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Archive for December, 2009

State ABC chief: Liquor regulation system in need of reassessment

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

In an interview after the commission’s Wednesday meeting, Jonathan S. Williams said its been about three decades since the state updated the laws that govern the way North Carolina handles liquor sales.

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46 on list for Brunswick drug bust; 21 arrested so far

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is rounding up drug dealers in the county this morning.

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Burgaw man sentenced to federal prison for child pornography

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

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A federal judge in Raleigh sentenced a Burgaw man to 60 years in federal prison for the manufacturing of child pornography.

Dennis Johnston pled guilty to two counts in what the judge called the most horrific case of this type he had ever seen.

A joint investigation by the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI revealed evidence of sexual abuse and exploitation by Johnston over a period of six years.

Johnston’s victims ranged in age from five years to early teens.

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A federal judge in Raleigh sentenced a Burgaw man to 60 years in federal prison for the manufacturing of child pornography.

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Wilmington man lets his light shine during Olympic torch run

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

By Dan Spears, Dan.Spears@StarNewsOnline.com

Last weekend, Mark Shuffler and five other employees from RBC branches across the South got their moment in the Olympic spotlight, each carrying the Olympic torch for about one-quarter of a mile through the Canadian capital.

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NC alcohol board reimburses liquor company $9,000

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — The chairman and top officers of North Carolina’s largest local enforcer of state alcohol laws has reimbursed an international liquor company $9,000 for a holiday dinner they were treated to last month.

The Charlotte Observer reports Wednesday the payback comes as the state Alcohol Law Enforcement Division investigates the dinner at Del Frisco’s steakhouse. The state Alcohol Beverage Control Commission can remove local board members and employees who violate state laws on accepting gifts.

Mecklenburg County ABC board chairman Parks Helms said the dinner was a mistake. He said the dinner for 28 people may have appeared improper, and the board will revise its policies.

London-based Diageo had paid the bill. Its brands include Smirnoff vodka and Johnnie Walker Scotch.

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

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The chairman and top officers of North Carolina’s largest local enforcer of state alcohol laws has reimbursed an international liquor company $9,000 for a holiday dinner they were treated to last month.

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