Thursday, December 5 2013 11:06 AM EST2013-12-05 16:06:32 GMT
The 16 year old girl involved in one of two Covington County car crashes Wednesday afternoon has died. All others involved have injuries. Kaylan Ainsworth was extracted from her car and airlifted to theMore >>
A 16-year-old girl involved in one of two Covington County car crashes Wednesday afternoon has died. All others involved have injuries.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:38 PM EST2013-12-05 03:38:22 GMT
Around 5:40 p.m. a call was made to the Hattiesburg Police Department reporting of shots fired at the Wendy's across the street from Cloverleaf Mall. Officers arrived to the scene find one person hadMore >>
Around 5:40 p.m. a call was made to the Hattiesburg Police Department reporting of shots fired at the Wendy's across the street from Cloverleaf Mall.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 11:44 AM EST2013-12-05 16:44:22 GMT
This is a news release from Jones County Junior College Sixty-two Jones County Junior College faculty and staff were recently honored for their years of service to the college. Administrators treatedMore >>
Sixty-two Jones County Junior College faculty and staff were recently honored for their years of service to the college. More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 9:15 AM EST2013-12-05 14:15:24 GMT
The aunt of a 12 year old girl police say was raped several times dating back to this summer still finds it difficult to find the words to describe her pain. "It's like my world fell from underneath meMore >>
Police said the rape of a 12-year-old girl now includes five people and more arrests could be on the way. Her aunt still finds it difficult to find the words to describe her pain.More >>
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Fourth of July DWI Checkpoint caught on camera goes viral with more than three million views on YouTube. In the video, a person goes through a Tennessee checkpoint and points out various ways they claim officers violate their constitutional rights.
The person claims officers searched his car without consent and asked him questions when he wasn't required to answer. That had wect.com asking, What are your rights when it comes to checkpoints here in North Carolina?
Lawyers at the McGee Law Firm in Downtown Wilmington say it's important to know your rights. They say there are certain things you have to do, and other things you can respectfully decline to do at checkpoints.
Authorities and lawyers agree that when you go through a checkpoint in North Carolina, you are required to stop, talk to the officer and show them a valid Driver's License. But after that, Lawyer James McGee says you don't have to answer any extra questions.
"The officer may not like it, but it is your right to respectfully decline to not answer any questions," said McGee. He says after you present the proper documents, you should ask if you can leave. If officers don't have a reason to suspect you of being impaired, he says it's against your constitutional right to continue to further detain you.
"The argument I can make is at this suspiciousless stop, a checkpoint, that they have detained me for longer than the checkpoint was supposed to be, they have to prove that they have suspicion to further detain me and that's where the problem lies," explained McGee.
He says if officers do not have reasonable suspicion, they can't make you get out of your car or search your car without consent. He also says you have the right to say no to a field sobriety test and a portable breathalyzer test. However, he says if you refuse to blow into an intoxometer at the police station, your licence will be taken.
While you have the right to say no to answering further questions, officers in New Hanover County says could raise red flags and bring about more investigation.
"If you refuse or try to hinder the situation or delay the process that's going to raise red flags, they'll want to know why you are avoiding this," said Sgt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.
Thursday, December 5 2013 7:36 PM EST2013-12-06 00:36:24 GMT
A multi-agency drug sweep called "Operation Wake-up Call" rounded up ten alleged drug dealers from both poplarville and the Pearl River Community College Campus. The Poplarville Police Department asMore >>
A multi-agency drug sweep called "Operation Wake-up Call" rounded up ten alleged drug dealers from both poplarville and the Pearl River Community College Campus.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 6:10 PM EST2013-12-05 23:10:23 GMT
A Jones County woman and five children are homeless after a fire destroyed their home Tuesday. The initial call came in to the Southwest Jones Volunteer Fire Department around 1:35 p.m. Crews were ableMore >>
A Jones County family of eight are homeless after a fire of unknown causes destroyed their home Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 4:45 PM EST2013-12-05 21:45:14 GMT
A Jones County teenager was killed in a single vehicle roll over accident Sunday afternoon. Joseph R. Grayson, a 16-year-old from Soso was traveling East on Hwy 84 in a 2002 Ford F150, when his vehicleMore >>
A Jones County teenager was killed in a single vehicle roll over accident Sunday afternoon.More >>
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