Sunday, June 23, 2024

ICYMI – Checkered past ignored? Plus, animal abuse arrests, residential developers get deal, and more

Before he was hired by New Hanover County Schools, Nicholas Oates was arrested at least three times for violent and sexual assaults on women. So why didn’t a background check prevent him from being hired to work with students — including one he ultimately raped?

Former NHCS employee had history of alleged violent sexual assaults against women before he was hired

Methyl Bromide has been reported as a minor health hazard, but the state’s environmental agency is reconsidering that, noting that half of New Hanover County may have already been exposed to unhealthy levels of the chemical. Residents have until the end of the month to weigh in on proposed new regulations.

Over 100,000 New Hanover residents potentially over-exposed to fumigation chemical, DEQ accepting comments on new regulations

NCDOT took a series of major financial hits and is now laying off part-time employees and delaying projects — including several major road overhauls planned for the Wilmington area.

Overview of delayed NCDOT projects in the Wilmington area totaling half-billion dollars

The deal helped encourage annexation of the property, and seems uncommon in the region — more often, municipalities and counties incentivize commercial and industrial employers, not residential properties (which, by all accounts, are proliferating without any encouragement).

Leland annexes, offers Highway 17 townhouse developer $400,000 in incentive agreement

After a month of investigation – and confused outcries from the public – the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office pressed charges against three family members in the abuse of several horses, including one that died.

After month-long investigation, Wilmington family charged with animal cruelty after horse rescue

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