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Archive for June, 2012

Kemp’s ridley turtle buries eggs on Outer Banks

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

KITTY HAWK, NC (AP) — For the third straight year, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle has buried its eggs along the North Carolina seashore before venturing into the ocean.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that Karen Fitzgerald of the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) said the nest was discovered on June 14. Kemp’s ridley turtles usually nest along the Gulf of Mexico.

Fitzgerald said volunteers took pictures of the turtle, which crawled to shore around 10:30 a.m. She said that’s a typical nesting time for the species, and helped confirm that it was a Kemp’s ridley. Most turtles nesting on the Outer Banks do so at night.

N.E.S.T. is currently monitoring eight sea turtle nests along the Outer Banks. On the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the National Park Service is watching 74 nests.

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Dalton, McCrory face off for first time

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina is just five months away from electing a new Governor, and both major-party candidates vying for the job are working hard to get your vote. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory faced off in their first debate Saturday.

The men took the stage together at the Hilton in downtown Wilmington for an hour-long debate. The candidates delivered opening statements, answered questions from select members of the media, and then delivered closing statements. The North Carolina Bar Association hosted the debate at its annual convention.

Both Dalton and McCrory were questioned about how their plans differ from the current policies in place. Dalton is accused by many of being just like our current Governor Bev Perdue. McCrory was grilled about his friendships with and similarities to current members of the Legislature.

Both men said they have their own ideas on how to improve our state.

Tune in Sunday night at 6 p.m. to hear from both Dalton and McCrory and to see a recap of the debate.

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ONLY ON 3: Woman chases off suspected robbers with Louisville Slugger

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington woman chases down suspected thieves with a bat after they tried to break into her house.

With her help, police arrested Sean Ray McMahan, 17, and Markyes Deshaun Jones, 18, who are now in jail after admitting to mugging a woman downtown Thursday night around 10 p.m.

The Wilmington Police Department says officers and New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies, part of the Downtown Taskforce, responded to a robbery report at S. 3rd Street and Orange Street.

The victim had beaten and her purse was stolen by two young men, who ran away toward South 2nd Street down Orange Street.

The Downtown Taskforce and Wilmington Police set up a perimeter and called in K9 for a track.

After McMahan and Jones admittedly stole a woman’s purse and ran off, that’s when Taylor Alexander says they tried to break into her house on Ann St. through the back gate.

“I grabbed my bat, went up stairs and in a bad sense started screaming curse words, swatting and just went at it,” she says.

Alexander’s grandma, LaNelle Clontz, walked outside when she heard the police sirens.

“The cops are coming up to me and saying ‘your granddaughter is fearless. She chased them with a baseball bat and she delayed them from running away,” Clontz says.

Alexander says she wasn’t always that fearless. Six months ago, she was held up at gunpoint and froze. From that point on, she vowed to protect herself.

“I felt like an absolute wimp and I promised myself that if anything should happen again where it involves my life or somebody else’s I’m going to do everything I can to stop it,” Alexander says.

She admits the situation could have turned out much worse, but says her mind went blank.

“I’m crazy I guess. You know, it was my first initial reaction. I wasn’t thinking, ‘oh I’m gong to go get these guys,” she says.

“That took great courage in my opinion,” Clontz says. “I mean I am so proud of her, it’s just not believable.”
Two teenagers are in jail after admitting they mugged a woman and stole her purse last night.

McMahan and Jones were charged with common law robbery, attempted common law robbery, and hinder/delay/obstruct a law enforcement officer. They are each in jail under $100,000 bond.

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HereNow – First Book gets books into children’s hands

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

The organization helps give books to kids in low-income neighborhoods

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Website gives teachers new way to raise project funds

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

School using Kickstarter for potential video game lab

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