N.C. Court of Appeals Opinions for April 4, 2017

The North Carolina Court of Appeals released a batch of opinions today:

State v. Rice  (16-906) stolen firearms; constructive possession [It’s not Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, that’s for sure.]
Brackett v. Thomas  (16-912) DWI; willful refusal of chemical test; administrative review; NCGS 20-16.2
Conleys Creek Ltd. P’ship v. Smoky Mountain Country Club Prop. Owners Ass’n  (16-647) Dispute between developer/declarant and property owners, summary judgment, Rule 12(b)(6), Planned Community Act, breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, breach of fiduciary duty
Hewitt v. Hewitt  (16-16) Constructive Fraud; Confidential Relationship; Fiduciary Relationship
In re: L.L.O.  (16-1098) Termination of parental rights; NCGS 7B-1111(a)(1); NCGS 7B-1111(a)(2); findings of fact; conclusions of law; stream of consciousness. [Important read for anyone doing TPR work or GAL appeals; Findings of fact at trial court need to be specific and address all elements required for TPR].
In re: J.K.  (16-823) clerical error, NCGS 7B-911
In re: T.N.  (16-1011) UCCJEA; NCGS 50A-201 et seq.; jurisdiction; termination of parental rights.
Kelley v. Kelley  (16-425) Denial of summary judgment; interlocutory appeal affecting substantial right; modification of a separation agreement; void ab initio contract, equal dignity; estoppel.
State v. Spruiell  (16-639) Motion for appropriate relief; ineffective assistance of appellate counsel; felony murder; merger doctrine; discharging weapon into occupied property
State v. Wright  (16-1017) Armed robbery; endanger or threaten life of victim; fear of victim
Watlington v. Dep’t of Soc. Servs. Rockingham Cty.  (16-1038) State Human Resources Act, NCGS 126-1 et seq; Title 25, Subchapters I and J of NC Administrative Code; ALJ required findings of fact and conclusions of law; just cause to terminate; back pay for procedural violation.

There were also 32 unpublished opinions available here.