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Archive for November, 2009

Bailiff under custody after alleged assualt accusations

Monday, November 16th, 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 me today, 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 say he was well aware of the laws he allegedly broke.

Sargeant John Keel says, “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 say the two are legally married, but recently seperated. I 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,” says 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. Nicholas Dillon fled the scene early Sunday morning, but told me today, he planned to turn himself in.

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Mistaken identity in bank robbery case

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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The man Bank of America employees thought may have been a serial bank robber turned out to be a regular customer.

A man who walked into the BOA across from UNCW Thursday who looks similar to the man who robbed two other local banks in the last two weeks. He also looks like the man who robbed the BB&T on Market Street in September.

Police tracked him down, but after questioning, concluded the man was not involved.

The real robber is still on the loose and may be responsible for a hold up at a bank in Florence, South Carolina.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wilmington Police detectives at 343-3921.

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The man Bank of America employees thought may have been a serial bank robber turned out to be a regular customer.

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‘Tis the season… for robberies

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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After a slew of break-ins in the monkey junction area, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department has some tips for protecting yourself and your presents.

Brenda Connor is a safe shopper. “I go to the car, look in the back seat, I lock the car, I put the packages in, get into the car and lock my car immediately,” said Connor.

Savvy holiday shoppers take plenty of steps to protect themselves when buying gifts.

“Just make sure that your cars are locked, look around yourself, make sure that the pocketbooks are in the right place and just be real careful,” said John Stukes.

It’s no different when they get those gifts home.

“Make sure that the doors and windows are locked,” said Paul Greenman. “Flood lights are on, timers on the lights and electronics if we should leave the house.”

Sheriff Ed McMahon says robberies typically increase during the holiday season. With so many people out of work this year, McMahon says some people might think it’s easier to find a victim than it is to find a job.

“Not only is it the holiday season, but we’re also in a bad economy right now,” said McMahon. “So people, desperate people, do desperate things.”

McMahon says starting a neighborhood watch is one of the best ways to protect yourself.

He says nosey neighbors can be a blessing… they’re often the ones who spot potential thieves.

“Pay attention to your community,” McMahon said. “Pay attention to who is coming in, who is going out.”

If you are a robbery victim there are things you can do to make sure you get your things back if they’re found.

“Engrave some initials somewhere, where the person wouldn’t think to look, so that if we do find some property we can identify it as yours,” McMahon said.

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videoSheriff Ed McMahon says robberies typically increase during the holiday season. With so many people out of work this year, McMahon says some people might think it’s easier to find a victim than it is to find a job.

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Man behind bars after firing gun into Leland home

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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A Leland man is behind bars after shooting an assault weapon, much like an AK-47 into a home Sunday.

According to police, Robin Ganey returned to a home on Village Road after an incident earlier in the day.

That’s when he fired 18 shots at the house. Three adults and one young child were inside.

Police arrested Ganey while he was still outside the house.

“The reason for the dispute is still under investigation, but I will tell you that it was not a domestic, not a domestic related incident,” said Sgt. John Keel.

Ganey is being held at the Brunswick County jail under $200,000 bond.

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According to police, Robin Ganey returned to a home on Village Road after an incident earlier in the day.

That’s when he fired 18 shots at the house. Three adults and one young child were inside.

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Preventing bullying at Noble Middle School

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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Bullying is a serious problem at schools across the country. It can cause kids physical and mental harm; that’s why Noble Middle School is dedicating this week to preventing bullying in the classroom.

Seventh grader Alex Barnhill knows what it’s like to be bullied. “They started pulling my arms back like that and it really hurt, and then they started name-calling. They ripped my bag, a few weeks ago, they ripped the arms off, and I didn’t tell a parent or an adult because I was scared. And i started to cry, that one time, I had been holding it in for so long, I started to cry. And they tried to say I won’t do it again, I won’t do it again, and I said I don’t believe you.”

Every year around this time, Noble Middle School has Noble Against Bullying Week. Students watch educational videos and participate in class discussions to teach them the importance of standing up and speaking out against bullying.

“Our job as educators isn’t just to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, we’re teaching these kids how to be good people, good citizens,” said seventh grade teacher Lissa Dowcett.

Students say the most common places they see bullying is places where teachers aren’t around, like on the school bus.

“We hope that our students will learn that it’s really important to speak out against bullying, we want everyone to come to school and feel safe and feel like people are going to be treated with respect,” said counselor Amanda Royster.

Alex Barnhill says she finally stopped getting bullied when a friend spoke up. She wishes something had been done sooner. “I know somebody had told, because I know the person, and I’m really thankful for that person.”

Many other schools also dedicate a week to bullying education and prevention. They do so during National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, which takes place in October.

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videoBullying is a serious problem at schools across the country. It can cause kids physical and mental harm; that’s why Noble Middle School is dedicating this week to preventing bullying in the classroom.

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