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Gunman Charged In Fatal Overnight Shooting

Two people were shot, one fatally injured, Tuesday night in Harnett County. Deputies responded to a shots fired call on McKay Drive just before midnight. A deputy and state trooper arrived on the scene and found the two gunshot victims and a group of women attempting to detain the alleged shooter.  The suspect fled on […]


Retired Police Chief C. Lindell Nordan, 85, Benson

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) for retired Benson Police Chief C. Lindell Nordan.  Nordan, of West Hill Street, died Sunday at Harnett Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Erwin just three days after his 85th birthday. A large number of people attended services this morning at the Benson Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church in Benson. […]


Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Minor

A 24 year-old man is charged with taking indecent liberties with a 14 year-old girl in Johnston County. On August 18th, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said they received a report from the victim’s parents reporting the alleged assault. On Tuesday, Estevan Roberto Silva of the 1000 block of Ridge Road, Angier was arrested. Silva is […]


Arrest Made In Assault In Wal-Mart Parking Lot

An arrest has been made in a cutting outside the Cleveland Wal-Mart store last week. Thursday night, a 31 year-old Smithfield man said he was in the parking lot when someone cut his hand with a knife. The victim was driven by personal vehicle to the hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries. […]


Lawn Care Worker Helps Detectives Solve Residential Break-In

Thanks to an alert lawn maintenance employee, two arrests have been made following a residential break-in last month. On August 24th, the lawn care worker arrived at a home on Mesa Court outside of Clayton and spotted a suspicious car parking in the driveway with the trunk open.  The worker then saw two men near […]


9th Annual Heritage Quilt Show October 6-8th

The 9th annual Heritage Quilt show will take place on October 6th-8th at the Johnston County Agricultural Center.  A display of quilts made for veterans at the VA Hospice in Durham will be highlighted. In collaboration with the American Legion Auxiliary, the quilters have made quilts in patriotic colors to be used in the Hospice […]


Smithfield Man Linked To Hit And Run Accident

A motorist is facing several charges following a hit and run accident Monday night in Smithfield.  Police said the driver they later arrested told them he left the scene so he could go home to obtain his insurance information. Around 11:00 pm, Smithfield Police said a 1991 Jeep driven by James Nicholas Worley of Big […]


Shoplifting Suspect Facing Child Abuse Charge

Latoya Bianca O’NealPolice said a woman pushing  a two year-old in a stroller was responsible for shoplifting incidents at three businesses Tuesday afternoon. Officers were called to the Adidas Outlet, Rue 21 and Children’s Place just after 1:00 pm yesterday after the suspect allegedly entered all three businesses, used wire cutters to remove anti-theft devices from […]


New Law Regulating Release Of Police Video Takes Effect Saturday

By: North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police This Saturday, October 1st, a new law regulating release of law enforcement video (S.L. 1926-88; House Bill 972) becomes effective. Below is an explanation of the basic changes from the current law. Fundamentally, the new law removes discretion from law enforcement for release of video; provides to […]


Ozimek Named Semifinalist For William V. Campbell Trophy

Buies Creek – Campbell’s Jarrett Ozimek has been named a semifinalist for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments®, announced today by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. Ozimek is one of 156 semifinalists for the award, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the […]


Smithfield-Selma Chamber President Announces Retirement

The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce announced today (Tuesday) that Rick Childrey will be retiring as president after a 30 year career. He will leave his position effective December 31, 2016. Dwight Morris, Board Chair of the Chamber, said a Search Committee will be formed to find Childrey’s replacement. In making the announcement, Morris […]


Inspectors Stop Demolition Work On Commercial Building

Building inspectors have placed a Stop Work Order on a commercial demolition project adjacent to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield. The brick commercial office building located at the corner of North Eighth and Wilkins Street was heavily damaged by a late-night fire on July 20th. The fire was later ruled accidental. The Johnston County Building […]


State Health Officials Will Not Seek Civil Fine Against Johnston County Schools

State health officials have announced they will not pursue any civil fines or penalties against Johnston County Schools for not obtaining proper permits before the demolition of the former Field House on the campus of Smithfield Selma High School over the summer. On August 2nd, WTSB News first reported the Field House was removed without […]


Smithfield License Plate Agency Opens In New Location

The Smithfield License Plate Agency opened in a new location today (Tuesday) at 3175 South Brightleaf Boulevard, Suite A, across from White Swan Barbecue. The Smithfield agency will operate under new contractors, Eddie and Rosa Jones. They will take over management of the agency from Pattie B. Proctor, who operated the former license plate agency […]


Neighbor Rescues Dogs From Burning Home

The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating what sparked a fire that damaged a Clayton-area home. Crews were dispatched to 501 South Mead Drive around 8:30 pm Friday. A detached garage caught fire and began spreading to the home.  The homeowner was away from their residence when the fire broke out. A neighbor […]


Three Arrested Following Search Warrant

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug raid at a home Friday afternoon off Josephine Road. Following a lengthy undercover narcotics investigation, agents executed a search warrant at a home on Galaxy Drive seizing a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Jazmine Marie Jablonski, 25, and Suzanne Michelle Jablonski, 48, both of Galaxy […]


Local Physician Honored

Orlando, FL — Eugene H Maynard, Jr, MD, FAAFP, a family physician and the Medical Director at Benson Area Medical Center, has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the national medical association representing nearly 124,900 family physicians, residents and medical students. The degree was conferred on more than […]


Teens Linked To McGee’s Crossroads Area Car Break-Ins

Three teenagers were caught Saturday morning a short time after the allegedly broke into cars parked outside two homes on Mac Lane, off Old Fairgrounds Road. A resident on Mac Lane said they stepped outside their home around 4:00 am and saw two teenagers running from the vicinity of a neighbors home. They saw a […]


Second Four Oaks Home Damaged By Gunfire

A second Four Oaks home has been damaged by gunfire. Investigators think the incident could be linked to a shooting reported Thursday night just outside the city limits. On Monday, a resident on Meade Drive called the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office after discovering two bullet holes in their residence. Sheriff’s detectives think the incident could be […]


Thieves Steal Items From Church Parking Lot

A Smithfield area church has been targeted by thieves twice three months. On Monday, a member of the Lanwood Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, located at 3056 Buffalo Road, Smithfield reported that someone had stolen five parking blocks from the parking lot. The heavy cement blocks were valued at $100. In June, someone broke into a […]


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