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Archive for April, 2012

NC officer to prison for setting up jail beating

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

WHITEVILLE, NC (AP) — A former Columbus County detention officer is heading to prison after he set up an inmate for a jailhouse beating.

The U.S. Justice Department says federal Judge Malcolm Howard sentenced former Sgt. Danny Ray Duncan to 20 months in prison.

The 63-year-old Duncan admitted last fall that while working on the night shift at the Columbus County jail in Whiteville in 2010 he placed a pretrial detainee in a cell knowing he would likely be attacked by two other inmates.

Inmate Terry McMillian will spend 46 more months behind bars for his role in the attack. Prosecutors say McMillian and another inmate brutally beat the detainee identified in court documents only as J.W.

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

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NC developer seeks free lawyer in $20M fraud case

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — A western North Carolina land developer accused of cheating banks out of more than $20 million and buying jets and homes in three states is asking for a taxpayer-paid defense attorney.

Keith Vinson of Asheville and four co-defendants are free on $1 million bond each after facing charges they used a large Henderson County development to defraud banks.

Vinson owned and operated Seven Falls Golf and River Club in Etowah. A federal grand jury last week indicted Vinson and four others on fraud and money-laundering charges. The indictment says they had false borrowers take out bank loans and use the proceeds.

Bank of Asheville was one of about a half-dozen banks that made multiple loans to Vinson on Seven Falls-related transactions. The failed bank was closed by regulators last year.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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New Hanover News & Notes – Autism awareness; Daffodil Run/Walk

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Wrightsville Beach hosts the third annual World Autism Awareness weekend April 20-22.

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Convicted kingpin David Crummy facing 10 years after guilty plea

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The guilty plea was entered in a federal district court in Wilmington in February

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Downtown businesses have mixed feelings on economic impact of ballpark

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Building a baseball stadium in Wilmington could have a huge impact on the Cape Fear area, especially for businesses close by.

The Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties will be in the Port City tomorrow morning to make an announcement about the proposed ballpark, and we’ve been hearing they will discuss the economic impact to downtown Wilmington.

Business owners we spoke with say a baseball stadium would definitely help the downtown economy, but only certain businesses would benefit.

“I think all the businesses downtown will definitely get a boost in customers and even regulars that will start coming in,” said Stephen Price, a manager at Hell’s Kitchen.

He says a baseball stadium close by would bring in way more customers.

“Being a kind of sports bar and pub, we’ll definitely see a lot of the people that like baseball come in here,” Price says.

But all businesses may not be so lucky.

“A minimum affect,” said Isaac Lazar, owner of Isaac’s Men’s Store on Front Street. “We don’t expect too much affect from them.”

Though Lazar and Price agree that a ballpark would help downtown as a whole, Price feels his store would not see a huge increase in sales.

“The people that come to watch baseball, they don’t come to buy clothes,” he said. “They are going to come and have a good time, watch the game, buy drinks, walk around and have a good time.”

The Wilmington Convention Center, which has been open a little over a year, could be an indicator of how a stadium could affect the downtown economy. Lazar and Price have mixed feelings about its impact.

“Yea, our sales are up since that place opened up,” Lazar said. “We’ve seen some significant, positive impact.”

“It really just depends on what they’ll have at the Convention Center, if we’ll see anything out of it,” Price said.

The news conference with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball will be held Wesnesday at 10 a.m. on the lawn of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

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