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Archive for September, 2009

Pender County student faces serious charges after sexting incident

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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We are two weeks into the new school year, and sexting has already posed a problem in a local school. A Pender County teen was suspended from school after sending cell phone photos showing intimate contact, known as sext messages.

Sexting is sending nude or partially nude pictures via cell phone, and it is a disturbing trend among teenagers. Pender County Detective Scott Lawson said he warned students about the consequences of sexting last year, including this particular student.

“Last year, District Attorney Ben David and I went to each middle and high school in Pender County and we addressed the issue of sexting with all the students in Pender County and advised them that if it continued to be a problem, there would be consequences,” he said. “This year, when the issues came up, and here we are the second week of school, there are going to be consequences.”

The student in this recent incident, and anyone the pictures were sent to, could face child pornography or sex offender charges.

Because the student is under 18, we are not revealing a name or the school in question.

What most parents and teens do not realize is by taking these compromising pictures and pushing the send button on a cell phone, they could be charged with manufacturing and disseminating child pornography and face life-altering consequences.

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We are two weeks into the new school year, and sexting has already posed a problem in a local school. A Pender County teen was suspended from school after sending cell phone photos showing intimate contact, known as sext messages.

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UPDATE: Pender man faces up to 60 years in prison for child pornography charges

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

By Shannan Bowen and David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.comShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Raleigh | A Pender County man pleaded guilty this week to two counts of manufacturing child pornography and could spend decades in prison, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding’s Office in Raleigh.

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Pope looks to challenge Gore in upcoming district attorney’s race

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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A Columbus County Democrat has thrown his name in the hat to challenge Rex Gore in the upcoming district attorney’s race.

Harold “Butch” Pope is a criminal defense attorney in Whiteville. He has announced his intentions to run for district attorney of Columbus, Brunswick, and Bladen County.

Pope said that Rex Gore’s failure to immediately recuse himself in the investigation of State Senator RC Soles prompted him to run for office.

Soles and Gore have a long history as political allies.

The SBI is looking into a shooting at the senator’s house, where Soles shot one of his clients for allegedly trying to break in.

The state is also investigating claims of sexual misconduct by the senator.

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A Columbus County Democrat has thrown his name in the hat to challenge Rex Gore in the upcoming district attorney’s race.

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Hope for the Warriors is a ride full of pride

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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Friday marks a very important day in our country, eight years since the 9-11 attacks. The Hope for the Warriors organization is sponsoring a three-day bike riding event for wounded service members.

Thursday was a day of mixed emotion. Tears amidst an over zealous sense of pride as twenty-seven bicyclists took to the streets. Fans cheered and vigorously waved American flags to show their appreciation.

Each rider is a sailor, soldier, marine, or airman who was wounded serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Ed Salau served in the military for sixteen years. He served as a North Carolina Army National Guard and was wounded in Iraq. “November 15th of 2004, I was in Iraq, and we were ambushed rocket propel grenade hit my vehicle and took my leg off.”

After a ceremony, the troops got back on their bikes and continued down US Highway 17 to downtown Wilmington.

Their injuries were the last thing on their minds.

“Our nation’s wounded heroes are not defined by their injury but their spirit and determination to overcome any obstacle that confronts them and to show that there is hope beyond recovery,” said Peggy Rochon of Hope for the Warriors.

The three-day journey down Highway 17 started today in Holly Ridge and ends Saturday in Oak Island.

Hope for the Warriors invites the public to join the cyclists for a special community ride in Oak Island on Saturday starting at 8:00 a.m. You can choose to cycle or walk, or just come by and cheer everyone on. Participation costs ten dollars for students and military, twenty for singles, and thirty-five for couples.

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Friday marks a very important day in our country, eight years since the 9-11 attacks. The Hope for the Warriors organization is sponsoring a three-day bike riding event for wounded service members.

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Text-a-Tip takes to the street

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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The Wilmington Police Department has a new roaming advertisement. It is the Text-a-Tip van.

Police officers will drive it around Wilmington, as well as park it in crowded places, as a reminder of the Text-a-Tip option.

The program has been underway for less than a year, allowing people to anonymously share information with police. Lieutenant Jim Varrone said the van targets those who are text and email savvy. “If they wish to remain anonymous and don’t want to call the police but want to tell us about a criminal enterprise or where drugs are being sold or who’s breaking into someone’s home or cars – that sort of thing – this is a great way to do it,” he said.

Lieutenant Varrone said Text-a-Tip has led to some arrests, but the department hopes it catches on more, especially with the new van.

If you have an anonymous tip, text Tip708, then your message and send it to CRIMES.

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The Wilmington Police Department has a new roaming advertisement. It is the Text-a-Tip van.

Police officers will drive it around Wilmington, as well as park it in crowded places, as a reminder of the Text-a-Tip option.

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