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Archive for February, 2009

Watch out for on-line dating scams

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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The internet is revolutionizing the dating scene from the traditional dinner and drinks to couch and keyboard. This offers singles many more options, but also poses many more risks.

Many singles have been victimized or scammed by someone who wasn’t who they claimed to be. It’s important to know how to protect yourself while you’re looking for love online.

“People may not always be what they seem to be online,” said Scott Lawson of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office. “They can lie about their age, where they are, who they are, what they do for a living even.”

Dee Casey handles domestic violence cases at UNCW. She shares valuable tips for online dating. “Number one, protect yourself. When you do use a site, make sure that it’s got a lot of privacy control. When you do any kind of communication, do not give out your real identity. When you do make a contact, use an e-mail that is different from the one you normally use, and that’s pretty easy to do. When you have a phone conversation, block your phone number, make sure there’s no way that that can be traced.”

If you think you may be in serious trouble, don’t be afraid to ask law enforcement for help.

The bottom line is when you’re surfing for love online, use your best judgment.

A scam that men in particular should look out for is the Russian Women Black List.

Girls-r-u.com has a black list of young and attractive mail order brides who con men into falling for them so they can get a fiancée visa. But once they get to the US, they take the guy’s cash and flee. Their pictures and information are posted on the site to warn men before they’re duped.

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videoThe internet is revolutionizing the dating scene from the traditional dinner and drinks to couch and keyboard. This offers singles many more options, but also poses many more risks.

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Sunset Beach firefighters save pregnant woman from boat caught on rocks

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Sunset Beach firefighters made a dramatic water rescue Wednesday morning.

A boat caught on rocks near Bird Island radioed for help around 2:00 a.m. There were four passengers on board, including a woman eight months pregnant.

Firefighters were able to bring all ashore safely.

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A boat caught on rocks near Bird Island radioed for help around 2:00 a.m. There were four passengers on board, including a woman eight months pregnant.

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Wilmington police solve multiple murder mysteries

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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The Wilmington Police Department has solved two murder cases that have been under investigation for years.

James Daughtie has been charged with the murder of Vicky Robbins Brendle after additional witnesses came forward.

Brendle was shot in her car during a robbery in the 1100 block of South Front Street in September 2002.

Daughtie is currently in prison in Colorado on unrelated charges.

The second solved case is the January 2003 murder of 75-year-old Buren “Booty” Borneman.

Police say DNA tests confirm Sarah Bailey stabbed Borneman in the head with a screwdriver in his home during a robbery. Bailey died of a drug overdose last year.

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The Wilmington Police Department has solved two murder cases that have been under investigation for years.

James Daughtie has been charged with the murder of Vicky Robbins Brendle after additional witnesses came forward.

Also, police said DNA tests confirm Sarah Bailey stabbed Buren Borneman in the head with a screwdriver in his home during a robbery.

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Corning layoffs will hit their optical fiber workforce

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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This is a tense week for employees at Corning, Inc. in Wilmington. A Corning spokesperson confirmed that the company will announce layoffs this week.

Last month, the company said it would reduce it’s overall workforce by 3,500 employees.

The spokesperson would not say how many people will be laid off in Wilmington. She did say that the company’s optical fiber workforce, which makes up our entire local factory, will be cut by fifteen percent.

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This is a tense week for employees at Corning, Inc. in Wilmington. A Corning spokesperson confirmed that the company will announce layoffs this week.

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Beam signing ceremony at convention center

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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A rather unusual event took place in downtown Wilmington on Wednesday… a beam signing.

Local leaders gathered at the new convention center construction site to put pen to iron as the controversial project rises from the ground.

A beaming Mayor Bill Saffo led the line of local leaders singing the beam that will ultimately be covered and forgotten during construction.

Tourism leaders and the city are banking on the construction center drawing more visitors to our area as the payoff on that investment.

The convention center is being built with revenue from the tax visitors pay when they rent overnight accommodations here in our area.

Whether or not the convention center will be able to pay its own way after that will be a multi-million dollar question.

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videoA rather unusual event took place in downtown Wilmington on Wednesday… a beam signing.

Local leaders gathered at the new convention center construction site to put pen to iron as the controversial project rises from the ground.

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