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Archive for September, 2011

WPD says WECT misreported story on “robbery spree”

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Wilmington Police Department is calling out WECT for misreporting a story this morning regarding a “robbery spree.”

The station originally reported, “Police in Wilmington are on the lookout for a man believed to have committed at least three robberies on Tuesday morning,” and that the Taco Bell and Travel Lodge on Market St. were robbed as well as a home.

A spokesperson for WPD says none of that is true. Police reports from overnight show that a person sitting outside the Taco Bell was robbed of $20. She said she didn’t call police because the robber only took $20. Then, she said, she went back to a room at the Travel Lodge with two other people, and the same man who had robbed her a few minutes earlier came to the room. When one of the other people in the room let him in, the victim ran into the bathroom, locked herself in, and hid $800. Then, she reported, she unlocked the bathroom door. The intruder ransacked the bathroom, but didn’t find the cash, and he left.

WECT has since deleted the story from its website and reported the “new developments” at Noon without admitting any mistakes.

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FIRST ON 3: Assistant DA trades in court for military duty

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — It’s 7:30 a.m., and Assistant District Attorney Fred Gore is getting in a quick workout behind his office in Whiteville.

Gore enlisted in the National Guard at the age of 17. In his nearly 20 years of service he has earned a law degree and has also become a father.

The Supply native says balancing law, family and military service has become part of his routine. Soon, though, that routine will change when Capt. Gore ships out to Kuwait.

“This Friday will be my last day in the office,” Gore said. “We’ll be doing some stateside training and deploying later this year. I’ll be on active duty orders up until probably this time next year.”

Gore, who has been with the DA’s office since February, is one of District Attorney Jon David’s up-and-coming prosecutors in Columbus County. In a short time Gore has prosecuted and overseen the cases of offenders like Allen “Frog” Strickland. Last week Gore got a guilty plea from the teen, who had piled up numerous charges after several altercations with former state Sen. R.C. Soles.

“To now be able to give back to the community and try to make it a safer place and hold people accountable when they decide to make bad decisions, it’s a good feeling,” Gore said. “I’m humbled and give a lot of it to my boss Jon David, because he made the decision to bring me back to this area and gave me the opportunity to excel.”

With everything on Gore’s plate he says the hardest thing about his upcoming deployment is leaving his two-year-old twin boys.

“Being a father, having sons look up to you, following dad step for step, and they’re starting to value following daddy’s foot steps, you know watch him cut the grass and ride the tractor. I’m taking a step back and starting to realize that I’m not going to enjoy that this upcoming year like I did this summer and this year,” Gore said. “That is the toughest part.”

Gore is not leaving the DA’s office for good. He plans to step right back in after returning from his deployment.

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Sea Trail Resort owner filing for bankruptcy

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The owner of the Sea Trail Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, its attorney said Tuesday.

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One taken to hospital in morning house fire

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Students take on climate change

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

If the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow, then the future looks promising for one group of students.

Four teens from Isaac Bear Early College are taking on climate change in the Cape Fear.

It’s not your typical student project, four high school juniors tackling the oceans and climate.

Megan Ennes, an Education Program Specialist with the NC aquarium, says, “None of them are environment majors, none of them are going to be scientist when grow up but this has become a topic that’s very dear to their hearts.”

Ennes interviewed and selected the students to work on a movie about understanding climate change and how our actions can play a huge role.

“I’ve always been interested in the environment and always cared about it,” Isaac Bear student, Jessica Lama, explained, “I wanted other people to learn about it and care about it too, so I thought the best way to start was to teach them, so if they can understand then maybe they will have a passion for it too.”

But it wasn’t just about teaching others, the students also learned quite a bit during the process.

Student Keela Sweeney said, “It seemed like a good way to learn about the issue of climate change and how it affects us, more deeper than just hot in the winter cold in the summer kind of details.”

The 20 minute film is the culmination of nearly a year of work.
The group went on a water tour to learn about our ecosystem and ferried over to Bald Head Island to learn about barrier islands and sea level rise. They also learned about endangered species, a topic that gets student Evan Lucas fired up.

“You don’t have to sit around and let species disappear. One goes away a week, when is that going to be something a lot of people care about?” asked Lucas.

Dustin Chambers added, “A lot of people don’t realize small things matter and they can make a difference.”

And teaching people how to make a difference is the purpose of this film.

“Sometimes i felt like people don’t take this seriously and it really frustrates me cause like this is your future, it’s not just for you, its for your grandchildren their grandchildren and so on,” Lucas said.

Even though the film is finished, it’s not the end. This group plans to take what they’ve learned and incorporate it into their everyday lives, hoping you will do the same.

The group also represented our state at the 3rd Student Summit on the oceans and coasts in Washington D.C., where they showed clips of their video. If you want to check out the entire movie, “We Sea Change”, it premieres Wwednesday night at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

It’s free and starts at 6:30 p.m.

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