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Archive for April, 2009

Kids find nine millimeter gun laying around

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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It is a shocking statistic… 32 people die each day in the United States from guns. This week in Wilmington, a young child found a gun lying around, an incident police are calling a close call.

Tuesday, four-year-old A.J. found a 9-millimeter gun in a barbecue grill behind his house. “I found a gun and gave it to somebody else.”

That somebody else was another kid. Luckily a maintenance man spotted them playing with it, and took it away.

It turns out the gun had been reported stolen the previous month.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said this is a perfect example of why assault weapons should never be on the streets and why kids should be taught about the dangers of guns. “Someday they are going to come across that gun, and because of that fascination level, that’s exactly what is going to occur.”

In North Carolina, in order to buy any kind of gun, retailers require a federal criminal check conducted by the FBI.

If you want to buy a handgun, a state criminal background check is needed too. If you want to carry a concealed weapon with you, that involves both federal and state criminal checks, plus taking a safety class.

Chief Evangelous said problems arise when guns get into the wrong hands. “People have to secure their weapons, in their house, they cannot leave them sitting around, and for God’s sake, don’t leave them in your vehicles. In your trucks, or your cars, cause that’s where a lot of these guns are being stolen from.”

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It is a shocking statistic… 32 people die each day in the United States from guns. This week in Wilmington, a young child found a gun lying around, an incident police are calling a close call.

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Topsail Humane Society finds homes for pets, won’t close without a fight

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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There’s no sign and no animals at the former Topsail Humane Society headquarters.

The property, once leased by the society, was recently sold, so the animals found a new home in Hampstead. The problem is, the county says this violates zoning laws, since the makeshift shelter is in a residential neighborhood on Lewis Road.

Now, the humane society has thirty days to shut down.

Director Kathy Lewis said she’s not closing without a fight. The site used to house the Topsail Humane Society in 2003.

Lewis said since then, the property has been used a secondary site to house animals. Now, Lewis has to prove it was in use before the zoning changed to residential. “We are going to find these dogs homes. We are going to find as much documentation that we have never abandoned this facility.”

If the “no kill” shelter is unable to adopt out the animals, they would be turned over to the county shelter, which euthanizes unwanted animals.

The good news is, when word got out about the humane society closing, animal lovers came pouring in.

“We are here for their voice. We want to save them and when this closes they are going to go to a kill shelter and I just couldn’t bear that,” said Debbie Kinney who came by to adopt a pet.

If Lewis’s appeal doesn’t work, she said she’ll start raising money, and looking for a new home. “We don’t intend to dissolve. Topsail Humane Society will always be here.”

Thursday, we reported the Topsail Humane Society was being shut down on Friday. Since then, the county decided to give Kathy Lewis and the animals 30 more days.

There are four more animals that need homes. If you want to adopt one, call the humane society at 270-2660.

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videoThe property, once leased by the society, was recently sold, so the animals found a new home in Hampstead. The problem is, the county says this violates zoning laws, since the makeshift shelter is in a residential neighborhood on Lewis Road.

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Man charged with stealing checks, safecracking

Friday, April 10th, 2009

A Wilmington traffic stop early Friday led to the arrest of a man charged with stealing checks.

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Living Stations of the Cross performance at Saint Mary’s

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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Christians throughout the world are celebrating Good Friday today. Good Friday is the day when Christians remember the passion and death of Jesus.

At Saint Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington hundreds of people showed up for the Living Stations of the Cross performance. Members of the Hispanic Youth Group acted out each of the Stations of the Cross in Spanish.

Members of the youth group were entirely responsible for the performance.

Audience members said the live Stations of the Cross are more powerful than just reading the story as they look at pictures.

This is the second year the group acted out the Stations of the Cross.

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At Saint Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington hundreds of people showed up for the Living Stations of the Cross performance.

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Casting call: Hilary Duff film seeks extras

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The film “Provinces of Night,” starring Hilary Duff and filming in the Wilmington area, is seeking extras. Interested? Send a photo with your name, age, address, phone number and e-mail address to: Xtras Casting, 1922 Castle St., Wilmington, NC 28403. All photos also will be kept for future projects. men and women of all ages and ethnicities…

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