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Archive for September, 2011

Blue Knights host golf benefit for charities

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Blue Knights, a non-profit fraternal organization of active and retired law
enforcement men & women who enjoy riding motorcycles, will host its 7th annual golf benefit on Thursday, October 6.

The tournament starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Beau Rivage Golf and Resort. Entry fee is $70 per person. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Application deadline is September 26. For more information, call Jeff Tripp (910-620-8730), JJ Lightner (910-617-4633), or Lou DellVecchia (910-262-3224).

The Blue Knights help support Make-a-Wish Foundation, Toys for Tots, D.A.R.E., and Concerns of Police

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Buoys to be removed from shallow-draft inlets

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The Coast Guard will soon remove buoys from some of the region’s shallow-draft inlets in the wake of Hurricane Irene, and they won’t be put back until dredging is completed weeks from now.But dredging won’t begin for at least three to six weeks while agreements for the work are hammered out, said Harry Simmons, executive director of the N.C. Beach, Inlet and Waterway Commission.

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Strickland gets plea deal, jail time

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — The Tabor City teen accused of repeatedly damaging and trespassing at the home of former state Sen. R.C. Soles will spend some time in prison.

In a brief hearing here at the Tabor City courthouse Allen “Frog” Strickland pleaded guilty to a handful of charges, which include driving while license revoked, trespassing, and damage to property.

Had the case gone to trial as originally planned, the list of witnesses included Soles.

According to police reports Strickland, the former legal client of Soles, trespassed at the former senator’s home several times often vandalizing the property, but the guilty plea made any testimony unnecessary.

“We’re glad there’s a resolution that ultimately got a conviction,” Assistant District Attorney Fred Gore said. “The judge saw fit to give him a sentence that we’re fine with. We couldn’t object to him coming in and pleading guilty.”

Strickland will spend the next seven months behind bars. The judge sentenced to him eight months, but Strickland got credit for the month he was been waiting for his trial.

Soles was in the courtroom Friday. Afterwards he said he was not shocked by Strickland’s plea.

“Nothing surprises me in court,” Soles said.

Prosecutors say the guilty pleas send a strong message to the community.

“Ultimately I think the citizens of the area see that regardless of who you are or who you’re associated with you’ll be held accountable,” Gore said.

Next week, Strickland’s attorney plans to address a pending arson charge of Strickland’s. The lawyer plans to file a motion for dismissal. The DA’s office says someone else is already serving time for the incident that led to the charge.

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Perdue campaign investigation nearing end

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — The state investigation into Bev Perdue’s campaign for governor is nearing an end, and the man in charge of that investigation said it would likely end with new charges being filed.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Gov. Perdue was not under investigation, nor was any other public official, but said his investigation has grown beyond where it started.

“There’s certainly conduct that has given us pause and concern,” he said.

Willoughby talked at length about his investigation into flights taken by then-Lt. Gov. Perdue that were not paid for on time – in some cases, years later.

In August 2010, the North Carolina Board of Elections fined the Perdue campaign $30,000 for “flight irregularities,” but then Willoughby began his own investigation and more than a year later he said his work is just a few weeks from finished.

“I think, pretty soon, the investigative part of it will be over and the only decision left will be for me to try to make decisions as to what charging decisions will be appropriate,” he said.

However, Willoughby said his investigation has gone beyond just flight irregularities.

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FEMA opens disaster recovery center in Wilmington

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

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