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Attorney to recommend new rules on dangerous dogs

Raleigh City Attorney Tom McCormick will recommend “slight modifications” to animal control rules in response to complaints that ordinances aren’t tough enough on dangerous dogs.

The recommendations will be presented Tuesday to the Raleigh City Council’s law and public safety committee. It comes eight months after a neighborhood off North Raleigh Boulevard complained of a series of dog attacks that left pets and people injured. Neighbors say the city’s current rules – less punitive than the county’s ordinances in some respects – leave them vulnerable to the area’s vicious dogs. The East Citizens Advisory Council has formed a committee to review the recommendations once they’re presented. As things stand now, Wake County’s law is both more specific and more punitive than city ordinance.

Councilman Thomas Crowder said he’d like the city to also look at how it handles aggressive wild animals such as foxes and raccoons, pointing to several recent complaints about such creatures.

Staff writer Colin Campbell

Police officer honored for bravery

Raleigh Police Officer Timothy Hathaway was the first responder to arrive at a Jan. 25 apartment blaze. He sped to the scene, grabbed a gas mask from his trunk and headed into the burning building.

Hathaway, 25, was able to help several residents of the Mission Valley Apartments to safety and knocked on doors to alert others. On Tuesday, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane read a proclamation honoring Hathaway for bravery.

The blaze broke out amid an ice storm and displaced 36 people in the complex on Avent Ferry Road near N.C. State University. Everyone made it out safely, though Hathaway and five others were taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation.

Hathaway has been with the Raleigh Police Department for three years.

Staff writer Colin Campbell

City to replace Poole Road fire station

The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday signed off on a design contract for a new fire station serving portions of Southeast Raleigh near the Beltline.

The new two-story, 20,000-square-foot, five-bay facility will replace a much smaller Fire Station 12 built in 1973. The current station is just inside the Beltline, while the new one will be built at the corner of Poole Road and Bus Way, near the city’s transit operations center. The $5.5 million project will make room for a new hook and ladder truck and multiple service vehicles, as well as a battalion chief company.

The building will get the LEED Silver Certification for green construction techniques.

Raleigh also plans to soon replace Fire Station 14 on Lake Boone Trail. The city’s 29th fire station is under construction and set to open this fall at 12113 Leesville Road in Northwest Raleigh.

Staff writer Colin Campbell