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Mother Indicted Following Death Of Handicapped Child

A Johnston County mother has been indicted by a grand jury on negligent child abuse charges following the death of her severely handicapped son last year. On August 6th, 2015, Johnston County deputies and Four Oaks  EMS workers responded to a home in the 7000 block of Highway 301 South near Four Oaks. Inside they […]


Community Welcomes Teachers Back To School

Teachers in Johnston County returned to their schools to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year Monday. Like most in the county, teachers at Meadow School were welcomed back by an outpouring of support from the community, Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO), and their Johnston County Schools administration staff. “It’s great to come back to school and […]


Bomb Threat Forces Business Evacuation

A bomb threat briefly shut down a busy intersection and forced the evacuation of a business on Saturday. Just after 6:00pm, someone called Sound Station & Security at 713 East Market Street and reported there was a bomb inside the building. Employees and customers were evacuated from the business as emergency workers searched for any […]


Man Charged With Exposing Himself In Business Parking Lot

A man police said was intoxicated was arrested for indecent exposure Saturday afternoon. Smithfield Police allege the man exposed himself to a 71 year-old customer then urinated next to the man’s pickup in the parking lot of the BP station on South Third Street. The suspect, 38 year-old Edward Lee Lippard of Wilmington was found […]


Child Wrecks Truck While Heading To Hospital

A 14 year-old driver and her grandmother were both injured in a single vehicle accident on Highway 231 in northern Johnston County Monday afternoon. Around 12:30 PM, officials said the young girl was attempting to drive her grandmother to the hospital but instead ran off the roadway and wrecked. The young girl reportedly told investigators […]


Relative Linked To Selma Break-In

A relative has been charged with breaking into a Johnston County home last week stealing a television. On August 15th, a woman returned to her home on Highway 96 about four miles north of Selma and discovered the break-in and missing TV. On Monday, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office arrested her brother for the break-in. Christopher […]


Break-In Reported At Smithfield Convenience Store

Smithfield Police are investigating a business break-in. Around 2:44 AM Saturday, officers discovered a break-in at the BP Service Mart at 272 Highway 210. A window was shattered by the intruder. Once inside, a cash register was damaged and an undisclosed amount of money was removed. Police Captain T.S. Choe said the suspects blood was […]


Clayton Town Employee Arrested For DWI

A Town of Clayton employee was arrested after police were called to a report of a man with a gun in the parking lot of a convenience store on Sunday. Just after 8:00 AM, Smithfield Police responded to Holley’s Open Air Market on South Brightleaf Boulevard for a report of a person having a weapon. […]


Suspects In Purse Snatchings Identified

Smithfield Police have made one arrest and are looking for a second suspect in connection with two purse snatching incident last week at Carolina Premium Outlets. On Monday, interim Police Chief Keith Powell announced the arrest of 27 year-old Brittany Elizabeth Moore of Four Oaks on a charge of conspiracy to commit larceny from a […]


1 Of 2 Suspects Wanted For Internet Ad Robbery Arrested

An arrest has been made in the alleged robbery of a woman who responded to an internet ad last week. The 27 year-old Benson woman said she met a man who had a cell phone listed for sale on They agreed to meet Thursday around 5pm on T-Bar Road near Benson. When they did, […]


Man Armed With Assault Rifle Arrested Following Standoff

A western Johnston County man armed with an assault rifle was arrested after a tense standoff with Johnston County deputies Friday night. Around 8:45pm, officers were called to a home on Ridge Road near the Johnston-Harnett County line after 33 year-old Robert Wayne Wachter allegedly fired several rounds into his own home. Officers were able […]


Late Night Crash Downs Power Pole

A driver escaped with only minor injuries after her car overturned and knocked down a power pole Sunday night. The crash happened around 11:30pm on Stotts Mill Road, south of Wendell, in northern Johnston County. The young female driver lost control in a curve and overturned off the roadway, clipping a utility pole. The driver […]


SUV Crashes Near Kenly

An SUV ran off Highway 222 near Beulahtown Road west of Kenly Friday night striking a driveway culvert and overturning. No injuries were reported but the homeowner said the accident marked the fifth time a vehicle has ran off Highway 222 and into their driveway culverts. Damage from a previous accident was repaired just a […]


Third Arrest Made In Four Oaks Break-In

A third arrest has been made in a Four Oaks area break-in. Megan Elizabeth Roberson, 25, of Hinnant Road, Selma was arrested Sunday for her alleged involvement in an August 3rd break-in on Webb Mill Road. A homeowner reported their TV, compound bow, fishing poles, and $300 in change had been stolen. Earlier this month, […]


Numerous Arrests Made After 70 Officers Raid 12 Motel Rooms

The Goldsboro/Wayne County REACT Team assisted by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and NC Alcohol Law Enforcement executed simultaneous raids on a dozen rooms at the Serena Inn Motel on Saturday. Major Thomas Effler with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said after months of investigations conducted by both the sheriff’s office and Goldsboro Police, officers […]


Frozen Corns Recalled After Tests Show Presence of Listeria Monocytogenes

  Cambridge Farms of York, Pa., is voluntarily recalling frozen corn distributed at retail supermarkets in 15 states including North Carolina. The company launched the recall after a routine sample collected at a retail location by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, which may cause life-threatening illness. No […]


Benson Sewer Project Readies City For Near Future

The recently announced  sewer project for Benson comes ahead of what could well be a growth spurt for the Johnston County city. City Manager Matt Zapp announced last week the city has applied for – and is likely to get – a United States Department of Agriculture loan for $2.8 million. The funds are earmarked […]


Retired Animal Services Director Honored

Recently retired Animal Services Director, Ernie Wilkinson, third from the left, receives a plaque from County Commissioner Ted Godwin, in honor of his service to the Johnston County Animal Services Department. Included with them are, from left, Chad McLamb, Assistant County Manager and Finance Director; Rick Hester, County Manager; Sheriff Steve Bizzell; and Paula Woodard, […]


Johnston Extension Agent Receives National Award

Tim Britton, a Cooperative Extension Agent from Johnston County, recently received the 2016 Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents. The Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference was held in Little Rock, AR. This award is given to Agents with 10 years or less of service in Cooperative Extension who have exhibited […]


Benson Seeks $1.1 Million For Park Project

The Town of Benson is inching ever closer to the next phase of improvements to the proposed Lee Street Park Complex. According to Town Manager Matt Zapp, the City of Benson has applied for a $1.1 million grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) of North Carolina to help move the proposed improvements […]


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