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Archive for August, 2014

Video phone system latest security upgrade for New Hanover Co. Schools

Monday, August 18th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Students won’t be the only ones with new electronics for the new school year.

This fall many parents of kids in kindergarten through middle school will see new intercom phones at the front entrances to their schools in New Hanover County.

Office staff will be able to identify visitors via a closed circuit television before they enter the building. School leaders say the process will help keep both students and staff safe.

“It’s truly a very simple process,” said Dave Spencer, the district’s Director of Safety. “It shouldn’t be anything that’s going to be difficult for anyone including the folks coming to the schools. They shouldn’t notice much difference, other than there may be a few seconds delay. As opposed to just walking in now, they’ll press a button, a camera will come on, and they’ll say, ‘Well, hey. I’m Dave Spencer.'”

The district hopes to install the Ai Phones in all schools soon.

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Jury selection begins for former NW cop accused of soliciting a 17-year-old for prostitution

Monday, August 18th, 2014

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Jury selection is underway in Brunswick County for a former cop charged with soliciting a minor for prostitution.

Michael Hayes is accused of paying 17-year-old girl $60 for a sex act and filing a false report. But Hayes’s attorney says he is an innocent man.

Hayes sat silently in the courtroom as motions were heard, and jury selection began.

Investigators say Hayes met up with an underage prostitute he found on craigslist and offered her money in exchange for a sex act.

During the encounter, police say three men tried to rob Hayes and shot into his car.

Investigators say Hayes did not report the robbery to police.

Instead, police say Hayes claimed he was driving when he heard something hit his car that he thought might have been a bullet.

But investigators say the car damage came from a shootout with the robbers.

In court, Hayes’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on both charges.

“Mr. Hayes is anxious to have his day in court,” Hayes’s attorney Geoffrey Hosford said. “We’re confident that the evidence will show he is not guilty of these charges.”

Hosford says the trial should only take a few days. We will keep you posted as the trial continues.

Police say the men who robbed Hayes started pimping when they got out of jail.

The 17-year-old girl has not been charged, because she is a minor who was forced into prostitution according to police.

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Zoning an issue for Galleria shopping center

Monday, August 18th, 2014

When the City of Wilmington annexed the Galleria from Wrightsville Beach, they only had a set amount of time to properly zone that area. Time is up and now City Council is taking action.

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Judge Lewis fires back after Martin named next Chief Justice

Monday, August 18th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A battle between two Republicans in the non-partisan race for North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice took an interesting turn today, when Gov. Pat McCrory said he will appoint one of the candidates to the post.

McCrory today announced Supreme Court Associate Justice Mark Martin will take over as Chief Justice when retiring Sarah Parker leaves at the end of the month.

“Justice Martin has served as the Senior Associate Justice since 2006, and our court is better for it,” Gov. McCrory said in a statement. “The humility and integrity of his character has benefited our state, and his knowledge and depth of experience is inimitable. I look forward to his work as Chief Justice as he draws upon his more than 20 years of judicial experience.”

Martin’s opponent this fall is Brunswick County Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis. Despite also being a Republican, Lewis believes the party is targeting her for choosing to run against Martin by publicly endorsing him and supporting new regulations that would change the way ballots are ordered to list Martin first.

“There are many good things about being a member of the GOP,” Lewis told WWAY. “My favorite is the willingness of those of us on the outside looking in to vote against the establishment. We shall proceed accordingly this fall. Their unjust behavior in this race will not determine my beliefs. This is the people’s seat, and the people shall decide the outcome of this election. Not party bosses.”

McCrory’s office says the governor is continuing tradition by appointing the Senior Associate Justice to the Chief Justice vacancy.

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First Alert Forecast: heat and storms in the forecast

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Fronts and disturbances may occasionally trigger cooling storms, but for most of this week, southeastern North Carolina will feel the influence of a hot high pressure system. Stay rested and hydrated!

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