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Archive for August, 2012

Man arrested for Wilmington taxi robberies

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Every day cab companies across Wilmington receive hundreds of phone calls. Wednesday night two cab companies received calls that are every driver’s worst nightmare.

Around 11 p.m. a driver for Kat’s Taxi was dispatched to pick up a fare on Market Street. When he got there the passenger pulled a gun on the driver and demanded money before running off. Police believe five hours later the same person robbed a driver from Yellow Cab on Ann Street.

Thursday afternoon, police arrested Eddie Leon McCracken, 48, for the crimes.

The crimes have cab drivers around Wilmington on edge.

“I think more cabbies need to arm themselves, because the city is getting way too dangerous,” taxi driver James Gallagher said. “All it would take is one cab driver to defend themselves to stop this nonsense.”

“Police need to patrol more in certain areas, not just down on front and Market Street,” cab driver James Allen said. “They need to be on second, third and a little bit further out where people are walking home. That’s where we are getting robbed at.”

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Suspect arrested in taxi robberies

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Wilmington Police believe they’ve identified a suspect in the armed robberies of two taxi cabs late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning

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Wilmington Police responding to a shot fired near UNCW

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are responding to shots being fired at the Campus Walk partment complex on Racine Drive near UNCW.

According to New Hanover County Dispatch it was an accidental discharge and no injuries have been reported.

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Only on 3: Doctor accused of writing prescription after car accident

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – It was a car accident that left two people in pain. But instead of an accident report and insurance info, the victims say they wound up with a prescription for percocet from the driver who hit them.

Dennis Holmes still has back pain from a car accident in January. He claims Dr Justin Broughton hit him and pleaded with him not to call 911.

“He was like, ‘Please, please, you guys. Please don’t call the police on me. I’ve got a driving record right now. whatever it is i can do for y’all, i’ll do. you know, i’m a doctor.'”

We pulled Dr. Broughton’s record, and sure enough, numerous speeding citations date back more then 20 years.
The most recent, driving 50 in a 25 mile per hour zone. Holmes says he trusted the doctor, so he decided not to call the police.

“He told us to follow him to his doctor’s office to check our blood pressure and stuff. He wrote us a prescription for percocet 10s and sent us out the door,” recounted Holmes.

After taking a pill, Holmes got sick.

“I had hives. I was breaking out in a sweat, and I flushed the pills down the commode. I think it’s kinda bad. People can od off this stuff. That’s how the prescription pills get on the street.”

Since then, Holmes says Broughton paid for the damage to his car, but as for his pain…

“I thought, he’s a doctor, he really will take care of us. Now, here I am getting screwed, and he won’t give me nothing. He’s saying he don’t have to do nothing for us.”

Instead, Broughton has directed Holmes to his attorney, but all Holmes gets when he calls is a voicemail with no name.

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Murder suspect’s attorney cross-examines co-defendant

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Testimony continued today in the murder trial of Craig Bryant in Brunswick County.

Bryant’s girlfriend at the time of the murder, Lora Moultrie, remained on the stand today. This time, the defense had their turn to question her.

Thursday, the defense began to breakdown why Moultrie can not be trusted and what would motivate her to turn on someone she was romantically involved with at the time of Adam Bradshaw’s murder.

Bryant’s attorney says his defense is based on the idea that Moultrie is sacrificing Bryant in order to get a better deal for herself. By his calculations, Moultrie would only have to serve a little more than three additional years after this trial if the District Attorney’s office determines she was helpful to their case against Craig Bryant.

District Attorney Jon David says the facts are the facts and that is why Moultrie was asked to testify.

Bryant’s attorney says Shallotte real estate agent Adam Bradshaw was killed by someone else, despite Moultrie revealing in court Thursday that Bryant told her Bradshaw’s body was heavy when he was trying to dispose of it.

Details of a lie detector test were discussed with Moultrie as well, but by the judge’s orders, the jury is not to know that Moultrie ever took a polygraph test. The results of that test were not revealed in court, yet.

Moultrie allegedly told detectives in 2008 during an interview that Bradshaw was a drug dealer. Bryant’s attorney says details like that are key to his argument that he plans to prove with his witnesses begin to take the stand next week.

He also says that Moultrie is simply repeating what she was told by investigators during previous interviews but Moultrie says she knows what happened and what Craig Bryant did to get his family’s land back.

Moultrie has been in custody since May 2008 and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder last July. Moultrie admitted that she called Adam Bradshaw and asked him to meet her at a property on Watt Road and knew that’s where Craig Bryant planned to kill him.

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