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Archive for May, 2009

SC woman charged with false police report in NC

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE — A South Carolina woman has been charged with filing a false police report claiming she was abducted at gunpoint in North Carolina.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that a woman told Henderson County authorities she had been taken from Hendersonville and was left in her vehicle on U.S. Highway 25 in Greenville County, S.C.

Dispatchers received at least three 911 calls about a woman who appeared to be tied up hanging out of a parked vehicle. The South Carolina Highway Patrol and Greenville County Sheriff’s Office found 23-year-old Cari Elizabeth Hernandez of Greenville County in the backseat with ropes around her legs.

Authorities say Hernandez was confronted about inaccuracies in her story and was charged Thursday with making a false police report.

It was unclear if Hernandez had an attorney.

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

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A South Carolina woman has been charged with filing a false police report claiming she was abducted at gunpoint in North Carolina.

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NC speedway events to create delays on highways

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — NASCAR makes its annual spring stop in North Carolina, and state officials are warning motorists to be wary of potential traffic problems through the Memorial Day weekend.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing for race events at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. An all-star race, the 600-mile race and associated activities could cause problems on Interstate 85, U.S. 29 and N.C. 49 during the next two weeks starting Friday.

On Sunday, May 24, officials will limit access from I-85 to Exit 49.

A statement issued by DOT on said the department will utilize overhead message signs and portable message signs to alert motorists of problem areas and suggested alternate routes around incidents and congestion. Information will also be available online.

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

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NASCAR makes its annual spring stop in North Carolina, and state officials are warning motorists to be wary of potential traffic problems through the Memorial Day weekend.

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Blindness no obstacle for church choir singer

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Terry Carney’s commitment to singing in the choir trumps any inconvenience he has to go through to find the hymns transcribed into Braille. “I feel like it’s a ministry for me,” he said.

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Outer Banks beach driving restrictions starting

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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MANTEO, N.C. — Summer beach driving restrictions near villages along the North Carolina Outer Banks are going into effect.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore closes beaches in front of villages of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands as a safety measure during the summer season when people walk and lounge on the sand.

Seashore Superintendent Mike Murray said the annual closures will start Friday.

Beach driving will be banned on Bodie Island in the Coquina Beach area. Driving also is banned on Hatteras Island on beaches fronting Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon. Other Hatteras closures include beaches around Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.

On Ocracoke, beaches are closed to driving in three areas.

The closures are along with restrictions that are in place to protect endangered birds and turtles.

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

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Summer beach driving restrictions near villages along the North Carolina Outer Banks are going into effect.

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D&E Dodge terminated as Chrysler cuts dealerships

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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Bankrupt Chrysler Motors is putting nearly 800 of its own dealers out of business. The announcement hit like a bomb across the country and our area was not spared the fallout.

“Chrysler notified us by letter this morning that as of June 9, our Dodge franchise has been terminated,” said D&E Dodge General Manager Andy Craven.

Just like that, after 54 years as a Dodge dealer, D&E will be out of the Chrysler family.

Hanging in the balance are 40 employees and four million dollars in inventory.

Chrysler has long wanted to trim its dealer network and get its Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge brands under one roof at local dealerships.

Why is Chrysler doing this now? Having declared bankruptcy allows them to bypass state franchise laws that would have protected D&E Dodge at any other time. However the National Auto Dealers Association argues that the timing couldn’t be worse.

NADA chairman John McEleney says he understands the realties. “By forcing the issue, it’s going to have some real negative consequences in many communities, where dealers are the biggest private employers and are involved the local communities supporting charities.”

As for D&E Dodge? They say they’ll make you a heck of a deal on a new Dodge until June 9th.

And then? “D&E Dodge will be in the used car business. We started way in 1947 and now we’re going to go back… in that we’re not selling and servicing new cars we’re probably going to have to make some layoffs,” Craven said.

And that, says Craven, is what will hurt the most.

We may have another bombshell tomorrow from General Motors, which is seeking to close some 1,200 dealerships. An NADA source said that’s a clear indication that GM intends to declare bankruptcy later this month.

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videoBankrupt Chrysler Motors is putting nearly 800 of its own dealers out of business. The announcement hit like a bomb across the country and our area was not spared the fallout.

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