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Archive for May, 2014

70 years of baseball honored at Topsail HS

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

It was a special night at the Topsail High School ball field on Tuesday. The school's athletic club paid tribute to 70 years of pirate baseball.

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Crews work to put fire out near Bolivia.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Fire crews responded to a significant fire that started in a home owner's kitchen.

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Fishing line started fight that has girl in serious condition, boyfriend charged with attempted murder

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An 18-year-old man is behind bars after police say he beat his 17-year-old girlfriend then dragged her across the ground before choking her Friday night.

The girl, who was in a medically-induced coma earlier Tuesday, is now listed in serious condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Her alleged attacker is charged with attempted first-degree murder.

“She’s bleeding and on the ground. She can’t walk,” a caller told a 911 operator late Friday night. “It’s her boyfriend, and he’s threatening and screaming at us to get back in the car, so I just need someone to be there.”

A friend says the fight started about something small: tangled fishing line. But police say that argument escalated at Michael Hutton’s home on Northwoods Drive. They say hutton went in the house and started beating his girlfriend Hannah Connaway.

Connaway’s friend was there and tried to stop Hutton, but she says he locked her out.

“I could hear her screaming, and it continued on for about 15 minutes till it moved into the front yard, and then the beating continued,” Claudene Williams said.

Police say Hutton choked Connaway until she passed out.

One of Hutton’s ex-girlfriends says she has nightmares of what could have happened to her had she stayed in the relationship with him.

“He’s not a good guy, and I’ve forgiven him,” Montgomery Register said. “I’m a Christian 100 percent, and I’ve forgiven him, and I have no grudge against him or his family, but I feel for the people he’s put after me. After I left. After I gained the strength to walk away.”

But Connaway’s friends say it is not about Hutton

“He doesn’t deserve our thoughts,” Sunny Platt said. “She does.”

They say what really matters is their friend’s recovery.

Hutton was taken from a courtroom this afternoon in handcuffs and sent to jail under $1 million bond.


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Two races, a decade apart, left indelible mark on heart

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Sometimes the race is not about the running.

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Military dad surprises kids at baseball game

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

A military family is back together after a surprise reunion at the Topsail High School baseball game on Tuesday night.

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