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Garner firefighter arrested on weapons charge

Posted July 11, 2012

— Wake County sheriff's investigators have charged a Garner firefighter with one count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Jason Bellissimo, 36, of Raleigh, was arrested Tuesday on the charge. Details of the arrest weren't immediately available.

Garner Fire and Rescue Chief Matthew Poole said Wednesday that Bellissimo is on administrative duty while the fire department conducts an internal investigation.

Bellissimo has been with the fire department since October 2010. According to the department's website, he is a lieutenant with Station 4.


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  • bushido2298 Jul 12, 2012

    Obviously there is little story to tell or there would be more information. WMD is a broad term, you can even be charged if you have certain household cleaners/chemicals in an "occupied space" well, what about Home Depot? One can go in and buy all they need for an ill perceved device yet they are not being charged with a crime. Let the ENTIRE story come out before you judge!

  • piene2 Jul 11, 2012

    He most likely needed it to stand his own ground.

  • johnny2times Jul 11, 2012


    You try doing a heros job on a daily basis...and I agree with gar1216..

  • sctech Jul 11, 2012

    A weapon of mass destruction can be a rifle with a 15.9" barrel when a 16" barrel is legal.

  • gar1216 Jul 11, 2012

    Abbynork.....Really?? 4 "heros" just were killed when the C-130 they were in crashed....i guess they were sucking up your tax dollars when the plane crashed. I bet you already know how it went down too. get a life

  • Tax Man Jul 11, 2012

    so does he have some nukes????

  • abbynork Jul 11, 2012

    Yet another "hero", sucking up our tax dollars, breaking the law.

  • westernwake1 Jul 11, 2012

    "one count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction".

    What did he have? A large over-sized firecracker for the 4th?