Monthly Archives: November 2018

HEROIN TRAFFICKING LEADS TO PRISON

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, EDWARD EARL HARPER, 40, of New Bern, entered a guilty plea to trafficking in heroin and opium prior to his case being called for trial, and was sentenced to a prison term of 70 to 93 months. Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. Members of the CNET team (Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team) were assisting probation officers with searches of residences of persons who were on proba…

OPIATE TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON

BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court on November 15, VERNON ARTHUR MILLER, 46, of Grantsboro, pled guilty to trafficking in oxycodone, a prescription opiate painkiller, and was sentenced to 70 to 93 months in prison. Superior Court Judge Imelda Pate presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division received information from a confidential informant that Miller was going to purchase oxycodone illegally. Inve…

‘Way cool’ key to success for toy guru — Save some Lava Lamps for grownup kids!

NEW BERN – Christmas shoppers who pop into Snap Dragon, a specialty toy retailer in downtown New Bern, will be hard-pressed to find the faddish, mass-marketed, and licensed children’s gifts that are the stock in trade for most of today’s big box stores. AND, THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT!!! After 22 years, Heather SinClair of Snap Dragon has carved out a remarkable niche in the toy biz. She knows the industry well. Most of her store is ‘sectioned-off’ to help customers find age-appropriate items. She encourages ‘creative play’ – citing “craft kits, science kits, pull toys for small children, dress…

Version of ancient weapon nets first Black Bear!

Editor’s note: Tony Reaves and his wife Wanda of South Boston, Virginia recently visited Pamlico County for some hunting, armed with a hybrid weapon known as the Elite Sling Bow. For the benefit of non-hunters among the County Compass readership, we have asked Tony to add some details about ‘still hunting,’ which were not in his original report. We thank Tony and Wanda for this fascinating account. By Tony Reaves PAMLICO COUNTY – Wanda and I have been coming to the Oriental area for the past three years. We hunt with Greg Voliva, owner of Four Seasons Guide Service. We have enjoyed all of our trips…

Two environmental groups sue Duke Energy

Watchdogs accuse utility behemoth of ‘influence spending” DURHAM – NC WARN, a North Carolina climate justice watchdog, and Friends of the Earth, a leading environmental organization based in Washington, D.C. began legal action Wednesday to ban what the groups allege is pervasive influence spending by Duke Energy. The case has national ramifications for climate change, electricity rates and corporate control over government and civic leaders. The groups say Duke Energy uses more than $80 million annually in the Carolinas – originating from customers – to mislead the public and decisi…

HABITUAL FELON RETURNED TO PRISON

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, TRAVIS BRYANT, 38, of Vanceboro, was convicted upon his guilty plea to firearm and theft charges, and was sentenced to a prison term of approximately 12 to 15 years. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Matt Wareham. The State’s evidence showed that the cases began when Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office investigators contacted the Craven County Sheriff’s Office on a report tha…

Explosion rocks Fairfield Harbour

A massive blast of undetermined origin was reported shortly after 12:30 Thursday afternoon. Emergency vehicles and fire trucks from multiple departments responded, Details, including word of any injuries, are not yet available. Fairfield Harbour, still reeling from devastation wrought by Hurricane Florence, is an upscale residential community off Broad Creek Road in Craven County. Over the past two months, a large number of construction and rehabilitation crews have been hard at work. Whether an accident or mistake related to construction work caused the explosion has not yet been…

New Bern Police Investigate Shooting

NEW BERN — On November 13, 2018 at 12:57 p.m. officers responded to a report of shots fired near the intersection of Blades Avenue and Cutler Street. Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area to locate suspect(s) and/or witnesses. At least one subject was transported to CarolinaEast with injuries. The investigation is ongoing at this time. If you have information about a crime or wanted persons, please contact our TIPS Line at (252) 636-5034 or Craven Cot1nty Cri1ne Stoppers at (252) 633-5141. For media inquiries and questions, please contact Lieutenant David Danie sat the New Ber…

Attorney General urges large e-cigarette company not to target teens

By Lindsay Marchello | Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Josh Stein, the North Carolina Attorney General, has launched an investigation into Juul, a fast-growing e-cigarette company, but a consumer freedom expert warns the attempted crackdown could backfire. On Oct. 15, the attorney general’s office Oct. 15 sent to Juul a “civil investigative demand” in search of information on its marketing practices, retailers, contact with resellers, efforts to verify age before purchase, and any youth education or awareness programs. The company has until Nov. 14 to comply. “The use of e-ci…

Voters opt for split decision — Democrats gain, but predicted ‘Blue Wave’ fizzles

By John Hood | News Analysis RALEIGH — If you expected the 2018 midterm1elections to settle all scores and clarify all unanswered political questions in the era of Donald Trump, you were just asking for disappointment — and that’s what voters gave you. In North Carolina and around the country, Democrats savored many sweet victories. They recruited good candidates, raised gobs of money, and deployed solid campaigns. Winning the U.S. House, netting some governorships and legislative chambers, and breaking the GOP supermajority in the North Carolina House were all impressive accomplishm…
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