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Archive for July, 2012

Sex crime charges against priest dropped

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh says prosecutors in Brunswick County have dropped criminal charges against a Duplin County priest.

Fr. Edgar Sepulveda was charged in early 2010 with second-degree sexual offense and sexual battery with a 17-year-old boy.

The Diocese says it found out Friday that the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed the charges that stem from an incident in 2009. The Diocese placed Sepulveda on administrative leave after learning of the allegations against him. The Diocese says he is still on administrative leave.

At the time of his arrest, deputies said the priest was ministering for a youth group in Brunswick County, but had no place to stay. One of the youth group member’s parents offered their home, and that’s where deputies said the incident happened.

At the time, Duplin County also had an open investigation into Sepulveda. No word on the status of that investigation.

With the Brunswick County criminal investigation over, the Diocese has resumed its own investigation that was paused by request of prosecutors.

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Home builders most confident in more than 5 years

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Record-low interest rates and favorable economic conditions have home builders feeling more confident

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Donations needed for volunteer project that helps fix up homes

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs your help raising money and volunteers for the Reach the Beach effort.

The program helps people in the community who need repairs done to their homes, but this year the program is lacking funding because of the tough economy.

“We have a materials bill that will be due, which is around $20,000, and it’s been very difficult to raise the money in this economic climate,” organizer Annie Anthony said.

The group says any type of donation helps, including the donation of your time.

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Primary election voting today

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) –North Carolina voters are heading to the polls for runoff elections to choose party nominees for statewide, congressional, legislative and even some local races. Voting was slated to begin Tuesday morning after an early voting period that saw little interest in the races.

Fewer than 37,000 ballots had been collected statewide. State elections administrator Gary Bartlett hoped overall turnout would reach 3 percent of the registered voters. There are five runoffs for Council of State positions, led by the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor between Dan Forest and Tony Gurley.

There are also GOP runoffs for insurance commissioner, secretary of state and schools superintendent. The Democratic nominee for state labor commissioners also will be picked. There are three congressional candidate runoffs and seven for the General Assembly.

Polling Locations:

New Hanover County http://www.nhcgov.com/Elections/Pages/PollingList.aspx

Brunswick County http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/Departments/GeneralGovernment/BoardofElections.aspx

Pender County http://www.pendercountync.gov/Government/Departments/BoardofElections/PollingPlaces.aspx

Bladen County http://www.bladeninfo.org/departments/elections/one-stop.html

Columbus County http://www.columbusco.org/DotNetNuke_2/Default.aspx?alias=www.columbusco.org/dotnetnuke_2/elections 




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Fine dining restaurants take a hit downtown

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With so many people out of work or just trying to save money, eating an expensive meal is not something everyone can afford right now. So we wanted to know how other fine dining restaurants in downtown Wilmington are handling the tough economy.

“I definitely think it’s a struggle for people to go out for an expensive meal for sure,” says Ashley Swinson, a manager at Elijah’s.

Three restaurants have closed their doors downtown, two of them fine dining establishments. Caffe Phoenix is scheduled to close its doors July 31 and Crow Hill announced their closing Sunday. The economy has no doubt been a factor, but according to some, business has been on the upswing.

“I have seen a little increase over the last year though,” Swinson says. “You know we’ve come up a little bit,” Swinson says.

Patricia Moity, owner of Caprice Bistro, says this summer has been a blessing to business, with several movies being filmed and downtown shows and concerts. But to keep a restaurant successful, she says good customer service is key.

“I have to say that downtown since these last two, three years has been much better,” she says. “We’ve had more people come in.”

“We just have to make sure that our customers are happy and our servers are on point and taking care of their customers well because we want to make sure everyone’s happy and enjoy their visit here and come eat with us again,” Swinson says.

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