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Archive for August, 2012

DA describes deadly ambush

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Lengthy trial expected in 2008 murder case

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Bullied at work at CSX, NC woman awarded $685,000

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina woman intimidated by CSX Transportation Inc. railroad supervisors and targeted by vandals is getting more than $685,000 plus interest.

A federal judge in Elizabeth City on Tuesday awarded Vicky Bennett of Northampton County the money for losses she suffered during her short stint as a CSX railroad conductor in 2008. A jury found CSX was an unsafe and hostile work environment for Bennett.

Bennett complained that she once found her pickup truck spray-painted with racial slurs, the back window smashed, and a mannequin head with a noose around its neck in the back seat.

Bennett said a supervisor angry that she called ahead to get directions drove the resisting black woman off railroad property in his company vehicle, refusing to let her out while he berated her.

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Missing person case ends in murder investigation

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County mother is grieving after learning her son died at the hands of another. It started as a missing persons case, but turned into much more.

John Nealey, 52, was missing for three days before relatives found his body in the woods near his home. Now, his family wants justice.

“He said, ‘Mama, I’ll be back at 8:00 to make sure you get your medicine and get to bed. Don’t worry. I’ll be here,'” Nealey’s mother Rose Williamson said.

But 8:00 came, and there was no sign of Nealey. Rose williamson says her son never returned from the corner store. Three days later, family members discovered his body just yards from their home. He was lying in the brush, just off a dirt road.

“I’m really at peace, because I know he’s not suffering no more,” Williamson said. “I know he’s not got to say, ‘Mama, I’m hungry, I’m starving and can’t eat.'”

Before his murder, Nealey battled cancer. Surgeons had removed part of his palate and his tongue, which made it difficult to talk or swallow.

He had been living with his mother. She nor detectives knew how Nealey died, until the medical examiner performed an autopsy.

“Those results showed evidence of foul play,” Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said. “He was shot in the side, apparently, by a shotgun, so at this point it has been ruled a homicide.”

Now family and friends gather to offer support, while a grieving mother has harsh words for the killer.

“I hope they find you and let the judge and jury judge you, let you be put across the railroad track and let me pull the trigger,” Williamson said.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office only received a preliminary autopsy report. They expect to have the finished report in a few weeks.

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Testimony begins in 2008 murder case

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — A man accused of the 2008 murder of a Shallotte realtor is finally getting his day in court. Craig Bryant is charged with killing Adam Bradshaw on a dirt road.

The first witness the prosecution called was the victim’s father-in-law, who delivered emotional testimony about the night Bradshaw went missing four years ago.

“We thought maybe he was on a real estate deal, because normally he calls home,” Guilford Bass said. “Of course (Adam’s wife) Shannon was very concerned, because they talked quite a bit on the telephone, and he always let her know where he was.”

The defense worked to weaken Bass’s credibility by finding holes in statements he made to police in the days after the disappearance about his son-in-law’s business dealings.

“Do you recall telling the detective that the Friday morning Adam disappeared that Mr. Bartlett and Adam went to the bank and Adam was bragging about money and told this to the bank tellers that he was bragging about getting this money?” a defense attorney asked.

Bass said he did not recall that.

Day two of the murder trial is expected to be full of fireworks with both the prosecution and the defense calling key witnesses.

Lora Moultrie was also charged in Bradshaw’s murder. She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. She is expected to testify against bryant.

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FIRST ON 3: Magic Johnson coming to UNCW this fall

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We have learned that former NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson will be a guest speaker at the University of North Carolina Wilmington this fall.

Chancellor Gary L. Miller will hold a news conference tomorrow to announce a gift to the university to support a new distinguished lecture focused on diversity and community outreach.

Johnson will be the first speaker in the series.

We’ll have more on this story tomorrow online and on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:00 and 6:00.

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