Craven County Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Craven County is declaring a State of Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) effective on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. “Declaring a State of Emergency means we are opening the door for federal and state resources and our ability to acquire them, shall we need them. This State of Emergency does not include other restrictions at this time. Due to the ever evolving changes with this virus, Craven County will continue to monitor and adjust this declaration as necessary,” stated Jack B. Veit, III, Craven County Manager. Declaring a State of Emergency helps Craven County officials…

DECLARATION OF STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE TOWN OF ORIENTAL

WHEREAS,  Pamlico County issued a State of Emergency at 3PM on March 17, 2020, and the Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, issued a State of Emergency by Executive Order 116 on March 10, 2020, and the President of the United States Declared a National Emergency on March 13, 2020 for the COVID- 19 Pandemic; and WHEREAS, as a result of the above-described emergency, I have determined that there is a threat of widespread  or severe  illness, and in extreme cases,  loss of life; and WHEREAS, declaring a State of Emergency and imposing the control measures contained herein is necessary to  maint…

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE | PAMLICO COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES

Governor Cooper has issued an Executive Order that as of 5 pm today, Restaurants and Bars will close for “Dine-In” customers in North Carolina.Takeout and Delivery orders can continue.This Executive Order also includes the expansion of unemployment benefits to workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Pamlico County COVID-19 Task Force has agreed on the following: •• Local State of Emergency Declared as of 3 pm this date in support of State and Federal Resource Requests. •• County Citizens are encouraged to utilize “Take Out” services offered by local ba…

Escaped inmate captured

On 03/17/2020 just after 7:00 am Beaufort Police surrounded escaped inmate Ronnie Morris walking on Mulberry Street near the old Beaufort Elementary School. Morris was recognized by a citizen as matching the wanted photo issued last night after being seen in the 300 block of Live Oak Street. Beaufort Police took Morris into custody without further incident. Morris was originally taken into custody on 03/11/2020 for parole violations and held without bond. He also has numerous pending drug charges that was scheduled for Monday, 03/16/2020. Those cases were postponed due the Superior Cou…

BOLO — LOCAL ESCAPE FROM CARTERET COUNTY JAIL

***UPDATE*** CAPTURED: RONNIE O’NEIL MORRIS LOCAL ESCAPE FROM CARTERET COUNTY JAIL Morris was taken into custody on Tuesday, March 17, at approximately 7:00 am. Ronnie O’Neil Morris B/M, Age 27, DOB: 07/10/1992, 5’08”, 165 lbs, Brown Hair, Brown Eyes Summary: BOLO ref escape from local custody, 03/16/2020, at approximately 7:45pm. Last known addresses: 1230 Creek Rd, Morehead City and Lot # 120 Karobi Park MHP, Newport. Subject is presumed naked as he removed his jail outfit. Subject may be looking for clothes. ATTN: The public is being asked to report any suspicious person. Subje…

Newport man arrested following bomb threat

On 03/15/2020, Carteret County Deputies arrested Charles Stanley Hunt Jr, 40, of Lot # 88 Dutch Treat MHP, Npt for making a false bomb threat. Deputy Cenold Belizaire and Sgt. Chad Honeycutt responded to the Town & Country IGA grocery store located at 1180 Hwy 24, in Newport just before 8pm Sunday. It was there employees reported a white male on a bicycle carrying a black box. Hunt reportedly was banging on the entry doors to the business, which drew the attention of the storeowner. The storeowner advised that Hunt was angry the store was closed and he would not unlock the door. It was then Hunt…

Mayor Outlaw welcomes Main Street Conference

RIVERFRONT CONVENTION CENTER – Tuesday morning, New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw, accompanied by Alderman Sabrina Bengel, welcomed more than 700 attendees to the ‘Main Street in North Carolina Conference.’ The group, formed exactly 40 years ago, has been instrumental in promoting preservation-based economic development for 78 rural towns across the state. Way back in 1980, New Bern was one of the first to embrace the initiative.…

FIREFIGHTER REMAINS IN CRITICAL CARE

PAMLICO COUNTY — Firefighter Maegan Speciale remains in Critical Care at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville NC surrounded by her family and friends. The outpouring of support from the Emergency Services Community has been second to none. On behalf of Grantsboro-Silverhill Fire Department, the biggest support that is needed at this moment is the thoughts and prayers of the people of this Great State and Nation for Maegan and her family. Fire Department personnel are standing watch at Vidant Medical Center and will continue to do so as long as needed. We again would like to thank all of t…

Joint investigation leads to Morehead City man’s drug arrest

CARTERET COUNTY – Narcotics detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and Morehead City Police Department arrested a Morehead City man last Monday, March 2, ending an investigation of cocaine trafficking in Carteret County. David Allen Patterson, 39, faces several drug charges including trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, sell cocaine, deliver cocaine, manufacture cocaine, and maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of a controlled substance. Detectives targeted Patterson and conducted undercover operations a…

HABITUAL FELON SENT TO PRISON FOR MORE THAN 7 YEARS

  NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court last week, a jury convicted JEREMIE LAMAR BRYANT, 33, of New Bern, of selling and possessing heroin, and presiding Superior Court Judge Josh Willey sentenced Bryant to more than 7 years as an habitual felon. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. New Bern Police Department detectives arranged a controlled purchase of heroin from an individual, with the assistance of a confidential informant. The informant contacted the individual by phone and was…

Firefighter Injured at Fire Scene

On Thursday March 5th, 2020 at 18:11 hours Pamlico County Fire Department (GRANTSBORO­ SILVERHILL FD) was dispatched to an Automatic Aid Structure Fire call with Aurora Fire Department (Beaufort County). While operating at the scene on NC HWY 306 N at/near BERGIN RD, a firefighter providing traffic control to the FIRE Incident was struck by a motor vehicle. The firefighter was immediately attended to by Aurora EMS Providers on scene along with Pamlico County Rescue Squad. The firefighter was transported via ground ambulance to Carolina East Medical Center New Bern, NC and later transfer…

Circus train sits alone on rail line

By Don Carrington | Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — P.T. Barnum once said there’s a sucker born every minute. Step right up, North Carolina. Part of a train once owned by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is sitting on an abandoned rail line in Nash County woods. The N.C. Department of Transportation bought the circus train about three years ago. Before a tip surfaced, few people seemed to know it existed. Markings on the train cars — deep into the woods and not easily visible from any road — indicate it’s part of “The Greatest Show on Earth.” There’s no locomotive. The cars,…

Early report on two Republican primaries of local interest

In the GOP Primary for Pamlico County Township 5 representation, early and unofficial election results show incumbent Republican County Commissioner Missy Baskervill with 289 votes, which leads Republican Kenny Heath with 211 votes. In another high-profile three-way contest for the Republican primary of Judicial District 3B (which consists of Craven, Carteret, and Pamlico Counties), early and unofficial election results show incumbent District Court Judge Pete Mack trailing challenger and Emerald Isle attorney Andrew Wigmore. Craven County attorney Jennifer Dacey is in third…

Pamlico County man wins $1 million

PAMLICO COUNTY – Mohammad Zeidan, who lives in Merritt, won big in the Jan. 31 Mega Millions drawing, collecting a $1 million prize. Zeidan’s $2 ticket beat odds of 1 in 12.6 million to match the numbers on all five white balls in the drawing. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $707,501. According to officials with the North Carolina Education Lottery, Zeidan bought his lucky winner ticket at Dempsey’s Kwik Mart on Catherine Lake Road in Jacksonville. Matching all five white balls is one of nine ways to win a prize in Mega Millions drawings.…

HURRICANE FRAUD VICTIMS RECOUP SOME RESTITUTION

BEAUFORT – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Carteret County Superior Court on Wednesday, STANLEY WINSLOW SEARS, JR., 46, of Pinetops, plead guilty to Hurricane Florence-related fraud cases, and began payment of restitution back to the victims of his crimes. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Ashley Eatmon. The cases were investigated by the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office. The first victims arranged to hire Sears to repair damage from Hurricane Flor…