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Archive for November, 2011

Unemployment ticks down in NC

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from September and October, but it continues to be well above the national level. North Carolina’s rate is 10.4 percent compared to 9.0 percent nationally.

The Employment Security Commission says total non-farm jobs in North Carolina grew by 5,500 in October with the private sector gaining 700 of those jobs.

“The data reflects that private sector employment grew this month — as it has done in eight of the 10 past months — and that there was a modest decline in the unemployment rate, but there is still a great deal of work ahead,” Employment Security Assistant Secretary Lynn R. Holmes said in a statement. “None of us will be satisfied until every North Carolinian who wants a job has one.”

The ESC says the number of people unemployed decreased by 8,273 to 466,568. The number of people employed increased by 5,730 (seasonally adjusted), to 4,038,266. Since this time last year, the number of people unemployed has increased by 25,868. The state unemployment rate in October 2010 was 9.9 percent.

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E.P. Godwin Stadium home to baseball since at least 46

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

E.P. Godwin Stadium has an interesting history, although it is not clear why it was built.

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This business makes any party sweeter

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Allely owns and operates Sugar Lumps Candy Buffet and Dessert Bar catering business.

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Police use SABLE helicopter during chase

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — At about 8:00 p.m. on Monday night, WPD officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the Queen Street area, but the driver refused to stop. The man was driving so recklessly that Officers elected not to pursue him, fearing danger to themselves, as well as to motorists and pedestrians who may have been unwittingly involved in the incident.

Around 10:15 p.m., the car was spotted again, and this time officers initiated pursuit, based on the earlier violations and the knowledge that NHCSO also had attempted to stop the vehicle earlier in day (Monday morning). Officers kept the car in sight until SABLE 1 arrived in the area.

The SABLE 1 flight crew kept sight of the car and called out locations, thus enabling officers on the ground to stay out of a very dangerous pursuit.

The SABLE crew used the aircraft camera system and observed the fleeing car traveling a high rate of speed, running stop lights and signs, and going the wrong way on S. 17th Street, Dawson Street and Wooster Streets. They tracked the car from the air until it stopped on Russell Alley and the driver attempted to hide. SABLE directed multiple ground units and K-9 to the suspect’s location, where he was taken into custody.

Paul Brian Schaller, d.o.b. 6-9-1970, was arrested and charged with multiple counts, including DWI and Felony Speeding to Elude Arrest. He is in custody at the New Hanover County detention facility under $20,000 secured bond.

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Mom gets prison time for teen’s drinking death

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

BREVARD, NC (AP) — A North Carolina woman will spend more than a year in prison for involuntary manslaughter after a teen died from alcohol poisoning he suffered during a party at her home.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Tuesday that Julie Ann Noble of Brevard was sentenced to between 16 months and 20 months in prison.

Noble was arrested after an investigation into the death at her home of 19-year-old Joseph Daniel Furr on Dec. 27, 2008. He was a student at Western Carolina University and was a friend of Noble’s son.

Prosecutors presented sales receipts at Noble’s trial showing that she bought Kentucky bourbon for the party that night. Furr’s blood alcohol level the night he died was 0.38 percent, nearly five times the legal limit to drive.

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

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