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Archive for December, 2009

NC woman escapes arrest in Ga., steals patrol car

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Georgia authorities say a North Carolina woman wriggled out of her handcuffs and led police on a four-mile car chase after fleeing arrest in one of their patrol cars.

Multiple media outlets reported Ronda Renee Matthews of Hope Mills, N.C., surrendered to deputies after crashing and damaging the patrol car. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says the 37-year-old woman was being arrested on a robbery charge when she broke out of her handcuffs, climbed into the front seat of the patrol car and drove away.

Officials have charged Matthews with armed robbery, stealing a motor vehicle, fleeing arrest and reckless driving, among other things. It was not clear if she had an attorney.

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

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Georgia authorities say a North Carolina woman wriggled out of her handcuffs and led police on a four-mile car chase after fleeing arrest in one of their patrol cars.

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Emergency Services Director for Brunswick County, Randy Thompson retires

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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Brunswick County’s emergency services director was awarded the states highest honor.

Friends, family and co-workers were there as Randy Thompson received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, during a dinner held in his honor. After more than thirty years of government service, Thompson is retiring. The last nine, he spent in Brunswick County. Thompson says he was honored by all the kind words and well-wishes from his co-workers.

Randy Thompson said “I feel pretty dog gone good. I am very humbled, by everything that everyone has said this evening, by the recognitions that I’ve received this evening”

Thompson will move on to a new job, as the governmental affairs director for a Louisiana based company, specializing in disaster recovery and clean up, but he’ll still live here in Brunswick County.

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Brunswick County’s emergency services director was awarded the states highest honor. Friends, family and co-workers were there as Randy Thompson received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, during a dinner held in his honor.

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Goodwill – Horseback rides offer inspiration to help disabled

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

By Will JonesWill.Jones@StarNewsOnline.com

It’s a time of year for giving and receiving. Hoping to inspire other potential donors, Tammy Grady wrote of a Christmas gift to a Hampstead-area program that helps disabled children.

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NC foreclosure prevention program helps thousands

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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RALEIGH — Officials say a state program has helped more than 2,500 North Carolinians avoid home foreclosure through counseling.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that an additional 5,000 homeowners have contacted the State Home Foreclosure Prevention Project for help in avoiding foreclosure.

The North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks says while counseling can’t help everyone, two out of three homeowners can avoid foreclosure by seeking advice.

The legislature created the program which began late last year. It provides resources and free legal advice to those facing foreclosure. North Carolina homeowners in danger of foreclosure can call 1-866-234-4857.

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

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Officials say a state program has helped more than 2,500 North Carolinians avoid home foreclosure through counseling.

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Untreated wastewater drains into NC stream

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — An equipment malfunction at a sewage treatment plant near North Carolina’s largest city has emptied nearly 50,000 gallons of wastewater into a creek.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities officials said Monday that partially disinfected water drained into Irwin Creek just a few miles north of Charlotte on Saturday. Officials say an equipment malfunction dumped the water before it was disinfected.

The disinfection process reduces bacteria, viruses and other pathogens in wastewater before it’s discharged into a stream.

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An equipment malfunction at a sewage treatment plant near North Carolina’s largest city has emptied nearly 50,000 gallons of wastewater into a creek.

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