Hoax call costs Newport, N.C., man more than $45,000

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A U.S. district judge sentenced a Newport, N.C., man 60 months probation Tuesday and the court imposed restitution in the amount of $45,292.78 for a false distress call that resulted in search and rescue efforts from multiple agencies. On Sept. 20, 2007, Joe D. Mills, Jr., used a handheld VHF radio from his front yard to fraudulently report a vessel taking on water to Coast...