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Archive for October, 2011

5th rabies case found in New Hanover Co.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NHCGOV NEWS RELEASE) — New Hanover County Animal Control Services has confirmed the second case of rabies in a week and the fifth case for the year. ACS officers were called to a home on Shinn Creek Lane on Monday where a homeowner’s dog was attacked by a raccoon. The dog was current on its rabies vaccination. However the dog’s owner was notified of possible exposure to the virus from handling the dog.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend animals that are not current on their rabies vaccinations be destroyed. Pets with up to date vaccinations should be re-boostered within five days. Pets should never be handled without protective gloves after being exposed to wildlife, due to the potential for carrying residual saliva from the infected animal. All pets should be vaccinated as a primary defense against the spread of rabies.

There are three primary routes of transmission of the rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of the infected animal: 1) the primary route of transmission is through a bite which breaks the skin of the victim, 2) salivary contact to an open, fresh wound, or, 3) salivary contact to the mucous membranes of a potential victim.

When dealing with primary rabies vectors (raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats) or unknown animals, such as wildlife, it is recommended that the animal be handled with protective gloves to prevent viral transmission. People should stay away from any animal that they have not been cleared to hold or pet, including owned dogs or cats, and especially wildlife.

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Behind the Yellow Tape – Topsail High student charged with bringing gun on campus

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Pender County sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday charged a 16-year-old student at Topsail High School with a felony in connection with the alleged discovery of a 12-gauge shotgun in the student’s car during a school football game.

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UPDATE: Friend of family says missing 19-year-old apparently committed suicide

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

UPDATE: A close friend of the family tells us that Gavin Lane apparently committed suicide. His body was found near his home in Shallotte. We usually don’t report on suicides, but since we did a story about Lane missing, it only makes sense to let viewers know he was found.

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Investigators in Brunswick County are looking for a missing teenager who never came home from a run Friday. Family and friends say they last saw Gavin Lane Friday when he went for a jog at Brierwood Golf Course in Shallotte.

Lane is a white male with blond hair and a fair complexion. He is 5’10” and 150-180 pounds.

Anyone with information should contact Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause at (910) 386-8221 or Det. Ed Marti at (910) 279-6466.

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Student charged with bringing shotgun to school

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

PENDER COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The student that possessed a shotgun on the Topsail high School campus was charged today with a NCGS 14-269.2 (b) Possess a gun on Educational Property.

The student is Robert Lee Cox III 16 yoa from Hampstead. He was taken before a magistrate in Burgaw today and was given a $500.00 unsecure bond.

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Behind the Yellow Tape – Stranger has casual conversation with man, then stabs him

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The Wilmington Police Department is searching for a man who stabbed another man early Tuesday morning.

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