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Archive for September, 2012

Dozens of service members become US citizens on Battleship NC

Monday, September 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Foreign born members of the armed forces celebrated the 225th anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution by swearing an oath to it and becoming US citizens.

In Wilmington the USS North Carolina is a symbol of American freedom and liberty. Monday afternoon it became a source of pride for 78 members of the United States armed forces after it gave them a new country to call home.

They came to America from all over the world and joined the United States military for different reasons.

Naval Petty Officer Octavio Henriquez joined to help protect the rights that he never had growing up in Chile.

“It’s something that I always felt I needed to do,” he said. “I always felt that since I lived here I needed to give something back.”

While living out his goal of serving in the Navy, Henriquez set a new goal to become a United States citizen.

“I lived here for so long that it was the right thing to do,” Henriquez said. “You know, become a citizen of this country and really just live out the American dream.”

A dream that he realized on board the USS North Carolina when he and other members of the armed forces were sworn in as citizens.

“It felt great,” Henriquez said. “All of the years that I spent on deployments and fighting for the country. Now to actually be an American citizen, it feels amazing.”

The day was extra special for Srmy Spc. Luis Francisco Lopez Torres as he received his citizenship and a promotion from his platoon.

“It was a big relief to come so far and finally realize that I became an American,” he said. “It provides freedoms that other countries are not allowed to have. It gives you the right to express yourself and some countries don’t give you that right.”

He now looks forward to exercising the rights he has earned in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Both Henriquez and Torres say the first liberty they plan on exercising is their right to vote in the upcoming election.

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Crash on U.S. 17 near Calabash

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies are responding to a crash involving a motorcycle and a sheriff’s office vehicle.

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‘Teen Mom’ Jenelle Evans moving to New Jersey

Monday, September 17th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (EXAMINER.COM) — “Teen Mom” couple Jenelle Evans and Kieffer Delp are moving to New Jersey. The MTV star has decided to leave North Carolina behind, and head to the east. Teen Mom News reported on September 17 that Jenelle will also be leaving her son, Jace, behind.

Jenelle’s mother, Barbara, currently has custody of Jace. Although Evans has revealed she’s working towards getting her son back, leaving the state may hurt her chances of regaining custody, not to mention making visiting Jace very difficult.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…http://www.examiner.com/article/teen-mom-jenelle-evans-and-kieffer-delp-moving-to-new-jersey

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Former Green Beret convicted of killing family appears in Federal Court in Wilmington

Monday, September 17th, 2012

A trial attorney for Jeffrey MacDonald says he didn't hear a woman say anything that would help the defense prove the former Green Beret's story that intruders killed his pregnant wife and two daughters.

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Bryant guilty of real estate agent’s murder

Monday, September 17th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County jury convicted Craig Bryant of first degree murder today. The group of 12 deliberated late thursday and all day friday before reaching a verdict this morning.

After weeks of testimony, the jury said it had enough proof that Bryant murdered Shallotte real estate agent Adam Bradshaw in 2008. The judge sentenced him to life in prison without the chance of parole. His attorney says he plans to appeal.
The defense argued that bradshaw was a drug dealer who had many enemies. Ultimately, though, the jury did not buy that theory.

Prosecutors said Bryant had his girlfriend Lora Moultrie lure Bradshaw to an abandoned house off Watt Road and then shot him from inside the house.

Moultrie testified against bryant two weeks ago. She said Bryant told her he was going to kill Bradshaw in order to gain ownership of land that belonged to his family before Bradshaw sold it.

The jurors heard from a number of people throughout the case, including Moultrie, but Bryant did not take the stand.

Moultrie pleaded guilty to second degree murder last year because of the part she played in getting Bradshaw to her home on Watt Road. Moultrie was sentenced today to between 10 and 13 years in prison for her involvement in the murder.
Bradshaw’s family testified during a hearing for Moultrie. They said her testimony helped prove Bryant’s guilt.

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