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Archive for September, 2013

Police searching for driver involved in accident that sparked vehicle fire

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Wilmington Police are currently searching for a suspect involved in an accident that sparked a vehicle fire.

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‘Fringe’ actor to join the cast of ‘Sleepy Hollow’

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

A familiar face is joining the cast of FOX's Sleepy Hollow.

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Wilmington Red Cross worker heading to Canada to help with flood relief

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More Red Cross volunteers are going to flooded areas.

Victoria Kling, the Regional Response Manager for the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross, will head to Alberta, Canada, where record floods ravaged the area this summer and forced 90,000 to leave Calgary, High River, Medicine Hat and Drumheller.

Kling said she will help coordinate the continued recovery effort there. She’s helped after several disasters across the country including Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.

She said every little bit of assistance she can give helps victims immensely.

“It’s a very intimate, personal space when you’re helping someone who’s just lost everything. And, you know, the support, the compassion, the aid that we’re able to provide sometimes really makes the difference for someone to just be able to have a little bit of that breathing space,” Kling said.

Kling will focus on working with key government agency partners, several tribal nations, and some community partners to get feedback on the operation.

Kling isn’t the only Red Cross volunteer offering flood relief help. Chuck Thurlow is in Colorado right now figuring out where to send help first after flooding devastated the areas around Boulder.

For more information on becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit redcross.org or contact the Cape Fear Chapter at (910) 762-2683.

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Man charged in shooting death of NC social worker

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

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GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged the estranged boyfriend of a Gaston County social worker with murder after the woman was shot and killed in her apartment in South Carolina.

The Gaston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1dw1k3l) 58-year-old John Washington is charged in the death of 51-year-old Zelda D. Kollock.

Co-workers said Kollock lived in a Gastonia apartment during the week, and would return to her home in Columbia, S.C., on the weekends. She had worked with Gaston County since September 2012 as a supervisor in adult protective services.

Officers arrested Washington last Saturday after they say he got into a car accident on Interstate 77 and was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital, and is currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia without bond.

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Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com

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

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Sampson County sheriff says 11-year-old was killed

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

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CLINTON, N.C. (AP) – The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office says the death of an 11-year-old girl found dead in her home earlier this month has been ruled a homicide.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1fivNDW) the ruling was made by the state Medical Examiner, based on an autopsy. However, a spokeswoman in the Raleigh office said the cause of death is not being released because all tests are not completed.

Cpl. Marcus Smith said a family member found McKenzie Mae Sessoms unresponsive in her home in Salemburg sometime after 7 a.m. on Sept. 6. Smith said she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Smith would not say how she died or where in the home she was found.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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

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