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Steve Rondinaro answers the urgent call for blood

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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You may have heard the urgent call for blood from the Red Cross this week. So did WWAY’s Steve Rondinaro and look where it landed him.

The American Red Cross hopes you will give the gift of life. The Red Cross says the blood supply has dropped critically low.

You are especially needed if you have type O-negative, B-negative or A-negative blood.

To donate you must be least 17 years old, or 16 with your parent’s permission, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

Call 254-GIVE to schedule an appointment.

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videoYou may have heard the urgent call for blood from the Red Cross this week. So did WWAY’s Steve Rondinaro and look where it landed him.

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Associated poll

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‘Marc Pease’ won’t screen in Wilmington

Friday, August 14th, 2009

The made-in-Wilmington film starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman will get a limited release.

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Mother, baby jump from window to escape fire

Friday, August 14th, 2009

A woman said she and her 5-month-old baby jumped out of a second-story window Friday when the apartment below caught fire.

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Local women’s prison closes its doors

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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A local women’s prison facility will soon be a distant memory. It was expected to be cut as part of the new state budget. Come September, it’s doors will close.

All that is left are mattresses and memories. “You have to mourn, it’s the death of a facility, but a death of a family,” described Women’s Rehabilitation Facility Program Director Christina Dillon.

A facility for female inmates, aimed to help transition them back into the community, will soon be closed. The prison housed about thirty inmates, most of who work in the Wilmington area. The facility feels more like living in a group home, than in a prison.

“Its a big step for them when they get out of this place, it’s scary for them,” said Dillon. “If they’re not scared when they leave here, then something is wrong and the program didn’t work.”

Most of the inmates from the Darlington facility have cleaned out their drawers, and emptied their closets, now they’re in Rocky Mount at another facility, waiting to potentially be relocated again.

The staff has already been reassigned to other facilities in the state, while the inmates transition back to life behind bars. Dillon hopes the inmates and staff members stay in touch, because to her, they were all family.

“Stay out of trouble, and once you get out of prison, don’t come back,” advised Dillon.

Staff will continue working in the facility until it closes for good in September.

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videoA local women’s prison facility will soon be a distant memory. It was expected to be cut as part of the new state budget. Come September, it’s doors will close.

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Man arrested in connection with Chuck E. Cheese’s robbery

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Wilmington | A Wilmington man was arrested Friday in connection with Thursday’s robbery at Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza, according to a news release from the Wilmington Police Department.

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