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Archive for May, 2009

Brunswick law enforcement roll up sleeves to donate blood

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Brunswick County | Cops across Brunswick County will be giving their blood to others this week. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will hold its first blue line blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the sheriff’s office.

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Patrol says wrecker companies gouging motorists

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman says wrecker companies are taking advantage of desperate motorists and using the patrol to justify what he calls price gouging.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday that the patrol tried to regulate fees through policies that set maximums for tow truck drivers. Capt. Everett Clendenin says the patrol needs to make the situation fair for citizens.

Tow companies turned to legislators to oppose the move. State senators are expected to vote on a bill this week blocking the patrol from setting prices.

Wrecking companies contract with the state to take calls from the Highway Patrol to clear wrecks and haul off abandoned vehicles. To settle the bills, tow companies deal directly with the vehicle’s owner. For some, those bills could reach $500.

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

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A North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman says wrecker companies are taking advantage of desperate motorists and using the patrol to justify what he calls price gouging.

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Other officers complained about NC town’s police

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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SPRING LAKE, N.C. — Current and former officers complained about problems in a North Carolina town’s police department more than a year before two sergeants were arrested and the police chief resigned.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Sunday that a town alderman in Spring Lake acknowledged that letters of complaint were sent to the town manager. But Alderman James O’Garra said officials were told that the chief said the letters were baseless.

Anonymous letters sent to the town manager and other leaders between October 2007 and February complained of abuses of power by some officers.

The newspaper reported that the complaining officers ultimately sent letters to the State Bureau of Investigation, which arrested the two Spring Lake officers last week.

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

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Current and former officers complained about problems in a North Carolina town’s police department more than a year before two sergeants were arrested and the police chief resigned.

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Pender rescue volunteer makes house numbers easier to spot

Monday, May 11th, 2009

After Raul Rojas started driving an ambulance as a Hampstead volunteer, he found himself struggling to read illegible street numbers on dark streets, a safety issue he decided to try to rectify.

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Goodwill — Christian ‘angel’ stops to help disabled motorists

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Judy Williams of Oak Island wrote to thank a Good Samaritan for taking the time to stop and help her and her sister, Dale Lackey.

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