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Archive for May, 2013

Camp Lejeune Marine suspected in Texas shootings, Jacksonville homicide

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

EDEN, Texas (AP) — Officials say a Camp Lejeune Marine suspected in a string of West Texas shootings that left one person dead and five wounded was sought for questioning in an Onslow County homicide.

Master Sgt. Jonathan Cress at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base said Monday that the Marine was wanted for questioning in a homicide in nearby Jacksonville, NC.

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the man as 23-year-old Esteban J. Smith of the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base.

In a statement Monday, DPS spokesman Tom Vinger says Smith later died in a gunfight with an agency trooper and a state game warden. Authorities say the Texas shootings seemed to be random.

One of the people injured was a sheriff who is hospitalized with non-life threatening wounds.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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19-year-old from Leland faces rape charge

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Kevin Abron Wade of Dogwood Avenue in Leland was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree rape.

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NC NAACP launches tour against state legislation

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is launching a 25-county tour targeting the policies of the Republican-led General Assembly.

The civil rights group heads Tuesday to Wake, Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties for public events featuring legal and policy experts, grassroots organizers and people arrested during weekly protests at the state legislature. They’ll visit Wilmington Friday.

The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will also release a mid-session report card assessing each legislator’s votes for their effects on behalf of the state’s poorer residents.

The NAACP has criticized Republican action on economic policy, social programs, education and voting rights. More than 150 people have been arrested in the group’s protests at the General Assembly.

The next demonstration in the group’s Monday series comes June 3.

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Battleship marks Memorial Day with 48th annual service

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People in the Port City celebrated this Memorial Day in a variety of ways, including the 48th Annual Memorial Day Service on the Battleship North Carolina.

Hundreds of people turned out for today’s service including Armed Forces Veterans, Elected Leaders and the 440th North Carolina Army National Guard Band.

Today’s service was very emotional and people came from all over the state to remember the men and women who gave their lives to fight for our freedom.

For Kay Adolph Memorial Day is more than just a holiday. It’s a day of remembrance and a day to celebrate the men and women who have protected our freedoms.

“It was very emotional. It’s remembering my childhood and what was going on during World War II,” said Adolph.

Adolph was just one of the many voices that came together Monday to celebrate the event aboard The Battleship North Carolina.

Nick Bryan came to the event with his family and said he enjoyed learning about the history of Memorial Day.

“A lot of people in my family were in the military so I just really wanted to learn about the history,” said Bryan.

Nick’s father says it was important to bring his family to the Memorial Day Service because he wants his children to appreciate the freedoms they have today.

Lessons Adolph says all children should learn.

“We are so fortunate to be in this country and I hope they can learn to appreciate it. We have so much here,” said Adolph.

And as for Nick, he has a special message to the men and women we honor this Memorial Day.

“I want to thank you for fighting for our freedom and that I can live here without any trouble. Thanks a lot,” Bryan said.

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Women-only Wilma Dash kicks off Thursday

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Wilma Dash 5k run and walk is the only all-women race in the region and the 5th annual event will be in Wilmington Thursday.

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