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  • Alison Parker's obituary released, memorial scholarships established

    Published On: Aug 28 2015 08:16:42 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 28 2015 09:49:31 AM CDT
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    The obituary for former WCTI Jacksonville bureau reporter Alison Parker was released. She was shot and killed Wednesday during a live shot for her current station, WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. WDBJ photographer Adam Ward was also killed.

    Alison's mother, Barbara Parker, emailed us this obituary for Alison:

    Alison Bailey Parker, loved by everyone who knew her, was taken from us at the age of 24 on August 26, 2015. Born in Annapolis, MD, Alison grew up in Collinsville, Virginia and graduated from Martinsville High School in 2009. Her many accomplishments included Piedmont District Swimmer of the Year award, Big M Trophy recipient, and a member of the jazz and concert bands where she played both trumpet and French horn. As a student at the Piedmont Governors School for Math, Science and Technology, she was a member of the award winning robotics team. Alison was a gymnast, a beautiful dancer, and when kayaking with her family she grew to love the beauty of the rivers around us.

    She was accepted into the James Madison University School of Media Arts and Design, and was a news editor at the Breeze, a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, and was a tutor of freshmen calculus students. During her college summers she was a New College Institute intern for The United Way and MURA in Martinsville, and at WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated from JMU in 2012 and joined the news team at WCTI12 in North Carolina as the Jacksonville bureau chief, covering Camp Lejeune and the surrounding area, where she relished the tough schedule and hard news.   Alison was recruited to return to WDBJ7 in Roanoke as the Mornin’ Reporter last year, and she greeted viewers each weekday morning with a smile and her bubbly personality, hoping to make their day a little brighter. She loved her job and had such a bright future ahead in the field of journalism, but still found time to support her community.  She was rehearsing to be a contestant in the Valley Stars benefit for the Salvation Army of Roanoke Turning Point, the only secure center in the Roanoke Valley for adult survivors and their children who are in imminent danger from family and intimate partner violence. She will be missed by everyone she touched, and she lived life to the fullest in her short time on earth.

    She is survived by the love of her life, Chris L. Hurst of Roanoke, VA; her parents, Andy and Barbara Parker of Collinsville; brother Drew Parker of Mt. Airy, NC; grandmothers Frances Bailey of Denison, TX and Gloria Parker of Austin, TX; aunts Lisa Foster of Sherman, TX, Kristin Bailey Murphy of Hollywood, CA, and Jane Ann Parker of Austin, TX; and cousins Kristin and Caitlin Miller of Dallas, TX, Meredith Foster of Georgetown, TX, and Jonas and Makenna Parker of Austin, TX; and countless special friends like Sasha, Katie, and Georgina. She especially loved Jack and Sophie, the best dogs ever.

    A celebration of Alison’s life will be held at a later date after a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the following scholarship funds or charitable organizations:

    JMU Scholarship Alison B Parker Memorial Fund

    Donations for the Alison B Parker Memorial Fund can be made online at the link above or checks for the Alison Parker Memorial Scholarship can be made payable to the JMU Foundation.

    JMU Advancement Gifts and Records
    MSC 3603
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

    ATTN: Alison Parker Memorial Scholarship

    Patrick Henry Community College Alison Bailey Parker Scholarship

    Donations for the Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship can be made online at the link above or by cash or check to the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, 645 Patriot Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112. For additional information, call (276) 656-0250.

    Valley Stars and Salvation Army of Roanoke

    As mentioned, Alison was rehearsing to be a contestant in the Valley Stars benefit for the Salvation Army of Roanoke Turning Point. To donate to the Valley Stars and Salvation Army of Roanoke in Alison’s name, visit the link above and scroll down until you see Alison's red kettle..

  • Bread recalled in 11 states due to broken light bulb

    Published On: Aug 27 2015 06:20:58 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 27 2015 09:55:57 AM CDT
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    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -

    A broken light bulb is causing a recall of bread in 11 states due to the possibility of broken glass fragments in the bread.

    The bread is sold under the names Sara Lee, Kroger, Bimbo, Nature's Harvest, Great Value and L'Oven Fresh. The states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Most of the brands are being recalled in fewer than those 11 states.

    Bimbo Bakeries USA says there had been three reports of pieces of glass on the outside of the bread. There were no reported injuries.

    Customers who bought the recalled bread can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

  • Tropical Storm Erika moving around south coast of Hispaniola

    Published On: Aug 25 2015 05:26:53 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 28 2015 08:28:20 PM CDT
    NEW BERN, Craven County -

    Tropical Storm Erika is producing heavy, flooding rains. The storm is moving across Hispaniola Friday.

    At 8 p.m. Friday evening, the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 18.3 North, longitude 72.0 West. Erika has winds of 45 mph and is moving toward the west near 21 mph.

    Erika remains disorganized but thunderstorm activity has been increasing this evening around the low level center which is starting to cut northwest across the island of Hispaniola. Rainfall has continued to be the most significant threat from this storm. Amounts of 4-8 inches are forecast with a possibility of 12 inches in some areas.

    The track continues a westward shift. The change in track brings Erika along the west coast of Florida and keeps Erika as a tropical storm. Despite a change in forecast track, the forecast confidence outside of 48 hours is very low.

    Models 3-5 days out bring the storm into the Gulf of Mexico or out to the Atlantic, but most bring the storm through the state of Florida. The next 12-24 hours of Erika's track will be critical to the official forecast track. The storm could fall apart all together as it interacts with Hispaniola's high terrain which would ultimately have an impact on the track.  We will have a better idea on the track and what, if any, impacts there will be to ENC as we head into the weekend.

    One should remember to not focus on the exact forecast track, especially at the long range where the average NHC track errors during the past 5 years are about 180 miles at day 4 and 240 miles at day 5.

  • Kinston mother fed up with violence, challenges police

    Published On: Aug 27 2015 05:56:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 27 2015 07:53:53 PM CDT
    KINSTON, Lenoir County -

    The count is up to seven shootings in Kinston in five days. One killed a woman; another injured a man. In the most recent shooting, bullets riddled a home full of people.

    "Why you all got to kill each other? … I’m not going to walk outside with no vest on," fed-up Kinston resident Kia Lewis said.

    “Get these criminals off the street because you're going to have somebody else burying their kids," Lewis said.

    Wednesday night, Lewis’ two cars and her home on Pollock St. in Kinston were hit by bullets. Lewis, her sister, mother and five kids were inside the home at the time, protected only by thin walls.

    "This hurt, this hurt," Lewis said.

    She found bullet holes had riddled the two cars out front. She said they then ricocheted off her home and into the home next door.

    "If those bullets hit my house, and hit my babies," a choked-up Lewis said.

    Kinston police said they're investigating, but Lewis' opinion is they're not doing anything.

    "Half of the (police) force, what I (saw) last night, half of them didn't even care, because how they looked at it was: it's gang affiliated. Do you see me out here with a flag in my pocket? Do you see me with a flag anything? No," Lewis said.

    Turning elsewhere for help, she drives with a bible in her front window.

    “That’s just how I drive because that’s my weapon," Lewis said.

    Pastor Warren Kearney, President of the People of God Outreach Ministries, was there to hear Lewis' cries for help.

    “I want to ask you something, what can we do? ...  Is there anything here for the kids to do?” Kearney said.

    Lewis replied, “no, that's why they killing each other.”

    Lewis wants to see affordable after school programs for the kids.

    "They could get in there and run and play and exercise and stuff like that," Lewis said.

    Pastor Kearney said they’re going to be holding a community event in Kinston on Sept. 25.

  • Local law enforcement use license plate readers

    Published On: Aug 28 2015 05:21:06 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 28 2015 07:23:50 PM CDT
    JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County -

    Jacksonville Police use automatic license plate readers, technology similar to that used in the capture of WDBJ shooting suspect, Vester Flanagan.

    After the shooting Wednesady, Flanagan fled the area in a rental vehicle. After his capture, law enforcement revealed license plate scanners were used to find him.

    "We use them because they're effective in reducing crime," Jacksonville Director of Pubic Safety Chief Mike Yaniero said.

    The Jacksonville Police Department has five cars equipped with the automatic license place readers. Chief Yaniero said the technology has helped his officers catch criminals.

    "They've been very successful for us," Yaniero said.

    The cameras take constant photos of license plates around them. The cameras then enter the license plate numbers into the FBI's National Information Crime System. If there is something suspicious about the car, the officer will be notified.

    Yaniero said the technology is used a lot to find murder suspects, and it has helped his officers do their jobs more effectively.

    "I think one of the things that we want is to make our community safer, and this is a less intrusive way of making people safer," Yaniero said.

  • Ribbon cutting held for newly renovated Morehead City hospital

    Published On: Aug 27 2015 06:38:44 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 27 2015 06:47:27 PM CDT

    A ribbon cutting ceremony commemorated the newly renovated Carteret Health Care in Morehead City. The state Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Rick Brajer spoke at the event Thursday in place of Gov. Pat McCrory.

  • Woman, officer dead in Louisiana standoff

    Published On: Aug 27 2015 04:12:50 AM CDT

    Police in Louisiana say a man killed a police officer with the officer’s own gun after stabbing three women -- including his wife. The officer and a woman are now dead.

  • Kinston police call on the public for help

    Published On: Aug 27 2015 06:05:24 PM CDT
  • Alison Parker remembered during WCTI noon news

    Published On: Aug 26 2015 01:06:34 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 26 2015 02:43:59 PM CDT

    NewsChannel 12 paid tribute to the life of former WCTI reporter Alison Parker, who was killed along with her cameraman on Wednesday while working for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Va.

  • Mullet Bucket, Havelock-New Bern highlight Week 2

    Published On: Aug 28 2015 05:51:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 28 2015 05:58:14 PM CDT

    It's rivalry night for high school football teams in many areas of Eastern North Carolina. One of the big games is Havelock at New Bern at Caruso Coates Stadium in a battle of Craven County teams. The other big matchup is the 51st Mullet Bucket battle between East and West Carteret.