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Archive for February, 2012

Wrightsville Beach censures police in probe

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Incident comes to light after officers’ posts on Facebook

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Wrightsville Beach releases statement on disciplined police officers

Friday, February 24th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY)– The Town of Wrightsville Beach took another step Thursday night to end a controversy involving police officers Robert Miller and Shaun Appler, who were both demoted and had a cut in pay.

Following a closed session meeting, Town Manager Bob Simpson read a statement saying Officers Miller and Appler had been subjected to disciplinary action as a result of their involvement in an investigation and detention of persons at a location outside the boundaries of the Town of Wrightsville Beach. There were no specific details about the location of the incident or the persons involved.

Mr. Simpson went on to say that the town investigation revealed no evidence of any criminal conduct.

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Driver testifies at trial in 2008 murder

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Norman Elliott Simmons said Thursday he had no idea the passenger in his pickup truck was going to open fire on a minivan on the night of May 8, 2008.

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No-interest Irene loan for 2 NC counties

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Beverly Perdue is making a no-interest
state loan available to repair two schools and other public
buildings in Tyrrell and Pamlico counties damaged during Hurricane
Irene last August.

Perdue authorized the 15-year loan from a fund set aside to pay
severance to state employees laid off last year.

County commissioners will be required to maintain flood
insurance. Perdue says flood insurance carried by the school
systems in the two counties lapsed, making them ineligible for full
assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Hurricane Irene made landfall on the North Carolina coast as a
Category 1 hurricane in late August. Low-lying areas along Pamlico
Sound like Bayboro were flooded under a storm surge of eight to 10
feet. Bayboro’s middle school and high school were damaged.

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

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NC grand jury charges fund managers in $40M scam

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte
says four hedge fund managers have been indicted in connection with
a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of $40 million.

It’s the latest development in a case involving Black Diamond
Capital Solutions.

The indictment says the defendants lied to get money from their
victims by claiming they were operating legitimate hedge funds with
significant safeguards.

But U.S. Attorney Prosecutor Anne Tompkins says as Black Diamond
began collapsing, the defendants diverted the money.
The company’s founder, Keith Simmons, was convicted of
securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in Charlotte in
2010. He is facing up to 80 years in prison.

Six people also have already pleaded guilty to their roles in
the fraud, which took place between October 2007 and April 2010.

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

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