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Archive for December, 2012

Have you seen this man? Wanted for statutory rape

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The Pender Co. Sheriff's Office says Benigno Perez, 23, may be living in Willard, NC along Highway 11.

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Pender County Sheriffs Office searches for rape suspect

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Benigno Perez has been charged with first-degree statutory rape , but has eluded arrest since September.

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Mother remembers life of murdered son

Monday, December 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Joshua Proutey was described as a vibrant, hardworking young man who dreamed of being a marine officer and later a physicians assistant. All of that was taken away from him Thursday night in what police are calling a senseless act of violence.

“He was just a very loving kind, gentle soul, who I don’t know ever had an enemy. I don’t know that anybody would ever want to harm him. It makes more sense that it was random,” Patty Proutey, Joshua’s mother, said.

Joshua Proutey was a devout Christian who in his 19 years of life touched many lives.

“He spent a lot of years of his life in Guatemala doing missions trips and he would reach out to kids who had absolutely nothing and literally give him the clothes off of his back,” Patty Proutey said.

After graduating from West Johnston High School in Benson, Proutey could think of only one place to start his college career.

“He came to Wilmington in August to go to school,” Patty said. “He desperately wanted to live in Wilmington. He loved to be near the beach. He really was passionate about so many things that an ordinary 19 year old would not be passionate about.”

It’s that warmth and compassion that leaves his mother searching for answers as to who could do such a horrible thing to her son.

“There is no way that I will ever comprehend or understand why this happened to Joshua,” she said. “As any parent who has been through this must know I could not believe that my beautiful, precious, gentle Joshie is not here anymore. I just need to know why.”

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Marking History: Whistler’s Mother

Monday, December 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There are little nuggets of history around every corner in the Cape Fear, and this week, we’re introducing you to a particularly interesting portrait. As it turns out, the subject of one of the world’s most famous paintings was born right here in Wilmington.

This marker takes us to the corner of Third and Orange Streets where there’s for an interesting piece of art history. His name is James Whistler, a very prominent painter of the 19th Century.

If you don’t recognize him, you probably will recognize his mother, the painting, known informally as “Whistler’s Mother” is his most famous piece of work, so famous that it was a main character in the movie “Bean”.

The work is a portrait of Anna McNeill Whistler, who just so happened to be born right here in the Port City in 1804. The home was on the corner of 4th and Orange Streets and like many homes from that time, the house has since been replaced.

When she was young, Anna’s family moved away from Wilmington to New York City. In 1831 James was born, and he would grow up to study art in Paris, and he would not return to the United States.

In 1863 Anna moved to live with her son in London, and it was in 1871 when the famous “Whistler’s Mother” painting was born.

The formal name for the painting is actually, “Arrangement in Grey and Black Number 1”, though that is rarely used.

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McIntyre, Jones release statements about Conn. shootings

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Rep. Mike McIntyre says the country needs to have a “national dialogue to discuss the culture of violence that has become so prevalent."

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