Yearly Archives: 2020

TALE OF TWO WATER TOWERS

New, taller kid takes over in Reelsboro The goal, of course, is improved water pressure in this growing community. The taller $1.8 million tower – of approximately the same capacity – went up last year. ‘Deconstruction’ of the original tower, built in the late 1970s, has been planned for sometime. Crews arrived Saturday and Sunday and went to work with a crane, safety harnesses, torches, and plenty of know-how. Farewell old friend. You served us well.…

Three arrested in Newport Robbery

On 01/24/2020, Carteret County Deputies began a robbery investigation following a report from a 38-year-old victim alleged to have been robbed at gunpoint in his vehicle on Coldfelter St in Newport. Detective Lt. Derek Moore who investigated the case said the victim was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash and a cell phone. The investigation resulted in criminal charges against three suspects. The handgun used during the commission of the robbery was also recovered. On 01/31/2020, Alexa Rae Lowery, 18, of Eagle Road, Newport, was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery with a Dangerou…

HARDESTY CHARGED FOR VEHICLE DEATH

BEAUFORT – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that LEIGHMAN JOEL HARDESTY, 26, of Beaufort, has been charged with Aggravated Felony Death by Vehicle and Involuntary Manslaughter. On January 22, 2020 at approximately 12:15 p.m., Hardesty was driving west on NC 101 near Old Winberry Road in a Silverado pickup truck. Hardesty went left of center causing a head- on collision with a Toyota FJ Cruiser driven by Floyd Woolbright, 50, of Havelock. Woolbright died at the scene and Hardesty was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with serious injuries. The investigation by the S…

Pastor embezzles life savings of elderly Grantsboro widow

  BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced this week that a Pamlico County jury convicted Thomas Wayne Steele, 63, from Concord, NC of Embezzlement of More than $100,000, and four counts of Exploitation of an Elder Adult. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over the trial, which concluded Friday, Jan. 31. The case was prosecuted in court by Financial Crimes Prosecutors Chuck Spahos and Jordan Ford of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, assisting District Attorney Scott Thomas. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Car…

Arrests made in Pamlico after four-month drug investigation

Over the past 2 weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office concluded a 4-month drug operation targeting those responsible with selling illegal and dangerous drugs in Pamlico County. As a result of the operation two criminal suspects were charged and arrested. During the operation meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and a quantity of US Currency was seized. The following suspects were charged: Leigh Ann Worley DOB- 10/22/1970 W/F 11 Rathfarnham Road, Apt H, Asheville, NC Charges: Trafficking in Methamphetamine (2 Counts) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Bond: $500,000 Secured Kelly Ja…

Two Hubert men arrested following traffic stop

CARTERET COUNTY — On 02/03/2020, Carteret County Deputies arrested Anthony Joseph Reese, 30, of Oyster Ln, Hubert and Evan Mitchell Whitby, 28, of Youpon Dr, Hubert, following a traffic stop on Monday morning. Deputies Jann Perez and Cenold Belizaire stopped the vehicle near Croatan High School on Hwy 24 in Newport for improper equipment. After a search of the vehicle and both occupants deputies discovered trafficking amounts of methamphetamine in addition to marijuana. Reese was charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine, three counts of possession with intent…

HURRICANE FRAUD CASE ENDS WITH PRISON SENTENCE

BEAUFORT – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Carteret County Superior Court, TRACY SHOFFNER, 56, Columbia, North Carolina, entered a guilty plea to a charge arising out of post-Hurricane Florence fraud upon a church. Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Ashley Eatmon. Following the damage done by Hurricane Florence, Shoffner offered to conduct repairs on a local church, and after providing what appeared to be a contract, the church administration paid him $ 7500.0…