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Archive for March, 2012

Jones concerned about signs posted at Hatteras

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Congressman Walter Jones is asking the National Park Service to
change signs posted at Cape Hatteras that he says falsely tell
people they can’t leave footprints on the beach.

In a letter sent Friday to park service officials, Jones says
the new signs make it appear that people visiting the Cape Hatteras
National Seashore Recreational Area are only allowed to walk in
shallow water to wash away their footprints.

Jones says new regulations designed to protect nesting sea
turtles actually limit people to walking below the high tide line,
and doesn’t require them to actually stand in the ocean.
The North Carolina Republican says the signs will confuse
visitors and hurt local businesses.

A call to the park service was not immediately returned Friday.

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

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Feds charge NC man in $82 million fraud scheme

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Federal agents are accusing a disbarred
North Carolina lawyer of defrauding banks and investors out of more
than $82 million in improper loans tied to a mountain real estate

Randy Alan Carpenter of Spruce Pine was arrested Friday and
charged with seven felony counts of conspiracy, bank fraud and
making false statements on tax returns.

Prosecutors say the 54-year-old and others conspired to provide
banks with false information to secure mortgages for a real estate
development called the Village of Penland. Between 2001 and 2007,
Carpenter’s legal clients closed more than 300 residential real
estate loans secured by Penland lots valued at $108 million.
Reached at his home, Carpenter declined to comment.

If convicted, he faces up to 38 years in prison and $1.3 million
in fines.

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

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N&O: White will start for UNC

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (THE NEWS AND OBSERVER) — Kendall Marshall will not play against Ohio tonight and Stilman White will start at point guard, North Carolina just announced.

White, the freshman from Hoggard High School in Wilmington, will share time at point guard with Justin Watts. White played a career-high 11 minutes against Nicholls in December and has averaged 5.0 minutes per game in the postseason.

Read more here: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/accnow/marshall-out-white-to-start-for-unc…

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Drug expert testifies in Grooms trial; ex-girlfriend on stand Monday

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The trial of Thomas Grooms continued today with more testimony from law enforcement officers and a self-described “party girl” the prosecution says has information on grooms the jury needs to know.

Friday, the jury in the Grooms trial learned more about the man behind the charges.

NC Wildlife Lt. T. Radabaugh, a drug expert, testified he believed grooms was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol because of his performance on multiple field sobriety tests.

“Based on my examinations and everything I’ve seen during my time with Mr. Grooms, I was under the opinion he was under the influence of alcohol and an central nervous system stimulant,” Radabaugh said.

The jury was let go early, and a hearing was held to determine if Grooms’s former girlfriend, Thelma Schumaker, could testify before the jury. Schumaker was not present during the accident, but she said she has seen grooms drive under the influence multiple times.

She also referred to a night that she and Grooms were both intoxicated and driving home to carolina beach down river road. Schumaker recalled asking Grooms to pull over after swerving into the other lane and almost hitting a mailbox.

“When he said to me, ‘I think I drive better with one eye than two,’ and I noticed that we were at a high rate of speed, and I started to have a panic attack, I had to get out of the car. I had to get out of the car,” Schumaker said.

The judge decided Schumaker’s testimony was essential to establish a pattern of behavior by Grooms. Schumaker is expected to take the stand again Monday in front of the jury.

Phone records released today also show grooms was making a call at the time of the accident.

The prosecution says SBI investigators will begin testifying Monday.

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La Bella Forma Fine Lingerie closing

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — After several years as one of the leading lingerie, sleepwear and shapewear retailers in Wilmington, La Bella Forma Fine Lingerie is closing its boutique at The Forum on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Despite the shop’s success and popularity, owner Rochelle Meyers has decided to close the store to pursue other interests and business opportunities. The Forum is a development of Wilmington-based Swain & Associates.

“Rochelle Meyers created the type of customer-focused, locally owned boutique that defines The Forum shops,” said David Swain, president of Swain & Associates. “We will miss her creativity and the many contributions she has made to our retail center and our customers’ shopping experience.”

Swain & Associates is in discussions with numerous parties who have expressed interest in the La Bella Forma location. The boutique includes 1,750 square feet and is located in Phase I of The Forum in between Spectrum Art & Jewelry and Torri Bell.

Since 1978, Swain & Associates has developed more than three million square feet of commercial and retail properties throughout the Carolinas. The Forum is a 106,000 square foot retail center comprised of more than 30 retailers, service providers and restaurants, and is the firm’s flagship property in Wilmington. For more information and a directory of tenants, visit www.shoptheforum.com/

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