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Archive for August, 2012

New Hanover News & Notes – Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant; Wilmington Downtown elections

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant was held May 19.

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NC treatment center co-owner facing drug charges

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Federal authorities accuse the co-owner of a Winston-Salem nonprofit substance abuse and mental health treatment center of trafficking large amounts of heroin across the country and from Mexico.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports (http://bit.ly/N4ti7F ) an arrest warrant filed in U.S. District Court says 41-year-old James O’Brien Lackard was arrested Aug. 8 for conspiracy to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin.

Documents filed with the N.C. Secretary of State show Lackard and his wife started Ivy House Center for Self-Sufficiency as a nonprofit in February 2007. Ivy House works exclusively with the criminal justice system in getting substance abuse and mental health treatment for defendants. It also provides treatment for people charged with driving while impaired.

James Lackard is in federal custody. A telephone listing for his attorney wasn’t available Wednesday.


Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Suspect wanted for possible breaking and entering, fight with woman

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

BRUNSWICK CO., NC (WWAY) — Investigators are searching for a suspect in connection with a breaking and entering and an altercation with a woman.

Sheriff’s deputies say around 6:30 Wednesday morning, a woman walked from her house to get her iPod from her vehicle in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Supply. That’s when officers say an unidentified man wearing all black approached her. The two got in a physical fight. The woman told police she punched the suspect several times, until he ran from the scene.

Investigators say the suspect may have been trying to break into the woman’s car. They are asking for anyone with information to call the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 910-253-2777.

The suspect is possibly Hispanic, described as 5’8″ and weighing about 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a toboggan-style hat. He may have suffered minor bruises from the altercation.

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No bonuses for teachers

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Board delays vote on issue after 2-2 stalemate

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NC adult care home group worried about agreement

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An association for North Carolina adult care homes doesn’t want Gov. Beverly Perdue to enter a legal agreement with the U.S. government it says could mean thousands of mentally ill residents must move out.

The North Carolina Association of Long Term Care Facilities emailed supporters Wednesday asking them to tell Perdue not to reach a formal deal with federal attorneys who contend the state is breaking the Americans with Disabilities Act.

State regulators started a plan last month that will move residents with severe mental illness to community housing. A state attorney said this week the U.S. Justice Department wants court oversight to ensure the plan happens. The state has offered an independent reviewer instead.

The association says some homes could close if they lose Medicaid funding when residents leave.

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

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