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Archive for December, 2011

Marijuana grow operation busted

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Agents arrested Brooke Lanien Vanhorn and Jason Dale Sykes in connection to the bust.

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$10,000 reward offered for return of stolen jewelry, silver

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The victim of a break-in that was reported Sunday afternoon is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the recovery of a rare gold necklace and / or the large quantity of heirloom silverware that was stolen. These items have sentimental value for the victim.

Here is the case summary that was released yesterday:
Case#: 2011-050377
Time: reported at 2:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon
Location: 100 block Martingale Lane
Offense: Breaking and Entering/ Larceny

Summary: Residents returned from out of town on Sunday afternoon and discovered that their house had been broken into and many items were stolen. The preliminary investigation indicates that the intruder(s) entered the house by breaking a glass panel in a side door. A large quantity of silverware and several pieces of jewelry were stolen. The case is under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to the call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600. Information may be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the message; send to CRIMES (274637). NOTE: Anonymous callers who submit valuable information should keep a record of their assigned alias in order to claim a reward.

* NOTE: Total rewards paid will not exceed $10,000.

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Battleship bow repairs finished

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bow repairs at the Battleship North Carolina are done.

Taylor Brothers Marine Construction finished the project within the contract time frame and under budget. The company replaced steel plates at the “wind-water” line on the starboard bow.

As that project ends, a new project starts.

Taylor brothers will now repair the main and forward mast. The project is expected to wrap up in 30 to 60 days and paid for using the ship’s general operations fund.

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Warren kicks Social Services Board member out of meeting twice

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Social Services Board meeting today got out of hand with two people getting kicked out and even threatened to be arrested. Board member Pat Sikes says she was just speaking up for what she believes was right when she was told to leave.

Sikes says she wanted to add something to the agenda at today’s meeting when she was told she had to go.

“(Charles Warren) wanted me to leave the meeting, and I refused, and then he ordered the chief deputy to have me arrested,” Sikes said.

Sikes says she was kicked out of the board’s meeting twice tuesday. She says after the tried to add something to the agenda, Warren, a member of the Brunswick County Commission and chair of the Social Services Board, told her to leave. When she tried to come back in, Warren told her again to leave.

“I left the meeting and walked back in as a public attendee, and I was not allowed to attend the meeting either,” Sikes said.

Sikes says she and other members of the board wanted to discuss a personnel problem, but Warren refused to move forward.

“He doesn’t like for me to speak out on issues,” Sikes said. “Basically I’m trying to go by what the North Carolina DSS requires us to go by, and each time I try to do that he refuses to allow it.”

Sikes says she was not the only person kicked out of the meeting. She says a reporter was also told to leave after questioning Warren’s motive for calling a closed session without explaining why.

We tried to speak with Warren after the meeting this afternoon, but he left through a back door to avoid our camera.

We did talk to him over the phone, where he first denied that anything happened at the meeting. When we told him that we were told he tried to have Sikes arrested, he said Sikes was being disruptive and disrespectful to the chair.

Sikes says she was told that she is suspended from all further meetings with the board, which she says is illegal. She plans to be at the next meeting December 20.

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PPD CEO resigns after three months on job; Walks away with $3 million golden parachute

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.

“I have enjoyed my time here and am grateful to have had the opportunity to assist Dr. Eshelman and the senior leadership team with such an important milestone in the life of this great company,” Hill said in a statement. “I am certain PPD is positioned for future success.”

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.

The Wilmington StarNews reports that in a regulatory filing in October, PPD said that Hill would receive $3.065 million as part of golden parachute payments to top executives and board members if the deal with Carlyle and Hellman & Friedman was consummated.

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