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Archive for June, 2012

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

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A teen 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 18-year-old 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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BREAKING NEWS: Sandusky found guilty on 45 of 48 counts in child rape trial

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

BELLEFONTE, PA (WWAY) — Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty today of nearly all of the allegations of child sex abuse leveled against him.

He will likely be sentenced to life in prison.

After 20 hours of sequestered deliberations, the jury of seven women and five men read dozens of “guilty” verdicts as Sandusky stood and looked at the jury with a hand in a pocket of his brown jacket.

Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of the 48 counts against him of sex abuse involving 10 boys he allegedly groomed through a charity he operated. He was led out of court by officers.

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Building History: Downtown Wilmington

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

We start a new franchise, Building History: Downtown Wilmington. Our Chris Phillips will showcase local homes and Businesses and share their stories with you.

We start with a retail center right here on Front Street.

The Cotton Exchange, the block long collection of shops and offices is comprised of eight buildings. They have quite a history.

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Man killed when tree he was cutting lands on him

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

STANLEY, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in Gaston County say a 35-year-old man was killed when a tree he was cutting down landed on top of him after it fell into a second tree.

Gaston County Police Sgt. Myron Shelor said Michael Scott Wyatt was in Stanley cutting down a large tree on an embankment Friday around 9:15 a.m. They said that tree fell into another one, and the momentum of that fall caused the first tree to swing back and strike Wyatt and pin him underneath it.

Shelor said other employees of Lincoln County-based Dustin Ellis Logging called for help. He said the workers tried to cut the tree off Wyatt, but he was already dead by the time paramedics arrived.

No one else was hurt in the incident. An investigation is continuing.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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