Two people arrested during Monkey Junction Annexation hearing

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hundreds of people crowded into Wilmington's Thalian Hall Tuesday night for a public hearing on annexation, and two of those people will appear in court.

Mayor Bill Saffo had to take a recess from the meeting so that law enforcement could clear the chambers.

Two men were arrested for disrputing an official public meeting.

29-year-old Dana Cook and 34-year-old Greg Crews will face a judge later this month for the misdemeanor charge.

Crews' mother said she was surprised that police arrested anyone at the meeting.

"I was very surprised," said Brenda Crews.  "I didn't like the idea of him being arrested, but I'm very proud of him for standing up for his beliefs. We have to stand up for what we believe in. If we don't we'll fall for anything."

Crews' parents picked him up from the county jail Tuesday night, but would not say whether he will plead guilty or not guilty to the disruption charge.

Dozens of people spoke to Wilmington City Council about their opposition to the forced annexation of more than 1,000 acres in Monkey Junction.

Hundreds more chanted outside the building, holding signs and protesting the proposal.

Most of the people who spoke said they disagreed with the timing of the annexation because of the poor economy.  Others said they already have all the public services they need and do not need the city of Wilmington to provide more for them.

Tuesday's meeting was the only opportunity for the public to comment on the annexation plan.  City Council will have its final vote on annexation at a meeting in May.

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