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Archive for February, 2013

Authorities continue to remove packages from storage unit

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Officers from the FBI, SBI and local law enforcement agencies are removing suspicious packages from a storage unit. The devices are being loaded into a containment vessel and will be moved to a secure location before officers will likely detonate them.

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Former NC State coach apologizes after tax charges

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former North Carolina State men’s basketball coach Sidney Lowe has apologized to family and friends after being arrested on tax charges and says he’s working to resolve the issue.

The state Department of Revenue says Lowe didn’t file returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Those were the last three years he coached the Wolfpack. He was arrested Monday and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond on the misdemeanor charges.

Lowe is now an assistant with the NBA’s Utah Jazz.

In a statement from his Raleigh-based attorney E. Lee Turner, Jr., Lowe apologized to his family and friends in North Carolina for the news, adding that he takes the charges very seriously.

Lowe also said he will continue to cooperate with everyone involved in the legal process.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Consultant evaluates pending NC Medicaid system

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An outside computer expert evaluating North Carolina’s new Medicaid billing system says it’s on schedule to be running this summer without additional unplanned spending

But the Charlotte consultant says the system still must overcome significant risks to succeed.

The state Department of Health and Human Services released the report Thursday from the consultant brought in last month by agency Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos (vahsh).

The project is two years behind its original schedule and has cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than first expected.

Consultant Susan Young wrote that a compressed testing period and other system changes increase the risk for problems and unhappy medical providers who get paid for services.

The billing system now processes 88 million claims and issues checks of more than $11 billion annually.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Man sentenced to 22 years in prison for robbery amidst other charges

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

A man was sentenced to 22 years in prison for having three or more violent felony convictions on his record, including a Family Dollar store robbery in Wilmington, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Law enforcement leaders meet to discuss potential crime lab

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Law enforcement leaders met today to discuss the possibility of a regional lab that could help speed up some investigations.

District Attorney Jon David met with the county’s police chiefs and other law enforcement officials to talk about issues important to the county and pending investigations.

The group meets about every six weeks to maintain communication among departments. Thursday, they discussed the need for a regional crime lab in our area.

David says it would help speed up some of the area’s most pressing cases. “Well, speed is important in prosecutions and a lot of times our cases will get bumped down from a testing standpoint. And so if we’re able to test both drugs, and blood, and DNA at a local level, that would greatly speed up the prosecutions of some of our most pressing and important cases in the system,” said David.

There is no official word yet on when or where a crime lab would take form.

David says the key to fighting crime is communication across departments, which is why he says these meetings are necessary.

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