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Canine tracks down fleeing suspect

Posted Tuesday, August 17, 2004

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A local man was arrested after deputies of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Pittsboro Police Department surrounded him in an area near Small Street in Pittsboro. The man, William Judd, 43, of 43 Poston Mobile Home Park, Pittsboro temporarily eluded officers when they approached his residence to arrest him on warrants that were in the possession of the Pittsboro Police Department. Judd fled out the back door of his home and hid himself in a wooded area behind a mobile home park. Deputies contacted Deputy Melissa Young and the Sheriff’s Office’s canine “Lightning” to respond and locate the suspect. Within a few minutes, Lightning found Judd in a thicket and he gave up without any further incident. He was charged with 2 counts of Resisting Arrest and jailed under a $500.00 secured bond. His court date is September 29.

Lightning was purchased by the Sheriff’s Office in 2000 and is primarily used for narcotics investigations and tracking people and property. Sheriff Webster appointed deputy Melissa Young as the agency’s K9 officer this past spring and is pleased with the progress of both of them. Deputy Young was seriously mauled by 5 bulldogs last year and not only fully recovered from her injuries but wanted to be next dog handler for the Sheriff. “I’m a strong believer in using canines in law enforcement situations,” says the Sheriff. In fact, this past year the Sheriff’s Office purchased another dog “Meko”, with the assistance of fundraisers and drug seizure money and he is currently in training with deputy Tom D’Angelo, the Sheriff Office’s new canine officer.

Meko should be certified by the end of the month and then both dogs will be online and working closely with the Sheriff’s newly created Interstate Criminal Enforcement Unit or “ICE Team”. The unit’s primary function is to locate and apprehend drug violators that move drugs on our streets and highways.

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Canine tracks down fleeing suspect
Melissa Young and the Sheriff’s Office’s canine “Lightning”

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