A DRUNK and his DOG strikes again but this time the DOG has been KILLED!!!
An Onslow County Board of Education Member and writer for Elliot Potter of “The Raiford Brown Show” who owns the “Onslow Chronicle” has been charged again but this time alcohol was not involved.
Jonathan Andrew Merritt, 36, of Richlands was arrested Thursday, May 24, and charged with failure to precaution against dangerous dogs, attack by a dangerous dog, two counts of failure of owner to control animals and failure to provide a rabies vaccination tag after his dog attacked a 10-year-old boy.
Authorities say this isn’t the first time the sleazebag dog has attacked. Officials say Merritt signed a document agreeing that he would keep his dog on his property or leashed at all times eight months ago after his dog attacked a woman. Merritt violated that legal court document when his dog was running loose moments before he attacked a 10-year-old boy Wednesday. According to the victim’s mother, Merritt’s dog grabbed her son in their driveway as he was leaving for school on Wednesday, May 23.
The boy had to be rushed to the hospital where he received several stitches and one of the dog’s tooth had to be removed from his arm. Eight months ago, another neighbor of Merritt’s said the same dog attacked her in October. She described the incident saying Merritt’s dog “started jumping up and biting my arm and then I was trying to get across their yard and it got me down in the ditch and it just started nipping at me wherever it could and it went for my throat,” the neighbor said.
In March of 2017, the sleazebag was charged with driving while impaired and refused to resign his position after receiving a letter of censure against him. Merritt admitted in a statement he released last year that alcohol is a problem that he faces, but despite his issues, he would not be stepping down.
In a letter of censure sent to Merritt, it states that in September of 2016, Merritt’s alcohol problem was “addressed verbally and communicated by letter.”Merritt’s presence at Board of Education meetings has been documented that the “odor of alcohol” has been on his breath. At the time of the incident, Merritt admitted to having “3 or 4 beers at a local bar and restaurant before the meeting.”
Merritt’s wife, Mary Stone Merritt, in (photo above) said that her husband “has made sure that your kids and grand-kids don’ have to be thought about sex and homosexual and other things. He has sat down with principals and teachers to see what they really need. You have no clue who my husband is and what kind of person he really is,” she said in a Facebook comment.
Social Media has been in an uproar since the criminal’s recent arrest Thursday, and they are all calling for his resignation.
Merritt has been in hiding since his arrest but the question is, Will Jonathan Merritt resign as an Onslow County Board of Education Member?
The next Board of Education meeting is June 5, 2018.