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Archive for December, 2011

ONLY ON 3: Former band teacher pleads guilty to two crimes

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — A former North Brunswick High School band teacher has reached a plea deal with prosecutors that will keep him from having to file as a sex offender. WWAY was the only news media in the courtroom when Mark Riel entered his guilty plea this afternoon.

Prosecutors offered Riel a deal on the count of indecent liberties with a student he was charged with earlier this year after sending an inappropriate text message to a student. Riel passed on the deal.

As his case was set to go to trial at the Brunswick County Courthouse, Riel agreed to plead guilty to two counts of disseminating obscenity. The plea deal includes a sentence of eight to 10 months in jail. That sentence was suspended because of Riel’s short criminal record. Instead he gets five years supervised probation. He does not have to register as a sex offender, which he would have had to do if he was guilty of indecent liberties with a student.

Prosecutors say both indecent liberties with a student and disseminating obscenity are Class I felonies.

We tried to talk with Riel after court. He declined, and said he needed time, and would try to contact us in 24 hours.

Riel resigned his position at North Brunswick High School shortly after his January arrest.

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Former teacher pleads guilty in sexting case

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Mark Riel, 37, was arrested on charges of indecent liberties with a minor in January.

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PPD CEO resigns

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just weeks after going private PPD is looking for a new CEO.

Raymond Hill resigned effective yesterday. He came to the wilmington-based pharmaceutical research firm in september.

A PPD spokesman says the search for a new CEO is underway, and the company hopes to have the person in place in the near future. In the meantime, an executive committee of four members of senior leadership will be in charge of day-to-day management and operations.

Founder Fred Eshelman has also agreed to serve as senior advisor to the new board of directors through next year.

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Eyesore sits after city contractor’s permit expires

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Work to tear down the old Almont Shipping Warehouse in Wilmington has ground to a halt.

A crew hired by the city started to tear down the building at Front and Hanover Streets after the city condemned it April because the owner said it can’t pay for the work.

Last week as the work began, the city told us the work would take a week, but it’s still there. Work had to stop because the contractor’s permit expired. The contractor is now waiting on a new permit from the county.

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Family has enjoyed decades on the Intracoastal Waterway

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Old Chimney was once a campground on the Intracoastal Waterway

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