Gov. Perdue & SBA Chief Karen Mills Visit Raleigh Denim

Gov. Perdue & SBA Chief Karen Mills Visit Raleigh Denim

September, 27, 2011, by David

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Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills and Governor Beverly Perdue gave speeches today at the Raleigh Denim workshop.  For Raleigh Denim it was an opportunity to share their success and to serve as a prime example of what the SBA can do for a growing business.  Starting with a tour of the Martin Street Factory Space, founders Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko guided the Governor and Chief Mills through their workshop and store.  Perdue and Mills were highly engaged, asking questions and showing genuine interest in the product and the Raleigh Denim employees.  Then in a formal press conference, Victor Lytvinenko told the story of how Raleigh Denim along with help from the SBA has grown from 2 - 13 employees.  

Following Lytvinenko's speech, Chief Mills went through the new Obama administration funding of the SBA and the new opportunities available to a small business for assistance in reaching international markets.  Governor Perdue addressed the press, rehashing Raleigh Denim's connection to North Carolina through its material sourcing, financing and of course, its branding. 



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  • bleep blorp
    09/28 07:39 AM

    Right on! This is great.
    Thanks for covering this, New Raleigh!

  • M. Harris
    10/14 09:36 AM

    They need to visit NCSHP H.E. Johnson !

    Begin forwarded message:

    From: <>
    Date: September 28, 2011 9:12:00 AM EDT
    To: <>
    Subject: Comment About A Trooper
    Reply-To: <>

    We appreciate you utilizing the SHP Comment form on the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s or the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety website.
    Your comment has been received and is being forwarded to a Highway Patrol Troop/Section for appropriate action.
    Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.
    This is a copy of the email you sent:
    This email was created by someone using the SHP Comment form on the
    North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety website.
    Date Sent:  Wednesday, September 28, 2011 09:11 AM
    Sender information:
    Name:  Manita Harris
    Home Phone: 
    Mobile Phone:  919-448-7544
    EMail Address:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2011
    Related SHP Report Number: 
    Trooper Name(s):  H.E. Johnson Jr.
    On September 19th I contacted Governor Purdue’s office to
    file a complaint against Trooper H. E. Johnson.  I was
    contacted later the same day by 1rst Sargeant Craft.  He
    stated that he would be opening an investigation based on
    the information I provided.  I received a letter later in
    the week stating my complaint was received and an
    investigation had been opened signed by Captain Ward. I
    spoken with Lt. Holmes yesterday and set up a time for a
    formal interview next week.  I am unsure what the proper
    procedure is in investigating a complaint, however it seems
    to me that two weeks after the initial complaint was filed
    is rather long time. The statement was made to me yesterday
    by one of the officers that he hoped that I got the outcome
    I desired.  Trooper Johnson has hurt me deeply on a
    personal level, as well as my 6 year old daughter.  That
    does not change the facts that I stated to Internal
    Affairs.  Trooper Johnson has violated numerous policies
    set forth by the Highway Patrol.  In late May/Early June of
    2011 Trooper Johnson was working either 2nd or 3rd shift
    when he took me for a ride in his new unmarked Charger.  We
    left around 12pm from 200 Cheshire Drive.  He drove to I-
    40, he pulled over and began running a rear radar.  He
    issued two tickets while I was in the vehicle.  One to a
    gentleman in a tow-truck.  The other to an older gentleman
    traveling with his wife, I believe in a white Toyota, he
    was in his early 70’s I believe Mr. Johnson told me.  I was
    also in the vehicle when he recieved a call for an
    abandoned vehicle on Arthur Minnis Rd.  I believe the
    address was 1910.  When arriving at that location a young
    man came out of the woods, as well as a young female who
    was believed to live at the residence.  He received a
    message on his computer from another Trooper while I was in
    the vehicle as well.  He received a call on the opposite
    side of the County, shortly thereafter he dropped me off at
    my residence. I was with him for at least a hour.  As I
    previously stated to Sgt. Craft there was an intimate
    exchange between us, we did not have intercourse in the
    vehicle, nor commit any other sexual act.
    I rode with him from my home to the Loop for lunch in late
    August in his Patrol car while he was on duty.  I rode with
    him from his residence in Burlington to mine, vise versa on
    at least two other occasions.
    I would think the above mentioned would have been enough to
    take immediate action, as what I have stated can be easily
    The following are known facts to me as well that are
    violations of Patrol Policy.
    Mr. Johnson primarily resided with me at 200 Cheshire Dr.
    from August 2010 to August 2011.  
    I personally have witnessed numerous racial jokes sent via
    text to Mr. Johnson from other Troopers which he then
    forwarded as well to fellow Troopers, and my youngest son.
    Mr. Johnson stated to me and I witnessed telephone
    conversations where he was given answers and confidential
    information for his promotional exam in February 2011.  He
    stated to me that one of his friends was on the advisory
    board and told him the topic or question that he would have
    to give a presentation on.
    Mr. Johnson would regularly divulge information to me from
    calls he had been on.  Including but not limited to a
    picture of a older drunk man that he had taken into custody.
    Although hard to prove Mr. Johnson and I did have numerous
    sexual encounters while he was on duty.  Never in the
    patrol car or at the patrol office.
    The individuals I have spoken with at Internal Affairs have
    been very courteous towards me, however I do not feel that
    I am being taken seriously nor the complaint that I have
    In light of Mr. Johnson’s behavior towards me I am very
    upset to learn that an Investigation was previously opened
    against Mr. Johnson for similar behavior in Alamance
    County.  In speaking with reporters yesterday that covered
    the case involving his misconduct it appears that Mr.
    Johnson has been blatantly violating Patrol Policy since
    2004, with no accountability for his actions.  I am sad
    that anyone could justify or not hold a man of any caliber
    accountable for behavior that dishonors his uniform and
    brings shame to his community and family.  I am convinced
    that had Mr. Johnson been properly investigated previously
    I and my children would have been spared a great deal of
    unnecessary pain.  Because of the uniform and the position
    Mr. Johnson held I at one point had the highest regard and
    respect for him.  When coloring community helpers recently
    my daughter stated, but Mommy they aren’t nice, Gene makes
    me sad and he makes us cry.  There are no words to describe
    how Mr. Johnson has affected my life on a personal level.  
    However as I stated earlier whether Im a scorned woman,
    vindictive etc is irrelevant.  A Master Trooper with the
    North Carolina Highway Patrol has violated policy and
    endangered my life by stopping motorist while I was in the
    vehicle, I had no idea when I got in the patrol car he
    would stop a motorist.  As stated previously I have been
    treated with respect and kindness by Internal Affairs thus
    far, which is greatly appreciated.  I do feel strongly that
    in light of my history with Mr. Johnson the facts of the
    complaint are not being taken as seriously as if presented
    to the Highway Patrol from another source.

    Manita Harris

    E-mail correspondence to and from this address may be subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties by an authorized state official     

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