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Archive for November, 2009

Economy forces Crocker’s Marine to close

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

By Jim BrummStarNews correspondent

Crocker’s Marine, a longtime landmark announcing the entrance to Wrightsville Beach, closed its doors Friday.And a portion of the company’s Morehead City operations have been taken over by Gregory Poole Equipment Co. and Starling Marine, officials for those companies said this week.

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Armed mugging at UNCW broken up by persistent victim

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

By David Reynolds Dave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | Whenever Mark Schiavone gives tours of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, he tells prospective students they’re coming to a safe campus, an assertion he says he believes.

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Artist’s sketch instrumental in arresting break-in suspect

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Hampstead | A man surrendered to deputies to face a breaking-and-entering charge this week after seeing a sketch that resembled him on the Internet, officials said.

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Pender ‘Immunity Day’ draws about 60 offenders

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

People with suspended licenses or outstanding warrants who hadn’t come to court to resolve their cases got a chance to do so on Immunity Day without facing further penalties or fines for failing to appear.

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Second chance for some of those with misdemeanors in Pender County

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

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Prosecutors in Pender County took an unprecedented step Wednesday to clear their caseload. It was Immunity Day at the Pender County Courthouse. People facing misdemeanor charges who missed their court date got kind of a “second chance”.

Valerie Myers got a ticket for speeding, but was slow to get to court.

“I missed a court date cause I didn’t have a way up here, and I had it confused with the Wilmington court,” said Myers.

Wednesday, she got a second chance; an immunity day to answer the charge without paying an additional fine for failing to appear.

“Today was a day to wipe the slate clean for a number of people who have simple driving offenses and non-violent misdemeanors,” district attorney Ben David said.

About 50 people showed up at the Pender County Courthouse Wednesday to take advantage of Immunity Day, which is only about one percent of the total outstanding misdemeanor cases in Pender County. District attorney Ben David and district court judge John Carroll had hoped more would have accepted the offer, but they are glad to at least have these cases off of the court docket.

Carroll said, “They were able to get their license back because we’ve striked the call-in fail. And it gets a lot of cases that have just been lingering around out of the way.”

David got the idea from a similar program in Wake County and wanted to try it out in Pender. But for these defendants, the second chance was a one-time offer.

“There’s not going to be a third chance. Today was the day for immunity. If they come in tomorrow or a year from now, there’s going to be consequences,” said David.

If it proves to be a success, David may hold an immunity day in New Hanover County. Myers hopes he does. “It was a good thing. I hope they do it in Wilmington, cause I have one in Wilmington right after I had that accident with a rental car,” she said.

District attorney Ben David said clearing these cases lets his office focus its attention on violent criminals and felony cases.

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videoProsecutors in Pender County took an unprecedented step Wednesday to clear their caseload. It was Immunity Day at the Pender County Courthouse. People facing misdemeanor charges who missed their court date got kind of a “second chance”.

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