Category Archives: — CRAVEN COUNTY

DISTRICT ATTORNEY SCOTT THOMAS’ STATEMENT ON DEPUTY SHERIFF OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas issued the following statement regarding a deputy sheriff officer-involved shooting incident: The Craven County Sheriff’s Office notified me just before midnight, June 7, 2018, that one of their deputies was in an officer-involved shooting. Per standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting, we contacted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to conduct a full investigation. SBI agents arrived at the scene around 1:30 a.m. on June 8, 2018. Those agents thoroughly processed the scene, and interview…

Marine Fisheries Commission to meet May 16 & 17

Regulators may vote on new gear required for shrimp trawls In January of 2017, prior to a similar Marine Fisheries Commission meeting, dozens of fishing trawlers showed up in the Neuse River as a way to protest proposed new rules. NEW BERN — The appointed nine-member board responsible for regulating the state’s commercial fishing industry convenes at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, with another session scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, 17. Everything happens at the DoubleTree Hotel, adjacent to the Riverfront Convention Center in downtown New Bern. A public comment period wi…

Flight for the Ages!!

Zack Aydelette, reporter for the County Compass, in a B-25 bomber Thursday morning — part of the publicity for this weekend’s free Air Show at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. By Zack Aydelette CHERRY POINT MARINE CORPS AIR STATION — Thursday morning, Uncle Sam gave me a free ride on a vintage B-25 bomber — almost identical to one of the original 16 that launched from the flight deck of the USS Hornet on 18 April 1942 — in what has since become known as the ‘Doolittle Raid on Japan.’ One of the original B-25 bombers, before the April 1942 raid on Ja…

RECENT CONVICTIONS IN PAMLICO SUPERIOR COURT

BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following convictions and sentences obtained by his office in criminal cases in Pamlico County Superior Court during last week’s term. Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins prosecuted these cases in court, and Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over this term of court. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office investigated each of these cases. STEVIE RAY PALMER, 44, of Forest City, North Carolina, pled guilty to Assault on a Detention Facility Employee Inflicting Serious Injury. Palmer, an inmate at Paml…

HEROIN DEALER PLEADS GUILTY IN MIDDLE OF TRIAL, SENT TO PRISON FOR 11 TO 15 YEARS

BEAUFORT –- District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that JAMES DARON MOORE, 31, of Bridgeton, changed his plea in the middle of his jury trial yesterday, and was sentenced to a lengthy prison term. Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over this trial, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorneys David Spence and Ashley Eatmon. Moore originally entered a not guilty plea, and a jury was selected on Monday, April 9, and the State began its presentation of the evidence in the case. When the court took its lunch breach at 12:30 on Tuesday, the State was sti…

Just 15 slots left in growing amateur baseball league

NEW BERN – Hey sports fans! Carve out some time on Sunday afternoons this spring and summer for good, old-fashioned local baseball – wood bats and hard balls! Now embarking upon its third year, the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League hopes to add an eighth team prior to Opening Day, scheduled for Kafer Park in New Bern on Sunday, April 8. If you, or anyone you know, would like to participate this season, please see ads on Page A-15 and Page A-21 of this newspaper. And, unlike the major leagues, spectators for every game are always admitted free! In a brief interview this week, league commissi…

STEVENSON SENTENCED TO PRISON

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, just prior to the beginning of jury selection for his trial, MICHAEL JENNON STEVENSON, 35, of New Bern, entered a guilty plea in Craven County Superior Court, and was sentenced to prison. Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee. On October 19, 2015, Craven County Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Dowdy responded to a call for service to located Stevenson, who was wanted for failing to appear in court on earlier charges of Fleeing to Elude Arrest. Do…

For seventh consecutive year, local yacht broker takes ‘Top Gun’ honors

NEW BERN — John Peterson, Certified Professional Yacht Broker with United Yacht Sales of the Carolinas, was recently named one of the ‘TOP GUNS’ for United Yacht Sales. Based in Stuart, Fla., United Yacht Sales has over 150 brokers throughout the US. John has been one of the TOP GUNS for the last seven years running. Over the course of 2017, United Yacht Sales of the Carolinas sold 101 boats worldwide and in North Carolina sold over $5.8 million in brokered boat sales. In a statement, Peter Schmidt CEO and President of United, said: “John continues to amaze the broker world with…

US Attorney visits with law enforcement leaders

From left to right, Asa Buck, Sheriff of Carteret County; Robert Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney; Scott Thomas, District Attorney; and Chris Davis, Sheriff of Pamlico County are pictured here inside Havelock City Hall. HAVELOCK, NC – Recently appointed U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon, Jr. met with local law enforcement leaders on Tuesday at Havelock City Hall. Higdon, who was nominated by President Donald Trump last August, confirmed by the Senate the following month, and sworn into office last October, serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Upon the invitatio…

CARTERET DRUG CASES END WITH PRISON SENTENCES

BEAUFORT – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following drug case convictions and resulting prison sentences obtained by his office in Carteret County Superior Court: DANIEL FOLEY NYBERG, 30, of New Bern, was sentenced to an active prison term of 117-171 months and a fine of $50,000 for his role in the break-in and theft of thousands of pills, mostly opiates, from the K-Mart on Arendell St. in Morehead City on June 19, 2017. An alarm at the business came in at 11:14 p.m. When Morehead City Police officers responded, they found a white GMC Sierra truck behind the store with the lights…
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