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Archive for July, 2009

NC auditors appear for Easley grand jury hearing

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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RALEIGH — An auditor who investigated former North Carolina first lady Mary Easley’s employment by the state’s largest university has appeared to testify before a federal grand jury.

The official from state Auditor Beth Wood’s office was among four men who arrived Thursday at the federal courthouse in Raleigh. A federal grand jury has been hearing evidence into the dealings of former Gov. Mike Easley and his wife Mary.

The auditors responding to the subpoena included Lawen Becote, a supervisor in the state agency’s investigative unit. He was one of the auditors involved in an investigation of Mary Easley’s employment deal at North Carolina State started last year by then-Auditor Les Merritt, who lost re-election in November.

Democrat Beth Wood said the Easley audit wasn’t credible enough to be released.

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

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An auditor who investigated former North Carolina first lady Mary Easley’s employment by the state’s largest university has appeared to testify before a federal grand jury.

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NC man calls 911 to report he’s robbing bank

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — A man insisted on being arrested after he walked into a western North Carolina bank while on the phone with a 911 operator to report that he planned to commit a robbery.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the man insisted on being arrested after an officer walked in behind him Wednesday at the Wachovia bank branch in Waynesville. The man told the operator he wasn’t armed and had a robbery note.

Detective Ryan Singleton says the man had quit his job as a sandwich maker and given his possessions to a roommate before going to the bank.

A police report said 52-year-old Terrence Joseph Germani was charged with felony attempted common law robbery and was in the Haywood County jail under $15,000 bond. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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

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A man insisted on being arrested after he walked into a western North Carolina bank while on the phone with a 911 operator to report that he planned to commit a robbery.

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Pender County Humane Society to showcase new building

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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For the last seven months the Pender County Humane Society has been in a temporary location, but no longer. The new building will be showcased this weekend with a grand opening celebration. It is a welcome relief to everyone involved with the non-profit no-kill shelter.

Shelter manager Debbie Rye calls the new building a dream come true and long overdue. “We rescue animals from animal control, dogs and cats, and we bring them in here and make sure they’re nice and healthy and current on their shots.”

Pender County Human Society President Gloria Johnson said, “Two ladies in Wilmington challenged us to raise $50,000, which we did in July of last year. They matched the $50,000 to make this dream a possibility.”

The Pender Humane Society will hold an open house Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the new location on Highway 53 just west of Burgaw. The new shelter is behind the Furry Friends Resale Shop. It officially opens on Monday.

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For the last seven months the Pender County Humane Society has been in a temporary location, but no longer. The new building will be showcased this weekend with a grand opening celebration.

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New Hanover County to cover state’s share of beach nourishment costs

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

By Gareth McGrath,Gareth.Mcgrath@StarNewsOnline.com

New Hanover County has agreed to pay $2.8 million to cover North Carolina’s share of upcoming beach nourishment projects in the county’s three beach towns.

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Burgaw Angels move on to Dixie Softball World Series

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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The weeklong Dixie Girls Softball State Championships wrapped up Wednesday night at the Cape Fear Optimist Park in New Hanover County.

The Burgaw Angels tallied a walk off win in Game One by a score of 3-2. Then they took Game Two 6-0 to win the Ten and Under State Dixie Title. Burgaw will now represent the Tar Heel state at the Dixie Softball World Series in Sumter, South Carolina, later this month.

“We went undefeated in districts, had a great time at districts, everyone of these girls, each and everyone of them have done something special in their own way to get us as far as we have,” said Burgaw Angels coach Mike Savage.

The Angels were not the only team from Burgaw playing for the state championship. The Burgaw Darlings played West Lincoln for the Eight and Under State Title. Burgaw won game one 11-10 to force a winner-take-all contest, but the Darlings lost the finale 11-10. West Lincoln will advance.

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The weeklong Dixie Girls Softball State Championships wrapped up Wednesday night at the Cape Fear Optimist Park in New Hanover County. The Burgaw Angels tallied a walk off win in Game One by a score of 3-2.

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