By Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes and N.C. Rep. John Bell In late 2020, a veteran soldier was in a mental health crisis. Distraught, he left his home in the family RV, his wife convinced it would be the last time she saw him. A Charlotte-based veterans organization, The Independence Fund, which had provided suicide prevention training to him in the past, attempted to assist the veteran through local law enforcement. The first county law enforcement department The Independence Fund reached was understaffed, overstretched, and was understandably concerned over the potential threat their force may face with a combat experienced veteran in a mental healthRead More →

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper strongly encouraged local officials to establish civil penalties for people who violate his executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state is seeing record highs in cases, percentage of positive tests, and hospitalizations, according to a letter from Cooper, Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen, and Public Safety Director Erik Hooks. “This pandemic is threatening to overwhelm the capacity of our hospitals and health care workers, and we all want people seeking medical care to have a hospital or ICU bed if they need it for COVID-19, a hear attach or any other ailment,” the threeRead More →

A dog that started off life in a dog fighting ring in Canada is now helping law enforcement in Craven County. Nibbles was rescued from a dogfighting ring in Canada and rehabilitated by Throwaway Dog Project. He was then trained in drug detection and was donated to the Craven County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year and assigned to K9 Deputy McCaw. Nibbles detected drugs in a car after its driver was stopped for a license check on Simmons Street in New Bern on Monday. During the vehicle search, deputies discovered a backpack containing approximately 9.5 grams of heroin and 17 grams of cocaine along withRead More →

Protesters took positions along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in New Bern on Saturday afternoon, taking a stand against police brutality, oppression, and deadly force against African Americans that reached a fever pitch with the suffocation slaying of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week. The protest was peaceful, with participants with signs standing beside the street. Protests elsewhere, particularly larger cities including Minneapolis, New York, and Washington D.C., have turned violent and deadly. Demonstrators overtook police precinct stations in Minneapolis and New York, and tussled with Washington police and Secret Service at barricades outside the White House. In Minnesota, the governor there mobilizedRead More →

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes issued the following statement: “The heinous act perpetrated on George Floyd was reprehensible. The video clearly shows a Minneapolis Police Officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck until the life left his body. I am disgusted by what I saw, a man clearly under the control of police, begging for his life as bystanders pleaded with the officers to allow him to breathe. “As law enforcement professionals, we must set aside our fears, concerns and worries about speaking out against what we know to be wrong and hold ourselves and each other to a higher standard. Remaining silent only serves toRead More →