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Archive for May, 2009

Southport experienceing a series of crimes

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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The quiet community of Southport appears to be in the midst of a mini-crime wave. Six break-ins in the past two nights, one resulting in a major fire, has investigators searching for answers.

According to police, around four o’clock Wednesday morning, thieves broke in to the Prevatte Law Firm and then set it on fire.

“Stuff is stuff and we can replace it. We worked hard before; we’ll work hard again. But we’re just fortunate that no one got hurt,” said owner Jim Prevatte.

Between water smoke and fire damage, Prevatte said this building is a complete loss. Clearly, it is the hardest hit on a string of break-ins on North Howe Street.

The business next door was fortunate compared to its neighbor; still it was hit by a thief, or thieves.

“They rifled through our desks, looking throwing materials on the floor, throwing checkbooks on the floor, nothing is taken as far as we can see,” said Dennis Moore of Consolidated Asset Mangement.

A third business, a doctor’s office about a block up Howe Street was also broken in to. “We presume that the perpetrator, or perpetrators were looking for cash,” said Southport Police Chief JB Dove.

In all three cases, no money was stolen. What’s somewhat puzzling, none of these businesses typically keep much cash on hand.

Just the night before, three similar businesses were also broken in to, just outside Southport city limits, about seven blocks away. A hundred dollars, a laptop and brief case were taken from the buildings Tuesday night.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and working together with the Southport Police Department.

The Marshall’s Office and the SBI are still looking in to the cause of the fire.

The Southport Police Department is offering a five hundred dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest in these break-ins.

If you know anything about these cases, call the Southport police at 457-7917 or the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.

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The quiet community of Southport appears to be in the midst of a mini-crime wave. Six break-ins in the past two nights, one resulting in a major fire, has investigators searching for answers.

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Day three in case against Brian Reavis

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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Wednesday was day three in the trial against 42-year-old Brian Reavis, the man accused of sexually assaulting and beating a 95-year-old Wilmington woman.

According to testimony from a DNA analyst, all the scientific evidence from the year old crime points to Brian Reavis.

The 42-year old ex-convict sat alert as a DNA analyst from the State Bureau of Investigation told the jury that semen found on the victim directly identified defendant Brian Reavis as her attacker.

The evidence was collected in a rape kit from the victim just hours after the attack.

The elderly victim took the stand on Tuesday; she was not in court for Wednesday’s testimony.

Analyst Courtney Cowan told the jury she was able to compare the DNA from the rape to a previous DNA sample taken from Reavis when he was arrested for robbery back in the 90s.

The attack happened April 12, 2008. Once the rape kit was submitted to the state crime lab, agents matched DNA to Reavis on April 24th. By April 30th, Reavis was arrested at his mother’s house on south Seventh Street in Wilmington.

A follow up DNA test confirmed that Reavis’ DNA, matched the DNA found after the rape.

The lead detective in the case also took the stand Wednesday.

Reavis’ attorney questioned the detective on a separate incident Reavis had with a female neighbor who reported Reavis harassed her and displayed bizarre behavior outside her home for about three months back in 2006.

Reavis’ attorney began calling his witnesses. He will attempt to establish Reavis’ insanity plea and address the defendant’s history of mental illness.

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Wednesday was day three in the trial against 42-year-old Brian Reavis, the man accused of sexually assaulting and beating a 95-year-old Wilmington woman.

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Council committee meets to review travel, meal policy

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Changes might soon be coming to the council’s travel policy, which is outdated and offers only vague guidelines for council members to follow.

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Area chefs compete for state’s best dish

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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A total of 19 restaurants have been selected to compete this summer for best dish in North Carolina and two of them are right here in the Cape Fear region.

Catch Modern Seafood is located in downtown Wilmington. They serve lunch and dinner. The menu is eclectic. The atmosphere is quaint and fresh, just like the locally caught seafood.

Keith Rhodes is the chef and owner. He’s won first place for best dish in the state before. “I’m back again. That really means a lot when we have so many talented chefs in North Carolina.”

Chef Keith said food is not the only drawing card his restaurant offers. “There are so many things that round out the whole experience, such as service and ambience and things like that. There are a combination of factors that keep people coming back.”

We got to see him in action today. “Right now I’m cooking one of our signature items. It’s sticky rice with North Carolina shrimp and jumbo crab meat.”

Catch modern seafood will be expanding next month with a new location on Market Street in Ogden.

Catch will compete for the best dish of North Carolina in the casual dining category, while Indigo Marsh will compete for the best fine dining dish.

Indigo Marsh is located in Surf City next to the swing bridge. The restaurant prides itself on serving the finest cuts of meat, wild game and the freshest seafood.

Alison Lucien is the owner. She said customers like more than just the view. “I think they’re surprised to find such quality food here in Topsail. That was our goal when we opened the restaurant, to bring a more upscale feeling.”

The menu changes seasonally at Indigo Marsh to take advantage of what’s available. Entrees range from $20 to $ 34.

Chris Hall is the sous chef and Keith Gurganus is the executive chef at Indigo Marsh.

“I’ve helped the past couple years as the sous chef. This is the first year getting into it with my dishes, with help from Chris,” Gurganus said.

“It’s our whole staff on this one. We’re getting judged on how we sell the dish, so we’re quizzing the waitresses. They know our product,” added Chris Hall.

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videoA total of 19 restaurants have been selected to compete this summer for best dish in North Carolina and two of them are right here in the Cape Fear region.

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Crack dealer sentenced to 25 years in prison

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

A man who police say helped distribute more than 10 kilograms of crack cocaine was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Wednesday, officials said.

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