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Archive for May, 2013

Premie’s fight to live illustrates challenges posed by preterm births

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Amanda Anderson gave birth by Caesarean section to a foot-long boy weighing 21.9 ounces.

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Pender Co. man sentenced to prison for sex crimes against children

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County man will spend about 35 years in prison for sex crimes against children, according to the District Attorney.

DA Ben David says Danny Strickland, 39, pleaded guilty this week to one count each of first degree sex offense with a child, indecent liberties with a child and crimes against nature.

David says a judge sentenced Strickland to between 27 years four month and 35 years and four months in prison because of aggravating circumstances in the case, including that the victims were under 12 and Strickland used a position of trust to commit the crimes. After his release from prison, Strickland must register as a sex offender with GPS monitoring for life, David says.

Deputies arrested Strickland in January on more than two dozen counts.

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Man pleads guilty to sex offenses involving family member and her friend

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

A man in Pender County pleaded guilty Tuesday to several sex offenses involving children.

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Man kayaks for local disaster relief

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — While some Red Cross volunteers are making their way back from Oklahoma, one man is traveling home after 12 days on the water where he aimed to make a difference from the inside of his kayak.

Larry Williamson is not your typical Red Cross volunteer. He has a unique way of helping his community, in his kayak.

“This was my way of trying to do something personal to raise money for the Red Cross,” Larry Williamson a Red Cross Volunteer says.

Williamson paddled through wind, rain and rough seas on his 220 mile journey on the Intracoastal Waterways. His goal is to raise $14,000 for the American Red Cross. For Williamson, it’s a mission that hits close to home. The Red Cross responded when his mom needed a blood transfusion.

“I remember sitting in that quiet hospital room looking up at that bag of blood and just thinking how far that must have traveled,” Williamson says.

Williamson says many people tend to only think of the Red Cross after major disasters and may not know the organization helps with daily needs.

“The people with home fires, or floods and so forth that they’re just helping on a day to day basis,” Williamson says.

Bill Brent with the Red Cross says all the money raised will help the Eastern North Carolina disaster relief fund. He says being in a high-risk region means we need to be prepared for whatever may come our way this season.

“Hurricane season starts in just a few days. Our intention right now is on preparation for hurricane season making sure we have our volunteer resources, material resources in place and ready,” Bill Brent the Red Cross Eastern North Carolina Region CEO says.

With more than $8,000 already raised, Williamson is the 6th largest fundraiser in the nation, but he says he’s still aiming for $14,000.

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Ports Authority board OKs deals for wood pellet facility

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The facility is expected to be up and running by Jan. 15, 2014, authority acting executive director Jeff Miles said.

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