 30 days.


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Reason for dismissal of ex-clerk to commissioners unclear

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

What prompted the New Hanover County Commissioners to seek the removal of the clerk to the board remains a large question mark.

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Brunswick schools to set up county-wide panel to review challenged books

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The way the Brunswick County school board handles challenges to the appropriateness of books may change in August.

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Wright brothers’ mechanic honored at Ohio museum

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

DAYTON, OH (AP) — The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due.

It was Charles Taylor – a mechanic in the brothers’ Dayton bicycle shop – who built the engine for the airplane that first took flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec. 17, 1903.

On Monday, a bronze bust of Taylor was unveiled at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.

The self-taught mechanic hand-built the first airplane engine after a slew of automakers rejected the brothers’ request to build one.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the San Diego-based Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association raised $6,000 to have the bronze bust displayed at the museum.

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

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