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Archive for November, 2009

Bailiff under custody after alleged assault accusations

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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A former New Hanover County bailiff is now in the custody of the Sheriff’s department. He’s accused of assaulting his estranged wife, a domestic violence detective with the Wilmington Police Department. Nicholas Dillon fled the scene early Sunday morning, but told WWAY Monday, he planned to turn himself in.

Nicholas Dillon worked part-time for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s department. Working as a bailiff at the county court house. Police said he was well aware of the laws he allegedly broke.

Sargeant John Keel said, “It gives us a bad name, it gives us a black eye. Because we are supposed to uphold the law and protect the public, so when things like this happen it gives us a bad name.”

Dillon fled the Willows subdivision in Leland, after allegedly assaulting his estranged wife Adrienne Dillon. Turns out, she is a Domestic Violence Detective at Wilmington Police Department. Working hand in hand with victims.

Sources said the two are legally married, but recently separated. We spoke with Dillon on the phone Monday morning. All he would say is that there are two sides to this story.

“It is a domestic, which is one of the more severe misdeameanor charges. And he is law enforcement too,” said Keel.

Dillon won’t face any additional charges because he is a member of law enforcement. But he was terminated from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department almost immediately after Sheriff McMahon got word of what happened. He told us he has a zero tolerance level for any type of domestic violence.

Now that Dillon is in the custody of the Sheriff’s department, it is up to law enforcement to protect the alleged victim. The Wilmington Police Department will not comment on the case until charges have been filed.

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videoA former New Hanover County bailiff is now in the custody of the Sheriff’s department. He’s accused of assaulting his estranged wife, a domestic violence detective with the Wilmington Police Department.

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18-year-old faces robbery charges after Market Street incident

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Wilmington | A an 18-year-old Wilmington man faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery after an incident Friday on Market Street.The victim, a juvenile, told police he was walking in the 1700 block of Market street at 5:43 p.m. Friday when he was approached by two men.

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5 arrested in connection with Pender drug ring

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Burgaw | Pender County sheriff’s deputies arrested five people and broke up a prescription drug ring, according to a statement released Monday.

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Outgoing Brunswick schools superintendent Katie McGee hunts jobs close to home

Monday, November 16th, 2009

By Ana Ribeiro,Ana.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

In an Oct. 14 message printed from the school system’s public e-mail terminal, McGee wrote to a fellow superintendent that she will job-hunt in South Carolina, “where I can start again with the knowledge obtained in Brunswick.”

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Shellfishing ban threatens holiday oysters

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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When it comes to the holidays, there are some things you just can’t do without. “Oysters are top of the list. We have to have oysters for Thanksgiving, it’s a must,” said Jon Haag of Haag & Sons Seafood in Oak Island.

But that holiday necessity could be in danger. A ban on harvesting shellfish from the Division of Marine Fisheries due to poor water quality is threatening the holiday supply.

“It could definitely be a problem, especially if the waters remained closed through the rest of this week. With no supply and all the big orders that everyone expects for Thanksgiving, people are going to try to stockpile going into this week and hopefully there’ll be enough product so that everybody can be happy for Thanksgiving,” Haag said.

After a heavy rainfall like this past week, increased runoff can create higher level of bacteria in our waters – making oysters, clams, and mussels unsafe to eat.

“If people get sick off of shellfish, nobody’s going to want to buy any. It can be pretty detrimental too – I mean some of this stuff can kill you,” said Dave Beresoff of Sunset Harbor Seafood.

The ban is coming at a bad time for commercial fisherman and retailers – Dave Beresoff is both. He harvests and sells oysters at his store in Sunset Harbor. Once there’s a halt on fishing, all he can do is wait.

“There’s nothing else we can do. We’ll have product available up until its sold out. And it’s just, like you say, wait and see,” said Beresoff.

But time is running short before next week’s seafood rush – and seafood sellers are hopeful mother nature will cooperate.

“I just hope the weather stays just like this, and no more rain. That would be beneficial to all,” said Haag.

Any shellfish you find at your local seafood provider right now are safe to eat. The ban is in place to make sure the supply remains that way. The Department of Marine Fisheries is waiting water quality test results and will reopen waters once they’re sure the water is clean.

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videoWhen it comes to the holidays, there are some things you just can’t do without. “Oysters are top of the list. We have to have oysters for Thanksgiving, it’s a must.”

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