Category Archives: LEGAL

October Surprise! FBI sends letter to Congress reopening Clinton investigation

Separate ‘boat washes’ in keeping with town’s long-range vision, say officials

Whittaker Creek Yacht Basin is one of the town’s oldest marinas. Owner Knute Bysheim told the town commissioners Tuesday night that he would do his best to improve the marina’s appearance and maintenance, which has been a concern of neighbors. ORIENTAL – This town, which likes to tout itself as a ‘working waterfront community,’ gave the green light Tuesday night for two unrelated boat washes, although state regulatory hurdles remain for each operation. Both Point Pride Seafood, owned by local seafood magnate Chris Fulcher; and Whittaker Creek Yacht Basin, owned by marina oper…

Unisex bathroom not enough

Former girl now eyes boys’ bathroom Dissenting judge livid From various media reports Gavin Grimm is a high school student in Gloucester, Va. RICHMOND – In a case that may have repercussions in North Carolina over the state’s recently passed legislation regulating public bathrooms, a federal appeals court in Richmond ruled Tuesday that a transgender high school student — born as a female — can sue the local school board, because officials want her / him to use what has been labeled as a ‘Unisex bathroom.’ The 2 to 1 decision by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circ…

Charlotte bathroom ordinance to get scrutiny by state legislature

Leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly announced Monday they have obtained the necessary three-fifths majority in both chambers and will convene a special session on Wednesday to address a radical Charlotte City Council ordinance allowing men to share public bathrooms and locker rooms with young girls and women. Lt. Governor Dan Forest, President of the Senate; and state House Speaker Tim Moore released the following statement: “The Senate and House have received the necessary number of signatures from members of the General Assembly to call themselves back into sessio…

Public servant honored

BAYBORO – Kathy Cayton, a revered county employee who retired last week after almost two decades, fights tears on Monday night, Nov. 16, as Pat Prescott, chairman of the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners reads a Proclamation of Appreciation. One ‘whereas’ extolled “Cayton’s professionalism, friendly attitude and desire to serve others, which has endeared her to many in the area.” Another cited her “supporting role in the completion of many large endeavors including but not limited to 1) the construction of the Pamlico County Law Enforcement Center, 2) construction…

Convictions obtained in Pamlico Superior Court

Bayboro, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court this week, his office was able to obtain the following felony convictions in cases involving illegal drugs and violent offenses. Resident Superior Court Judge Ken Crow presided over this session of court. Each defendant pled guilty prior to having the cases called for trial. Assistant District Attorney Laura Bell prosecuted the cases in court. STEPHANIE NICOLE HOPKINS, 30, of Alliance, was convicted of two counts of Attempted Trafficking in Heroin. On September 10, 2014, the Pa…

Who pilfered written summary of secret meeting?

Or: “The Mysterious Case of Oriental’s Missing Minutes!” The Oriental Town Commission met Monday to release some, but not all, of requested Closed Session minutes. From left, Commissioners Charlie Overcash, David White, and Barb Venturi; Mayor Warren Johnson, and Commissioners Larry Summers and Sandy Winfrey. ORIENTAL – Please stick with this: The story is equal parts funny, serious, and confusing. The narrative concerns a controversial land swap, but also has elements of a fascinating TV-show ‘who-done-it?’ If North Carolina had no huge, gaping exceptions to its prof…

Former commissioner explains why he sued Oriental Town Board

David Cox By David Cox When the Oriental Town Board closed Avenue A on July 3, 2012, and the end of South Avenue on April 2, 2013, they swindled me and other property owners out of our private property rights. I’m not making this up. The principle is spelled out in more than a century of North Carolina Court decisions, most clearly in a 1956 NC Supreme Court case, Town of Blowing Rock v. Gregorie: “It is a settled principle that if the owner of land, located …[in a] town, has it subdivided and platted into lots and streets, and sells and conveys [any of] the lots … with reference to the pl…

Former CBS News reporter claims feds hacked her computer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — We surely remember the claims by candidate Obama that his Administration would be the most transparent in history. So it is somewhat surprising to hear that former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI to secure investigative information pertaining to its investigation of her. Attkisson has teamed with watchdog organization Judicial Watch. So what are Attkisson and Judicial Watch suing the Dept. of Justice about? The answer is Fast & Furious, the government gun-running activity, which has been well pu…

State’s red wolves may be on their way out

By Fred Bonner | Special to the County Compass Editor’s note: Fred Bonner is a respected wildlife biologist, avid hunter, and outdoors columnist, who has first-hand knowledge of the state’s Red Wolf Program, which began in 1987. EASTERN N.C. — A recent report from the Wildlife Management Institute to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and to our own North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission really blasts the way that the red wolf introduction (not RE-introduction) has been conducted here in Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrell, Dare and Washington Counties since the late 1980s…
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