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Residents taking steps after man arrested for breaking into homes, stealing identities

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When thieves break into your home, your high-dollar electronics may not be what catches their eye. New Hanover County deputies just arrested a man accused of entering homes and stealing personal information to commit identity theft.

Landrick Seales, 20, is behind bars charged with breaking into several homes in the Gordon Woods neighborhood. Anthony Sadowski almost witnessed it.

“The neighbor close to me, next to where I live, I noticed her window was open,” Sadowski said.

In fact, a couple of his neighbors were broken into. So far, he’s been lucky.

“I wish I could sell my house in today’s economy and just say time to move on. I’ve been here long enough,” Sadowski said.

Break-ins happen. That’s nothing new. But what Seales is accused of stealing is out of the ordinary.

“His objective was to steal personal items, banking info, personal info, so he can set up accounts, gain credit in other people’s, the victims’ names. He also was able to purchase things online with their information,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said.

The target surprised residents.

“I didn’t know what they were stealing,” Alvaro Hernandez said. “You automatically think they’re going to get inside and get personal valuables from your house. You know, this is something to worry about.”

Residents are worried. That’s why many are being proactive. Some are doing what they can to protect themselves by adding a little something to their windows. If you look closely at the home, you’ll notice pieces of wood in some of the windows to keep someone outside opening them. Sadowski came up with the idea. Others pitched in to help.

“They came and asked me to help build some of these things for them, so I went to a couple of the neighbors, and I did it for them,” Hernandez said. “You can see a couple of the houses have the sticks in the windows so they don’t have a chance to get into the house.”

But if they do, they may have a tough time finding personal information. Some residents now plan to make sure that stuff is put away.

Seales is charged with seven crimes, including burglary, larceny and identity theft. He is in the New Hanover County Jail under a $50,000 bond.

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FIRST ON 3: Teacher admitted texting, blew 0.13 after school-night crash

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Texting and driving is never a good thing, especially if you’ve been drinking. A New Hanover County teacher admitted she was doing at least of those things when she hit a van last week. Highway Patrol says she was doing the other.

The Highway Patrol says Theresa Suzanne Jones-Carpenter was just one of 81 weekend DWI arrests in the Cape Fear region. What makes her case unique is that the 36-year-old is a teacher at Castle Hayne Elementary School.

It was early Friday morning when a trooper says Jones-Carpenter rear-ended a van pulling into a parking lot off Dawson Street in Wilmington. On his report, Highway Patrol Sgt. C.M Hardee wrote, “The first thing she said was I was texting and didn’t see him… I feel stupid.” Hardee continued, “I could smell alcohol.”

According to the report, in her first breath test Jones-Carpenter blew a point 0.13, followed by a point 0.12, which is well over the legal limit of 0.08. She is charged with DWI, texting while driving and failure to reduce speed.

We went to Jones-Carpenter’s Wilmington home to try and get a comment, but she was not there.

In Castle Hayne, parents whose children go to the school where Jones-Carpenter works, did not want to go on camera, but said the teacher is entitled to her private life despite her public position.

Paperwork shows that Jones-Carpenter was slurring her speech after the crash, had red glossy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. The trooper says she also had a bloody lip from the accident.

Jones-carpenter, who is listed as Suzanne Carpenter on the school’s website, was booked into the New Hanover County Jail just after 4 a.m. Friday, which is about four hours before the school day started at Castle Hayne.

A school district spokeswoman says that no personnel action has been taken yet and that administrators are looking into what happened. There’s no word yet on whether Jones-Carpenter missed work Friday or the two school day since. Today is the first day of winter break for the district.

Jones-Carpenter is due in court February 14.

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FIRST ON 3: Teacher admitted texting, blew .13 after school-night crash

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Texting and driving is never a good thing, especially if you’ve been drinking. A New Hanover County teacher admitted she was at least doing one of those things when she hit a van last week.

The Highway Patrol says Theresa Suzanne Jones-Carpenter was just one of 81 weekend DWI arrests in the Cape Fear region. The difference is the 36-year-old is a teacher at Castle Hayne Elementary.

A trooper says Jones-Carpenter rear-ended a van pulling into a parking lot off Dawson Street. It happened early Friday morning, which was a school day.

Sgt. C.M. Hardee with the Highway Patrol says along with the DWI she is also charged with failure to reduce speed and texting while driving.

On his report Hardee wrote, “The first thing she said was I was texting and didn’t see him… I feel stupid.” Hardee continued, “I could smell alcohol.”

According to the report, in her first breath test Jones-Carpenter blew a point 0.13, followed by a point 0.12, which is well over the legal limit of .08.

A school district spokeswoman says that no personnel action has been taken yet and that administrators are looking into what happened.

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Christian addiction center sees first-year success

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Last year, Brunswick Christian Recovery Center opened, helping those struggling with addiction.

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Security Savings Bank to close branches

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

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