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Archive for February, 2009

Update: Gilbert Road reopens after fire

Friday, February 6th, 2009

A trash truck spilled a load of trash on Gilbert Road near Clemmons Road and caused a fire, according to a news alert at 10:30 a.m. from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Gilbert Road was closed, and drivers were advised to use an alternate route.The road reopened early Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office reported.

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Man suspected of killing mom, stepdad could face death penalty

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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The man charged with murdering his mother and her husband in their Ogden home may face the death penalty.

Gerard Altman was taken into custody at a Wilmington Apartment complex Thursday, where he had been staying with friends.

Altman appeared in a New Hanover County court Friday, and was denied bond. He’s been charged with murdering his mother, Laura Gallagher and her husband James in their Ogden home.

Preliminary autopsies indicate Mr. & Mrs. Gallagher died from blunt force trauma. Detectives anticipate more information from the autopsy to be released next week.

Prosecutors say a committee will meet within the next few weeks to decide whether to pursue the death penalty. Altman’s next court appearance is February 26th.

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Gerard Altman appeared in a New Hanover County court Friday, and was denied bond. He’s charged in the deaths of a couple, found in their Ogden home earlier this week.

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NC investigator’s accused killer faces new charges

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina man charged with killing a state insurance investigator now faces more than two dozen embezzlement charges for keeping customer insurance premiums.

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin’s office announced the charges Friday against 41-year-old Michael Howell. Howell also is charged with murder in the death of 44-year-old Sallie Rohrbach, who was reported missing two days after arriving in Charlotte to investigate Howell’s insurance business.

Howell told investigators Rohrbach left his office May 14. They later found blood in his business, and her body was found May 20 in a wooded area near Fort Mill, S.C.

Howell is being held without bond at the Mecklenburg County Jail. His next court hearing hasn’t been set. A call to his attorney Friday wasn’t immediately returned.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A North Carolina man charged with killing a state insurance investigator now faces more than two dozen embezzlement charges for keeping customer insurance premiums.

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Gas Chamber

Friday, February 6th, 2009

New Hanover and Brunswick counties are among 43 counties in North Carolina that use the gas chamber to euthanize animals.

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Five Wilmington residents on list of Madoff clients

Friday, February 6th, 2009

The list of clients that Bernard Madoff allegedly bilked out of $50 billion includes five from Wilmington – three of them connected with the same family.

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