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Archive for December, 2012

Mary Lee the shark making an encore in local waters

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

As of Wednesday afternoon the shark was located just south of the North Carolina border

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UPDATE: Contractor explains reason behind job cuts

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

It's the second cutback for the contractor in our region this year.

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Observant neighbor stops thieves, cracks theft ring

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Deputies in Bladen County say an observant neighbor led to four people being arrested for allegedly stealing ATVs.

Investigators say around 3:30 a.m. yesterday, a citizen heard two ATV four-wheelers coming in the direction of his home on Catfish Farm Rd. near Bladenboro. The witness thought it was very peculiar that anyone would be riding ATVs at that time of the morning. He noticed that the ATVs belonged to his neighbor. He called 911 when two suspects ran into the woods after he approached them.

Deputies arrived and arrested Zachariah John Henry, 26, of Elizabethtown after he was found lying in a ditch.

Investigators determined the other suspect was Robert James Rabon, 24, of Bladenboro. Bladenboro Police arrested him around 4 p.m.

The investigation revealed that Henry’s sister, Carolyn Elizabeth Wright, 20, and Thomas Javie Kinlaw III, 25, both of White Lake, had dropped Henry and Rabon off to steal the ATVs.

White Lake Police arrested Kinlaw and Wright around 5 a.m. during a traffic stop and charged them with aid & abet felony larcent.

Wright is still in the Bladen County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond. Kinlaw was released from the Bladen County Jail after posting a $5,000 secured bond.

Both Henry and Rabon were charged with felony larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. They are both still in the Bladen County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

Investigators say it appears that the thefts are part of an ATV theft ring. They expect more charges as the investigation continues with the assistance of the Bladenboro and White Lake Police Departments.

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Video sweepstakes industry seeks NC closing delay

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Companies that produce the software behind video sweepstakes games want to delay closing down North Carolina’s sweepstakes halls as they seek help from the US Supreme Court.

The companies lost last week when the state Supreme Court upheld a state law declaring the sweepstakes halls as gambling operations. The industry has asked the state Supreme Court to delay enforcement of the law that could shut down hundreds of businesses across North Carolina.

The industry says it needs a few weeks to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will consider its claim of free-speech protections. The high court ruled last year that video games are protected just like books and films.

North Carolina’s sheriffs are gearing up to start enforcing the law outlawing video sweepstakes operations next month.

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

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Hoax targets Port City Walmarts

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

A bomb threat called into New Hanover County dispatch this morning has prompted the evacuation of both Walmarts in Wilmington.

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