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Archive for July, 2012

FIRST ON 3: Wilmington man arrested for falsely claiming $1 million lottery prize

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) -– A Wilmington man is accused of obtaining a winning lottery ticket illegally. On Monday WWAY told you about an Oak Island woman who won a $1 million lottery prize. Now her husband is charged with stealing it.

After winning the prize money, Mikala Fields, a community college student in Brunswick County, said she would spend the money to buy a new home and invest for the future. But now, her husband, 20 year-old Sean Mewherter is accused of a scam that landed him behind bars.

No one at the Kangaroo Express in Oak Island would discuss the investigation, but according to the NCEL, after Fields was awarded the prize money Mewherter’s boss contacted them.

An investigation led to the arrest of Mewherter by the Oak Island Police Department and security officials from the N.C. Education Lottery.

The investigation is continuing but as of Wednesday no charges have been filed against Fields.

“We are determined to take all steps possible to ensure that the security and integrity of the lottery and its games will not be compromised,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “We appreciate the vigilance of our partner, Kangaroo Express, in monitoring the sale of lottery tickets.”

The Education Lottery also is seeking the recovery of the prize money paid to Fields. Top prize winners in the 20X The Money game have the option of claiming their prize as a 20-year annuity, or as a lump sum. Fields chose the $600,000 lump sum and received a check for $408,003 after taxes were withheld.

“A lot of safeguards are in place to ensure lottery prizes are honestly won,” Garland said. “In this case, lottery players didn’t get the chance they should have had to win that prize. So when the money is recovered it will be used as prize money in a future instant game.”

Mewherter has since been released from the Brunswick County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

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ONLY ON 3: Mayor Saffo discusses latest baseball developments

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo spoke exclusively to WWAY about the latest developments in the debate to bring a ballpark to the Port City.

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20 indicted for conspiring to distribute meth

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Federal officials say 20 people from western North Carolina have been indicted on charges that they tried to distribute and manufacture methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said Wednesday that the group faces charges of conspiracy to distribute, possession with intent to distribute and manufacture methamphetamine.

Indictments unsealed in U.S. District Court say that from January 2009 to about last month, the defendants conspired to distribute, possess with intent to distribute and manufacture more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. In addition to the drug conspiracy charge, each defendant was also charged with one count of possession of pseudoephedrine.

Five of the suspects have been in federal custody for at least four months. Eleven people were taken into custody on Tuesday and appeared before a federal magistrate on Wednesday.

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

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Fit for Fun Center to offer activities for older kids

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Flashback Fridays will be available for 6- and 7-year-olds

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McCrory wants more info on health care overhaul

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

CARY, N.C. (AP) – Republican gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory is taking a wait-and-see approach before announcing whether he’d seek to curtail North Carolina’s involvement in the federal health care overhaul law if he’s elected governor.

McCrory said Wednesday more information is needed before he decides whether it would make sense for the state to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands more people.

The Affordable Care Act would have required the state to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to help pay for that coverage. But the U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled the federal government can’t penalize states that choose not to expand Medicaid.

McCrory said he would like to see the entire health care overhaul law repealed. In the meantime, some Republican governors in the South have said they won’t expand Medicaid.

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

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