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Archive for January, 2013

Man facing child sex charges sought work as baby sitter

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The charges against Cheyne Martin Potrafka involve one child under the age of 13 and the alleged crimes occurred "recently," authorities say.

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CFPUA issues boil water advisory

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority wants to remind you about tonight’s water shutdown and precautionary boil water advisory.

As part of their assistance to Wilmington’s storm drain rehabilitation project, CFPUA will be conducting system work at the intersection of North Front Street and Walnut Street in downtown Wilmington.

As a result, a precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for residents of the 200 and 300 blocks of Front Street and #10 Walnut Street.

CFPUA will remove water pressure at 11:00 tonight and work should be complete by 7:00 tomorrow morning.

CFPUA has informed the residents in the area of the work and the advisory.

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Thalian Association marks 225 years of theater in Wilmington

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The festivities began with a musical revue fundraiser at the Blockade Runner and continued with a press party Tuesday at Events! on Front.

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Landfill expansion moves forward, next step state permits

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The clock is ticking on the effort to add 90 acres of land to the New Hanover County landfill.

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ONLY ON 3: Man beaten in Bladen Co. Jail probably should not have been there

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County woman says her husband is fighting for his life tonight after being beaten while in jail. And making the whole thing even more upsetting is that Joshua Ward maybe should not have even been behind bars in the first place.

Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ward was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a traffic infraction. He was booked in the Bladen County Jail. By 5:30 p.m., he was severely beaten by inmates.

“They put a sheet over the camera and beat him within an inch of his life,” Ward’s wife Amanda said.

Amanda says her husband suffered three broken ribs, a broken nose, 12 stitches to his face and head and bleeding in his brain. She says he should not have been arrested in the first place.

“He had already went to court, and the lawyer told him it had been continued, go on home,” she said.

She’s also outraged, because she says she learned of her husband’s beating from a friend and that the jail has not given her any information.

“They don’t want to talk,” Amanda said. “They don’t want to say anything. They’re sorry.”

Bladen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Capt. Rodney Hester said in a statement, “We understand Mr. Ward was severely beaten last night. An investigation is underway, and charges will be filed.”

Amanda Ward says she wants answers.

“Sorry is not fixing it,” she said. “Sorry is not making it better. Nobody is fessing up. Nobody is standing up to say, ‘Hey, we’re responsible for this. What can we do to help?'”

At last check, Ward is listed in serious condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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