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Archive for April, 2013

IN COURT: NHC Commissioner Brian Berger’s DWI case continued

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was in court Wednesday morning for a DWI hearing, but his case was continued until June.

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FIRST ON 3: Driver charged in fatal hit-and-run also faces DWI charge

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

SAMPSON COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –- Authorities have released the name of the little girl killed by a log truck as she got off a school bus in Sampson County Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers say 7-year-old Alyiah McKenzie Morgan died on the way to the hospital in Clinton after a hit-and-run on Highway 421.

According to WTVD, neighbors told them that Alyiah’s mother was standing nearby when her daughter was hit.

Johnny Allen Spell, Jr., 37, of Roseboro, is charged with passing a stopped school bus, hit and run, involuntary manslaughter, and driving while impaired.

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

When WWAY went to the girl’s parent’s home near Harrells, a family friend said she was in first grade.

Highway Patrol said the child was hit around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. They say she was getting off the school bus between Delway and Harrells.

Investigators also say Spell passed the school bus even though it had its flashers on.

The truck, with a burgundy cab, was loaded with logs.

They say Spell continued South on US 421 after the collision and that they found the truck behind a barn 45 miles away between Roseboro and Autryville.

Police say they do not know if drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Photo Courtesy: WTVD, Sampson County Sheriff’s Office

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FIRST ON 3: Judge orders accused killer undergo more mental tests

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man charged with killing a young mother last year was back in court this morning for a hearing that could determine how his murder case will move forward.

Andrew Bernard Adams is accused of the January 2012 murder of 24-year-old Latricia Scott. The 56-year-old’s criminal history goes back decades and includes rape and assault convictions.

His lawyer broke down what a mental retardation finding could mean in this case.

“In the posture of how it proceeds, if he is mentally retarded, which we believe that he is, then the state would not be able to execute him or proceed against him for the death penalty,” defense attorney James Payne said.

The judge ruled adams will go to Raleigh for psychiatric evaluations by the state.

Adams also faces charges in a 1977 rape and murder case in Craven County.

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Mother, aunt saw girl hit, killed by log truck

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

SAMPSON COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The family of a girl killed in a hit and run accident involving a log truck yesterday says they saw the incident happen.

The aunt of Aliyah McKenzie Morgan, 7, says she and the girl’s mother were waiting for the first grader to get off the bus yesterday in front of their home on US 421 as they did every day. The aunt tells WWAY they saw Aliyah get off the bus. They also heard a log truck coming down the road and tried to yell to Aliyah not to cross the road, but it was too late. She says the truck hit the girl, who died on the way to the hospital, and kept going.

Family described Aliyah as a tom boy who was full of life and looking forward to starting to play soccer. They say the girl and her mother just moved back to the area from New York to live with family two months ago yesterday.

Aliyah’s aunt says the child’s mother considered her a “gift from God,” because she did not believe she would be able to have children before getting pregnant with Aliyah.

The truck driver charged with Aliyah’s death, Johnny Allen Spell, 37, of Roseboro, made his first court appearance in Sampson County today. Spell is charged 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. A judge gave him a court-appointed attorney. Spell is due back in court Friday.

We tried to speak with Spell in jail, but his attorney’s office denied our request.

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Burning down the house: Fire crews fight flames for training exercise

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Firefighters in Oak Island put their skills to the test Wednesday during a Live Fire Training Exercise.

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