Deputies Inmate gets mom two others to sell cocaine to pay his

first_img On January 5, detectives stopped a vehicle on Burkhead Street in Whiteville. The vehicle belonged to George, Blanks’s mother. Frink was in the vehicle, too, and was found with a little more than 27 grams of cocaine.On January 12, George, Frink and Sutton were arrested. Blanks, who was still in custody at the Columbus County Detention Center, was served with the warrants for more crimes.George, of Clarkton, was charged with one felony count of Maintaining a Vehicle, Dwelling, or Place for a Controlled Substance and eight felony counts of Conspire to Sell/Deliver Cocaine. George is being held under a $90,000 bond.Related Article: Police: Man running from police left child to die in burning carFrink, of Whiteville, was charged with one felony count of Possession with the Intent to Sell and/or Deliver Cocaine and seven felony counts of Conspire to Sell/Deliver Cocaine. Frink is being held under a $35,000 bond.Blanks, of Clarkton, was charged with 17 felony counts of Conspire to Sell/Deliver CocaineBond. Blanks is being held under a $210,000 bond.Sutton, of Whiteville, is charged with two felony counts of Conspire to Sell/Deliver Cocaine. He is being held under a $10,000 bond. Top Left to Bottom Right: Stella George, Richard Sutton, Deron Banks, and Ashley Frink. (Photo: Columbus County Detention Center) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says an inmate called three people, including his mom, and told them to sell his cocaine in order to get money to post his bond. Now they, too, are behind bars.Whiteville Police arrested Deron Dewitt Blanks on December 14 for numerous charges. His bond was set at $425,000. Detectives learned that after being arrested, Blanks contacted Stella George, Ashley Frink and Richard Sutton and instructed them to sell his cocaine to get enough money to pay his bond. The investigation revealed that Blanks contacted the trio ten different times during December and January. Deputies say Blanks used the detention center’s phone to make those calls.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Tickets now available for 16th Annual Full Belly Feast Gala

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With a new date, new venue, new band and new mission, the Full Belly Feast is ready to host their 16th annual fundraising gala.The gala is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.- Advertisement – “This year, we’re giving everyone the Hollywood treatment, and did I mention it’s all for a good cause?” said Jock Brandis, Director of Research and Development.The event is Saturday, March 24 from 7-10 p.m. at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington.It will be a red carpet style, with photo ops, cocktail tables, catered food, a full bar, a silent auction and live music from the Phantom Playboys.Related Article: The latest from New Hanover County’s noon briefing, Sept. 17, 2018At the feast, organizers will share the organization’s new mission and vision for the future.Tickets are $40 until February 23. After that, they are $50 each. Click here to purchase them. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.For more information on the Full Belly Project, click here.last_img read more

HAPPENING TODAY Disaster rebuild info session in Burgaw

first_imgCape Fear Habitat for Humanity (Photo: WWAY) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — If you need to apply for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Rebuild Program or want to find out more about the accelerated new homeownership program, now’s your chance.Until 4 p.m., a Habitat for Humanity staff member will be at the Burgaw ReStore answering questions and providing applications.- Advertisement – The Disaster Rebuild program provides up to $35,000 in aid for low-to-moderate income homeowners in New Hanover, Pender, and Duplin Counties who have sustained damage to their home due to a natural disaster.The Restore is located at 115 W Freemont Street in Burgaw.last_img read more

12 days later Pender Co deputyinvolved shooting still under investigation

first_imgAlfred Thompson (Photo: PCSO) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nearly two weeks after an deputy involved shooting in Pender County, we still know very little about what really happened.The shooting happened January 17 in the Maple Hill Community.- Advertisement – A news release from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office stated that two deputies approached two people a parked car, saw what they believed was a gun in one man’s hand, and one deputy fired shots.The following day, witnesses told WWAY that the man in the car, Walter Ray Thompson, had a flashlight in his hand, and that the deputies mistook it for a gun, and fired three shots into the windshield of the SUV.Initially Thompson identified himself as Alfred Thompson. He is charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer, identity theft, and driving while impaired.Related Article: Deputies respond to possible hostage situation in Robeson CountyAs of January 29, Thompson remains in the Pender County Jail under a $17,000 secured bond.The sheriff’s office has not released the name of the deputy, or said if a gun was found in the vehicle. The unnamed deputy was placed on administrative leave.The SBI is not investigating because no injury or death occurred.Captain James Rowell with the sheriff’s office says the deputy’s name will not be released until the investigation is completed, which could happen sometime this week.last_img read more

Court upholds Air Maltas request to block pilots industrial action

first_img SharePrint Malta International Airport plcMalta International Airport plc A civil court has upheld an Air Malta’s request for a warrant of prohibitory injunction against the pilots’ union, ALPA, barring its members from resorting to industrial action.READ: Members were threatened – ALPAAir Malta had filed the request earlier in July after ALPA had said that it would start an industrial action over an ongoing dispute. The industrial action would have seen flights delayed by 30 minutes.In court ALPA’s vice president Matthew Degiorgio had said that talks failed after Air Malta’s Chief Flight Operations Officer Emvic Debono failed to resign. ALPA said they had faced unfounded threats of disciplinary action.READ: Updated: ‘Evidence was presented in court’ – ALPA; Air Malta claims cover upThe government had said that the pilots wanted a guarantee over the early retirement scheme payment which sat at €700,000. Something which was denied in court when an ALPA representative testified.READ: Updated (3): Air Malta flights will be delayed as of midnight on MondayAir Malta’s chief commercial officer had testified that the national airline risked making an estimated daily loss of €160,000 had the industrial action gone ahead.Mr Justice Toni Abela declared that Air Malta had proven that it had a right to the injunction and confirmed the warrant which had been provisionally upheld in July 1.ALPA is therefore prohibited from undertaking the planned industrial action.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Ombudsmans Office might legally dispute Government over healthcare contract

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint WhatsAppcenter_img The Office of the Ombudsman might legally dispute the Government. This after the latter had repeatedly refused to furnish the former with the full details of the contract that passed over three Maltese public hospitals to Vitals Global Healthcare.This information was reported by The Sunday Times who also added that the Office of the Ombudsman through the Commissioner for Health had asked for the contract over three occasions, in 2016, 2017 and 2019.Both the former Health Minister Konrad Mizzi and the current Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne have refused the Office of the Ombudsman from its legal right to access even still secret contracts.The newspaper further details that a spokesperson referred that the Commissioner for Health within the Office of the Ombudsman is considering a legal challenge against the current administration as it believes that its authority is being “undermined”.Vitals Global Healthcare was given the concession to run Karin Grech Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Gozo General Hospital in exchange for €300 million worth of investment in the three health facilities over set timeframes. In exchange the Maltese government had to ‘buy’ the health services from the private enterprise.None of these timeframes have as yet been respected. VGH became insolvent two years after the contract was signed and had to sell its public concession to Stewards Healthcare for an undisclosed sum.The article in the Sunday newspaper also added that the government did at one point made available a corrected document where all the data related to financial obligations and commitments were blackened out. It also reports that the only entity that has a fully copy of the document is the National Audit Office, which had to start a probe to investigate the deal to obtain such.In 2018, The Sunday Times had also revealed that that the Maltese authorities have to pay €188,00 a day to Steward Healthcare for 30 years.Read also: Watch: Steward Health Care Malta claims to be on time with school, despite 2016…Watch: Steward Health Care negotiations done and dusted – PMWatch: Fearne does not reveal contract negotiations with StewardUpdate (1): Court rejects PM’s appeal on VGH contracts caseVitals statistics: €1 sale yielding a profit of millionslast_img read more

Inter set their sights on Vidal

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal is on Antonio Conte’s transfer wishlist as the newly appointed coach looks to rebuild Inter Milan.The Chile international joined Barcelona last summer and managed 53 appearances in his first season but the signing of Frenkie de jong by the Spanish champions could mean reduced game-time for Vidal. The experienced 32-year-old, who has previously played in Italy for Juventus, was part of the Chile side that were knocked out of the Copa America in the semi-finals.Inter are also interested in adding Romelu Lukaku to their side whilst Radja Nainggolan and Mauro Icardo could leave the Italian side.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

EzeeMoney Plans African Expansion

first_imgAdvertisement Mobile financial service company EzeeMoney will be launching solutions for more African countries, making transactions available to Africans without mobile phones.Currently available to Ugandan businesses and individuals, EzeeMoney in partnership with Malaysian-based Mobile Money International, is planning to launch worldwide.Aiming for increased financial inclusion, the 60 per cent of people without handsets excluded from mobile money service are targeted. – Advertisement – According to statistics, only 24 per cent of Sub-Saharan Africans are banked, despite the growth of the African formal financial sector.[related-posts]EzeeMoney provides sending and receiving of money to and from anyone, regardless of mobile phone ownership.Bill settlement, airtime purchases and product or service payments are possible with the solution through reliance on operator services.Using the EzeeMoney card, subscribers’ accounts are linked to mobile phone numbers, allowing withdrawals of up to US$2,000 per day.Paying of school fees, loans and other activities such as sport betting is also possible with cash vouchers.Zerubabel Junior Kwebiha, chief executive officer at EzeeMoney Uganda, explained transfers can take place through EzeeMoney agents whether users have a mobile handset or not, Technology Banker reported.Credit: Humanipolast_img read more

Apple partnering with credit card companies for iPhone 6 wallet system

first_imgAdvertisement Reports coming in indicate that Apple is pairing up with MasterCard, Visa, and American Express to make a wallet system that will be introduced with the iPhone 6 on September 9.On Sunday, American Express agreed to work with Apple on the new payment system, and Apple has held talks with other credit card companies about the system as well. Visa had already agreed to partner with Apple.The payment system will supposedly use near-field communication (NFC) and Touch ID and will allow users to pay at quickly and easily at stores. Analysts say that if Apple and the iPhone 6 bring NFC to consumers, mobile payments will break into the mainstream and it will be available everywhere. – Advertisement – At the moment, merchants are afraid to invest in the time and money to install the machines because not many people have NFC-capable phones, and phone manufacturers (namely, Apple) haven’t installed it into their phones because not many merchants offer the machines to accept mobile payments.That would all change; Apple currently holds the credit card information for around 800 million customers.Source: App Pickerlast_img read more


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