Monthly Archives: April 2017

Frontline drug fighters offer updates for Community Watch

In center of back row, Sheriff Chris Davis hobnobs with members of the Reelsboro Community Watch program. By Rhonda Breed REELSBORO — The April 4 meeting of Reelsboro Community Watch featured two special speakers — Sheriff Chris Davis and Moneka Midgette-Davis, a specialist in substance abuse. The Sheriff expressed his appreciation to members of the Community Watch effort for their vigilance in watching the neighborhood and for calling in suspicious activity. Many reports have led to subsequent arrests. He shared statistics on drug sales, stating that “90 percent of dr…

Less space ‘untenable’ says library official

Editor’s note: The forced downsizing of the Pamlico County Library has created quite a furor in recent weeks. Monday night, library official Ben Bowditch addressed the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners. Here are his remarks, continued to Page B-12 where readers can also see the written ultimatum, dated March 13, from John Potter, Chairman of the Pamlico County Board of Education. Ben Bowditch BAYBORO – My name is Ben Bowditch. I have the honor of representing Pamlico County on the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library Board of Trustees, and I serve as chairman of that board. A…

Search warrant leads to 3 drug related arrests in Oriental

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office On Friday, April 13, 2017, Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 3057 Trent Road in Oriental NC, the residence of Cameron R. BROWN. During the search warrant, approximately 5 ounces of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and approximately $12,000.00 in US Currency was seized. The search warrant stems from numerous complaints about drug activity at the residence. During the investigation, a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Montracies STYRON made investigators believe that a quantity of cocaine was locate…

Part-timer with Oriental Police Dept. tenders resignation

ORIENTAL – Town Manager Diane Miller announced Tuesday morning that Officer Ben Barnett – who has picked up much of the slack in the wake of Police Chief Dwaine Moore’s indefinite suspension – intends to retire from his part-time post effective May 31. In a brief press release, Miller wrote: Officer Barnett has been with the Oriental Police Department since June of 2013, and served faithfully in every situation and emergency that has crossed our path. He will remain on duty with the Oriental Police Department as a Reserve Officer, and will function as a consultant during the hiring pr…

Seniors targeted, yet again!

PAMLICO COUNTY – If someone calls you, claiming to be a representative with the Social Security agency, our suggestion is to hang up immediately and report the call to your local law enforcement agency. Thanks so much to Polly Taylor for details relating to this newest scam, which targets senior citizens. Taylor, a Pamlico County resident, is a compassionate in-home caregiver. Usually, she looks after the elderly, and she absolutely detests phone scams that target this vulnerable segment of our population. “This one call came into my client, who is 90 years old,” said Taylor, during…

Operation “Shut It Down,” – 20 people charged with drug offenses in Pamlico County

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Over the last several weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has conducted an operation targeting those involved in the sale and/or distribution of drug throughout Pamlico County. Operation “Shut It Down,” resulted in 20 criminal suspects being arrested and charged as a result of controlled purchases of narcotics utilizing undercover agents and confidential informants, traffic stops on individuals, search warrants executed and citizen complaints that led deputies to suspects in our communities. The Sheriff’s Office would like to t…

Assistance Needed in Suspect Identification

Carteret County Sheriff’s Office Carteret County Detectives need your help in identifying the man pictured. This subject is wanted for questioning following a Breaking and Entering of Gillikin Seafood, Morgan St, Beaufort on March 6th. 2017. Anyone with information on the identity of this person is asked to call Detective John Guerry at the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at 728- 8400 or Crime Stoppers at (252) 726-INFO to be eligible for a cash reward.…

Shrimping industry fights back

RALEIGH – State Sen. Norm Sanderson and State Sen. Bill Cook have proposed legislation that would forestall – at least temporarily – the implementation of controversial rules designed to drastically curtail shrimp trawling throughout the state. Sanderson and Cook represent districts where economies are heavily dependent upon the annual shrimp harvest. In a recent interview with the Wilmington Star-News, Sanderson said the results of a bycatch reduction study should be thoroughly evaluated before any rule changes take effect. The rule change petition, sought by the N.C. Wild…

State Supreme Court justice to speak in Pamlico County

Mike Morgan BAYBORO — North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Mike Morgan, elected to the post in November, will address the Pamlico County Democratic Party Convention at 12:45 on Saturday, April 8. The event is scheduled for the courthouse in Bayboro. Everyone, regardless of party affiliation, is welcome to attend. Born across the Neuse River at Cherry Point — and raised in New Bern — Justice Morgan has deep family ties in Pamlico County. In his successful campaign for the NC Supreme Court, Morgan defeated the incumbent Republican by a vote of 2,150,512 votes to 1,797,698…

Arlington Place sues Pamlico County for refund of impact fees

Developers statewide rush to exploit obscure Supreme Court ruling Look out Mr. & Mrs. Homeowner! Your water bill each month could skyrocket, unless state legislature acts! RALEIGH – Many states have statutes that allow county-owned utilities – like the Pamlico County Water Department – to collect an ‘impact fee’ from developers of real estate subdivisions. Often sizable, these charges (also known as capital reserve fees) are usually set aside by a government-owned utility to help fund future expansion. The monies have the reputation of being a costly thorn in the side of…
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