Erik Estrada has made a lot of stops in his career — Hollywood, New York, Tarboro.
Estrada, best known for his portrayal of California Highway Patrol motorcycle patrolman Francis "Ponch" Poncherello in the series “ChiPS,” takes to the road these days as a celebrity spokesperson for the Safe Surfin’ Foundation (SSF).
That’s why he was at Tarboro’s Sunset Church of God Wednesday night.
While “ChiPS” had its share of beach and surfing scenes, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation deals with an entirely different subject — to raise awareness for the need of Internet safety because of the prevalence of sexual predators online.
To help get the message across, Safe Surfin’ funded the production of Finding Faith, a powerful dram based on the real-life story of a girl who was abducted after falling prey to a skillful online predator.
Actor Jonathan Phillips plays predator Edwin Doss . In the movie, Doss creates Internet persona Eddie Blue as a guise to contact young girls. Faith, a 14-year old girl, is on the Internet when she ends up getting a friend request from a boy who says he's 16. They chat. She decides to meet him and things go terribly wrong.
Phillips, who was also in town along with Estrada, talked to the standing room audience of more than 400 people before the movie started.
“How many of you have an iPad, iPod, iPhone or some sort of smart phone?” he asked the audience. “If you have one of those, stand up.”
Easily, more than 90 percent of the audience stood.
“Now, if you are teen or younger, keep standing … the rest of you, sit down.”
Phillips then delivered one of the more sobering lines of the night … “There is a 100 percent chance, not 99 and not 98, but a 100 percent chance that you will be approached by an online predator.”
It was a pre-teen from Tarboro, Autumn Bearden, who helped get Estrada and Phillips and Finding Faith to come to town.
Bearden’s face is one used on a missing children poster used in the movie and she was also an extra in the movie, which was largely filmed on and around the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
“I wanted my classmates to be able to see it,” she said, “so I asked them to come.”
Both Estrada and Phillips said they and other members of the cast were making one-night stands to show the movie across the country because they want people to see it and talk about it.
“We could release it to theatres and it would show for two weeks and wind up on the shelf, or we can take it to churches across the country and get face-to-face with people in delivering the message.” Phillips noted.
As a result, the group has made stops in Conover, High Point and Tarboro this week.
“We’ll leave here and drive eight hours to Georgia and then on to Florida,” Estrada said. “We’ve got to get this movie in front of people and into the classrooms.
“We made the movie for the children,” he said. “We made it for them because there’s a very nasty thing going on out there that is surfacing and it’s here. The bad guy is on your phone, he’s in your living room, he’s in your computer and he’s just a click away from wanting to steal your child’s innocence.”
Estrada got involved with Safe Surfin’ when he heard about Bedford County, Va. Sheriff Mike Brown’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Estrada decided to get involved in Brown’s effort to bring Internet safety education to schools. He has used his celebrity to raise money to educate parents and children about Internet predators, and he stars as a character based on Brown in “Finding Faith.”
The Safe Surfin’ Foundation conducts programs in schools to educate students about safe Internet practices, offers free software to help children stay safe online, and works with agencies across the country on an identification program that provides parents with a disc containing fingerprints and photographs of their children.
Trailer of movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VvNBAyDacQ
Erik Estrada stops in Tarboro
Erik Estrada has made a lot of stops in his career — Hollywood, New York, Tarboro.
Nathan Sherrod (left) and his twin brother Melvin, of Tarboro, enjoy a carnival ride Saturday afternoon at the Happening on the Common. Abrams Rentals provided the rides.
HAPPENING ON THE COMMON
Tarboro’s Town Common was clearly the center of activity in town Saturday, with cars lining the streets surrounding the common, music that could be heard from blocks away, and a sea of people navigating their way through the vendors’ tables under a canopy of trees. The occasion was the 43rd Annual Happening on the Common.
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Tony Everett, of Wake Forest, backs his Chevrolet truck named DoeRunner up as he prepares to pull in the four wheel drive event Friday night.
PINETOPS – With the threat of rain during the weekend, it put a little damper on the Pinetops 300 Tractor and Truck Pull attendance. Friday night there was a large crowd in attendance, but not the amount it has been the last several years. There was 500 less people in attendance Friday then there was a year ago, but it didn't stop the pullers from slinging mud everywhere. The fans in one section even had a chance to see what it looked like when a belt breaks on a fine tuned machine. During the Mini Modified run, Thomas Coleman, of Stoneville, had a belt break on his KB 526 Pure Hell ride and the belt slung into the crowd. No one was injured.
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It was 13 years Sunday that a drought was broken in Big Spring, Texas, After that, we ate Mexican for dinner with a gathering of family and friends.
The next day, a Saturday, Stephanie and I joined one another in marriage under a beautiful little gazebo by Comanche Trail Lake, fed by the historic spring from which the community draws its name.
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Brittney Joyce Corbett and Kenneth Robert Chasse, Jr. were united in marriage on April 6th, 2013, at 5:30pm at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount. The Rev. Carrol Bradbury officiated the ceremony.
The Rehearsal Dinner was hosted by Shirley and Donald Foreman, Grandparents of the Groom and also Elisha and Kenneth Chasse, Parents of the Groom, at Pizza Inn in Rocky Mount.
The Bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Durwood Corbett of Macclesfield, NC. The Groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Robert Leonel Chasse, Sr. of Pinetops, NC.
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MATTIE RUTH BULLOCK
BELVOIR — Mrs. Mattie Ruth Bullock, 81, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson.
Mrs. Bullock, a native of Wilson County and a lifelong resident of Pitt County, was a graduate of Belvoir-Falkland High School. She was engaged in farming with her husband until 1989 and was a charter member of Belvoir Free Will Baptist Church.
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