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Archive for August, 2011

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge stuck ‘up’

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is stuck in the “up” position. Crews are working on getting back down now.

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Dogs maul baby to death

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

CLARKTON, NC (BLADEN JOURNAL) — A 9-day-old baby has died after being attacked by a dog in Clarkton on Tuesday afternoon. Reports are that a pit bull and a Rottweiler were involved.

“All I can say is it has occurred,” said Bladen County Sheirff’s Captain Rodney Hester.

Hester referred all questions regarding the incident to the District Attorney’s Office.

The District Attorney’s Office is meeting to decide on charges.

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Bladen County Sheriff & District Attorney not releasing many details on dog mauling baby death

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

CLARKTON, NC (WWAY) — A 9-day-old baby died after being attacked by a dog in Clarkton Tuesday.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, the Bladen County District Attorney and the SBI are all investigating but are not releasing many details.

We tried to talk with both the sheriff’s department and the district attorneys office but both told us we would have to wait on a news release that was issued Wednesday afternoon. Neither would talk with us on camera. And when we asked where sheriff’s investigators were, we were told they were at an undisclosed location.

Here is the news release sent by the district attorneys office:

In the late afternoon hours of August 30, 2011 authorities responded
to a home in Clarkton where a 9 day old infant had been killed.

The current investigation involves the removal of five dogs from the residence, some or
all of whom were allegedly involved with the death of the infant.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office assumed primary responsibility for the initial
investigation. At an early stage, Sherriff Prentis Benston notified District
Attorney Jon David about this incident. A senior member of the District
Attorney’s Office, Tripp Watson, responded to the Hospital in
Elizabethtown and began assisting with the case.

The State Bureau of Investigation is working with our agencies to process the scene and assist
with witness interviews. Moreover, the Bladen County Animal Control is
working with law enforcement to preserve and gather evidence.

All of the agencies involved are working closely together to make every effort to fairly
and accurately develop information.

Our obligation is to carefully investigate the facts and research the controlling law.

This is an emotionally charged incident for everyone involved, yet we are committed to making our
determination on the basis of what justice requires.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and those in the community who are affected by these
events. As the investigation continues and we are able to release additional
information, the public will be timely notified.

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Marine chopper drops training missile in NC yard

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

HUBERT, NC (AP) — A Camp Lejeune Marine sergeant is wondering what could have happened after finding a six-foot-long military training missile that fell from a helicopter in his back yard.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported Wednesday that Sgt. Parker Radcliffe and his wife heard the missile hit the ground last week and found it while preparing the yard before Hurricane Irene.

The combat engineer said he realized the device was not armed, but he says the metal tube that hit 50 feet from his house could have ended up in his living room.

Second Marine Aircraft Wing spokesman Maj. William Klumpp says the weapon fell off an AH-1 Cobra helicopter stationed at the New River Marine Corps Air Station.

Klumpp says such mistakes are extremely rare.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Swim alerts issued for two beach sites

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

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