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Archive for October, 2011

Masonboro intersection opens to traffic after realignment

Monday, October 24th, 2011

The intersection of Masonboro Loop Road, Masonboro Sound Road and Pine Grove Drive is open.

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Harley to recall more than 308,000 motorcycles

Monday, October 24th, 2011

DETROIT (AP) — Harley-Davidson is recalling about 308,000 motorcycles to fix a switch problem that can cause failure of the brake lights and possibly even the rear brakes themselves.

The company says in government documents that brake light switches can be exposed to too much heat from the exhaust system. The brake lights can fail, and the problem also can cause fluid leaks and the loss of rear brakes.

The problem affects Touring, CVO Touring and Trike vehicles from the 2009 through 2012 model years.

Harley says it will notify owners of the recall. Dealers will install a rear brake light switch kit free of charge.

The recall affects about 251,000 motorcycles in the US alone.

The company says it’s aware of only one crash from the problem. It was unclear if anyone was hurt.

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

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Wilmington woman charged with insurance fraud after faking toilet overflow

Monday, October 24th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Stephanie Jean Holanek, 40, of 118 Trombay Drive, Wilmington; she is charged with four counts of insurance fraud, three counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that on Sept. 26, 2009, Holanek fraudulently reported a water damage claim to her insurance company, State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, as a result of a toilet overflowing on the main level of her residence. Investigators allege that Holanek received $27,430 for expenses filed as part of the fraudulent claim and attempted to collect an additional $9,321 based on other fraudulent expenses.

Holanek was arrested on Oct. 20 by the Wilmington Police Department and placed under a $12,500 unsecured bond.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. Since Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin took office in 2008, criminal investigators have received more than 11,500 complaints, resulting in 550 arrests, 300 criminal convictions, and more than 115 cases currently pending a court appearance. These arrests have resulted in more than $47.6 million in restitution and recoveries for victims.

An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com.

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FIRST ON 3: Treasury Secretary Geithner coming to Wilmington

Monday, October 24th, 2011

WASHINGTON (NEWS RELEASE) — To underscore the importance of investing in our nation’s advanced infrastructure and the value of export promotion for the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, Secretary Geithner will tour Corning Incorporated’s fiber optics manufacturing facility in Wilmington, North Carolina on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. While there, the Secretary will discuss the need for Congress to take up and pass the common-sense proposals in the American Jobs Act, which includes investments in infrastructure that will help create jobs and grow our domestic manufacturing sector.

Corning’s Wilmington plant is the largest fiber optics manufacturing facility in the world, and the Secretary’s visit will highlight the importance of investing in not only roads and bridges, but also in advanced forms of infrastructure such as broadband. Corning Incorporated’s fiber optics manufacturing facility, which employs more than 1,000 high-tech manufacturing workers, exports more than 45 percent of its fiber products throughout the world.

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Allegiant jet makes emergency landing at ILM

Monday, October 24th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — An Allegiant Air jet heading from Florida to New York made an emergency landing in Wilmington after the pilot got a warning light.

An airline spokeswoman says the flight carrying about 145 people landed in Wilmington about 3:30 p.m. Sunday after an oil filter light came on in the cockpit.

Flight 798 was heading to Plattsburgh International Airport in New York from Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida.

Airport director Jon Rosborough says the plane landed safely and there were no injuries.

Kristine Cooper with Allegiant says normal procedure is to get the plane on the ground and have it checked when warning lights trigger.

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

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