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Archive for May, 2012

Scam artist paver with Wilmington ties at it again

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A driveway paver who got his start in Wilmington scamming consumers is back at it again, the NC Attorney General’s office says. Tommy Clack has recently been reported paving driveways for older homeowners in Hope Mills, Zebulon, Greensboro and Nashville.

According to reports from consumers, Clack is doing business as Ed Clark, Tommy Clark, Ed Crabtree and Crabtree Paving. He tells homeowners that he has been doing paving jobs in their neighborhood, has paving materials left over and can pave or repave their driveway for a discounted price. If the homeowner agrees, he and his crew quickly lay asphalt and then demand a high price.

In June 2010, the AG’s office won a court order permanently banning Clack from offering or providing driveway paving services in North Carolina. The AG’s office says he continues to violate that order and has twice been cited for contempt of court. Last month, a Wake County judge cited Clack for criminal contempt and entered an order for his arrest. Clack also faces criminal charges in other states for similar schemes.

If you encounter Clack offering driveway paving services in North Carolina or trying to cash homeowners’ checks, please contact local law enforcement as well as the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (877) 5-NO-SCAM or (919) 716-6000.

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City to host third meeting on ballpark plan

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington will hold another public meeting on plans for a ballpark Tuesday night.

The city’s consultant, National Sports Services, will present its preliminary findings from their site analysis and market feasibility analysis.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers at Wilmington City Hall.

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Catastrophic Response Unit visits Wilmington — sans catastrophe

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

After a disaster – say, a hurricane – staff will bring the unit to an affected area and set up shop.

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BALLPARK DIGEST: Mayor slams Wilmington ballpark financing proposal

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (BALLPARKDIGEST.COM) — Mayor Bill Saffo has come out against the current financing proposal for a new ballpark, saying the proponents don’t have enough “skin in the game.”

In an interview with a local conservative talk-radio host, Saffo blasted the plan:

“Pardon the pun here; we’re putting all of our skin into the game and they have very little skin in the game,” Saffo told Chad Adams during an appearance on The Big Talker FM Tuesday morning.

Not quite sure what he meant by that: the proposal calls for a private developer to use donated land for a new ballpark site to house a facility inhabited by an Atlanta Braves High Class A Carolina League farm team and managed by Mandalay Baseball Properties. The developer would borrow money to build the $35-million facility; the city and rent paid by the Braves/Mandalay partnership would pay off the debt. But these are the broad outlines of the plan; the specifics still need to be announced, and we weren’t expecting much in the way of news on the Wilmington ballpark front until National Sports Services released its report on feasibility, sites and financing next month.

Until Saffo dropped his bombshell, that is.

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Forecasters call for 9 to 15 named storms

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Federal forecasters are predicting a near-normal outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season.

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