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Archive for December, 2011

UPDATE: Shots fired in Hillcrest community

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is in custody after reports of shots fired in the Hillcrest community in Wilmington.

Wilmington Police say a K-9 officer at the intersection of 13th and Dawson Streets heard gunfire from inside the housing project. He notified other WPD officers, and they converged on the area.

The K-9 officer got out to question three people. Two followed the officer’s instructions to get down on the ground, but the third person, who was in his car, got out of the car and tried to walk away.

Police say Ronald Leon Davis, 49, of Wilmington, refused officers’ commands. Police say he reached toward his waist. That’s when the K-9 officer released his dog and Davis was arrested.

Officers saw a shotgun in the back seat of Davis’s car and found spent shells at the rear of the car.

Davis was taken to the hospital for treatment of a dog bite he suffered during his arrest. After treatment, he will go to the New Hanover County Jail and be charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resist/delay/obstruct a public officer.

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Police charge man in connection with gunfire

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

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Saffo says threat from Sen. Berger doesn’t overrule city’s rights

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With Christmas quickly approaching, many leaders in Raleigh are packing up and heading home to spend time with their family and friends. But not everyone is full of the holiday spirit. North Carolina State Senate majority leader Phil Berger sent a letter to some city leaders, including Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, that’s not so jolly.

“He would like us to drop the lawsuit (challenging new annexation laws), and if we didn’t, there could be some dire consequences for the cities in the state of North Carolina,” Saffo said.

Sen. Berger sent out a letter Wednesday defending the recent victory over forced annexation by telling city leaders who are against the new law allowing citizens in affected areas to petition against the land grab to back off. Saffo says regardless of what Berger says, the cities have the right to move forward with the lawsuits against the state.

“Nobody ever threatened the right of a citizen that took on the city in respect to an annexation lawsuit, ever,” Saffo said. “For them to turn around and threaten cities because the cities are using their Constitutional rights, I think it’s unfortunate.”

In the letter, Sen. Berger says the General Assembly has put much thought into the process of forced annexation, and the cities should not waste the tax payers’ money by moving forward with legal action.

Saffo says he thinks the General Assembly was the one that wasted the citizens’ money by changing the law in the first place. He says threatening local leaders is not the way to get what you want.

“I don’t think that’s good public policy,” Saffo said. “I think good public policy is working with the people. I hope he’ll try to understand where we’re coming from.”

Saffo says he does not know what the City of Wilmington will do about the lawsuit. He says the City Council will talk to the other cities involved before making any type of decision on what to do next.

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K-9 helps catch man after shots fired in Hillcrest

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is in custody after reports of shots fired in the Hillcrest community in Wilmington.

Wilmington Police say a K-9 officer at the intersection of 13th and Dawson Streets heard gunfire from inside the housing project. He notified other WPD officers, and they converged on the area.

The K-9 officer got out to question three people. Two followed the officer’s instructions to get down on the ground, but the third person, who was in his car, got out of the car and tried to walk away.

Police say Ronald Leon Davis, 49, of Wilmington, refused officers’ commands. Police say he reached toward his waist. That’s when the K-9 officer released his dog and Davis was arrested.

Officers saw a shotgun in the back seat of Davis’s car and found spent shells at the rear of the car.

Davis was taken to the hospital for treatment of a dog bite he suffered during his arrest. After treatment, he will go to the New Hanover County Jail and be charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resist/delay/obstruct a public officer.

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Shots fired in Hillcrest community

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man has been taken into custody after reports of shots being fired in the Hillcrest community in Wilmington.

New Hanover County Dispatch confirms that shots were fired at 12:30 Friday morning and the city’s new acoustic system triggered the police to respond.

The K-9 unit was used to detain the subject, Ronald Leon Davis, 48. Davis is currently at New Hanover County Regional Medical Center. The extent of his injuries are unknown. Once released from the hospital, Davis will be taken into custody.

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