100 Girls of Code teaches coding skills
Upper Midlands organization hopes girls ages 12-18 will enter programming field
COLUMBIA — The lack of girls in STEM fields continues to plague the United States.
Enter the Upper Midlands-based One Hundred (100) Girls of Code.
The One Hundred Girls of Code, which held their first-ever workshop on Saturday in Columbia, hopes to bring some “girl power” to the programming field.
The girls, all of whom are between 12 and 18 years of age, were given an introduction to computer programming and were able to learn about website construction and even how to code for video games.
Organizers say computer science and computer engineering fields have a median pay around $80,000 to $100,000 but only one in every eight people in the field identify as women. They hope to help change that statistic.
The group will hold two more free workshops on May 9 at the Richland Library Cooper on Trenholm Road and June 13 at Richland Library Northeast on Parklane Road. The workshops are free but registration is required. There are not any additional workshops planned in Greenville at the moment – one was held on Saturday at the Iron Yard at 101 NORTH MAIN ST.
Silver Alert issued for missing 22-year-old N.C. woman
HAVELOCK, N.C. — The Havelock Police Office is searching for a woman who was reported missing today.
THe HPO issued a Silver Alert after the 22-year-old woman did not return home after telling people she would be gone for two hours.
Family and friends say the woman’s departure is unusual and out of character for her.
Police say she left with a man named “Chad” in a dark SUV-style vehicle.
She is 5’2″ tall, weighs 125 pounds, she has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone who knows her whereabouts should call the Havelock Police Office at 252-447-1111.
Man guilty of child sexual assaults dating back to 1984 jailed for life
WILLIAMSTON, N.C. — A Martin County judge has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to child sexual assaults dating back to 1984 to life in prison.
Randy Wynne pleaded Tuesday to one count of statutory sex offense from the 1980s, one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor from the 1980s, and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor from 2007.
District Attorney Seth Edwards says the judge was bound by laws in effect at the time the crimes were committed, meaning a life sentence with no parole was necessitated for Mr. Wynne on the sex offense charges.
Mr. Edwards says in 2013, a then 20-year-old woman told lawmen she had a lengthy sexual relationship with the man that began when she was 13 in 2005. At the time Mr. Wynne had hired her as a babysitter, according to Mr. Edwards.
The D.A. says once the two split up, the woman went to law enforcement who then uncovered numerous other victims, going all the way back to 1984.
A man who is now in his 40s told investigators that Wynne touched him inappropriately when he was a youngster. Mr. Edwards says the man’s willingness to testify may have been the “straw that broke the camel’s back” in convincing Mr. Wynne to plead guilty.
School, deputies take extra measures to protect schoolgirls after sexual assaults
SAVANNAH — Since Monday, Savannah residents may have seen extra security near school zones in the county.
That’s because the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools called in Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Office deputies to patrol the areas before, during and after school.
This was due to the fact that a 14-year-old schoolgirl was raped near Beach High School on Sunday by a man who deputies suspect may be responsible for more rapes and sexual assaults of schoolgirls since August 25, 2014.
There are a lot of pupil foot traffic in the area described.
At least a half dozen schoolgirls, all of whom are between the ages of 14 and 18, have come in contact with a suspicious man they describe as a tall, slender African-American who covers his face with a shirt.
A memo was sent to all school principals on today to make sure their pupils are being educated on how to keep themselves safe.
“You know, it’s about education,” said Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Police Chief Terry Enoch. “When our kids are out walking on routes from one destination to the other, we want them to be aware of their surroundings, and so we put out some walking safety tips, some personal safety tips to help our kids as well as families to be safe.”
And it’s not just the school system that’s stepping in. There are some vigilant neighbors who live in the area who have literally chased suspicious people right out of this neighborhood.
“We always try to watch out for the kids, you know,” said one male neighbor.
WTOC 11 found the man and Patricia King sitting on their porch this afternoon, the place where they keep watch of everything going on in their neighborhood. In September 2014, several schoolgirls were attacked on two different occasions on this street, but they managed to get away.
The man, who will not be identified by Aiken Area Progressive, said he remembers a suspicious man on a moped who was lingering around pupils who were walking to and from school.
“When you see, he goes one way, when he sees the kids he turns around,” said the neighbor. “So that’s strange.”
Since then, the male neighbor says he doesn’t tolerate any weird behavior.
“We chase them,” he said. “We tell them ‘get out of here, we don’t know you, why are you following school kids?’”
Savannah Chatham Public School Sytem released a safety memo to all schools on today to make sure pupils are taking extra precautions when they are walking to school or in their neighborhoods. And if they didn’t get the message, the neighbor plans to be on his porch educating each pupil, gender notwithstanding, who may walk by.
“We tell them to walk in pairs because you never know what they will do to you,” he said. “If you’re in pairs you can look out for each other.”