Friday, June 21, 2013

Beech Island servicewoman killed in Afghanistan

Servicewoman from Aiken County killed in Afghanistan

BEECH ISLAND — The US Department of Defense has confirmed that a 21-year-old soldier from Aiken County has been killed in action in Afghanistan.

Ember M. Alt (pictured), 21, was among four soldiers killed in action on Tuesday.

Ms. Alt joined the Army in May 2011 and was deployed to Afghanistan for the first time on Monday, November 26, 2012. She served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic.

She was a member of the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

She was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon during her 23-month military career.

Ms. Alt and three others died from their injuries after being hit by indirect fire from enemy forces in Bagram, Afghanistan.

She is the forty-eighth (48th) woman killed in the Afghan war so far. [WRDW News 12]

Paula Deen's contract will not be renewed after its June 30 expiration date for racist remarks

SAVANNAH — The Food Network has announced that they will not renew Paula Deen's contract after it expires a week from Sunday due to racist remarks she made recently.

Ms. Deen acknowledged that in the previous millennium, she used the n-word. The network's announcement came at about 16:25 this afternoon.

Ms. Deen was in New York City for the taping of her cooking show, but cancelled her appearance on the Today show after the remarks and the news were picked up by entertainment media.

She had been with the network since 2002.

Ms. Deen has a marketing agreement with the Caesars Entertainment, as well as a restaurant inside one of their properties in the Lowcountry of Georgia.

In a statement late Friday, Caesars Entertainment, owner of Harras Casinos made this statement: "Paula Deen has acknowledged using a racial slur in the past. As a company with a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, Caesars Entertainment is deeply disturbed by what we are reading in the press and strongly object to any use of racial epithets. We will continue to monitor the situation." -Gary Thompson Director of Corporate Communications Caesars Entertainment Corporation [WSAV-DT News 3]

All three suspects in Horry County murder in jail

LITTLE RIVER — Three male suspects are now in jail after killing a 21-year-old woman on Wednesday.

A 15-year-old boy and Mike Bellamy and Brandon Littell, both 19, all of Myrtle Beach, were arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Two of the three suspects were denied bond. Mr. Bellamy had his hearing today.

"To have all these police over here like this, and we have children it's a very difficult situation because now you gotta explain to your kids you know why are all these police over here, what's going on. You know, they don't understand. It's even hard for the adults to understand as well," said neighbor Queenie Crawford.

The woman was shot at the intersection of Old Crane Rd and Sandridge Rd. She died almost immediately after the shooting.

A man was also shot, and is still in critical condition. [WMBF]

Woman in Wake County savagely murdered

RALEIGH — A 30 year old woman who had just moved from Tennessee prior to the May 14 slaying was savagely murdered by two men.

According to the Wake County coroner, the woman suffered 11 wounds to her head and neck, including a “chop wound” to her scalp and deep injury to her nose and cheek. The blows were so forceful that they penetrated her skull and dislodged teeth. The report also noted eight more wounds to the rest of her body and numerous bruises.

Her injuries were likely caused “by an instrument capable of inflicting both sharp and blunt force injuries,” the medical examiner wrote in the report.

Her eight year old daughter flagged down construction workers from NCDOT and several other companies for help at 7:30 on May 14. That is when they found the woman's body.

Ronald Lee Anthony, 23, of 1800 South Bloodworth St, Raleigh, Travion Devonte Smith, 20, of Raleigh, and Sarah Rene Redden, 18, of 3209 Scotch Pine Tr, Wake Forest, were all arrested May 22 on charges of first-degree murder.

Burglary is believed to have been the motive for the killing. [WRAL-DT]

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