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Wireless Zone announces new chief strategy officer

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Middletown, Conn. Wireless Zone, the nation’s largest independent wireless retail, announced the appointment of Jim Dunham as chief strategy officer.

In this role, Dunham will be working directly with Kevin Sinclair, CEO of Wireless Zone, and will be responsible for the Information Systems, Warehouse Logistics, and Purchasing departments within the company.

Dunham has a vast knowledge of business and logistics. Previously, he was senior VP and GM of Catalyst Business Solutions, in California; senior VP logistics and subscriber services at Brightpoint North America; and president of American Wireless, a large nationwide Master Agent and Distributor in California.

Just recently, according to a Boston Globe article, the company was ranked one of the year’s fastest-growing New England-based franchises by the New England Franchise Association. Having added 60 stores in 2008, Wireless Zone is poised to develop 100 new locations in 2009.

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Former RadioShack board member sentenced in child porn case

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Kansas City, Mo. A Dallas millionaire who once sat on the board of RadioShack Corp. has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for attempting to possess Internet child pornography, according to a report Wednesday by the Associated Press.

Ronald E. Elmquist, age 63, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City.

U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith also ordered that Elmquist must serve a year of home confinement after his release, perform at least 120 hours of community service each month for three years and pay a $150,000 fine.

Prosecutors estimated Elmquist’s net worth at more than $13 million.

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Riot caused at Burlington Coat Factory store over faux lottery ticket

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Columbus, Ohio A woman being driven around in a rented limousine pulled up at a Burlington Coat Factory store and announced she’d won the lottery and would pay for everyone’s purchases. However, she ended up causing a riot when customers realized it was a hoax, according to the Associated Press.

Linda Brown was arrested Tuesday after an hours-long shopping spree. Brown walked to a cash register and loudly announced she had won the lottery and would pay for each person’s merchandise up to $500, the report said. But when she couldn’t pay for the purchases, angry customers threw merchandise around and looted the store.

Police said they have no way of tracking down the customers who stole items and fled, but police said they are reviewing the surveillance video.

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