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Archive for May, 2012

Wake County judge resigns in light of SBI probe

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Wake County District Court judge who was the subject of an investigation into how she handled a dozen DWI cases has resigned.

Judge Kristin Ruth submitted her resignation Friday to Gov. Beverly Perdue.

An inquiry began in February after prosecutors alerted Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby to problems with a DWI case handled by Raleigh lawyer James Crouch. Willoughby flagged a dozen questionable DWI cases in which Ruth’s signature was on orders changing conviction dates. Crouch was the attorney on each case.

Willoughby investigated the matter, then alerted Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens, who contacted the SBI.

In a statement released by her attorney, Ruth said she has cooperated fully with the investigation and acknowledged that she signed numerous orders for Crouch that should not have been signed.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC probation officer indicted on rights charges

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal officials say a probation officer with the North Carolina Department of Corrections has been indicted on civil rights charges for coercing a probationer he was supervising into sexual acts.

The Department of Justice said Friday 47-year-old Willie James Steele Jr. was indicted on two counts of deprivation of rights and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

An indictment filed in the Western District of North Carolina says Steele engaged in acts leading to the woman’s injury and which constituted aggravated sexual abuse. The indictment also says Steele used and carried a firearm during that offense, and that he violated the woman’s rights on a second occasion.

There was no immediate word on whether Steele has an attorney.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Cape Hatteras seashore superintendent retiring

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) – The Cape Hatteras National Seashore superintendent who was in charge when the divisive beach access rules were written is retiring at the end of July.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported (http://bit.ly/JkW9rn) that Superintendent Mike Murray told his staff in an email that he’s retiring. His job includes overseeing the seashore, the Wright Brothers National Monument and the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

He has worked with the park service for 34 years, including more than six at Cape Hatteras. He came to the Outer Banks from the Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts in December 2005.

A plan to balance recreation with the preservation of protected species went into effect in February on the Hatteras seashore.

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

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Wilmington entrepreneur wins award in wake of Facebook public debut

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — What started in a Harvard dorm room eight years ago, has now grown into a worldwide network and one of the most talked about stock market debuts in years.

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is the envy of every starting entrepreneur, but what exactly does it take to be so successful? As the social media network nears reaching out to one billion users, its founder Mark Zuckerberg continues to motivate fellow entrepreneurs.

“It inspired me and it humbled me,” says Roy Archambault, CEO of DryCase. “Even during an interview, he said it was for colleges to interact, but it went way beyond that,”

Like Zuckerberg, Roy Archambault knows how to harvest a good idea. The same day Facebook became a public company, Archambault’S Wilmington company DryCase was named Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year by the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center.

“With our company, we started off with a direction and actually its growing way faster than I even expected,” he says. “We’re about 300 percent larger than we were last year. We’re always trying to innovate and bring in outside ideas.”

Archambault began with creating products to waterproof and protect medical devices like casts, and prosthetics. The company moved on to selling the DryCase, which vacuum seals in your cell phone, ipad or camera, allowing it to function normally.

“They have always been an innovative firm, they’ve always had the guts to go to market and they have a team of people who basically come up with new ideas everyday,” says Dr. Stephen Harper, a UNCW entrepreneurship professor.

Like Zuckerberg, Archambault is always looking ahead.

“One of the things we may do in the future is combine the two philosophies and have a vacuum seal over insulin pumps, so it’s combining medicine and the electronics,” Archambault says.

What started in the Port City, DryCase is now being sold in more than 40 countries. The products are sold at several national stores, including Barnes and Noble, Brookstone, Bestbuy.com and more than 1,000 independently owned stores around the country.

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New director named for National Hurricane Center

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — The US government’s hurricane forecasting hub in Miami has chosen The Weather Channel’s tropical weather expert to be its next chief.

The National Weather Service is announcing Friday that Richard Knabb will be the next director of the National Hurricane Center.

Knabb grew up in South Florida and was a senior hurricane specialist at the center from 2005 to 2008. Knabb then served as the deputy director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu before joining The Weather Channel in 2010.

Knabb will replace Bill Read, who steps down as director June 1, the official start of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season. Read has led the center since 2008.

NOAA is set to release its hurricane season outlook next week.

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