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Archive for June, 2012

Suspect charged in Sunset Park break-ins

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police believe they have the man responsible for several break-ins in the Sunset Park neighborhood. Joseph Harrell was arrested Sunday night on outstanding warrants for probation violations. After detectives interviewed Harrell they charged him with several of the recent break-ins as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Oak Island property owners petitioning for annexation into Caswell Beach

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Annexation has been a hot button issue lately, but this time folks are asking for it. A group of Oak Island residents has organized a petition, requesting to be annexed into Caswell Beach.

Marc Younginer is one of about 160 property owners in Oak Island Estates, a neighborhood surrounding the golf course. Three out of four sides surrounding it are part of the town of Caswell Beach and now residents want in.

“When you come across that bridge, it would make sense that everything to left is Caswell Beach and everything to the right is Oak Island, so logistically it would make sense,” Younginer says. “When I came to Oak Island and I saw my taxes, I decided this just wasn’t right for us by being with Caswell Beach.”

Property owners say besides their taxes, if they are annexed into Caswell Beach, their property values could be higher. Neighbors have circulated a petition in favor of the annexation, and in few weeks time they say more than half have signed it.

“80 percent of the neighborhood showed up at my house about a month ago at my house, everybody signed the petition and it’s moving forward pretty fast,” Younginer says.

Younginer says residents hope to get 100 percent of the property owners on board with the annexation. He feels confident the town of Caswell Beach would roll out the red carpet for them.

“They have welcomed us with opened arms,” he says. “The mayor of Caswell Beach has said he’d be more than happy to see us come into Caswell Beach.”

Younginer says organizers are shooting to get the petition to state legislators this session, but says realistically it may not happen until next year.

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NC lawmakers back crimes on terrorism, child sale

Monday, June 11th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly is working toward creating new crimes in North Carolina that attempt to punish people who participate in terrorism and sell or buy a child.

The House gave unanimous final legislative approval Monday evening to a bill creating a new offense of terrorism, which is defined as violent acts designed to intimidate the population or a government. The crime is generally one felony grade more serious than the violent offense. That bill now goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue for her consideration.

The Senate also gave unanimous approval Monday to creating the offense of the illegal sale, surrender of purchase of a child. The offender could receive several years in prison and at least a $10,000 fine for a first violation. The bill now goes to the House.

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

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Expansion of Carolina Marine Terminal could create 75 jobs

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Company might get sales tax breaks

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Wilmington police want to know how safe residents feel

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Wilmington police officials are developing a list of people they feel pose a threat to the city’s northwestern neighborhoods, part of a developing program to fight crime and improve life in those areas.

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