Man complains that cop shot dog


Staff Writer

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Rocky Mount City Council on Monday heard from a resident whose dog was shot by police, approved its annual budget and conducted other business.

During the meeting’s public comment, Demetrey Clark said a city police officer shot his dog last week and changed his story three times as to why the shooting was necessary.

Clark said the shooting occurred at 6 a.m. with the dog bleeding out for an hour and a half before he arrived home. The fate of the dog wasn’t immediately clear.

“The officer shot my dog with no explanation,” Clark said.

Mayor David Combs said City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney would follow up with police about the incident.

Resident Sam Battle said U.S. Army Pfc. William Hoover Jones was his hero for sacrificing for freedom. Jones’ remains were returned last week to his native Nash County after dying on a North Korean battlefield nearly 70 years ago.

Resident Robert Carr said new Police Chief George Robinson is doing a great job and will make an excellent head law enforcement officer for the city.

Small-Toney said she expected to announce a new fire chief within a week or so. In April, Chief Mike Varnell retired early.

The front runner for the position is Corey Mercer, a former firefighter in Rocky Mount and current fire chief in Elizabeth City. Internal candidates haven’t been notified of any decision.

The council approved an agreement with God of Deliverance Ministries to compensate the church for removal of a brick building for the city’s stream stabilization project. The city will make a $25,000 payment to the church.

Resident Lige Daughtridge asked why the city was paying the church more money when it had already purchased the property a couple of years ago.

City Engineer Brad Kerr said the building wasn’t originally part of the project and it was thought it would be allowed to stay, but now has to be moved or demolished.

The council unanimously approved its fiscal year 2019-20 budget with a property tax rate of 68.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is the same rate as late year.

The council also approved an amendment to the gas service agreement with Piedmont Natural Gas to increase maximum delivery point entitlement at City Gate Station #2 in Battleboro from 284 dekatherms per hour and 6,816 dekatherms per day to 350 dekatherms per hour and 8,400 dekatherms per day to supply natural gas to Pfizer.