Monthly Archives: February 2018

Sheriff Asa Buck and District Attorney Scott Thomas Help Lead State’s Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis through the North Carolina Law Enforcement Opioid Task Force

BEAUFORT, NC – Sheriff Asa Buck and District Attorney Scott Thomas are helping shape North Carolina’s response to the opioid epidemic through a statewide task force facilitated by Attorney General Josh Stein. The North Carolina Law Enforcement Opioid Task Force is helping coordinate and support the efforts of local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities to confront the opioid epidemic. The group – which includes representatives from more than 30 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and organizations – meets quarterly and works regularly to address the…

US Attorney visits with law enforcement leaders

From left to right, Asa Buck, Sheriff of Carteret County; Robert Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney; Scott Thomas, District Attorney; and Chris Davis, Sheriff of Pamlico County are pictured here inside Havelock City Hall. HAVELOCK, NC – Recently appointed U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon, Jr. met with local law enforcement leaders on Tuesday at Havelock City Hall. Higdon, who was nominated by President Donald Trump last August, confirmed by the Senate the following month, and sworn into office last October, serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Upon the invitatio…

Shame on GOP in the U.S. House – with one exception!

Our Congressman, Walter B. Jones, only Republican to vote against payday lending expansion “More and more, Congress takes action to benefit special interests, not the people. Sadly, this appears to be one of those cases. There’s just no good reason to give financial services firms a loophole to get around state interest rate caps and get desperate folks into loans with exorbitant interest rates they can’t afford. I didn’t ask for this job to make it easier for some Wall Street guy to take the last nickel out of the pocket of a struggling Eastern North Carolina family.” Congressman W…

Juvenile taken into custody for communicating threats at Arapahoe Charter

(Google Earth) On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Deputies with The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received information from concerned parents and teachers that a student at the Arapahoe Charter School was planning an act of violence at the school. Deputies later learned that school officials suspended the student on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, however; the sheriff’s office was not notified of the allegations. Deputies interviewed numerous parents, teachers, students and concerned citizens throughout the day Wednesday. On Wednesday evening, a search warrant was executed at t…

Pamlico Writers’ Group chooses ‘Poet Laureate’

First ever title goes to Malaika King Albrecht Malaika King Albrecht By Eileen Lettick WASHINGTON, N.C. — Poets from all over eastern North Carolina walked through the doors of the Turnage Theatre on Saturday evening, Feb. 3. They were there to cheer for the inaugural set of ‘Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate’ finalists: Deborah Doolittle and Malaika King Albrecht. After delivering a brief overview and history of the event and the application process, Eileen Lettick, chair of the group’s search committee, handed the stage over to poet Marty Silverthorne. Originally among t…

CARTERET DRUG CASES END WITH PRISON SENTENCES

BEAUFORT – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following drug case convictions and resulting prison sentences obtained by his office in Carteret County Superior Court: DANIEL FOLEY NYBERG, 30, of New Bern, was sentenced to an active prison term of 117-171 months and a fine of $50,000 for his role in the break-in and theft of thousands of pills, mostly opiates, from the K-Mart on Arendell St. in Morehead City on June 19, 2017. An alarm at the business came in at 11:14 p.m. When Morehead City Police officers responded, they found a white GMC Sierra truck behind the store with the lights…

Scattered, covered & smothered! — Screwy new districts prompt more candidate explaining, than campaigning!

At right, Keith Kidwell, a Republican, is running for a state House seat in District 79, and is seen here with campaign manager Bill Cook. News Analysis EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – Voters should be forgiven if the early days of this year’s election season resemble the often inscrutable refrain barked by waitresses inside the 24 / 7 environs of the popular Waffle House restaurant chain. Press releases issued by both incumbents and challengers for a slew of recently redrawn state legislative seats suggest that increased voter apathy – rather than voter inclusion – might be the unintende…

GenX emissions into Cape Fear River gets legislative attention

RALEIGH – State Senators Michael Lee (R-New Hanover), Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick), Wesley Meredith (R-Cumberland), Trudy Wade (R-Guilford) and Andy Wells (R-Catawba) have introduced legislation to make available an extensive network of world-class scientists, over one hundred mass spectrometers, and other resources within the University of North Carolina system to analyze water samples and conduct research on ways to improve water quality in areas of the state affected by GenX. Last year, the Chemours Company near Fayetteville announced that it will capture, remove, and safely d…

Waterfront town targeted for military training

Officials leery of ‘Close Air Support Missions’ Military training scheduled for mid-February in an around the Town of Oriental will likely include ‘forward air controllers’ similar to these Marines, seen on assignment elsewhere. ORIENTAL – Military training Feb. 12 through Feb. 16 is likely to keep some Oriental residents awake, according to a brief overview of planned operations furnished by the Public Affairs office of nearby Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. In a press release this week, Marine spokesman Mike Barton laid out a flurry of information, which describes…

Traffic stop leads to chase, arrest on drug charges

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on NC Hwy. 55 in Reelsboro, on Antonio Dion STILLEY of Oriental, NC. When investigators activated their lights and siren, STILLEY did not stop. During the vehicle pursuit, STILLEY swerved at one of the patrol cars several times, before hitting the patrol car on the passenger side while traveling approximately 70 MPH. After hitting the patrol car, STILLEY hit a second vehicle being operated on Hwy. 55, before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into the ditch. Over the pa…
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