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Archive for October, 2009

Ex-NC death row inmate expected in court

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A former death row inmate accused of kidnapping a North Carolina grandfather and his family is expected in court.

Jerry Douglas Case is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday in Charlotte. Investigators say he threatened to kill Gastonia resident William Payne, his adult daughter and two grandchildren.

Court papers say Case forced the family to drive around North and South Carolina for 12 hours in July. They escaped at a gas station when Case briefly left the vehicle. He was later wounded in a shootout with police and hospitalized.

Case faces several kidnapping charges and a motor vehicle theft charge. He was sentenced to death in 1986, but a court threw out the conviction. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was paroled in December 2007.

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

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A former death row inmate accused of kidnapping a North Carolina grandfather and his family is expected in court.

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Easley’s ex-lawyer blocks subpoena to testify

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The legal counsel of then-Gov. Mike Easley while in office has blocked his own testimony for now before the State Board of Elections, citing attorney-client privilege.

Ruffin Poole filed a petition Monday in Wake County Superior Court seeking to quash the subpoena sent to him by the elections board currently investigating Easley’s finances. Poole was expected to testify Monday afternoon before the board.

Poole’s lawyer didn’t return messages seeking comment but board chairman Larry Leake said in public that a Superior Court judge blocked enforcement of the subpoena. The board asked for the state Court of Appeals to take up the case as soon as possible.

Leake said he doesn’t believe the testimony they are seeking would violate Poole’s privilege with Easley.

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

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The legal counsel of then-Gov. Mike Easley while in office has blocked his own testimony for now before the State Board of Elections, citing attorney-client privilege.

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NC man facing 14 years in fraud scheme conviction

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A 53-year-old North Carolina man is facing 14 years in prison for his part in an scheme which led investors to hand over more than $11 million to his company.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Charlotte announced Monday that Charles Devernie Harrison of Charlotte also was ordered to pay more than $13 million in restitution.

Harrison pleaded guilty last October to conspiring to commit mail fraud and securities fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Authorities said more than 200 investors, many of them elderly, put money into BAB Productions. Harrison told the investtors that the money would be used to fund concerts for nonprofits such as churches, colleges, and universities. Instead, the money went to pay personal expenses for conspirators for things such as clothing, travel, and personal entertainment.

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

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A 53-year-old North Carolina man is facing 14 years in prison for his part in an scheme which led investors to hand over more than $11 million to his company.

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NC ferry rescues 5 on sinking boat

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. — Donald Austin ended his 35-year career with the North Carolina Ferry Division with something he’d never done before – rescuing people on a sinking boat.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported that Austin was captain on the Silver Lake as it made the Cedar Island-Ocracoke run when he saw lights in a channel.

As the ferry got closer, Austin saw three men clinging to a flipped 16-foot skiff and two others about 200 feet away, holding on to Styrofoam. The five men from Burlington had been in the 60-degree water for up to 90 minutes.

Two crew members launched the ferry’s rescue vessel and within 20 minutes, the men were in the ferry’s heated lounge, cold but otherwise OK.

The rescue occurred Friday night; Austin retired Monday.

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Donald Austin ended his 35-year career with the North Carolina Ferry Division with something he’d never done before – rescuing people on a sinking boat.

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Brunswick industrial park will require another superstreet on U.S. 74/76

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

By Ana RibeiroAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

The newest development to build a superstreet is the International Logistics Park, a future distribution center for the state port of Wilmington. The 1,100-acre property straddles the Brunswick-Columbus line on U.S. 74/76.

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