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Archive for January, 2013

UPDATE: Standoff suspect identified; police catch second suspect

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police have two men in custody after a traffic stop led to a standoff today and the lockdown of four schools for hours in Wilmington.

Police say they arrested Jermaine Junior Cordova after the standoff. Tonight, they arrested a passenger in Cordova’s car. Christopher Dashawn Williams was wanted on a warrant for two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with an incident on Frog Pond Place Jan. 2.

Police say they encountered the duo around 10 a.m. during a traffic stop on Price’s Lane. They say Cordova, who was driving, initially was cooperative, but his passenger jumped and ran. Cordova then broke away from the officer who had approached him and ran to Barclay Hills Drive, where he hid in a shed, which started the standoff.

After hours of negotiation and extensive measures, including tear gas, police finally arrested Cordova. Early Tuesday evening, police said Cordova was being treated at the hospital for a leg injury. They say he did not know the owners of the property where he hid. Police have not yet said what charges he may face.

Daryl Keith lives across the street from the home where the standoff took place. He saw the suspect wheeled off on a stretcher.

“There’s a lot of national media speculation on how things should and shouldn’t be handled,” Keith said. “One person waving around a gun in a neighborhood that’s full of families and kids, two hours, three hours is a long time to be trying to talk someone down.”

Meanwhile, four schools on Princess Place Drive were locked down to ensure the safety of the students. Parents were concerned but say they are pleased with the way the situation was handled.

“With all the shootings that are going on, parents are sending their kids to school, and they’re getting worried,” Alicia Pringle said. “We don’t want to worry when our kids go to school. We want to know that they’re going to school and they’re in a safe environment and we can go to work or do whatever we need to do without worrying about our kids.”

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says situations like this are exactly why new precautions were put into place in county schools.

“With everything that’s gone on in the past couple of months that officers have to deal with, teachers and students have to deal with it as well,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said. “That can be difficult and stressful at times, and that is why the sheriff has implemented these additional measures and put deputies in the school to help alleviate some of that stress.”

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Man arrested after standoff with police

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Four schools in New Hanover County were on lockdown today while Wilmington Police were locked in a standoff nearby.

Police say they served at least one person a warrant this morning off princess place drive. The suspect reportedly shot at police and then ran into the woods.

Wilmington Police are releasing little information about the suspect, but they will say they have at least one person in custody.

After hours of negotiation and extensive measures, including tear gas, police finally arrested one man.

Daryl keith lives across the street from the home where the standoff took place. He saw the suspect wheeled off on a stretcher.

“There’s a lot of national media speculation on how things should and shouldn’t be handled,” Keith said. “One person waving around a gun in a neighborhood that’s full of families and kids, two hours, three hours is a long time to be trying to talk someone down.”

Meanwhile, four schools on Princess Place Drive were locked down to ensure the safety of the students. Parents were concerned but say they are pleased with the way the situation was handled.

“With all the shootings that are going on, parents are sending their kids to school, and they’re getting worried,” Alicia Pringle said. “We don’t want to worry when our kids go to school. We want to know that they’re going to school and they’re in a safe environment and we can go to work or do whatever we need to do without worrying about our kids.”

The sheriff’s office says situations like this are exactly why new precautions were put into place in county schools.

“With everything that’s gone on in the past couple of months that officers have to deal with, teachers and students have to deal with it as well,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said. “That can be difficult and stressful at times, and that is why the sheriff has implemented these additional measures and put deputies in the school to help alleviate some of that stress.”

At this point, police will not release the name of the suspect or what the warrant was they were trying to serve.

Students from the locked down schools were released about an hour after the man’s arrest.

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WPD identify man barricaded in shed on Barclay Hills Dr., searching for another suspect

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

According to the Wilmington Police Department, the suspect has been identified as Jermaine Junior Cordova who is still at New Hanover Regional Medical Center receiving treatment for a leg injury. Charges against Cordova are still pending.

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ONLY ON 3: Parents say school staff roughed up epileptic son

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A kindergarten student suffering from epilepsy recently came home from school with rug burn and swelling on his face. His family is upset, and they want answers.

The parents of Austin Barham, 6, a kindergarten student at Town Creek Elementary are angered by the way the school handled their son.

“He has epilepsy. He takes medicine twice a day. He’s had seizures since he was six months old. He does have a behavior problem. He is on Ritalin, but it doesn’t excuse the way he came home,” Austin’s mom Melissa Jenkins said. “If we had sent him to school like that, we would have been in jail for child abuse.”

Jenkins says that her son Austin came home with rug burn, bruises and swelling all over his face.

“He said that they had his face pressed down on the floor,” she said. “I can show you a picture. The worst side was on the left side of his face. He had a bruise on his cheek bone. He had red splotches all over the left side of his face. You could see them on his forehead, on the left side of his face. Splotches on the left side of his face. I don’t like looking at it”

Jenkins says that despite calling the school and law enforcement, she has been met with no answers as to why her son was treated this way.

Brunswick County Schools sent us a statement saying they cannot comment on this case.

“Brunswick County complies with the Deborah Greenblatt Act,” the statement said. “Staff are trained to implement physical intervention as a last resort when required to prevent students from injuring themselves, other students, or staff.”

Jenkins says that is not an answer.

“I don’t understand why nobody is taking any kind of action of notifying us,” she said. “They’re looking into it. At least call us and say something.”

A Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman told us the district’s executive director for elementary education has reached out to the family by phone.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office referred the family to the school district.

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UPDATE: Suspect from standoff identified; Wilmington Police looking for another man in connection to incident

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Four schools in New Hanover County were on lockdown today while Wilmington Police were locked in a standoff nearby.

Police say they served at least one person a warrant this morning off princess place drive. The suspect reportedly shot at police and then ran into the woods.

Wilmington Police are releasing little information about the suspect, but they will say they have at least one person in custody.

After hours of negotiation and extensive measures, including tear gas, police finally arrested one man.

Daryl keith lives across the street from the home where the standoff took place. He saw the suspect wheeled off on a stretcher.

“There’s a lot of national media speculation on how things should and shouldn’t be handled,” Keith said. “One person waving around a gun in a neighborhood that’s full of families and kids, two hours, three hours is a long time to be trying to talk someone down.”

Meanwhile, four schools on Princess Place Drive were locked down to ensure the safety of the students. Parents were concerned but say they are pleased with the way the situation was handled.

“With all the shootings that are going on, parents are sending their kids to school, and they’re getting worried,” Alicia Pringle said. “We don’t want to worry when our kids go to school. We want to know that they’re going to school and they’re in a safe environment and we can go to work or do whatever we need to do without worrying about our kids.”

The sheriff’s office says situations like this are exactly why new precautions were put into place in county schools.

“With everything that’s gone on in the past couple of months that officers have to deal with, teachers and students have to deal with it as well,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said. “That can be difficult and stressful at times, and that is why the sheriff has implemented these additional measures and put deputies in the school to help alleviate some of that stress.”

Wilmington Police say Jermaine Junior Cordova was arrested Tuesday afternoon after the standoff.

In a release, a spokeswoman for the police department says “Wilmington Police Officers encountered Cordova today during a traffic stop on Price’s Lane at about 10:00 a.m. Cordova was driving, and he had a passenger the front seat. Cordova initially was cooperative, but his passenger jumped and ran. Cordova then broke away from the officer who had approached him and ran to the Barclay Hills Drive location.”

Police are still looking for Cordova’s passenger, Christopher Dashawn Williams. Williams is wanted on a warrant for Conspiracy to Commit Murder (two counts) in connection with an incident on Frog Pond Place on January 2, 2013.

Anyone with information on William’s whereabouts is asked to call Wilmington Police.

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