Pit bulls attack a horse in Mint Hill

Yet another pit bull attack has occurred in Mint Hill.  Police reported today that they were dispatched to the 3300 block of Dan Hood Road last Tuesday in reference to two pit bulls attacking a horse that was in a fenced in pasture. This was the second call within the past 10 days involving the same two dogs and horse.

Bill Williamson of Mint Hill reported the attacks. He and his adult sons were outside keeping an eye out for the dogs. When officers arrived they went out to the pasture and discovered that the dogs had attacked the horse again and were now running back across the road.

In the meantime, Williams had collapsed of an apparent heart attack and was being attended to by his sons. They told police Williamson had prior heart problems. Officers started CPR and retrieved an Automated External Defibrillator from the trunk of one of the patrol vehicles. Officers attached the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) pads to Mr. Williamson and delivered a shock.

Williamson started to cough and regained partial consciousness. Upon the arrival of MEDIC, Williamson had regained consciousness and was able to answer questions. He was transported to Presbyterian Hospital (Main). Less than 48 hours later he was released and is now back home resting comfortably.

The dogs were later captured by CMPD Animal Control and Care and taken to their facility.

Another pit bull attack in Mint Hill recently injured 6-year-old Jakob Clark. Because of this incident, as well as one in Waxhaw that killed a 6-year-old girl, Mint Hill Board of Commissioners are considering tougher dog laws within the town.


Time is running out for $1 million lottery ticket sold in Stallings

The chances of winning the Mega Millions is 1 in 175,711,536. According to the book “For all practical purposes: mathematical literacy in today’s world” by Joseph Malkevitch and Lawrence M. Lesser, winning the Mega Million The Mint Hill Timesjackpot is like guessing a particular piece of paper in a stack twice as high as Mt. Everest, or guessing a particular second in the span of 5.5 years.

Of course, the odds of winning are even worse if you lose the ticket. That’s what’s happened in Stallings in the past year. A $1 million prize ticket was purchased for the August 20, 2010 Mega Millions drawing at the Market Express located at 2800 Old Monroe Road in Stallings. (The NCEL calls this address “Matthews,” but it is actually in downtown Stallings next to the McDonalds.) However, no one came forward with the winning ticket and it expires on Wednesday, February 16.

The five white balls for that drawing were: 4 – 13 – 20 – 29 – 48

To claim the $1 million prize, the ticket must be presented at N.C. Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh by 5 p.m. on February 16. Players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.

“We’re really hoping to award this prize,” said NCEL Executive Director Alice Garland. “Celebrating winners is one of the most fun things we do at the lottery and we hate to see prizes go unclaimed, especially ones of this magnitude.”

Ryan Kennemur, the NCEL’s Public Information Officer, will be on-site at the Market Express in Matthews from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. today to raise awareness about the missing ticket.
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