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Archive for April, 2013

FIRST ON 3: Giant bird accidentally killed during round-up

Friday, April 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UPDATE: a neighbor who lives in the area where a rhea was on the loose Thursday says an animal control officer accidentally killed it. She says the officer tried to put a net over the bird’s head and broke its neck.

We’ll have more throughout the day here online and WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5 pm & 6 pm.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bird has been the word today on the east side of Wilmington.

Wilmington Police have been chasing an unlikely suspect along Masonboro Sound Road. They describe him as being about five feet tall, covered in feathers and quick on his feet.

Neighbors found him lurking in the woods. They tried cornering him, but he got away.

“We had him,” neighbor Gloria Holland said. “We had all corralled him. I told them to all get in a semi-circle and corral the bird, but to walk slowly and to walk softly. Just a crack in the branches would startle him.”

The rhea, a large flightless bird similar to an emu or an ostrich, escaped from its fenced-in home late Wednesday afternoon. Neighbors say the bird is easily startled, and raging hormones during mating season are not helping.

“I grabbed my coat and was putting it over his head. About the time I put the coat over the bird’s head, the bird just took both legs and just threw the guy about two feet up in the air, knocked the wind out of him, and took off,” Holland said.

Neighbors say this is not the first time the bird escaped, but his true love is back home calling for him.

“The female bird is in the pen, and he is just trying to figure out how to get back to her, because they pair for life, and they won’t separate from each other,” Holland said.

That means it should be just a matter of time until this bird on the run comes home to his love nest.

Neighbors say the bird is very fast and drivers in the area need to be careful of the 150-pound bird darting into traffic.

At last check, our fine feathered friend was still on the lam. We’ll let you know he comes home to roost.

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Hospices aim to pay tribute to dying veterans in their care

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Gene Russ is a dancing machine, a lady’s man, a pool shark and a fitness buff.

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UNCW netters take home top honors

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Talented junior Rafael Aita became the first UNCW netter to earn CAA Player-of-the-Year honors as a large group of Seahawk tennis standouts made a big haul on the eve of the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Tennis Championships.

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BREAKING: Surviving Boston bombing suspect identified; Boston shut down for manhunt

Friday, April 19th, 2013

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing – identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya – killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said.

A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass.

Two law enforcement officials told AP that Tsarnaev and the other suspect who was not immediately identified have been living legally in the U.S. for at least one year.

Russia’s North Caucasus region has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars in Chechnya.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Berger switches to Libertarian Party

Friday, April 19th, 2013

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is no longer a member of the Republican Party.

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