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Archive for June, 2009

Man hangs in there, staying in tree

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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The Wilmington man who climbed up a tree to keep it from being cut down is still up there. Charlie Joyce Junior said he does not plan on giving in to the chainsaws anytime soon.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered Wilmington International Airport to have the Joyce’s yard cleared of trees, because they are safety hazards for planes.

The family was paid $44,000, but Charlie’s dad claims he was conned into signing the papers.

ILM said the trees need to come down by the end of September, but they are hoping to remove the oak well before that.

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The Wilmington man who climbed up a tree to keep it from being cut down is still up there. Charlie Joyce Junior said he does not plan on giving in to the chainsaws anytime soon.

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Nurtured opossums released back into wild

Friday, June 26th, 2009

By Kellen MooreKellen.Moore@StarNewsOnline.com

Two months and two days after four tiny opossums unexpectedly entered her life, Dawn Bugni released the creatures into the wild.

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Lumina Mortgage closes their doors Friday

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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There is some fallout from the First Bank’s purchase of Cooperative Bank. Lumina Mortgage closed it’s doors Friday.

The company was a former subsidiary of the failed Cooperative Bank.

First Bank, which purchased Cooperative last week, told Lumina employees the company would close this morning.

Some of the employees will be retained by First Bank.

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There is some fallout from the First Bank’s purchase of Cooperative Bank. Lumina Mortgage closed it’s doors Friday.

The company was a former subsidiary of the failed Cooperative Bank.

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Elderly getting wise on internet scams

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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Internet scams are on the rise because they can be especially hard to detect.

“I received a telephone call from a woman who said I won $2.5 million dollars,” said Wilmington’s Adelle Miller. It didn’t take Adelle long to realize that caller was a scammer. “All they have to know is she’s 84, she’s entered contests, she must be a sucker.”

Scammers often target the elderly for this very reason, and because they typically have good credit scores and savings, and can sometimes be too trusting. Foster grandparents at the senior center in Wilmington meet once a month to talk about different scams.

“We have them share their own stories of scams they’ve been victims of so they can protect one another. We feel the more they learn about scams aimed at seniors, the safer they’ll be and they won’t become victims themselves,” said program coordinator Beth Wooten.

Lottie Holley shared her story about calling a government housing number she found in the paper. “I gave them my social security number, and the next thing I went to the bank and they drew $135.00 out of my account,” she explained.

This group has steered clear of internet scams because many don’t own computers, but a recent study suggests internet scams are on the rise and will continue to increase. Aging baby boomers rely on computers twice as much as the current generation of older Americans.

Detective Sergeant Craig Bredenbeck said, “Anybody’s information is basically available online. You’ve got people out there that sell people’s information, just pick up a phonebook and you’ve got people’s information, you’ve got a name, an address, and a phone number.”

The bottom line: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you think you have been the victim of a scam, you can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM to verify it. Place a fraud alert on your credit report, and file a police report with local law enforcement.

You can also call the local Elder Abuse Prevention Network at 1-800-218-6575.

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videoNew research shows fraud against the elderly is on the rise. A group of area women are doing what they can to keep themselves, and their friends, from becoming victims.

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Oak Island adopts lean budget

Friday, June 26th, 2009

By Amanda Wilson,Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Oak Island has approved a tight budget for 2009-10 that doesn’t include a tax increase and holds the line on most expenses, including salary increases for town employees.At a special meeting Thursday night, the town council approved a $26.7 million overall budget that is up about $4 million over the 2008-09 budget.

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