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School Employee Arrested Following Search Warrant

A Johnston County Schools employee was arrested Thursday night on felony charges following a search warrant at her home. WTSB News has learned that Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division was called to assist the Johnston County Department of Social Services investigate a complaint at a home in the 5400 block of Applewhite Road, Wendell. […]


Meth Lab Found Inside Downtown Clayton Home

A Clayton man faces a variety of eight felony drug and firearms charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine, after Clayton Police searched his home Thursday with the help of state and county law enforcement. Brian Michael Hoeger, 24, of 264 Johnson Drive in Downtown Clayton, is in the Johnston County Jail after officers searched his home and […]


Teen Charged With Shooting Store Clerk During Robbery

A Johnston County teen has been arrested on attempted murder charges.  Investigators said Friday they had linked 19 year-old Cornelius Deshrone Stewart of Vinson Ridge Lane, Clayton to the shooting and robbery of a convenience store clerk. Stewart is the fourth person to be charged. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects robbed the […]


Highway Patrol Needs Help Identifying RV And Driver Killed In I-95 Crash

Updated 9:32 pm:  The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has identified the driver who died in Wednesday’s, fatal collision on I-95 near mile-marker 95. The driver has been identified as Joseph Anthony George, 68, of 1200 Trevanion Street, Pittsburgh, PA. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s assistance in helping identify the […]


Truck Driver Cited In Double Fatal Four Oaks Accident

The Highway Patrol has identified two people who died in a five vehicle accident on Interstate 95 near Four Oaks Wednesday afternoon. The accident happened in the northbound lanes of I-95 between the Keen Road and US 701 Exits. An RV was stopped for traffic due to prior accidents when it was rear ended by a […]


Trains Service Still Impacted By Hurricane

CSX continues recovery efforts from the extensive impact of Hurricane Matthew in North and South Carolina. Company officials said Friday that several areas remain without commercial power and continue to have flooding and downed trees.  CSX engineering crews are still working to fully restore routes into Wilmington and Tarboro. As a result, more than 1,400 […]


FEMA Working To Transition Displaced Hurricane Matthew Survivors From Shelters To Stable Housing

North Carolina officials are working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to transition displaced residents from emergency shelters in flooded areas to more stable temporary housing. At the height of the emergency on Oct. 9, there were 4,071 people housed in 81 shelters. As of Friday that number is down to 972 people […]


Benson Healthy Harvest Saturday

The Benson Healthy Harvest festival is Saturday. The festival includes a 9 a.m. five-kilometer race, a 10:30 a.m. one-mile walk against cancer with a cupcake reward for participants, health-related and other vendors and entertainment. Activities run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., mostly in the Benson Singing Grove on East Main Street, and include musical […]


JCSO: Woman Sells Car While Owner Is In Jail

Authorities have charged a woman with selling a car belonging to a man in jail. The victim was in the Johnston County Jail between March and August. When he was released he went to retrieve his car from an address on Godwin Lake Road near Benson but the vehicle was gone. The car’s owner said […]


DWI Suspect Tells Deputies He Drank Only One Beer

A Wake County man was arrested near Clayton Thursday night for allegedly driving drunk. Around 8:30pm,  Johnston County deputies said they received a report of a disturbance on Vinson Ridge Lane. They couldn’t locate the disturbance but did locate a witness who described the vehicles involved, according to Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell. Deputies spotted one […]


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 […]


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, […]


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