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Archive for August, 2012

Wilmington trio arrested for alleged auto insurance fraud

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrests of Alfonzo Bethea, 39, of 4905 Blue Clay Road, Wilmington; Antonette Denise Waters, 29, of 621 N. 10th St., Wilmington; and Crystal Paige Waters, 30, of 1003 S. 14th St., Wilmington. Each has been charged with two counts of insurance fraud, two counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense, and one count of filing a false police report.

Department of Insurance and Wilmington Police Department investigators allege that on Jan. 20, 2012, Antonette Waters was the sole occupant of a vehicle involved in a traffic crash at Dawson Street and S. 14th Street in Wilmington. Alfonzo Bethea and Crystal Waters are accused of getting into the vehicle before police arrived on the scene. All three individuals reported to police that they were occupants of the vehicle at the time of the crash and filed insurance claims with GEICO Insurance and Universal Insurance for property damage and medical expenses.

All three were arrested on Aug. 14, processed at the Wilmington Police Department, and placed under a $1,500 unsecured bond.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. Since Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin took office in 2009, criminal investigators have received more than 14,000 complaints, resulting in 602 arrests, 333 criminal convictions and more than 110 pending court cases. These efforts have delivered more than $48.5 million in restitution and recoveries for victims.

An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Renovated York House will become genealogical research center

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

County tourism, veterans service offices to relocate

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School bucks books for iPads to save money

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Some of the best students in Brunswick County are now working with some of the best technology in the world. Their school spent close to $60,000 in a long-term cost-cutting measure.

Students at Brunswick County Early College High School have long been No. 1 with a No. 2 pencil. Now teachers are asking them to put down the pen and paper and pick up a brand new iPad.

“What we are going to do is provide iPads for 137 of our students who are taking college classes,” principal Vicky Snyder said.

Though the $60,000 price tag may seem steep to some, Snyder says that in a few years the iPads will have paid for themselves through cost savings.

“There is a significant savings by doing it on the e-books,” Snyder said. “A chemistry college textbook available at the bookstore would be $230. We can download that same book on the e-book for $99.”

Morgan Cruze is a junior at Early College. She says the new tool will help her and her classmates grow as individuals.

“It makes me feel more businesslike,” Cruze said. “I think it is making me feel in a way more mature, and I’m becoming more like a businesswoman.”

It’s a change educators say will help these students going forward in life.

“Can you imagine the change that it is going to be when they get out of high school? You know four years out that’s what their going to be doing,” Snyder said. “The textbooks and e-books and all of these e-readers and everything are going to change the world”

textbooks are not the only things that are digital at the Brunswick County Early College High School. Their library is now available via e-book as well.

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BSL mayor sues woman over money loaned

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We told you yesterday about Boiling Spring Lakes firing its police chief. Today, we uncovered a lawsuit filed by Mayor Richard White.

White filed the suit for almost $30,000 against a Wilmington woman back in March. Now the mayor is waiting to find out if he’ll get his money back.

In the lawsuit, White says a woman he met while teaching a shooting class sought him out for help after the course was done.

We’re going to protect her identity for now, because White says she said her husband assaulted their son and she needed White’s help to handle the situation.

The suit says later, the woman asked for financial help as well to pay for a hotel stay and legal fees for her and her son totaling more than $6,500.

For collateral White says the woman let him keep some belongings at his home, including $35,000 worth of jewelry.

Afterwards, the suits says white gave her a credit card in her name with a $20,000 spending limit. White says the woman maxed out the cards and then she wanted the jewelry back.

According to a response from the woman, after a SBI investigation, White returned the jewelry to the woman to avoid being arrested. The response also says the woman paid white back for the initial loans in cash but didn’t get a receipt.

We called white. He said he did not want to talk about the lawsuit, and said he just wanted his money back.

The woman’s lawyer says White is just trying to get money and that the case is still in the discovery stage.

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Candidate Interview: Sam Ervin IV

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

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When you go to the poll this November, you won’t just vote on political offices. You’ll also choose local and state judges. Among the open judiciary seats is one on the North Carolina Supreme Court currently help by Justice Paul Newby. He’s challenged by Sam Ervin IV, who currently serves on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Judge Ervin talked with us about his run for the high court and the challenges of being part politician part judge.

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