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Archive for May, 2012

Oak Island business owner sentenced for drug trafficking

Friday, May 11th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An Oak Island business owner will spend more than two years behind bars after being convicted of drug trafficking.

Charles Overman owner of Overman Electric, Inc., received a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 months in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking more than 25 pounds of marijuana.

Prosecutors say Overman’s case stems from an investigation by the Brunswick County Narcotics Task Force on Oak Island into the trafficking of prescription pills and marijuana by Overman and others in North Carolina counties bordering the state of Virginia.

Search Warrants executed at Overman’s business, his home and his vehicles revealed both marijuana and illicit prescription narcotics that were part of a weekly distribution network, the District Attorney’s Office said.

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HMS ‘Bounty’ replica visiting Wilmington

Friday, May 11th, 2012

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Illegal immigrant pleads guilty to raping 6-year-old girl

Friday, May 11th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An illegal immigrant has pleaded guilty to raping a six-year-old Shallotte girl in 2010. Luis Arturo Sanchez, 23, entered a guilty plea this afternoon in Brunswick County Superior Court to first degree rape.

Prosecutors say at the time of the crime, Sanchez was in the United States illegally. Assistant District Attorney Meredith Everhart said in court during the plea that Sanchez had confessed to engaging in intercourse with the child on one occasion and to attempting sexual intercourse with her on at least two other occasions.

Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Sanchez to 12 to 15 years in prison. Sanchez will also be required to complete sex offender treatment in prison, register as a sex offender and be subject to GPS satellite monitoring for the rest of his natural life.

As a result of his status as an illegal alien, the United States Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed an immigration detainer on Sanchez, which requires his deportation from the United States, but that will only occur after he has served his entire active prison sentence in the United States.

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Gov. Perdue: ‘We look like Mississippi’

Friday, May 11th, 2012

GREENVILLE, NC (WTVD) — North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue had strong words Friday when asked about Tuesday’s vote on Amendment One.

“We look like Mississippi,” the governor told reporters during a visit to Greenville this morning.

Unofficial returns show the amendment – which defines marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman – passed with about 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent against.

North Carolina is the 30th state to adopt such a ban on gay marriage.

State law already prohibited same-sex marriages. Supporters said they wanted to write it into the constitution to further protect traditional marriage.

Perdue, who previously said she was against the amendment, told reporters that the vote is wrong for the state.

“People around the country are watching us and they’re really confused to have been such a progressive forward thinking economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights people including the civil rights marches back in the 50’s and 60’s and 70’s,” said Perdue. “People are saying what in the world is going on with North Carolina, we look like Mississippi.”

North Carolina’s vote has reignited the national debate over same-sex unions. The day after the vote, President Barack Obama called it disappointing and said he was in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry. Mitt Romney said he does not.

(Copyright ©2012 WTVD-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

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Lockdown lifted at Ashley High, Murray Middle and Anderson

Friday, May 11th, 2012

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