Category Archives: — CRAVEN COUNTY

Wow! Teacher of the Year wins new Mitsubishi

NEW BERN – Congratulations to Lori Lynn Sanford, recently named Teacher of the Year for Craven County. Also, accolades to Riverside Mitsubishi for its generosity in awarding Sanford a new 2017 Outlander Sport Mitsubishi in recognition of her achievement. Above, Sanford takes the helm of her new ride during a presentation by dealership owner Dustin Tyson and Paul Stokes (known locally as ‘Mitsubishi Man’.) Below, Stokes ensures that Sanford’s new title is perfectly applied to the driver’s side door. In addition to his Mitsubishi dealership, Tyson – a young entrepreneur –…

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…

Winter theft of tractor now solved

Johnny A. Harris Jr, 39 On January 13, 2017, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a tractor being stolen from Main Street in Alliance. During the investigation, Johnny A. Harris Jr, 39 of New Bern was identified as a suspect. The tractor was later recovered in Wayne County where Harris sold the tractor. As a result of the investigation, Johnny A. Harris Jr was arrested and charged with one count of larceny and one count of obtaining property by false pretense and placed into the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.…

Art gains steam during April in downtown New Bern

This piece titled ‘Mali Mother and Child’ by artist Molly Knazek received the People’s Choice Award in 2016. NEW BERN — Craven Arts Council and Gallery is proud to present the work of the Twin Rivers Artist Association and the visual arts students at Craven Community College! Scheduled to run from April 5 thru April 29 at Bank of the Arts on Middle Street, the Main Gallery exhibition will receive a thorough gander from ‘juror’ Sue Byrne Russell, a professional artist, teacher, and touring artist in residence. Russell received her BFA from the University of Georgia and MA from…

Black Bear management to be discussed April 6

Photo credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service NEW BERN — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct five public meetings to gather input regarding black bear management, with New Bern being the closest venue for County Compass readers. The meetings will serve as an open forum to receive public comment regarding options that would change the current coastal bear hunting seasons to align with the new biological bear management units that were presented at last year’s forums “We take these meetings seriously,” said Dr. David Cobb, chief of the Commissi…

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…

Murder suspect pleads guilty before trial

JONATHAN PUGH, 21 SCOTT E. THOMAS DISTRICT ATTORNEY New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, JONATHAN PUGH, 21, of Havelock, entered guilty pleas in the cases against him, including murder, and was sentenced to a lengthy prison term. The cases were scheduled for jury trial for March 27, 2017. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by District Attorney Scott Thomas and Assistant District Attorney Karen Hobbs and Assistant District Attorney Terry Light. On A…

What’s in a Name? Town upgrade worth the effort!

Photo credit: Alan Welch By Alan Welch BRIDGETON — It took a while to convert a neglected weed patch into a warmly, inviting welcome to the small town of Bridgeton, but the wait and effort was well worth it. It was a joint effort between me – in my capacity as an elected official on the Bridgeton Town Council – the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the Bridgeton Improvement Committee, spearheaded by then president George Burens. Since the state’s Department of Transportation owns the site (adjacent to Highway 17 through town), we kicked the initiative off by contac…

Drug trafficker sentenced to prison

  Scott E. Thomas | District Attorney New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court this week, MARCUS EDWARD EARL GOLDEN, 52, of New Bern, pled guilty to drug trafficking charges and was sentenced to a prison term. Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Parsons presided over this criminal term of court, and Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins prosecuted the case in court. GOLDEN was serving a probationary sentence in 2015, when his residence was searched twice. Persons who are under supervised probation are subject to a…
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