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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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Man says he was shot after high-speed chase in Wilmington

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Wilmington | A man told police he was shot Saturday afternoon following a high-speed chase and crash in the 1500 block of Grace Street.

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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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