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JUST ADD HOPE: The Love Project

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We often hear from viewers who want to see more coverage of the good going on in our community. In an effort to do that, we’re showcasing the Love Project. It’s the product of three women’s desire to serve up real relationships to homeless men and women over breakfast.

“It’s not our job to determine why they are in the situations they are in,” co-founder Rachel Rowell said. “It’s our job to show them that someone cares and that they are human, and we’re all human. It’s our job to pick each other up, and that’s what we wanted to do is just say, ‘Hey, you guys, you’re not forgotten. We can’t fix your situation, but we definitely want to show you that someone cares.'”

The Love Project is an effort by three friends to help the people they see as the most misunderstood group in our society.

Rowell said while tackling the problem of poverty may seem like a daunting task, all it takes is for everyone to do something.

Pete Davis has been without a home of his own for three years. He’s a regular at the weekly home-cooked breakfasts.

“They talk to people with respect,” Davis said. “They bring the love. They show they care, so it makes everybody happy. It’s not just to bring stuff here without talking and communicating. It’s doing a lot for the whole community.”

Volunteer Pam Teague has been cooking and serving for three weeks. She ran across the Love Project’s page on Facebook and just knew she wanted to spread the love.

“If you want to give back, you can give back,” Teague said. “All you have to do is make the time. You make time for everything else, you can make time to do this, too. It’s so rewarding. These are not just faces. These are people. They’re down on their luck, and I don’t know, I’ve just been blessed with so much, I feel like I need to give back.”

In an effort to tangibly teach compassion, the ladies of love often bring their children to help serve. Sam Jones, 12, says helping is fun, and getting to know the men and women certainly has perks.

“They’re really nice,” Jones said. “If you watch out for them, then they’ll watch out for you.”

Hot, balanced breakfasts are served every Thursday morning in the parking lot of the Mercy House in downtown Wilmington, and homeless men and women can also pick up basic supplies the last Thursday of each month.

You can volunteer with whatever time you have or simply donate backpacks, clothing and food like milk, eggs, cheese and biscuits. Rowell says the idea is to break down social and economic barriers over breakfast.

“We get more out of this than they do,” Rowell said. “We’ve just fallen in love with these guys, fallen in love with their stories. It’s more than just coming and giving away to them. We get to know them; we get to build relationships with them. Everybody has a story. Sometimes, I just sit and listen to them, and it is amazing to know that we have been connected with this group of people and that we get to love on them.”

The Love Project adds hope by providing the basic necessities of hot food and warn friendships to the homeless and hurting in our community.

Rowell said the goal is put together more teams to serve each day of the week. The ladies also want the idea to be easily reproduced so people can take the love project to their communities all over the nation.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit The Love Project on Facebook or e-mail theloveproject@live.com.

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FIRST ON 3: Ambulance driver charged in deadly wreck has long list of traffic violations

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A family is grieving and an ambulance driver is charged a day after a deadly traffic crash in Brunswick County.

Sarah Allen was just a month away from her 20th birthday. She died yesterday after investigators say an ambulance ran a red light near Shallotte.

“She was a beautiful child. Very sweet,” Sarah’s mother Deborah Allen said.

Allen says her 19-year-old daughter was headed to class at Brunswick Community College Monday morning, but she never made it.

Allen spoke to her daughter moments before she was hit by an ambulance troopers say ran a red light.

“she told me good bye around 8:45 yesterday morning,” Allen said. “I had asked if she had any breakfast. She said she was going to stop along the way and get something. We told each other we love her like we always do, always tell her to be safe like we always do.”

Allen says Sarah was in her first year of cosmetology school and was looking forward to her future.

“She would have wanted to get married one day and have children,” her mother said.

But while this Oak Island family grieves, many ask questions about the crash.

Investigators say the ambulance did not have its lights on and did not yield the right of way at the stop light. The ambulance was taking a non-emergency case to the hospital when it slammed into the teen’s sedan.

The driver of the ambulance, Joseph David Fancher, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

This is not the first time the 45-year-old has been in trouble behind the wheel. Fancher’s list of traffic violations include driving without a license, expired inspection, no seat belt, no insurance, and speeding.

The Allen family did not want to say much about the details of the crash, but did want to share some advice with parents.

“Hold your family tight and close to you,” Allen said.

We contacted Amera-Tech, the company that owns the ambulance, for a comment, but we have not heard back.

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ONLY ON 3: Autopsy report of 9-day-old killed by dogs says baby may have had broken neck

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – An autopsy report done on 9-day-old Addyson Camerino, who was killed in Bladen County by family dogs, shows the baby had multiple teeth injuries on her body and that the dogs may have broken her neck during the mauling.

The report also says she had a compound skull fracture on the back of her head, an open wound on her face and bites on her back and under her right arm.

Her mother, 18-year-old Chelsea Lynn Brigman and her grandfather were both charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The narrative of the report says Brigman was inside her home with her father-in-law, two male friends and five dogs. Brigman told investigators that she went to take a shower, leaving Addyson in her car seat on a table with her father-in-law and the male friends.

Brigman said she was in the shower 5-10 minutes when the father-in-law called out her name and said, “Your baby!”

When she came back into the room, Addyson was on the floor face down in a pool of blood.

They then called 911 and started CPR. When EMS arrived and put her on the heart monitor, the report says she was “straight lined.” The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The report says Brigman told investigators the dogs were in a pen when she came to check on the baby. The wounds appear to be by animals, possible the dogs, the medical examiner says. But he adds he’s not sure which dogs made the bites.

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Columbus County leads state in air pollution

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A recent report says Columbus County is tops for toxic air pollution in the Tar Heel State.

The report from the Southern Environmental Law Center says Columbus County industries released nearly four million pounds of toxic air pollution. Three-point-nine million of that came from the International Paper plant in Riegelwood.

Columbus also ranked number one in the amount of carcinogens released.

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Detectives identify suspect in deadly shooting

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Authorities said this afternoon that they are looking for Alfred Lamont Butler in connection with Sunday’s deadly shooting in Brunswick County.

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