Category Archives: Bayboro

Drug deals lead to prison sentence

GEORGE F. FENDERSON, 49

SCOTT E. THOMAS
DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Bayboro, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court yesterday, GEORGE F. FENDERSON, 49, of Leland, was convicted upon his guilty plea to felony drug offenses and was sentenced to prison. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over this term of court, and Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins prosecuted the cases in court.

In August, 2016, an investigator with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, along with an agent from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, conducted an undercover purchase from FENDERSON in which a quantity of cocaine and heroin were provided.

Prior to his case being called for trial, FENDERSON pled guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine, and one count of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Heroin. Judge Alford sentenced FENDERSON to consecutive prison sentences of 11 to 23 months each, for a total sentence of 22 to 46 months. Judge Alford also imposed the payment of court costs of more than $ 2700.00. When FENDERSON is released from the Division of Adult Correction, he will be subject to a nine-month term of post-release supervision, similar to probation, during which time he will be subject to random drug screens and warrantless searches by a supervising officer. If he violates that post-release supervision, he could be ordered to serve more time in prison as a penalty.

Truly Inclusive Playground to Open in Pamlico County

Playground provides opportunity for individuals of all ages and abilities to play together

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Woman’s cause of death could aid investigation. Autopsy scheduled.

At approximately 11:50 a.m. on Sunday January 29, 2017, deputies of the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible body that had been found in a ditch on Cowell Road in Alliance, North Carolina. Upon arrival at the scene deputies located the body of Kimberly Dawn Meekins, 20 of Alliance.

Investigators determined that Meekins lived in a nearby apartment complex. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. No cause of death has been determined. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office at 252-745-3101.

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 illegal burning of a structure in Grantsboro. POTTER initially informed the Sheriff’s deputy that he was burning down an old chicken coop. When the Fire Marshal arrived, the coop and a shed were both on fire, and POTTER denied knowing how the fire started. POTTER was charged with, and pled guilty to, one count of Burning Other Buildings.

In January, 2014, the home of POTTER’s grandfather was broken into, and numerous firearms were stolen. The Sheriff’s Department served defendant with outstanding orders for arrest for other cases, and while defendant was in custody, his grandfather spoke to him, and POTTER admitted having done the break-in and theft. When POTTER arrived at the jail, he ran from the deputies, who gave chase and captured him. The firearms were ultimately returned. POTTER was charged with, and pled guilty to, Felony Breaking & Entering and Felony Larceny.

While in the Pamlico Jail, POTTER called local bondsman, Reginald Beasley, to arrange for the posting of his secured bond. Beasley went to the jail, and posted POTTER’s bond, and took POTTER to his grandfather’s house, where he was supposed to have the money to pay Beasley. While Beasley was trying to find a safe that POTTER described, POTTER began hitting Beasley in the back of the head. After Beasley fell to the ground, POTTER attacked him with a machete. Beasley attempted to defend himself, and POTTER then tried to take Beasley’s handgun. POTTER ran to the house, and took his grandfather’s rifle; however, after his grandfather got the rifle away from POTTER,

POTTER then grabbed a knife and stabbed himself in the neck. Beasley was taken to Vidant Medical Center with multiple injuries requiring treatment and hospitalization. POTTER was charged with, and pled guilty to, one count of Attempted First Degree Murder.

On December 28, 2013, Pamlico County Rescue was called to POTTER’s residence on a call of an infant not breathing. The child, Brayden Potter, 8 months of age, was found with blood in his mouth and on his shirt. When the child arrived at CarolinaEast Medical Center, his temperature was 105 degrees, and he was declared dead shortly thereafter. POTTER told the doctor that the child had been crying and agitated for several days. POTTER said he had given Brayden Tylenol, and put him to bed. When he checked on Brayden 12 minutes later, the child was unresponsive, but vomited some and began to bleed from his mouth. The final autopsy and toxicology screening were completed on June 27, 2014. They showed diphenhydramine poisoning (Benadryl), with a lethal concentration in Brayden’s liver and blood. The Sheriff’s Department then began a death investigation after receiving the autopsy results. POTTER admitted that he had given Brayden a dropper full of Benadryl, and later had mixed Benadryl into Brayden’s formula. According to the printed instructions for Benadryl, it is not to be given to children under age 6 except under a doctor’s supervision. POTTER pled guilty to one count of Voluntary Manslaughter.

Judge Alford sentenced POTTER to a total sentence of 19 to 25 years in prison.

Own property in or near a flood prone area? Jan. 10 meeting better be on your ‘must attend’ list

BAYBORO – This is coming from a guy who owns waterfront property, and pays a ton of money each year to insure those assets. Pease join me in showing up for a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10 where ‘newly released flood hazard and flood risk data’ will be explained.

The quotation cited above comes from an official press blurb issued by an entity known as the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program. They are with the government and, of course, they are coming here to help us!

On the agenda are new, ‘preliminary’ flood plain maps. Needless to say, I am leery. Hope to see you there!

The festivities happen on the second floor of the Bayboro Courthouse at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10.


 Pamlico County residents to get a look at new flood maps
Financial repercussions of preliminary study yet to be determined

SPECIAL TO THE COUNTY COMPASS

The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program has scheduled a public meeting to familiarize the community with newly released flood hazard and flood risk data for Pamlico County. The session runs from 6 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at the Pamlico County Courthouse (second floor) in the County Commission meeting room.

County residents and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to review the revised data and ask questions of the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program staff.

Attendees should expect an open house format where citizens will have the opportunity to view the preliminary flood hazard data from among a number of computers and ask staff questions specific to the flood risk of their property.

The meeting may then have a brief presentation by North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program staff on the flood study update process, how the Flood Insurance Study can be used to reduce future losses due to flooding, and how the preliminary study relates to flood insurance and floodplain management.

Representatives from Pamlico County’s communities and the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program staff will be available to answer detailed questions and hear concerns. A demonstration may also be given of the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System, a tool allowing the public and local officials to view the new flood hazard data online.

In August 2000, the State of North Carolina established the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program with a mandate to maintain the flood hazard data and Flood Insurance Study for all counties within the State of North Carolina. In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency entered into an important partnership by designating the State of North Carolina a Cooperating Technical State. With this designation, North Carolina was given primary responsibility and ownership of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for all North Carolina communities by the National Flood Insurance Program

Questions about the process, or the upcoming meeting, should be directed to Randy Mundt, the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program Outreach Coordinator, at (919) 715-5711 x119.

Christine Mele retires as County Commissioner

Only GOP face on board for many years

BAYBORO – Time marches on could have been the theme for Monday night’s meeting of the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners:

• Mele, a conservative Republican retires after almost two decades of service, as she accepts a plaque from fellow board member Pat Prescott.
• Young men, in a rite of passage, tackling a Boy Scouts’ assignment.
• Kathryn Tyndall, accepting a Resolution of Appreciation from board chairman Paul Delamar, as she steps down from her current post as tax assessor after 28 years in a variety of county jobs.
• Sarah Davis taking the Oath of Office to replace Tyndall, while her husband (and Pamlico County Sheriff) Chris Davis holds the Bible.
• Re-elected County Commissioners Pat Prescott and Kenny Heath, sworn in along with Candy Bohmert, a Republican who assumes Mele’s seat on the seven-member board.

Happy Turkey-Giving!

Matthew 25:35 For I was hungered, and ye gave me meal; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in.

Isaiah and Gibbs (along with others) hefted many a bird Saturday morning.

Isaiah and Gibbs (along with others) hefted many a bird Saturday morning.

news1-happy-pic-2BAYBORO – For the second consecutive year, the congregations of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Merritt, and St. Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Maribel joined forces Saturday morning to distribute frozen turkeys to deserving folks who showed up shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Pamlico Medical Center. According to Armandez L. Crawford, who pastors both churches, the event is a rewarding experience for all concerned. “We want to thank Walmart of Grantsboro for all their help in supplying 200 turkeys,” said Crawford, “and special thanks to Marvin Murray, who contributed 100 pounds of collards.”

On Sunday, the Hi-Lites Cheerleaders of Pamlico County, took time out to show their love for two area families. “It was a vision that was set in our heart to find two families in the county to donate a basket of love for Thanksgiving,” said. Jackie Johnson, coach and owner of Hi-Lites Cheerleaders instruction program.

Ms. Nancy Grose of Grantsboro (top pic) and Ms. Jeanie Credle of Bayboro each received a turkey and all the trimmings for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. There were tears of joy, smiles, and hugs during the giving of the Thanksgiving basket. The recipients expressed their gratitude, and the young cheerleaders certainly learned the true meaning of love and giving back during the Holidays.

Upcoming events for Hi-Lites Cheerleaders:

  • Dec. 3, 2016—–Cheer Competition in Raleigh, NC
  • Dec. 17, 2016—-Bayboro, Parade
  • Jan. 21, 2017—–Cheer Competition in Richmond, Va
  • March 17-19, 2017—–Cheer Competition in Myrtle Beach, SC

Veterans Day Parade

tcc110916p1aBAYBORO – The 15th Annual Veterans Day Parade of Pamlico County begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, along Hwy. 55 in Bayboro.

Following the parade at approximately 11 a.m., the 21st Annual Veterans Luncheon and Ceremony, hosted by the Pamlico County Veterans Council, is open to all Pamlico County veterans, their wives, and widows of veterans with proof of husband’s service. Participants in the parade from outside Pamlico – who are veterans – may also attend.

The event is scheduled for the Fred A. Anderson Elementary School on Anderson Drive in Bayboro, across from the high school athletic field. Luncheon guests are asked to remain seated until the formal ceremony concludes. We hope to have the County Service Officer, and the unit officers, remain to answer questions about joining their organizations.

As usual, the parade lineup begins at Neals Creek Road and travels east along Hwy. 55 to First Street, just past the Post Office.

After the luncheon, and for more information, contact the Veterans Service Officer for Pamlico County. Or, call (252) 745-8086 Monday thru Wednesday.

Pamlico County GOP Headquarters in Bayboro Vandalized Again!

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gop-2By Terry Leigh McCune

Early Wednesday morning the workers at the GOP headquarters found at least 3 dimpled cracks in their front window where sometime during the evening or early morning hours, person or persons unknown had fired at their facility with either an air rifle or BB gun.

The Chairman of the Pamlico County Republican Party, Dave Wickersham issued the following statement:

We have had two separate incidents at our Headquarters over the last three weeks that involved a person or persons shooting an air rifle or BB gun at the front windows. No volunteers were in the building at the time of the shootings and no one has been injured. Both of these incidents were reported to the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office.

Wickersham continued, “we cannot condemn strongly enough the cowardly action of those responsible and ask that anyone with information about the shootings contact Sheriff Chris Davis”.

We do not believe any of our volunteers were or are in any danger from these sneaky, late night attacks and are committed to keeping our Headquarters open to the public. Our volunteers are providing information on voting hours, Republican candidates and handing out yard signs and sample ballots.

We will be taking additional security measures as a result of these unprovoked attacks and hope the person or persons will be found and prosecuted.


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Sheriff Chris Davis
Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office

Within the past 3 weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 2 different incidents involving the windows in front of The Pamlico County Republican Party Headquarters being shot. During the investigation, it was determined that the windows were shot with a pellet rifle or similar gun. These events are occurring during overnight hours, and there was no one inside the building at the time of the incidents. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about these incidents to contact The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office at (252)745-3101.

Pamlico Republican Party Headquarters window shot a second time

406171d42d31768c616062a34eb61246Sheriff Chris Davis
Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office

Within the past 3 weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 2 different incidents involving the windows in front of The Pamlico County Republican Party Headquarters being shot. During the investigation, it was determined that the windows were shot with a pellet rifle or similar gun. These events are occurring during overnight hours, and there was no one inside the building at the time of the incidents. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about these incidents to contact The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office at (252)745-3101.