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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Royce Atkins to serve a minimum of four years

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Judge Michael Koury calls hit-and-run driver a ‘heartless human being’

Following a four-day trial, a Northampton County jury found Royce Atkins, 23, guilty in November 2016 in a fatal hit and run that killed 9-year-old Darious Condash. The accident had occurred almost exactly one year before when Darious, accompanied by an older friend and cousin, crossed busy Schoenersville Road, a five-lane highway, at night.

Atkins hit and killed Darious but failed to stop. He said nothing, waiting for police to find him.

But after his arrest, in phone conversations from jail to his father and girlfriend, he said too much.

Judge sends Royce Atkins to jail immediately

Thursday, November 10, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Following a four-day trial in a crowded Northampton County courtroom, Royce Atkins, age 23, was convicted Nov. 3 in a hit-and-run accident that ended the life of 9-year-old Darious Condash, a fourth-grade student at Sheckler Elementary School.

Darious was struck and killed by a car driven by Atkins on Schoenersville Road when the boy, in the company of an older cousin and friend, stopped to pick up a piece of candy he had dropped on the road.

Hit-and-run trial underway for 2015 death of Sheckler student

Thursday, November 3, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

The trial of a hit-and-run accident Nov. 6, 2015, nearly a year ago, started Monday before Judge Michael Koury Jr. and is expected to finish today.

Nine-year-old Darious Condash was killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing Schoenersville Road at night with an older cousin and friend. They were returning home after purchasing candy at Wawa in Hanover Township. Darious dropped a piece while crossing a five-lane highway, darted out from the median to retrieve it and was hit by a car that never stopped.

Pursell not guilty

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Judge sites ‘reasonable doubt’ but still criticizes N. Catty police officer’s actions

At a hearing Monday, Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline Taschner cleared North Catasauqua Police Officer Leighton Pursell of animal cruelty charges lodged against him after he euthanized an injured domestic cat named Sugar Dec. 6, 2015.

Borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian confirmed Tuesday that Pursell’s part-time status with the police department remains unchanged.

DA releases results of Sugar investigation

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Morganelli points finger at police officer, cat owner, attorney for actions

When North Catasauqua police Officer Leighton Pursell shot and killed a domestic cat named Sugar, whom he said he believed to be injured, Dec. 6, 2015, did he break the law? According to Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, the answer is yes. But after an extensive investigation, he announced Monday that only summary charges are warranted.

Trial rescheduled for driver in Hanover Twp. hit and run

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A Hanover Township man who was supposed to face trial this week in a fatal hit and run will wait until July 5 for his trial.

Royce Atkins, 22, was arraigned March 17 on criminal charges filed as a result of a Nov. 6, 2015, hit-and-run accident along Schoenersville Road that left a 9-year-old Sheckler Elementary School student dead.

With an original trial date of Monday, this trial has now been assigned to Judge Michael Koury, who has also scheduled a pretrial conference on June 10.

Atkins is represented by Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer Jack McMahon.

Trial date is set Atkins pleads not guilty to hit-and-run charges

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Hanover Township resident Royce Atkins, 22, was arraigned March 17 on criminal charges filed as a result of a Nov. 6, 2015, hit-and-run accident that left a 9-year-old boy dead.

Darious Condash, along with a 14-year-old cousin and 15-year-old friend, had just left a Wawa store on Schoenersville Road, Hanover Township, Northampton County, at about 6:30 p.m. The store is located about a quarter mile from Darious’ home, in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

Atkins to answer for fatal hit-and-run

Thursday, January 21, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Royce Atkins, 22, will have to answer in Northampton County Court for a hit-and-run accident that left a 9-year-old Hanover Township boy dead Nov. 6.

Darious Condash, along with a 14-year-old cousin and 15-year-old friend, had just left the WaWa store on Schoenersville Road, at about 6:30 p.m. The store is located about a quarter mile from Darious’ home.

When he dropped a piece of candy while crossing the road, and stepped back to pick it up, he was struck and killed by Atkins’ blue Mazda.