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Archive for December, 2009

Men connected to Sen. Soles investigation land in jail

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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Two more men connected to the SBI investigation of State Senator R.C. Soles have been sent to jail.

Jackie Jordan was arrested last week and jailed under a $200,000 bond. He’s charged with conspiracy to traffic more than 1,000 oxycontin pills stolen in an armed robbery at a Whiteville drug store.

In an interview earlier this year, Jordan told WWAY he testified before a federal grand jury, and was asked if he had ever been molested by Senator Soles.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into a number of allegations from people who said they were molested by the Senator.

The man whose accusations started that investigation, Stacey Scott, also landed in jail recently. The 27 year old was arrested for assaulting his wife. Police say he struck her in the face as he tried to stop her from leaving the house where they were staying in Tabor City.

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Jackie Jordan is facing drug charges. Stacey Scott was arrested for domestic assault.

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City still working out details for downtown taxi stand

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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The City is still trying to iron out kinks for a taxi stand in Downtown Wilmington to make it easier and safer for people trying to find cabs.

After complaints about the first trial run, taxi companies called this past weekend a success. This go round, the taxi stand was moved to a more central location at Front and Market Streets.

While taxi companies were pleased, Downtown business owners complained about having parts of Front Street closed off. Wilmington police say the street would not be closed off if the taxi stand becomes permanent.

“The central location taxi stand, like our last one last weekend, doesn’t require a lot of man power to run, and it gives the freedom of choice back to the customer,” said Wilmington Police Lt. Ed Pigford.

The city hopes to have a regular taxi stand in place by Spring.

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After complaints about the first trial run, taxi companies called this past weekend’s taxi stand experiment a success.

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Police and firefighters chip in to help needy children

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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Members of the Leland Police Officer’s Association and Leland Firefighters are helping out needy children this holiday season.

They have dropped off boxes at Wal-mart and other locations around Leland to collect unwrapped toys for underserved children in the Leland area.

Last year, officers donated more than 1,200 toys to needy kids in Leland, the boys and girls club, and local elementary schools. They are hoping for the public’s help again in this year’s toy drive.

“We all are tightening the belt a little bit, but there’s people out there that are worse off out there than we are and if they could just help out by dropping toys off at the locations that we have throughout town, that would help out quite a bit,” said Cpl. Robert Ernest.

Wilmington police officers are taking kids who need a helping hand this holiday season shopping at Wal-mart on December 17th.

Wilmington firefighters are helping out two needy families and collecting Toys for Tots at area fire stations.

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Members of the Leland Police Officer’s Association and Leland Firefighters are helping out needy children this holiday season.

They have dropped off boxes at Wal-mart…

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Sweepstakes cafes OK in Burgaw

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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Internet sweepstakes cafés could be coming to Burgaw.

Tuesday the town commission approved adding the businesses to Burgaw’s list of permitted uses. Commissioner John Wharton suggested waiting until a couple of lawsuits challenging internet sweepstakes in North Carolina make it through the appeals process, but the town attorney said commissioners had to update their ordinance because currently the cafes are legal.

“If it’s subsequently determined by a court to not be a legal use, then we turn around and we subsequently amend our ordinance to take that use out, because it’s no longer a legal use,” said Town Attorney Robert Kenan.

Commissioners decided that anyone who wants to open an internet cafe in Burgaw would have to apply for a conditional use permit.

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The town commission approved adding the businesses to Burgaw’s list of permitted uses.

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Wrightsville Beach panel seeks year-round restrooms

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Wrightsville Beach | The Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Committee voted on Monday to recognize the need to keep public restrooms open year-round and encourage the board of aldermen to seek solutions.

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