Category Archives: Beaufort

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Accused man first claims to be an ‘agricultural product’ Later flees, then convicted in absentia — surfaces disguised as a woman Willis wore a wig at the time of his capture, but looks better in his official mugshot. BEAUFORT, N.C. — Jerry Wayne Willis, 44, of Morehead City, has been sentenced to prison for several criminal charges. On Sept. 12, Willis was convicted in absentia by a jury in Carteret County, on multiple counts: Willis was for Selling Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Heroin…

DAVIS CONVICTED IN CARTERET DOUBLE MURDER

Beaufort, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Carteret County Superior Court today, JHADEN AUSTIN DAVIS, 26, formerly of Camp Lejeune, was convicted by a jury of two counts of First-Degree Murder. Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Parsons presided over this trial. The case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney David Spence, assisted by Victim-Witness Legal Assistant Michelle Gillikin. The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, led by Chief Detective Jason Wank, with assistance from: the United States Bureau of Alc…

Assistance Needed in Suspect Identification

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.…

Carteret drug enforcement efforts lead to more convictions

SCOTT E. THOMAS DISTRICT ATTORNEY Beaufort, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following defendants charged in ongoing Carteret County drug enforcement efforts entered guilty pleas prior to their cases being called for trial this week. The convictions were obtained during a special session of court, requested by District Attorney Thomas to address the caseload created by vigorous law enforcement efforts to counter illegal drug transactions. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over this special session of court, and the cases were…

Search Warrant at Convenience Store Leads to Owner’s Arrest

Taisser Tawfiq Shehadeh Beaufort, NC – (February 13, 2017) On February 10 at approximately 12:30 pm, detectives with the Carteret County Drug Task force and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement executed a search warrant at 4525 NC-101, Havelock, NC, Asmar Convenience Store – formerly Nadine’s Food Mart, for evidence related to the distribution of illegal narcotics from the business. Detectives seized “crack” cocaine (more than one ounce – 33.5 grams), marijuana, counterfeit controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia that were being sold from the business. At the…

Beaufort man found deceased

On Monday, 02/06/2017 at approximately 9:30am Carteret County deputies along with Beaufort Fire & Rescue and North River Fire Department responded to the 600 block of Merrimon Road outside of Beaufort after an inmate work crew cleaning the roadside discovered a body in a ditch. Deputies determined the man to be 66-year-old Sidney Tate Jr of Marshall Lane, Beaufort. Tate, who was known for walking up and down Merrimon Road, was found less than a quarter mile from his home. Tate was discovered in a small ditch of water near Isaac Murray Drive but there were no obvious signs of trauma to the bod…

Carteret County Felony Drug Convictions

SCOTT E. THOMAS DISTRICT ATTORNEY State of North Carolina General Court of Justice Prosecutorial District Three B Beaufort, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following felony drug convictions obtained by his office during this week’s Carteret County Superior Court term, with Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presiding. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney David Spence. ROBERT EARL COX, 59, of Newport, pled guilty to one count of Trafficking in Methamphetamine, and two counts of Sale of Methamphetamine, and…

Guilty verdict in Carteret bar fight case

Beaufort, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that a Carteret County jury convicted STEPHEN PAUL GOMOLA, 26, of Morehead City, of Involuntary Manslaughter, following a week-long trial in Carteret County Superior Court. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over the trial. GOMOLA was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter after a July 4, 2013, fight outside Jack’s Waterfront Bar in Morehead City. GOMOLA punched Stephen Johnson at one point, and Johnson fell into the water and drowned. Rescue divers recovered his body. The case was fir…

State’s top child porn downloader arrested

TOWN OF BEAUFORT – On July 7, Carteret County deputies arrested John Franklin Brown, 45, of 504 Carteret Ave, Apt F, Carteret Court Apartments in Beaufort in connection with possession of child pornography after a one year undercover operation by several agencies. Members of the North Carolina Internet Crimes against Children Task Force have been monitoring the child porn downloads directly from Brown’s computer for the past year. According to the Task Force’s law enforcement software – utilized to monitor and classify IP addresses accessing child porn activity — Brown…

Handle Bar parade something to brag about

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer BEAUFORT – The Handle Bar, well known in this town for fun, frivolity, and of course drinking, hosts what the club bills as “The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.” The event, scheduled for 3 p.m. on Monday, March 17, features Tammy Dorantich, who will lead the procession riding her huge Bergeron. The massive white horse weighs a whopping 2,400 pounds, and responds to the affectionate name of ‘Tiny.’ Whatever you do, don’t lift the necktie of the stuffed toy Leprechaun. The little guy with one large working part has become something of…
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