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Archive for July, 2009

The Coastal Company misses deadline, property owners can’t build

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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We have an update on a Brunswick County developer who hasn’t delivered as promised for property owners.

The Coastal Companies, headed by Mark Saunders, missed the deadline to install water, sewer, and roads in several developments, including Seawatch and Ocean Ridge Plantation.

As a result of this, many property owners in a bind because they can’t build homes until that infrastructure is complete.

Monday night, county commissioners decided to extend Coastal’s deadline to finish the infrastructure.

New completion deadlines range from 2010 to 2012. If the work isn’t finished by then, the county plans to call in the bonds so they can do the work themselves.

There were also a couple of development phases in the Seawatch Community that weren’t bonded at all. The county is conducting an internal investigation to determine how that slipped through the cracks.

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The Coastal Companies, headed by Mark Saunders, missed the deadline to install water, sewer, and roads in several developments, including Seawatch and Ocean Ridge Plantation.

As a result of this, many property owners in a bind because they can’t build homes until that infrastructure is complete.

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Police find additional kilo of cocaine in secret compartment of van stopped last week

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Wilmington | An additional kilo of cocaine was found this week in a vehicle stopped on South College Road last week, officials said Tuesday.

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Gastonia burglary leads to death of South Carolina serial killer

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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Residents of Gaffney, South Carolina can rest easier after police shot and killed a man suspected in a serial killing spree.

South Carolina law enforcement officials have identified Patrick Burris as the suspect.

Officials say Burris was a felon with a lengthy record and was paroled in April after seven years in prison.

The 41-year old was shot by police responding to a burglary complaint in Gastonia, North Carolina early yesterday morning.

Police say bullets in his gun matched those used to kill residents in nearby Gaffney, South Carolina.

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Residents of Gaffney, South Carolina can rest easier after police shot and killed a man suspected in a serial killing spree.

South Carolina law enforcement officials have identified Patrick Burris as the suspect.

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Man wanted for questioning in robbery, assault

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

New Hanover County sheriff’s detectives are searching for a man wanted for questioning in a robbery and assault.Jorge Adan Urribiera Ruiz is wanted for questioning in a Jan. 25 incident at 5309 Carolina Beach Road, according to a news release from Deputy Charles G. Smith.

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Insurance rates taking residents by storm

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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Local homeowners are feeling the affects of some pretty high insurance rate spikes.

The thirty percent increase that went into effect in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties May 1 is taking a hefty chunk out of people’s wallets.

Chris Long and his fiancée bought a $180,000 house and are paying almost $1,900 a year for insurance.

Kathleen Riely, with the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, started the group the Cape Fear Coalition of Concerned Citizens to serve as a voice for frustrated residents. “Not only were we getting an increase, 30 percent, which is the highest in the state, but 43 other counties were getting a decrease.”

Chris Long was surprised by the hike. “It was kind of a shock. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I didn’t expect that.”

You can find all the information Riely has posted about the insurance situation at cfc3.org.

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Local homeowners are feeling the affects of some pretty high insurance rate spikes.

The thirty percent increase that went into effect in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties May 1 is taking a hefty chunk out of people’s wallets.

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