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Archive for January, 2012

Investigators taking closer look at cold cases in wake of man’s arrest

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

DNA evidence and interviews connect Adams, 55, to the decades-old killing of Gwendolyn Nelson.

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Greensboro man gets 10 year sentence in scam

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A Greensboro man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to investment fraud last year.

Sixty-six-year-old James Edward Whitley also was ordered to serve three years of supervised released when his sentence is complete.

Whitley had pleaded guilty in May to wire fraud and money laundering in a $9 million investment scheme.

Prosecutors say between 2006 and 2009, Whitley told investors their money would be invested in different businesses and they would get their returns when his contracts expired. They say he gave investors notes with due dates and interest rates.

Prosecutors say Whitley instead used the money to pay other investors, buy cars and trips, and pay off a loan on his Bald Head Island home.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Sylva funeral home owner charged with fraud

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A man who owns a funeral home in Sylva and his wife have been arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says 56-year-old Ronnie Austin Riddle is charged with 13 counts and his 55-year-old wife Thomasine Sheehen Riddle is charged with 9 counts.

Investigators say the Riddles collected about $50,000 in premiums from at least 13 couples and individuals for pre-need burial policies between 1998 and 2009. But investigators say the couple never submitted the policy applications and money to the insurance companies.

Investigators say Ronnie Riddle owned and operated Melton Riddle Funeral Home in Sylva and his wife worked with him.

The couple turned themselves in to Jackson County sheriff’s deputies earlier this week. It was not clear if they have a lawyer.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Woman killed in fatal wreck on N.C. 211

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The 72-year-old Bolivia woman died in the wreck Wednesday afternoon

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Man stabbed in Downtown Wilmington

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a man has been stabbed downtown.

Responding officers say a man was stabbed early this morning at Dock and Water streets after a robbery gone wrong.

According to dispatch, the victim was taken to New Hanover County Regional Medical Center. Police say two suspects were arrested shortly afterward at Market Street and New Centre Drive. The names of the victim and the suspects has not been released at this time. There is still no word on charges.

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