Monthly Archives: April 2019

Election results

As of 10 pm Tuesday night, Allen Thomas of Pitt County appears to have won the Democratic nomination in the Third Congressional District with 50 percent of votes cast. On the Republican side, Dr. Greg Murphy, also of Pitt County, has a significant lead over Dr. Joan Perry of Lenoir County. But, neither GOP candidate will likely capture at least 30 percent of vote, which means a two-way race for the Republican nomination will be decided in a runoff scheduled for July 9. Once each Party has decided upon a Nominee, the final election is set for mid-September   Click here to view unofficial elect…

Three charged in Kidnapping & Assault

Carteret County Deputies report the last of three main suspects being sought in connection with a kidnapping and assault are now in custody. Detectives began investigating the incident after a 911 call was made by one of the victims who escaped from a home in Newport where he and a female were bound with duct tape and held against their will. Deputies say the incident occurred at the home of Dennis Franklin Graham at 264 Carl Garner Road in Newport early Friday morning, 04/19/2019. The two victims, Shawn Marshall, 25, and Brittany Katen, 27, were assaulted with a handgun, shotgun, and razor knif…

Another Disappointing Day in DC — Nation deserves better protections for lands, environment, health, wealth

By Rick Happ | News Openion WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 23, 2019 is another disappointing day regarding our Federal Government. What happened Tuesday is that another swamp creature, David Bernhardt, was sworn in as Secretary of the Interior. Mr. Bernhardt is a former lobbyist for the oil and agribusiness industries. Mr. Trump’s first Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, and his first Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt, both resigned last year amid allegations of ethics misconduct. The people of this country deserve better protections to our lands and our environmen…

Voters confused. Usual campaign strategies out the window! 3rd CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Four parties, 26 candidates, low turnout, little name recognition, zero polling data, no front-runner make April 30 primary to fill deceased incumbent’s seat one for textbooks! News Analysis EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – Political operatives, and even rank-and-file voters, view the April 30 primary election as a truly unique occurrence in North Carolina history. The seat, of course, has been held by a Walter Jones – first the father and then his son – for more than five decades. The death in February of the incumbent Congressman, serving for what he announced would be his last term, left the offi…

DEATH PENALTY IMPOSED FOR BRUTAL MURDER AND DISMEMBERMENT OF REMAINS

BEAUFORT — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the death penalty sentence of DAVID ISAIAH GODWIN, 28, of Newport, following a four-week trial in Carteret County Superior Court. On April 12, 2019, a jury found Godwin guilty of first degree murder by premeditation and deliberation, by lying in wait, and by way of felony murder during the commission of armed robbery, common law robbery, and felony dismembering of human remains in the July 4th, 2016 death of 38- year-old Wendy Rae Tamagne of Morehead City. On April 23, 2019, the same jury issued a recommendation that Godwin be senten…

Shriner Fish Fry Always Rocks!

GRANTSBORO – Friday, April 26, don’t even think about going anywhere else for lunch or dinner! Last year, in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly at the intersection of Hwy. 55 and Hwy. 306, our local Shriners set a new fund-raising record – with all monies going to support the world-famous Shriners Hospitals for kids with disabilities! Check out the ad below for complete details! Be sure to attend – you’ll see hungry friends that you haven’t seen in ages!…

Fallout begins from recent Board of Health shenanigans

BAYBORO – County officials quietly confirmed this week that a key staffer within the Pamlico County Health Department – the person charged with inspecting septic tanks and granting approvals – may resign effective April 30. In her post as an Environmental Health Specialist, Melanie Campen has extensive experience and certifications. Should Campen resign, her hard-to-replicate credentials will likely put the Health Department behind the 8-ball when home builders and developers apply for on-site wastewater discharge permits. In fact, septic installers fear backlogs and waiting li…

Sons of Confederate Veterans honor local Junior ROTC cadet

BAYBORO – Sons of Confederate Veterans Private Charles Frederick Harget Camp #706 recently presented the group’s ‘H. L. Hunley Jr. ROTC Award’ to cadet PO3 Perla Cervantes of Pamlico County’s Naval Jr. OTC Program. According to Pamlico’s Senior Naval Science Instructor Commander Mike Robinson, Cervantes “is a squared away cadet who is very active with the unit’s academic and orienteering teams. We expect bigger things from her as she continues in the program.” This is the second year that Camp #706 has presented the H. L. Hunley Jr. ROTC Award to a cadet at…

Wednesday high speed chase in Pamlico County leads to arrest

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at approximately 8:30pm, Deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a Drivers License checking station at the intersection of Straight Road and Highway 55 just outside of Oriental. While conducting the checking station, a vehicle operated by Jermaine Channing Roberson drove through the checking station at a high rate of speed, refusing to stop and almost striking one of the deputies. Deputies left the checking station in an attempt to stop the vehicle, however; the vehicle would not stop. The vehicle chase went through the village of O…

‘Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!’ (The more things change, the more they remain the same)

Let us hope! Best wishes, Notre Dame!…

Craven County vs. FREE SPEECH

by Raynor James raynor@cctaxpayers.com Historically, citizens have been able to sign up before the regular (once monthly) evening meetings of the Craven County Board of Commissioners and be called on to speak (in the order in which they signed up) at a very early point in the Board’s proceedings. The comments were to be “germane to Craven County” (fair enough), and the citizen had 4 minutes in which to speak (short, but not outrageously so). However, there have been “things said” and “complaints filed about them” resulting in the Craven Count…

In 5 to 2 vote, Craven County approves ‘speech-squelching’

By Guy Ferrante | NEWS OPINION NEW BERN – The county called ‘Craven’ could hardly have been better represented by the Chairman of its Board of Commissioners, George Liner, on Monday night, April 1. Liner bragged, in his own words from his own mouth, that being Chairman gave him a lot of power. He then proceeded to demonstrate exactly what an abuse of that power looks like. I’ve never seen anything like it – even after 40-plus years in Washington, D.C.! The County Compass for the week of March 28 to April 3, 2019, bore this banner headline: “Craven County officials drive stake thru Heart of Free Speec…

DISTRICT ATTORNEY RECOGNIZES OBSERVANCE OF CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK

N.C. Prosecutorial District 4 (Carteret, Craven, Pamlico Counties) – District Attorney Scott Thomas announces the observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – April 7 through April 13, 2019 – and provides the following information to the community to assist in understanding the national and state commitment to the rights of victims of crime, and to promote efforts to assure crime victims of the efforts put forth in addressing the aftermath of crime. District Attorney Scott Thomas provided his thoughts on this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and his commitment to prot…

TWO SEX OFFENDERS RETURNED TO PRISON

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following convictions and sentences for two sex offenders who committed new offenses in Craven County. The defendants appeared in Craven County Superior Court before Superior Court Judge G. Frank Jones, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Laura Bell. ALEXANDER PEACE, 42, formerly of Vanceboro, pled guilty to one count of Failing to Report a New Address as a Sex Offender. Following Hurricane Florence, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office took the initiative to check on the status of registered sex off…

RECENT CONVICTION IN CRAVEN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following conviction obtained by his office in Craven County Superior Court. Judge G. Frank Jones presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Laura Bell. LASAUN ELLIOTT, 36, pled guilty to three counts of Malicious Conduct by Prisoner. Elliott, an inmate of Craven Correctional Institution in Vanceboro, is serving a prison sentence for felony offenses. While there, he threw a cup of urine on two correctional officers who were escorting a nurse through a cell block so she could ad…