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GEORGETOWN COUNTY

Boys found after wandering from home

Two toddler boys were missing from their home in the Williams Hill section of Georgetown County for about two hours on Friday before they were safely located by a member of the community, said Georgetown County Sheriff's Deputy Russell Goodale.

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office was called to a home on Gene Drive, off of Old Pee Dee Road, at about 1 p.m. Friday about two missing children, said Goodale.

Deputies were told that a 3-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy had wandered from the residence.

Georgetown County Fire/EMS units along with the Georgetown County Sheriff's bloodhound tracking team, a SLED aviation unit and numerous members of the community, assisted in the search, Goodale said in a news release.

The boys were located approximately 1.5 miles from home around 3:30 p.m. Both are in good health, Goodale said.

MYRTLE BEACH

Woman stabs husband with pocketknife

A woman was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after police say she stabbed her husband in the back of the neck.

Around 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Myrtle Beach police arrived at Quail Marsh Apartments at 2005 Greens Blvd. after receiving a call about the stabbing.

Officers found the victim bleeding from the back of the neck and determined that his wife, Miranda Lynn Ledesana, had stabbed him with a pocket knife.

Ledesana stated in the report that her actions were in self-defense.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

RALEIGH, N.C.

Police suspect woman is serial robber

A woman who robbed a Wachovia bank in West Raleigh on Thursday may be a serial robber who has hit other banks along the East Coast, authorities reported.

Police are still searching for the heavy-set woman who passed a note to a bank teller at a Wachovia branch at 4530 Western Blvd. just before 11:30 a.m. Thursday and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

According to the website ncbankrobbers.com, federal authorities in North Carolina and South Carolina think the woman is responsible for robberies that occurred in Wilmington, N.C., and Myrtle Beach in October.

FBI agents in North Carolina reported that a woman, wearing a long, dark wig and carrying an oversized purse, robbed New Bridge bank in Wilmington on Oct. 12.

FBI agents in South Carolina think the same woman robbed Conway National Bank in Myrtle Beach on Oct. 11, authorities reported.

Police have described her as a heavy-set woman in her mid- to late 20s. She was last seen in Raleigh wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, black skullcap, light-colored pants and dark sunglasses with gold trim.

Police ask anyone with information about the robbery to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.

BURLINGTON, N.C.

3 banks hit by same undisguised man

A man that police think robbed a bank in Mebane, N.C., and Myrtle Beach last week may be the same person who robbed a bank in Mississippi earlier this month.

In all three cases, the man didn't do anything to disguise his appearance. The robbery at Sun Trust bank in Horn Lake, Miss., happened at about 10:37 a.m. Dec. 13. The bank was inside a Kroger grocery store, according to a Horn Lake Police Department news release.

A week later at 10:05 a.m., a man matching the same description - a bald white man, between 185 and 200 pounds and about 5 feet 10 inches tall - walked into Wachovia on 71st Avenue in Myrtle Beach. He handed the teller a money bag.

More than five hours later, a suspect matching the same description walked into Randolph Bank at 1008 Mebane-Oaks Road at 2:41 p.m. and told the tellers he wanted money.

The FBI is taking the lead on the investigation because the suspect hit multiple banks and crossed state lines, said Mebane Police Assistant Chief T.A. Byrd.

The fact that the man doesn't wear a disguise and looks directly in surveillance cameras has authorities concerned about him. He is considered "armed and dangerous," Byrd said.

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact CrimeStoppers at 336-229-7100.

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ATLANTIC BEACH

Nonprofit lined up to distribute food

North Strand Helping Hand will be hosting a mass food distribution today in Atlantic Beach for the first 200 individuals in need of food, according to a news release from Margaret Owens, director of the North Strand Helping Hand.

The distribution begins at 1 p.m. today at the Atlantic Beach Community Center, 1010 32nd Ave. S., Atlantic Beach.

In addition to food, household linens and other services will be available.

The food distribution, which will be held in conjunction with the DreamFest, is hosted by Barefoot Church, Celebrate Recovery, North Strand Helping Hand, and the Lowcountry Food Bank.

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