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Archive for November, 2009

Hundreds make push for Kim Munley as Azalea queen

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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Hundreds of people have joined a push to make Kim Munley this year’s Azalea queen. The Carolina Beach native was involved in taking down the Fort Hood gunman.

So far, more than 100 people have joined the Facebook group to make Munley queen of the 2010 Azalea Festival.

Festival director Erica Mearns said the committee has already extended an invitation for this year’s queen. However, Mearns said they are aware of the Facebook group and are considering other ways to honor Munley in this year’s parade.

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Hundreds of people have joined a push to make Kim Munley this year’s Azalea queen. The Carolina Beach native was involved in taking down the Fort Hood gunman.

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New cars on the lot at D&E

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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Wednesday was a big day for the D&E car dealership in Wilmington; new cars are on the lot once again.

D&E is one of the oldest car dealerships in Wilmington. They sold new Dodges for about sixty years until this past June when Chrysler went bankrupt and terminated D&E’s contract with Dodge.

The dealership moved exclusively to selling used cars, which is where they started.

Today, they rolled out 10 new Mitsubishis.

“It feels good to be back in the new car business,” said Andy Craven.

Craven was all smiles today. From now on D&E will be known as D&E Mitsubishi.

The Market Street dealership pursued a franchise with the Japanese automaker when Chrysler dropped them back in June. Now Mitsubishis will replace the empty parking spaces once dominated by dodge pick-ups.

“It’s a big change, you know we sold the big trucks that people used for their daily activities, they used them a lot at work, they weren’t the most fuel-economical vehicles but we did have a lot of success and I do miss selling the trucks,” Craven said.

Craven says selling more economical cars in this economy will help keep business in gear. “The Japanese quality has a great reputation for great quality, their fuel economy is good, their warranties are fantastic, and it’s just a win-win situation.”

That’s what attracted Ginger Robles to check out the 2010’s. She’s trying to find a car for her son. “The Mitsubishi that my son has now has been a wonderful car, so I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another Mitsubishi.”

By the end of this week, the sign will be coming down and a new sign will go up that says D&E Mitsubishi, but they’re not going to take the variety of used cars off the lot.

“Dodges, Chryslers, Jeeps, Toyotas, Hondas, Hyundai’s, we’ve got a little bit of everything,” Craven said.

Selling both new and used, Craven says, is the best move. “We are just excited about being a new car dealer again.”

The new Mitsubishis start at around $17,000 and go up to $34,000. They’re being inspected today and will be ready to purchase tomorrow. In the coming months, D&E will be getting Mitsubishi hybrids.

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videoWednesday was a big day for the D&E car dealership in Wilmington; new cars are on the lot once again. Today, they rolled out 10 new Mitsubishis.

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Police to add new charges in slain NC girl’s case

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Investigators piecing together why and where a 5-year-old North Carolina girl was killed plan to add new charges on top of one for selling the girl for sexual slavery.

Fayetteville police planned a briefing Wednesday to discuss the case and said new charges are pending in the death of Shaniya Davis.

Authorities are trying to decide where the girl was killed and if the case will be prosecuted in Cumberland or neighboring Lee County.

Her mother reported the child missing from her Cumberland County home last week. Antoinette Davis is charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution.

Mario McNeill was accused of kidnapping Shaniya after surveillance footage from a Lee County hotel showed him carrying the girl.

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

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Investigators piecing together why and where a 5-year-old North Carolina girl was killed plan to add new charges on top of one for selling the girl for sexual slavery.

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Ex-Easley operative at federal courthouse in NC

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A political operative who guided former Gov. Mike Easley’s two campaigns for North Carolina’s top office testified before a federal grand jury that’s hearing more about the Democratic governor.

Jay Reiff arrived with attorney Michael Weisel shortly before 9 a.m. and left before noon. Weisel says his client answered all the questions from the jury fully and completely. He would not go into detail on what questions Reiff was asked.

The State Board of Elections tried to subpoena Reiff for an investigative hearing last month, but Chairman Larry Leake said the state’s subpoena couldn’t compel him to testify because he was working outside of North Carolina at the time.

Weisel says his client had several interviews with board staff and has made himself available to be called as a witness.

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

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A political operative who guided former Gov. Mike Easley’s two campaigns for North Carolina’s top office testified before a federal grand jury that’s hearing more about the Democratic governor.

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Creasy family faces federal fraud charges

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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A father and daughter medical team is facing more than 200 federal fraud charges.

Roy and Tammy Creasy are each being indicted on 225 counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, aiding and abetting and mail fraud stemming from Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements.

The Creasy’s have run the Delco Health Clinic, the Lake Waccamaw Medical Clinic and the Yaupon Medical Clinic. They also ran Atlantic Health Care, which closed in June 2007, but reopened as Cape Fear Center for Medical Arts.

Now, in the face of these federal charges, the Creasy Memorial Clinic is open and accepting new patients.

We spoke with Dr. Roy Creasy Wednesday evening on the phone. He said he was about to go in to a meeting with a patient, and we would need to speak with his lawyer. He declined to say who is representing him.

Tammy Creasy did not return our calls.

The two are expected to appear in federal court on December 1st.

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A father and daughter medical team is facing more than 200 federal fraud charges.

Roy and Tammy Creasy are each being indicted on 225 counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, aiding and abetting…

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