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Archive for January, 2012

‘Teen Mom’ star Evans out of jail after second arrest in one week

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — For the second time in a week “Teen Mom” Jenelle Evans found herself behind bars last night. Her latest charge is violation of a domestic violence protection order.

Evans did not have much to say as she left the Brunswick County Jail this morning. Earlier in the day, she made her first appearance at the Brunswick County Courthouse Tuesday for allegedly violating a protection order set by her ex-roommate Hannah Edmond.

One week ago deputies arrested Evans on charges of harassing phone calls and communicating threats.

“The allegations that are against her right now are frustrating for me to see and experience,” Evans’s Dustin Sullivan said. “She’s been doing absolutely everything correctly.”

Tuesday the judge granted Evans $1,000 secured bond for her latest charge.

Friends of Evans would not go on camera, but they said this is the first time that she’s ever spent the night in jail.

Sullivan, who has represented Evans for more than a year, says although he understands the significance of her charges, he does not quite understand the attention her cases receive.

“There are some pretty doggone important cases within our county, and it’s always amazing to me how some of those cases don’t receive the attention that some of these, what I would consider, small things, insignificant things, do,” Sullivan said.

Whether her alleged crimes are big or small Evans is due back in court February 7.

Friends of Evans say these past two incidents revolve around an acquaintance of hers named James Duffy. Evans pressed charges last week against Duffy for cyberstalking.

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IRS offers free options for online tax filing

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tax time. It’s the time of year you either get a refund or give the government even more money. Either way, if you’re looking to save a little cash, did you know you can file your federal taxes for free?

“Any taxpayer is now able to file a federal tax return free of charge online,” Mark Hanson with the IRS said.

It’s free 24 Hours a day, seven days a week. All you do is log on to http://freefile.irs.gov.

“It could save taxpayers a significant amount of money by taking advantage of these free preparation services,” Hanson said.

The IRS has two programs available: Free File, which is for tax filers who make less than $57,000 a year; and the fillable forms option, which is for everyone else.

Free File allows taxpayers to use software, like Turbo Tax, to prepare and e-file your taxes.

“That software will ask you questions. Based upon how you answer those questions, it will prepare your return for you,” Hanson said. “It will fill out the form for you, whereas if you use the fillable form, you are actually filling out the form yourself.”

The fillable form option is for people who are comfortable filling out tax forms without any software help.

Nothing beats getting your federal taxes prepared for free, but when it comes to knowing what exactly you can deduct that’s when it can get a little confusing.

“It would be difficult if you’re not sure and this is all foreign for you,” said Rona Watson at Jackson Hewitt, a tax prep company.

Tax preparers agree the IRS program is a nice money saving option for taxpayers, but “it can be daunting and scary not knowing, because if you try to do it yourself, if you’re attacking it yourself, there may be some forms you should’ve filed, there may be some deductions that you could’ve gotten that you did not get,” Watson said.

So while you do have some money-saving options this tax season, it’s up to you to figure out which one you’re comfortable with.

You can use Free File until April 17.

At some Jackson Hewitt offices, you can get your tax return prepared for free if you qualify for the 1040EZ program.

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Police issue arrest warrant against Soles’ accuser

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Jernigan charged with filing a false police report

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Ambulance company moving to Wilmington

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

First Med Inc. will lease space in the Cotton Exchange

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Adams may face death penalty, investigators check cold cases

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man charged with murdering a young mother could face the death penalty.

Andrew Bernard Adams made his first appearance today for last week’s murder of 24-year-old Latricia Ann Scott. Adams has a criminal record that goes back decades and includes rape and assault.

In addition to Scott’s murder, Adams faces first degree rape and murder charges in a 1978 New Bern cold case.

District Attorney Ben David says Adams may face the death penalty as well as more charges in Scott’s murder.

David says investigators plan to review cold case files to see if Adams fits any evidence of those unsolved crimes.

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