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FIRST ON 3: Fire on board delays Diligence departure

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A last-minute change in plans for the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence this morning. It was scheduled to leave on a new mission, but a problem on board will keep the ship in port.

“It’s always tough when they go,” Diane Sharp said as she waited to see her son, a Diligence crewmember, set sail. “Their deployments on the boat are shorter, so we don’t have to be tormented for too long.”

Sharp and other family and friends were ready to say goodbye to the Diligence and its crew Thursday morning, but that all changed within minutes.

A generator on board malfunctioned delaying a counter drug deployment to the Caribbean.

Cmdr. Douglas Goodwin calls his crew’s response outstanding.

“They were able to press forward, minimize the damage and isolate it to just the generator,” he said.

So those dreaded goodbyes will be put on hold while the crew tries to figure out just what caused the generator to catch fire.

“So we’re delayed,” Cmdr. Goodwin said. “I don’t know how long we’re delayed for, but we hope to be getting out to sea soon.”

Once at sea the Diligence will head to the Caribbean as planned before continuing to Florida for more training. The Diligence crew deploy for roughly two months before returning to Wilmington.

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Man shot in church parking lot

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) — Deputies in Bladen County are investigating a shooting last night at a church in Bladenboro.

Investigators say they responded to a shooting Bryant Swamp Church just after 8 p.m. They found Reuben Lee Harrelson, 36, had been shot in the right leg after an argument with neighbors.

According to the sheriff’s office, Harrelson’s nephew had an argument with a group of boys at a home nearby. When Harrelson saw the group standing on the side of Bryant Swamp Road, he confronted them and a fight began. Harrelson told investigators that during the fighting, he heard gunshots and felt pain in his right leg.

The group left the area before deputies arrives.

EMS took Harrelson to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton for treatment.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has information on the suspects in this case. Detectives expect charges soon.

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Driver sentenced to 24 years

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Thomas Howard Grooms Jr.’s regret was palpable Wednesday.

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Man shot in chuch parking lot

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) — (News Release) At 8:11 pm Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to Bryant Swamp Church in the Bladenboro area in reference to a subject shot.

They arrived to find Reuben Lee Harrelson, 36, of 192 Bryant Swamp Road had been shot in the right leg after an argument with neighbors.

Harrelson’s nephew had an argument with a group of boys at a neighboring residence. When Harrelson saw the group standing on the side of Bryant Swamp Road, he confronted them and a fight began. Harrelson said that during the fighting, he heard gunshots and felt pain in his right leg.

The group left the area prior to law enforcement arrival.

Harrelson was transported by EMS to Southeastern regional Medical Center in Lumberton for treatment of his injury.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has suspect information in this case and charges should be coming soon.

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Speaker: Affordable Care Act important to U.S.

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Gunn, Region 4 director of Health and Human Services spoke at UNCW

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