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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, July 18, 1985, Image 1

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HOOG ^ s Petit I I I Voiume 23, Number 36 m ill LARRY ARNETTE (left), the only "r find new quarters for his roadside but cil voted unanimously Monday night t Peddlin Sunset I BY SUSAN USHER The only regular roadside peddler at Sunset Beach may soon be .opt.of business if he can't find a permanent home for his tailgate market. Dubbed the "Shrimp Man," 1-arry J. Arnette sells local seafood and produce from the back of his truck, which he parks beside Island Grocery by agreement with store operator Alan Russ. However, Sunset Beach Council members voted unanimously Monday night to ban after August 1 peddling of all "tangible personal property" for any purpose other than support of a charitable or religious organization. The ban includes yard sales as well as sales from wagons, trucks, pushcarts, concession stands, tents or other "movable receptacles." A violation is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $60. 30 days iii jail, or both. "It's unclear to me what I can do," Amette said Tuesday. "I've got until the first of August to get my coolers off the truck and against a building. They don't want nothing temporary." Board members cited as reasons for the ordinance concerns ranging from appearance to competition with established businesses. Monday's vote came only after rigorous questioning by Councilman George Foster in defease of Arnette's operation. Foster, appointed to the board last year to fill a vacancy, rarely speaks at meetings other than to second a motion. "Couldn't it be controlled with a privilege license as well as by this ordinance?," he asked. "If I go into the river and catch more fish than I can eau am 1 a peddier ii i go into town to sell it?" Councilman Ed Gore replied that the town had once had a privilege license ordinance that had proved to be "more or less a bookkeeping Store < BY TERRY POPE A Shallotte convenience store clerk took the witness stand in Brunswick County District Criminal Court last Wednesday and recalled how she was draped lo the rear of the store by her ankles and then forcibly raped at knifepoint. Following an hour of testimony. Judge Jerry A Jolly of Tabc* City ruled probable cause exists for the first-degree rape charges filed against Elwocd Pigott, 22. of * SONS l,ao'< aiNOeHy JGP0R1' "i 49aaie'3"* Shallotte, / J -cff j i ? pH^ Ob* TUfir n egular" peddler at Sunset Beach, must siness before August 1. The town couno ban commercial peddling in town, ing Ban Mc Beach Ta nuisance" for a town as small as Sunset. The ban an .peddling, wouldn't prevent fishermen with commercial licenses from selling to wholesale outlets, he added, only their selling directly to retail customers. Donald Safrit made the motion to uuupi uie ominance, stressing to Arnette that the ordinance was not intended to single out any individual, "but to keep it from happening anywhere." Before the vote, Arnette spoke in his own behalf at Safrit's suggestion. "Regulate me, but don't put me out of business," he urged. "This is the only way I have to make a living. Tell me I have to have a privilege license or tell me what I can do." Until several weeks ago, Arnette said he had been the only peddler regularly selling within the town for the past four years. Then a single peddler hawking sandwiches to construction workers on the beach drew complaints. At a recent town board meeting. Town Administrator Wallace Martin told the board he needed assistance in regulating peddlers. Monday, council members said the issue had initially come up about a year ago, with no action taken. They defended the ordinance before the vote, Mary Katherine Griffith noting that established businesses that pay overhead expenses. property taxes and the like "deserve some consideration" and Gore expressing concern for the town's appearance. Rncc hac trtW Amolln - - ? Wv LUU1U SCI up a lean-to or awning against the grocery. But the grocery itself cannot be enlarged for various reasons, including a requirement io also pruvide additional parking at the rate of one space for every 100 square feet But Adminstrator Martin, who is also the town building inspector, said any structure erected would have to Ilerk Recall! / Mulberry Street, Shaliotte. The case now goes before the Brunswick County Grand Jury, which will decide on July a if enough evidence exists to indict Pigott on a charge of firstdegree rape. At the probable cause hearing last week, the victim took the witness stand for nearly an hour, answering questions from both assistant district attorney Wanda Bry ant and defense attorney William Fairley of Southport. The clerk was the only JSW1 North Carolina, Thursday MTTII iTiUHrr-"v"~ ^ ' :'V. * L as" eluding yard sales. To Arnctte's rigl I-each, who catch the shrimp he sells ay Shut C aauea, aescnmng ninvseit as a past champion of local fishing interests. Harrelson. 44. was appointed by Gov. James Martin to serve on the commission through 1991 and was also appointed its chairman. A long time friend, U.S. District Judge Franklin T. Dupree Jr. administered his oath of office at Harrelstm's first EMC meeting Thursday in Raleigh. Harrelson is owner of two South port businesses. Harrelson's IGA Grocery, and Harrelson's Appliances and TVs. He was one of four commissioners appointed to fill vacancies, including the seat formerly held by engineer Jerry Lewis of Shallotte. Some of the incite* hefnr* th*? r^m mission aren't new to Harrelson, who previously served in the early 1970s s How She \ witness to testify at the hearing. She told the court that it was early Saturday morning. May 25. between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., when a man she identified as PigoU entered the Oasis Food Mart in Shallotte and stayed for about 45 minutes before the alleged incident occurred. The man wandered about the stare, (Haying video games and purchasing snacks before the incident h?g?n she said According to the clerk, she was grabbed around the neck from CK# , July 18, 1985 lilgate M be "permanent," not temporary-. The fate of Arnette's business was stiU In Umbo at the close of the discussion, with Foster asking what would prevent the dealer from selling his shrimp from a cooler in front of the grocery, as other businesses sell items out front. EMC Chai BY SUSAN USHER The new chairman of the state's Environmental Management Commission says he will seek to maintain a balance between environmental and development interests. "We need to grow, we're going to grow no matter what," said Southport businessman and former state representative Tommy Harrelson. "It's a matter of how we're going to do it. We have to look after the rights of those who make their living from the water. "You have to balance their interests with those of development. We can't turn our backs on them," he msanum 'r STAFF PHOTO B* MATTHfW PlYltB tit sit Kenneth Jackson and Marshall town arket Arnette said he believed there were "personal interests and business int'-n st.s" l>ehind the unanimous vote. With a predictable 3-2 split common on most major votes, a unanimous action is a rarity for the board with its current make up. (Related Story. Page 2-A) rman Will Se< on the House Air & Water Committee?including a stint as its vicechairman. That committee had a hand in creating many of the laws the division and commission now deal urilh The commission's responsibilities include the setting of the state's environmental policies and levying penalties for violations of enviroruTiental regulations. Harrelson said he supports the EMC's move last week to regain authority it has delegated in past years to the staff of the Division of Environmental Management, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development. As one example, supporters of the move cite delegation of authority to the director of the Environmental Management Division to issue air and water quality permits. Permits on projects with major environmental impacts on the state have been issued without the involvement of the commission or with involvement only at a late stage in the development of a project, as in the location of an aluminum smelting facility in the state. "My question was. Why did you let it happen?'" Harrelson said Monday. He attributed the decline in powers to the Hunt's Administration's success in getting the EMC to transfer powers to state employees A/as Dragge behind and dragged from the cashier's counter before stumbling over displays and falling on her back. After she hit the floor, the alleged attacker then slapped her. grabbed her by the ankles and dragged her to the rear of the store, where she was raped, she said. "I was begging hxxn to leave me alone,*' she recalled "I said, I've got two babies at home.' " While holding back tears, the clerk then testified that she offered to give KAC( :9S5 THE BRUNSWICK BfACON 25C P( No Mot Susped Rural SI BY SUSAN USHER Investigators have a body, but no motive and no suspects in the Friday morning slaying of a man whose body was found in a stable near his home on Route 1, Winnabow. The body of Matthew Donald Spaulding, 51. was found in the horse barn about 11:30 a.m. by a family member, said Phil Perry, chief of detectives for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department. He had receivniJ milHmln mtncVin* ??J 1 _ cu iiiuivipiv guiioiiul dllU SUIU YYUUUUS. "It's one of those cases where we're going to have to do a lot of digging. We're going to be talking to a lot of people. "It's not an open and shut case," he continued. "Now and then you run across one with no motive, no suspects. This Ls going to be one of them." Spaulding had been shot with a small-caliber weapon, at least several times in the body and possibly once in the head. Perry said. Also, he had shallow stab wounds in the collarbone area of both shoulders that Perry said they appeared to have been made with a small, rounded object, rather than a knife. The weapons have not been identified nor located. Autopsy and ballistics reports had not been received as of Tuesday morning. Sheriffs officers and SBI agents are investigating the murder. At times as many as a half-dozen sheriff's officers will be on the case. Petty said. He and SB1 Agent Tim Batchelor were working the case together in the field Monday. Perry said Spaulding left home Friday morning at his normal time to report to his maintenance job at ek Balance Ol While NRCD Secretary Thomas Rhodes described the the commission's decision as an "embarrassment to me and and to the governor." HarreLson said he doesn't read it that way. "It's not a slap at the governor. The EMC should act like an independent body," he said. "I think they're trying to become men again." The commission adopted a resolution Thursday calling for Secretary Rhodes and Director Paul Wilms to provide specific information on the authority they now hold and for a review of delegated authority. It might be impossible for the commission to take on review of all air and water quality permits, he noted. "It would be so time-consuming if we have to act as judge and jury, digging into permits. We would have to stay up there full-time. "There are some who would like that, but those of us who work fulltime can't do that," he added. Along with examining its own responsibilities, EMC representatives will join those of other state agencies that control aspects of development in Beaufort on July 23, be said, to discuss where their responsibilities overlap and where gaps might exist. Working on the commission won't be dull. "It's not boring at all," Harrelson said. "It's pretty exciting." *d, Beaten, I the man money from the cash register and to not call the police if he would leave her alone, but he replied, "No, I don't want that. I'm going to get what I want," she added "He pulled out a knife and said, 'Do you want some of this? Do you want sane of this"" and he shoved it against my neck," she said She described the knife as an "Old Timer," one like her father uses for fishing, with about a five-inch blade. The dtrk said she was not cut with t .j )N IM 5r Copy 24 Pages ive " F s In vinq a v-# Carolina Power & Light Co.'s Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport. When he didn't arrive, his employer began calling. A friend noticed Spaulding's truck at the stable, about 100 yards to 150 yards from the Spaulding residence. With a row of trees in the line of vision, however. Pern- said the truck parked in front of the barn could not be seen from the house. A family member discovered the body. But by the time sheriff's detectives and SBI agents arrived, rescue squad workers had removed the body from the scene, taking it to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport. County Cornoner Tommy Gilbert told the sheriff's department Cna..Mir.n K?-l J 1 * ' upiiuiuuiK now 1A.CII UCttU UUUUl IUUI hours when his body was discovered. Town Creek Volunteer Rescue Squad had been called, but it's ambulance was broke down and Southport Rescue Squad responded instead. Sheriff John Carr Davis said. In the meantime, Perry added, a Town Creek volunteer had arrived and, noticing what appeared to be a vital sign, begun CPR. "Once you've started CPR, you're bound to continue," said Perry. Spaulding had retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of service. He had been employed at the CP&L plant approximately six years. Perry said. To his knowledge, Spaulding had no known enemies. There was no evidence the stable had been used as temporary shelter. "We just don't know," said Perry. F Interests H0CD Ptoro ?T MM *& FORMER REPUBLICAN Kate repre-eniativf Tommy Harrises of South port was sworn into office as chairman of the State Eovfroomeotal Management Commissioner Thursday by UA District Court Judge Franklin T. Dupree Jr. Raped the knife ? ??-' viwuuii vj SIIUI im u)j. i was scared I didn't say any mare," she added She sakJ the defendant then had sexual intercourse with her while holding the knife to her neck and was preparing to leave when he heard a noise outside He then ordered her not to call the police, she said, ad -"**5. ltoi ui |HIMI uawe aiiu I'm not going back. I'll kill you if you (Sec STORE CLERK, Page trA) iv . # >

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