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Archive for April, 2009

NC travel agent gets 2 years for taking money

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — The owner of a Mooresville travel agency has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to repay more than $450,000 to hundreds of clients after admitting he took their money and didn’t book their trips.

The Charlotte Observer reports 42-year-old Steve Young was sentenced in federal court Monday. He pleaded guilty to securities fraud and tax evasion charges.

Prosecutors say Young took money to book dream trips to Vatican City, Las Vegas, Hawaii and other destinations and never made the arrangements. Most of the victims were senior citizens.

Young apologized and took responsibility for his actions.

The IRS will get about $64,000 of the $528,000 Young was ordered to pay as restitution, with the 400 victims getting the rest.

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

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The owner of a Mooresville travel agency has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to repay more than $450,000 to hundreds of clients after admitting he took their money and didn’t book their trips.

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VP Biden returning to NC to welcome troops home

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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FORT BRAGG — Vice President Joe Biden is returning to North Carolina, this time to welcome home troops from Iraq.

Biden and his wife, Jill, will travel to Fort Bragg on Wednesday to welcome home the 18th Airborne Corps. He will speak at a ceremony.

The 18th Airborne Corps spent more than a year in charge of the Multi-National Force in Iraq. It completed that work on Saturday and passed along the command to I Corps of Fort Lewis, Wash. Biden’s son, Beau, is serving in Iraq with the Delaware Army National Guard.

The vice president also visited North Carolina last week, touring rural Faison and Pikeville to tout the $787 billion federal stimulus package.

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

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Vice President Joe Biden is returning to North Carolina, this time to welcome home troops from Iraq.

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Mexican man sent to prison for sex trafficking

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A 44-year-old undocumented Mexican national was sentenced to 24 years in prison on charges that he transported two teenage girls between Washington, D.C., and North Carolina to engage in sex acts.

A statement from the U.S. Department of Justice said Jorge Flores-Rojas was sentenced Monday in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., on two counts of sex trafficking of minors and one count of interstate transportation of an adult for purposes of commercial sex.

Flores-Rojas was accused of trafficking the 16- and 17-year-old girls and an adult woman between Charlotte and Washington to perform commercial sex acts in November 2007.

Flores-Rojas, who pleaded guilty last October, must pay $117,000 in restitution to one of the victims and register as a sex offender. He will be deported to Mexico upon his release from
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(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A 44-year-old undocumented Mexican national was sentenced to 24 years in prison on charges that he transported two teenage girls between Washington, D.C., and North Carolina to engage in sex acts.

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Lincoln Elementary may find out Tuesday about school uniforms

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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Parents and students at Lincoln Elementary may find out Tuesday night whether they will have a new dress code.

School leaders hope uniforms will help create an equal playing field between students. They said the uniforms are cost effective and less distracting.

The Brunswick County School Board will meet Tuesday night to discuss the uniforms. Parents are welcome to attend the school board meeting and give their input. It is at the David R. Sandifer Administration Building, County Commissioners Chambers at 30 Courthouse Drive in Bolivia at 6:30 pm.

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Parents and students at Lincoln Elementary may find out Tuesday night whether they will have a new dress code. School leaders hope uniforms will help create an equal playing field between students.

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Titan opponents gather outside County Commissioners meeting

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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With signs in hand, protesters of all ages lined the street in downtown Wilmington to show their opposition to a proposed Titan America cement plant in Castle Hayne.

“This is the wrong thing to do and we need to keep the environment as safe as possible,” said protestor Rosemary Toumey.

“If you have children, it’s a real big deal,” said Allen Walker. “With little ones, it’s a whole different program.”

The group UNCW ECO organized the rally with a few goals in mind. They want to hold elected commissioners voting to offer more than four million dollars in tax incentives to Titan.

They also want to show their support for a recent bill proposed by State Senator Julia Boseman, which would put an 18-month moratorium on cement plants in North Carolina.

They also want to raise awareness about clean air and water, and promoting green jobs. “Although we are in opposition to Titan Cement, we are not in opposition to economic development in this area, but we believe it can be done in a way that is going to improve the environment,” said David Pinsky of UNCW ECO.

While the rally continued outside, the commissioners meeting started inside. The whole process is at the environmental review stage. Commissioner Bobby Greer said it is really out of the county’s hands. “The county commissioners have made their decision and we’ve made a contract,” he said. “We would be liable if we backed out of that contract.”

The state and federal environmental permits may be the turning point in this debate. Titan is pursing its cement plant and the Titan opponents are not backing down.

Titan America said the plant would bring 160 jobs to the area and vow emissions standards would be stricter than the EPA’s.

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videoOpponents are keeping the heat on the proposed Titan America cement plant. A large group gathered inside and outside the New Hanover County commissioners meeting Monday night for a peaceful protest against the proposed plant.

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