Frontline drug fighters offer updates for Community Watch

Special to the County Compass, April 24, 2017

By Rhonda Breed REELSBORO -- The April 4 meeting of Reelsboro Community Watch featured two special speakers -- Sheriff Chris Davis and Moneka Midgette-Davis, a specialist in substance abuse. The Sheriff expressed his appreciation to members of the Community Watch effort for their vigilance in watching the neighborhood and for calling in suspicious activity. Many reports have led to subsequent arrests. He shared statistics on drug sales, stating that “90 percent of drug sales are made ...
Less space ‘untenable’ says library official

The County Compass, April 21, 2017

Editor’s note: The forced downsizing of the Pamlico County Library has created quite a furor in recent weeks. Monday night, library official Ben Bowditch addressed the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners. Here are his remarks, continued to Page B-12 where readers can also see the written ultimatum, dated March 13, from John Potter, Chairman of the Pamlico County Board of Education. BAYBORO – My name is Ben Bowditch. I have the honor of representing Pamlico County on the Craven-Paml...
Search warrant leads to 3 drug related arrests in Oriental

The County Compass, April 18, 2017

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office On Friday, April 13, 2017, Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 3057 Trent Road in Oriental NC, the residence of Cameron R. BROWN. During the search warrant, approximately 5 ounces of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and approximately $12,000.00 in US Currency was seized. The search warrant stems from numerous complaints about drug activity at the residence. During the investigation, a traffic stop on a vehicle oper...
Part-timer with Oriental Police Dept. tenders resignation

The County Compass, April 18, 2017

ORIENTAL – Town Manager Diane Miller announced Tuesday morning that Officer Ben Barnett – who has picked up much of the slack in the wake of Police Chief Dwaine Moore’s indefinite suspension – intends to retire from his part-time post effective May 31. In a brief press release, Miller wrote: Officer Barnett has been with the Oriental Police Department since June of 2013, and served faithfully in every situation and emergency that has crossed our path. He will remain on duty with th...
Seniors targeted, yet again!

Jeff Aydelette, April 14, 2017

PAMLICO COUNTY – If someone calls you, claiming to be a representative with the Social Security agency, our suggestion is to hang up immediately and report the call to your local law enforcement agency. Thanks so much to Polly Taylor for details relating to this newest scam, which targets senior citizens. Taylor, a Pamlico County resident, is a compassionate in-home caregiver. Usually, she looks after the elderly, and she absolutely detests phone scams that target this vulnerable segment...
Operation “Shut It Down,” - 20 people charged with drug offenses in Pamlico County

The County Compass, April 12, 2017

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Over the last several weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has conducted an operation targeting those involved in the sale and/or distribution of drug throughout Pamlico County. Operation “Shut It Down,” resulted in 20 criminal suspects being arrested and charged as a result of controlled purchases of narcotics utilizing undercover agents and confidential informants, traffic stops on individuals, search warrants executed and citizen complaints that ...
Assistance Needed in Suspect Identification

The County Compass, April 10, 2017

Carteret County Sheriff’s Office Carteret County Detectives need your help in identifying the man pictured. This subject is wanted for questioning following a Breaking and Entering of Gillikin Seafood, Morgan St, Beaufort on March 6th. 2017. Anyone with information on the identity of this person is asked to call Detective John Guerry at the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at 728- 8400 or Crime Stoppers at (252) 726-INFO to be eligible for a cash reward.
Shrimping industry fights back

Special to the County Compass, April 10, 2017

RALEIGH – State Sen. Norm Sanderson and State Sen. Bill Cook have proposed legislation that would forestall – at least temporarily – the implementation of controversial rules designed to drastically curtail shrimp trawling throughout the state. Sanderson and Cook represent districts where economies are heavily dependent upon the annual shrimp harvest. In a recent interview with the Wilmington Star-News, Sanderson said the results of a bycatch reduction study should be thoroughly evaluat...
State Supreme Court justice to speak in Pamlico County

Special to the County Compass, April 7, 2017

BAYBORO -- North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Mike Morgan, elected to the post in November, will address the Pamlico County Democratic Party Convention at 12:45 on Saturday, April 8. The event is scheduled for the courthouse in Bayboro. Everyone, regardless of party affiliation, is welcome to attend. Born across the Neuse River at Cherry Point -- and raised in New Bern -- Justice Morgan has deep family ties in Pamlico County. In his successful campaign for the NC Supreme Court, Morga...
Arlington Place sues Pamlico County for refund of impact fees

Jeff Aydelette, April 7, 2017

Developers statewide rush to exploit obscure Supreme Court ruling Look out Mr. & Mrs. Homeowner! Your water bill each month could skyrocket, unless state legislature acts! RALEIGH – Many states have statutes that allow county-owned utilities – like the Pamlico County Water Department – to collect an ‘impact fee’ from developers of real estate subdivisions. Often sizable, these charges (also known as capital reserve fees) are usually set aside by a government-owned utility ...

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