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Gastonia is a city located in Gaston County in North Carolina, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 66,277. It is the county seat of Gaston County. It is considered part of the greater Metrolina area, a region of population, of which... (More Info and Source) Gastonia Real Estate

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Rock Hill father arrested in infant’s death

A Rock Hill father was arrested after his six-month-old son was rushed to the hospital and later died, our partners at The Herald reported.

Joseph Pesa, 19, was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.

An autopsy showed the child “most likely” suffered from asphyxia after being placed faced down on a bed.

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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:58:24 -0400

Watch: Teen jumps from car to escape kidnapper

A new viral video shows a teen jumping out of a moving car and rolling onto the side of the road. Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut released the video of a 17-year-old female, who told them she escaped after being lured into the car.

According to the victim, a Hispanic woman lured the teen to the car while she was walking to school. The woman sexually assaulted the victim, who then tumbled out of the car. The driver continued driving.

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The suspect is described as a woman in her 40s with black hair and freckles. The car she was driving was a Toyota missing the rear bumper with the white plastic foam exposed.

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:22:31 -0400

Deputy volunteers to donate kidney to stranger

Paul Tucker has been a deputy with the Rogers County Sheriff's Office in Claremore, Oklahoma for three years.

He understands that sometimes, a peace officer puts his life on the line for others, but in Tucker's case, he's going above and beyond the call of duty by literally giving a piece of himself to save a man he'd never met until recently.

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It began with a Facebook post by a friend of his asking for help for a man who needed a kidney but has a rare blood type.

Tucker told KRMG he wanted to help, so he messaged his friend, then filled out an application with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville to become a donor.

It didn't take long for them to call him back.

"She said, 'Okay, we're going to send some lab work over, and you can do it right there in Claremore,'" Tucker told KRMG.

When the results came back, they were better than anyone involved could have hoped.

"She said, 'You guys are a six-for-six match,'" Tucker said. "I didn't find this out until later on, but the match that we are is one in a million."

Little did he know, that was just the beginning.

"They did all kinds of things: EKG, chest x-ray. I had to meet with a social worker and a psychologist," Tucker said.

All this for a man he didn't even know.

"When we landed in Nashville, he picked us up at the airport. That was the first time we ever met," said Tucker.

A non-profit called Living Donors Assistance Program is helping Tucker with the travel expenses.

As far as his job, Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton has been nothing but supportive.

"His words to me were, 'We're one hundred percent behind you,'" Tucker said, adding that several of his fellow employees have offered to donate time off to him if he needs it so he won't lose any pay.

The recovery from the operation will take weeks, with weeks more of light duty after that before he can return to patrol.

As for the why, Tucker said it's pretty simple.

The man who needs the kidney has a wife and two children.

"Me being a father myself, I would hope and pray that if I was in that situation, someone would do the same for me."

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:02:19 -0400

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