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August 28, 2013

Oops! Bridget the Midget didn't visit Salisbury after all

SALISBURY — There is a new twist in the saga concerning who was in the helicopter last week that landed in the parking lot at Kitten’s Gentlemen’s Club.

As it turns out, it wasn’t Bridget Powers, the dancer who performs nationally under the stage name “Bridget the Midget.”

Police Chief Tom Fowler got a head’s-up last Wednesday from both the town building inspector and fire department that a helicopter had been spotted in the Kitten’s lot. Sending officer Richard Dellaria to check it out, a report came back to the police department and the chief that the helicopter had brought the exotic dancer to the Bridge Road club.

After running the story about the interesting occurrence, The Daily News learned of the possible error after Powers’ agent called the paper to explain his client wasn’t in Salisbury last week.

Notified of the confusion, Fowler did a little more digging. He then learned the report that the identity of the person who had arrived via helicopter was incorrect. It stemmed from the result of the responding officer’s attempt at humor, since Powers has worked at Kitten’s in the past, Fowler said.

“The pilot of the helicopter was simply visiting the club,” Fowler said in his response. “(H)e had permission to land the helicopter on the club property and there is no Federal Aviation Administration regulation that forbids this type of aircraft from landing there.”

Fowler was not pleased about what happened, but added that Dellaria “is very good at his job,” but this was a case of “poor judgment” on his part in this circumstance. In the name of transparency and full disclosure, Fowler issued a press release correcting what was previously reported about the incident to The Daily News.

“It is the policy of the Salisbury Police Department to only release accurate and pertinent information to the media and I apologize for any inconvenience this information has caused,” Fowler wrote. “We are in the process of changing the culture of the Salisbury Police Department and this will be used as learning experience in that process.”

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