Scanner Traffic: July 18, 2014
Court-ordered execution sale postponed further
SPINDALE — The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Civil Division has postponed a court-ordered "execution sale" for a second time due to the fact that the Sheriff's Office has not yet received the required paperwork back from the DMV.
The sale was originally scheduled for Friday, July 11 and postponed the first time to Thursday, July 17.
The Sheriff's Office apologizes for any inconvenience that may have been caused and will reschedule the sale date once it receives the required paperwork.
To be sold is a 2005 Honda CRV, gold in color, four doors, leather interior and power windows/sunroof.
The vehicle has 95,829 miles and will be sold as is.
$10,000 replica baby dinosaur stolen from N.C. museum
RALEIGH — State Capitol Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man and woman who were caught on video Monday afternoon taking a baby dinosaur replica from a display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
According to museum surveillance footage, a young couple passed through the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit while other visitors were in the area. They returned three minutes later and the male jumped the exhibit barrier, picked up the dinosaur casting, climbed out and put it in a large multi-colored purse carried by the female accomplice.
The male is believed to be in his 20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall and has light brown hair. He was wearing a dark gray T-shirt, white shorts with gray or green horizontal stripes and black and white sneakers.
The female is also believed to be in her 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall and has brown hair. She was wearing a pink T-shirt, blue shorts and ankle-high boots.
The stolen polymer resin model of an Edmontosaurus (duck-billed) is about 12-14 inches long and worth around $10,000. Police said the theft is a felony offense.
The man and woman are also suspects in a similar offense that occurred the same day at the Museum of History. Property value in that case is estimated at less than $1,000.
Anyone with information on the two suspects is asked to call the State Capitol Police at 919-733-3333.
Source: NC Department of Public Safety
Lawsuit filed against N.C. kitchen remodeling company
RALEIGH — The owners of a now closed Burlington kitchen remodeling company that took thousands of dollars up front from consumers but failed to complete jobs should be barred from business and ordered to pay refunds, North Carolina Attorney General Cooper said in a lawsuit earlier this week.
"Businesses that take your money up front have an obligation to get the job done," Cooper said, in a statement. "Using payments from new customers to finance existing jobs is bad business and not sustainable."
Cooper filed a lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court against American Kitchen Corporation and its owners Robert Selfors and Tyler Justin Sheets seeking to ban them from offering home repair or home improvement services to North Carolina homeowners.
Cooper is also asking the court to require them to pay refunds to consumers who paid for work that was never completed.
According to Cooper's complaint, until last month American Kitchen offered kitchen remodeling services to North Carolina homeowners, requiring them to pay advance deposits of as much as $19,000 before the work began.
American Kitchen then hired subcontractors to do the remodeling but the company could not pay the subcontractors to complete existing jobs without recruiting new customers to pay more advance deposits.
As alleged in the complaint, American Kitchen started to fail when the company was no longer able to bring in new customers to pay subcontractors and suppliers. The unpaid subcontractors and suppliers recently filed liens against several customers' homes, many of whose kitchen remodeling jobs remain unfinished.
Cooper's Consumer Protection Division has received complaints from 38 homeowners who have lost a total of approximately $300,000 to American Kitchen.
Cooper's office contends that the owners of American Kitchen previously owned a company called Kitchen Carolina that operated using the same business model and shut down in a similar manner in 2009.
"If you plan to hire a contractor to work on your home, beware of anyone who demands large fees upfront," Cooper warned.
To report problems with a home improvement company or contractor or ask questions before hiring one, contact the Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
For home improvement tips or to file a consumer complaint, visit ncdoj.gov.
Source: NC Department of Justice
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