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Archive for April, 2013

FIRST ON 3: Trooper says driver charged in fatal hit-and-run also faces DWI charge

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

SAMPSON COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –- A Sampson County man is in jail charged with allegedly hitting and killing a girl with a loaded log truck as she got off her school bus yesterday afternoon.

Troopers say 7-year-old Alyiah McKenzie Morgan died on the way to the hospital in Clinton after the hit-and-run on Highway 421. According to WTVD, neighbors told them that Alyiah’s mother was standing nearby when her daughter was hit.

Highway Patrol charged Johnny Allen Spell, Jr., 37, of Roseboro, with passing a stopped school bus, hit and run and involuntary manslaughter. NCHP Sgt. Bryan Smith tells WWAY Spell also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.

Spell is in the Sampson County Jail under a $200,000 bond.

A family friend at Morgan’s home near Harrells last night said the girl was in first grade. Highway Patrol said she was hit around 3:45 p.m. as she got off the school bus on US 421 near Herring Road. Investigators say Spell passed the school bus even though it had its flashers on.

Highway Patrol says Spell continued South on US 421 after the collision. A tip led them to find the truck behind a barn 45 miles away near Autryville.

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21st ranked Seahawks knock off No. 1 Tar Heels, 9-8

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

It was their first win against a top-ranked program and their highest since a 15-5 win at #5 East Carolina in 2004.

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Artisans’ marketplace was unique to Wilmington

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Their art gallery, The Racine Center for the Arts, would be unlike anything Wilmington had ever seen.

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City of Northwest against MSA realignment

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The City of Northwest City Council has joined several other town leaders in adopting a resolution to request the US Office of Management and Budget revise its recent metropolitan area alignment by returning Brunswick County to Wilmington.

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Revolution cast hopes to come back to Wilmington

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Actors with the NBC show Revolution say they feel pretty good about the chances of a second season.

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