The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, May 05, 1994, Image 1
Election At A Glance Democrats SHERIFF Jerry Dove 2455 ?Ronald Hewett 3559 John Marlow 2320 Bill Sisk 70 COMMISSIONER (Dist.1) Randy Stanley 3536 ?Don Warren 3862 COMMISSIONER (Dist. 3) ? -- a i iQ/ci LUUie n. LOWI) AUW I ?Wayland Vereen. . . . 4555 COmmiSSiunn (Din. 4} ?lom B. Kabon Sr. . . . 4369 Tom Simmons 3193 COMMISSIONER (Dist. 5) Michael A. Ballard . . 2681 Dan Davis 1 181 ?W.M. (Bill) Sue 3243 BD. OF EDUC. DISTRICT 1 Thurman L. Gause. . 3659 ?Olaf (Bud) Thorsen. . 3772 BD. OF EDUC. DISTRICT 2 ?Clara S. Carter 3531 Polly G. Russ 2769 Gtjorge F. W'iison ... 1 ZYV BD. OF EDUC. DISTRICT 4 ?Donna M. Baxter . . . 4232 Liston Hawes 2966 N.C. ASSOCIATE JUSTICE* Jim Puller 4150 Louis B. Mever 2510 COURT OF APPEALS* Elizabeth McCrodden2 1 48 E. Yvonne Pugh .... 1 892 John M. Tyson 2269 DIST. COURT JUDGE DIST. 13* A I rJ oa<;c ? win rwwi iwyw ? ? ? ? ? ? mm ^ w G. Phillip David 880 Wayne Long 3839 STATE SENATE DIST. 18* ?R.C. Soles Jr. 4883 Ron Taylor 3208 HOUSE OF REPR. DIST. 14* ?Dewey L. Hill 4163 ?E. David Redwine. . . 6229 Gail Claude Spivey . 1 347 Republicans CONGRESS DISTRICT 7* Robert C. Andcncr. . 1323 Jim Cooper 851 CTY. COMM. DISTRICT 1 Frances L. Babson . . . 897 ?Douglas Simmons . . 1284 CTY. COMM. DISTRICT 3 ?Leslie Collier 1 202 Robert Slockett 1116 CTY. COMM. DISTRICT 4 S.L. Doty 657 ?Donald Shaw 1502 BttwrMiwaCfC CCwri ? T TOTALS ONLY f ?-l u issue... Birthdays 2B Business News .......10-11C Calendar 7D avfs UA Classified Crime Report Fishing.. Golf., Obituaries 11A Opinion 4-SA People In The News 7B riant t?octor 5B Sports 1-6D Television 8-9D WILL FACE GOP CANDIDATE BROWN IN NOVEMBER Hewett Takes Sheriff's Demo Primary ERIC CARLSON As the vote totals mounted in the hotly contested Demociatic primary race for Brunswick County sheriff, the question on everyone's mind was: Arc we going to have a runoff? At about 8:45 Tuesday night, a deafening cheer erupted at the pub lic assembly building in Bolivia as supporters of Deputy Lt. Ronald compared their final tallies and con firmrH that KaH indeed paSfrCd the magic num->er of 41 percent (plus OTiC VOtv) iiccucu iv? win iiic iiiMiiina tion. It was a close race right down to the wire, with Hewett garnering 3,559 votes or 42.4 percent of the 8.404 ballots cast for sheriff. Retired State Trooper Jerry Dove finished second with 2,455 votes and 29.2 percent, followed closely by Chief Deputy John Mar low, who received 2,320 votes and 27.6 per cent of the total. Long Beach Police Sgt. Bill Sisk managed only 70 votes. Hewett received 197 votes more than he necueu to win without a runoff. He won nine of 22 precincts. while Mar low led in eight and Dove was the top vote getter in five precincts. In the glare of television I Hewett hugged his wife and children as tiis victory was assured Then he made his way through throngs ot STAFF M OTO ?Y EWC OtiSON Fatal Crash Rescue workers treat the driver of a Volkswagen Fox which went out of control on VS. 17 Saturday, sppsrsnity ~hcn the driver fell asleep st the wkaL 7mm Clump l.gjeune Marine diea two Hours later at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Tke^VuBcwagen struck a southbound Buick and injured its two passengers, as weii as a xecomn Marias, its ssory is On i'agw 9A. Million-Dollar Bond Is Set For Suspect In Ash Murder BY EK1L CARLSON He is accused of trying to rob three elderly people in two counties and killing them when they tried to resist. Police say he got just $22 in cash from the 81 -year old woman he allegedly beat to death during a burglary in Red Spi nigs Loi uioiiiii. Three days Inter, they say., he made off with only $60 after shooting Burns Everett Babson in the face as the 74 -year-old Ash store owner fought for his life. Now he'll hav<? to c?>nv up will) a dollar", ic get out of the Brunswick County Jail. Daniel Cummings, 38, of Red Springs made his first appearance in a Bolivia courtroom Thursday morning, wH#?r? District Court Qj? Lewis set the SI million bond and appointed Southport attorney William Fairley to defend him against a charge of murder. Three days earlier, Cummings was arraigned on a first-degree murder charge in Robeson County for al legedly killing Lena Hales, who reportedly surprised him after he broke into her Red Springs home on the night of Aprii i9. roiice there believe he may aiso be responsible for killing an 84-year-old man who was found robbed and beaten to death more than a year ago. Cummings has not been charged in that case, but authorities say he has made statements implicating himself in all three mur ders, according to brunswick County Sheriff's Detective Tom Hunter. It was Hunter who interviewed Cummings and ob tained the incriminating statements from him after he '.vas arrested in Clinton on a breaking-and-entering charge the night after Babson's murder. Hunter said that during three interviews with the sus pcct, he iCai l(Cu that CuiTiuiltl?.-> WCIII II1IU Dilinuil N rtsn Beverage muiuuu Coiner store on the evening of April 22 to rob him of money to buy crack cocaine. When Babson tried to defend himself with a 3K -caliber re volver, Cummings allegedly '.vrcsticu the guii away from Babson and shot him at least three times. Babson's wife Jewell told police that Cummings fired at her twice before driving off in a white Ford van. The Sampsu>) County deputy who arrested Cummings called the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department at'er he heard a bulletin alerting authorities to watch for a vehi cle 01 that description. Local detectives are continuing the investigation into Babson's murder and more charges against Cummings (Sec BOND SET, Page 2-A) well-wishers to shake hands warmly with his political opponent and fel low deputy John Marlow. The two spoke briefly and Marlow patted Hewett on the back as he waded back into the crowd of people wait ing with hugs and handshakes of their own. "I just feel so humbled and thank ful for all the support these people gave mc," Hewett said. "I didn't win uiis. Hundreds of volunteers throu ghout the county won this campaign for rnc. "I want to thank the other candi dates for running a good, clean cam paign and I look forward to going into the fall with renewed strength and a commitment to do what needs to be done for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department," Hewett said. "I plan to run the same high road campaign as I did this time. There won't be any mud-sling ing from me." In an odd moment that puzzled many onlookers, Ucpubiican sheriff candidate James Brown approached Hewett as he spoke with a group of supporters. The two men shook hands and Hewett said, "Good to see you, Mr. Brown. Let's run a good, v. iv.au tavc. Brown replied. "I'll run on your bad side and you run on my bad side." In an interview Tuesday night. Dove also called the primary "a good race." He said he feii satisfied with his effort and was proud to sec that his home precincts of Oak Island 1, Oak Island 2 and South port 1 gave him a majority of their votes. "Being on the losing end of the stick is not the happiest feeling in the world,** Dove said. "But I think I brought up a lot of issue* that need ed to be raised. I listened to the peo ple and tried to respond to what they wanted iv?c iu uu. "I just want to thank all those good folks who supported me and helped me. I hope I didn't iet them down," he said. Dove said he ran at somewhat of a disadvantage because the N.C. Highway Patrol does not allow its officers to actively campaign, so his effort could not begin until he re tired in January. After a few weeks "enjoying my retirement." Dove said he plans to go to work part time as an auxiliary officer with the Southport Police Department. Marlow also praised the other candidates for running a clean cam paign. He was philosophical about tLa ????*. i.i - ... ? ? Ml J.._* * ? I - ? ! ? ? ? ?? UIC UUIWUUIC. I JII.M USAC II ?I2? II comes." Marlow said. "I'll show up for work tomorrow morning just like any other day." Voters Take 'Anyone- But' Approach To School Board BY SUSAN USHER Anyone but. That appeared to be the general sentiment among voters Tuesday when it came to the county school board. If the primary results are an accu rate gauge, voters aie looking for ,.l ? it., n : -I. n ? ? vHUHgC iu ti rv wuanwivR vuuniy Schools, at least in terms of leader shin. Oimfino Histrirl 1 9twl 2 !S ? ^ ~ ? *? wm ? ? ? ? ? " cumbents Thunruut Cause and Polly Russ, Democrats assured that at least a majority oi 'K: five seats on the board will be filled by newcom ers in December. A decision by District 3 incum bent Bill Fairley not to seek re-elec tion vacates the third seat. The Brunswick County Republican Party is expected to name a replacement for !h; iftcr the pri mary, possibly Robert Slockett, a former school board member whose campaign for county commissioner ended with Tuesday's primary. Incumbcni Thurman Cause, who lost a ciusc District i race to first time candidate Olaf (Bud) Thorsen, predicted that there will be "all new" people on the board in December. He expects November upsets by board Chairman Donna Baxter of District 4 and Vice Chairman Yvimnc Bright of District 5. Cause said he had expected to be winner 1\jftib? jw; 2CC2ptid the defeat in good humor, saying, "He just beat me in a good, clean race. He was the people's choice." His mind had already turned to a special school meeting called Wednesday for consideration of the budget ? which the full board has not yet seen. "We were supposed to have it by May 1," said Gause. "If they're expecting me to approve it ? ? * l i i *: ?- _? ? ?.. W MVM ? IMTVU ? HMM ?OUW tU MIMIJ It, they're mistaken." Thorsen, a state juvenile court counselor whose work brings him in fSw INCUMBENTS- Pm 2-A) CLERK'S LAWSUIT DELAYED f ^ ^ 'jxaajxirr \ C i ormer v-G:i in iiasi\ji list yc(W?/i jU&5 County, Claims Firing Was Political BY ERIC CARLSON A second victim of the 1991 county budget ax has asked the courts to decide whether he was firrH for political reasons Former Brunswick County Commissioner Pea rly Verecn filed a lawsuit against the county Monday. claiming that his subsequent job in the water department was eliminated in 1991 by three Republican board mem bers because Vereen is a Democrat The iawsuit requests a court order forcing the county to immediately rc-hire Vereen and seeks a jury trial on whether he should be awarded more than $68,000 in hack pay along with benefits, damages in ex cess of $10,000, punitive damages and legal costs. Meanwhile, a federal judge in Wilmington has postponed trial on a racial and political discrimi nation suit filed by former Clerk to the Board nC?i??S AaCXSfldCrt 'wiiC Ciuwuo luT lilllC liu?? commissioners ? Chairman Kelly Holden, Donald Shaw and Jerry Jones ? voted to eliminate Iter salary from the 1991-92 budget because she is black and s Democrat. Vereen and Alexander were among the 14 em ployees whose positions were eliminated from the budget in what the commissioners called a reduc tion in force. The Alexander case was scheduled to be heard May 9. But a judge has agreed to consider whether the commissioners had "legislative im munity" from prosecution when they voted to fire her. She is suing the three men individually and in their official capacities as commissioners. The judge could rule that the board members can't be sued at all Or he could say that the coun ty is liable for the commissioners' actions. County Attorney Michael Ramos said Tuesday he expects the court to make a ruling "in the next couple of weeks." If the suit moves forward, it ?uiiiu piuuiuly Sk nam in cariy june, he said. Rstth* said he hud not received a cnov of Vereen's lawsuit and could not comment about it. Vereen's suit also names as defendants former interim County Manager David Cicgg and former Republican commissioners Frankie Rabon and Gene Pinkerton. who voted against cutting the po sitions from the budget. Current hoard members Way I and Verecn, Tons Rabon and Chairman Don Warren arc named in the suit in their official ca pacities. County personnel records indicate that Vfereen was hir?j Aug. I!, 1986, a* assistant director of operational services and water management coor dinator. At a June 17, 1991, workshop, the board of commissioners voted 3-lo-2, with Rabon and Pinkerton dissenting, to eliminate numerous posi (See VEREEN, Page 2-A) I,- ' Attention: West Brunswick High School JROTC cadets were on their best be havior when a teas s of officers from .V.C State University visited for the annual inspection last Thursday. Inspectors reviewed the appearance uf ernck cudei\ uniform and asked each student ques tions to test general military knowledge. Pictured questioning a cadet are the chief inspector, Mqj. Mark Lockett (right), and Cadet 1st Li. Brian Johnson. West Brunswick, which has 104 students in its JROTC program, scored 589 points out of a possible 600.