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Archive for October, 2013

Elizabeth Redenbaugh among Democrats considering senate bid

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Former New Hanover County School Board Member Elizabeth Redenbaugh, who switched from the Republican to Democratic party in 2011, is considering a run for state senate next year, said Richard Poole, chair of the New Hanover County Democratic Party.

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Pender woman charged with animal cruelty after 170 animals seized

Monday, October 28th, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County woman faces charges weeks after more than 150 animals were taken from her home.

Marilyn Medina, 72, was arrested today and charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty.

Investigators says they rescued 104 dogs, 62 chickens, three calves and one goat from Medina’s home on NC 11 in Willard Oct. 9.

Investigators say when they arrived to Medina’s home, it was not an easy sight to take, especially because it had just rained.

“The ones that were on the ground had muddy pens. The ones that were inside that had the wood floors in the cages. You know there was feces and everything was wet, the dogs were wet, they smelled,” Lt. Keith Ramsey said.

Animal Control had visited the home a few times before to help Medina downsize, but this time, they say, the conditions were much worse.

“This particular time that we went there you know, she had quite a few more dogs than the last time we were there, and the conditions just appeared to be a lot worse,” Ramsey said.

Lt. Ramsey says Medina was a breeder in over her head.

“I think that she was just, with everything that was going on, that she just got overwhelmed with the amount of animals that she had,” he said.

Ramsey says they did not charge medina for each animal involved, because it would have been a waste of the court’s time. He says when there are that many of the same charge, they would just get reduced anyway.

“Basically what we do is we take the worst of the worst,” he said. “The animals that were needing additional medical treatment, you know, we took those.”

Medina has been released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. She is due in court Nov. 14.

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Detectives investigate armed robbery in Brunswick Co.

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are searching for information related to a recent armed robbery.

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Staying safe this Halloween: Tips from the Carolina Beach Police Department

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Halloween night is approaching and it is important to remember several safety tips when Trick or Treating.

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Candidate profile: Derek Bickel

Monday, October 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council candidate Derek Bickel says he does not think of himself as a politician.

“I’m someone who cares deeply about Wilmington,” he said.

Bickel has lived and worked in Wilmington for nearly a decade. He wants to see the city flourish, and he says that starts with creating and keeping jobs right here in the Port City.

“I’m an IT professional. I help businesses achieve maximum efficiency every day. I understand business. I want to bring that pro-business to council,” Bickel said.

After a rash of gang-related shootings within city limits, Bickel says he is terrified.

“I don’t go outside anymore,” he said.

The father of two young children says keeping Wilmington safe is another top priority.

“The City Council took the first step with the (WPD) Gang Investigative (Unit), but I think we can do more,” Bickel said. “I think we need to pay our police officers more.”

Bickel also wants to budget for a better balance between the city and green space.

“We have to learn to recycle what we have and to develop what we have remaining,” Bickel said.

He already has his sight set on spots downtown.

“This Water Street Parking Deck has been an eye-sore for a long time,” he said.

Bickel says there are lots of opportunities to improve the quality of life in Wilmington, but he says it starts with your vote at the polls.

Early voting is underway and runs through Saturday. Election day is Nov. 5.

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