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Archive for October, 2011

Wilmington city attorney stepping down after first of new year

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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Former circulation manager pleads guilty to obtaining property by false pretenses

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Richard Scott Wiggs, the former StarNews circulation manager, pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and avoided prison time. The original felony embezzlement charges were dismissed.

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ONLY ON 3: ‘Fight Mom’ makes plea deal for suspended sentence

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County mother who drove her daughter to a parking lot brawl with another teen has pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. WWAY was the only media outlet in the courtroom when Aneshia Cartret entered her plea this afternoon.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to waive a public disturbance call.

Investigators say Cartret drove her daughter to a Whiteville parking lot in February to fight another girl. The fight reportedly stemmed from a dispute between the girls on Facebook. The fight was caught on video.

In addition to the suspended sentence Judge Napoleon Barefoot sentenced Cartret to 18 months supervised probation and ordered that she must get a mental evaluation and anger management assessment and do 48 hours of community service. The judge recommended that if possible Cartret do part of the community service at a school.

“What you did on this occasion is unacceptable,” Judge Barefoot told Cartret in court.

WWAY’s Ramon Herrera will have much more on this story coming on tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5.

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Obama: Gadhafi death ends painful chapter

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and JULIE PACE
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the death of Moammar Gadhafi marks the end of a long and painful chapter for Libya.

Speaking Thursday from the White House Rose Garden, the president says the Libyan people now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny. He says they also have a great responsibility to build a tolerant and democratic Libya.

Obama did not independently confirm Gadhafi’s death, and instead cited the fact that Libyan officials have announced his killing.

A White House official says the U.S. has received similar reports through diplomatic channels and has confidence in those reports.

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

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Wilmington zoo owner says Ohio situation would not happen here

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Like scenes from a movie, exotic animals roamed the streets of Zanesville, OH, earlier this week.They were et loose just before their owner Terry Thompson killed himself.

As a result, deputies shot 48 of the more than 50 freed animals, including 18 rare tigers and 17 lions. There is one monkey unaccounted, though investigators today say there is a “high probability” it was eaten by one of big cats. Six surviving creatures were taken to the Columbus Zoo. The slain animals have been buried on thompson’s farm.

It was not a pleasant sight, and one that hits home for those who care for similar animals.

Sherry Tregembo grew up with big cats.

“These animals are like my children,” she said.

As a fourth generation zoo owner, she now takes care of the animals at her family’s zoo on Carolina Beach Road. Hearing what happened in Ohio left her saddened, but she knows police had little choice.

“The police had to do what they had to do to protect the people,” Tregembo said. “You wouldn’t want any kids or anybody to get injured.”

Others in Wilmington are appalled that the animals were killed instead of sedated.

“I thought, ‘Oh, my God! Are we not in a civilization anymore?’ These animals were endangered. Why couldn’t they by shot with knockout drops? I don’t understand it,” Heather Hertzog said.

Investigators say the animals in Ohio were intentionally released. That’s something the Tregembo family says will never happen here even if they have a disgruntled employee. As an added safety feature, when it comes to the dangerous animals, the carnivores, only certain people at the Tregembo Zoo have keys to the cages.

“No one here is going to let any of them out, that’s for sure,” Tregembo said. “We have plenty of checks and balances on the locks, and there’s certain locks on certain cages that only me and my father have. The zookeepers don’t even have. So we have precautions on what can be let out at a certain time.”

But this is a zoo. A controlled environment. In certain counties in North Carolina anyone can have exotic pets. Should that law be changed Tregembo does not think so.

“I know plenty of people who have animals as pets, exotic animals, that do all the right things, and they shouldn’t be punished because of one person’s, I don’t know, loss of their senses, I guess,” she said.

During heavy storms or hurricanes, the Tregembo Zoo moves the dangerous animals into reinforced cages with steel bars just to make sure a fallen tree wouldn’t provide a path to freedom.

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