Stabbing Nets Husband
20-Year Prison Sentence
BY TERRY POPE
A Columbus County man charg
ed with stabbing his wife in Ash
was sentenced in Brunswick County
Superior Court last week to 20
years in pri:?in.
Wilbcrt Leroy Hufton Jr., of the
town of Brunswick, pleaded guilty
last week to lirst-degrce burglary
and assault with a deadly weapon
vuth intent to kill inflicting serious
Judge Knox V. Jenkins Jr. sen
tence'! Hufton to 15 years in prison
011 the burglary charge and five
years on the assault chargc. He was
given credit for time served in jail
while aV>aitirig iTiui.
Hulton had been held under
S46,(XX) bond following his arrest
Feb. 21 by Brunswick County Sher
iff's Lt. ENonncll Marlowe.
Hie suspect's wife, Vickic Huf
ton, was stabbed iwicc in the as
sault. once in the chcst and once in
the stomach with a kitchen knife,
She had been staying with her fa
ther, Jesse Long, of Route 2, Ash,
when Hufton allegedly broke into
the home and stabbed her.
Hufton was arrested the same day
in Columbus County.
Judge Jenkins also heard the fol
lowing cases in Superior Court last
? l.inda Dianell Hill, 35, and Ray
mond Adoff Hill, 40. both of Shal
lotte. each pleaded guilty to posses
sion of cocaine and were sentenced
to two years in prison, suspended
for three years and placed on three
years' supervised probation.
They were accused by Shallottc
Police Officer George Samck of
having a gram of cocaine on Dec.
21, 1990, according to an indict
ment. Both were ordered to submit
to searches and tests, each pay S200
in attorney fees and serve 20 hours
of community scrvicc.
Ms. Hill was fined $750 and Hill.
S5(X) plus court cost.
?Samuel Martin Bowling. 22, of
Leland. pleaded guilty to taking in
decent liberties with a child and was
sentenced to three years in prison,
suspended for five years and placed
on three years' supervised proba
He was ordered not to go on the
grounds of any public school in
North Carolina for five years except
to obtain his general equivalency
diploma. He must also pay a SI. (XX)
fine, attorney fees, perform 1(X)
hours of community serv ice, remain
gainfully employed and not leave
his residence after 8 p.m. except for
work until Sept. 15, 1992.
Bowling was ordered not to com
municate with the victim or her par
ents. He was arrested by Brunswick
County Sheriff's Del. Gary Shay for
an incident thai allegedly occurred
Sept. 28, 1W0.
?Glen Austin Bell, of Exurn Road.
Ash, pleaded guilty to assault with a
deadly weapon inflicting serious in
jury and having alcoholic beverages
at an unauthorized premise. He was
sentenced to three yean; in prison,
suspended for five years, and placed
on five years' supervised probation.
Bell, owner of the G.F.B. Pool
Hall at Ash, was charged with
shooting Harold Ray Lanier of
Southport following a fight at the
club on Sept. 30, 1990.
He was ordered to pay a SI. (XX)
fine, court costs and to reimburse
the victim S900 for medical bills
and $2,000 for lost wages. Judge
Jenkins ordered that the gun be
turned over to the Brunswick Coun
ty Sheriff's Department.
?Mark Lee Page, 26, of Shelby,
pleaded guilty to failure to tag big
game deer and was sentenced to 1 2
months in jail, suspended for a year,
and placed on unsupervised proba
lion. He was lined S50 plus court
?Suzanne Kaye Reeves, 26, of
Route 3, Lcland. pleaded guilty to
driving while impaired, level 5. and
was sentenced to six months in jail,
suspended for two years, and placed
on unsupervised probation. She was
ordered to perform 24 hours of
community service, pay a S 100 fine
plus court costs and to surrender her
? Handy Hill, 64, of Lenoir Street,
Raleigh, pleaded guilty to driving
with a revoked license. He was sen
tenced to two years in jail, suspend
ed for three years, and placed on
three years' intensive probation,
placed on 30 days house arrest and
fined S200 plus court costs.
Hill was stopped while driving
near Sunset Beach by State Trooper
W.H. Thompson, according to couti
?Joey Carson Brooks, 33, of Route
5. Shalloltc. pleaded guilty to pos
sessing undersized oysters, shellfish,
shrimp and crabs without a dealer's
license. He received a prayer for
judgment continued until July 8.
? David Maxey Lindsey, 22, of
Charleston, S.C., pleaded guilty to
simple possession of marijuana and
careless and reckless driving. He
was sentenced to six months in jail,
suspended for two years, fined S25
and ordered not to operate a motor
vehicle for 12 months.
?Tony Eugene Holland, 25, of
Route 1, Lcland, pleaded guilty to
misdemeanor reckless driving and
was sentenced to six months in jail,
suspended for 1 2 months and placed
on unsupervised probation. He was
fined S 100 to be paid by July 2.
?Kenneth Marshal Hcwett, 37, of
Route 5, Lcland, pleaded guilty to
driving 60 inph in a 45 mph zone
and received a prayer for judgment
continued. He was ordered to pay
Computer Programs Help
Keep Eye On Hurricanes
Local cmcrgency personnel are
using computer programs lo help
ihcm out of sticky situations.
Brunswick County Emergency
Management Coordinator Cecil
Logan said his
10 for its use of
a computer pro
gram that helps
in response to
power plant ac
Slate emergency officials are also
starting to sec how computers can
help during emergency crises.
This summer, the state hopes to
provide coastal counties that face a
threat in hurricanes with computer
software lo help prepare for the
Brunswick County will qualify
for the computer package and in
land weather advisory program pro
posed by the N.C. Crime Control
and Public Safety, v.hich is seeking
a federal grant to pay for it.
However, Logan's office has
been operating a similar computer
program since August 1990.
The Emergency Information
System (E1S) used by Brunswick
County is a microcomputer soft
ware package that allows emergen
cy managers to work with multi
layered maps that link databases of
emergency resources, events, haz
ards and affected populations in the
SUVriG: StlALLOrre ? CALABASH ? SUNSET RfACII
event of an emergency.
Brunswick County was recog
nized for using the EIS at an awards
presentation in Washington, D.C.
The manufacturer of the software
package. Research Alternatives
Inc., received the Smithsonian
Award sponsored by Computer
EIS provides officials -vith infor
mation needed to protcct people,
property and the environment from
all types of natural or technological
Brunswick County uses it to help
deal with chemical spills on its ma
jor highways, hurricanes and nucle
ar power plant accidents, since
Carolina Power and Light Com
pany's Brunswick Nuclear Plant is
located in Southport, said Logan.
State emergency officials an
nouncc-J 2 news confcrencc hist
week the software package it plans
to provide coastal countics will help
them prepare for storms. The emer
gency program will also feature
preparation plans for mock hurri
cane drills, workshops and informa
tion on a network of evacuation
routes and shelters.
The National Weather Service al
so announced it would issue high
wind advisories for inland counties
along with hurricane watches and
warnings for coastal areas this hur
ricane season, which began June 1
and ends Nov. 1 . S . inland coun
ties in North and South Carolina
suffered severe damage from high
winds as a result of Hurricane Hugo
two years ago.
Meteroologists have predicted
eight tropical storms for the Atlantic
Ocean this year, with four cxpcctcd
to become hurricanes. Last season,
no hurricanes struck the Carolina
This week, July 1-6, is National
Hurricanc Awareness Week.
Holden Town Hall
Will Get New Roof
Holden Beach Town Hall is get
ting a new roof.
Town commissioners hired Qual
ity Roofing Co. Inc. of Shalloltc last
Thursday to install the new roof at a
cost of S2.500.
Thp nnmmnu will uc/? On.vnor
r ? j ? - ? ; *"**
fiberglass shingles. The contract
features a 24-month unconditional
warranty on labor, said Joycc Shore,
In other business last week, com
missioners approved a budget am
endment for the 1990-91 fiscal year.
The board transferred SI 2,572
from the fund balance to adminis
tration, policc and sanitation, said
Finance Director Sylvia Bissell.
The money will cover police ve
hicle and lot clearing expenses and
will be used to pay employees who
were unable to taike vacations last
STAFF PHOTO BY TONIA THE ST
ROGER SUGGS (far left) AND DOUG TODD, chiefs of the Supply and Tri-Beach VFDs respectively,
compete in the command p ost event surrounded by onlookers.
Firefighters Compete In Southport
McmDcrs irom 11 volunteer lire
departments competed in five events
during the annual Brunswick County
Firefighters Competition held Sun
day in Southport, with Supply VFD
emerging as the overall winner.
Other teams competing included
Sunset Beach- Waccamaw, Civic
town, Tn-Beach, Boiling Spring
Lakes, Bolivia, Southport. Long
Beach, and from outside the county.
Plain View, Roscboro and Clement.
Each event tested Tire fighting
techniques and the teamwork of
The First contest was the barrel
push, in which two teams push a bar
rel across a cable in opposite direc
tions. The objective is to see which
team can push the barrel farthest.
The second competition was the
hose lay, which challenges the
team's ability to connect sections of
hose and start water flowing.
Speed and agility made the dif
ference in the ladder climb, in
which a trio of fire fighters scram
bled to score the best time in reach
ing the top of a building.
In the command post competition,
chiefs from competing departments
stand in separate wading pools as
three blindfolded members try to fill
the pool with a hose. The firefighters
must follow the chief's directions to
first find the hose and then to shoot
the water in the right direction.
The final event was the bucket
brigade. Team members must fill a
barrel full of water as quick as pos
sible with small buckets.
For Pilot Program
Southport has been selected as a
participant in the new Small Towns
Main Street pilot program. Gov.
James G. Martin and Department of
Economic and Community Dev
elopment Sec. Esteli C. l.cc ann
ounced June 27.
The town was chosen on the ba
sis of community profiles submitted
to the department.
The program, which is being un
derwritten in part by a grant from
the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation,
encourages downtown revitalization
in communities with populations
under 5,000. It emphasizes a four
point approach to downtown rcvi
talization through organization, pro
motion, architectural design and
The North Carolina Main Street
Center in the department's Division
of Community Assistance will pro
vide technical assistance to towns
that participate in the program, but
it docs not provide financial aid.
Earlier this year Southport and
Calabash were chosen to participate
in the Coastal Initiative, which pro
vides similar technical assistance
from the state.
Each event was timed, with
points awarded for wins in each
event. At the end of the competi
tion, the points were tallied to de
cide overall winners.
Supply placed first overall, win
ning the ladder event and earning
the right to drive a fire truck in the
N.C. Fourth of July Parade in
Southport Thursday at 11 a.m.
Residents in Brunswick and New
Hanover counties may hear sirens in
the 10-mile area around Carolina
Power and L ght's Brunswick nu
clear plant July 9, 10 and 1 1.
CP&L will be conducting low
volume "growl" tests of the individ
ual sirens to check that each works.
The utility conducts a silent test
every two weeks, "growl" tests ev
ery three months and a full volume
test once a year.
The lotating sirens arc mounted
on tall poles at 34 locations within
Boiling Spring Lakes won sec
ond, placing first in the hose lay.
Civictown placed ihird, taking
both the command post event and
bucket brigade competition.
After the events, the Woodmen of
the World treated firefighters and
their families to a dinner of ham
burgers and hot dogs.
Will Test Sirens
10 miles of the Brunswick plant.
The sounding of the sirens does
not mean the public should evacu
ate. In an unlikely event of an emer
gency at the Brunswick plant, the
sirens would alert the public to lis
ten to radio and television for infor
mation and instructions from the
Emergency Broadcast System.
Questions about the tests may be
directed to county emergency ser
vices offices, CP&L's Brunswick
Visitor Center, or any CP&L busi
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