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Archive for July, 2014

State lawmaker calls for veto of charter school bill

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Tricia Cotham’s letter was sent a day after a Greensboro blogger and former mayoral candidate filed an ethics complaint

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Duke agrees to $1.2B deal with ElectriCities

Monday, July 28th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Duke Energy Progress has agreed to purchase the generating capacity of ElectriCities in a $1.2 billion deal expected to translate into lower power bills for thousands of eastern North Carolina residents.

Duke announced its deal Monday with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency, which includes 32 towns in the eastern part of the state. Businesses and residents in those communities have paid hundreds of dollars more a year for electricity to help service massive debt owed by ElectriCities, which decades ago bought shares in the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant near Raleigh and three other facilities.

By selling its shares of the plants back to Duke, ElectriCities can eliminate 70 percent of its $1.9 billion in outstanding debt. ElectriCities executives say those savings will be passed on to customers.

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DA: Gangs connect to traffic heroin in Wilmington

Monday, July 28th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Five co-defendants from New Jersey pleaded guilty to, and received their sentences for, trafficking heroin in New Hanover County.

The district attorney’s office said the charges stem from arrests on March 30, 2012. When Wilmington Police got a tip from an informant, investigators launched what would become a two-month investigation.

Investigators said they found out the United Blood Nation gang from New Jersey had connected with Wilmington members. Investigators watched the suspects, and then bought heroin from them at the Days Inn Motel on Market Street. That’s how investigators were able to get a warrant to search the rooms the suspects had rented. There, they found 2,718 glassine bags of heroin and arrested eight suspects for several drug felonies. Five ended up facing charges.

Last week, Stephen Poole, 23, Leah Porter, 31, James Thomas, 36, Tykeem Thomas, 39, and Reginald Willis, 30, all admitted in New Hanover County court to heroin trafficking. Poole also pleaded guilty to selling and delivering the drug. Their sentences range from up to one year to more than 16 years in prison.

District Attorney Ben David said it’s important to give drug traffickers harsh sentences.

“Heroin is a dangerous drug that takes the lives of hundreds of people each year,” David said. “Drug dealers from Wilmington, and from other cities, need to know that my office takes offenses involving heroin seriously and that offenders will face stiff penalties for dealing drugs in my district.”


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Pender County man pleads guilty in methamphetamine case

Monday, July 28th, 2014

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Hampstead man plead guilty today in Pender County Superior Court. Jeffrey Brown, 37, plead guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine using a clandestine lab.

Brown’s arrest stems from a March investigation by the Surf City Police Department. Police received a tip that Ryan Haithcock, who is charged as a co-defendant in this case, was transporting chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine to a home in Hampstead.

Members of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics division, Surf City Police Department, and the North Carolina SBI Clandestine Lab Response Unit went to the home. While approaching the front door, the officers smelled an odor consistent with making methamphetamine. A search of the home revealed the ingredients to make methamphetamine.

Further investigation revealed that Brown had several people he called “smurfs” buy Pseudoephedrine and other chemicals used in the making of methamphetamine so he would evade detection by law enforcement.

Jeffrey Brown received a sentence of 6 to 8 years in the Department of Adult Correction. Ryan Haithcock’s case is still pending. His next court date is in August 15, 2014.


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Journey4Josh Fundraiser in Downtown Wilmington

Monday, July 28th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Folks gathered at the Fortunate Glass in Downtown Wilmington tonight to raise money for Journey4Josh.

The organization was founded in memory of 19-year-old Joshua proutey who was murdered in 2012. Journey4Josh aims to provide young children with ways to find their passions and to help set them on a positive path towards their futures.

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