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Archive for September, 2009

Ex-political candidate pleads guilty to fraud

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — A former candidate for North Carolina elected office has pleaded guilty to fraud after federal authorities said he took more than $1 million from two elderly clients over three years.

Documents show a magistrate judge accepted an agreement Wednesday involving Christopher Brooks Mintz, who pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by an investment adviser. He faces a maximum five years in prison and $250,000 fine. Sentencing is Dec. 7.

Mintz ran unsuccessfully in 2008 as a Democrat for the state Senate in Wake County.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Mintz worked in Cary and represented a Massachusetts-based broker. The government said he embezzled money by shifting securities to his brokerage account and selling them.

Mintz also has agreed to pay restitution of $1.2 million.

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

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A former candidate for North Carolina elected office has pleaded guilty to fraud after federal authorities said he took more than $1 million from two elderly clients over three years.

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NC Sheriff: Men made up story about fireworks

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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RAEFORD, N.C. — North Carolina authorities say two men burned after a lit firecracker dropped inside the truck they were riding in initially made up a story about being attacked with the explosive.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Friday that while the extent of their injuries was unknown, Alex Christman required treatment at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said Thursday the two men initially reported they were attacked in the Sept. 5 incident but had made up the story.

Sheriff’s deputies say Christman lit the fuse of a firecracker he intended to toss out the window. It dropped to the floor of the truck and the vehicle caught fire.

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

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North Carolina authorities say two men burned after a lit firecracker dropped inside the truck they were riding in initially made up a story about being attacked with the explosive.

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NC experts: Millions of fish probably suffocated

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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NEW BERN, N.C. — Experts say millions of fish found dead in the Neuse River in eastern North Carolina probably suffocated.

Multiple media outlets reported more than 2 million fish have died in the river in the past week.

Test results are expected next week. But experts say it appears low-oxygen saltwater along the river bottom mixed with the upper layers of fresh water.

Scientists at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Science in Morehead City have been measuring oxygen levels along the bottom of the river. Professor Hans Paerl says conditions were “ripe for a fish kill.”

He says high winds and recent storms helped stir the water.

Paerl says tests have found no conditions other than low oxygen that could have killed the fish, mostly Atlantic menhaden.

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

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Experts say millions of fish found dead in the Neuse River in eastern North Carolina probably suffocated.

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Southport Board rejects fort museum proposal

Friday, September 11th, 2009

By Amanda WilsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The Southport Board of Aldermen has rejected a proposal from the Southport Historical Society to turn part of the Garrison House on the city’s Fort Johnston property into a fort museum and learning center.

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Cape Fear Community College cosmetology program gets new salon at North Campus

Friday, September 11th, 2009

By Brandon SneedStarNews Correspondent

Cape Fear Community College’s cosmetology program underwent an extreme makeover, including a complete change in location. A new student-run cosmetology salon opened at CFCC’s North Campus off Blue Clay Road in Castle Hayne last week.

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