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Archive for March, 2012

New CFCC parking deck is also art gallery

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Students will see than cars in Cape Fear Community College’s new parking deck. They can also check out a new art gallery.

The first floor of the Hanover Street parking deck will feature original pieces from CFCC students. The gallery was created as a way to meet a City of Wilmington ordinance that requires a certain percentage of the deck be used as retail space.

The chair of CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Departments, Frank Carter, says this is an answer to a prayer.

“The truth is we’ve never had a place to display all of our art or even some of our art at one time,” Carter said. “This is great, because we don’t have to use hallways, we don’t have to use elevator towers, we don’t have to go downtown and rent space and we don’t have to beg retail establishments to let us hang art in there.”

Eventually, the college will allow other local artists to rent the space for their own exhibits.

The ribbon cutting to open the new parking deck and art gallery is Friday at 3 p.m.

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Brunswick County jailer fired over cocaine possession charge

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Brunswick Co. detention officer fired after drug arrest

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County detention officer found himself on the wrong side of the jailhouse bars today.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Vice/Narcotics Unit charged Bryan Patrick Marshburn with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sheriff John Ingram immediately fired Marshburn from his job at the jail.

Ingram’s letter to Marshburn read: “Effectively (sic) immediately your service with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is no longer needed. Turn in all departmental identification and equipment immediately.”

Marshburn, 55, of Southport, was a part-time detention officer. He’d worked for the sheriff’s office since June 20, 2011.

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Grooms guilty of murder, apologizes to victims’ family

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thomas Grooms will spend decades behind bars. It took jurors just a couple of hours to reach a verdict.

It’s been a long week for both the Doolittle and Grooms families and friends, but it did not take the jury from Onslow County long to reach a decision.

The jury of eight women and four men found Grooms guilty of two counts of second degree murder, two counts of felony death by motor vehicle, one count of reckless driving and one count of open container in the accident that killed Trey and David Doolittle last April. The judge sentenced Grooms to 24-30 years in jail for his crimes.

After the verdict, Grooms read a letter he had written to the Doolittle family. It was the first time during the trial he showed any type of emotion.

“What I did that night is not me,” he said. “It’s not what I do. It’s not the way I live my life. I feel so much regret, sorrow and guilt and responsibility, sadness and hurt for all the suffering that I’ve caused the Doolittle family and friends. I will punish myself for the rest of my life.”

Trey Doolittle’s mom Joy says she feels justice was served, but this still does not bring back her son or ex-husband David.

“Happy is not the word that would describe it,” she said. “I think relief just that it’s over, and for me to know that he’ll be off the streets for a long time is enough.”

We tried to talk to Grooms’s family and his attorney after the sentencing, but they did not want to comment. The attorney did say in court he would appeal the verdict.

Grooms said in his letter that he hopes the Doolittle family can someday forgive him, and that he will work every day to make sure people learn from his mistakes.

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Grooms guilty of murder; Sentenced to 24-30 years

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A jury has found Thomas Grooms guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a father and son cycling on River Road last year. He was sentenced to 24-30 years in prison, and he must serve at least 85 percent of that time before he’s eligible for parole.

The jury, selected from Onslow County because of pre-trial publicity of the case, deliberated for about an hour yesterday. They resumed this morning and returned a verdict at about 10:30 a.m.

During five days of testimony witnesses described Grooms’s behavior before the accident that killed David and Trey Doolittle as they rode their bikes on a Sunday morning. Witnesses told jurors that Grooms drank alcohol and used drugs in the night before the crash. Other cyclists and drivers said they saw him driving erratically before he hit the Doolittles.

When he took the stand yesterday, Grooms said many of the witnesses exaggerated about his driving, but he admitted to having used mephedrone, or bath salts, and drinking. He described his decision to drive home that morning as “the worst decision of my life.”

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