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Archive for September, 2011

Local insurance agent arrested on alleged embezzlement charges

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A local insurance agent has been arrested and charged with embezzlement. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says Earl E. Gay, 58, of Leland is charged with 14 counts of embezzlement by an insurance agent.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Gay embezzled more than $7,000 in combined life and accident insurance premiums while employed as an insurance agent with American General Life and Accident Company in 2010. An investigation was launched, and victims identified, as the result of consumer complaints filed with the Department of Insurance.

With the assistance of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Gay was arrested yesterday in Brunswick County and placed under a $10,000 secured bond.

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Behind the Yellow Tape – Insurance agent arrested on charges of embezzling premium payments

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Authorities on Wednesday arrested a New Hanover County insurance agent and charged him with 14 counts of embezzlement, according to state insurance regulators.

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Zahra’s stepmom gets up to 18 years in girl’s murder

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Associated Press.

NEWTON, NC (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for the murder of her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter.

Elisa Baker pleaded guilty Thursday to second degree murder, nearly a year after the Australian girl was reported missing from her home in the western North Carolina town of Hickory.

After hours of sometimes emotional witness testimony following her plea, Baker was sentenced to between roughly 15 and 18 years.

Parts of Zahra Baker’s remains were found in multiple sites around Hickory shortly after her reported disappearance. The case captivated the attention of communities here and in Australia. Her father moved to the United States to marry Elisa after the two met online.

Zahra had a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after a battle with bone cancer.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Families invited to downtown Wilmington bicycle ride

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

On Saturday morning, a free bicycle ride for families will be held in downtown Wilmington.

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Company recalls canteloupes sold in several states, including NC

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina is one of 17 states where a Colorado company has recalled cantaloupes because of the potential of Listeria contamination.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Jensen Farms, of Holly, CO, is voluntarily recalling their shipments of Rocky Ford whole cantaloupe. The company is working with the State of Colorado and the FDA to inform consumers of this recall. L. monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a mild non-invasive illness (called listerial gastroenteritis) or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness (called invasive listeriosis). Persons who have the greatest risk of experiencing listeriosis after consuming foods contaminated with L. monocytogenes are fetuses and neonates who are infected after the mother is exposed to L. monocytogenes during pregnancy, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.

The whole cantaloupes in question were shipped between July 29th, 2011 and September 10th 2011, and distributed to the following states: IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, PA. The whole cantaloupes have a green and white sticker that reads: Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords. If the whole cantaloupe is unlabeled, please contact your retail store for sourcing information. Jensen Farms is requesting any consumer that many have one of these cantaloupes to please destroy the products.

The recall involves only whole cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms, and no other commodities are involved. Jensen Farms feels it is prudent to participate in the recall as the State of Colorado has stated (in their September 12th, 2011 press release) that people at a high risk for infection should not eat whole cantaloupe from the Rocky Ford growing region.

“Jensen Farms continues to stay committed to the highest levels of food safety and maintains many third party safety audits, as we have for many years. We continually look for ways to enhance our protocol,” said Ryan Jensen, partner at Jensen Farms. Jensen Farms is a 3rd generation family farm of the Holly, Colorado community.

Consumers with questions may contact Jensen Farms via e-mail at recall@rfordcantaloupe.com or phone (800) 267-4561 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. MST.

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