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GUILFORD COUNTY – A federal judge refused last week to end Guilford County Commissioner Steve Arnold’s 2007 bankruptcy case and scolded him for attempting to avoid a $1.2 million debt. Arnold, a High Point Republican, signed a line of credit for his construction company, Arcon Inc., with Manuel and Christine Perkins in 2002. A Guilford
County Superior Court judgment later ordered Arnold to repay the Perkinses for the Brightwood Farm subdivision project loan after Arnold stopped payments in 2005 and the parties reached new settlement terms in 2006. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas W. Waldrep Jr. found that Arnold attempted to avoid repaying the land development loan by transferring several properties to family members in May 2007, but he also ruled that the Perkinses, the only creditors to sue Arnold, failed to prove their unfair and deceptive trade practices claim against Arnold in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. “The Perkinses have shown by a preponderance of the evidence
that Mr. Arnold had the fraudulent intent to hinder, delay, or defraud his creditors,” the judge concluded. “Arnold violated the bankruptcy code and is Arnold not entitled to receive a bankruptcy discharge.” Waldrep denied the Perkinses’ claim partly because the state’s unfair practices law requires a showing of damages to consumers or the marketplace. Arnold transferred several land parcels, located near his house and adjacent to his parents’ residence, to his parents and fatherin-law, according to court records, including 12 acres at Avondale
Street to Joel Carter, his fatherin-law. Arnold testified in a December 2007 bankruptcy hearing that releasing the properties just days before a court hearing was a coincidence, but he acknowledged that the property was transferred “to preclude one of my creditors from coming after it.” “Arnold transferred properties to different family members, just before the close of business on a Friday,” the judge concluded, “knowing that a judgment would be entered against him the following Monday morning. The court refused to believe this was a coincidence.”
Cecil Bishop, a bishop for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, will be keynote speaker at the 50th Sitin Anniversary Breakfast Feb. 1 in the Empire Ballroom in Greensboro. Bishop worked to bridge the generational divide between adults and students of the African-American community to desegregate local businesses.
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Slumping economy led to more scams in ’09 BY PAUL B. JOHNSON ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
TRIAD – It appears that one group didn’t experience a slow year in 2009 – con artists. The Better Business Bureau of Central North Carolina reported last week on the top 10 scams people reported to the nonprofit consumer protection group during 2009.
Leading types of scams during 2009 in Piedmont:
The scams range from fictitious lottery winnings and mortgage rescue offers to phony debt collection and job hunting schemes. Of the top 10 scams in the central Piedmont covered by the local BBB, all but one involve an economic, business or financial hook to lure in victims. The scams range from fictitious lottery winnings and mortgage rescue offers to phony debt collection and job hunting schemes, the BBB reports. The number of scams or attempted scams monitored by the BBB increased during 2009, a development attributed to the sour economy, said Tom Corrigan, spokesman for the Greensboro-based group. The BBB estimates that it received about 20 percent more scam calls in 2009 than 2008. “Not only are there more scams, but what I am able
Lottery scam – The victims receive a notice indicating they’ve won millions. But they have to wire hundreds of dollars to get their winnings. The check bounces after the scammers have received the wire transfer. Foreclosure “rescue” – Loan scammers ask victims to pay upfront costs of hundreds of dollars. But they never get the help they need. Mystery shopping – The victim is asked to shop a few places and wire money. A seemingly real looking check is supposed to cover the costs, but ends up being fake. Debt restructuring – People are tricked into paying the scammers and only later find out that their credit card debt hasn’t gone away. Robocalls – The robocalls often claim that someone’s auto warranty is about to expire — which isn’t true — or offers help in reducing interest rates on credit cards. Phony debt collectors – Con artists call and say someone owes money to a store from years ago and they purchased the debt. The victim is pressured to pay. Job hunter scams – Scams targeting job hunters vary, including offers to find employment for an upfront fee or attempts to gain access to personal financial information such as bank account numbers. Work from home scam – Many people thought they were getting a job with reputable company when they were being lured into a scheme. Friend/family in distress – Also known as the grandma scam, the victim receives a call or message on Facebook from a friend or family member claiming that they are outside the country and have gotten into trouble. The victim is asked to wire thousands of dollars to pay for lawyer’s fees or to post bail; none of it is true. Transient contractors – They claim they have left over construction supplies that they can sell or use at a steep discount. But they take the money and flee.
Source: Better Business Bureau of Central North Carolina to see is that the economy has made people more vulnerable,” he said. People in dire straits to find a job, secure income or get a loan are more des-
perate and might fall for a pitch that they would ignore if their circumstances were better, Corrigan said. The N.C. Attorney General’s Office in Raleigh re-
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Candidates get jump on 2010 campaigns ENTERPRISE STAFF REPORT
GUILFORD COUNTY – Local Republicans and Democrats aren’t wasting any time getting started with political activity for 2010. Democratic State Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, a party candidate for the U.S. Senate nomination, will visit Greensboro Thursday. Marshall will speak to the
Marshall is seeking the Democratic Senate nomination along with two other announced candidates – attorney and former state legislator Cal Cunningham of Davidson County and attorney Kenneth Lewis of Durham. The Democratic Women of Guilford winner of the May 4 primary will County at 6:30 p.m. at the Congre- take on first-term Republican Sen. gational United Church of Christ, Richard Burr of Winston-Salem 400 W. Radiance Drive. in the Nov. 2 general election.
Filing for the 2010 campaigns will take place in February.
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Filing by candidates for the 2010 campaigns will take place in February. Meanwhile, the High Point Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at party headquarters, 715 W. Main St. in Jamestown. Local Republicans will be discussing plans for 2010, said High Point GOP Chairman Don Webb.
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Eugene Merriman, of Richmond, Va., works on some of the welding stations in a new Army Ordnance training facility at Fort Lee in Petersburg, Va.
‘Fort Lee Mirage’ dampens expansion enthusiasm PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) – The expansion of Fort Lee has created a building boom on the base and generated elation among local officials eager to share in the military’s $1.4 billion investment in a recessionary economy. Then the Army announced plans to build what is believed to be the largest hotel in Virginia – a $120 million, 1,000-room military lodging center – and some of the happy buzz turned to talk of betrayal. The criticism is coming from developers and small business people
The Army and others involved in the expansion contend they never specifically encouraged hoteliers to build so many rooms. who have invested more than $120 million to build 1,200 hotel rooms for the thousands of military students expected to report to Fort Lee. Now they wonder if those rooms will ever be filled. “They were told four years ago build, build, build,” said Linas J. Kojelis, who leads the Greater Tri-Cities Hospitality Coalition, representing 170 hotel owners and small businesses. When the military hotel was announced late last summer, “Frankly we were all shocked. Nobody had heard of this thing.” The Army and others involved in the expansion contend they never specifically encouraged hoteliers to build so many rooms and add that their projections show the private hospitality sector will still share in the expansion, though not to its inflated expectations. Still, the Army maintains its
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Seen is the housing near the training facilities for the Army Ordnance division at Fort Lee in Petersburg, Va. first obligation is to ensure onbase accommodations for those who report to Fort Lee for training, as well as other military-related visitors. “It’s not in our best interest to see hoteliers fail, but that also is not the Army’s primary concern here,” said Pete Isaacs of the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command. The proposed hotel would be the largest ever built by the command and a congressional subcommittee has put the project on hold while it examines various local concerns. The subcommittee, expected to re-
spond this month, could stop the hotel, scale it back or approve the project. The expansion of Fort Lee, announced under the Base Realignment and Closure Act in 2005, is widely viewed as an economic plus for the region and Petersburg, where unemployment stands at 13 percent. Already more than $1 billion worth of contracts have been awarded to build the nearly 15 million square feet of new construction called for by the expansion. Currently there are 1,000 construction workers on the job. “Given the economic situation we’re in, if we didn’t have that expansion we’d be in a world of hurt economically,” said Rep. J. Randy Forbes, a Republican whose district encompasses the base and surrounding communities. When completed in 2011, Fort Lee will house once-scattered elements of the military – from Texas to Maryland – on nearly 6,000 acres 25 miles south of Richmond. The post’s daily population, including families, is expected to double to 40,000. Already soldiers are streaming into Fort Lee, where they learn to feed and move the military, and properly bury those who have died in their nation’s service. The military’s mortuary service is based at Fort Lee. The fort also will become the home of the Army Ordnance School, which is shifting from its nearly century-old home at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The campus will ultimately train about 26,000 students a year. Economic development officials have estimated the expansion will pump approximately $1 billion to $2 billion a year into the local economy. In August, however, when the military announced plans for a 15-story hotel on the base, some of the air went out of the local boosterism.
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx’s wife, Samara, has resigned from a high-paying DSS job that was one of three sparking concerns about nepotism last year. Reached at her home Sunday morning, Foxx said she resigned from the Mecklenburg Department of Social Services effective Dec. 31 to “focus more time and energy” on her family. The couple have a 5-year-old daughter and 3year-old son. Her husband was a councilman and mayoral candidate when she was hired for the job – with an annual salary of $100,000 – which was posted for just a day. The agency hired two other relatives of highranking government officials early last year: the daughter of CharlotteMecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe and the daughter of Resident Superior Court Judge
Sailboat operator rescued in Atlantic PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) – A sailboat operator was rescued a few hundred miles offshore after his craft sank during a storm in the Atlantic Ocean. A Coast Guard statement says Dennis Clements returned to shore at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, four days after his craft, the Gloria A Dios, starting taking on water about 288 miles east of Cape Hatteras. The statement said the Coast Guard picked up a distress signal from Clements on Saturday afternoon. A Coast Guard aircraft dropped a life raft on Saturday night after a large wave broke off the sailboat’s mast
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No kidding: Goats munch on Christmas trees ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) – Dozens of Christmas trees in Arlington, Wash., not only were recycled, they became a meal for goats to munch on.
Yvonne Mims Evans. The hires prompted a public debate about hiring practices and perceptions of favoritism in local government. Officials said the three hires were made in accordance with county policy and without regard to family ties. Commissioners examined resumes from the three during a lengthy closed session and concluded the hirings were proper. But County Manager Harry Jones soon changed the minimum time that most available jobs would be posted to six days. Samara Foxx, a lawyer, was hired in summer 2008 as a special assistant to newly assigned DSS Director Mary Wilson. Foxx later headed DSS business affairs, one of six divisions in the agency. Wilson could not be reached Sunday. Wilson had said in the spring that Foxx won the job over other candidates because of her experience, including work in legislative affairs.
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Church, 1526 Skeet Club Road. 333-1677, www. tjsn.net Take Off Pounds Sensibly, High Point chapter 618, meets at 6 p.m. each Thursday at Christ United Methodist Church, 1300 N. College Drive. Rick Penn at 821-2093. Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets 10 a.m. Wednesday at 207 E. Main St. and Guilford College Road, Jamestown. Lynn at 4546272. Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at 6 p.m. each Monday at Trinity Heights Wesleyan Church, 5814 Surrett Drive, Archdale. Pattie, 434-1912 Nurturing the New Mother, a support group, meets at 4 p.m. each Thursday at High Point Regional Hospitalâ€™s Outpatient Behavioral Health office, 320 Boulevard Ave. It is led by Cynthia Palmer, a marriage and family therapist. Sessions are $10 each, and they are in an open-group-discussion format. Alternate child care should be arranged. 878-6098. Celebrate Recovery meets 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Green Street Baptist Church, 303 N. Rotary Drive. The schedule is: group worship at 7 p.m., small group sessions at 7:45 p.m., followed by events at The Solid Rock Cafe coffee house. Free child care is available; sign-up is required (8194356).
HILLSBOROUGH (AP) â€“ Authorities say one man was killed and two people injured in a shooting at a North Carolina strip club. Orange County deputies told multiple media outlets that the shooting happened during a robbery late Saturday night at Platinum Royale North Carolina on state Highway 86 in Hillsborough. All three victims were taken to the hospital, where one man died. Police say a man and a woman were also wounded. The identities of the victims have not been released. Police have not named any suspects.
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