Latest News

Tropical Storm Could Dampen Memorial Day Weekend

The National Hurricane Center says it appears more likely a tropical system could impact the area over the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. A low pressure system that is organizing off the coast will bring rain along and east of the I-95 corridor and possibly farther west, depending on the exact track. Slow-moving showers and possible […]


Search Underway For Reckless Driver Who Caused Fatal Crash

A woman died Thursday afternoon in Johnston County after being forced off the roadway by a reckless driver. Troopers are searching for the vehicle that caused the accident, which never stopped. Around 4:36 pm, troopers said 63 year-old Wilma Jean Lewis of Fayetteville was traveling in a silver Hyundai northbound on I-95 between Smithfield and […]


Jailer Accused Of Stealing $28,023 From County Bank Account

A former detention officer has been arrested on charges of stealing $28,023 in money from a county bank account. Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats said he was notified on May 17th from Harnett County finance officials of discrepancies in the inmate money management bank account. Sheriff Coats launched an immediate investigation and requested the SBI […]


36 Marijuana Plants Seized

A total of 36 marijuana plants were seized Wednesday.  Sampson County sheriff’s deputies said they received a tip about the plants being grown near a pond near the intersection of LP Brewer Road and Beulah Road outside of Clinton. Special Investigations Division (SID) officers arrived on the scene and found the 3 dozen plants, which […]


4 Arrested After Deputies Find Meth Lab

Four people are facing charges after a methamphetamine lab was discovered early-Thursday. Sampson County deputies responded to an address on Mill Creek Church Road in the Roseboro community to attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Ray McClellan. When deputies walked up to the residence, several people began to flee on foot.  Officers quickly determined […]


Man Charged With Rape

Following a criminal investigation, an arrest has been made in sexual assault case. Shaquille Deshon Owens, 20, of Pearl Street in Roseboro was arrested Thursday.  Owens arrest was the result of an investigation by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office into the sexual assault of a minor in the Roseboro area on March 24th. Owens was […]


Child Bitten By Dog  

A 7 year-old girl was taken to the hospital for treatment Thursday evening after being bitten by a dog. The animal attacked the young girl in the 300 block of Dundee Street around 7:30pm, according to a Smithfield Police report. Interim Smithfield Police Chief Keith Powell says it appears the dog was able to escape […]


Highway Patrol Encouraging Motorists To Slow Down During The Memorial Day Weekend

The State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.  The holiday officially kicks off the summer vacation season in North Carolina.  Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 263 fatal collisions and over 9,047 injury collisions during the summer months. The Memorial Day holiday, which is set aside […]


2016 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships Awarded

Twenty-seven North Carolina students, including 3 from Johnston County, have been awarded 2016 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships. The scholarships are designed for high school seniors and college students who have participated in the junior livestock or market turkey shows at the N.C. State Fair. The scholarships were funded by sponsors of the annual […]


Gunman Robs Store

Clayton Police are looking for a man who robbed Clayton Vapors on Gulley Drive around 9:25pm Tuesday. The suspect, armed with a semiautomatic handgun, is described as a Hispanic man in his 20’s, 5 foot 7, 130 pounds. He was wearing a black coat and pants. He covered his face with a blue bandana. The suspect […]

Fatal - I-95 92mm, 05-27-16CP

Fatal Crash Reported

The Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of a single vehicle fatal accident Thursday afternoon.  The accident happened around 5:00pm in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 at the 92 mile marker, just south of the Brogden Road Exit. Initial reports indicate a passenger car left the roadway and collided with a tree on the […]


Run For The Wall

Motorcyclists participating in Run for the Wall, a ride to Washington DC for Memorial Day, passed through Johnston County around 10:30 Thursday morning. Fire and EMS units from across Johnston County showed their support for fallen veterans and the riders as they saluted with both hands and equipment. The emergency crews were staged on every […]


1 In 6 Johnston County Families Living In Poverty

Chamber Says CSX Project Would Help Reverse Downward Trend In Some Towns The Smithfield Selma Chamber of Commerce, which recently endorsed a proposed CSX intermodal terminal in Johnston County, says the jobs the facility would create if it locates here would go a long way towards reversing low wages for many families. To show how […]


6 Injured In School Bus Accident

Six people were injured Wednesday morning when a school bus and two cars collided. It happened at 7:40am on Buffalo Road at Holland Drive near Smithfield Middle School. Smithfield Police said the school bus had stopped to allow students to board. A car, operated by Chetan Dilip Kapat, 35, of Raleigh, had stopped about 15 […]


Police Give Update On Sexual Assault Investigation

Smithfield Police have given their first update on a sexual assault investigation reported at Neuse Charter School. On May 18th, WTSB News first reported that a female student told police she was raped while on the campus of the charter school on Booker Dairy Road.  The victim reported the incident on May 16th but said […]


3.9 Million Gallon Fuel Tank Approved

The Town of Selma has signed off a request to add another tank at the Selma Oil Terminals on Buffalo Road off Highway 70. Blanchard Terminal Company won approval this month to placed a 95,000 barrel tank to store ethanol at the Marathon Facility at 3707 Buffalo Road. The tank, which will have a floating […]


Poll Shows Continued Support For Privacy, Safety In Public Restrooms

The latest Civitas poll, address national and local races and issues facing our state, asked how voters felt about the recently passed House Bill 2. The majority of North Carolinians, 58 percent, believe House Bill 2 offers protection of individual privacy and safety in public restrooms and locker rooms, and protects the rights of business […]


Second Princeton ABC Store Break-In Reported

Burglars made away with several bottles of vodka after breaking into the Princeton ABC Store on Highway 70 East last Saturday morning. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office says video surveillance images showed a vehicle back up to the front of the business around 4:40 am. An individual then retrieved a mallet from their vehicle, then […]


Police: Drugs Found In Woman’s Underwear

A 25 year-old woman is facing serious charges after police said they found numerous drugs inside her underwear. Selma Police said they encountered Hannah Mardella Beasley of Selma at the Masters Inn around 7:10 pm last Friday.  Beasley was wanted on an outstanding warrant issued two days earlier for the unauthorized use of a motor […]


Meth, Marijuana Seized During Traffic Stop

A Wayne County man was arrested on felony charges after methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were reportedly found in his possession during a routine traffic stop. A Johnston County deputy stopped a car driven by 32 year-old Thomas Dale Faucette Jr. of Harrison Drive, Goldsboro, Saturday on Harper House Road, near Highway 50, in southern Johnston […]


Johnston County’s #1 Local News Source

Email event information to

General Questions:
Email our staff at

News Related Questions or Issues:
Email our News Desk at

Want to advertise with us?
Email our sales staff at

©2016  Lamm Media Group

P.O. Box 90 – Smithfield – NC – 27577