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the television news reporter who
called Pearson and insisted that he
be told about the body in the dump
"He got right indignant with me
on the phone," Pearson said. "I told
him we had not found a body. And
he said, 'Yes, you did. We know you
found a body in a dumpster.' So I
said, 'Fine, then you call me back
when you find out where it is be
cause we don't know anything about
It seemed as if everywhere you
went last week?beauty shops, de
partment stores, fast food restau
rants ? someone was talking about a
body in a dumpster. "I heard she had
her eyes poked out and there was
yellow crime tape around a dump
ster at Holden Beach." said a
woman who had just heard the ru
mor at the Shallotte post office.
"My sister called me Friday and
told me she heard at the bank that
there was a woman in a dumpster
with her eyes gouged out either at
Shell Point or Shallotte Point," said
a Shell Point woman.
I .ate last week the mythical
corpse sprouted a name. T\vo names
in fact. One was that of a teenage
girl reported missing from the Ash
area. Someone went so far as to call
the girl's family, asking someone to
come to Calabash and identify the
body. Fortunately the girl returned
home a short time later.
A sheriff's deputy said she heard
about a doctor calling a man to tell
him that his wife's body had been
found in the trunk of a car parked in
a Shallotte driveway.
A narcotics detective said that one
of the mistaken identities apparently
came from an obituary in a Wil
mington paper, listing a woman who
had died of injuries sustained in a
traffic incident. He said he received
three calls asking if the body of a
woman with a similar name had
been found in a Brunswick County
Detective Tom Hunter said be re
ceived a call reporting "something
that smelled like a dead body" in a
dumpster a? Hickman's Crossroads.
"1 sent a deputy out there and he
said it smelled liloe garbage to him
like dirty diapers and oyster shells,"
Just to be sure. Hunter said he
went the the county landfill to watch
the dumpster being unloaded. Sure
enough, there was a body mixed in
with the garbage: the body of a dead
Capt. Phil Perry, head of the sher
iff's detective division, said he had
also been called by a television sta
tion asking about "a couple of dead
bodies" in a dumpster. It wasn't the
first or the last such inquiry he re
ceived. So he admits being a bit
abrupt with the caller.
"We don't have any bodies and
we don't want any!" Perry said.
"We've got enough going on around
here without people making stuff
New Effort Makes
It Easier To Report
Ln an effort to help curb the flow
of illegal drags in the area, the
Brunswick County Narcotics Squad
has begun an community outreach
program to make it easier for citi
zens to report drug activities in their
neighborhoods. Detective Lt. David
Crocker announced Monday.
"We are meeting with community
watch groups, civic organizations
and with any group or individual
who wants to discuss the drug activ
ities and related problems they want
to tell us about," Crocker said.
To make it easier for citizens to
contact the drug squad, Crocker has
released the telephone pager num
bers of narcotics officers assigned to
specific areas of Brunswick County.
Anyone wishing to report or dis
cuss illegal drug activity between
N.C. 211 and the South Carolina
line, including the Turkey Trap
Road, Cedar Grove, Long wood
Thomasboro. Shallotte, McMilly
Road and Calabash areas should
contact Detective Billy Hughes at
Those with information about
drug activity East of Supply, includ
ing the Phoenix, Navassa, Leland,
Southport, Boiling Spring Lakes and
Bolivia areas should call Detective
Gary Shay at (910) 754-1145.
Any observed drug activity in
municipalities should be reported to
local police or to Detective Kevin
Hoiden, who also covers the county
schools, at (910) 754-1141, Crocker
The sheriff's department narcotics
.squad office can also be reached di
rectly in Bolivia by calling (910)
SWt PHOTOS IY HOC CAALSON
Scenes From A Courtroom
County Commissioners (above, from left) Tom Rabon, Way land Vereen, Jerry Jones and Donald Shaw
listen to arguments in the Brunswick County Board of Education 's successful lawsuit against the
county board. In photo at right. Ralph Johnston, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, takes
notes during the testimony .
COUNTY ASKS NEW TRIAL
Motion Says Judge Was Wrong To Keep Out Evidence
BY ERIC CARLSON
At least one of Brunswick
County's motions seeking a new tri
al in its funding battle with the
board of education "will be argued
strongly" and could result in a rever
sal of the $14 million jury award.
County Attorney Mike Ramos said
Judge Jack Thompson, who pre
sided over trial of the lawsuit, has
agreed to hear three motions from
the county Aug. 29 in Brunswick
County Superior Court.
The first motion requests a "stay
of execution" to delay awarding the
additional school funding until the
other two questions are settled.
Another motion claims that there
was not enough evidence presented
at the trial to support the board of
education's request for $14 million
to run the county schools. It asks the
judge to set aside the award and
grant the schools a lesser amount.
"At most, the evidence support
ed a judgment for the amount asked
for in the continuation budget, or
$9.7 million," the motion states.
Instead, it claims the jury awarded
the amount requested in the school
Supply School's Opening
Contingent On Repair Plan
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He added, "There are certain con
ditions that must be met. Any
method of disposal must be satisfac
tory for health and safety. We don't
want any students walking in efflu
The health department is looking
for an approved repair plan and a
timetable for making the repairs,
neither of which is available.
For the period mid-March
through June 30, it cost the school
system more than $18,000 to have
wastewater pumped and hauled
away from the school for disposal.
Otherwise effluent bubbled up from
the treatment field and ran onto the
school grounds, creating a health
Rhodes said last week he hadn't
ruled out the possibility of allowing
the hauling to resume when school
"Any pump-and-haul would be
temporary, and only if we knew that
by a certain date that the field would
be repaired," he said.
After meeting with local health
officials the state agency agreed to
give the repair project high priority
in its review and approval process.
"Boney indicated in a July 28 let
ter that the plans would be here by
the time I got back from vacation,"
said Steven Berkowitz, head of the
divisioil's on-site wastewater engi
neering branch. "I expect them to be
forthcoming at any time."
Boney could not be reached for
comment, but Johnston said the firm
was running computer models to
help determine the best site for in
stalling a repair field.
Plans are under way to repair an
other site-related problem at Supply
Elementary. Johnston said he thinks
work on the drainage ditch off the
playground area will be completed
before students return to classes.
All Openings Could Be Delayed
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would have 10 levy a 10-cent proper
ty tax increase to pay the additional
$4.8 million to the schools.
If the judge rules in the school
system's favor, the county commis
sioners would then decidc whether
to appeal the verdict or pay the judg
If the county chooses io appeal,
state law requires the schools re
ceive in the meantime the same local
money allocated the previous budget
year. For 1993-94, the county allo
cated the schools $8.4 million for
operations, SI million for computer
rclated technology and staffing, and
$865,000 for capital outlay needs, a
total of $10.3 million.
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Filing such motions is a standard
procedure after losing a civil suit.
They rarely result in a new trial or a
change in the amount of money
awarded by a jury.
The county's third motion
claims that Judge Thompson made
"an error in law" when he refused to
let the county present evidence
about its ability to collect and pay
the $14 million requested in the
school board budget. The board of
commissioners adopted a budget ap
propriating $9.2 million in county
tax money for schools.
"Evidence of funding to other
agencies of the county could have
aided the jury in deciding whether
the Brunswick County Board of
Commissioners could have, consis
tently with their fiscal policy, paid
S14 million to the board of educa
tion," the motion states. It claims
that North Carolina law requires that
the amount of money given to
schools "be within the financial re
sources and consistent with the fis
cal policies of the board of county
The motion asserts that the judge
was wrong in not allowing the jury
to hear evidence about the county's
"ability to pay** before deciding how
much it should have earmarked to
fund the schools.
"I think it's very relevant,"
Ramos said of the latter motion. "I
plan to argue strongly that (under
state statutes, the amount budgeted
for schools) has to be within the
county's financial resources and
consistent with the fiscal policy of
the board of commissioners. The
judge had his own ideas about that."
Ramos said that by not allowing
such evidence during the trial, the
judge prevented the jury from con
sidering how much its award might
cost county taxpayers.
If Judge Thompson agrees with
the county's motion, he could set a
new trial on the case. Otherwise, the
motion could be appealed.
The county commissioners say
they will wait for the outcome of the
Aug. 29 motions hearing before de
ciding whether to appeal the jury
verdict to the N.C. Court of
An appeals court decision could
take a year or more. In the mean
time, the county would be obliged to
fund the schools at the same level as
last year. It would also have to set
aside enough money to pay the ju
ry's award if it is allowed to stand.
Commissioners say either way,
the county will have to raise proper
ty taxes by 10 cents per $100 valua
tion to make the money available.
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Governor Scheduled To Give
Keynote Address At Dedication
Gov. Jim Hunt was to give (be keynote address at Wednesday's
(Aug. 10) dedication and official open boose of the Brunswick
Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium.
The public was invited to attend the 6 pan. ceremonies, to be fol
lowed by a reception and open bouse in the auditorium.
The performing arts and community auditorium has 1,500 seats and
more than 32^00 square feet of space. The auditorium has 26 removable
sets and ten additional spaces for people in wheelchairs.
It has sn mtbesua pit sad state-of-the-art technical equipment, in
cluding the latest acoustical and lighting control. Us facilities are avail
able for both public and private rental.
On the program for Wedneaday'a ceremonies were a welcome by
BCC President W. Michael Reaves and an invocation by the Rev.
George Speake, pastor of Camp United Methodist Chute* in Shallotte.
Brunswick County Comnriiitonets Chairman Donald Warren was to rec
ognize special guests. Speras J. Fleggas, director of the Division of Stale
Constnictioa, was to present the keys to the auditorium, and BCC Board
of lYusSees Chairman David Keily was to introduce the governor.
Funding for the auditorium was mote then $3 million of bond fends
front a 1985 referendum. Odefl WUhamaon, Ocean Isle developer and
former stale representative, provided a half-million-dollar endowment to
provide for profeMiwii nntui?f ntcnt of tlie
Wiiliarason also was scheduled to speak at the dedication.
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