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Archive for January, 2012

Marines in urinating video from Lejeune; USMC commandant responds

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — An official has told the Associated Press that the Marine Corps has identified at least two of the four Marines in an internet video that purports to depict them urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan.

The Marine official told the AP that the four were members of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, which returned to their home base at Camp Lejeune last fall after a tour in Afghanistan. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because a criminal investigation is under way.

In a statement, Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps said he has reviewed the video.

“I want to be clear and unambiguous, the behavior depicted in the video is wholly inconsistent with the high standards of conduct and warrior ethos that we have demonstrated throughout our history,” Gen. Amos said. “Accordingly, late yesterday I requested that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service pull together a team of their very best agents and immediately assign them responsibility to thoroughly investigate every aspect of the filmed event. Additionally, I am assigning a Marine General Officer and senior attorney, both with extensive combat experience, to head up an internal Preliminary Inquiry into the matter. Once the investigation and Preliminary Inquiry are complete and the facts have been determined, then the Marine Corps will take the appropriate next steps. Rest assured that the institution of the Marine Corps will not rest until the allegations and the events surrounding them have been resolved. We remain fully committed to upholding the Geneva Convention, the Laws of War, and our own core values.”

The official who spoke to the AP said that at least some of the four Marines are no longer in that battalion. He provided no other details.

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Man shot during home break-in

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — A man was shot early this morning when he reportedly tried to break into a Columbus County home. A man who lives in the house on North Wilkes Street in Chadbourn around 1:30 a.m.

The man, who did not want to be identified, said he had just come home when one of his roommates told him not to go inside because of what happened. The roommate said he heard someone outside the door. When the people outside kicked in the door, the man inside opened fire, hitting one of the would-be burglars in the back and buttocks and collapsed at the side of the home. The other suspect ran off.

Neither of the two people who were in the house at the time of the break-in were hurt.

Witnesses say SBI was on scene to help in the investigation. Chadbourn Police have not yet answered our request for information.

Stay with WWAY for more on this developing story.

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Local man makes appearance in ‘Contraband’

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Jack Landry, the lead drama instructor at CFCC, plays the part of "second mate" in the film

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Castle Hayne man pleads guilty to 1999 murder

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

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New Hanover, Wilmington firefighters learn to work together

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington are teaming up to keep the area’s first responders safe.

Firefighters from both the county and the city are going through special training this week to help them better interact with one another in times of need. Since automatic mutual aid dispatching began more than a year ago, the county and the city have responded to about 100 combined calls.

The new training allows for the different departments to become familiar with one another so they can stay safe on the job.

“This training is important for us as we work more and more with New Hanover County,” Wilmington firefighter Carmen Delia said. “It lets us know about who they are and work with their equipment and also it helps them learn our equipment and who we are so it makes it overall a safer fireground for us.”

Firefighters from different stations within the city and the county rotate turns performing the new training. This ensures that their areas are covered and remain safe while the firefighters learn new procedures.

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