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Archive for June, 2013

Woman goes to extremes to find missing dog

Friday, June 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Losing a pet is painful. Now one woman is going to extreme lengths and getting help finding her missing dog from a Good Samaritan who donated $3,000 for a reward.

Michele Rohrer says she was devastated to find that her 4.5-pound chihuahua Squirt had escaped from a small opening in their fenced in backyard May 22.

Days after posting missing fliers with a reward for $1,000, a Good Samaritan, who wishes to stay anonymous, came forward and quadrupled Rohrer’s reward money, for a grand total of $4,000.

Unfortunately, all tips have led to dead ends, and no dog.

Now Rohrer says she is resorting to extreme measures to get her beloved squirt back in her arms.

“I’m not giving up my search efforts,” Rohrer said. “I have hired dog trackers, a pet psychic and a calling service that calls houses in the area, put up posters, created a Facebook page for her, done anything I can think of.”

Rohrer rescued Squirt after he was diagnosed with a liver condition that his previous owners could not care for. Since then she has formed a special bond with the tiny dog, and says she misses him dearly.

Rohrer asks anyone with information on Squirt to contact her or Atlantic Animal Hospital.

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Bert and Ernie cuddle over Supreme Court ruling

Friday, June 28th, 2013

NEW YORK (ABC NEWS) — The New Yorker magazine is celebrating the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decisions by unveiling a cover featuring “Sesame Street’s” Bert and Ernie.

On the cover of next week’s issue of the magazine, the “Sesame Street”characters are drawn cozily sitting together in front of a TV with Bert’s arm around Ernie, and Ernie leaning on his shoulder. The TV shows an image of the Supreme Court justices in their black robes.

The artist behind the cover, called “Moment of Joy,” is Jack Hunter. He originally submitted the unsolicited image to a Tumblr page, according to the New Yorker’s website.


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WFD battalion chief put on unpaid leave after breathalyzer at train derailment

Friday, June 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A top Wilmington firefighter has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after an incident this morning at the scene of a train derailment.

A city spokeswoman says Battalion Chief Jimmy Casteen was on duty at the Love Grove trail derailment this morning, but then given a breathalyzer test and driven home. The city is gathering additional information and will meet Monday morning to determine a course of action.

“We take such situations very seriously and will take any needed action as soon as possible,” Wilmington Fire Chief Buddy Martinette said in a statement. “The safety of our citizens and the credibility of the fire department are of utmost importance and we will act accordingly.”

This is not Casteen’s first alcohol-related issue. In December Wilmington Police arrested him for DWI. At the time, a city spokesman said Casteen was off work using accrued leave, because he could not perform his duties without a valid driver license. Today, a city spokeswoman could not immediately answer when Casteen returned to work and if his license had been reinstated.

Casteen is due back in court next month on the DWI charge.

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People in Business – June 30, 2013

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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Emergency crews to work into the night to clear train derailment

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Emergency crews are expected to work throughout the day and into the night to clear a train derailment that happened around 5:00 Friday morning near the entrance to the Love Grove Community.

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