Army paratrooper killed at Fort Bragg

A member of the Army’s prestigious 82nd Airborne Division was killed Friday during training exercises at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Nine other were injured, two of them seriously, the Army said in a statement. The others suffered minor injuries. The military parachutists were not identified pending notification of next of kin.

U.S. Army paratroopers are seen here during exercises at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg.

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U.S. Army paratroopers are seen here during exercises at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg.


The accident is under investigation.

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Algerian plane crash toll: 1 survivor, 102 dead

Associated Press

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – An Algerian military transport plane slammed into a mountain Tuesday in the country’s rugged eastern region, killing 77 people and leaving just one survivor, the defense ministry said.

Air traffic controllers lost radio and radar contact with the U.S.-built C-130 Hercules turboprop just before noon and dispatched helicopters to try to find it. The plane was discovered in pieces on Mount Fortas near the town of Ain Kercha, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Constantine, the main city in eastern Algeria.

The plane was heading to Constantine from the southern Saharan city of Tamanrasset, which has a massive military presence due to its proximity to the country’s unstable southern borders. It was at least 24 years old, according to sales information supplied by its maker, Lockheed Martin Corp.

The plane carried 74 passengers and four crew members, the military said in its statement, blaming poor weather for the crash.

Earlier in the day, Algerian government officials and Algerian state media had reported that the plane had 99 passengers, making for a much higher death toll.

The lone survivor – a soldier – suffered head injuries and was treated at a nearby military facility before being flown to the military hospital in Algiers, a retired Algerian intelligence officer told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Civil defense officials at the snowy crash site said the plane broke into three parts and women and children were among the dead. Military transports in Algeria routinely carry not only soldiers but military families and sometimes even other civilians, if space is available.

Commander Farid Nechad, who was coordinating recovery efforts, told the AP that 55 bodies had been recovered so far but conditions at the crash site were difficult.

“Unfavorable weather conditions and storms accompanied by snow in the region were behind the crash,” the defense ministry said.

The presidency announced a three-day period of mourning, calling the soldiers who had died “martyrs for the country.”

Lockheed Martin’s hulking C-130 Hercules transport, born out of the experiences of the 1950-53 Korean War, has been used by air forces all over the world to help fight wars or save lives in humanitarian situations.

Lockheed Martin confirmed that it sold C-130s to Algeria from 1981 to 1990 and said if Algerian authorities asked, the company would work with them to investigate Tuesday’s crash. It did not release specific information on the age of the plane.

In other crashes involving similar planes, six people died in November 2012 when an Algerian Air Force C-130 crashed into a hillside in France, according to the Aviation Safety Network’s database. In 2003, 10 people died when an Algerian Air Force C-130 crashed after an engine caught fire shortly after it took off from an air base near Boufarik, Algeria, according to the database.

The worst plane crash in Algerian history occurred in 2003, when 102 people were killed after a civilian airliner crashed at the end of the runway in Tamanrasset. There was also a single survivor in that crash.

Sole survivors of large plane crashes are extremely rare, said Ky Dickens of Chicago, director and co-producer of a documentary on such survivors. Dickens, who began research for her film in 2010, identified 15 sole survivors around the world. She limited her search to commercial planes carrying more than 40 people.

Many sole survivors are either children or a member of the flight crew – a flight attendant or pilot, Dickens said.


Schemm reported from Rabat. Joshua Freed in Minneapolis, Joan Lowy in Washington and Karim Kebir in Algiers, Algeria, also contributed.

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Coroner releases identifications in Horry County double fatal wr – WBTW-TV … – WBTW


Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick confirmed a man and woman were killed in a wreck Saturday evening.

It happened around 5:25 in the Bucksport section of Horry County at Highway 701 South and Bucksport Road.

Hendrick says Jacklyn Marie Cohen, 18, of Conway, and Ryan Marsh, 22, of Little River, were killed in the crash.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports a 2011 Chevy pick-up truck was traveling west on Bucksport Road when it ran a stop sign and hit a Ford sedan Cohen and Marsh were traveling south on Highway 701 in.  Seven people were involved in the wreck. 

There was one other person in the car with Cohen and Marsh.  Four other people were in the truck.  The other people involved were taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

SCHP does not know about seatbelt-usage at this time and continue to investigate.

There’s no word on any charges as of this post, but count on News 13 to keep you covered.


1000+ NC college students take Polar Plunge – WBTW


East Carolina University kicked off the spring semester with the Polar Bear Plunge.

This year the jumpers dove right into the outdoor pool at the student recreation center. The first polar plunge began in 1997 with 35 participants.

That number has since ballooned to more than a thousand students. 1,028 this year to be exact.

ECU students braved below freezing temperatures all for the thrill of the jump and a free t-shirt — of course.

It’s the 18th time the University’s held the event.

ECU women’s head basketball coach Heather Macy even joined the students in the plunge this year.

FMU students dance to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network – WBTW


The Francis Marion University community dances to raise money for McLeod Children’s Hospital, an affiliate of the Children’s Miracle Network.

Dance Marathon 2014 starts 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 to 12 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community.

Organized by a student-run group created by the FMU Office of Student Affairs, this event serves as the kickoff of a two-month drive to raise funds to make medical treatment available for children whose families cannot afford it. According to Dance Marathon’s coordinator Jordan Tillar, ’14, though the primary purpose of the “I Dance Because…”, event is to raise funds, it is also meant to unite the FMU community.

“This is a cause that all of us can rally around, even those who are not on campus,” said Tillar.

The marathon consists of students, organizations, faculty, staff and community members standing and dancing for eight hours in the Smith University Center Commons. Aside from the actual dancing, the Dance Marathon will also feature several other events.

Pee Dee Viper players visit Florence County students – WBTW


The Pee Dee Vipers continue its first season in Florence. The players like to see fans in their stands while they play, but they also visit them outside the court.

The players recently spoke to students at Briggs Elementary School in Florence.

The players teach about successful life skills. They show them an education is more than just homework. They explain school is about hard work and team work.

“We basically reiterate what the teacher’s saying, but it, coming from us being successful basketball players, it might stick in their brains a little bit more,” said James Helton, a Viper player.

“It’s cool because people talk about them .. I know them kind of,” said Mellet Garrison, a Briggs Elementary 6th grader.

Alan-Michael Thompson grew up in Florence County. He says since his team is the first of its kind in the community, he knows kids are watching him on and off the court.@

“Me, wanting to be a basketball player growing up, I didn’t have somebody to look up to,” said Thompson

“Especially after the games, kids coming up and telling me I’m they’re favorite player, it means a lot to me, so I know that I have to watch what I do,” he said.

The players do leave the kids with homework. They have to remember the Vipers’ message.

 ”Never give up on your dream, and work hard, and be responsible for what you do,” said Thompson.

The Pee Dee Vipers’ next home game is Saturday, February 1. It is also “Noodle Night” to support the Harvest Hope Food Bank. Fans can bring packed goods or boxed noodles that will go to Harvest Hope. The first 500 donors receive a free bang stick.

Warrant: SC woman used saw to dismember man found in car trunk – WBTW

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) – A warrant says a Summerville woman used a saw to dismember her roommate’s body before she put the parts into black trash bags. 

Fifty-three-year-old Nancy Bentley was charged Thursday with desecration of human remains. 

Police say 54-year-old Roy Allen Steward of Summerville had been dead for at least two days before his body was cut apart. 

Police have not said how Steward died. 

Police found the remains Tuesday in trash bags in the vehicle Bentley had been driving. Her vehicle had been towed following a traffic stop Saturday. But the trunk of the car was not checked until Tuesday. 

Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said Steward died Jan. 2. He had been reported as missing by his brother in Texas, who was unable to contact him.

Two people killed in head-on crash on US 1 north of Southern Pines

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:30 pm

Updated: 11:45 pm, Thu Jan 23, 2014.

Two people killed in head-on crash on U.S. 1 north of Southern Pines

SOUTHERN PINES – Two people were killed Wednesday night when their vehicles collided on U.S. 1, the Highway Patrol said.

One of the drivers was traveling the south in the northbound lane, according to a report filed by Troopers Joel McDonald and Patrick Allen.

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Updated: 11:45 pm.

Man charged in shooting, crash that killed Myrtle Beach dad – WBTW


One of two men has now been apprehended in the shooting, chase and fatal crash that killed a Myrtle Beach dad in mid-December in Socastee.

 Michael Scott Stevenson, 27, from High Point, NC, was charged Wednesday in connection with the death of Elvan Douglas, age 35, a father of 3 children.

 A woman, Jessy Larinda Bracey, was charged in the case just a day after the incident.

Douglas was driving a grey Nissan pickup truck that police say intentionally crashed into a white sedan with three people inside, police said. That crash happened after Douglas had been shot at on Luttie Road earlier in the morning on Dec. 17.

 Ronald Terrel Hamlet, 28, is still wanted for attempted murder and armed robbery.

Stevenson is charged with armed robbery and attempted murder.

The crash happened at the two Kangaroo gas stations on SC 707 and blocked the road starting around 5 am.

Douglas was the father of three children and worked as the site manager for the Zaxby’s near Myrtlewood Golf Club along the 17 Bypass, according to his Facebook account information and a company profile of Zaxby’s.

He attended NC AT University in Greensboro, NC, and Northern High School in Durham, NC, according to his Facebook page.

2 killed in head-on-crash in NC – WBTW

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