911 dispatcher charged with street racing

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Submitted: Wed, 12/05/2012 - 2:41am
Updated: Wed, 12/05/2012 - 5:02pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One of three men charged in a Friday night street race is a New Hanover County 911 dispatcher.

William Rogers faces charges of misdemeanor spontaneous speed competition and reckless and careless driving, according to New Hanover County spokesperson Charles Smith. The charges come after Rogers and two other men allegedly challenged each other to a race on 17th Street.

Smith says Rogers was hired by the county in October 2010. Smith says Rogers will not be disciplined by the county in connection to the charges, because they are misdemeanor infractions.

Two other men, Joshua Cramer and Nicholas Stentiford, are also facing charges in the case.

Cramer’s car veered off the road and struck a tree, leaving him with critical injuries. The StarNews is reporting his condition has been upgraded from critical to stable condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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27 Comments on "911 dispatcher charged with street racing"

15 days 20 hours ago

Your never ever going to just eliminate street racing because of our culture so, what the police or sheriffs should do is what many other cities across the country are doing.. That is to block off a few street in some not used area once or twice a week keep a patrol car around to make sure things don’t get out of hand and let the racers gather and do there thing.. Except under some conditions “and it is working in every city that is doing this” .. You get to race on will just call it “race night” or whatever and if you get caught doing any messing around on the other days the fine is quadrupled for you or the book thrown at you… It Works… Ya cant stop it, why not at least try to keep it under control .. when we were kids we raced every Friday and Saturday nights .. it was what we did back in the 80’s.. Back then the kids were raised with a bit more respect and just didn’t go drive over someones lawn for fun or be as irresponsible as these punks are no days.. The cops knew what we did and where we did it.. they let us do it quietly and with no trouble and we were good.. you raise hell your done .. its as simple as that.. Give it a try and it may just turn some revenue as well.. man I bet the mcky dees that has a hundred cars hanging out in there lot is a happy one .. they sell lots of food.. lol… anyway… If they only decided to be open about this whole thing.. This definitely works .. it has all over and more and more cities are doing it…

2015 years 8 months ago

New Hanover has some of the finest, most talented people I’ve had the privilege to work with. If
something happens that I have to call 911, I know without a doubt the people sitting behind those consoles will
get me the help I need. Rogers has taken responsibility and while we
may not agree with his actions….we support him.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Well then good…be mad, and by the time you had finished with your 7th rebuttal, it sounded like you were trying to prove all you could to readers that our police force is doing this type of street racing in My Eyes and comments. My point was, it appears some officers condone this street racing by being absent, and yes…I have seen an officer having their kicks one evening racing next to a hot rod car on Shipyard Blvd. That’s side by side…not chasing the other car! Man…I can imagine the reply from police dispatch if I had called that one in. What would they have told me GuestNCNative???
In my 26 years as a resident here in Wilmington, I have seen officers turn their heads to red light runners, and I mean the ones that zizzed through the intersection 3 seconds or more after the light changed. You have seen it too I’m sure! Yeah right…who cares huh?
I’ve called in a report in the past of a potentially drunk driver, just to be told by the dispatch officer that unless an officer saw it…”NOTHING COULD BE DONE!”, and I gave them the trucks license plate number and had 2 witnesses with me! Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww as you say. That was a good feeling that day!
There are several more occasions I’ve reported reckless drivers, only to be brushed off by the police…but it’s ridiculous to even mention all I remember.
Your comment on my statement about not hearing sirens before an incident on the road? You are reaching bud, trying to create a scenario that’s lop sided. Since I’ll have to explain that one for you too…there’s a lack of traffic patrol and control in this city, and has been for the 26 years I have lived here. Most police officers I’ve seen in my life time (in other cities) run their sirens when pursuing a traffic offender, but I guess not where you come from. I’ve had family/friends come here to visit from out of town, and ask…”Where are the Police around here?”…and they mean it.
I could give a Rats A** what you want our citizens to believe about how well the police patrol our roads, or your thoughts about my views…but you had it so wrong…I had to give you a second grade education on it.
There’s far too many offenders on our roads that go unnoticed, except by the other drivers on the roads. So preach all you want to. And yes, as far as Pattons quote is concerned …when you have tried to get a response or action taken (and it does not happen)…one has the tendency to believe that is it just not going to happen! Maybe that’s why your 911 phone doesn’t ring that much…others feel the same way.
Your comments sounded like protection of corruption…all 7 of them!
“So, the tally of your “arguments” versus me pointing out the blunders of your logic: You 0, Me 7 Thanks for making it so incredibly easy to point out the gaping holes inside your mind.” (Unquote)
Very professional…so go take a cold shower!

2015 years 8 months ago

You have got to be out of your dumba$$ mind if you think the 911 Center does not have ringing phones constantly. You have no idea who covers your stupid a$$ ALL the time. God help you if you really need emergency care…perhaps the phone will not ring! You should make it a point to observe the diligence these telecommunicators show in their work everytime they are behind the console. They provide an invaluable service for very low pay to take care of some people who really do not deserve it…you are one of those people. Go figure!!

2015 years 8 months ago

…so here we go again: Time to once more point out the numerous defects in your thought process and comments.

Mad? Me? Hardly. One mind so befuddled as yours does not invoke anger, it invokes pity and incredulity. Pity that one could be as blind as you, incredulity that one could make the kinds of stupid things you wrote.

I pointed out your stupidity on every single issue you attempted to raise…and yet your brilliant mind sees that as me trying to prove that local LEO’s do this kind of racing. Seriously, dude? Hmmmm paranoid and ridiculous much? I think so…therefore you REALLY need to seek treatment for delusional behavior.

Had you grown a spine and decided to call it in when you “witnessed” an officer “getting his kicks” by racing, you would have without a doubt encountered the following: 1) We would take your call seriously. We would put in a call in our computer, and we would have advised WPD about it. If you so desired, we would have advised the SGT over that district to contact you directly about WPD’s response to your call. So to answer your question, we would take your call seriously, and we would dispatch the appropriate agency.

“NOTHING COULD BE DONE!” I seriously can’t stop laughing over how ridiculous it is that you honestly believe an officer does not have to witness what you yourself called a “potentially drunk driver”! POTENTIALLY means you weren’t entirely certain they were drunk. But YES, they DO have to witness the drunk actually driving. Otherwise, who’s to say that the caller isn’t just exhibiting road rage and trying to get someone in trouble? Are you telling met in all seriousness that you’d be okay living in a world where anyone can make any claim they want? If so, I’d like to report here and now that you should be arrested for assaulting a female last night and engaging in an unnatural act with a donkey. Now…are you STILL going to claim that taking someone’s word without seeing something for one’s self is logical? If so, in addition to you assaulting someone and being gross with a donkey, you are out of your tiny little mind and need to be placed immediately in a padded room at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro.

“…it’s ridiculous to even mention all I remember…” I bet. Because it’s impossible to remember something that didn’t happen. You can’t make these ridiculous bold claims of yours without having some sort of backup to support them. Unlike you, we in the 9-1-1 center DO have backup in the form of ALL telephone calls being recorded. We have backup with every word in every call we put into the computer.

26 years, you say? I was born and raised here. I’ve lived here my entire life. I’m 56 years old. I’ve been here more than twice as long as you have. Boom…your 26 years don’t even come close, pal.

Regarding your claim of a lack of patrol and traffic control in this city…where’s your proof? You see, once AGAIN I can prove my claims. I know exactly how many officers are on patrol in the city at any given time. Do you? I know exactly what calls they respond to. Do you? I know exactly how often they stop people and what they arrest them for. Do you? My proof is a matter of public record. What’s your proof?

Yes, they do use lights and sirens when they are PURSUING a traffic offender. They do NOT use lights and sirens when they are trying to catch up to someone engaging in a criminal act, traffic-related or otherwise. If you’re out being unnatural with a donkey in the park, don’t you think police would want to catch you in the act rather than announce their impending arrival with the use of lights and sirens? Durrrrrrr…no brainer.

Because of your low opinion of officers, deputies, and law enforcement in general, I suspect I know why your family and friends want to know where the cops in this town are. If I was doing something illegal, I’d want to make sure it is some place where there isn’t a concentration of cops. Knowing where they are would be crucial information to have if I want to ensure that I won’t get caught doing something I shouldn’t be doing.

You say you don’t care about my beliefs on these issues. Really? If that were true, you wouldn’t have been checking back on this story to see if I responded, and you certainly wouldn’t have posted more of your idiot babble.

The phones in the 9-1-1 center in New Hanover County ring. A lot. Our call center is the 2nd busiest in the state of North Carolina. The only 9-1-1 Center that receives more calls in this state than we do is Charlotte-Mecklinburg. So much for your claim that no one calls us. But thanks for providing a laugh and for proving my point that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

Protection of corruption? Sigh. Ok, dim bulb, here we go ONCE AGAIN: EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN THE 9-1-1 CENTER IS A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD. If someone calls, we HAVE to enter that call and dispatch it to the appropriate agency. If you call, you then have the right to come to our agency and make an inquiry as to what happened as a result of your phone call. If you have the dates and times of when you called, we HAVE to provide you with proof that we did not ignore your call. If we can’t show you where a call was put in and dispatched based on the information you give when you call in…be my guest. Sue us. If you don’t believe me, call us with real information about a crime that you witness. Record the conversation from your end. If we can’t show you where the call was entered and dispatched, we are toast. THEREFORE, the comments I made in this post and my previous one are not “protection of corruption”. They are PROOF that everything you wrote in your posts is positively ridiculous and without merit.

Tally: You – 0, me 19.

I can do this and prove you wrong for as long as you’d like.

NHHS Wildcat
2015 years 8 months ago

All the local news media outlets just reported that one of the suspects from the Chinese delivery driver murder was out on the streets robbing again. You think our laws are gonna enact serious hard punishment for this ?
Check out the real world. I would venture to say our local officers are busy putting repeat offenders back in jail .

2015 years 8 months ago

then you need to get the law changed. The reality is the person who died was very much a party to his own death. By your logic if somebody engages in a gun battle during a crime then the criminal should be able to be sue the person who shot them even though they were committing a crime as well. There is no case for vehicular manslaughter in this case (normally any felony death in a MVC case is considered murder and those cases are only limited to felony acts committed by the individual with an innocent party dying). Racing/Reckless is not considered a felony under the motor vehicle code in NC.. Again if you dont like it get the law changed but dont bitch over the enforcement when the law limits what crime is charged. As far as Im concerned the idiot who died is reponsible for his own death and nobodyelse and that the others involved should be charged only with what they actually did which was racing. Then again this jurisdiction hung a murder conviction on a drug dealer who was miles away when a Wilmington PD officer decided to drive nearly 100mph onto Shipyard Blvd to join a chase. To me thats a major injustice. Sure the guy was a criminal and had drugs but the officer who was driving excessively and not directly involved in the pursuit had no business driving that fast on that section of road with that huge curve right there in front of Hoggard. He risked his and others lives he could have easily struck a car head-on and killed innocent people. Do we need to bring up the UNCW officer who was apparently driving at what amounted to dangerous speed through pedestrians chasing a moped/motorcycle on a pedestrian walkway who hadnt even committed a dangerous crime.. It seems to be an idiotic cowboy mentality with those sworn officers in this area. One last example would be that Brunswick Sheriff off duty racing down Hwy 17 and totalling her Mustang at 100mph without ANY CHARGES or Discipline occuring (while supposedly ‘playing’ with 2 on duty co-workers).

2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

…before you start braying like a donkey.

I work with Rogers. Do I approve of what what happened that night and the choices that were made? No. But until the last breath leaves my body, I fully support him and will stand by him.

Your first paragraph makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, so because it is nothing more than idiot babble, I’ll move on to the next paragraph.

You wrote that this kind of thing “constantly” happens. I work in the 9-1-1 Center. This includes weekends. I can tell you for a fact that it is NOT being reported on any kind of regular basis. For that matter, it’s not even being reported on a sporadic basis. You also wrote that you never hear police sirens responding to these acts. I’ve already pointed out that it’s not being reported, so how can they know they need to respond? Additionally, this is not the kind of call that officers would respond to with lights and sirens, and the reason behind it is simple (and yet clearly still manages to escape your lethargic comprehension): The idea is to catch them in the act. If they hear sirens and see lights, they will stop what they are doing and flee the area.

Next, you wrote that you have reported this and yet it continues. I’d be willing to bet that you did not meet with the officer(s) that responded. Officers need to speak with someone in order to begin the process of reporting criminal acts, otherwise, it’s he said/she said. Based on your faulty logic, I could say you set my house on fire, and even though officers didn’t see you do it, based on my word alone they could arrest you. The system simply does not work that, and for good reason. If you REALLY want something done about these kinds of activities, call it in. Then grow some backbone and agree to meet with the officer(s) that respond. Also, your snarky little Patton reference proves my point: Not covering the same ground twice means that it’s not being reported whenever it happens.

Next, you make a ridiculously veiled claim that officers also drive like this and do it for the “kicks”. When they are out just patrolling their districts or sectors, no, they don’t drive at high speeds. When they’re pursuing criminals or responding to emergency traffic, yes, they do at times drive faster in order to get to the scene quickly. YOU might not want officers and deputies to do the things needed to keep us safe, but I sure as heck do. You better believe that if someone is breaking into my home, I absolutely want officers or deputies arriving on scene as quickly as possible.

And seriously…you made your next statement just too easy of a target: You only hear sirens AFTER something bad happens. Really??!? Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…because clearly sirens BEFORE anything has happened would be so very necessary, wouldn’t it. I’m guessing you walk around outside in bright sunlight holding your umbrella over your head because eventually it’s going to rain.

Also, it would help if you’d take some English as a Second Language classes. Your numerous misspellings and grammatical errors really make it difficult to take anything you write seriously when you can’t even write something that is coherent.

OH, and I should also add that I HAVE served my country. So yes, I have walked miles in those shoes. And if that is entire premise of that argument, then yes indeed, you do need to walk in the shoes of an officer. If you want others to play along and walk in a soldiers boots, then you need to be willing to do the same when it comes to officers and deputies. Otherwise, shut up.

So, the tally of your “arguments” versus me pointing out the blunders of your logic: You 0, Me 7 Thanks for making it so incredibly easy to point out the gaping holes inside your mind.

2015 years 8 months ago

This is a classic case of “conduct unbecoming of telecommunicator”

2015 years 8 months ago

This is conduct unbecoming of anyone. Regardless their job. Let it go.

2015 years 8 months ago

WWAY should do more digging. The 911 center is all about covering things up.

2015 years 8 months ago

The 9-1-1 center covers things up? Seriously? I have to ask…is this a serious statement, or is it sarcasm?

Because it is part of a government agency, EVERYTHING is a matter of public record. Every phone call, every call that is entered into the 9-1-1 computers, every word that is spoken on the radio is covered under the freedom of information act. All phone calls are recorded, and employees in a 9-1-1 center – not just in this county – are REQUIRED to advise the appropriate agency of it. So, they can’t NOT enter a call into the computer if someone calls it in.

I’m sorry, but I just don’t see any logic in your comment.

I’m really curious to know what exactly made you issue such a ridiculous comment.

2015 years 8 months ago

I’ve noticed that the only people that have commented probably work in law enforcement and have things to cover up themselves.

2015 years 8 months ago

I work with Rogers and none of us are proud of his decisions however we do stand by him during this time. He has stated to all of us that he is sorry for his actions and there are no excuses but he is facing the consequences. What’s really sad is that his father just passed away and he is also dealing with that at this time. Prayers to the family!

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2015 years 8 months ago

OK Guest142:
Seeing how you are a member of the WPD/New Hanover County enforcement…I’ll report this to you…you to your superiors…them to theirs…and let’s all here “see” if we as citizens can get some support here, and action taken…and I mean Now!
I live near this area, and constantly hear this type of racing going on…mainly on weekends. I have actually seen little supped up type cars at night flying down Shipyard going for the Gold! Same goes for River Rd. and Independence Blvd. on weekends. Whether it be these little rat cars or Ninja bikes flying up and down the roads racing…now is your opportunity (As an Officer of the Law)…to put the word out that this is happening. Of course unless there’s more to this street racing then meets the eye…through the eyes of the Police Force here that is.
To hear this type of dangerous entertainment by idiots on the roads just “having fun”…is very questionable on how it continues, and we never hear the police sirens blasting to stop them. On the other hand…we heard the sirens last Friday night…”After the Fact” as always is the case.
So you ask…”Why don’t you call the police when you hear the cars racing?” To answer that…I have in the past…and it keeps on keeping on. General Patton had a saying…”I don’t like covering the same ground twice”…and it makes sense.
It seems that others are behind this sort of dangerous Kicks…and it ain’t just the drivers either. Take that for what it’s worth…and no more psycho babble of “You should try and do the job of a police officer and see what it’s like?
My answer to that is…you should try fighting in Viet Nam, or the Middle East some time!
So there you go WWAY. A story to do on how the WPD/New Hanover Dept. is handling (or has handled) this type of idiotic entertainment on the roads of Wilmington…and do your story going for the Gusto! While you are at it…investigate with the Judicial system as to why this was/is a misdemeanor. That I would like to know…we all would. Lesser sentences for “Death by Vehicle” or simply a “Misdemeanor” is no more then a license to endanger and or kill innocent people by saying that one can’t control themselves behind the wheel of a car…or handle bars of a Ninja Bike!. Case closed!
HA!…Do your story WWAY…and we shall see.

2015 years 8 months ago

In no way am i gonna pray for this guy when he was out on the streets he could have killed someone. His job is the public’s safety. He should be fired. People should not feel bad for this man.

Concerned Citizen
2015 years 8 months ago

Why does it even matter that this guy works for the county as a 911 dispatcher? Where do the other people work, will they be disciplined at work? What kind of jobs do they have? Here is you’re answer it doesn’t matter where they work! Hang in there guy just another ploy for WWAY to bring down public officials! There day is coming to a TV near you soon.

2015 years 8 months ago

It matters because he is a part of the law & unfortunately, he is held to a higher standard. He knew better. He deals with it every time he works. But, this is just another thing for the county to cover up like they do their officers and other employees!

2015 years 8 months ago

Street racing endangers lives of others on the road and living near it. Is it just me, or does it seem odd that this is classified as a misdemeanor? A car quickly becomes a dangerous weapon when operated recklessly.

2015 years 8 months ago

…and you get a $50.00 fine. If and when they may catch you.

2015 years 8 months ago

WHERE he works is OBVIOUSLY not relevant…had it been, the OTHER individuals involved would have had THEIR place of employment posted up…really silly WWAY…

2015 years 8 months ago

I agree completely. It’s entirely possible that the others involved drive vehicles as part of their job (if they have one). Seems to me that this would be more important that someone who drives a chair at a desk for a living.

I think past driving records would also be far more newsworthy…but that would require effort than just being spoon-fed information.

2015 years 8 months ago

This kind of reporting is par for the course for WWAY. They long ago decided to stop reporting news in favor of sensationalism, yellow journalism, and muckraking. I attempted to post a comment last night on this story before any other comments had yet been posted, but because I took Cacky to task, WWAY refused to post it. Wanna know a sure sign that a television station is not interested in fairly reporting stories? Look no further. WWAY posted this ridiculous story 4 days after the event took place. Names and charges had already been written about, so this story is CLEARLY intended solely to attack an individual.

I find it interesting that just last year a reporter from WWAY was stopped by a local police officer for suspicion of DWI. Fear of losing my job if I divulge any further details about that incident and its outcome prevent me from saying further about it. But here is WWAY’s chance to step up and prove once and for all that they’re either interested only in sensationalism, or reporting news accurately and fairly. The reporter involved should now come forward and divulge what happened. You and I both know that no one at WWAY has the courage to do that. In fact, I will be absolutely stunned if THIS comment gets posted.

2015 years 8 months ago

He is a phone operator who was driving too fast. Who would cover it up and why??? He doesn’t drive for a living, and he wasn’t committing a felony. Get real, it’s not even a decent story. He shouldn’t lose his job, he shouldn’t even be punished at work for this. Stupid mistake, pay the fine, raise insurance rates and life moves on.

2015 years 8 months ago

He is more than a phone operator. His employment requires a great deal of training and multiple certifications. He certainly knows the deadly impact this type of behavior can result in. However, his place of employment should not be the issue, his ignorance should be the issue. He should be required to ride on EMS vehicles and see the death and destruction this behavior causes. He should be required to accompany Law Enforcement Officers to notify parents of the death of their child and how that forever changes lives. He should get down on his knees and thank God he was given another chance in life and that he did not have to walk up to that vehicle and see his race opponent with his brain matter spread everywhere!! Wake up, you are an idiot.

2015 years 8 months ago

I didn’t see that part mentioned. Texting while stree racing would be down right idiotic.

Texting or not, I don’t see how engaging in illegal racing on a public street at speeds that I think were being reported as being possibly over 100 miles an hour should be a misdemeanor offense.

I hope he loses his license.