Category Archives: — PAMLICO COUNTY

Waterfront town targeted for military training

Officials leery of ‘Close Air Support Missions’ Military training scheduled for mid-February in an around the Town of Oriental will likely include ‘forward air controllers’ similar to these Marines, seen on assignment elsewhere. ORIENTAL – Military training Feb. 12 through Feb. 16 is likely to keep some Oriental residents awake, according to a brief overview of planned operations furnished by the Public Affairs office of nearby Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. In a press release this week, Marine spokesman Mike Barton laid out a flurry of information, which describes…

Traffic stop leads to chase, arrest on drug charges

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on NC Hwy. 55 in Reelsboro, on Antonio Dion STILLEY of Oriental, NC. When investigators activated their lights and siren, STILLEY did not stop. During the vehicle pursuit, STILLEY swerved at one of the patrol cars several times, before hitting the patrol car on the passenger side while traveling approximately 70 MPH. After hitting the patrol car, STILLEY hit a second vehicle being operated on Hwy. 55, before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into the ditch. Over the pa…

Pamlico County drug roundup nabs 27 suspects

More being sought, other warrants pending Over the past six months, investigators with The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office have actively pursued those responsible for distributing drugs in Pamlico County. On Feb. 6, Sheriff Chris Davis announced the arrest of 27 individuals in a drug bust code-named “Demonstrated Difference.” Criminal suspects have been arrested and charged during this operation for their role in selling prescription medication, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin. There are several criminal suspects at large and we expect additional arrests in the coming week…

Threat of ferry tolls surfaces yet again!

Big turnout for public hearing helped derail issue way back in 2012 Henri & Joe McClees EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – Independent operatives, Joe and Henri McClees, who monitor pending state legislation, rules, and regulations on behalf of six counties in eastern North Carolina, reported this week that an un-named ‘Basement Bureaucrat’ in Raleigh has resurrected the highly contentious ferry toll issue. Exactly six years ago here in Pamlico County, 600 hopping mad, hornet-angry residents showed up en masse to decry a state government decree that would have imposed tolls for the fe…

Feb. 17 likely to propel Pamlico into stratosphere of fishing universe

DELAMAR CENTER – The guy is young, extremely personable, hard-working, winner of the chamber’s New Business of the Year, and best of all – he is a native son of Pamlico County! You will enjoy knowing Todd Willis! With Heather and son Colton (age 2), Todd owns and operates Neuse River Bait & Tackle on Hwy. 55 in Grantsboro. Spend any time at all with this guy, and you’ll come away thinking positive about the future of the U.S. economy. Of course he loves fishing! But, first and foremost, Willis is a smart, astute small businessman. His norm-breaking one-day fishing extravaganza – se…

Pamlico County drug dealer gets 11-plus years, $100,000 fine

BAYBORO – A drug dealer in Pamlico County has been sentenced to prison for 11 ½ to 15 ½ years. On Tuesday, District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that Gregory Joseph Petronis, 33, of New Bern, has been convicted in Pamlico County Superior Court of several heroin trafficking offenses. Assistant District Attorneys Christy Hawkins and Chekesha Hukins prosecuted the caseS, while Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over the session. Investigators with the Pamlico Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted several underco…

Pamlico County drug dealer gets 11-plus years, $100,000 fine

BAYBORO – A drug dealer in Pamlico County has been sentenced to prison for 11 ½ to 15 ½ years. On Tuesday, District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that Gregory Joseph Petronis, 33, of New Bern, has been convicted in Pamlico County Superior Court of several heroin trafficking offenses. Assistant District Attorneys Christy Hawkins and Chekesha Hukins prosecuted the caseS, while Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over the session. Investigators with the Pamlico Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted several underco…

Pamlico County, NC – Structure Fire (Fatality)

On Thursday , January 18th, 2018 at 12:11 hours, Pamlico County Fire Departments -Goose Creek Island, Vandemere, Triangle, Grantsboro-Silver hill, and Florence-Whortonsville along with Automatic Aid from Aurora Fire Department (Beaufort Co.) were dispatched to the 5600 block of Lowland Rd . in reference to Structure Fire. First arriving Fire Companies discovered a mobile type home with heavy fire involvement and were able to make a quick extinguishment of the Fire. During the course of extinguishment, personnel located a female victim within the structure who was deceased. The vict…

OUCH ! Opening in ’93 rocked rural Pamlico County’s world

ALLIANCE – Hardee’s closed on Wednesday in what appears to be an isolated instance. Other franchise and company-owned locations elsewhere appear to be doing well. George and Catherine O’Neal Old timers recall when ‘Charbroiled Thickburgers’ first hit the county, way back in 1993. The novelty of a real-life fast food eatery here in the backwoods took a while to wear off. “You couldn’t get near the place,” recalled one long-time resident. “There were lines out the door. It stayed packed for a week!” Ironically, George and Catherine O’Neal were residents of Richmond…

Snow removal: Job well done!

Local DOT crew deserves accolades Front row, from left: John Stroud, Corey Jordan, Tony Davis, Matthew Jones, Michael Lemons, and Chris Hale. Back row, from left: Brandon Jowders, Brian Mullins, Charles Bloomberg, Sylvia Bell, Alvie Lee, Vincent Thomas, and Robert Boomer PAMLICO COUNTY – Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2 when forecasts of severe winter weather first became certain, the 12 guys seen above, aided by long-time office administrator Sylvia Bell, launched an all-out offensive, working 12 hours on and 12 hours off — for six straight days! The goal? Clear local roadways as qui…
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