Yearly Archives: 2018

‘MUCK OUT’ COMPLETE Middle School still needs major work

STONEWALL – No reprieve yet for the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders of Pamlico Middle School, who will continue classes just a mile away at Pamlico Primary, next to K thru 2 youngsters. School Superintendent Lisa Jackson and Middle School Principal Jeremy Johnson both told the Board of Education Tuesday morning that “it will happen again” – a reference to the hurricane-induced floods that have ravaged the large building and campus two times in the last seven years! Although rumblings about a “new building” at a “new location” were heard during a far-reaching session…

FEMA denies Pamlico’s request for temporary housing

Officials appeal controversial decision BAYBORO – Tim Buck, manager of Pamlico County, told elected officials Monday night that the Federal Emergency Management Administration has refused his initial plea for some type of temporary housing in the wake of Hurricane Florence. “FEMA says they are not getting the number of requests that they need,” explained Buck. “They told us that only 29 responses (for temporary housing) had come in, and some of their people checked a website – that I am not familiar with – and it came back reporting that there are 40 rental units available in ou…

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…
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