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Archive for July, 2009

Former Pender detention officer arrested on sex charges

Friday, July 17th, 2009

A former Pender County detention officer was arrested Thursday on sex charges after a weeklong investigation.Sherwood Anthony Pickett, 33, of Onslow County is charged with extortion, attempted sex offense by custodian and solicitation for crimes against nature, according to Scott A. Lawson with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

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NC’s June jobless rate expected to climb from May

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina jobseekers got more bad news in June as the state’s unemployment rate spent a fifth consecutive month hovering above the previous historic high of 26 years ago.

The state Employment Security Commission reported Friday that June’s unemployment rate dropped a tick to 11 percent compared with May’s level of 11.1 percent. The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent in June.

North Carolina State University economist Michael Walden is forecasting that North Carolina’s unemployment rate will peak at about 13 percent early next year and stay above 10 percent through the end of 2010.

The Federal Reserve said it expects that U.S. unemployment will top 10 percent and remain high for years.

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

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North Carolina jobseekers got more bad news in June as the state’s unemployment rate spent a fifth consecutive month hovering above the previous historic high of 26 years ago.

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Wilmington-area economic indicators – Week of July 12-18

Friday, July 17th, 2009

A snapshot of numbers representing the economic state of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties this week

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Six sent to hospital after four-vehicle wreck in Leland

Friday, July 17th, 2009

By Shannan Bowen Shannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

One vehicle was engulfed in flames and traffic backed up for miles Friday morning after a wreck on U.S. 17 in Leland.

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U.S. 17 northbound lanes in Leland reopen

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Northbound lanes on U.S. 17 reopened at 11:30 a.m., according to Leland police, after four cars and a utility trailer collided about 9:30 a.m. near the Walmart shopping center.

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