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Archive for November, 2009

Saffo cruises to re-election in Wilmington mayoral race

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

The incumbent Wilmington mayor won another two-year term Tuesday, handily defeating his only challenger, Paul Knight, in a race in which fewer than 20 percent of the registered voters cast ballots.

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Judges deny Thomas Wright’s appeal

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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Thomas Wright’s 2008 conviction will stand. Tuesday, judges denied Wright’s appeal of three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

In April of last year, Wright was found guilty of mishandling charitable contributions and fraudulently obtaining a $150,000 loan. He is currently serving six to eight years for his crimes.

A three judge panel ruled Tuesday that Wright did receive a fair trial.

In August of 2008, Wright was also convicted of felony obstruction of justice for failing to report campaign finance contributions.

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Thomas Wright’s 2008 conviction will stand. Tuesday, judges denied Wright’s appeal of three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

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State grant could add to Wrightsville Beach park offerings

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Wrightsville Beach | The Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee has recommended the aldermen approve applying for a state grant to improve recreation facilities. The town would seek about $100,000 from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and match that from leftover New Hanover County parks bond funds.

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Goodwill – Parents thank Hoggard student for kindness to son

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Will JonesWill.Jones@StarNewsOnline.com

Barry and Gail Cokes sent in a tribute to Matthew Braswell, a Hoggard High School student who made a recent gesture that meant a lot to them and their son.

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Threathening phone call evacuates Wrightsville Family Practice and Urgent Care Center

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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On Tuesday, someone made a threatening phone call to the Wrightsville Family Practice and Urgent Care Center. The office was evacuated, and officers went in to investigate. They found nothing suspicious.

One person we spoke to happened to be a witness at the Bank of America robbery and the bomb threat.

“I just went over to Bank of America and there’s a bunch of cops there, actually to use the ATM but you couldn’t go inside. I came back over here to meet a friend, and I guess there was a bomb threat,” said Wilmington’s Mitch Baker.

Though they happened close by, police do not believe the bank robbery and threatening phone call are related.

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On Tuesday, someone made a threatening phone call to the Wrightsville Family Practice and Urgent Care Center. The office was evacuated, and officers went in to investigate. They found nothing suspicious.

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