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Archive for January, 2013

Wrightsville Beach officials move forward with school expansion plans

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Wrightsville Beach town leaders are moving forward with plans to expand Wrightsville Elementary School.

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Accused molester listed himself online as babysitter

Friday, January 25th, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County man who was arrested last week for molesting a child previously listed himself on a babysitter search website. Cheyne Potrafka is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual offense, two counts of crimes against nature and one count of indecent liberties with a child… but before he was arrested, he listed a profile on the childcare search engine Care.com.

29-Year-old Chenye Potrafka lists himself on Care.com as” Good Male Role Model With Child Care And Medical Background Looking For Babysitting Or Full-Time ‘Manny’ Work.”

Potrafka then goes into detail about his experience with children. He says: “I realize that your child is the most precious thing in the world and I assure you that I will not fail the trust you place in me by allowing me to care for him/her/them when you can ‘t be there.”

He also says he is a professional clown and has tricks that usually impress children.

Potrafka was arrested Friday and faces multiple charges, including indecent liberties with a child. The Pender County Sheriff’s Office has not said what children were involved in the offenses, but Care.com says they do not believe it was any child that was placed in his care by the site.

In a statement, a Care.com spokesperson said, “This is a horrible situation. Mr. Potrafka’s profile has been closed and removed from our site. According to our records, there were no replies to his posting and he was not employed via our site. We have proactively reached out to local authorities to assist in any way we can.”

Potrafka is still in jail under a $1,050,000 secured bond. He is currently not listed on the North Carolina Registered Sex Offenders list which means this may be his first offense.

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Film official says N.C. shined at Sundance

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Aaron Syrett, the director of the N.C. Film Office, said he met with hundreds of industry leaders and filmmakers this week.

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ONLY ON 3: Jail beating victim speaks out

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Yesterday, we told you about a Bladen County man severely beaten in the county jail. Today, we spoke with Joshua Ward, 30, who is recovering from gashes to his head and three broken ribs.

“After that first or second hit to my face, I just curled up in a ball,” Ward said in his room at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

Ward is feeling the sting of pain. His chest and sides are intensely aching from several broken ribs after being beaten in the Bladen County Jail Tuesday afternoon. Although he decided to tell his side of what happened, it hurt him to even move his mouth after he took many blows to his jaw.

“I just went to sleep, and the next I know, they started beating me,” he said.

Ward says after being arrested on a failure to appear warrant, deputies placed him in a cell with about seven other men. He said he kept to himself and told the other guys he was going to sleep. Ward remembers suddenly being awakened by two black men and a white man punching and dragging him.

“They drug me off the bunk,” Ward said. “They continued to beat me. I remember hollering help and I just blacked out.”

Investigators say those three men are Matthew Johnson, Twasjay Brown and Darryl Simmons. They are each charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and second degree kidnapping.

“This is very unfortunate,” Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston said. “We are taking this incident very seriously to make sure it does not happen again. We are conducting an internal investigation to see what changes need to be made.”

Meanwhile, Ward maintains that he should not have been arrested in the first place for failure to appear in court on a traffic infraction.

“When I was arrested, it was shocking, because I had been in court,” he said.

Sheriff Benston says security has been increased at the jail and an internal investigation is underway to look into what jail staff could have done to help avoid the beating.

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Former St. James rector tapped for S.C. bishop post

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The Rt. Rev. Charles G. Von Rosenberg, however, will find himself embroiled in a virtual civil war.

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