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Archive for October, 2013

Tabor City farmer sentenced for insurance fraud scam

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A federal judge has sentenced a Tabor City farmer for his role in a tobacco insurance fraud scam.

The judge sentenced Patrick Rex Lovett, 48, to five years probation and nine months house arrest. He also must pay a $10,000 fine and forfeit $160,696.

Prosecutors say Lovett structured 22 currency transactions totaling $160,696 with banks to evade the legal obligation to report currency transactions worth more than $10,000. They say six of the transactions, worth $49,118, were related to the sale of hidden tobacco, which were not reported to the US Department of Agriculture or on Lovett’s tax returns.

The US Attorney’s Office says the case is part of the ongoing investigation of multi-million-dollar crop insurance fraud in Columbus County.


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Five decades and still going strong for a Southport business

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Keeping their products fresh and hiring local workers is important for Southport business.

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ONLY ON 3 INVESTIGATION AT 6: While teachers don’t get raises, 6 secretaries make more than $50k at New Hanover Co. Schools

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An ONLY ON 3 INVESTIGATION has uncovered that at least six administrative assistants within the New Hanover County School system make nearly $50,000 to more than $75,000 per year.

The highest paid, according to school records, is Stephanie Baltezegar, who is currently in a relationship with Superintendent Tim Markley, according to sources close to the situation. She’s making $75,468 a year. She received a $500 a month increase in July while she was Markley’s administrative assistant.

According to the district, there are 60 administrative assistants.

Here is a list of the other top wage earners according to a school spokeswoman:
1) Glenda White – makes $71,184 per year
2) Tabitha Adams – makes $62,208 per year
3) Donna Rosser – makes $61,108 per year
4) Susan Steffenson – makes $56,568 per year
5) Susan Hofmeister – makes $49,272 per year

Most of these salaries are higher than many teachers in the district make.

Tonight ONLY ON WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5 & 6 p.m., we’ll ask school board chair Don Hayes about these salaries, and if he thinks they are in line with the jobs performed.


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Remaining Waterview condo units in Carolina Beach sold

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The sale consisted of 22 of the project’s 27 units. The undisclosed buyer intends to sell the individual units.

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My Turn: Getting involved in the community to fight violence

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

WECT's General Manager Gary McNair talks about a series of upcoming meeting aimed to get the community involved in fighting against violence.

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