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Archive for October, 2013

UPDATE: Pair of missing teens found safe

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

A pair of teens reported missing earlier this week have been safely found, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

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Police respond to accident near S. College Rd., Shipyard Blvd.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Officers responded to an accident near S. College Rd. and Shipyard Blvd. around 6:00 Wednesday morning.

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Feds arrest 1 NC man, 2 NY women for Sandy relief fund fraud

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (AP) — Two women from Long Island and a man from North Carolina have been arrested on fraud charges for falsely collecting Superstorm Sandy disaster relief funds.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Jena Sowinski, of Merrick, and 31-year-old Tselane Gibbs, of Valley Stream, both received over $18,000 in FEMA assistance by claiming their rental apartments became uninhabitable. They say Sowinski’s apartment suffered only minor damage and Gibbs never relocated to another apartment even though she accepted the funds.

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Joseph McClam, of Raleigh, received $32,000 for a Brooklyn property that had been mostly vacant since it had been damaged in a 2010 fire.

Newsday says all three were arraigned Tuesday. None were required to enter a plea. Lawyers for Sowinski and Gibbs declined comment. Information on McClam’s lawyer was not available.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Case of whooping cough confirmed at NHC elementary school

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The New Hanover County Health Department has confirmed a student from Bellamy Elementary has been diagnosed with a case of whooping cough.

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NC State sells Hofmann Forest near Jacksonville for $150 million

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Trustees of NC State University’s Endowment Fund have agreed to sell the 79,000-acre Hofmann Forest near Jacksonville to an Illinois-based agribusiness company for $150 million.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the money will be placed in endowment funds, and income from its investment will be used mainly to benefit the College of Natural Resources.

Conservationists, forestry experts and landowners oppose the sale. Those groups filed a lawsuit last month saying the state was required to consider public input and the potential environmental impact of selling the land, among other issues.

A judge denied the groups a temporary restraining order to stop the sale after lawyers from the state Attorney General’s Office argued that the sale wasn’t imminent.

NC State identifies the buyer as a family-owned farming company.

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

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