The care regulator is facing fresh questions over

first_imgThe care regulator is facing fresh questions over its inspection failings after it emerged that it delivered glowing reports on standards at a dozen care homes, less than two years before abusive regimes were exposed at all 12 institutions.The Devon care home at the centre of the scandal, Veilstone, had not been visited by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for three-and-a-half years by the time the abuse was finally exposed six years ago.CQC had even failed to order an inspection of Veilstone after receiving allegations of abuse from a resident in August 2010, even though it was by then three years since its previous inspection.Instead, it passed the allegations to Devon County Council to investigate, while also notifying the home and the police, but did not inspect the home until April 2011 – more than three-and-half years after Veilstone’s previous inspection by CQC’s predecessor, the Commission for Social Care Inspection.Even then it failed to uncover the abusive regime.It was not until a second whistleblower came forward in July 2011 and made similar allegations to the police, and CQC ordered another inspection of Veilstone as well as examinations of the other 14 Atlas homes, that the regime was finally exposed.Last week, reporting restrictions on the case were finally lifted following a lengthy series of criminal trials and hearings that led to the conviction of 13 company directors and employees of Atlas Project Team, which provided residential care for people with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour.Bristol Crown Court had heard how managers and staff at two of the homes locked residents in bare, freezing seclusion rooms with no heating or toilet facilities as a punishment.Devon and Cornwall police worked with prosecutors to establish a pattern which showed how staff used “excessive and inappropriate seclusion” as a result of training provided by senior Atlas figures.The Crown Prosecution Service said this had led to a “culture of abuse – unlawfully detaining residents in very poor conditions for long periods of time”.But Judge William Hart jailed only one of the 13 people convicted, Atlas director Jolyon Marshall, with others receiving suspended prison sentences, conditional discharges, or in the case of Atlas founder and director Paul Hewitt, a £12,500 fine and prosecution costs of £105,000.One of the Atlas residents had also been abused at the notorious Winterbourne View private hospital, a regime which was exposed by the BBC’s Panorama in 2011 – at about the same time that the regulator was being warned about the Atlas homes – and also led to criticism of CQC.In the Winterbourne View case, CQC admitted mistakes after failing to follow up a whistleblower’s allegations (it failed three times to respond to his evidence, according to a serious case review) because it believed the local council was doing so.The Atlas trials and hearings focused mainly on charges of false imprisonment and conspiracy to falsely imprison residents at two of the company’s homes in Devon, but CQC documents show the abusive regime extended far beyond false imprisonment and spread across many of its 15 properties.Analysis by Disability News Service (DNS) of inspection reports published by CQC show that less than two years before the abusive regimes were finally exposed, the watchdog had branded 12 of the Atlas homes “good” or “excellent”.Inspection reports from 2009 and 2010 showed CQC repeatedly congratulating Atlas for the quality of the service it provided at 12 care homes across Devon, Hampshire and Berkshire.The following year, in 2011, when CQC finally launched urgent inspections of all of Atlas’s homes, it found breaches of care standards in every one of the 12, as well as three others that had opened since 2010.The CQC reports also show that the regulator failed to carry out a full inspection in 2010 of Veilstone, in Bideford, as it had promised it would the previous year.The CQC reports which followed the 2011 inspections, and were published in early 2012, show disturbing levels of abuse across the institutions.In one Devon home, Gatooma – the other home where allegations were dealt with in court – residents’ telephone calls to their relatives were listened to and recorded by staff.In another home, Santa Maria, in Wokingham, Berkshire, records showed that one resident had been “sent to their room” 58 times in December 2010; in July 2011, the same resident was sent to his room 208 times, and by October 2011 he was being sent to his room 438 times.In Santosa, a care home in Holsworthy, Devon, the inspectors found the behaviour of two residents was “being managed through the giving or removal of food”, while residents were paid a tiny amount of money to carry out a series of daily tasks.The previous year, CQC had described Santosa as an “excellent” service.In another Devon home, Teignmead, written information showed staff were attempting to manage one resident’s behaviour by the use of what they called a “time out protocol”, while there were reports of residents being physically restrained.The records showed how one resident (X) “was observed through the crack in the door (lounge) to of been crying for 1 minute – [X] was directed to his room as per his time out policy”.Another Teignmead incident report stated: “Due to [X] not listening to staff, [X] was directed to his room as per time out policy.”That report also stated that, because X had not complied with the time out policy, he had been physically restrained twice for a total of eight minutes.Two years before, CQC had described Teignmead as a “two star good service”.All 15 homes had their registrations cancelled by CQC in August 2012.CQC said this week that its “inspection methodology” in 2010 was that “unless information of concern raised with us indicated that we needed to make an additional visit, we would inspect two-star services every two years”.But CQC had been warned repeatedly that its approach to inspection – which focused on homes submitting written self-assessments – could lead to some institutions avoiding inspections for up to five years.In his book on another major abuse scandal* involving adults with learning difficulties, at the Longcare homes in Buckinghamshire, experts interviewed by DNS editor John Pring warned in 2011 about the “diluted” protection offered by CQC’s new inspection system.One told Pring: “They say they have a focus on poor performing homes, but my view is that this realignment has just been done to save money.“There are just not the inspectors walking through the door like there used to be on a regular basis. It’s a paper assessment and I do not think that is wholly effective.”Another warned that CQC resources were “thin and getting thinner” and that abusive regimes were slipping through the CQC net.Dr Noelle Blackman, chief executive of the charity Respond, which has provided years of advocacy, emotional support and psychotherapy and counselling to victims of the abuse, and their families – and which also supported some of the survivors of the Longcare abuse – said this week that the Atlas regime had spread throughout its homes.She said: “They all lived in fear as they witnessed their fellow residents going through the abuse, even if they didn’t witness it themselves.”She said the abuse went far wider than was exposed by the trial, which focused on the use of solitary confinement punishment rooms.Many residents were forced to carry out work, such as scrubbing the floors.She said: “It was a huge part of the culture that the residents had to do a lot of the manual tasks and it was seen as a way of civilising these people who were seen by the managers and staff as being not quite human.”If they refused to carry out the work, they were punished, by being deprived of food or being locked in a punishment room.She added: “Part of the regime of coming out of isolation was that they had to carry out tasks to prove they deserved their freedom again.”Five years after the abuse was finally halted, she believes CQC still has lessons to learn.She believes the regulator needs to be far more “curious” about the services it inspects and not allow itself to be “fobbed off” by the “glossiness” presented by some of the care businesses it inspects.One improvement in recent years has been the use of Experts by Experience, often disabled people themselves, who have experience of using services and accompany CQC inspectors on their inspections.Blackman said: “They are curious, they ask the key questions, they instinctively know what is right.”But all too often, she said, that information is not captured by CQC’s reports because the criteria they use are too narrow.Asked about its failings, CQC insisted that its procedures had changed in the years since the abuse was exposed.A CQC spokesman said the events took place “six or seven years ago when CQC was a different organisation, using previous methodology.  “When these abusive practices were discovered, CQC took action although we acknowledge that we should have responded more quickly to the concerns raised.   “Much has changed since 2011. Since then we have overhauled our regulatory approach; improved the monitoring of services and the way we respond to safeguarding concerns; introduced a new and more thorough inspection process; increased the numbers of people with learning disabilities involved in our inspections; and strengthened our enforcement processes.“We have also worked with The Challenging Behaviour Foundation on the issue of restraint and we now subject services where staff frequently resort to restrictive interventions to much tougher scrutiny than we did five years ago.”Asked if CQC believed there should be an independent investigation into its failings, he said: “CQC did carry out its own review at the time and we would of course contribute to any serious case review, along with all the agencies who were involved at the time.”But he said the responsibility for preventing abuse “rests with the providers who must be held accountable for delivering on that quality”.   He said: “We will take action if we find that a provider is failing – first to protect people in their care, and also to hold them to account through using our enforcement powers.”He said CQC now had “a new, more thorough inspection process”, introduced three years ago, and “will never rely solely on the assertions of a provider about the quality of their care without crossing the threshold to check”.And he said there were now systems in place “to ensure that safeguarding processes are not closed without the outcome of the investigations being recorded”.*Longcare Survivors: The Biography Of A Care Scandal is available through the DNS websitelast_img read more

Developments in Development Pricey Coffee and Mondrian

first_imgAt issue – The governor was hoping to spur Californian cities into building more housing. Affordability advocates hope to protect the process of public involvement in planning. Some also want to protect locally designated historic resources, since Brown’s proposal only considers a building historic if it’s on the state or national register. Another concern is that just because something is in the pipeline faster doesn’t mean it gets built any faster. But the city’s current review process is pretty complex, sometimes because of recently passed legislation designed specifically to address the housing crisis. Case in point: This proposal for a seven-story, 53-unit building on 16th and Florida was approved by the city’s Planning Commission this week, but only after being delayed for a week for further discussion. Why?  Because it was the first project affected by the Interim Controls the Planning Commission passed in January – controls meant to put a new level of scrutiny on development in the Mission to more closely examine projects’ impacts on housing supply and displacement pressures.Those controls also require the developer to provide the Commission with information about how the project contributes to or mitigates the removal of production, distribution and repair (light industrial like auto shops and furniture manufacturing, for example) space. Though the Commissioners appeared generally pleased with the developer’s report under the controls, they agreed additional discussion would be beneficial and had some concerns about the design of the project. At the first hearing, the project’s designers said the brightly colored panels are supposed to represent the vibrant culture and murals of the neighborhood, but one Commissioner said the facade reminded her not of the Mission but of the Dutch artist Mondrian, and one public commenter likened it to a stained-glass-tile lampshade. And as for housing costs…is it possible we’ve topped out? Prices rose everywhere except in the Bay Area, reports the Chronicle’s Kathleen Pender. Condo sales in SoMa were particularly sluggish, which one realtor attributed to a slowdown in the tech sector. But overall the real estate market is, of course, still quite hot. Here’s a fun (?) example: The Box Factory is back, now with expensive boxes to live in – A $1.3 million condo. Curbed reports the two-bedroom (with office that could be a guest room) is about to go on the market. The building was converted into lofts in 2001. Also, I spy with my bleary eye another visual Mondrian reference! So I guess that’s another kind of box you will encounter in the “box factory.”Storefront Watch:The former L’Aviateur is going Japanese, but with an international bent: In July, Eater reports Bon, Nene will open as a “tapas bar” of Japanese food made with French technique. Two chefs from New York City’s prestigious Eleven Madison Park are opening a temporary pop-up in the former Roosevelt Tamale Parlor space. It’s unclear what will happen to the space once the pop-up moves on. Not the headline we need, but…hopefully not the headline we deserve? According to the Chronicle, “The $20 cup of coffee is here.” Make no mistake, it is one super-special brew. But as the Chron’s Jonathan Kauffman kindly explains, it’s not just about the quality of the bean (or the enormous distance it has traveled):In many ways, $16 coffee is a food stunt, San Francisco’s version of the KFC Double Down or the Blueberry Pie Oreo. It is made to be discussed, even if half that discussion consists of “WTF NO WAY” tweets.That’s right. San Francisco’s high-brow priceyness is now so key to its image that simply raising the price of an item can be considered a San Francisco Move. Good thing we still have a McDonald’s left in the Mission.Okay, enough sniping about coffee. Here are the development things you might have missed this week: The battle over “by right” housing is heating up. That’s Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to skip certain local planning reviews for housing projects that meet baseline zoning and affordability requirements. At least one group of opponents to the plan will show up at City Hall on Monday. Tags: development • Developments in Development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

LOUIE McCarthyScarsbrook wants Saints to be hardn

first_imgLOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook wants Saints to be hardnosed when they face London this Saturday.The forward admits it was a wrench to see his former team relegated but they need to put in a strong performance at The Hive.“It was really disappointing to see them go down and when I saw they had, my heart sank a little bit,” he said. “It wasn’t inevitable as such, but you could see how it would pan out.“I made some good friends down there and the back room staff were excellent. When I was there they had kids from 5 to 16 playing and then they would be taken into the Academy and through to the first team like me.“They have a lot of youngsters coming through and they will be blooded throughout next season. Perhaps it was a little too early for them this year.“They have set out their intent by bringing in some old heads to help those youngsters and hopefully that intent is to bounce straight back up and not stay in the Championship.“One thing I know about London; and it was the same when I was there – and I’ve told the lads here – is that they are a team that never gives up. Even when they are getting pumped they won’t give up or they will be hooked and off. That has stayed with them all year.“We ran away with the game at Langtree Park and they kept coming. If you go there expecting to win then we will have a tricky time.”He continued: “My form has been better over recent weeks. I had a mid-season dip but have got closer to where I was. There is a lot of competition in the pack too.“Mose Masoe, Alex Walmsley, Anthony Laffranchi and Kyle Amor are fit with the likes of Greg Richards and Luke Thompson chewing at the bit to get going.“As a team we are frustrated with leaking tries late on as they are making our wins look closer than they are. That happened on Friday.“We’ve had some bad losses and that is down to us as players not performing well. When we do click we are a dangerous team. It is up to us to go out with right mentality and not just think we are going to come away with two points. That is important this week; we need to have a hardnosed mentality.“It is tight at the top and our goal is to finish top before the playoffs. We have been there for a while now and we don’t want to get knocked off because of poor performances.”last_img read more

WIDNES have not beaten St Helens in the Challenge

first_imgWIDNES have not beaten St Helens in the Challenge Cup since winning the 1930 Final at Wembley.Saints have won the last six Cup meetings between the sides since then.They have Saints also won their last three Super League meetings with Widnes – with the Vikings’ last league win against the Saints coming 40-26, at home, on April 21, 2014.Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2012 (Round 4) Widnes 38 St Helens 401996 (Semi-Final) St Helens 25 Widnes 14 (at Central Park, Wigan)1992 (Round 1) Widnes 2 St Helens 101991 (Semi-Final) St Helens 19 Widnes 2 (at Central Park, Wigan)1989 (Semi-Final) St Helens 16 Widnes 14 (at Central Park, Wigan)1976 (FINAL) St Helens 20 Widnes 5 (at Wembley Stadium)1961 (First Round Replay) Widnes 10 St Helens 291961 (First Round) St Helens 5 Widnes 51930 (FINAL) St Helens 3 Widnes 10 (at Wembley Stadium)1926 (Round 1) Widnes 7 St Helens 101925 (Round 1) Widnes 10 St Helens 82015 Meetings:St Helens 34, Widnes 16 (SLR12, 24/4/15)Widnes 20, St Helens 30 (SLR5, 13/3/15)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 90 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Consecutive Appearances:St Helens’ Mose Masoe has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 50.Masoe made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-18 win against Hull KR at Langtree Park on March 7 2014. He is an ever-present in the St Helens side since then.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 502 Danny Washbrook (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 423 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 384 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 355 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) 34First Utility Super League Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 192 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 153 = Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 145 = Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 137 = Kieran Dixon (Hull Kingston Rovers), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 1210 = Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons), Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers) 11Goals:1 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 652 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 604 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 595 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 576 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 567 = Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 399 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 3710 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 35Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 86.76 (59/68)2 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)3 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 82.60 (19/23)4 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 82.27 (65/79)5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 77.92 (60/77)6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 76.92 (60/78)7 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 76.08 (35/46)8 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 71.05 (27/38)9 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 70.90 (39/55)10 Gareth O’Brien (Warrington Wolves) 69.56 (16/23)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1622 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1453 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 1364 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1345 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1326 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1277 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 1068 = Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 9410 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 90Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Leading ScorersTries: 1 Kris Brining (York City Knights) 62 = Matty Fozard (Batley Bulldogs), Wayne Reittie (Batley Bulldogs), Steve Parry (Gloucestershire All Golds), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Ryan Brierley (Leigh Centurions), Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders), Rob Massam (North Wales Crusaders), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Chris Atkin (Swinton Lions) 4Goals:1 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions) 192 = Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders), Ryan Shaw (Bradford Bulls), Cain Southernwood (Batley Bulldogs) 165 Chris Atkin (Swinton Lions) 14Points:1 Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders) 482 Chris Atkin (Swinton Lions) 443 = Ryan Shaw (Bradford Bulls), Cain Southernwood (Batley Bulldogs) 405 = Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions) 382015 Leading Scorers:(All competitions)Tries:1 Liam Kay (Leigh Centurions) 262 = Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors), Ryan Brierley (Leigh Centurions) 214 = Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Lee Gaskell (Bradford Bulls) 176 = Tom Lineham (Hull FC), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings), Gregg McNally (Leigh Centurions), Menzie Yere (Sheffield Eagles) 16Goals:1 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions) 992 Ryan Shaw (Bradford Bulls) 813 = Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Lewis Palfrey (Oldham) 685 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 676 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 657 = Wes Naiqama (London Broncos), Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders) 649 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 6210 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 61Points:1 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions) 2152 Ryan Shaw (Bradford Bulls) 2103 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 2004 Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders) 1605 Lewis Palfrey (Oldham) 1536 Wes Naiqama (London Broncos) 1527 = Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Atkin (Swinton Lions) 1489 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 14710 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Paul Sykes (Featherstone Rovers) 138last_img read more

Academy Reserves Club First Team Match

first_imgHolbrook revealed earlier this week that he will give youth a chance against London on Sunday with a Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final looming and a number of players carrying niggling injuries or illnesses and he has stood by his word naming four potential debutants in his 19 man squad.There is a total of nine changes in all as Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Theo Fages, Player of the month Alex Walmlsey, James Roby, Luke Thompson and Lachlan Coote all drop out.Danny Richardson gets another chance as does Adam Swift whilst Joseph Paulo has recovered from the injury he picked up against Warrington. Matty Costello comes back in as does young Joe Batchelor who is included for the first time since the win over Catalans back in April. Jack Welsby is another to return having not featured since the defeat against Sunday’s opponents, London, back in June.There are also inclusions for young hooker Josh Eaves, who was part of the unbeaten Academy Championship side in 2016 and has impressed on loan at Leigh this season playing six times for the Championship club. Loose forward, Callum Hazzard, has been recalled from his loan with North Wales Crusaders where he has scored five tries in 16 appearances. Centre, Josh Simm, grandson of Saints legend Geoff Pimblett, has racked up 23 tries in a staggering 13 appearances for the Academy and is another who has impressed at Leigh and he gets a chance.And 17 year old half back Lewis Dodd is included for the first time having scored 16 tries in 17 for the Academy and kicked an impressive 81 goals so far this season.The young inclusions means there is a total of 13 Academy products in Saints’ 19 man squad for this week’s clash with London and further emphasises the strength of the club’s youth system. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–St.Helens 19 man squad:5. Regan Grace, 7. Danny Richardson, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18, Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 22. James Bentley, 24. Matty Costello, 25. Joe Batchelor, 27. Josh Eaves, 28. Callum Hazzard, 29. Jack Welsby, 30. Josh Simm, 31. Lewis Dodd.London 19 man squad:6. Jordan Abdull, 13. Sadiq Adebiyi, 8. Eddie Battye, 23. Robert Butler, 7. James Cunningham, 26. Sam Davis, 5. Kieran Dixon, 17. Matt Fleming, 14. Matty Fozard, 16. Matt Gee, 3. Ben Hellewell, 10. Mark Ioane, 4. Elliot Kear, 30. Olsi Krasniqi, 12. Jay Pitts, 15. Greg Richards, 1. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 20. Luke Yates.last_img read more

Suspect in Greenfield Street shooting arrested

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – A suspect has been identified and arrested in a late August shooting.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office confirms Thomas Point, 19, was arrested in relation to the shooting. Wilmington Police responded to Greenfield and South 8th streets August 18 after reports of a shooting.- Advertisement – They found a man suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. They reported that he was going to Pyramid Rehearsal and Recording Studio when someone fired multiple shots at him.Police said emergency crews were called and the man was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Point was arrested Friday according to the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office. He faces three charges including assault with a weapon and has a bond set for $100,000. He will be in court Tuesday.last_img read more

Winning lottery ticket sold in Wilmington

first_img#MondayMorning not so bad for someone who got Cash 5 ticket @ Dawson Food Mart, Dawson St, #Wilmington. Ticket won Sunday’s $296,763 jackpot— NC Education Lottery (@nclottery) October 23, 2017Related Article: NC woman gets million dollar lottery win on Mother’s Day The winning numbers from Sunday’s drawing are 11-28-32-34-41.The jackpot was $296,763. Carolina Cash 5 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Check your Cash 5 tickets!The North Carolina Education Lottery says someone bought a winning ticket worth nearly $300,000 at the Dawson Food Mart on Dawson Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Five charged for stealing guns ammo in multiple breakins

first_img On November 27, the rear door of a home on Bill Hooks Road in Whiteville was found to have been pried open. Multiple items were taken. After the break in, the homeowner installed surveillance cameras. A few days later, the suspects returned to the house. This time, the suspects entered the enclosed porch and removed property. During the two break-ins, the suspects removed multiple firearms, ammunition, a compound bow, two Yeti coolers, and other assorted hunting gear. The homeowner’s surveillance cameras captured one of the suspects and the vehicle he was traveling in. CCSO released the individual’s photo and vehicle to the media on December 4. Detectives investigated each tip received after the photos were released and were able to identify the person shortly after.On December 3, the front entry door of a home on Page Road in Clarkton was damaged. Deputies say the door had been forced open. The suspects removed firearms, ammunition, a television, a gaming system, two cell phones, several watches, coin currency, and assorted hunting gear. Detectives were able to use GPS to track one of the stolen items to a home on New Britton Highway East in Whiteville.On December 5, CCSO Detectives went to the home on New Britton Highway East. Detectives found a white Nissan Murano that matched the vehicle captured by surveillance cameras during the Bill Hooks Road incident. Detectives were given consent to search the property and vehicle and found some property items that were stolen from the above listed incidents. Detectives obtained a search warrant where numerous stolen items were located and seized during the search.Related Article: Police searching for gunman who shot off-duty security officerOn December 5, the glass on the front door of a home on Red Hill Road in Clarkton was shattered. Deputies say the suspects entered the house and removed a chain saw, two weed eaters, three compound bows, a cellphone, a jar of coin currency, and a pair of hunting boots.On December 20, the suspects entered a home on Midway Drive in Chadbourn. They took jewelry, a jar of coin currency, a laptop, a television, and a firearm from the house.During the investigation, CCSO Detectives discovered that additional stolen property was being stored at a home on Waynes Way in Whiteville. On December 21, detectives searched and several stolen items were found inside.CCSO Detectives were able to locate and recover approximately 50 items during this investigation. Four of the recovered items were pawned by the suspects. Some of the stolen items the detectives recovered had already been sold to people by the suspects.During the investigation, detectives learned that the five suspects responsible for the break-ins also broke into homes in Bladen County. CCSO Detectives and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Detectives collaborated during the investigation. Additional charges for the suspects are pending in Bladen County.On January 5, 2018, detectives arrested Joshua Hulon, Katie E. Sutton, Garrett M. Snodgrass, Nekema Haley, and Joshua Grooms. Deputies say this is an ongoing investigation. Additional charges are possible in the future.Katie Elizabeth Sutton, of Chadbourn, is charged with one count of felony larceny of a firearm, one count of felony breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny. She was given a $20,000 bond.Joshua Grooms, of Whiteville, is charged with one count of felony larceny of a firearm, two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny. He was given a $16,000 bond.Nekema Haley, of Whiteville, is charged with three counts of felony larceny of a firearm, four counts of felony breaking and entering, four counts of felony larceny. He was given a $57,500 bond.Joshua Hulon, of Chadbourn, is charged with three counts of felony larceny of a firearm, three counts of felony breaking and entering, three counts of felony larceny. He was given a $60,000 bond.Garrett Michael Snodgrass, of Chadbourn, is charged with four counts of felony larceny of a firearm, four counts of felony breaking and entering, four counts of felony larceny. He was given a $105,000 bond. Top Left-Bottom Right: Garrett Snodgrass, Joshua Hulon, Nekema Haley, Joshua Grooms, Kati Sutton. (Photo: Columbus County Sheriff’s Office) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Five people have been arrested in connection to multiple break-ins in Columbus County. Sheriff deputies say they stole items such as guns, ammo, and hunting gear at several homes during November and December 2017.On November 24, suspects kicked in the rear entrance of a home located on Hallsboro Road South in Whiteville. Firearms, a gaming console, and some collectible coins were stolen.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover County property taxes could drop

first_img The new fiscal year starts July 1 and runs through June 30, 2019.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline. (Photo: NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (Star News) — Property taxes would decrease, school funding would increase and the county would make a new investment in combating the opioid crisis in a 2018-19 New Hanover County budget proposed by staff.“Because we can,” county manager Chris Coudriet said of recommending a decrease from 57 cents to 55.5 cents per $100 of assessed property value, or 2.7 percent. For the owner of a $200,000 home, property taxes would decrease from $1,140 to $1,110. General fund spending, meanwhile, is projected to increase 1.7 percent, from $326.7 million this fiscal year to $332.5 million in 2018-19.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Groups to approach city council to improve Portia Hines Park

first_img “There is a need for those bathrooms and that water,” said neighbor Anita Richardson.Richardson sits along her porch at her 10th Street home often watching and talking about the park she grew up around. The day Anthony Hardwrich came up to her door with a petition to city council, she was all too happy to sign it.“Everybody wants to know where their children are and without lighting you really don’t get to see where the children are running to,” said Hardwrich, who is a part of the Northside Connection.Related Article: City, county close on Echo Farms land dealThe Connection as well as the Blue Ribbon Commission’s Voyage Youth Leadership Council launched this effort to petition the city council to build bathrooms, water fountains, as well as lights at the park.“It’s really needed, I mean it’s really needed,” said Hardwrich as he looks through the Magnolia tree seeing kids of all ages dancing on the basketball courts baking in the mid-evening sun.Neighbors like Richardson know just how busy the park can get. The doors to her home  often sit open for the kids that use the park.“Nine times out of 10 that’s going to be my house, because they know I’m not going to say no. ‘Go ahead and use the bathroom, see if you got something to drink.’ I catch myself buying extra water and extra juices, because I live across from the park,” Richardson said.Richardson said growing up the park had a different image to her and the neighborhood. There was a gazebo, bathrooms, water fountains as well as various playground items and tennis courts. Time and crime, she says, took its toll and eventually all of those things were demolished.Knowing the neighborhoods past, WWAY took the question to city leaders if Portia Hines Park would be restored to its former facade.“I’d like to see them get exactly what they want if it is within our budget of course and if it is within the parameters of what we do to all parks,” said councilman Clifford Barnett, who is a newcomer to the council, but pastors a congregation a couple of streets north on Nixon Street from Portia Hines.It sits now as one of the few parks in the inner city without electricity and running water. Robert Strange Park has two centers, a gym and fitness center as well as multiple water fountains and power. Alfred Blue Park in the Love Grove area garners not all but more utilities.“I don’t think you should charge today’s children for yesterday’s happenings,” Hardwrich said.The two groups plan to speak before City Council Tuesday to push the petition and request the improvements come to the park. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – There’s a petition and a push to improve one park on Wilmington’s northside.Some call it the 10th Street park; others Portia Hines. Whichever name you use, neighbors want to see a change to it. They say it will better safety, hygiene and bring a stronger sense of community.- Advertisement – last_img read more