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Wilson Times (Newspaper) - March 14, 2015, Wilson, North Carolina J much 11. We Ila in police crack Down on habitual theft by Olivia Neeley tunes staff writer a 46-year-old Man with a string of previous convictions now faces a felony habitual larceny charge after he allegedly stole items from a local grocery store. He a the latest suspect in a string of similar a Ennis rests As Wilson police crack Down on those who repeatedly victimize local businesses through Petty theft and shoplifting. Police responded tuesday to the shoplifting at Harris Teeter in Wilson. Police identified the suspect As James Damien Ennis of Smithfield who has a criminal conviction history dating Back to 1992. He a been convicted of multiple larceny and breaking and entering charges in six counties including Wilson. Ennis was Given a $3,000 secured offenders in the past month alone. Area Law enforcement has arrested at least five people on habitual felony larceny charges. Two years ago. State lawmakers passed a Law that makes habitual larceny a felony offence under this Law. Authorities in Wilson and across North Carolina can push for stiffer penalties against those accused of repeat edly stealing from people and businesses and Wilson police say they have been Able to use this new Law to charge repeat shoplifting offenders. Sgt Steve Stroud said before the Law was enacted. Some suspects would be charged with Misdemeanour Larcenie Quot Over and Over but the habitual felony see theft Page 5amiller Road Steps damaged �?�4 atm pay. The front Entrance to the Wilson county offices on Miller Road. Gray Whitley 11 Itne attorneys still pursuing Case against owners by Janet Conner Knox times stat writer the front and Side Steps of the Miller Road county administration building have been blocked off for repairs. Assistant county manager Ron Hunt said the recent cold weather damaged the Steps and plans Are in the works to replace them. But local attorneys Are preparing to go to court against the private owners of the building in a Case where a Wilson county Man fell on those same Steps sustained severe injuries and eventually died seven years ago. Quot it would not be appropriate to talk about this cast at this time a said attorney Kurt Schmidt. Quot we Are preparing for a trial that would begin june a so i have to say no last year the North Carolina supreme court found in favor of Wilson county making the county immune to lawsuits. Lois Bynum had filed a Law suit on behalf of her husband James Bynum who fell on the Miller Road Steps in 2008. Court documents state that Bynum fell As he exited the building after paying his water Bill. Court documents state the Steps crumbled under by numbs problems new i hint said the Steps being in paired now has nothing to do with the lawsuit he said the recent cold weather caused the problems a the maintenance team called me and asked me to come look at the Steps after the weather was freezing and they looked As it they had blown up a i hint said. I in said for the safety of employees and residents he called Ralph Hodge owner of the building to come and take a look at the crumbling Steps a so we closed the Steps off so that there would not be a safety Issue for people coming or leaving the building a Hunt said. Hunt said calling Hodge had nothing to do with the pre i Ous lawsuit filed against the county. A that w As not in my thoughts at All w Hen i called or. Hodge Hunt said. A i Don t know anything about that i was t employed Here at that Hunt sent out a note to county w of Kei s w acting them about the Steps a by now All of y of have seen the various barriers Cones etc., outside the recent rounds of w inter weather combined with the near Zero tent Pera Tures have caused major Breaks in these surfaces this week county maintenance placed a More permanent bar Riel on the front Steps for added safety precautions we have had All areas front Back and sides examined by the building owner and he is making plans to replace the Steps we will keep you informed As the Proi Ess continues please As Sist us by advising oui citizens and guests to exercise caution by using the w Heel Chan i amp or the extreme end of the front Steps neatest the hand rail these areas Are clearly marked Quot the memo stated lawsuit Bynum is represented by at Torney s Albert s Thomas it Allen Thomas and Schmidt of Thomas and Karns and Ben i eagles of Marron and i fold Ford in court documents. By num s attorney s argue the Steps were in disrepair which is w in by num Tell both Wilson county and sleeps hollow development company were named in the lawsuit Wilson counts leases the building from the sleepy hollow development com pans i he supreme court Al Lowed w Ilson county to at my before them. But would not allow sleeps hollow to argue see Steps Page Saib Chew feeding 600 hungry children each week by Olivia Neeley times staff writer Chew continues to change the lives of hundreds of chronically hungry Chil Dren in Wilson county and this Marks the three Vear anniversary of the non profit made up of various businesses churches school officials and Community members is to have continued to tight to ensure Wilson s children Are fed on weekends a it is amazing what god is continuing to do through caring compassionate members of our said Louise Mckinnon the driving Force behind Chew Quot i know that god know s the name of each chronically hungry child we Are feeding. He know s the difficulties these children experience Das is Day. I in alone knows the wonderful gilts he has Given each of them. The marvelous potential each of them has a Chew solely run by volunteers formed after people became ass at e that the Only full meals some Wilson county children received w As Only while at school. The group United and Laid the groundwork and established the weekend feeding program w Ith the help of generous donors throughout the Wilson Community since its inception. Children s hunger elimination of Wilson has steadily increased the number of children they Are feeding now. They Are currently providing food to More than 600 chronically hungry children. A we have the funds to feed our children for the remainder of this school year and Are diligently working to raise Money for next Mckinnon said. A your Hope is that next year w e will not have to delete any food items from our see Chew. 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