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  • Woman's body found in South West Creek in Onslow County

    Published On: May 23 2015 08:40:09 AM CDT   Updated On: May 23 2015 10:43:38 PM CDT

    The Onslow County Sheriff's office says they are investigating a potential homicide after a woman's body was found in South West Creek.

    According to Sheriff Hans Miller, deputies and county EMS responded Friday evening after dark to a call of a woman's body found in a creek near Foy Lockamy Road.

    Residents say her body was discovered by two fisherman.

    The Sheriff's office has not yet released the identity of the woman found. However, we spoke with family members who said the woman is 24-year-old Angela Ward. Her cousin Quatin Parker said it wasn't out of the ordinary for Ward to take walks in the woods by herself.

    "She took walks, and she would come over here and see us."

    Other family members remember Ward as being a caring, wonderful person, who was very family oriented.

    "She was a sweet person and I'm going to miss her. We're all going to miss her. She was very nice and I just wish she was still here." said cousin Nancy Abercrombie.

    Family members confirmed that Ward was taking some sort of prescription drug. The sheriff says they suspect the death may be medically related. At this point investigators found no signs of a struggle or foul play.

    As part of the sheriff's office protocol, deputies still plan to investigate this case as a potential homicide.

    Investigators are now performing what Sheriff Miller calls a "psychological autopsy" to get more information about Ward and her past.

    The medical autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

    Abercrombie asked for everyone to keep her cousin and family in their prayers during this difficult time.

    Ward leaves behind numerous family members and her 10-year-old son.

  • Area teams advance to state semi-finals, while NC State gets dramatic win

    Published On: May 22 2015 10:59:16 PM CDT   Updated On: May 22 2015 11:16:55 PM CDT

    DH Conley's softball team went on the road and knocked off top seed Cape Fear 2-1 Friday night to advance to the 4A eastern regional final.  The Vikings will next face Apex, the Cougars scored 3 times in the 7th to beat South Central 7-4.

    North Duplin went on the road and shutout Perquimans 1-0 to advance to the 1A eastern regional final.  The Rebels will take on undefeated Northside.  The Panthers knocked off Whiteville 3-2 in 10 innings to improve to 24-0.

    NC State's baseball team will play in the ACC Tournament Championship game Sunday.  The Wolfpack beat Miami 5-4 in 12 innings.  Preston Palmeiro doubled in the 12th inning and raced around to score the winning run on a throwing error for the game winning run.  The sixth-seeded Wolfpack (33-20) still has one more game to play in the round robin format, and has to wait to see who it will play.

    North Carolina won its final ACC Tournament round robin game with a 6-3 win over Clemson.  Skye Bolt hit his 10th home run of the season and drove in four runs.  The Tar Heels improved to 34-24 on the season with the win.

    East Carolina's baseball team will take on Connecticut today at 1 pm.  The Huskies eliminated Tulane with a 7-6 win Friday.  The Huskies scored 5 runs in the 8th inning to get the win.  ECU needs one more win to advance to the AAC Championship game, UConn will have to be the Pirates twice to advance to the title game.

    Carteret County native Lonnie Chisenhall went 0-5 but scored a run as his Cleveland Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 Friday night.

    Bertie County native Kent Bazemore scored 7 points in 12 minutes but his Atlanta Hawks lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-82 Friday night.  The Cavs now lead the best of 7 series 2-0 and will be home for games three and four.

  • Memorial Day weekend ceremonies held across Eastern Carolina

    Published On: May 23 2015 07:35:42 PM CDT   Updated On: May 23 2015 07:47:06 PM CDT
    Memorial Day Event

    Several events were held across Eastern Carolina this Memorial Day weekend in honor of those who died while serving our country.

    A ceremony at New Bern's National Cemetery was held Saturday morning. During the service flags were placed at the grave sites of fallen service men and woman.

    During the service veterans were also welcomed to form a line were they received flowers and handshakes as a token of appreciation.

    "We're here to support all the veterans who fought for our country. thanking them for all they have done for us," says Anissa Bucchan.

    The town of Beaufort also hosted a Memorial Day weekend event Saturday morning as well that included a special appearance by Rep. Walter B. Jones.

    Monday the City of Havelock and Pamlico County will also hold Memorial Day events beginning at 9 a.m.

  • 10-month-old needs liver transplant to survive

    Published On: Apr 28 2015 05:34:47 PM CDT

    A 10-month-old child from Jacksonville has a rare condition and needs a liver transplant.

    In his short life, Elijah Tsawo has already fought some pretty big battles. He suffers from a rare condition called biliary atresia. Elijah's mother, Renae, said his bile ducts never formed at birth. Meaning all the toxins in his body are stuck in his liver, causing it to fail. "He's the strongest boy I know," his mother said.

    She says Elijah's condition caused his liver and spleen to swell and have made his eyes yellow from jaundice. She spends a lot of her time with Elijah seeing doctors to treat his condition.

    Elijah needs a liver transplant to survive. His blood type is O positive. His family needs help from the public to find a donor match. "If he doesn't get a transplant, it is fatal," Renae Tsawo said.

    They've had a few people come forward to donate, but so far, no one has been the perfect match. "It's been hard, but we're going to get through this," Renae Tsawo said.

    Elijah's mother said she doesn't know how much time her son has left.

    If you would like to be tested as a donor match and you're 18 or older, you're asked to contact the Duke Children's Hospital at (919) 613-7777.

  • No tanning beds for North Carolina teens

    Published On: May 21 2015 08:20:02 PM CDT   Updated On: May 21 2015 08:28:00 PM CDT

    It's now illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to use tanning beds in North Carolina.

    Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law Thursday.

    The ban begins October 1st.

    Supporters say there's evidence linked to young people tanning and an increased risk of skin cancer as adults.

    McCrory also signed a bill adding garbage trucks to North Carolina's "Move Over" law.

  • School district offers Spanish immersion program

    Published On: May 20 2015 05:28:11 PM CDT
  • Despondent mom found pushing dead son on swing

    Published On: May 23 2015 02:08:24 PM CDT   Updated On: May 23 2015 02:20:32 PM CDT

    What police discovered upon closer inspection was completely unexpected.

  • Navy training jet overshoots runway and lands in San Diego bay

    Published On: May 23 2015 03:01:04 PM CDT
  • Cannes Film Festival nears awarding prestigious 'Golden Palm'

    Published On: May 23 2015 04:10:18 PM CDT

    The Cannes Film Festival is coming to a close, with the awarding of its prestigious "Golden Palm"

  • Record rainfall causing massive flooding in Texas

    Published On: May 24 2015 01:20:16 AM CDT   Updated On: May 24 2015 07:00:01 AM CDT

    In Wichita Falls, Texas, hundreds of families face the possibility of their homes flooding.