Monthly Archives: July 2018

Friday the 13th not a good day to be near area’s Bombing Targets

PAMLICO SOUND – Helicopter and MV-22 Osprey close air support training is scheduled for Marine Corps Bombing Target 11 in southern Pamlico Sound on Friday, July 13, as late as midnight. Expect gunfire near the target during this time and flight operations in the vicinity. Earlier that same day, Air Force F-15 fighters are scheduled to conduct training at Bombing Targets 9 and 11. Air and ground training operations will be conducted at Marine Corps Outlying Landing Field Atlantic, in eastern Carteret County; and at Marine Corps Outlying Landing Field – Oak Grove (located east-south-ea…

Assistance Needed in Suspect Identification

CARTERET COUNTY — Detectives need your help in identifying the suspect pictured above. The sketches above represent the same suspect based on two witness accounts from a burglary that occurred in May of 2018 on White Oak Drive in Peletier, NC. Anyone with information on the identity of this person is asked to contact the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 728-8400 or (252) 726-1911, or call Carteret County Crime Stoppers at (252) 726-INFO (4636). You do not have to give your name to be eligible for a cash reward. You can email your tip to: crimetips@carteretcountync.gov…

School Board releases statement on high school principal’s resignation (corrected)

To readers of The County Compass: The original press release from the Pamlico County Board of Education received by this newspaper contained no misspellings. Any errors in spelling occurred when this newspaper used OCR software (optical character recognition) to convert a computer file into a different type of document used for website postings. We apologize for several instances of  spelling errors in the original post of this story,  which are entirely the responsibility of this newspaper. July 9, 2018 If you have any questions about the authenticity of this release, if you need cla…

HEROIN TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that MICHAEL DEVON TRIPP, 30, of Vanceboro, pled guilty prior to his case being called for jury trial this week in Craven County Superior Court. He was sentenced to prison for 78 to 112 months (6 ½ to 9 years) for charges arising out of dealing heroin. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins, and the presiding judge was Superior Court Judge Charles Henry. The cases were investigated by the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, and the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), a multi-agency narcot…

What is Public Health?

By Scott Lenhart, Director | Pamlico County Health Department BAYBORO — With the recent issues concerning the Pamlico County Health Department, I feel it is necessary to inform the public on what we actually do in public health.  Over the last several years, for whatever reason, public health has been forgotten by many in Pamlico County.  So, I ask you all one simple question: What does public health mean to you? Many individuals have no idea what is public health or what public health does for them or the community.  Living in North Carolina for 40 years — 21 of those years on the…

Sheriff announces drug bust on July 3

On July 3rd, 2018, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office concluded an operation that targeted those responsible for distributing illegal narcotics in Pamlico County. During the operation, deputies conducted controlled purchases of drugs utilizing undercover officers, conducted traffic stops and executed search warrants at residences. The operation concluded with the arrest of 14 criminal suspects and 44 felony warrants. During the operation deputies seized cocaine, heroin, prescription medication and marijuana. Those arrested were: Adrian Vidrez Mattocks DOB- 3/20/1981 3…

Offshore oil spills are not OK ‘Do no harm,’ says reader

By Richard Johnson News Analysis OFFSHORE — I wanted to take a moment reply to Gordon Allison’s article, ‘Beware scare tactics in debate over offshore drilling,’ which appeared in the June 14 issue of The County Compass. It is important to acknowledge that there are concerns about offshore drilling. Deepwater Horizon created incredible economic hardship in the Gulf Region. It was not BP or the hydrocarbon industry that ultimately suffered — it was the fishing industry, tourist industry, many mom and pop operations that felt the real pain. In other words, smal…

‘Our business remains open,’ vows Scott Plumbing

REELSBORO — Scott Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, a major private employer and a fixture in this community for decades, pledged Monday morning that the business remains open, despite a fire Friday afternoon in the company’s location at 6690 Hwy. 55 East. Lisa Scott, speaking on behalf of the family-owned firm and dozens of loyal employees, said “we are open from 7 am until 5 pm Monday thru Friday, and we are taking customers’ calls at (252) 670-7688.” The resiliency of this small business — which routinely supports charitable events and ot…
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