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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, August 05, 1993, Page PAGE 2-A, Image 2

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Jury Opts For Life Sentence Following King's Guilty Plea continued Krom Page 1-A) Gore agreed to drop a charge of first-degree kidnapping and to delay sentencing for the robbery. "Tyrone King is a cold-bloodcd murderer," Gore told the jury in his argument for the death penalty. "He may look too young. He may look too quiet. He may look too angelic. But folks, there is no mistake. He is. He is. "You know that he did it," Gore said. "Now is the time for you who value human life to decide if Tyrone King forfeited his right to live when he murdered Ronald Evans and stole from him the only thing he had of value, his 1987 Honda." One by one. Gore asked the jurors to weigh the list of factors they would be required to consider in King's be half "against die fact that he decided that Ronald Evans' life was worth less dian a 1987 Honda." Then, one by one, defense attorney Michael Ramos reminded the jury that cach of those factors told some thing important about Tyrone King, things Ramos said ought to be considered in addition to the moments lead ing up to the murder. "All lilc has value," Ramos said. "The state wants you to believe that Mr. King's life doesn't have value. But that's not the case. Mr. Gore wants to fine tunc his life down to 30 seconds and throw out everything else. But that's not how we value people. His life is more than just that 30 seconds." A scries of witnesses testified in King's behalf at the sentencing hearing Monday, portraying the defendant as a normal, energetic teen-ager who had never been in se rious trouble, who loved his family and who helped care for an aging grandfather with arthritis. Under cross examination, those witnesses also said King dropped out of school in the ninth grade, that he never held a steady job and failed to pay child support for his four-year-old daughter. STAFF PHOTO BY tKIC CAKISON WAITING as defense attorneys negotiate a plea arrangement with confessed murderer Bradley Tyrone King are (from left) SHI Agent Kelly Moser, Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson, SHI Agent Mac Warner and District Attorney Rex Gore. Rev. Shcllon Patterson, a Baptist preacher from North Myrtle Beach, desenbed the day King "accepted Jesus Christ" in the Brunswick County Jail shortly after his ar rest. Patterson said thai in later visits to the jail. King of ten asked about Bible passages and showed "real spiritu al growth." Recalling these and other statements, Ramos said King "wasn't a bad person," but one who "apparently 14 Squads Fight 1,600- Acre Blaze; Some Homes Evacuated (Continued From Page 1-A) sitioned in fronl of cach house in the fire zone or patrolling roadsides, hunting down and dousing spotovers as they popped up. The lire was burning on both sides of N.C. 211 below Midway Road, with frequent spotovers. "It's just continuous, with the wind like it is," said Logan, who was serving as deputy incident com mander on the scene. "It's so smoky we can't see them. When one comcs up and wc sec it. it's almost loo late." Roger Suggs, chief of Supply Volunteer Fire Department, was staffing die Emergency Manage ment mobile unit set up between Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.'s office and the county water plant on N.C. 211. "It's a madhouse," he said. "We've got 14 fire departments here and about 100 people." The storm, as of 10:30 p.m., had provided little relief, he said, less than one-tenth of an inch of rain. Heavy smoke and/or danger of fire closed Midway Road and N.C. 211 remained closed between Midway Road and N.C. 133 from 9 a.m. on Tuesday. It was unanticipated high winds in midaftemoon that caused the eon trolled backfire to literally backfire on state firefighters and send the blaze reeling out of its control lines. doubling its acreage by Tuesday night. "We were trying to bum approxi mately 300 acres on the west flank of the fire, trying to eliminate iLs source of fuel with a controlled burn," said Laura Barston, a Division of Forest Rosources spokesman. "The fire was moving to the north-northeast. Unfortunately, with all those winds..." At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday the con trolled burn "spotted over," crossing N.C. 211 at Midway Road near the Midway Trading Post. It advanced steadily, pushed by midafternoon winds of 20 mph to 25 mph. "That was not in the forecast," said Barston. "The wind is really a big concern for us right now." Winds were holding steady at 8 mph to 10 mph Tuesday evening. Winds had been cxpectcd to continue out of the south-southwest at 10 mph to 15 ir.ph Tuesday night, but were skewed by passing thunderstorms. More help was on the way ? a re gional "major" team was expected to be in place by 8 a.m. Wednesday to help with planning the firefight ing strategy and handle adminstra tivc details such as provisioning and sheltering firefighters and cost ac counting. The American Red Cross arrived on the scene Tuesday evening bring ing food and drinks for firefighters, while Archer-Daniel-Midland pro vidcd two larger tankers of water to refill fire department pumpers, and an N.C. Department of Transportation gas tanker refueled fire trucks. The original wildfire began July 26 when lightning struck in thick, inaccessible woodland between N.C. 211 and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Firefighters had con tained the blaze at about 270 acres until Sunday afternoon, when at 12:45 p.m. it broke through contain ment lines to the north and spread quickly, pushed by strong winds from the south. "We had three ground personnel from Brunswick County working on the south end of the fire," said Greg Pate, a Division of Forest Resources spokesman. "A scout plane was monitoring the fire periodically and saw the spotovcr. "By the time they could get around to it, it was more than they could handle." It had burned another approxi mately 450 acres by the time fire fighters were able to contain it. Working as a team Sunday after noon, forest service firefighters tackled the blaze with tractors and backfires and quenched spotovcrs with 300-gallon buckets of water dropped by helicopter. Volunteer firefighters watered down the road sides along N.C. 211 to keep the fire from jumping. Coach Cleared Of Recruiting Charge (Continued From Page 1-A) schools to recruit athletes, which is defined as subjecting students to "undue influence" to change schools for athletic reasons. Lemon said the athletic associa tion needs to clarify its rules regard ing recruiting, which NCHSAA offi cials admit are vague. "They ought to clear it up for themselves," Lemon said. "They ap parcntly have trouble with it them selves." Strunk said one of the football players involved in the incident, Charlie Peele, will attend West Brunswick this year. He was practic ing with the Trojans early this week. The other student. Max Crawford, is moving to Polk County with his mother. Strunk said the mother, Vickie Ray, has been looking to HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE BRUNSWICK# BEACON POST OFFICE BOX 2558 SHALLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA 28459 NOTICE: Reliable or consistent delivery cannot be guaranteed since this newspaper must rely on the U.S. I Postal Service for delivery. We can only guarantee that your newspaper will be submitted to the post office in Shallotte on Wednesday oflfie week of publication, in time for dispatch to out-of-town addresses that day. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY MAIL: Sr. Citizen In Brunswick County U6.30 J5.30 N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32 Postage Charge 3.68 3.68 TOTAL 10.36 9.30 Elsewhere in North Carolina J6.30 J5.30 N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32 Postage Charge 8.18 8.18 TOTAL 14.86 13.80 Outside North Carolina J6.30 J5.30 Postage Charge 9.65 9.65 TOTAL 15.95 14.95 Complete And Return To Above Address I Name I Address City, State I Zip I I move from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Polk County since February. Crawford, who played defensive tackle for West Brunswick's state championship team last year, is the second Trojan football player to re locate to Polk in the last two years. Last year the NCHSAA ruled there was no illegal recruiting when Chris Mintz, a rising sophomore at West, moved to Polk County. Mintz father also moved to Polk and was hired by the school system. Mint/, played football, basketball and baseball at West Brunswick. The junior linebacker/tight end is considered one of the top high school football prospects in the state. Forecast Calls For Above Average Rain A chance of above-average rain fall is in ine forecast for the South Brunswick Islands. The area is expected to receive at least three-quarters inch of rainfall, Shallotte Point meteorologist Jack son Canady said Tuesday. Tem peratures are expected to be near normal, averaging from the lower 70s at night to around 90 degrees during the daytime. No local rainfall was recorded for the period of July 27 through Aug. 2. Canady recorded a maximum high of 96 degrees on both July 29 and 30, and a minimum low of 65 degrees the night of Aug. 1. An average daily high of 94 de grees combined with an average nightly low of 74 degrees for a daily average temperature of 84 degrees, which is about 3 degrees above av erage. made an error in judgment" and "got hooked up with the wrong people." He reminded the jury that King had agreed to testify against his co-defendant in the case. "That's going to be kind of hard to do if he's sen tenced to death," Ramos said. "This has been an ordeal for all of us. But in every or deal, something good can come of it," he said. "You have a real chance to show mercy. How many of you have ever had the life or a human being in your hands? "We're all going to die. We're all going to meet the Lord m whatever form we believe He or She exists," Ramos said. "When wc do. I believe the Lord will say. 'You had an opportunity to be merciful. ..Were you?'" After the decision was read and King was led from the courtnxim. Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said he was pleased with the outcome. Although he had argued for the death penalty, he said he felt die jury had made a "reasonable" decision in imposing the life sen tence. "Under the circumstanccs they were given, what they did was certainly proper under the law." he said. "I was very pleased with their conduct and attentiveness during the trial." Bollinger also said the plea arrangement will give the state much stronger evidence in the prosecution of King's co-dcfcndant "Our primary goals in this case were to convict Bradley Tvnjnc King of first degree murder and to put him in a position to testify against William Earl Mill," he said. Under current N.C Department of Correction poli cies, King will not be eligible for parole for at least 20 years on the life sentence. He still faces an additional 14-to-40-ycar sentence on the armed robbery conviction, for which he would be required to serve a minimum of seven years. "While I feel this is a victory, it's certainly a hollow one," Bollinger said, referring to the family of Ronald Evans. "There was nothing wc could do in the court room to remove the pain and anguish they arc suffering, not only in coping with the death of their son, but also in spending three weeks looking at his killer. "Wc have some good results," he said. But it's not go ing to take their pain away. Although it might give them some closure." ? - ?r ; ? - STAFF PHOTO BY SUSAN USHER DISTRICT FOREST RANGER Hugh Frazer pauses on the scene of a fire break cut to hold a woods fire that jumped i\.C. 211 Monday afternoon after burning SOU acres east of the highway. High winds were playing havoc with containment efforts Tuesday night. County To Exercise More Control Over School Board's Spending (Continued From Page 1-A) "I don't think we even had any transfers last year of that size (more than 10 percent), but I'll look and see," said Connor. "I don't see it as a problem." The Brunswick County Board of Education is challenging its S9.4 million allocation from the Bruns wick County Board of Commis sioners. Though it represented a 17 percent increase over the previous year s allocation, the appropriation was nearly S5 million less than the school board had requested. The two boards reached no com promise at a July 23 joint meeting, and the school board appealed to Clerk of Superior Court Diana Morgan. After meeting with attor neys for the two boards, she referred the matter on to Superior Court. Judge William C. Gore, Bruns wick County's resident Superior Court judge, referred the civil case to professional mediation. The two boards (or at least enough members to constitute a quorum of each) and their respective attorneys will meet behind closed doors Tuesday, Aug. 10, on the Brunswick Community College campus with Andy Little, of Mediation Inc. in Chapel Hill. Mediation is standard first proce dure for all civil Superior Court cas es coming into in the 13th District and eight other judicial districts in volvcd in a statewide pilot project. "We use it, or try to, with all our Superior Court civil cases," said Sieve Foster, trial court administra tor for the 13th District. For a typical case, successful me diation cuts the time required for resolution by approximately four to six months. And cases that go through mediation without resolu tion are typically set for hearing on a firmer schedule. "It makes for better utilization of court time," said Foster, predicting that mediation will be adopted as a statewide court procedure in the near future. During the pilot program's first year in the three-county 13th District, 63 percent of the court's caseload ? more than one out of every two cases ? was settled through mediation. The district had a 102.4 percent disposition rate for the year ending June 30, with 411 new cases filed and disposition of 421 cases. The rate was even higher in Brunswick County, where 152 cases were filed and 174 disposed, for a 114.5 percent disposition rate "I ast year we had a 91.3 percent disposi tion rale," he said. Mediation is based on the idea of give-and-take by both parties, with neither side winning or losing 100 percent. Don't miss the Labor Day issue coming f y forget the ^0000^ advertising deadline is August 12! THE BRUNSWICK'#BEACOIM CALL AN ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE. 754-6890 "The goal of the mediator is 10 di rect negotiations to "some reason able settlement," said Foster. "I hope our school board and board of com missioners are able to utilize it to the maximum." The mediator may talk privately with each party involved, or in the case of the two boards, confer with one board or another, or allow mem bers of a board time to confer among themselves. "He gives them directions for negotiating, if they are not able to reach an agreement, the mediator declares an impasse and the case goes on to Superior Court." In this case, by a state law which gives the budget appeal process top priority on the court's calendar, it would be heard during the next ses sion, which begins Aug. 16. During mediation, while the two boards can concur on the framework of a compromise behind closed doors, each must approve any agree ment reached by a vote taken in open session. THE BRUNSWICIC$1fAC0N Established Nov. 1, 1962 Telephone 754-6X90 Published Every Thursday At 4709 Main Street Shallotte, N.C. 28459 SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY One Year S 10.36 Six Months S5.55 ELSEWHERE IN NORTH CAROLINA One Year $14.86 Six Months S7.90 ELSEWHERE IN U.S.A. One Year $15.95 Six Months $8.35 Second class postage paid at Shallotte, N.C 28459. USPS 777 780. Postmaster, send address changes to: P.O. Box 2558, Shallotte, N.C. 28459-2558

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