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Animal Control officer in Brunswick County shoots family dog

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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Labor Day morning Lee Gushman’s 15-year-old German Shepherd mix was shot and killed by a Brunswick County Animal Control officer.

“What I want people to know is your dog can be right down the street and get shot by animal control officers because they have made a bad judgment call,” said the dog’s owner Lee Gushman.

Stoley, the German Shepherd, was hard of hearing, tired and had poor eyesight, but the officer thought the dog might be rabid because he was walking around in circles, biting the air.

“Our dog is 15 years old and we couldn’t walk him on a leash anymore because he just had a stroke and he normally stays right around the porch. He was walking in circles lost,” said Gushman.

Walking near the edge of a neighborhood pond Stoley fell in. When it appeared Stoley was going to drown the animal control officer shot the dog.

Gushman added, “He shot him without checking out whether he was a dog or a … He was our pet for 15 years. We have 5 children who are now missing their pet.”

David Stanley, the Environmental Health Director for Brunswick County, told WWAY that it appears the officer was not sure if the animal was a coyote or a dog. In fact, the initial paperwork listed Stoley as a coyote.

“He said had I known this was your pet I would not have done this,” said Gushman. “He said was sorry. He said it was a judgment call and he saw him disoriented. He thought he might possibly have rabies. I said, ‘Were you going to send him off to have him checked?’ No, because he had not been a threat to anybody.”

With Monday being a holiday, the animal control officer is required to file a full written report to the county health department Tuesday.

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videoMonday morning, a Brunswick County Animal Control officer shot and killed a dog that was once featured in Dog Fancy Magazine. The dog’s owner said there is a lesson to be learned.

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NC liquor stores in limbo as panel is short-handed

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Hundreds of alcohol violation cases and three North Carolina communities who want to open a tax-generating liquor store are in bureaucratic limbo.

The three-member state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is down to a single member. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that means plans to open liquor stores in Pilot Mountain, Spruce Pine, and Currituck County are on hold until the state commission approves them. About 250 violation cases are backlogged.

The ABC Commission’s chairman resigned in May after forwarding an e-mail message containing a racist illustration. Another commission member stepped down last year.

Gov. Beverly Perdue’s administration said appointments filling the empty seats could come this week.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Hundreds of alcohol violation cases and three North Carolina communities who want to open a tax-generating liquor store are in bureaucratic limbo.

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Some Pender County schools on two-hour delay

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Staff and students are to report to Topsail Elementary, North Topsail Elementary, South Topsail Elementary, Topsail Middle and Topsail High schools two hours later, according to a notice on the Pender County Schools’ Web site.

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Comspeco wants to blanket Wrightsville Beach with Wi-Fi coverage

Monday, September 7th, 2009

By Patricia E. MatsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

A Wilmington-based firm is offering free wireless Internet service to home-owners and businesses at Wrightsville Beach that are willing to become part of its infrastructure.

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Southeastern N.C.’s stimulus take reaches $123 million

Monday, September 7th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

An additional $37.7 million came to New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties between the end of June and Aug. 18, according to the latest county-by-county breakdown done by state officials.

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