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Friday, April 28, 2017

Teen arrested for breaking and entering

The Goldsboro Police Department arrested a 17-year-old early Thursday morning after he allegedly broke into a camper and a shed, according to a press release. Around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, officers with C shift responded to a call of an active...

Woman charged for cocaine, marijuana

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested a Mount Olive woman Wednesday after finding cocaine and marijuana in her car during a check point stop, according to a sheriff's office press release. According to the release, officers with the Aggressive Criminal...

Pikeville to hold event Saturday

PIKEVILLE -- The town of Pikeville's Community Appreciation Day will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. at 100 W. School St. Shearae Robinson, the event's organizer, came up with the idea last summer to bring the...

National Week of the Young Child

Caleb Redstone, 4, wearing a Goldsboro Fire Department helmet,  receives a temporary tattoo from Charlie Ivey at the National Week of the Young Child event Wednesday sponsored by the Partnership for Children of Wayne County at Cornerstone Commons....

Mom returns from deployment, surprises daughter at school

The last time Staff Sgt. Melissa King was deployed, her daughter Laila was too young to remember it. Her second deployment, a six-month stint in southwest Asia, was a different story. Laila, now a kindergarten student at Spring Creek Elementary...

Flood waters rise

The boat landing at U.S. 117 South is under water this morning as the Neuse River continues to climb toward its expected crest at 23.7 feet early Monday. It is expected to fall to 21 feet by late Tuesday night....

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jurors see video evidence from WCC the day Stancil killed Ron Lane

 Surveillance video of Kenneth Morgan Stancil III's actions before and after he shot and killed print shop technician Ron Lane on Wayne Community College's campus April 13, 2015, was shown Thursday in the fifth day of Stancil's first-degree murder trial....

Speeding crack down leads to drug arrest

Pikeville ----  Police arrested a man Friday on marijuana charges, according to a Pikeville Police Department press release. Pikeville officers were conducting a traffic checkpoint on U.S. 117 North near Duck Pond Lane Friday as part of the "Obey the...

Two more defendants sentenced in Shanekqua Thompson murder

Two men involved in the Oct. 31, 2014 murder of 21-year-old Shanekqua Adriana Thompson were sentenced today in Wayne County Superior Court. Both men had already taken plea deals in exchange for testimony against Alquan De-shawn Hill, who was convicted...

Witness says he saw Stancil kill victim

Witness testimony and evidence presentation began Wednesday in the fourth day of the first-degree murder trial of 22-year-old Kenneth Morgan Stancil III after a jury for the trial was set before lunch. The third and last witness of the...

River level to keep rising

The Neuse Rivers reached its  flood stage of 18 feet early this morning and by 7 a.m. had climbed to 18.22 feet. The river level is expected to continue to rise over the next five days, reaching 23.7 feet by...

Ward returned to Wayne County on murder charge

Not long after 12:30 a.m. today, sheriff's deputies escorted Ricky Ward from the back of a police van, up the steps of the North William Street side of the Wayne County courthouse and into the magistrate's office. Ward, who had...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Captured: Ricky Ward in custody

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Ricky Terrell Ward, 33,  has been taken into custody in Kinston. Maj. Tom Effler said details will be released at a later time. Local and state law enforcement had an apartment complex...

ALE charges Maynard's Entertainment permit holder

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Alcohol Law Enforcement charged the permit holder of Maynard's Entertainment today in the wake of a security staff member being assaulted and killed Saturday night at the establishment. Marlton Matthew Price, 45, of Seven Springs, is...

Manhunt for Ricky Ward locks in on Kinston apartment complex

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office received a call this morning that possible murder suspect Ricky Terrell Ward might be in Kinston. According to a Kinston Police Department press release, officers were called at 3:30 a.m. to Ward's possible location at...

Manhunt shifts to Kinston

The State Bureau of Investigation has taken control of the manhunt for possible murder suspect Ricky Terrell Ward taking place now in Kinston. Law enforcement including the SBI, State Highway Patrol and Wayne and Lenoir county sheriff's offices have a...

Arrest made in January shooting

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested a man on warrants Tuesday, while deputies were searching for possible armed suspect Ricky Terrell Ward. According to a press release, deputies conducted a search for Ward near Durham Lake Road in Dudley when...

Selection of jurors still unsettled

A jury for the first-degree murder trial of Kenneth Morgan Stancil III was not finalized by the end of the trial's third day Tuesday. Stancil is accused of shooting and killing Wayne Community College print shop technician Ron Lane...

Neuse to flood, crest at 23 feet

The Neuse River is expected to reach its 18-foot flood stage later this afternoon and crest at 23.3 feet Sunday. The level could rise even higher, according to the National Weather Service office in Raleigh. The expected crest is...

Proposed funding cuts could cripple Habitat for Humanity

Proposed cuts in President Trump's federal budget could have a crippling effect on Habitat for Humanity's work in helping residents secure affordable housing in Wayne County. Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates, including Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne,...

Tobacco and wheat crops may be damaged by heavy rains

Some of Wayne County's tobacco and wheat crops could be damaged or lost because of this week's heavy rains. Adding to the cost associated with any losses, some farmers may have the additional expense of reapplying fertilizer. "It was...

Two retail thefts in less than two hours

In less than two hours, two men allegedly removed anti-theft devices from electronics at Target in separate theft attempts Monday afternoon. Francisco Lee Mendez, 21, of Stantonsburg, removed an anti-theft device from wireless headphones worth $149 at 2:46 p.m., according...

Gertrude Weil biographer speaks

Author Leonard Rogoff speaks in the Gertrude Weil auditorium at the Wayne County Public Library on Tuesday evening. Rogoff's book "Gertrude Weil: Jewish Progressive in the New South," paints a vivid picture of the indomitable Miss Weil, who was one...

Searching for the right words

Jeff Chapin is at a loss for words. He loves to talk. His bubbly personality has always spilled out through his smile and animated expressions. Those are still there, but the aftermath of two strokes since the school year began...

Police say man poured bleach on ex-girlfriend

A man allegedly poured bleach on his former girlfriend this morning, according to a Goldsboro police report. The man, who is the father of the woman's child, pushed and shoved the woman after the two began arguing in the 700...

Board votes to let bottle shop expand

Well Travelled Beer, a craft beer bottle shop in downtown Goldsboro, is planned to expand after operating less than a year in the city. John Hodge, co-owner of the 201 S. Center St. business, is seeking a conditional-use permit...

Visitation restrictions lifted at Wayne UNC Health Care

Effective Tuesday, visitation restrictions due to flu have been discontinued at Wayne UNC Health Care. Flu cases have decreased significantly throughout the  and in Wayne County during the last two weeks, hospital officials said. The hospital's  infection control team will...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Laptops, other items stolen during elementary school break-in

Laptops were stolen from Spring Creek Elementary over spring break, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. The school's art teacher discovered  modular classrooms behind the school, located at 1050 St. John Church Road, had been broken into when...

Camp Kilowatt returns to WCC

Camp Kilowatt is returning this summer to Wayne Community College, marking its ninth year. The popular energy camp, for middle and high school students, will explore STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- areas including electronics, robotics and rapid...

New cameras aid police in solving crime

High atop power poles over areas the city has designated as having high concentrations of crime, newly-obtained panoramic cameras have for the past month or so been conducting around the clock surveillance. The technology -- in place about two months...

Jury selection continues in trial

Jury selection resumed Monday in the first-degree murder trial of 22-year-old Kenneth Morgan Stancil III. Stancil is accused of shooting and killing Wayne Community College print shop technician Ron Lane on April 13, 2015, on the school's campus. He...

Goldsboro youth named top area seller of Girl Scout cookies with 2,152 boxes

North Carolina Coastal Pines is pleased to announce that Mary Williams of Goldsboro is the area top seller for the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Williams sold 2,152 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in the annual cookie program that ended...

River expected to crest at 22.1 feet, some streets flood

The Neuse River is forecast to reach its flood stage of 18 feet shortly after midnight before cresting at 22.1 feet around 6 a.m. Sunday, according to data released this morning by the National Weather Service. That level is...

Community survey starts this week

Goldsboro Family YMCA invites residents to weigh in on what the most pressing issues are in Wayne County. The Online Community Needs Assessment Survey starts this week and runs through May 22. It features multiple choice and opinion questions related...

Code Red still active in Mar-Mac as search continues for armed suspect

The Mar-Mac community is under a Code Red alert from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office as a manhunt for a man who ran from a traffic stop in March got underway Monday. Maj. Tom Effler said the man is also...

Man charged for breaking into a home and throwing beer on a woman

A man is facing felony charges after kicking in the door to a woman's apartment Monday morning and throwing beer on her, according to police reports. Torrance Lee Johnson, 44, of 810 E. Walnut St., is charged with felony breaking...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Manhunt resumes for armed man, now possible murder suspect

Update ---- 6:45 p.m. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office now says Ricky Terrell Ward, 33,  is a "possible" murder suspect in relation to Sunday night's shooting death of David Demarlo Thompson, 35. Thompson was shot and killed in the back...

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