NC Governor Roy Cooper Vetoes GOP Bill To Open Gyms And Bars; Extends Phase 2 Restrictions Amid Increased Coronavirus Cases

June 24, 2020

NC Governor Roy Cooper extended Phase 2 stay at home restrictions via executive order amid an increase in COVID-19 Coronavirus cases across the United States and in North Carolina.

Phase 2 will stay in place until July 17, 2020 when the Governor has to decide on taking the state back to Phase 1, maintaining Phase 2, or going to Phase 3.

Under Phase 2, gyms, health clubs, and bars are prevented from opening, and under new rules, all NC residents must wear a face mask in public when social distancing is not an option.

Earlier in the month, Governor Cooper vetoed legislation brought to the table by GOP members who were fighting on behalf of bars and gyms. The executive order decision brought sharp rebuke by GOP members and Conservatives across the state who say that the U.S. Constitution forbids a Governor from decisions that are in conflict with the Constitution. Additionally, these groups see the decision as government overreach.

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Felony Speeding To Elude Arrest, Reckless Driving to Endanger, Driving While License Revoked, and Speeding Charges Announced

PKS Police announced the following charges for Damian Dupree, 28, of Durham:

Felony speeding to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger, driving while license revoked, and speeding and was placed on a $3500 secured bond.

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Police In Pine Knoll Shores Make Larceny And Possession of Stolen Property Arrest

June 24, 2020

Pine Knoll Shores Police announced the arrest of Lindsey McLawhorn, 24, from Macclesfield NC for the following charges:

Larceny and possession of stolen property. She was placed on a $1000 secured bond.

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NEXT: Police charge Philip Lewis with controlled substances and concealed handgun.

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Pine Knoll Shores Police Make Controlled Substance, Concealed Handgun Arrest

June 25, 2020

Pine Knoll Shores Police announced the arrest of Philip Lewis, 27, on the following charges:

Possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, and concealing a handgun without a permit while under the influence of an impairing substance. Mr. Lewis is on a $3000 secured bond and in jail.

Police made the arrest of Mr. Lewis while responding to a call of harassment of a underage female at a local park.

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NEXT: Sheriff announces Operation One By One.

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NC Governor Cooper: State Will Stay At Phase 2; Mandated Face Masks When Social Distancing Not Possible

June 24, 2020

NC Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the state will stay at Phase 2 for three more weeks ( July 17 ) and that face masks will now be required statewide when residents are not in public and social distancing is not possible.

This executive order came down on June 24, 2020 as states are seeing a rebound of confirmed coronavirus cases and related hospitalizations.

Additionally, workers in retail businesses, restaurants, personal care and grooming, employees of child care centers, workers and riders of public transportation, workers in construction trades, manufacturing, agriculture, meat processing, healthcare, and long-term healthcare facilities are mandated to wear face masks covering at all times.

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Carteret County Sheriff Announces First Arrests In Operation “One By One” Targeting Alleged Drug Dealers Locally

June 24, 2020

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck in conjunction with the Morehead City Police Department announced Operation “One by One” which specifically targets drug dealers operating within the county. After today’s announcement, the Sheriff noted that in the past week, 39 people were charged with some level of possession and drug dealing.

However, the Sheriff expects to have around 100 people arrested and 400 charges once the operation concludes.

Operation One By One is a joint effort by the Sheriff’s Department and Morehead City Police Department where narcotics detectives documented cases for a year.

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Newport man charged with kidnapping, robbery, assault of teenager

June 14, 2020

Cecil Hill, 20, of 161 Mill Creek is charged with one count of first degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon. His initial bond amount was $75,000 which was raised to 1 million dollars during his first appearance in court.

Local police say that a pedestrian was walking in the Mandy Farms subdivision when struck by a vehicle, and forced in to the backseat of the car.

Police were then called to a Newport convenience store where the alleged victim was found and was able to give information that led to the arrest of Cecil Hill.

Local authorities say that Mr. Hill may face additional charges.

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Methamphetamine Manufacturing Charges For Newport NC Man In Carteret County

June 5, 2020 – NC Crime Reports

Newport NC Police have announced the arrest of 25 year old Jacob Walbert for meth manufacturing and other charges to include maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture of controlled substances and possession of immediate precursor materials used for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Jacob Walbert also allegedly had outstanding warrants for failure to appear on charges for felonious assault on emergency personnel inflicting serious bodily injury, driving while impaired, reckless driving, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Walbert was given a $80,000 bond and will have a first appearance on Monday, June 8, 2020.

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NEXT: Miller Berry of Wilson NC turns himself after Atlantic Beach Circle K shooting.

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Wilson Man Turns Himself In After Atlantic Beach NC Circle K Shooting

June 1, 2020

Atlantic Beach NC Police report that Miller Berry of Wilson NC has turned himself in to authorities after the department put out be on the look video footage stemming from an altercation at the Circle K convenience store on May 24, 2020.

Authorities say that during the altercation, a gun was retrieved from a truck and then pointed at 2 others and then fired in to the ground.

Police report that Mr. Berry is charged with:

Assault with a deadly weapon,
Two counts assault by pointing a gun,
Two counts communicating threats,
Going armed to the terror of the public,
Discharging a firearm within town limits.

The Wilson man was given a $15,000 unsecured bond.

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Carteret County Commissioner Jonathan Robinson Dies At The Age of 68

May 29, 2020 – Carteret County News In NC

The Carteret County Commissioners and family of Jonathan Robinson has announced that Mr. Robinson passed away during the night of May 28/29. Cause of death is not being reported, and no official word on services are known.


May 29, 2020 at 2:12 pm: Huge advocate for commercial fishermen, served in the NC Legislature, taught high school students drivers education for many years, and served as a commissioner here in the county. Mr. Robinson taught my daughter how to drive. He will surely be missed and my condolences to his family, friends, and the entirety of the down east community he loved so much. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory but final preparations are yet to be finalized.

May 29, 2020 at 1;41 pm: Jonathan Robinson was a great advocate for all areas down east and loved Carteret County NC and the citizens he represented as a county commissioner. My condolences to his family and friends.

NEXT: Morehead City Town Government announces re-opening.

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Atlantic Beach Police Asking For Help With Unidentified Man Alleged To Be Involved In Convenience Store Shooting

May 26, 2020 – Carteret County Crime in Atlantic Beach Report

The Atlantic Beach Police Department is asking for help in identifying an unidentified male after a shooting at the Kangaroo Express convenience store on May 24, 2020.

The suspect is known to be a while male in his early 20s driving a Chevrolet Silverado truck.

Police say that the man was involved in an altercation with two others at the time of the shooting at the Kangaroo Express around 8 pm on May 24.

If you have any information, please call detectives at 252-726-2523.

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Town of Morehead City Announces Phased Re-Opening Plan

May 26, 2020 – Morehead City News

The Town of Morehead City NC announced on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 their efforts at a phased re-opening plan during Phase 2 of the NC Governor’s plan.

1. The Morehead City Police and Fire Departments will open to the public beginning June 1, 2020.

2. City Hall and the Municipal Building June 8, 2020.

3. The Rec Center and Library will remain closed to the public until further notice.

All town buildings will have new restrictions and they are asking citizens to first access online services with the town, but if visiting a town building to continue wearing a face mask, washing hands before and after entering a building, and to maintain 6 feet of distance from other visitors.

Additionally, the town asks visitors to town building to use hand sanitizer provided, to make use of markings on floors as a means to maintain social distancing, and to understand that city employees will be wearing face masks during their duties.

During Morehead City’s phased re-opening plan, all city buildings will continue to receive very regimented cleaning throughout the day. Lastly, city administrators ask citizens who are sick and experiencing shortness of breath, a cough, or fever to stay home.

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Memorial Day 2020, Carteret County NC Beaches, And Coronavirus

May 25, 2020 debate and opinion question

Right now much of the world, states within the United States, North Carolinians, and those of us here along the Carteret County NC beaches are grappling with the decision to either reopen states to allow for the economy to heal and for prosperity to once again flourish, or to maintain strict closure of most businesses and events to prevent the Coronavirus to spread further.

The intense debate is even shaping national and state politics, along with fracturing relations between family members and friends. Not surprisingly, the entire debate seems centered around which political ideology you belong to.

Today’s debate is asking people, if after the busy Memorial Day weekend in which Carteret County saw a substantial increase in the population along with more businesses being open, if you are a “keep NC and the county closed” person and there is not a significant rebound of Coronavirus infections, will you concede that it is now OK to reopen all businesses while encouraging people to wear masks and adhere to social distancing?

If you are someone from the “reopen NC now” crowd, if there is a major increase in Coronavirus infections and new deaths after the Memorial Day 2020 holiday, will you now concede that it is best to keep everything closed?

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Cape Carteret Aquatic Wellness Center Gym Owner Cited By Law Enforcement For Reopening Her Business

May 22, 2020 – County Economic News

On Friday, May 22nd, 2020, the gym owner of the Aquatic Wellness Center in Cape Carteret NC made the decision to reopen her business in violation of Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase 2 orders that allowed some businesses to open while keeping others closed during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Later in the day, gym owner Deanna McElmon was cited by the Cape Carteret Police Chief which will require her to appear in court over the alleged violation.

Owner McElmon vows to remain open despite the citation or phase 2 orders from state government.

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Murder-Suicide By Son And Mother Rocks Newport NC

May 15, 2020 Carteret County News in NC

The local sheriff’s department is investigating what they believe to be a pre-planned murder-suicide of a mother and son.

Investigators say the scene is at Sam Hatcher Road and Nine Mile Road in Newport NC (Carteret County).

Prior to finding the parked care, deputies were asked to do a welfare check at a residence located at 563 Gales Creek Road.

Investigators say they found 55-year-old Mark Andrew Muench and his 79-year-old mother Catherine Howard Muench in the parked car each with gunshot wounds to the head along with a suicide note and identification card.

At this time, investigators have information that Mark Muench shot his mother Catherine Muench as part of a pre-planned murder suicide and that the mother was a willing participate.

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Joint Investigation Leads To Felony Drug Charges For Cape Carteret Man

May 8, 2020

Narcotics detectives with the Carteret County Sheriffs Department and the Jacksonville Police Department announced the arrest of 40 year old Christopher Rice of Cape Carteret for alleged cocaine trafficking in Onslow and Carteret County.

Charges include: Trafficking in cocaine, felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone hydrochloride), maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of a controlled substance, and carrying a concealed gun.

Christopher Rice was placed in the county detention center under a $300,000 secured bond. He will have a first appearance in court on May 15, 2020.

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NEXT: Wesley Maurer arrested for crimes against nature charge.

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Felony Crimes Against Nature Arrest For Pine Knoll Shores Police Department

May 1, 2020

The Pine Knoll Shores Police Department announced the arrest of Wesley Maurer, age 42, of Morehead City NC for alleged felony crimes against nature. Additionally, the arrest of Mr. Maurer was the result of a joint investigation between PKSPD and MCPD, along with NC SBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

Maurer was booked in to the Carteret County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

NEXT: Joseph Connor arrested for failure to notify law enforcement of change of address by sex offender.

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County Beach Access, Travel, and Short-Term Rentals Reopen

April 29, 2020

On Wednesday, April 29, 2020 county commissioners removed several restrictions in place related to the state of emergency created to combat Coronavirus spread. In the original state of emergency, all beach access areas were closed, restaurants and non-essential businesses were closed, non-resident visitor travel to the area was forbidden, and short-term rentals to incluse hotel and motel rooms, vacation rentals, and campsites was forbidden.

On April 29, all of those restrictions were removed except for non-essential restaurants re-opening. The county is essentially back open.

Since the announcement, many people feel like removing these restrictions will create a second wave of Coronavirus cases and harm public health efforts and overwhelm healthcare resources.

Others believe that closing the county was doing more harm to the economy than the small number of cases in Carteret County.

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Carteret County Commissioners Lift Restrictions On Visiting The Area And Short-Term Rentals

April 29, 2020

Carteret County Commissioners repealed amendments to the county state of emergency as follows:

1) Visitation to the area by non-residents and property owners is now allowed.

2) There are no more restrictions on short-term rentals to include vacation rentals, hotel and motel rooms, RV campsites, and primitive campsites.

The lifting of restrictions is only for unincorporated areas of the county and incorporated municipalities may continue to have restrictions in place.

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Local School Administrators, Teachers, and Staff Persevere During Coronavirus

April 2020

Once again, and in the face of the Coronavirus, our local school administrators, teachers, and staff members at every educational facility in Carteret County has shown an incredible level of perseverance in meeting the learning needs of area youth.

As they were tested during Hurricanes Florence and Dorian, and then with budget issues at the state level, and now with the COVID-19 pandemic, administrators, teachers, teaching assistants, nutritional services, school nurses and psychologist, and other staff, our local public education apparatus is clearly very healthy and functional and being driven by people who have a true genuine desire and need to help our local youth excel in life.

Literally, within a 24 hour period in March of 2020, administrators and teachers had to pivot from traditional schooling to teaching and supporting students from afar through online learning. And, from all appearances, it seems to be working even with a few glitches here and there.

None of us really know what to make of this Coronavirus pandemic and what the future holds. Questions still remain on whether the virus will continue full steam ahead until there is a vaccine, if it will mutate in to another strain we don’t have a vaccine for, or whether the culmination of flu and Coronavirus cases will necessitate the need to deliver educational services online.

As parents, school board members, and even students in our local system, we need to continue to work closely and be understanding that this unprecedented event will present challenges that no teacher or administrator has ever dealt with before. As parents, we need to understand our role in looking over the shoulders of our children to make sure they are opening their Chromebooks and doing work. We need to make sure that the funding is there to put together a virtual online learning system that maintains the same level of educational needs that traditional schooling offers.

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Reopen The County, Keep It Closed To Just Visitors, Or Open It Fully?

April 2020

There is a pretty aggressive debate right now in the county pitting many residents, small business owners, and municipal leaders against one another. That issue is whether Carteret County needs to reopen to local residents, extend that to visitors as well, or stay closed until all experts say that the all clear is given for Coronavirus.

Many believe that county businesses and other organizations are being shut down based on data from larger cities and that our needs and their needs are not correlating. Many believe that this current shutdown could or will bankrupt small businesses and but families who depend on tourism dollars in desperate situations.

On the other hand, others believe that by opening the county right before tourism season is inviting more people in to the county from places where Coronavirus is a considerable concern and could set off a major problem.

What is your opinion?

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Local Sex Offender Arrested For Failure To Notify Law Enforcement About An Address Change

April 22, 2020

Morehead City Police Department has announced the arrest of Joseph Connor for failure to report and address change by a registered sex offender.

Mr. Connor was taken to jail where the magistrate gave him a written promissory note to appear before the court.

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NEXT Burlington man arrest for solicitation of a child for an unlawful act using a computer.

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Morehead City NC Announces Small Business Emergency Loans After Coronavirus

April 2020

The Town of Morehead City NC has announced small business emergency loans limited to businesses located in the municipality city limits and for those who have 25 employees or less and are being affected by the Coronavirus.


Short-term loans up to $5000 to help pay up to two months’ rent or mortgage/interest payments.

The Town of Morehead City also announced that the town has allocated $300,000 towards the program and participating businesses selected have 3 years to pay back the emergency loans. Small business owners in this Carteret County community can also seize upon having no payments for the first 12 months of the loan and there is no penalty to pay the balance off early.

Please call 252.726.6848 ext. 110 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m and note that the first round of applications will end April 28, 2020.

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Are You Thinking About Better Web Design And Internet Marketing After Coronavirus, And Hurricanes Dorian And Florence?

April 17, 2020

After hurricanes Florence and Dorian, and now the novel COVID-19 Coronavirus, are you a business owner in Carteret County NC that is at least considering better web design and Internet marketing for your business if you are one that has a product that can be sold online?

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Person Arrested For Solicitation of a Child For a Unlawful Act Using a Computer

April 9, 2020 crime reports

49 year old Tony McKinnion of Burlington was arrested by the Morehead City Police Department for solicitation of a child for a unlawful act using a computer. Mr. McKinnion is currently in the Carteret County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

It is unclear if Mr. McKinnion traveled to Carteret County from Burlington to engage in the “unlawful act”.

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NEXT: Alexander Kruse arrested for solicitation of a minor.

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Morehead City Man Arrested For Felony Solicitation Of A Child Using A Computer For An Illegal Sex Act

April 8, 2020

Pine Knoll Shores Crime Reports

In cooperation with the Carteret County Sheriffs Department and Morehead City Police Department, the Pine Knoll Shores Police Department is announcing the arrest of Alexander Kruse, age 33, or Morehead City NC for the alleged crime of solicitation of a child using a computer for a sex act. The age of the child is unknown.

Alexander Kruse received a secured bond of $100,000 and placed in jail.

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NEXT: Anthony Luna charged with firing a gun into an occupied vehicle.

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Local County Business Discussions Related To The COVID-19 Coronavirus

April 6, 2020

While Carteret County businesses in NC are no stranger to disasters in the way of hurricane and tropical storms which have the potential to disrupt small businesses every few years, we believe the current situation related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic is an event that nobody in the country has ever experienced.

As it stands now, this event has the potential to shut down tourism and visitor travel to the county extending out to July or August which would effectively cause local small businesses to miss an entire year of sales and growth.

By clicking the title and using our discussion form, we are interested in hearing from employees, business owners, and other that work within the tourism industry here in Carteret County NC to tell us about local, state, and federal programs that are aimed at helping local companies during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Specifically, we are interested in hearing about how directly this event is affecting your business, how long you believe it will take to rebound from this event, and what innovative and unique ways you deployed to continue to do business in the county.

What specific programs are active right now to help local companies and employees who may be laid off from work?

After this event, what needs to be in place to help mitigate future issues if there is another major national disaster or pandemic like the Coronavirus?

As a business owner or someone who deals with business development in Carteret County, has the COVID-19 pandemic spurred any new thoughts on ways that local tourism dependent companies have survive if there is a future event like this one?

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24 Year Old Wilson Man Charged After Firing In To Occupied Car

March 28, 2020 Felony Crime News

Anthony Luna, 24, Wilson, NC is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, breaking and entering, possession of a firearm by felon, and possession of controlled substance while on the premises of a jail and is in jail on a $210,000 bond.

The alleged shooting was reported at 5:29 pm Friday at Western Park Community Center located at 275 Old NC-58, Cedar Point, NC. Witnesses say that Mr. Luna was seen leaving the community center and firing multiple shots. Reportedly, several shots hit a nearby vehicle that belonged to a man and his 13 year old daughter.

Mr. Luna will have a first appearance in Carteret County NC on March 30, 2020.

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March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Coronavirus News: Governor Cooper Issues Stay-At-Home Executive Order

March 27, 2020 Breaking News

NC Governor Roy Cooper issued his 3rd executive order on the COVID-19 coronavirus entitled the “Stay-At-Home Order” which provides for misdemeanor criminal charges if residents are found to not be in compliance.

The orders prohibits:

1. Gatherings of 10 people or more.

2. Non-essential travel outside the home. Essential travel is considered visiting a grocery store, pharmacy, a doctor, or travel to work that is an essential business or entity.

NEXT: Carteret County: Coast Guard searching for missing aircraft presumed to have crashed.

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NC Governor Roy Cooper Issues Executive Order on March 27, 2020 For All 100 Counties To Stay Home

March 27, 2020

NC Governor Roy Cooper issued a third executive order on the COVID-19 coronavirus stating that starting Monday, March 30th at 5 pm, all residents are ordered to stay at home and only travel outside the home for essential reasons.

Essential reasons do include grocery shopping, visiting a pharmacy, seeing a doctor or other healthcare facility. The governor’s executive order also prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people.

Under this disaster proclamation, not following this order subjects someone to a class 2 misdemeanor.

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Beaufort NC Mayor Rett Newton Issues Stay-At-Home Order Effective March 25, 2020 – All Non-Essential Businesses Closed, Streets Closed, Only One Road Access In To Town

March 24, 2020 – Beaufort NC Coronavirus News

Beaufort NC Mayor Rett Newton issued what is effectively a mandatory quarantine for those in Beaufort, though the language did not go as far as using that word.

As Coronavirus cases continue to steadily climb in NC, The Mayor of Beaufort issued the following orders on March 23, 2020.

1. Residents are ordered to stay home.

2. All streets will be closed. There will be only one road in to the town.

3. All non-essential businesses will be closed.

Also, Mayor Newton declared the following exceptions: Exceptions for individual residents outlined in the declaration include those moving about to engage in certain essential activities, those who work for an essential business or to provide essential government services.

The proclamation falls under N.C. General Statute 166A-19.31 and Chapter 33 of the town’s code of ordinances and effectively allows for law enforcement.

NEXT: Governor Cooper orders NC schools closed till May 15, 2020.

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Governor Roy Cooper Issues Order To Keep NC Schools Closed Till May 15, 2020

March 23, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper signed a second executive order on NC public schools requiring them to stay closed till May 15 2020, and possibly beyond that, as the Coronavirus continues to sweep the state.

It is likely that Governor Cooper made the decision to keep schools closed till May 15 as a result of cases of Coronavirus found to be community acquired rather than travel acquired. As of March 23, 2020 at 2:15 p.m, there are 311 confirmed cases in the state, with 5 in Carteret County NC. One of those 5 cases is community acquired.

NEXT: Carteret County officially get’s first coronavirus case.

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BREAKING NEWS: Naked Escapee From Carteret County Jail On March 16, 2020. [CAPTURED]

March 16, 2020 10:00 p.m.

Carteret County Deputies are alerting the public to an escapee from the local detention center which happened at 7:45 p.m.

Officials say that Ronnie Morris removed his clothes before escaping from the jail, thus it’s highly likely he will be pressured to find clothes and have interaction with the public.

If you have seen Ronnie Morris, please call 911.

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NEXT: Governor closes NC schools.

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Naked Man Escapes From Carteret County Jail In NC [CAPTURED]

March 16, 2020 10:00 p.m.

According to officials at the sheriff’s department and detention center, Ronnie Morris escaped from the jail at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Reports indicate that Ronnie Morris was naked at the time of his escape, so he is likely looking for clothes to wear, thus increasing the chances he will have interaction with the public.

Call 911 if you see Mr. Morris.

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Newport NC Man Arrested For Making False Bomb Threat To Town & Country IGA Grocery Store

March 15, 2020 – Newport Alleged False Bomb Threat Crime

Carteret County deputies have arrested Charles Hunt Jr., 40, of Newport NC for making a false bomb threat to the Town & Country IGA grocery store on Highway 24.

Allegedly, Charles Hunt was mad that the IGA was closed when he presented to the store, began banging on the doors, and demanding that they open. When confronted by the manager, Mr. Hunt allegedly threw a black box on the ground and said it was a bomb.

An investigation by deputies revealed it wasn’t a bomb. Mr. Hunt was charged with felony making a false bomb report and received a $1500 bond.

Possible Coronavirus induced hysteria over toilet paper? 🙂

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NC Governor Roy Cooper Issues Emergency Executive Order On Public Schools

Update: March 23, 2020

Governor Cooper just announced his second executive order on NC schools requiring them to stay closed till May 15, 2020.

March 14, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper of NC issued an emergency executive order to close all 100 county public schools effective March 16, 2020. This order is in effect for 2 weeks, at which point the Governor and local task force team members will access the emergency response to the novel coronavirus.

Additionally, in order to avert a statewide disaster, the Governor also legally banned all public gatherings of 100 people or more.

This measure was likely taken due to coronavirus now being community acquired rather than only travel related.

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Morehead City To Close Public Buildings And Restrict Access To Others

March 14, 2020 – Morehead City municipality buildings news

Officials in Morehead City NC announced that the city will close the parks and recreation center, Webb Memorial Library, and the train depot beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 in an effort to curtail the spread of coronavirus. This will be in effect for 30 days.

During the same time, public access to other building will have restricted access such as the city hall which will no longer be accepting cash payments for city services. Residents can still pay utility bills at

NEXT: Carteret County Schools announce coronavirus guidelines and will stay open.

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Local Parents Arrested After 4 Year Old Daughter Tested Positive For Methamphetamine And Amphetamines

March 13, 2020 Child Neglect Arrests In Carteret County NC

After receiving a Child Abuse Neglect Report from the Carteret County Department of Social Services, an investigation in to Bridget Brown, age 35 of Newport NC and Dustin Willis, age 35 of Newport was conducted by the CCSO. The child neglect report indicated that Mr. Willis and Ms. Brown might be openly using drugs at their respective residences and around their 4 year old daughter.

During the investigation, the minor 4 year old child was removed from the home and hair follicle testing revealed a positive test for Methamphetamine and Amphetamines.

Bridget Brown and Dustin Willis were arrested for misdemeanor child abuse, taken to jail, and given $5,000 bonds.

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NEXT: Thomas Walbert, Toni Hargett, and Crystal Sims arrests.

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Gloucester Search Warrant Leads To Seizure of Meth And Marijuana

March 13, 2020 Crime Reports And Arrests

On Tuesday, March 10, Carteret County Sheriffs Department served a search warrant at 680 Straits Road in Gloucester NC and seized methamphetamine, marijuana, and paraphernalia that was related to drug sales.

Arrested are Thomas Walbert, IV, age 52, and Toni Hargett, age 38. Both Walbert and Hargett reside in Gloucester.

Both are charged with the following crimes: Possession with intent to manufacture, sale, and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sale, and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, manufacturing methamphetamine, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Walbert and Ms. Hargett were booked in to the Carteret Detention Center on $40,000 secured bonds.

Also arrested during the search warrant is Crystal Sims, age 35, of Sea Level. Ms. Sims is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and was released on a written promise to appear in court at a later date.

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NEXT: Arrest of David Patterson for cocaine trafficking.

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Chief Justice Beasley Suspends County District And Superior Courts Over Coronavirus

March 13, 2020 – NC Courts News

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced that all county district and superior court cases and hearings will be rescheduled for 30 days in response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, there are exceptions so it’s best to call the local clerk of court to inquire about these exceptions.

If you have a district or superior court case that is supposed to be heard in the next 30 days, please contact the Carteret County Clerk of Court at 252-504-4400.

NEXT: Carteret Community College announces online classes.

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