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Archive for November, 2012

Third person from Wilmington pleads guilty in WV casino scam

Friday, November 30th, 2012

MARTINSBURG, WV (AP) — A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to using a counterfeit credit card and photo ID to get obtain cash advances at West Virginia’s Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

US Attorney William Ihlenfeld says 39-year-old Titus Lavell Lee of Wilmington appeared Thursday before US Magistrate David Joel in Martinsburg.

Lee agreed to repay the Eastern Panhandle casino $27,500 as part of his plea agreement and is free on bond until sentencing for the 2010 scam.

He could get up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

Earlier this week, two other people from New Hanover County and one from New York pleaded guilty to similar charges.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Thousands still flock to NC “Hunger Games” forest

Friday, November 30th, 2012

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (AP) — Thousands of people are still coming to visit the western North Carolina forest where the movie “The Hunger Games” was filmed.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reported the number of visitors this year to DuPont State Recreational Forest reached 327,000 by the end of October. Attendance last year was about 250,000.

Forest officials say there are no signs the surge of visitors will end anytime soon.

Supervisor David Brown says attendance in November has been steady, except on the coldest days.

The film premiered in March. Crowds have traveled to see where star Jennifer Lawrence, who played “Katniss,” crossed Triple Falls and plunged into a pool below Bridal Veil Falls.

Hunger Games Fan Tours of Brevard sold out its main-season events and has started booking for next year.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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JUST IN: Former middle school teacher charged for indecent liberties with a child

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department Juvenile Justice Team arrested a former middle school teacher who is accused of having indecent liberties with a child.

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Thompson declares Board’s P.M.S.’ over

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Commissioner Jason Thompson is making the most of the time he has left.

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PHOTOS: Deputies offer reward for information about armed robbery

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are investigating a robbery that happened at Winners World Thursday morning. Surveillance images inside.

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