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Toxicology results show drugs in system of driver in fatal crash

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a February night that ended in tragedy with three people dying after their SUV slammed into a tree. Speed was believed to be a major factor. Now, police say drugs may have also played a role in the crash.

Tire tracks, a scarred tree and a mangled SUV are the images left behind from the February 13th crash in the Forest Hills neighborhood that killed driver, Raphael Samuel, and two passengers. A fourth passenger survived.

Now, according to the StarNews, police say Samuel was under the influence of PCP and marijuana at the time. The report also says Samuel reached a speed of 95 miles per hour on the road riddled with speed humps.

Just before the crash, a WPD officer spotted the vehicle driving without its lights on. That officer then turned around to follow the SUV, which picked up speed as captured on surveillance video.

Many area residents said the impact was so bad that it felt like the SUV had actually hit their home.

Police say no one in the car was wearing a seat belt.

The sole survivor, 30-year-old Demond Jones, underwent surgery from a shattered hip and is expected to make a full recovery.

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ONLY ON 3: Artist, environmental group battle over donated painting

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington environmental group is accused of an art heist. The artist claims the non-profit Save the Cape is using his painting in a way it was not intended, and now the group won’t give it back.

Save the Cape is all about protecting the Cape Fear River. Now, artist William Puckett is trying to protect his intellectual property from the environmental group.

“It’s so sad to me that something that should be so good has put such a bad taste in my mouth,” Puckett said.

Last year, Puckett created a circular oil painting for the non-profit group to auction off, but the sale never happened.

“I’d like to have it back so I can do something else with it,” Puckett said. “I didn’t paint the painting to be hung in one of the member’s houses. It was meant to raise money for the organization.”

His wife Lauren also created a logo for Save the Cape. She says the organization paid for the rights to that image, but now the group is also using the logo with the painting on its website and Facebook page.

“I said, ‘Listen: you can return the painting and cease the use of our image. That’s fine. No problem, but if you want to keep it, why don’t I sell you the painting at a discounted rate and all the rights to it, and you can have it?'” Lauren said.

The Pucketts say they asked for $500. They were offered less than that.

“We were foolish enough. We don’t put things in contracts,” Lauren said. “Well, I don’t feel actually foolish. I feel like we trusted an organization, and I totally got taken advantage of.”

Now, the Pucketts are done negotiating. They just want their painting back.

“Bbecause of the way we’ve been treated, because of the way the situation has been handled, I personally would like to distance myself from them,” William said.

We contacted Mike Rice with Save the Cape to get his side. He told us no comment.

We spoke with an attorney, who told us this situation may well raise substantial copyright law violation and breach of contract issues.

We’ll keep you updated.

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Immigration justice’ march planned

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Activists plan March on Sunday.

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cast evacuated from hotel overnight

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Police say driver in fatal Forest Hills crash was impaired

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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