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Archive for November, 2012

Authorities responding to car accident; one car flipped over

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Wilmington officials are responding to an accident that occurred Friday evening at the intersection of 17th St. and Shipyard Blvd.

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Guarding against credit card fraud

Friday, November 30th, 2012

It may be the season of goodwill, but identity thieves don’t take a holiday.

You think it’s a quick and easy way to pay. But one woman says to think twice before you put down the plastic.

“When all was said and done, there were like 17 transactions over a 10-hour period,” said identity theft victim Stephanie Laing.

In just 10 hours, identity thieves had used Laing’s credit card to get more than $10,000 in gift cards and money orders.

“Most of the time people get their credit card stolen, and in this particular case the victim, Ms. Laing, still had her credit card,” said Wilmington Police spokesman Kevin Smith.

These crooks had gotten just Laing’s credit card number, made a duplicate card, and even a fake I.D.

“It’s quite bold for someone to walk into a Harris Teeter that’s full of surveillance cameras and do it multiple times,” said Laing.

While this is an unusual crime, Smith says identity theft is not uncommon in our area, especially at the holidays.

“We keep three fraud detectives working full time,” said Smith.

But there are things you can do to protect yourself.

“Anything that has any personal information on it, be it your credit card number, your social security number; put it right in the shredder,” said Smith.

Smith also says that you should always sign the back of your credit cards, review your statements every month, and report any suspicious charges immediately.

But Laing says the best advice is to use cash.

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College of Charleston to join CAA in 2013-14

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The College of Charleston has accepted an invitation of membership to join the Colonial Athletic Association beginning July 1, 2013, CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager announced today.

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Man arrested after alleged sexual assault with 2 juveniles

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Onslow County officials arrested Richard Carroll Wednesday, Nov. 28 after receiving a report from the Onslow County Department of Social Services in reference to an alleged sexual assault on a child, according to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

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Police in Charlotte catch robbery suspect on train

Friday, November 30th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Police in Charlotte have captured a bank robbery suspect as he tried to escape on a light rail train, but they’re having difficulty finding out who he is.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the robbery at a Wells Fargo branch was reported Thursday afternoon.

Officers broadcast a description of the suspect and the direction he was seen traveling. Police say several officers boarded a northbound light rail train moments later north of the robbery site, and they found a man fitting the description of the bandit and also report finding a handgun and money.

On Friday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they have been unable to identify the man, who apparently is not cooperating with investigators. They’re hoping the public will be able to provide tips on who the man is.

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

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