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Archive for September, 2011

New Hanover High student-athlete arrested for Creekwood murder

Friday, September 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover High School student-athlete has been charged with murder.

Wilmington Police arrested Tevin Sh’qur Quintell Hankins, 17, for first-degree murder after a shooting in the Creekwood community earlier this week.

Hankins was a junior at New Hanover High School and a starting defensive back on the Wildcat football team.

“I’m at a loss for words & absolutely devastated,” New Hanover football coach Kevin Motsinger said in a text message to WWAY’s John Rendleman.

A police spokeswoman confirms Hankins was charged in connection to the shooting in Creekwood Wednesday night that killed Jonathan Jones, Jr., 19, of Jacksonville. Police say Joseph Edwards Hanible, 24, of Wilmington was also injured in the shooting.

Police say a group of five or six men chased Jones and Hanible into a duplex and opened fire before driving off in two cars.

Police say the investigation into what happened continues.

Hankins, who made his first court appearance on the murder charge this morning, also has pending drug, trespassing and resisting an officer charges among others.

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Brian Berger post-court interview

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom for Brian Berger’s hearing on a protective order, but Berger talked to reporters after the hearing. The New Hanover County Commissioner has routinely accused the media and others of taking him out of context and distorting what he says. To remove all doubt, we’ve decided to air his entire interview.

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ONLY ON 3: Close friend of Sherry Lewis talks about shooting

Friday, September 16th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — As we first told you earlier this week, former Leland Police officer Sherry Lewis was shot in the groin multiple times during a training exercise in march. WWAY sat down with a long time friend of hers and found out more about what happened that day.

Skip Wittkofski has worked closely with Lewis for years when she helped with the D.A.R.E. program. He says he was one of the first people she called after being shot.

“Sherry called me two days after this happened and sherry’s a tough person,” says Wittkofski. “I mean she’s really a tough person and she was just about in tears when she was talking to me.”

He says several officers shot Lewis during the training exercise.

“I’ve seen the photos and she’s bruised between the legs between both legs about twelve inches, almost to her knees,” said Wittkofski. “Sherry said they laughed about it. She kept telling them a few times to stop shooting her there.”

The Town of Leland agreed to settle with Lewis. Their insurance company will pay her and her attorney $25,000.

“Sherry is a tough, tough lady, but after this happened, it just broke her down and tore her apart,” said Wittkofski.

Lewis, who has been with Leland PD for ten years, also agreed to resign her position.

Wittkofski says Lewis has since had to get medical treatment for her injuries and is also seeing a psychologist.

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ONLY ON 3 AT 5:30 P.M.: Complete interview with Berger

Friday, September 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger stopped and talked with us at length after his protective order hearing. Watch the full interview coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 @ 5:30 p.m.

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ONLY ON 3: Leland Mayor Futch reneges on interview

Friday, September 16th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Mayor Walter Futch joins a growing list of politicians who apparently don’t want to answer tough questions and then cancels interview appointments.

Last night after the town council meeting, Futch agreed to come to the TV station today to do a live interview at 5:30 p.m. However he called this morning saying he didn’t like the story we aired last night and canceled the interview.

During our interview Thursday night, Futch admitted he was “out of touch” on issues like a former Leland police officer being shot in the groin 12 or more times and Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne punching another officer. He said his only job was to set policy, even though he’s an elected official, the “face” of the town and ultimately part of a group who manages the town manager.

He told us this morning that he didn’t say he was “out of touch.” We then offered to send him the video. He said it didn’t matter, because he wasn’t coming for the interview.

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