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Archive for May, 2013

Dog recovering after owner charged with brutal attack

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Ronnie Lee Tyler of Hallsboro has been charged with a felony count of cruelty to animals for the May 5 attack.

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Southwest Onslow Football Player Drowns

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Southwest Onslow High School senior quarterback Shak Pershey drowned in the water off North Topsail Beach in Onslow County.

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Trial set for jailed former firefighter

Friday, May 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A trial date has been set for a Bladen County man and former Wilmington firefighter jailed in Virginia on sex crimes allegations.

The Fairfax Circuit Court Clerk’s Office says Robert Hester will go to trial July 8. The clerk’s office says a grand jury indicted Hester on two counts of inanimate object sexual penetration and one count of abduction with intent to defile.

Police in Virginia arrested the Elizabethtown man in March after an incident at a hotel March 19 involving a woman investigators say Hester knew.

The Wilmington Fire Department fired Hester April 15, because he is still in custody and cannot return to work. Hester has reportedly appealed his termination.

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Columbus Co. man accused of beating dog with hammer

Friday, May 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Investigators in Columbus County have charged a man after they say he beat his dog in the head with a hammer.

Investigators say the incident happened earlier this month. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office charged Ronnie Tyler with felony animal cruelty. While Tyler posted bail and waits for his next court date, his dog is recovering at a home in Wilmington.

Investigators say Tyler, 53, beat his American Stafford Terrier with a hammer, May 5. Neighbors say they saw Tyler take the year-old pup into the woods and come back without her. A day later neighbors saw the dog walking out of the woods, and the called animal control.

The Columbus Humane Society later placed the dog in a Wilmington foster home, where she is recovering. Caregivers say the dog is sweet natured. They say after treating her wounds with anti-bacterial spray, her head turned purple which earned her the nickname Violet.

The Columbus Humane Society says Tyler has another dog, which it the society is trying to get custody of. They believe that dog is a Rottweiler.

A phone number for Tyler could not immediately be found.

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Two men arrested after Princess Place Dr. pursuit

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Two men have been arrested after they failed to stop for police Thursday night resulting in a wreck on Princess Place Drive, according to a news release from the New Hanover Co. Sheriff's Office.

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