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Archive for July, 2012

Berger waits to have protective order appeal heard

Monday, July 30th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger will have to wait a little longer to appeal his violation of a protective order.

Berger says although his case was not heard today, it will be heard at some point this week in Brunswick County, where the case was moved after a change of venue request.

As he headed to his car, Berger talked about the case that stems from incidents with his ex-girlfriend last year.

He said he did not want his case heard in Brunswick County. Instead, he preferred a court out of the area, so local media would not be there.

Despite that, Berger said he just wants the truth to come out and for the public’s perception of him to change if he’s found not guilty.

“I just hope that the truth is told and witnesses who are called to testify tell the truth when they put their hand on the Bible, and that’s all I really want to see happen, is the truth come out,” Berger said.

Berger says there are many more important things going on in New Hanover County than his case, and he hopes attention can be turned toward those issues.

Berger expects for the issue to be resolved at some point this week.

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Sebelius announces nursing grant in NC

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is announcing a $200 million grant to train advanced practice registered nurses.

Sebelius made the announcement Monday at Duke University hospital in Durham, one of five selected to receive the grant. The funding will be spread over four years and is provided under the Affordable Care Act.

The five hospitals will use the funding to train nurse practitioners, such as nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives, who practice primary and preventative care.

The secretary also met with nurse practitioners to talk about investing in the nursing workforce through additional training and support provided by the law.

Gov. Bev Perdue joined Sebelius to talk about how the new nursing positions will affect North Carolinians.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Death at adult home results in violations

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The Commons at Brightmore faces fines

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Couple charged for alledgedly scamming beach renters

Monday, July 30th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — There’s nothing like a week on the sand to get your mind off your worries. But what if you show up to the property you think you’ve rented for the week, and find out it’s a scam.

That’s apparently what happened to some visitors to our area who found a vacation home on Craigslist.

Rental properties at the beach are popular during the summer, and a spot at Paradise Tower in Carolina Beach one of the best. Right on the beach, close to restaurants and a water view at that.

Some renters ended up at the police station, though, with worries they had been given the run around by a woman they paid through a Craigslist ad.

“She ruined a lot of people’s vacations,” Carolina Beach Police Det. Harry Humphries said. “They texted her. They emailed her. They called her on the phone. She hadn’t answered the phone, so they were afraid they were getting scammed.”

That’s exactly what police say happened.

Wendy George Rickman and Michael Rickman are behind bars, charged with multiple counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

The duo allegedly rented out condos and collected money before the guests arrived. When folks got there, they realized something was wrong when they couldn’t get into the building, or in the case of an address at Wrightsville Beach, they realized what they paid for was an empty lot.

Carolina Beach Police are working on the case, but warn beach visitors to beware of online posts.

“If the people want the money up front or it deposited into a bank account, that normally says, ‘You’re not going to get it back,'” Det. Humphries said.

The Rickmans are still in jail.

Carolina Beach Police say they expect more people to come forward with charges after word of the scam circulates.

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Woman gets 12 years for snatching NY baby in 1987

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who snatched a newborn from a New York hospital more than two decades ago and raised the child as her own has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Ann Pettway, of Raleigh, was sentenced Monday in Manhattan.

She pleaded guilty in February to kidnapping, saying she took a train from her Connecticut home to Harlem Hospital in 1987. While there, she said, she scooped up Carlina White, a 3-week-old who was brought to the emergency room with a fever.

Carlina’s birth mother, Joy White, says Pettway robbed her of 23 years with her child.

The case was solved by Carlina, who became increasingly suspicious of her own identity and matched a photograph of herself with one on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.

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

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