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Residents, Fire Chief Concerned About Crashes At Rural Intersection

The Department of Transportation says they are not aware of any problems with a rural intersection many nearby residents say is accident prone. Neighbors say they are concerned about the intersection of Fire Department Road and Buffalo Road between Wilson’s Mills and Highway 42.  The latest crash occurred at the intersection on Saturday sending several […]


Alcohol Referendum Requested In Archer Lodge

If the Archer Lodge Town Council has their way, residents of Johnston County’s newest town will vote later this year to allow alcohol sales. In a unanimous vote Monday night, the town council voted to ask Johnston County Commissioners to place the referendum on the November ballot.  The resolution needed to be adopted and to […]


Clayton Man Charged In US Treasury Check Scheme

A Clayton man was arrested Sunday after being indicted in December by a federal grand jury sitting in Raleigh.  Felipe Hurtado (aka Juan de Dios) was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit theft of public money, 25 counts of theft of public money, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Hurtado is alleged to […]


New Officer Joins Police Force

The Smithfield Police Department has hired a new officer. Officer Tyler Hayes was sworn in by Mayor Andy Moore during the Feb. 2nd town council meeting. Hayes graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training at Nash Community College. He previously worked for the NC State University Campus Police. A resident of Wilson, Officer Hayes has been assigned […]


Council Approves Purchase Of New Transformer

In an effort to provide more reliable power service, the Town of Smithfield has purchased a second transformer for the Brogden Road Power Substation.  The second transformer was originally designed for the substation when it went online nearly 10 years ago but was eliminated due to financial constraints at the time. The Brogden Road Power […]


Clayton Man Indicted On Child Sex Charges

A Clayton man has been indicted on a half dozen charges stemming from the alleged sexual assault of a juvenile. A Johnston County Grand Jury indicted Antwain Gemald Riley, 27, of N. Lombard Street, on three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, two counts of crimes against nature and one count of attempted […]


Man Indicted For Business Fire, Other Suspects Still Unidentified

A Wake County man has been indicted on charges he set fire to a Smithfield business in 2014. A Grand Jury in Smithfield returned a Bill of Indictment against 27 year-old Aaron Levell Freeman of Maple Street, Knightdale for his alleged involvement in a fire at the R City Bar and Grill at 388-A Venture […]


Local Orthopedist Joins UNC Physicians Networks, Adds Surgeon

An orthopedist on the medical staff at Johnston Health has joined the UNC Physicians Network and recently added a surgeon. Richard Alioto, M.D., of University Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, will continue his practice at Spring Branch Medical Pavilion in Clayton. The practice includes Aaron Leininger, M.D., a sports medicine specialist who came aboard last year, […]


Man Accused Of Stealing Town Water

A Pine Level man was arrested Thursday on charges he was stealing water service from the Town of Pine Level. Dennis Carroll Medlin, 42, of Mr. B Street, is accused of tampering with a water meter and having a water hose running into a residence from a neighbors house. The incident occurred at an address […]


Special Needs Church Relocates To Clayton

The congregation of Good Samaritan United Church of Christ has moved from Selma to Clayton to better reach those with special needs, and those who want to join them in this ministry.  After meeting at Selma Presbyterian Church for a year church leaders said they needed to find another location that was fully handicapped accessible. […]


Child Sparks Fire That Destroys Mobile Home

A juvenile playing with firecrackers is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a singlewide mobile home in Johnston County Friday night. Fire crews rushed to the home, located in the 400 block of Cornwallis Road around 6:35pm but could not save the property. According to the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office […]


Arrest Made In Farmland Scam

A Johnston County man is accused of defrauding a local farmer out of money by leasing farmland he had no rights to. Rodney Albert Hayes, 44, of George Street, Benson was arrested Sunday arrested Sunday by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and charged with obtaining property by false pretenses. Hayes allegedly entered into contracts in […]


Selma Man Charged With 3 Break-Ins

Johnston County deputies say they have solved three storage building break-ins with the arrest of a Selma man. Gary Wayne Johnson, 43, of the 2800 block of Micro Road West, was arrested Friday night.  Johnson is accused of entering storage buildings at homes on Lizzie Mill Road and Pippin Drive near Selma and on Yelverton […]


Horse Gear Valued At $9,050 Stolen

Over $9,000 worth of horse saddles and riding equipment were stolen from a storage facility in Smithfield last week. A Selma woman said she had placed the items in a unit at Carolina Self Storage at 1330 North Brightleaf Boulevard. She last checked on the items on Jan. 29th. When she went on Feb. 6th […]


Police: Mom Brings Along Child While Shoplifting

A young woman allegedly caught shoplifting while bringing her 8 year-old son along has been charged with child abuse. Police were called to American Eagle on Outlet Center Drive in Smithfield Saturday afternoon after an employee noticed a customer enter the business with a large bag, and soon the woman began placing merchandise inside the […]


DWI Suspect Arrested Following Birthday Party

A driver who told police he was returning home from a birthday party was arrested for driving while impaired. A Selma police officer was sitting stationary in a business parking lot on US301 South around 2:30 am Sunday when he spotted a vehicle speed by. The officer got behind the vehicle to conduct a traffic […]


Record Call Volume Set At 911 Center During Jan. Ice Storm

The January 22nd ice storm is all but a memory, however, Johnston County 911 officials have just released the call volume data from the winter storm event. 911 Director Jason Barbour said the 911 Center received more calls during a 9-hour period on Jan. 22nd than what was experienced during Hurricanes Fran and Floyd. From […]


Clayton Awards Water Line Extension Bid

The Clayton Town Council has awarded a bid to extend a water line on Vinson Road. Corbett Contracting was the low bidder for the project at $110,441.  The Town had previously budgeted $138,000 for the work. A total of 3 bids were received by the town.  At their meeting Monday night, the town council voted […]


Music And Memory Alzheimer’s Program Implemented At 3 Facilities

The Johnston County Alzheimer’s Music and Memory (JAMM) program has been implemented at three long-term care facilities in the County. This program is simple. It provides an iPod with a personalized playlist of music for each person. By listening to favorite music from their past, research shows Alzheimer’s patients can “come back to life”, allowing […]


Tip Prompts State Audit Of Town Finances

There are more questions than answers about a state audit of Town of Micro funds. An emergency meeting was held by the Micro Town Board on Tuesday to discuss the allegations.  Mayor Jay Warren, who took office in December, said the board met with two investigators with the state who came to the Town following […]


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