Category Archives: COURT

Arsonist receives prison term

SCOTT E. THOMAS  DISTRICT ATTORNEY State of North Carolina General Court of Justice New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven Superior Court yesterday, ELIJAH LOU PARENTE, 25, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea to two counts of arson, and was sentenced to prison. Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorneys Robert McAfee and Terry Light. In September, 2015, Parente intentionally set a fire inside an apartment on Red Robin Lane in New Bern, and…

Habitual felon sent to prison

SCOTT E. THOMAS DISTRICT ATTORNEY State of North Carolina General Court of Justice New Bern, North Carolina — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, TOMMY WAYNE GETER, 40, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea to felony breaking and entering, and felony larceny, and sentenced to prison as an habitual felon. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee. In October, 2016, Geter was found in a pickup outside Tractor Supply Company i…

State Supreme Court justice to speak in Pamlico County

Mike Morgan 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, Morgan defeated the incumbent Republican by a vote of 2,150,512 votes to 1,797,698…

Armed robbery leads to prison term

XAVIER TAMAREE DSHAUN WHITE, 20 New Bern, North Carolina — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court, XAVIER TAMAREE DSHAUN WHITE, 20, of New Bern, was convicted on his guilty plea to Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon (Armed Robbery), and was sentenced to a prison term. On the evening of April 8, 2016, White, along with two co-defendants, planned a robbery of a delivery driver for a local pizza store. White, using a borrowed phone, called in an order and gave as the delivery address a vacant home which was for sale near his own residence. White and the two…

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…

Potter Guilty Plea and Prison Sentence

SAMUEL TYLER POTTER, 26 Scott E. Thomas | District Attorney Bayboro, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court, SAMUEL TYLER POTTER, 26, of Grantsboro, entered guilty pleas in several cases against him, including one involving the death of his infant child in 2013. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Karen Hobbs. In August, 2012, the Pamlico County Fire Marshal was contacted by the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department in reference to an ill…

State Supreme Court throws counties financial curveball

Developer challenges common practice of utility-imposed impact fees RALEIGH – Many states have statutes that allow county-owned utilities to collect a charge from developers known as an ‘impact fee’ – but that is not the case in North Carolina, according to a late August decision by the North Carolina Supreme Court. An impact fee — often sizeable — is usually set aside by a utility to help fund future expansion. These charges are known to be a thorn in the side of large developers. Apparently one smart attorney for Quality Homes, which is constructing new homes near Cart…

Federal Court of Appeals overturns N.C. Voter ID Law

By David Cox Last Friday the Federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned North Carolina’s 2013 voter law. Although the law was titled “Voter Identification Verification Act,” it incorporated many other provisions governing elections. The Court ruled that those provisions were passed with “discriminatory intent” to obstruct voting by minorities, and therefore violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. The North Carolina Board of Elections has notified County Boards of Election that their attorneys are reviewing the opinion and conside…

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…

Two convicted of waterline tampering now out of prison

Bizarre case takes legal-textbook twist on appeal Judy Hardison PAMLICO COUNTY – In a recent press release, District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, on May 17, 2016, in Craven County Superior Court, Judy Hardison of Alliance, entered a guilty plea to the felony offense of Obtaining Property by False Pretense. In late 2013, Hardison was originally charged in Pamlico County with six counts of Contamination of a Public Water Supply, and one count of Obtaining Property by False Pretense. After the venue was changed to Craven County, a jury trial was held in April 2014, and the jury convi…
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