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Archive for September, 2011

ONLY ON 3: Close friend of Leland PD officer talks about shooting

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — As we first told you earlier this week, former Leland Police officer Sherry Lewis was shot in the groin multiple times during a training exercise in march. WWAY sat down with a long time friend of hers and found out more about what happened that day.

Skip Wittkofski has worked closely with Lewis for years when she helped with the D.A.R.E. program. He says he was one of the first people she called after being shot.

“Sherry called me two days after this happened and sherry’s a tough person,” says Wittkofski. “I mean she’s really a tough person and she was just about in tears when she was talking to me.”

He says several officers shot Lewis during the training exercise.

“I’ve seen the photos and she’s bruised between the legs between both legs about twelve inches, almost to her knees,” said Wittkofski. “Sherry said they laughed about it. She kept telling them a few times to stop shooting her there.”

The Town of Leland agreed to settle with Lewis. Their insurance company will pay her and her attorney $25,000.

“Sherry is a tough, tough lady, but after this happened, it just broke her down and tore her apart,” said Wittkofski.

Lewis, who has been with Leland PD for ten years, also agreed to resign her position.

Wittkofski says Lewis has since had to get medical treatment for her injuries and is also seeing a psychologist.

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Man charged with armed robbery

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police have arrested a man who is suspected of robbing the Kangaroo gas station on 17th street shortly after midnight on Friday.

54-year-old Leroy Thompson is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and related offenses. Police cay that Thompson entered the store and put his hand in his shirt, as if he had a gun. He then reached over and grabbed the cash box out of the register. The suspect left the store and got into a car across the street.
When police were able to stop the car, the suspect drove off before an officer approached him. Officers were able to locate the cash box after a citizen alerted them that they had seen a man run by some houses with a black box. A short time later, police located the suspect hiding in some bushes beside a residence on the 1200 block of South 7th Street.

Thompson is currently being held in the New Hanover county detention facility on a $50,000 secure bond.

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Some loggerhead sea turtles now listed as endangered species

Friday, September 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Loggerhead turtles can be found all along the Carolina coast from Topsail Island to Holden beach, but unfortunately their existence is being threatened.

Fish and wildlife leaders announced Friday these creatures would no longer be listed as one threatened species but nine distinct population segments.

Jim Lecky, NOAA Fisheries Director of Protective Resources, said, “The advantage of breaking them up into distinct populations will allow us to focus within those specific areas. Each of their threats are at different levels. “

Six of those new segments of turtles have been moved the endangered list while loggerheads in the northwest Atlantic remain on the list of threatened animals.

“They all continue to be challenged by a number of threats: incidental capture, nets that tangle turtles and other species and dredges all have incidental mortalities of sea turtles,” Lecky said.

On Topsail Beach alone, you’ll find over 90 sea turtle nests with about 100 eggs in each. Coyotes and other animals looking for a tasty treat have threatened those nests.

Sandy MacPherson, US Fish and Wildlife Sea Turtle Coordinator, said, “Sea turtles are part of the eco system and when the eco system gets out of proportion because of a loss of species, it affects you and I.”

Fish and wildlife professionals say it may just be a matter of time before the turtles on our beaches are considered an endangered species.

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Student in custody on murder charge

Friday, September 16th, 2011

High school football player arrested, police are still looking for his brother.

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ONLY ON 3: Chicken wings help rescue workers, causes

Friday, September 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Chomping on chicken wings paid off for some good causes today.

As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, Buffalo Wild Wings decided to give back to area rescue workers. The restaurant donated ten cents from every chicken wing it sold last weekend. The 20,000 wings gobbled up meant $2,000 donated to police and firefighters, including the Wilmington Firefighter Memorial Garden being built at Empie Park.

“We’ve got to raise $100,000 almost before we can start construction on it, so when things like this happen, it’s a great partnership,” Wilmington Fire Chief Buddy Martinette said. “These stores like Buffalo Wild Wings are just a great opportunity for us.”

The money will also go to the New Hanover County Fire Department and the Wilmington Police Recreation Association.

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