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Archive for November, 2011

ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Dog Court upholds decision to euthanize family’s pit bulls

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Dog Court is back in session. Today, the court heard a case we told you about last week.

As you saw ONLY ON 3 A family’s dog was attacked and killed by two pit bulls in its own backyard. Today the Romanos and the Tookers met again in Dog Court to find out what will happen with the Tookers’ two pit bulls.

Neighbors of the Tooker and Romano families filled the room thursday to testify to what they know about the Tookers’ two pitbulls, Z.J. and Zeus. Most agreed that the two dogs were aggressive and a threat to the community.

“We’re all fearful when we walk down the street, because we don’t know if those dogs are gonna come out,” Melanie Romano said.

At least one of the pit bulls attacked and killed Romano’s Jack Russell terrier Lucy. She says this is not the first time the dogs have shown aggression in the neighborhood. She feels the owners have let their own dogs down.

“They knew of the numerous attacks,” Romano said. “They didn’t care about the rest of the public or care about their dogs enough to protect their dogs and keep them on their own property.”

John Tooker did not want to speak with us on camera, but he told the board that his son accidentally let out the dog that killed Lucy out of the house. His dogs had previously been cited as dangerous because of other incidents in the neighborhood.

The Dog Court board ultimately decided to uphold the decision to euthanize both dogs because of the multiple issues.

“To hear the board look at pictures of Lucy and say no dog should have to die that way, it’s awful,” Romano said.

Romano says she feels like her family now has some justice for the the loss of their dog, but she hopes stronger regulations will be put into place for dangerous dog owners.

Tooker told neighbors he plans to appeal the board’s decision in superior court. We will stay on top of this story and let you know what happens.

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FIRST ON 3: Clerk makes good on promise to defend store, shoots would-be robber

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A would-be armed robber found out the hard way one Wilmington convenience store clerk was not kidding when he said he would be ready the next time someone tried to steal from him.

Wilmington Police say a robber walked into the Wrightsville County Store on Wrightsville Avenue before noon with a gun. That’s when clerk Mark Headstrong pulled out a gun of his own and shot the suspect. Paramedics took the suspect to the hospital.

Wrightsville County Store was one of several targets last month in a string of convenience store robberies by a man in a Spider-Man mask. After being victimized by that masked robber, Headstrong said he would be better prepared for future threats.

“I now have heavier tools, I would say,” Headstrong told WWAY October 17. “If they would do that they are going to be shot or we get shot. I don’t know how to express this. Somebody is going to be hurt.”

Today, someone did. No word on who the suspect is or his condition.

Forest Hills Elementary School was on lockdown for a short time after the robbery as a precaution.

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Underground discoveries slow Third St. project

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

While repairing the sewer and water lines, workers discovered the tanks buried under the street.

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Cat with medical problems stolen from rescue group at pet store

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An area animal rescue group is asking for your help finding a stolen cat with special needs.

The Cat Adoption Team says it does adoptions at PetSmart on New Center Drive in Wilmington. The group says someone stole a visually-impaired kitten from an unlocked cage at the store recently. The 12-week-old male kitten needs to be observed at all times because he has been having seizures.

If anyone has seen this kitten or knows who has him, the cat adoption team asks that he be returned to the petsmart as soon as possible, no questions asked.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: School lockdown ends after store clerk shoots would-be robber

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A would-be armed robber found out the hard way one Wilmington convenience store was not kidding when it said it would be ready the next time someone tried to hit it up.

Wilmington Police say a robber walked into the Wrightsville County Store on Wrightsville Avenue before noon with a gun. That’s when the clerk pulled out a gun and shot the suspect. Paramedics took the suspect to the hospital.

Wrightsville County Store was one of several targets last month in a string of convenience store robberies by a man in a Spider-Man mask. After being victimized, a clerk at the store said he would be better prepared for future threats.

“I now have heavier tools, I would say,” Mark Headstrong told WWAY October 17. “If they would do that they are going to be shot or we get shot. I don’t know how to express this. Somebody is going to be hurt.”

No word on who the suspect or the clerk are.

Forest Hills Elementary School was on lockdown for a short time after the robbery as a precaution.

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