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  • Police identify tractor driver killed in crash on Hwy. 24

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 09:31:59 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2015 05:11:42 PM CDT
    JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

    Police have released the name of the tractor driver killed when a pickup truck hit the mower/tractor on Highway 24 in Jacksonville.

    Jacksonville Police say James Harold Morton, 44, of Jacksonville was killed in the crash that happened just before 8 a.m. on Highway 24 EB near the interchange with Highway 17.

    Police say a truck driven by Ashley Nicole Parker, 24, of Richlands, was heading east on Highway 24 when Parker hit a large commercial mower being towed by a tractor that was in transport from New River Air Station to Camp Lejeune.  Police say the crash threw Morton from the tractor which then flipped over on top of him.

    Police say Morton was an employee of Coastal Enterprises. Coastal Enterprises does landscaping at Camp Lejeune.

    A co-worker of Morton's said all Coastal Enterprises employees were released from work early Friday to deal with the loss. He said that Morton will be missed. "He was a  caring man," co-worker Clint Parrish said. "He cared about his job and the quality of his work."

    Parker was transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  She has been cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Collision and Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle.

    “Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in this crash,” said Lt. Sean Magill, JPD Field Operations Supervisor.  The crash investigation remains open pending results from the Medical Examiner’s Office.

    Both eastbound lanes of Highway 24 were closed for almost three hours but have since reopened.

  • Shooting suspect Kenneth Stancil forcibly removed from NC courtroom

    Published On: Apr 15 2015 03:05:26 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2015 08:22:00 AM CDT
    GOLDSBORO, WAYNE COUNTY -

    Kenneth Stancil, the suspect in Monday's fatal shooting at Wayne Community College, appeared in Wayne County this afternoon until the judge ordered him removed.

    It happened after Stancil cursed several times in the courtroom, and the judge ordered him removed.  Approximately 10 deputies escorted Stancil as he struggled and kicked against them.

    Stancil is charged with first degree murder.  The maximum penalty is the death penalty.  Stancil told the judge he did not need an attorney.

    The judge had read the charge against Stancil and the penalty he faces and then asked Stancil if he understood the charge and penalty.  Stancil then started using expletives, and when the judge told him that language would not be tolerated, Stancil continued to use curse words.  At that point, the judge had him removed.

    Stancil was brought back to Wayne County Thursday after he was found sleeping on a Florida beach around one a.m. Tuesday.  He was flown from Florida to North Carolina on an NC State Bureau of Investigation plane, with SBI agents, Goldsboro Police officers and Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies working together on the transfer. 

    Stancil is accused of shooting Ron Lane at Wayne Community College on Monday morning. Lane was a longtime employee and print shop operator at the college.

    Stancil told Raleigh station WRAL-TV he killed Ron Lane earlier this week because he had made sexual advances to Stancil's 16-year-old brother. He also said he's a neo-Nazi who hates gay people.

    In a telephone interview from a Daytona Beach, Florida, jail, Stancil said Lane found his brother on Facebook and made advances, although Stancil said Lane never touched the teen. A Goldsboro police spokesman did not immediately return a phone message Thursday about Stancil's allegation.

    Stancil says he doesn't regret what he did. He said he would do anything necessary to protect his family. He said he expects to go to prison for the rest of his life and isn't bothered by that.

  • Suspect arrested for call threatening violence at Wayne Comm. College

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 09:20:30 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2015 02:57:37 PM CDT
    kentrell chadwick
    GOLDSBORO, WAYNE COUNTY -

    A Goldsboro man is now under arrest for allegedly threatening to use a gun on the campus of Wayne Community College.

    Goldsboro Police arrested Kentrell Lamont Chadwick, 31, of Goldsboro.  He is charged with one felony count of making a false report concerning mass violence on an educational property.

    The threat led to Wayne Community College closing at 10 a.m. Friday and through the weekend.

    WCC President Dr. Kay Albertson said the college had received several threatening calls over the last two days.  She says Goldsboro Police and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office were notified. Authorities investigated and advised the college to continue operating but with heightened security.

    There is also a public high school that operates on the campus of Wayne Community College, and Dr. Albertson pointed out it operates under different safety protocols.  Therefore, following the threatening calls, Wayne County Public Schools decided to cancel high school classes for Friday.

    In order to alleviate any confusion for college students and staff, Dr. Albertson made the call to also cancel classes for Wayne Community College.

    Dr. Albertson said the college was never in any danger, and that all was done as purely precautionary measures.

    A Goldsboro Police Department spokeswoman said officers have been actively investigating the threats of violence called in to Wayne Community College.  Several officers and deputies were on campus and conducted foot patrols. 

    Wayne Community College was the scene of a fatal shooting Monday. Authorities say Kenneth Stancil III, 20, shot and killed college employee, Ron Lane.  Lane was a print shop operator.

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    Kenneth Stancil, the suspect in Monday's fatal shooting at Wayne Community College, appeared in Wayne County Thursday afternoon until the judge ordered him removed.

    It happened after Stancil cursed several times in the courtroom, and the judge ordered him removed.  Approximately 10 deputies escorted Stancil as he struggled and kicked against them.

    Stancil is charged with first degree murder.  The maximum penalty is the death penalty.  Stancil told the judge he did not need an attorney.

    The judge had read the charge against Stancil and the penalty he faces and then asked Stancil if he understood the charge and penalty.  Stancil then started using expletives, and when the judge told him that language would not be tolerated, Stancil continued to use curse words.  At that point, the judge had him removed.

    Stancil was brought back to Wayne County Thursday after he was found sleeping on a Florida beach around one a.m. Tuesday.  He was flown from Florida to North Carolina on an NC State Bureau of Investigation plane, with SBI agents, Goldsboro Police officers and Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies working together on the transfer. 

    Stancil is accused of shooting Ron Lane at Wayne Community College on Monday morning. Lane was a longtime employee and print shop operator at the college.

  • Search warrant: Man witnessed college shooting, guns found at suspect's home

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 03:31:48 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2015 03:56:24 PM CDT
    kenneth stanil III
    GOLDSBORO, WAYNE COUNTY -

    Search warrants from Goldsboro Police reveal more on what happened the day Ron Lane Jr. was murdered at Wayne Community College and what police seized from the suspect's home.

    According to the warrants, Kenneth Stancil III entered the work study room on the third floor of the main building at Wayne Community College on April 13. Print shop operator Ron Lane and another man were there.  That witness states to police that Stancil started cursing at Lane, and Lane repeatedly said he was sorry.  That's when the warrant states Stancil pointed a shotgun at Lane and fired one shot.  Lane was killed at the scene.

    The warrants state there is video that shows Stancil then fled the scene in a green BMW registered to his mother, Debbie Stancil.

    The warrant goes on to state that Stancil brother said Kenneth Stancil came home on the morning of April 13, changed clothes and left on a motorcycle before police arrived at the home.  Upon the arrival of police, Debbie Stancil handed over a written and video confession left by Kenneth Stancil.

    According to the warrant, police seized the following from the home Kenneth Stancil shared with his mother: a white pride flag; a KKK box with knife and button; a 15-AR-15 rifle; a 5.56mm caliber gun; two boxes of 12-gauge shotgun shells; 19 boxes of .223 caliber ammo; four folding knives; a black coat; a duffle bag with a welding coat, misc. tools, and school paperwork; a cell phone; two flashdrives; five camcorder tapes; a video camera; and family photos.

    Kenneth Stancil is the suspect in Monday's fatal shooting at Wayne Community College, where longtime employee Ron Lane was killed. Stancil appeared in Wayne County Thursday afternoon, but the judge ordered him removed after several minutes.

    It happened after Stancil cursed several times in the courtroom, and the judge ordered him removed.  Approximately 10 deputies escorted Stancil as he struggled and kicked against them.

    SEE VIDEO OF OUTBURST HERE.

    Stancil is charged with first degree murder.  The maximum penalty is the death penalty.

    The judge had read the charge against Stancil and the penalty he faces and then asked Stancil if he understood the charge and penalty.  Stancil then started using expletives, and when the judge told him that language would not be tolerated, Stancil continued to use curse words.  At that point, the judge had him removed.

    Stancil was later brought back into the courtroom where he was given a court-appointed attorney.

    Stancil was brought back to Wayne County Thursday after he was found sleeping on a Florida beach around one a.m. Tuesday.  He was flown from Florida to North Carolina on an NC State Bureau of Investigation plane, with SBI agents, Goldsboro Police officers and Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies working together on the transfer.

  • Former Camp Lejeune Marine found guilty of killing former deputy

    Published On: Apr 14 2015 05:42:16 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2015 03:27:42 PM CDT
    Benjamin Ryan Marisic

    Benjamin Ryan Marisic has been charged with murder.

    JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

    A former Camp Lejeune Marine is found guilty Friday for the murder of a former Florida deputy.

    A jury deliberated for 90 minutes Friday before returning a guilty conviction against Benjamin Marisic. He was then sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Prosecutors say Marisic shot Dale Smith, a former Florida deputy, at Marisic's home in Jacksonville in 2013.

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    A former Camp Lejeune Marine is on trial for allegedly shooting and killing a former Florida deputy.

    Day two of the trial of former Marine, Benjamin Marisic, got underway Tuesday. After opening statements, the prosecution called several witnesses to the stand. The last of which was a man named John Mitchell. According to the state's attorney, Mitchell was a co-worker of the victim, Dale Smith.

    During questioning, Mitchell discussed events that may have led to the shooting that night in August 2013. Mitchell testified that he went out with Smith to the Hideaway Lounge outside of Jacksonville that night. Mitchell said while he was there, he noticed Smith spending a lot of time with Marisic. Mitchell said at the end of the night, he, Smith and Marisic got into a cab where he witnessed, what he called, unusual behavior between the two men. "You know, closer, like, shoulder holding on to," Mitchell said. "I don't know, just a little too close for what I would have done with a person I just met."

    If convicted of first degree murder, Marisic could face a life sentence without possibility of parole.

    Court will resume Wednesday. Marisic's attorney said the prosecution will call more witnesses to the stand.

  • 5 dead in Phoenix murder-suicide

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 04:31:17 AM CDT

    Five people have been found dead inside a Phoenix home. Police say the dead include three brothers, their mother and one of the brother’s wives. Two women and two children were able to escape. Police say one of the brothers is the chief suspect, and a dispute over the family business may have been the cause.

  • NY math teacher suffers beating from parent

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 03:35:53 AM CDT

    A middle school teacher in Hempstead, New York, is recovering from a beating after a student's mother attacked her inside the classroom. Police say she put the teacher in a chokehold, then her 14-year-old niece punched the teacher in the face.

  • Sofia Vergara's ex sues over embryos

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 07:25:16 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2015 09:46:21 AM CDT

    Sofia Vergara's ex-fiancé is reportedly suing for custody of embryos the couple created at a fertility clinic.

  • Michigan mechanic refuses gay customers

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 02:36:01 AM CDT

    If you are openly gay, Brian Klawiter, the owner of Dieseltec in Grandville, Michigan, doesn’t want your business. The owner is defending his views, saying more people who share his views should do the same.

  • Back from Syria, American charged in terror plot

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 08:54:21 AM CDT

    Did an Ohio man travel to Syria to train with Islamic extremists?