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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Woman robbed at gunpoint in her home

Two men entered a woman's house Wednesday afternoon and robbed her at gunpoint. Joshua Shaquille Joyner, 22, 303 N. Kornegay St., and Joshua Terrell Roberson, 21, 2004 Hilltop Lane, broke into a woman's house in the 400 block of North...

Rouzer to vote in favor of AHCA

Rep. David Rouzer, R-Dist. 7, who represents Wayne County, is set to vote in favor of the highly criticized Republican health care overhaul bill today. The American Health Care Act, should it pass, would repeal and replace the Affordable...

Fremont discusses sewer upgrades

FREMONT -- The Fremont Board of Aldermen discussed sewer pump improvements, set costs for new cremation lots and addressed a town hall safety concern at its meeting Tuesday evening. Fremont's sewer pumps have been a long-standing point of concern...

Governor vists WCC, promotes free community college proposal

Free community college tuition would be available to recent high school students under the N.C. GROW (Getting Ready for Opportunities in the Workforce) scholarship program in Gov. Roy Cooper's budget proposal. Cooper touted the scholarship plan and the role community...

Commissioner questions need for Pre-K during joint meeting with school board

Wayne County Commissioner Joe Daughtery Tuesday questioned the need for a pre-Kindergarten program when the county should be concentrating on improving K-12 education. That is particularly true since the pre-K program is not state-mandated, he said. "All I am saying...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Small fire damages building at C.B. Aycock

A small fire on the outside of a mobile classroom at Charles B. Aycock High School Wednesday afternoon caused minimal damage to the building. Assistant Pikeville-Pleasant Grove Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jared McPhail said a fire extinguisher was used to...

Driver charged in traffic fatality

A 70-year-old Durham woman died from injuries sustained in a wreck last Friday at the intersection of N.C. 581 and N.C. 222, the N.C. State Highway Patrol said Wednesday. First Sgt. Jerry Burton said Lydia Riley died after being taken...

Pickle Festival deadline extended

MOUNT OLIVE -- The  N.C. Pickle Festival deadline has been extended to Monday, April 3, for applications for both vendors and chili competitors. The original deadline was March 14. The change means that a late application fee of $75 for...

$42M bond sale moves forward

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning approved the hiring of two firms to manage the county's pending $42 million bond sale. The bond includes $20 million for a new Meadow Lane Elementary School and $12,042,604 for the Maxwell Regional Agricultural...

Boards discuss resources for schools

The Wayne County Board of Education Tuesday said it will supply a textbook needs plan to county commissioners, complete with cost estimates, to ensure that all students have textbooks. The textbook shortage has been a growing concern in recent...

Residents discuss mentoring youth, crime during town hall

Residents interested in helping youth, mentoring children and working to reduce crime met during a second town hall style meeting Tuesday. Close to 50 people of different ages and backgrounds attended the event held at the Resurrection of Goldsboro...

Lobster and shrimp fest tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Lobster and Shrimp Fest, the signature event for the Partnership for Children of Wayne County and planned for May 5. The fundraiser is "for a good claws," quipped Executive Director Charlie Ivey....

Two local girls finalists in 2017 Miss Jr. Teen pageant

Two young ladies from Goldsboro were finalists in the 2017 Miss Jr. Teen Pageant, held March 18-19 in Charlotte and Rockville, S.C. Ja'Nice Robinson, 11, a student at Eastern Wayne Elementary School, placed in the Top 20 Miss PreTeen Raleigh...

Six cars totaled in Tuesday's mechanic shop fire

A fire broke out inside an auto mechanic shop at 313 N. Center St. Tuesday morning and totaled the building and six cars inside. Assistant Goldsboro Fire Chief Eric Lancaster said all six vehicles were totaled due to extensive...

Offenders notified their second chances are up

More than a dozen of the 20 offenders notified at the Goldsboro Partners Against Crime call-in Tuesday night at Goldsboro City Hall are parents. Some have multiple children. The call-in is an effort to get criminals to steer their...

School board adjusts to grading scale

The Wayne County Board of Education discussed numerous policies at their work session Tuesday morning, as well as the impact of a state-mandated grading scale shift which took effect in 2015. In that year, the state Board of Education...

Crime of the week

On Saturday, March 18, at approximately 7:40 p.m., officers of the Goldsboro Police Department responded to Ruby Tuesday, 2609 North Park Drive, in reference to a robbery. Once officers arrived on-scene, they made contact with the manger. The manager...

Finely tuned instruments

Members of the all-county middle school band perform "Spitfire Concert March" by Michael Story on Tuesday night in the auditorium at Dillard Middle School. They played four songs and were directed by clinician Steven Rainville after practicing only six hours...

15-year-old shot in the leg

A 15-year-old was shot in the right leg Monday night while walking in the 600 block of Longleaf Avenue, according to a police report. The report said officers were called to Wayne Memorial Hospital around 10:20 p.m. because the teenager...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mount Olive Speedway struck again when driver pumps gas, doesn't pay

MOUNT OLIVE -- A woman pumped her gas and drove off without paying for it at the Speedway in Mount Olive Friday, less than a week after a truck driver stole hundreds of dollars in diesel fuel. According to a...

Cause of mechanic shop fire under investigation

A fire broke out inside an auto mechanic shop at 313 N. Center St. this morning. Goldsboro Fire Chief Gary Whaley said at least two cars were inside the building at the time of the fire around 11 a.m. The...

Pain behind the masks

Michael O. of Piney Flats, Tenn., was just 9 when he was hit by a dump truck while he and his mother were crossing the street. It caused a brain injury. He said he was in a dark place...

Salvation Army barbecue fundraiser to raise money to send kids to camp

The Salvation Army women's auxiliary will have its annual barbecue fundraiser Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 610 N. William St. There will be dine-in, take-out, drive-through and delivery in Wayne County for 10...

'Operation Medicine Drop' this week at Wayne Community College

Wayne Community College will host two "Operation Medicine Drop" sessions on campus this week -- Wednesday from 2 until 4 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. Locations will be in Room 161 of the main building on...

Motion to remove city manager fails

Prompted by the NAACP, Mayor Pro Tem Bevan Foster made a motion Monday night to remove City Manager Scott Stevens from his post. The failed 5-2 vote came after Mark Colebrook, local NAACP first vice president, asked the council members...

School board, county commissioners will hold joint session

The Wayne County Board of Education will discuss numerous policies at its work session today, followed by a joint session with the Wayne County Board of Commissioners in which Wayne County Public Schools staff will update the commissioners on district...

Mount Olive woman hit by truck expected to live

MOUNT OLIVE -- A woman was severely injured but is expected to be all right after being hit by a truck Monday afternoon, Police Chief Tommy Brown said. Brown said 54-year-old Renee Hester, of Mount Olive, was crossing N.C. 55...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Man charged in kidnapping, strangulation of woman

A man forced a woman into a car after arguing with her and assaulting her Friday night, according to a report filed with the Goldsboro Police Department. Edward Altonez Brown, 26, of 211 Quail Drive, is charged with felony first-degree...

Pikeville man charged with stealing TVs from a church

PIKEVILLE ---- A man is accused of stealing televisions from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1000 Eleventh St., Goldsboro, according to police reports. Stephen Anderson, 21, of 308 Railroad St., Pikeville, is charged with felony breaking...

Operation Medicine Drop begins Tuesday

The Goldsboro Police Department in conjunction with the Safe Kids of Wayne County will be holding Operation Medicine Drop this week. People wishing to dispose of old medication, prescription or non-prescription, can take their unwanted doses to any of four...

Two men charged in string of armed robberies

After a string of armed robberies in Wayne County stretching from August to January, two men now face charges in connection to those incidents. Press releases from the Goldsboro Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff's Office said the two men...

Sheriff's Office: Woman tried to bite deputy during arrest

DUDLEY -- A woman spat on a Wayne County sheriff's deputy and tried to bite him several times while she was being arrested Friday, according to an incident report. The report said Deputy Martin McAlduff was called to the 200...

Woman tries to bite deputy during arrest

DUDLEY -- A woman spat on a Wayne County sheriff's deputy and tried to bite him several times while she was being arrested Friday, according to an incident report. The report said Deputy Martin McAlduff was called to the 200...

Three women robbed at gunpoint, one pistol-whipped

DUDLEY -- The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery and assault at 147 Legion Lake Drive Friday morning, according to an incident report. The report said three 19-year-old women were inside the home when they heard knocking...

Downtown business owner charged in sexual assault

The owner of Torero's Mexican Restaurant in downtown Goldsboro is facing a sexual battery charge, according to an arrest report. Miguel Angel Gomez Camacho, 54, of 217 Gator Drive, is charged with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery. According to...

New DHHS secretary visits city

The opioid addiction crisis and a shift in how the state pays for Medicaid services are issues facing Mandy Cohen, North Carolina's new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Mrs. Cohen, who has only been in...

Board to consider $42 million in bond sales

Approval to pursue more than $42 million in bond sales will be before Wayne County commissioners when they meet Tuesday morning. The sale requires a public hearing, but not a public vote. Repayment of the bonds will not require...

Free workshop for forest landowners March 30 at Wayne Community College

Wayne Community College will host a free workshop for free forest landowners on March 30. The College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University is providing the "Seeing Forest Products in Standing Forests" landowner workshop on Thursday, March 30...

Fishing lures stolen

The lure apparently was just too great. In two separate incidents, someone stole hundreds of fishing lures from the Wal-Mart on U.S. 70 West on Friday, according to Goldsboro Police Department reports. The reports did not indicate whether the two...

Board to consider applying for $36.5 million hazard mitigation grant program

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday will be asked to apply for $36.3 million through the Hurricane Matthew Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The grant program authorizes the submission of letters of intent to North Carolina Emergency Management for funding. The county...

Police: Armed robber struck twice inside of 30 minutes

Police are investigating armed robberies of two businesses Saturday night that took place within 30 minutes of each other, according to police reports. Maj. Anthony Carmon, head of the Goldsboro Police Department's Investigative Services Bureau, said authorities currently believe the...

Pikeville works toward downtown revitalization

PIKEVILLE -- Business owners on Main Street see plenty of customers shop inside their stores, but the town of Pikeville wants to remodel its downtown to attract visitors outside as well. Helen Allen, owner of Two Paws Up pet grooming,...

The long road ahead

Tiffany Martin needs something from her community -- prayers. But not for herself. The single mother of two has had a laser-like focus since learning her younger son has brain cancer a few weeks ago. At the end of January,...

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