WPD Chief: kids were living in filth

By Duane Weyand - Chief of Police, - Wilmington

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Police department arrested Megan Norris, 25, of Wilmington for allegedly endangering children after officers were dispatched to her residence for a report of three small children running around unsupervised.

The house was littered with feces, and raw food was found lying about. The house was in shambles. The three young children were removed from the house and placed elsewhere for their safety.

This is just one of the 1,049 calls so far this month.

We have made 27 arrests for this week in review. We arrested five people for theft and two for operating a vehicle while impaired.

We had a handful of drug offense arrests, too, and WPD responded to three overdose calls over the last week.

The top call for the week would be suspicious person’s calls — we handled 41 for the week.

Our crashes are up for the week — we had 30, which is considerably higher than previous weeks.

We had our first traffic crash involving a motorcycle. In this crash an 84-year-old woman from Hillsboro pulled out into the path of the motorcycle causing the crash. She was cited for this crash, which led to fairly serious injuries to the motorcyclist.

I can’t stress enough the importance of looking twice.

We took two burglary reports over the week. In both cases we anticipate filing charges on juveniles for those incidents.

We handled 14 theft calls over the week. The stolen items consist of fishing poles, two cell phone, bikes, license plates, window air conditioning units, a push mower, theft of checks, and theft of guns.

Almost all of these thefts are committed by someone a person allowed to stay in the residence and learned of the theft after the person had moved out.

In the past I have stressed the importance of not allowing people you can’t trust to live in your residence.

Duane Weyand is Wilmington’s Police Chief.


By Duane Weyand

Chief of Police,