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Archive for February, 2012

Brunswick Electric reports copper theft

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Thieves reportedly stole more than $1,700 worth of copper wire from Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. late last week.

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Extinct bird lives on at NC Museum of Forestry

Monday, February 27th, 2012

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — An extinct bird came home to roost at the North Carolina Museum of Forestry this weekend.

A print of James Audubon’s “Carolina Parrot” is now on display at the museum in Whiteville.

The colorful bird was the only parrot species native to the eastern United States. It was determined extinct in 1939.

The new display has special significance to the people who run the museum.

“This is just part of the Forestry Museum’s rebirth,” museum director Harry Warren said. “We underwent a major renovation that concluded late in 2011, and this is part of the new North Carolina Museum of Forestry.”

The “Carolina Parrot” print is now part of the museum’s permanent collection.

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27 charged after Robeson County dog fighting raid

Monday, February 27th, 2012

MAXTON, NC (AP) — North Carolina authorities have charged 27 people with a variety of crimes stemming from what investigators say was a Robeson County dog-fighting ring that drew participants from three other states.

State Alcohol Law Enforcement officers raided a home in Maxton on Saturday during the middle of what they say was a dog fight. State and federal authorities seized 18 dogs, including some with serious wounds, along with tens of thousands of dollars and other paraphernalia.

Most of the suspects tried to flee on foot, but were caught, thanks partly to air support from a National Guard helicopter.

The suspects include people from South Carolina, Maryland and Ohio along with North Carolinians.

The charges they face include dog fighting, animal cruelty, weapons charges and possession of controlled substances.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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4th New Hanover rabies case reported

Monday, February 27th, 2012

New Hanover Animal Control Services confirmed the county’s fourth case of rabies since Jan. 1.

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Fourth case of rabies this year in New Hanover County

Monday, February 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Animal Control says the fourth case of rabies this year in the county has been confirmed.

Friday Animal Control was called to pick up a raccoon that had fought with two dogs. The dogs were handled afterward by several family members, which resulted in potential exposure for them. The dogs did have a current rabies vaccination. The raccoon was transported to the State Lab, where officials confirmed the virus Monday.

Animal Control officers will canvass the area to educate the public on the importance of their pets being current with their rabies vaccination.

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