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Archive for March, 2013

Duo arrested for Bladen Co. home break-in

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two Bladen County men are out of jail after being arrested for allegedly robbing a home yesterday.

The Sheriff’s Office charged Adam Lee Sessoms, 16, and Jonathon O’Brian Owens, 20, both of Clarkton, with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen property.

Deputies received a call yesterday around 11 a.m. for a possible break-in in progress at a home in the 400 block of Old Tram Rd. in Clarkton. When deputies arrived, they say they found Sessoms and Owens had entered the home and taken several items, including a window air conditioning unit along with scrap metal from the yard and put it into the back of a white Dodge Dakota truck.

The property owner arrived and got her stuff back. Deputies seized the truck and towed it to Bladen County Operations.

Both Sessoms and Owens are out of jail on $3,000 secured bonds.

Court records show Owens also has a pending drug possession charge in Bladen County.

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Wilmington police searching for three armed robbers

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are searching for three suspects in connection to two armed robberies in Wilmington overnight.

Police say the robberies are unrelated.

The first robbery happened just before midnight at the intersection of 11th and Rankin Streets, when a woman says she was walking to her mailbox.

The woman tells police a man and a woman approached her from behind, holding something to her back. The two robbers then took off running with the woman’s purse.

A second robbery happened just an hour later at Murphy USA near Walmart off of Carolina Beach Rd.

Police say a man dressed in black approached the store with his hands in his pockets, demanding money in the register.

The employee believed the suspect had a gun, so she handed over the money man took off, running towards Walmart.

K-9 units lost track of the suspect when police discovered his clothes nearby.

Anyone with information should call Wilmington police.

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Burgaw woman charged for spitting on officer

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

A woman in Burgaw faces more charges after she allegedly spit on an officer during her arrest.

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Capital Correspondence – How your senators, representatives voted

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The House sent President Obama a stopgap appropriations bill to keep the government running.

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MARKING HISTORY: Naval war hero Johnston Blakely

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Johnston Blakely, a war hero whose namesake graces islands, cities and warships today, was a Wilmington resident for a time long ago. 

Blakely was born in Ireland, but his family moved to America when he was a baby. After his mother died, Blakely moved to Wilmington with his father in 1790. The Blakelys lived at the corner of Front and Princess St, which looked dramatically different than it does today. 

Johnston gained his fame after joining the Navy. He started out on the USS President and would quickly rise up the ranks, fighting in the Barbary War in the Mediterranean. 

The War of 1812 broke out between the British and the States and Lieutenant Blakely had himself a brand new sloop; the USS Wasp. He would command his ship and crew to harass British ships on the English Channel. 

The success of his venture brought joy to many who were war-weary on the homefront. His celebrated efforts awarded him a gold medal, but Blakely would never receive the award. 

The Wasp was lost at sea, never to be seen again. It is believed to have sunk during a storm on the Atlantic, but his legacy lives on. 

There have been three different USS Blakelys, and an entire "Blakely class" of torpedo boats. Blakely Island in Washington state and the city of Blakely, Georgia also bears his name.



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