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Archive for July, 2014

Brunswick Co. courthouse affected by statewide shortage

Monday, July 21st, 2014

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The trial for former Northwest police officer Michael Hayes at the Brunswick County Courthouse was pushed back again.

We’re hearing it’s because of a statewide shortage of court reporters.

This morning, Hayes was supposed to go to trial for allegedly being involved with an underage prostitute but his court date was moved to August 18th.

This delayed trial is like many across the state. The state court reporting manager David Jester says it’s due to a five percent salary cut in North Carolina that caused many court reporters to leave the state. “A 5% cut may not sound like much but it makes it so we aren’t competitive anymore,” Jester said. “We’re losing court reporters to other jurisdictions around the country.”

Courthouse officials say the shortage is entirely to blame but Jester says that’s not entirely true.

“We had pulled some strings and arranged to have them another court reporter and they told us … that case was gonna get moved for another reason,” Jester said.

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Obesity more likely for those with less education, income

Monday, July 21st, 2014

North Carolina’s obesity rate climbed from 13 percent in 1990 to a peak of 30 percent in 2010.

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Police, Lawmaker sound off on License Plate Scanners

Monday, July 21st, 2014

An amendment to HB 348 would allow law enforcement agencies to use license plate scanners on state-owned roads like I-40 or Highway 17.

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Flood advisory issued for New Hanover, eastern Brunswick counties

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The flood advisory will be in effect until 6 p.m.

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Carolina Beach man confesses to sexually assaulting two young girls

Monday, July 21st, 2014

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — David Vanarsdell confessed to Carolina Beach Police that he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old and 6-year-old girl.

He’s being held under a $400,000 bond.

The two girls live in New Hanover County.

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