Monthly Archives: January 2020

Fishing to improve? Tug sunk as reef!

MOREHEAD CITY –The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program — in partnership with the Oregon Inlet Artificial Reef Committee – sank the first of three tugboats off the coast of Pea Island on Monday. The towing vessel American is the first addition to Artificial Reef 165, a new site about seven miles south of the Oregon Inlet sea buoy off Dare County. This tug is part a project to place three vessels and 7,000 tons of concrete pipe on the reef that was organized by the Oregon Inlet Artificial Reef Committee. Funded by a Coastal Recreational Fishing License grant and a large…

Oxygen comes in handy at 35,000 feet

Reporter’s ‘experiment’ of going solo lasts only 20 minutes By Gordon Allison, Jr. | Technical Engineer Editor’s Note: Last week in Part One, we examined oxygen for treating sleep apnea.  Here, we look into using oxygen concentrators for airline travel. Next week, we explore the need for oxygen as people grow older. When we moved to Colorado in the late 1980s, my hemoglobin rose as we acclimated to high altitude.  Adult males at altitudes of 1,000 feet or less have a hemoglobin level of approximately 13 to 16.5 grams/deciLiter (gm/dL).  When you live at high altitudes such as 5,000 feet above m…

Two arrests made in Carteret & Craven stolen property cases

On 01/25/2019, Carteret County Deputies arrested Brandon Overton, 33, of Eden, NC and John Aguon, 29, of 305 Ronnie Rd, Beaufort for their rolls involving stolen ATV”s and trailers from Carteret and Craven County. Deputies received information that two stolen four-wheelers were going to be transported via an enclosed truck from Craven County to Down East Carteret County. Deputies later observed the truck and followed it to McGee’s storage on Harkers Island Road. The suspects were confronted where Aguon was taken into custody while Overton fled on foot. Overton was taken into custody the…

Joint investigation and traffic stop leads to Morehead City man’s drug arrest

CARTERET COUNTY, NC – A multi-agency investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Morehead City man as well as the seizure of a large quantity of illicit drugs. Billy Jay Wiggins, 37, was taken into custody during a traffic stop without incident around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020 by Carteret County deputies. A subsequent search of the vehicle produced over 106 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 5 dosage units of prescription medication (Lorazepam), Narcan, drug paraphernalia, and United States currency. The arrest of Wiggins, who is currently on parole, is the result of a multi…

Rally in Richmond Huge, armed & peaceful

By Eric Noevere Contrary to the media warning of violence at the Jan. 20 pro Second Amendment Rally in Virginia, it turned out to be a peaceful celebration of the freedom to keep and bear arms, protest peaceably, and freedom of speech. I had the great pleasure of attending. I met many very nice people and in spite of the mid 20’s temperatures and biting north wind, they were in a very good and positive mood. I got up at 02:45 am and drove to the Virginia Civil Defense League’s satellite parking area at the “Diamond,” a sports arena. This is 2.9 miles from the Capital. There was shuttle bus service which I…

. . . Shall Not Be Infringed!

BAYBORO – With hands raised at the behest of County Commission Chairman Pat Prescott, a standing room only crowd packed the Courthouse to its gills Tuesday night – almost all them eager to demonstrate overwhelming support for a Proclamation initiated by Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis. Only a half dozen or so attendees signaled that they opposed the measure. The document, unanimously approved, designates Pamlico County as a “Constitutional Rights Protection County for Second Amendment Rights.” The movement – which is growing rapidly — was recently triggered by state electio…

One man’s quest for better sleep

By Gordon Allison, Jr. | Technical Engineer Editor’s note: Mr. Allison is a regular contributor to this newspaper. Many readers may remember his fascinating multi-installment series on the mystery surrounding the disappearance of pilot Amelia Earhart. Here, he offers first hand experience that whatever a doctor initially recommends is not always to the best option. DENVER, COLORADO – We lived outside of Denver  (the “mile-high city”) when I had my first cancer surgery. While recuperating I slept in a recliner to avoid post-surgical pain. I noticed I kept waking up – apparently from NOT B…

Fate fuzzy for golf course | Membership confirms intent to sell

MINNESOTT BEACH – Ed Kujat, the president of Minnesott Golf and Country Club, told town officials Tuesday night “we are moving forward to sell the club” and that a recent vote among club members was “59 to 1” in favor of doing so. After an August decision by the town’s elected officials not to pursue a purchase option for the golf course and related buildings, Kujat said “four candidates approached us” with a Jan. 15 deadline for “our members to evaluate all materials submitted.” If the town is to re-enter the ranks of prospective purchasers, Mayor Tim Fowler and his colleagues on the board learne…

METH, HEROIN DEALERS SENT TO PRISON

Beaufort, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following convictions obtained by guilty pleas entered by defendants just prior to their cases being called for jury selection and jury trial. Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided over this trial term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney David Spence. DANIEL SANGABRIEL, 31, of Newport, pled guilty to Trafficking in Methamphetamine. Carteret County Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained a search warrant to search Sangabriel’s residence in Newport, and…

Local man deters phone scam with his own bag of tricks

ORIENTAL – Ed Morgan, retired from General Motors, admits to being a senior citizen, but unlike some of today’s trusting elderly folks, he can usually sense within seconds when a scammer calls. In fact, you might say that Morgan is a scammer’s worst nightmare! “But this one Monday had a new wrinkle,” chuckled Morgan, who asked the newspaper for help in publicizing the sophisticated fraud. “It came in as one of those spoof-type phone numbers, which makes it look like a local call.” A congenial fellow, Morgan usually sees the scammer’s deception as an opportunity to have some fun. “He was trying t…

Potholes plague town, say Bayboro residents

BAYBORO – An irate crowd of approximately 35 citizens packed the Town Hall Tuesday night. Vanessa Cole, her husband Joseph, and David Roberson, each of whom are town residents, led the discussion, which was directed at Mayor Keith Cowell, and town council members J.E. Hardison, Kelvin Credle, Roosevelt Stokes, and Vennie Himbry. “The town’s drainage, ditches, and roadways are our concern,” said Vanessa, “and where do we go from here? We have pictures and I also have video.” Roberson and others lamented that recent asphalt patches are far from adequate solutions for Bayboro’s decaying inf…

HEROIN TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON FOR MORE THAN 16 YEARS

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, MILTON EUGENE LANCASTER, a/k/a “Red”, 54, of Vanceboro, was convicted by a jury following a two-day trial of heroin trafficking and related offenses, and received a prison sentence of more than 16 years. Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided over this term, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee. A fight and stabbing occurred outside Lancaster’s residence on Mile Road in Vanceboro. The person who had committed the stabbing had come fr…

Carteret County man arrested after leaving phone with child porn on it at New Year’s Eve party

BEAUFORT, NC – Carteret County deputies arrested a man after he left his phone at a neighbor’s house and the person who found it discovered child pornography on it. On Wednesday, January 1, a Carteret County Sheriff’s Office detective responded to the Magistrate’s Office in Beaufort after the person who found the phone described seeing pornographic images of children on it. The reporting person stated that Donald Earl Willis, 61, of Gloucester was attending a New Year’s Eve party and left his phone at the residence where the party occurred. The following morning, the owner of the residence d…

Massive blaze erupts in Bayboro neighborhood

Dry, seasoned, and neatly stacked firewood fueled the wrong type of blaze Monday night – as it erupted into massive flames mere feet from a single family home on South Avenue in Bayboro. The Bayboro, Grantsboro-Silverhill, and Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Departments each arrived within minutes of each other – quickly extinguishing the inferno, which had ignited under a metal canopy of the sort usually used for vehicles. This time, however., the shelter served as a tinderbox, loaded to the gills with a mixture of small logs and kindling – eager to burn! The pesky fire was doused — first wit…

Fossil Museum welcomes 22,000th visitor!

AURORA – Cindy Crane, executive director of Aurora Fossil Museum, always sets ambitious goals for her beloved museum, but this one seemed way out of reach. However, holiday shopping traffic at the amazing Gift Shop generated a last minute rush, culminating with the Monday, Dec. 30 appearance of young Mr. Grayson, who is seen here with his grandparents – all framed by the massive jawbone of some ancient relic! The photo, taken by hard-working staffer Tyler Cornelius, hints at the museum’s fascinating discoveries, including a free, and super-popular ‘fossil-digging’ pit directly across M…
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