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Archive for December, 2012

NC military bases to review school security

Monday, December 17th, 2012

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — Schools on North Carolina’s big military bases are reviewing security procedures after last week’s mass killing of students in Connecticut.

Superintendent Emily Marsh issued a statement Monday to the parents of students at US Department of Defense schools at Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune and other North Carolina bases that principals and school administrators will review their security measures and crisis procedures.

Though public access to military bases is typically restricted, the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, TX, showed they are not immune to violence.

Marsh said keeping classrooms safe and secure must be the first priority. She says she welcomes suggestions from parents on how to enhance security at on-base schools.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Aquarium tracks young turtles to learn more about them

Monday, December 17th, 2012

FORT FISHER, NC (WWAY) — A new program at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is keeping tabs on some young sea turtles. The staff has tagged the reptiles with trackers for the very first time.

Loggerhead turtles are mysterious creatures, as they spend most of the their life navigating the deep blue sea. North Carolina beaches are home to loggerhead hatchlings, but only for a short while.

“We don’t see these turtles again ever,” aquarium curator Hap Fatzinger. “Even when they hatch off the beaches, it is typically 15 to 20 years before a turtle that hatches from our beaches may make it back to our coastline to nest.”

This year, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is playing detective. It has attached battery-powered satellite transmitters to track the turtles.

“The technology has finally made it possible to make the tags small enough to go onto these small turtles,” Fatzinger said. “With these tags, we can track their movements when they are in the open ocean.”

Because the transmitters are so small, researchers expect to only receive about a year’s worth of data. They say that is plenty.

“It really helps us fill in some of the information of what happens to these turtles once they have left the aquarium’s care and gone back out into the open ocean,” Fatzinger said.

The turtles have already taught researchers about their journey. The scientists hope to track future generations of loggerheads hopefully for even longer stretches of time.

“You can see really neat patterns of where they follow the edge of the Gulf Stream, where the cold water butts up to the warm water; kind of staying along those edges there,” Fatzinger said.

Just one of the turtle trackers costs a couple thousand dollars. It as an investment researchers say is well worth it.

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Collector’s Calendars available at the end of the month

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The 2013 WECT Collector's Calendars will be available at the end of December.

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1 p.m. Update – Four charged in Proutey murder

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Four people were charged Monday morning in the murder of Joshua Proutey, 19.

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Four charged in murder of CFCC student

Monday, December 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Four people appeared in a New Hanover County courtroom this morning accused of murdering Joshua Proutey, 19, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in a parking lot near 2nd and Orange streets Thursday night.

At their first court appearance District Attorney Ben David alleged that the four suspects went to downtown Wilmington with the intent of robbing people. David said the four suspects followed a woman from one of the downtown bars until she stopped in a yard and pulled out a phone to call 911, at which point they ran away.

Prosecutors say the four suspects then found Proutey in a parking lot, where they robbed him of $10, his cell phone and a sandwich.

David claims after the suspects robbed Proutey, they ordered him back into his vehicle. When Proutey resisted, David says Quintel Grady, 22, shot Proutey once in the head killing him.

According to New Hanover County Jail and Wilmington Police Department records, Christopher Daniel Cromartie Jr., 23, Daniel Edward Henry, 17, Jasmine Nikole Dottin, 19, and Grady were arrested on suspicion of felony first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Dottin also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for failing to appear on an unspecified charge.

Cromartie, Dottin and Grady are all being held without bond and could face the death penalty. Because Henry is a minor, he is being held under a $2 million bond and faces a maximum of life without parole.

All four suspects are due back in court January 10, 2013.

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