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Hurricane Damaged Merchandise On Sale

A Smithfield business owner whose warehouse was flooded during Hurricane Matthew is selling thousands of items this weekend. Perry Harris operates Oxbay, LLC, a wholesaler of Christmas and seasonal ornaments, decor, and collegiate merchandise. Floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew caused nearly two feet of water to flood his warehouse at 1517 South Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield. Harris […]


Operation Medicine Drop Saturday

The Garner Police Department is hosting a medication take-back event on Saturday, Oct. 22nd from 9:00am to Noon at the Garner Police Station, located at 912 7th Avenue. The service is free, anonymous, and no questions will be asked.  It is a great opportunity to empty your medicine cabinets of any old unwanted pills. Please […]

This RV was burned beyond recognition after colliding with a tractor trailer hauling hazardous chemicals on I-95 near Smithfield. One body was later pulled from the RV. Troopers have not identified the victim. Photo by John Payne

I-95 South Reopens In Johnston County

Repairs on the roadway damaged on I-95 South near Smithfield by a truck fire on Wednesday afternoon have been completed, and the lanes have reopened. The northbound lanes had reopened early this morning (Thursday). The contractor handling the repairs milled away 910 square yards of burnt roadway and used 160 tons of asphalt to rebuild […]


3 Killed In I-95 Crashes, Death Toll Could Rise

The NC Highway Patrol has confirmed three fatalities in a series of crashes on Interstate 95 in Johnston County yesterday (Wednesday). Troopers caution that number could rise. Driver Pinned In Crash 5 Hours Around 12:10pm, a tractor trailer was traveling southbound on I-95 near the Neuse River Bridge between Smithfield and Four Oaks when it […]


More Charges Filed Against Father Caught On Camera Choking Infant Son

Charges have been upgraded against a father allegedly caught on a hidden camera choking his infant son. Last month, a young mother became suspicious after noticing bruises on her six month child. Concerned someone may have been harming her child, she set up a hidden video camera in her baby’s bedroom without telling anyone. The […]


Teen Seriously Injured In Farming Accident

A teenager was seriously injured in a farming accident Tuesday afternoon. The mishap happened at a farm on Cecil Road in northern Johnston County. Authorities said a tractor had broken down in a field. Another tractor was in the process of pulling the first tractor away when the tractor ran over the victims leg.  The […]


McGee’s Crossroads Business Robbed

A search is underway for two men who robbed a Johnston County business Wednesday afternoon. Around 2:45 pm, the suspects robbed Whittington Insurance located at 11050 Highway 50 North of Benson, just north of McGee’s Crossroads.  An employee reported a customer had just left the business when the two men walked inside. One implied he […]


Man Accused Of Trying To Cover Up Hurricane Matthew Car Crash

Authorities have arrested a man they allege tried to cover up a car accident during Hurricane Matthew. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said 36 year-old Johnnie Julius Pearsall Jr., of the 3500 block of Highway 242 South, Dunn reported on October 17th he was warming up his car in the driveway of his home and […]


Willow Spring Man Charged With Fraud

A Johnston County man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly defrauded three State Employees Credit Union branches in the area. Cameron Kirkwood Stancil, 32, of Two Claude Road, was arrested Wednesday on identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense warrants. Last week, officials with the credit union reported Stancil was allegedly writing […]


Box Project Sparks Creativity In Neuse Charter Students

By: Shannon Mann If you have a fifth grader you’ve probably already invested in an Xbox, PS, DS or other game-type system. Online gaming is all the rage in today’s generation of students. The Neuse Charter School fifth grade teaching team is capturing that gaming passion, but putting an old-school twist on it in a […]


Early Voting Begins Thursday

One Stop Early Voting for the November elections gets underway tomorrow (Thursday) in Johnston County. A total of 120,865 people in Johnston County are registered to vote this year. Of that number, 46,129 are registered as Republican, 38,758 Democrat, 35,385 Unaffiliated, and 593 as Libertarians, according to Leigh Ann Price, Director of the Johnston County […]


Pair Arrested Following Undercover Drug Deal

Two people are facing serious drug charges following an undercover investigation by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. Narcotic agents said they arrested two people after they allegedly sold marijuana to an undercover agent Saturday night near McGee’s Crossroads. Richard Jose Rojas Jr., 25, of the 400 block of Deanne Lane, Coats and Ashleigh Nicole Browning, […]


JCSO: Fake Drugs Turn Out To Be Sugar Substitute

Law enforcement officers have arrested four people they allege attempted to package artificial sweetener to appear as if it were narcotics. Deputies with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) said they stopped a vehicle on US301 in Selma Saturday night and reportedly found 10 small baggies containing white powder.  Authorities said the white powder was […]


Johnston Health Names Hospice, Home Care Manager As September Ambassador

Monnie Thompson of Smithfield, manager of patient financial services for Johnston Health Home Care and Hospice, has been named the Johnston Health Ambassador for September. In her role, she does the billing and collections, as well as the licensure and regulatory reporting for home care and hospice, including the SECU Hospice House. Thompson says she […]


Suspect Charged With Stealing 470 Plastic Totes

A man has been linked to the theft of hundreds of plastic storage bins from 6 area convenient stores. Stephen P. Sherman, 37, of Raleigh allegedly stole 470 plastic totes from a half dozen Sheetz convenience store locations in the Johnston County area.  In one case Sherman entered the business, picked up multiple empty totes, […]


Poll: Presidential, Governors Race Still Tight In North Carolina

RALEIGH – The latest Civitas poll finds that the race for president is still a close one in North Carolina. The survey found that 42 percent of those polled said they would vote for Donald Trump, the same percentage as a September poll.  Hillary Clinton received 44 percent support up from 42 percent in September.  […]


Poll: Voters Approve Of Governors Hurricane Leadership

Seven out of 10 voters in North Carolina said they were satisfied by Gov. Pat McCrory’s leadership during the recent storm and flooding associated with Hurricane Matthew. “Rare is there something Democrats and Republicans and unaffiliated voters agree on like they do this,” said Civitas President Francis De Luca. The latest Civitas poll showed 71 […]


Generator Stolen From Phone Company During Hurricane Matthew

Due to widespread power outages immediately after Hurricane Matthew, local phone companies had to use generators to power their equipment across the county. Johnston County deputies are attempting to find two people who stole a generator from a phone substation on October 10th.  The generator was being used by CenturyLink to power a phone substation […]


SBA Opens Additional Business Recovery Center in North Carolina

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the opening of an additional Business Recovery Center (BRC). This Center is located in Pitt County and opened today Wednesday, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew. SBA representatives at the Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and help businesses in completing the SBA […]


Meth Lab Found Near Kenly

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office seized a methamphetamine lab near Kenly Monday afternoon. Around 3:00pm, officers went to an address in the 200 block of Beulahtown Road in an attempt to locate 40 year-old Scott Slocumb Weaver who was wanted on a probation violation warrant. When deputies arrived at the address, they discovered items commonly […]


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