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Archive for March, 2009

NC police say Outer Banks auto break-ins on rise

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. — Police on North Carolina’s Outer Banks say they saw more vehicle and residential break-ins this winter than usual and thieves were primarily after electronic devices.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported Friday that Kill Devil Hills police say the thefts are more like those that happen in the summer, when there are more people in the resort area. Police say no one has been arrested.

Detective John Towler says there have been more than 40 thefts from unlocked vehicles since January. He says there have been some break-ins of unoccupied houses.

On Hatteras Island, Dare County Chief Deputy Sheriff Phillip Etheridge said the past 12 months have been the worst he’s seen in 24 years as a deputy.

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

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Police on North Carolina’s Outer Banks say they saw more vehicle and residential break-ins this winter than usual and thieves were primarily after electronic devices.

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Police find gambling, drugs, sex in NC warehouse

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Police say they found a late-night operation that provided gambling, drugs and sex to high-rolling customers in an old Charlotte warehouse.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg County police raided the operation on a back road to the city airport earlier this month, seizing $40,000 in cash and arresting three people.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that a search warrant affidavit said an informant told detectives that the club catered to the wealthy and some former pro sports stars who paid for high-stakes gaming and on-demand sex and drugs.

The affidavit also said the operation was believed to bring in as much as $300,000 a week. Police said a membership in the club cost $1,500 and half would be returned after a year.

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

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Police say they found a late-night operation that provided gambling, drugs and sex to high-rolling customers in an old Charlotte warehouse.

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NoPort Southport meets with Boiling Spring Lakes residents

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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Officials in nearby Boiling Spring Lakes have organized a series of meetings to help educate residents on all sides of the issue. Thursday night they heard from the opposition group NoPort Southport.

Boiling Spring Lakes residents came with questions and comments, but mainly to listen, as members of NoPort Southport gave a presentation on the proposed international terminal.

William Sraver is among the residents who are on the fence. He said, “I want to hear facts that I can really digest and consider. I don’t think at this point we have enough information to make that kind of decision.”

Others have their minds made up.

“This is not a good thing for Boiling Spring Lakes, or any of the communities around here,” said Boiling Spring Lakes resident, Barbara Lissenden. “I’ve been to several meetings and I’ve done some reading and it seems to me that the Wilmington port would handle all that they need.”

A main concern in Boiling Spring Lakes is traffic. Highway 87, which runs right though the city, is a direct shot from Southport to Highway 17.

Other concerns on the table Thursday night revolved around questioning the number of jobs the port would bring, rail access and environmental impacts.

Residents who are keeping an open mind say they will be right back in this room next week, when Ports Authority officials are front and center. The meeting is next Thursday at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center.

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videoAs the North Carolina Ports Authority continues to plan for an international terminal in Southport, neighbors continue to do their homework.

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NC treasurer Cowell announces offices changes

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell says she’ll change how her office does business so the public can see more clearly how investment decisions are made.

Cowell on Thursday announced reforms her office will follow or seek through the Legislature.

She said many current and future high-level employees won’t be able to lobby or market services to the Treasurer’s Officer for a year after leaving their posts. Investment performance and asset allocation of state investments will be posted quarterly on the
office Web site.

Cowell also plans to hire an independent consultant to evaluate the investment program in her office.

The announcement comes during Sunshine Week, which is spearheaded by media organizations to highlight freedom of information laws.

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

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North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell says she’ll change how her office does business so the public can see more clearly how investment decisions are made.

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NC prison bus in wreck, 2 inmates hospitalized

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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GREENVILLE — Police say a North Carolina prison bus has been involved in a wreck that sent two inmates and the driver of a car to a hospital.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reported the wreck happened about 4 p.m. Thursday in Greenville when the bus was hit from behind by a car.

There were 19 inmates from the Greene Correctional Institute on the bus. Police said two inmates and the female driving the car were taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Department of Correction officials say the inmates had been working with the Department of Transportation in Greenville and were heading back to the prison.

The names and conditions of those taken to the hospital were not released.

Greene Correctional Institute is a minimum security facility for adult men, with a capacity of 656 inmates.

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Police say a North Carolina prison bus has been involved in a wreck that sent two inmates and the driver of a car to a hospital.

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