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Archive for March, 2012

Investigators found liquor bottles, straw with “white substance” in Grooms’s car

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thomas Grooms was driving south on River Road last year when witnesses say he hit and killed Trey and David Doolittle. Witnesses today explained in great detail what they believe happened that Sunday morning when the Doolittles were hit and killed while riding their bicycles.

Investigators explained the scene of the accident on river road to the jury, including what was found inside Thomas Grooms’s car.

Highway Patrol collected a straw in the car with white powder and sent it to the SBI.

“When it was seized, initially I thought it was cocaine,” a trooper told jurors.

Troopers say after a field sobriety test, they believed Grooms was impaired at the time of the crash. It turned out the substance inside of the straw was now cocaine, but mephedrone, known more commonly as bath salts, but that information was not disclosed to the jury yet.

Investigators also say they found an empty Southern Comfort bottle in the back seat, a bottle of Bacardi 151 in the car and a bottle of wine in the trunk.

Investigators say according to instruments inside Grooms’s car, he did not brake before or after hitting the two cyclists. Troopers explained this is evident by the fact that air bags did not deploy.

A woman who was out with Grooms the night before the accident also testified today. She said she shared drinks with him saturday night, but did not believe he was impaired and unable to drive when they left the restaurant.

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Barfield appointed to state Sheriff’s Education Commission

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Commission is responsible for certification of justice officers

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N.C. Air Toxics Program changes get Perdue’s backing

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Proposed changes could affect Titan American cement plant

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Robbery suspect charged with murder after fatal car crash

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County man is charged with murder and other crimes after investigators say a robbery led to a deadly car crash. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says Lloyd Thomas Buffkin, 32, Sidney Cherry Rd. is charged with murder, common law robbery and assault on a government official.

It all started just before 4 p.m. when deputies were called to a robbery as the Master Mart convenience store on New Britton Highway in the Old Dock community. The clerk reported that the suspect, who was not armed, reached across the counter and stole the cash register drawer with approximately $500 in cash.

Deputies spotted the suspect speeding on Hallsboro Rd. just south of Hallsboro. Before the officers could catch up with him, they say Buffkin tried to cross over US 74/76 at a high rate of speed. Deputies say Buffkin ran the stop sign and hit a car driven by Joye Campbell, 56, of Chadbourn. They say Buffkin’s car ehicle continued across the intersection and hit another vehicle that was stopped at the stop sign on Hallsboro Rd.

Campbell was killed instantly. Buffkin received minor injuries. The people in the the third vehicle suffered injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

The Sheriff’s Office says as officers were taking Buffkin to Columbus Regional Healthcare to be evaluated and treated, he assaulted an officer and tried to get the officer’s gun.

Buffkin may face more charges. He’s expected to make a first appearance tomorrow at the Columbus County Courthouse.

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CFCC trustees get help looking for new president

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

N.C. Association of Community College Trustees will help find a replacement for Eric McKeithan

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