Annual Turtle Release Lands One Man In Handcuffs

An annual event on Topsail Island that draws hundreds to watch turtles being released back into the ocean instead lead to one man being taken away in handcuffs.

Police tell WITN News that hot tempers may have flared due to the heat.

Richard Rodeghier was cited with disorderly conduct.

Police tell WITN News that Rodeghier was walking his bike down a special ramp that is built for organizers to get their vehicles on and off the beach. One organizer asked him to wait while they moved all the cars off the beach, but Rodeghier kept going, even after a police officer told him to wait as well.

Police say as they met Rodeghier at the other end of the ramp with another organizer, he rammed his bike into the organizer, cutting him in the process.

Topsail Beach police cited the 55-year-old Rodeghier and he was released.

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  • by Victor Location: wilmington on Jun 14, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    House does a story about a man getting cited for disorderly conduct get turned into civil war II. This has nothing to do with where the man is from and who cares where he is from.People need to take a chill pill.I am "from the North" as it is said. I moved to Wilmington cause of its beautiful area and some of my family has lived here. I didn't realize the unrest there is between the south and the north. I have to say if you were from NC and moved to Delaware, NJ, or NY. You would be "Joe" from NC. If your are from NY,NJ,etc.. and move to NC you are a Yankee. Who cares? I have been here 4 years and I still can't believe how "southerner" or "locals" hate Yankees and their money. Let me tell you I am making more money down here the up north.Just some thoughts
  • by am Location: topsail beach on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    live here from here and dont understand how those people come here and think they own it with the little money they spend.40 goes west to 95 north shall I say more.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    I don't know that much about Topsail, only been once, but there should be more routes that this man could have taken. I guess he has a quick temper that needs to be fixed then. To Obama Snake Oil, I like your acronym for Cary. That is pretty funny. At least Topsail does not have to deal with the yankees near as much as some of these other beaches, especially the Outer Banks, where we usually go cause my wife is from there. Her parents don't like the fact that so many yankees are now moving down there and are trying to turn it into something like Va. Beach or Atlantic City. To ???, you yankees are the ones that typically throw trash all on the beach and think that you should not have to pick up after your own garbage. It sounds like to me the Northerners are way more trashy than the Southerners, from the way they act and the way that they live.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 4, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    Amy, aren't these the same northerners that are trying to bring higher taxes, gay marriage and the miserable conditions they left, here? They call us bible thumpers, stupid rednecks and hicks. Well, we have an area for them in the state called Cary (Containment Area for Retired Yankees), now stay there.
  • by Southern Girl on Jun 4, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    ???, we know why you are a ????. You have no idea who,or what you are. If you don't like us, or our way of life, I am sure there are plenty of Southerners who will be glad to help you move back to you Yankey upbringing. If you don't want to become one of us, GO BACK!!! We did not want you in the first place.
  • by A on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    Wow Amy! Some of that is a HUGE generalization. Way to go Delta! Your job is done.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Jun 3, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    YANKEE SMANKEE.. It's all crap. The pedestrian should have the right of way and that idiot that told him to wait should have been jailed. It's bad enough that some people think they are more important than other people, but when these NUTS think turtles are more important than people, then what we have here is a failure to communicate. PEOPLE FIRST!!!!
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Jun 3, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    Way to go Amy!
  • by Amy Location: Greenville on Jun 3, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    To ???? What makes you think that you transplated Yankees pay more taxes than the rest of us. Your standards do not even come close to those of us that were born here and raised with manners and morals! Long live the sea turtles and send Rodeghier to etiquitte school!
  • by ??To Delta Location: Wash Co on Jun 3, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    So what if he was a transplant? We pay higher taxes and spend more money than life longers because we have higher standards.!
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