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Kayaker Dies Paddling Linville Gorge

first_imgAn Atlanta man has drowned kayaking in Linville Gorge.Saturday night, William Halliburton, “Burton” Greer was found on the Linville River near the Pinch-In Trail on the western side of the gorge. The trail is located off Old North Carolina 105. WSOCTV reports that A team of about 50 emergency responders from multiple agencies worked nearly six hours in the dark to get to them. The difficulty of accessing the river in Linville Gorge makes rescue efforts a challenge.Greer’s kayak became lodged on a rock, just downstream from a Class IV rapid. A group of kayakers who found Greer attempted to resuscitate him but were too late. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to family, Greer knew WNC rivers well, reports the Citizen-Times.Usually a shallow river system, heavy rains bring kayakers from all over the region to challenge Linville Gorge’s rapids.This is the second kayaking death this year, following the passing of WNC kayaking legend, Maria Noakes.last_img read more

42 year woman of Layou fined $2350.00.

first_imgLocalNews 42 year woman of Layou fined $2350.00. by: – April 28, 2011 Share 41 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Canabis plant. Photo credit: canabis-seeds-banks.comA 42 year old woman from the community of Layou has been asked to pay a fine of $ 2350.00 on or before the 30th day of September, 2011 on two drug related offenses.Agnes Delsol was this morning charged with possession of Canabis and Possession of Canabis with intent to supply to which she pleaded guilty.Magistrate Evelina Baptiste asked the accused whether she wishes to be tried by the High Court or by the Magistrate’s Court and she choose the Magistrate’s Court.Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes read the facts;“On Wednesday 27th April, 2011 at about 12:15pm Corporal Dominique C. received certain information and applied to the Court for a search warrant. Constable Dominique C and others conducted a search of the premises at Layou and found fourteen yellow Brizee’s Mart plastic bags which contained weed. These bags were found under a board in the bedroom. She was questioned in relation to the weed and responded, “Officer I don’t know anything about that.” Corporal Dominique C. confiscated the drugs, she was arrested and taken to the Police Headquarters. At the Police Headquarters the Defendant told the police, “My buscuit and other things I does sell, I doesn’t sell drugs.” The Canabis weighed 53 grams and the Defendant was formally cautioned, to which she responded “Officer I’m sorry its mines.The Canabis was tested today and we ask that  a copy of the findings and the Canabis be tendered into evidence and marked “CD1.” We also ask that the search warrant executed be tendered into evidence and marked “CD2.”The Defendant was asked by Magistrate Baptiste whether she objected to any of the fact which had been read and she responded no. She was also asked to make a plea for herself and to tell the Court why she should not be sentenced.Ms. Delsol told the Court, “I am pregnant and very sorry it won’t happen again.”The Canabis and report were entered into evidence and marked “CD1” and the search warrant also tendered and marked “CD2.”Magistrate Baptiste in sentencing the Defendant said, ” I have taken all factors into consideration, the mitigating factors in your favor and aggravating factors which are not in your favor. This is your first offense and you pleaded guilty. I am concerned about the prevalence of these kinds of offences and moreover the destruction this drugs are causing to society. You are 42 years old and should be setting an example but here you are with illegal drugs trying to supply. Madam where is your ethics? Have you no care for the young people?.”On the charge of possession of Canabis with intent to supply the Defendant was charged $1500.00 to be paid by 30th September, 2011 or in default 6 months in prison and on the second charge of possession of Canabis she was charged $850.00 to be paid by 30th September, 2011 or in default 5 months imprisonment. These sentences are to run concurrently.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more