Monthly Archives: October 2018

HEROIN DEALER BRYANT SENT TO PRISON, 10 TO 14 YEARS

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court last week, DAVONDEVISH CALAH BRYANT, 38, of Vanceboro, pled guilty to multiple felony charges involving possession and distribution of heroin and fentanyl, and was sentenced to a prison term of approximately 10 to 14 years. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Foster presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. The charges arose out of three separate investigations. First, an undercover informant working with the Craven Count…

THIGPEN GUILTY IN COVAIR FROST MURDER

NEW BERN — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, QUENTIN THIGPEN, 22, of New Bern, pled guilty to the murder of Covair Frost in April, 2015. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Foster presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Mr. Thomas and Assistant District Attorney Karen Hobbs. The victim, Mr. Frost, was shot six times as he stepped outside his girlfriend’s apartment in the Craven Terrace community on April 20, 2015. Thigpen was identified as the shooter at the scene, and New Bern Police captured Thigpen…

BALLANCE GUILTY OF SUMMER SWINDELL MURDER

NEW BERN  — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, MICHAEL WAYNE BALLANCE, II, 30, of Havelock, pled guilty to the murder of his ex-wife, Summer Dawn Swindell, in April, 2015. The case was scheduled for trial before the guilty plea was entered. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Foster presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Mr. Thomas, and Assistant District Attorneys Karen Hobbs and Robert McAfee. Summer Swindell, who was 22 years old at the time of her death and who resided in Havelock, disappeared from…

Image of skull in satellite view — Creepy Michael freaks out even weather forecasters!

HERE WE GO AGAIN! Stick this to fridge door EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued recommendations for those who are impacted by hurricanes. This week Hurricane Michael is expected to produce storm surge and hurricane force winds in portions of Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Heavy rainfall could produce flash flooding from the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region into portions of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and southeast Virginia. As we all have learned, hurricanes present the possibility of power ou…

PAMLICO SEX OFFENDER SENT TO PRISON

BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court last Tuesday, JAMIE BYRD, 46, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea of Failing to Report New Address as a Sex Offender, and was sentenced to a prison term of 20 – 33 months. The case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins, and for this term of court, Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided. Byrd was convicted in Orange County, North Carolina, of Sexual Battery in February, 2017. As a result, he was required to register with the North Carolina Sex Off…

DRUG THIEF ENDS UP IN PRISON

BEAUFORT  – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Carteret County Superior Court yesterday, JUSTIN RYAN MIRANDA, 26, of Newport, pled guilty to a number of opioid theft and possession charges, and was sentenced to a lengthy prison term. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Ashley Eatmon, and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over this session of court. On December 19, 2017, the Express Care Pharmacy, located at 708 Highway 70 East, Otway, was broken into. The front door was smashed and approximately $124,000 in medicat…

PAMLICO WATER DEPARTMENT NOTICE OF PLANNED WATER OUTAGE WATER CUSTOMERS ALONG OLYMPIA ROAD AND ADJACENT ROADS — OCTOBER 16, 2018

OCTOBER 16, 2018 The Pamlico County Water Department is issuing a notice of planned water outages for Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Water will be disconnected related to Department of Transportation repairs to the road system. Consumers along the following roads will be affected: Olympia Road, Craven County Road, Old Cross Road, Shingle Brook Subdivision and any other roads that adjoin Olympia Road. Residents in these areas are encouraged to store or purchase water for use during the outage. If you have any questions, you may contact the water department at (252) 745- 5453. Following the out…

R E C O V E R Y

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – We have been hit again! Three mega Hurricanes in the span of just 15 years – Florence in 2018. Irene in 2011. Isabel in 2003. Surely, we will grow weary. Surely, our spirit and faith will falter. Perhaps we should just give up! Never! Yes, of course, some will move away. Who can blame them? We wish them well! The health and safety of one’s family is paramount! Storms elsewhere, including our own, are becoming more violent, more virulent. Yet, we persevere. We are a resilient bunch. The anguish, the effort, the guts, the determination, and even our stubborn nature. We…
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