Monthly Archives: February 2018

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…

HVAC FRAUDS LEAD TO PRISON SENTENCE

NEW BERN — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court this week, AARON ROBERT SUTTON, 31, of New Bern, pleaded guilty to a series of fraud crimes and was sent to prison. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Benjamin Alford presided, and these cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Wareham. Sutton solicited himself as an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) repairman who operated his own small business. He drove through neighborhoods in Craven County and Trent Woods and approached homeowners, askin…

Pamlico County drug roundup nabs 27 suspects

More being sought, other warrants pending Over the past six months, investigators with The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office have actively pursued those responsible for distributing drugs in Pamlico County. On Feb. 6, Sheriff Chris Davis announced the arrest of 27 individuals in a drug bust code-named “Demonstrated Difference.” Criminal suspects have been arrested and charged during this operation for their role in selling prescription medication, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin. There are several criminal suspects at large and we expect additional arrests in the coming week…

Morehead City man charged after vehicle stuck at crime scene

Valentine was operating his burgundy truck as seen in the photo stuck in the ditch. Taylor Russell Valentine On 02/02/2018, Carteret County deputies and Morehead City police arrested Taylor Russell Valentine, 27, of Emeline Place, Morehead City for stealing numerous items from several businesses on Riggs Road in Morehead City. Deputies say they got the call at 7am this morning when employees from Interstate Battery attempted to assist Valentine who got his truck stuck in a nearby ditch. Employees quickly recognized stolen items from their business and altered authorities. After furth…

Threat of ferry tolls surfaces yet again!

Big turnout for public hearing helped derail issue way back in 2012 Henri & Joe McClees EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – Independent operatives, Joe and Henri McClees, who monitor pending state legislation, rules, and regulations on behalf of six counties in eastern North Carolina, reported this week that an un-named ‘Basement Bureaucrat’ in Raleigh has resurrected the highly contentious ferry toll issue. Exactly six years ago here in Pamlico County, 600 hopping mad, hornet-angry residents showed up en masse to decry a state government decree that would have imposed tolls for the fe…
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