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Archive for April, 2014

UNCW’s Aita and Sekely CAA top performers

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Seniors Rafael Aita and Angie Sekely, who keyed UNCW's impressive sweep of the Colonial Athletic Association Tennis Championships last weekend, have been named the Most Outstanding Performers at the three-day event in Williamsburg, Va.

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First Alert Weather: storm chance Friday ahead of bright weekend

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

A disturbance may trigger a shower or storm or two Friday. Following it, a high pressure system will likely bring bright and warm weather for the weekend.

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New park to be unveiled

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

One-acre park will be on Mariner Lane

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Technology, social media key tools for top scammers

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Technology has made just about everything available at the click of a button. That includes making you a target for scammers.

Phone calls, e-mails and even text messages. The Better Business Bureau says nothing is off limits now. Scammers are using new media for some of the same old schemes.

Among them is a fake friend scam. Scammers use one of your existing friend’s pictures on social media and send you a duplicate request. If you accept, you give them direct access to your personal information.

Con artists are also taking advantage of the rise of mobile banking. They’ll send text messages pretending to be your bank warning you about your account.

Also on the BBB’s list of top 10 scams of 2013 is something those working here in Hollywood East should be especially wary of: scammers posing as talent scouts charging them to audition for parts that don’t exist.

“Ask questions,” Wilmington talent agent Gwen Wells-Loiacono warns. “That’s what we say. Educate yourself.”

Wells-Loiacono says there are some places around Wilmywood that have reached out to aspiring actors charging them thousands

“They’re completely surprised and frustrated that they’ve spent all that money,” she said.

Scam artists now have the technology to disguise their caller ID. Some even pose as law enforcement. You think you have a call from police telling you to pay a fine or be arrested, but it’s just a rip-off.

The BBB says social media may play a bigger role in 2014. Scammers pose as national companies on places like Instagram offering fake giveaways like free flights on major airlines.

Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

By the way, the BBB says the top scam last year was using the Obamacare sign-up to target people.

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Wilmington man arrested for December murder

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police arrested a man they say is responsible for a December murder.

Police arrested Reginald Laughlin this morning for the murder of Drayshawn Dowd, 20.

According to police Dowd was shot after an altercation at a party Dec. 7 in the 4400 block of McLelland Dr. He later died.

Laughlin, 30, is charged with first degree murder.

Court records show Laughlin also has pending drug and gun charges in New Hanover County. Department of Corrections records show he has more than two dozen convictions mainly for drug offenses.


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