Yearly Archives: 2019

OWNER OF S&D GUN AND KNIFE SHOW PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGALLY POSSESSING FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION AS A FELON

NEW BERN – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, before United States Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr., SHERWOOD WATSON CARAWAY, 62, of Merritt, North Carolina pled guilty to illegally possessing firearms and ammunition while being a felon. During the defendant’s guilty plea hearing, the Government summarized the evidence supporting the defendant’s guilty plea. CARAWAY had been convicted in federal court in 2005 of unlawfully dealing in firearms without a license. Despite his status as a felon, CARAWAY continued to possess firearms…

Black panther spotted

GRANTSBORO – Steve Thompson, a new resident of our area, sent me an email last week. You guessed it – Thompson had a quick story to tell: “Last night (June 30) my wife and I saw a very big black panther about to cross Hwy 306. I believe it t was chasing a deer that shot right in front of our truck. Didn’t know we had black panthers down here so that was pretty cool to see, very large but when he saw my truck he jetted back in the woods!” More than a decade ago, this reporter wrote a news story about Maureen Bivona’s encounter with what she believed to be a black panther. At the time, Bivona – who died several…

Dealing with high waters — Look to Netherlands as model

By Gerald E. Saunders Jr. Editor’s note: Shortly after Hurricane Irene in August 2011, Mr. Saunders wrote a commentary for this newspaper warning us to prepare for future disasters. He later hosted a well-attended seminar and revisits that topic here: PAMLICO COUNTY –  Shakespeare once said, “A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” I do not believe the word hurricane by any other name would be sweet, in fact, it may be just the opposite. One rumored international synonym for hurricane is diablo.  Anyone who has lived in Pamlico County, and attended a local church is well aware, this…

TWO PLEAD GUILTY PRIOR TO TRIAL IN CARTERET SUPERIOR COURT

Beaufort, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Carteret Superior Court this week, the following defendants entered guilty pleas just prior to their cases being called for trial before a jury and presiding Superior Court Judge John Nobles. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Ashley Eatmon. BRANDON HOBBS, 39, of Newport, pled guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine Precursor Chemical during the Carteret County Superior Court Trial Term of Court just prior to jury selection. A Morehead City Police Officer observed Hobbs leavi…