WPD Week in Review: Keep eyes open around alleyways

By Duane Weyand - Chief of Police, - Wilmington

This summer has proven to be a busy one, and our July calls for service were up.

So far this month we have made 45 arrests. The first half of the month we have handled 837 calls for service compared to 650 last year for the same period.

We have several cases being reviewed stemming from investigations. Currently we have one burglary case, one breaking and entering case, and one of the biggest cases we have under review involves the death of an eight-month-old child that occurred 26 years ago. Our detectives have spent considerable amount of time on this as well as traveled to North Carolina to follow up on new information. A separate press release on this will occur at a later date.

We continue to make arrests for thefts, drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Three people were arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Suspicious person calls still generate the highest call volume for us. We encourage our citizens to keep an eye on alleyways as we have had cars gone through as well as two garages located off alleys broken into. If you see suspicious activity in these alleyways please give us a call.

Overdose calls lately have been a topic of discussion in many communities. For the first half of this month we had two calls involving someone possibly overdosing. Neither situation was a fatality. This type of call for service doesn’t even equal one percent of our call volume for the first half of the month.

Some notable arrests for the month include Kristy Bain, 22, of Wilmington for child endangerment after we received a call of a two-year-old walking near the cemetery, and Michael Myers, 46, of Wilmington for disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing after he walked down to the fire station to threaten the lives of fire and EMS personnel.

It is generally not a good idea to go to the fire station and threaten the lives of the fire and EMS.

Duane Weyand is Wilmington’s Chief of Police.


By Duane Weyand

Chief of Police,