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Archive for June, 2014

Wilmington chase suspect faces attempted murder charges in S.C.

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

A man accused of leading a police chase last fall that ended with a police dog’s bite is back in jail

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Goolsby takes lead on medical marijuana oil bill

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

State Senator Thom Goolsby, of Wilmington, is taking the lead on a bill to allow medicinal oil made from marijuana to be used to treat a rare form of epilepsy.

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WPD officer indicted in use of force investigation

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington Police officer has been indicted on two charges related to a use of force investigation involving a teenager.

A New Hanover County grand jury this evening indicted Cpl. James Coley Johnson for simple assault and failure to discharge duties. The charges stem from an incident involving Tyrell Rivers, 16, earlier this year.

In court today prosecutors say Johnson put his hands around Rivers’s neck in the back of Johnson’s patrol car. The incident was caught on camera, but the video has not yet been released.

This afternoon Johnson’s attorney Mike McGuinness argued to a judge that Johnson should have the opportunity to testify before the grand jury about what happened, including that he was using police pressure point techniques to subdue Rivers. Prosecutors argued three fellow WPD officers were set to testify that what they saw in the video was not approved technique. Judge Phyllis Gorham denied Johnson’s motion to testify. A short time later, the grand jury heard the evidence and indicted Johnson.


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ONLY ON 3: Girlfriend disgusted officers cleared in Hampstead shooting death

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The District Attorney says a state trooper had a right to defend himself when he shot and killed a Hampstead man in April.

Now a woman who says the man killed, Maynard Thomas, was the love of his life is speaking out.

“He promised me that: 10 more good years,” Shannon Watkins said. “And that got shot down… literally.”

Watkins says with Thomas, she was happier than she had ever been and planned on marrying him. She was in their Hampstead home when Thomas was killed April 13 and narrowly missed being shot herself.

“It disgusts me,” she said of today’s announcement clearing the trooper who shot and killed Thomas. “It disgusts me.”

In a news conference this morning, District Attorney Ben David said officers went to Thomas’s home twice the night of April 13; the second time after hearing several gunshots. When officers, including Tpr. Josh Kiser, arrived, they saw three men through the window, including one with a shotgun. David says Kiser told Thomas to put down the gun several times before Thomas pointed the gun at him. That’s when Kiser fired killing Thomas.

“While regrettable, Maynard Thomas is dead today because of his criminal activity,” David said. “The officers did nothing to violate the law.”

But Watkins says the men did not hear police.

“Maynard would have never shot if he would have heard, ‘Police, police,'” Watkins said.

She says Thomas thought the men were intruders.

Now Watkins is left with only memories.

“I can’t sleep, and when I do sleep, I dream about him, and we’re having good times,” Watkins said. “And then I wake up to reality.”

A reality that no longer includes Thomas.

Other friends of Thomas say they are shocked at the outcome of the investigation.


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Grand jury returns indictments against WPD corporal

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Teen alleges that he was assaulted in the back of a patrol car

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