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Archive for May, 2009

NC group: State should enhance elder fraud laws

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina think tank that studies state government programs said the state should enact new laws to protect the elderly against fraudsters out to steal their money.

The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research said in a report issued Wednesday that North Carolina was the first state with an elder abuse law in 1973, but it has not been updated since 1981.

The center’s recommendations include the General Assembly establishing a study commission to examine how the banking commissioner, the investment industry, and law enforcement agencies
can combine to prevent elder fraud. The center said the commission should explore whether bank employees could be trained to recognize, report, and reduce fraud against the elderly.

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

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A North Carolina think tank that studies state government programs said the state should enact new laws to protect the elderly against fraudsters out to steal their money.

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Wild horse euthanized in NC after hit by vehicle

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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COROLLA, N.C. — Authorities are looking for the driver of an all terrain vehicle they think struck a wild horse that had to be euthanized after its leg was broken on the North Carolina Outer Banks.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported Wednesday that the horse named Spec was struck hard enough to break its left hind leg during the night Friday or early Saturday. Karen McCalpin of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund says there were hoof prints and ATV tracks in the area and it looked like ATV riders chased the horse onto the beach.

A herd of wild horses lives in the Corolla area.

McCalpin says the horse tried to drag itself over sand dunes back to its home area but collapsed after about a mile.

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

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Authorities are looking for the driver of an all terrain vehicle they think struck a wild horse that had to be euthanized after its leg was broken on the North Carolina Outer Banks.

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Student at Williston involved in former teacher’s indecent liberties charges

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

A 15-year-old boy allegedly found having sexual contact with a former Williston Middle School teacher Saturday was a student at the school during the teacher’s tenure.

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Whiteville Country Club plays host to Wolfpack Club meeting

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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Whiteville is the home of the Wolfpack, the Whiteville High School Wolfpack. Tuesday night, the Whiteville Country Club played host to another Wolfpack, the NC State variety. Football coach Tom O’Brien and women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper were the guest of honors.

Kay Yow was respected for her coaching ability at NC State, but there was more respect for being the person she was. Yow lost her public battle with breast cancer earlier this year.

Kellie Harper is the new women’s basketball coach at NC State. She worked the crowd at Tuesday’s Wolfpack Club meeting in Whiteville. For Harper, it is going to be a challenge replacing such a coaching legend. “You know, I just have to come in and be me. I can’t try to be her. That just wouldn’t work. We’re trying to build on her legacy and trying to use that to push us forward,” she said.

Wolfpack football coach Tom O’Brien is entering his third season as the leader of the pack. His goal is for NC State to be a champion in the classroom, in the community and on the field. In fact, State may be the early favorite to win the Atlantic Division of the ACC. O’Brien said, “I have to deal with reality, and I don’t know if we’re as good as some people are picking us to be right now. But as I told the team today, it doesn’t mean we can’t be.”

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videoTuesday night, the Whiteville Country Club played host to another Wolfpack, the NC State variety. Football coach Tom O’Brien and women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper were the guest of honors.

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Reward offered for information related to Corey Vann murder

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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The family of a New Hanover County man found shot to death earlier this year is getting desperate for answers. There has not been an arrest in the murder of Corey Vann, who was shot in the head along River Road in January.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating, but so far its leads have led nowhere. Now, Vann’s mother is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone with information. “I don’t know if they’re scared to come forward, or what, but I just feel like somebody knows something,” said Corey’s mother Julie Covey. “I’m just hoping that this will help them, motivate them a little bit more, to please come and not let this go on any longer.”

The $2,500 Covey is offering comes from a fundraiser bake sale and a memorial fund set up in her son’s name.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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The family of a New Hanover County man found shot to death earlier this year is getting desperate for answers. There has not been an arrest in the murder of Corey Vann, who was shot in the head along River Road in January.

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