Man Says Confiscated Ordnances Were Civil War Artifacts

A Washington man says ordnances confiscated from his home this week were nothing more than Civil War artifacts.

Carter Leary was asked by Washington Police Tuesday evening if they could search his home for a dog that bit a young girl earlier that night. Leary voluntarily let the two officers search the residence. Officers did not find a dog, but did find two live Hotchkiss rounds from the Civil War.

Leary says, "There was no danger to the surrounding area. I'm extremely safe in what I do."

Leary, who was in the Army, says he's a history buff and says the rounds came from a dive he took in the Tar River. "The rounds really belong to the state, but the state knew that I had them -we were totally legal."

That didn't matter when the two rounds were seized by the ATF. All Leary was left with was a receipt. WITN called the ATF but have yet to hear back from them.

Washington Police Chief Mick Reed says they were just following protocol. "It's understood that sometimes people feel that our motives aren't exactly as we discuss or explain to them at the time but we simply do the best we can."

Leary feels there was still a step that was missed in the process. "In the case of Chief Reed allowing two kids to call the ATF on me, that's wrong...he should have come to me first."

Law enforcement told WITN that if anyone has live rounds they should always contact their local police department for assistance in dealing with them.

It's not clear at this point the status of the rounds, or if Leary will get them back.


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  • by Straight forward Location: Washington on Mar 28, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    Good job, jr. You know when you're beaten, so you bow out gracefully. You actually showed some intelligence there. .Congrats man!
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on Mar 28, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    Hey J Leary: BLET not that easy!!!! That is a good one! MAYBE FOR A GED "grad" not that easy!!!!!!!!!!!! Ole foot in mouth!!!!!
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on Mar 28, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    TO J LEARY: Geez, you burned me. Well, 6 months. Whooeeeh!(As Jed used to comment on Jethro's education) Even Jethro Bodine on the Beverly Hillbillies got a 6 year 6th grade education. Six months!!! You're right, I'm an idiot. Those GED 6 month grads are the real intelligent deal. You're right; I'm wrong.
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Mar 28, 2010 at 03:48 AM
    Get use to it. Ask anyone who hunts and how in the last two years ammo is scarce. The owners says it's a shortage everywhere. LOL, even 22 bullits from China? Now if walmart can,t get them ya know something up! Look around and smell the roses, ya might be told how many to have one day soon.
  • by jr Location: bath on Mar 28, 2010 at 01:42 AM
    straight forward, i will not get into a battle of wits with you. i never fight unarmed people. no more of this.
  • by Tod Location: 7 springs on Mar 27, 2010 at 06:25 PM
    grew up walking the shallow waters of the Neuse in summer and have all sorts of civil war era " artifacts". Thankfully have been able to sell many and done pretty well with them. To whomever created EBAY- Thanks a BUNCH . Yanks go home leave your daughters
  • by Big John on Mar 27, 2010 at 02:35 PM
    Like the old saying goes. ...Welcome to the south--Now go home!!!
  • by J Leary Location: El Paso, TX on Mar 27, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    I have to say that the posts submitted by "Straight Forward" are accurate about search and seizure. I was a police officer / deputy in NC for 11 years before moving to Texas, and I am still a police officer. People may not like it sometimes, but it is within the rights of the governing body to seize items such as these when they come across them. They are not simply old bullets or pieces of lead, but rather artillery shells packed with explosives that were made to detonate. If the police didnt take action upon learning of their existence, and an explosion occurred, Washington and the state of NC would be liable. Its just the law, folks. Its not in place to be popular! I know that those artifacts could not have been in better hands, though. Dad has always had things like that around and he knows how to handle them. By the way, Pirateman..its a 6 month BLET course, not a 6 week one. .and its not that easy. So remember your stupid comments the next time you're dialing 911 for help. Idiot.
  • by WITN FAN Location: Bath on Mar 27, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    I would like to see the young lady that interviewed Mr. Leary do a follow-up of this story. It seems only part of the story was reported. According to police a young girl was bitten earlier in the evening by a dog on Mr. Leary's premises (?). Not a mention was made as to how serious the bite was (of the imaginary dog). Police didn't search the outside pen where the dog was supposedly? What kind of dog? Does anyone other than myself find this kind of doggy (sh----)How did thos police officers know to look for thos particular artifacts? I bet this "girl" does not even have a name! Go back if you are a true WITN reporter. Ask the neighbors if there is a dog in his yard. I don't know anything about what was taken. I do know he spends considerable time sharing with our children our history.Mr. Reed can spin this thing to make himself look right anyway he wants to. I agree with the others. I would much prefer to see the gangs stopped, our schools made safer for our children!
  • by straight forward Location: Washington on Mar 27, 2010 at 01:33 PM
    You need to read a book, jr. The ignorant mock what they do not understand. You obviously do not understand anything about the 4th amendment or legally executed searches of persons or property. I do this work for a living and have for over 17 years. Every example that I listed on my previous post is accurate as long as they are all done correctly. So, educate yourself further on this issue before you make yourself appear more ignorant than you already have. And, speaking of ignorant.....Dave, Joe and NYY....if you dont like the South, get out of it, before some Southerner uses their freedom of expression to adjust your attitude.
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