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Archive for May, 2012

FIRST ON 3: Commissioner Berger’s house in foreclosure; To be auctioned off

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger’s house is being foreclosed according to a notice posted this week in the Lumina News.

It will also be auctioned off at the New Hanover County Courthouse on May 29 at 10:00 a.m.

Berger’s ex girlfriend, Karyn Crichton, is also named in the notice as an owner of the house.

Berger lives in the house by himself. No word on where he will move to after the auction.

He’s reportedly been unemployed since taking office but says he does work out of his house as a consultant.

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Man gets federal prison sentence in heroin case

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

A Wilmington man was sentenced to 12.5 years in federal prison Tuesday

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Wilmington native to head Topsail chamber

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Craig Stinson will oversee the chamber’s day-to-day operations

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Wilmington man sentenced to 12+ years for heroin dealing

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man has been sentenced to more than 12 years behind bars after pleading guilty to drug charges.

A federal judge sentenced Donald Ray Boston, 39, to 151 months in prison followed by three years supervised release. In November Boston pleased guilty to possessing with intent to distribute heroin.

According to the investigation, in May 2011, Wilmington Police got information that Boston was selling heroin in the Wilmington area. During the investigation, detectives learned Boston would get the heroin from New York. On June 9, 2011, police learned that Boston was returning from New York. Later that day they made a traffic stop where Boston was a passenger. A narcotics K-9 was allowed to walk around and inside the vehicle. In a backpack, belonging to Boston, the dog detected narcotics. A search of the backpack revealed 41 grams of heroin.

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Airline fees for seat selection pushing passengers to tipping point

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the past few years, airlines have hiked up fees for a variety of extras like early boarding and checked bags. Now they’re looking to charge for seat selection.

Several airlines are tacking on fees for select seats in coach, while some are charging passengers for assigned seats.

US Airways and American Airlines have started reserving more aisle and window seats for those willing to pay the fee, but that also makes it harder for friends and family to sit next to each other unless they shell out $25 or more each way.

ILM Airport Director Jon Rosborough says the rising cost in fuel is the main reason for the changes.

“Our passenger numbers are up 5.9 percent, and these fees have been on for some time now, for the last six to 12 months, and sooner or later there’s going to be a tipping point, and I think that’s what the airlines are seeing,” Rosborough said. “How much further can they go without turning away customers?”

The Associated Press reports the average domestic round trip ticket this summer is estimated at around $430. That’s three percent higher than last year.

Some passengers say if airlines keep tacking on the fees, they just won’t fly any more.

“‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ style, and just pack up the family wagon and drive,” ILM passenger Zach Lehman said.

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