The Craven County Sheriff’s Office captured homicide suspect Timothy Harris after a vehicle pursuit on Butler Ford Road near Vanceboro on Sunday, May 24, 2020, Harris was wanted for the shooting death of Courtney Dixon on May 22, 2020 on Old Cherry Point Road. During the vehicle pursuit, Harris struck a marked patrol vehicle causing damage and his wife Barbara Harris attempted to hit patrol cars by crossing the center line in her vehicle in an attempt to help her husband escape authorities on Butler Ford Road. Deputies were able to get Timothy Harris stopped on Butler Ford Road and took him into custody. DuringRead More →

Wanted: Timothy Harris A New Bern resident was shot and killed, and authorities are looking for a named suspect in the man’s death. On Friday night, May 22, 2020, at 9:15 p.m. Craven County deputies responded to a call at 4022 Old Cherry Point Road about a shooting. Deputies arrived to see the body of Courtney Dixon of New Bern. It was determined that Dixon died as a result of gunshot wounds. The investigation identified Timothy Harris of Mt. Pleasant Road, New Bern, as the suspect in the shooting. A warrant has been issued for Harris charging him with a open count of murder. HarrisRead More →

Editor: I am reading a prize-winning history by Philip Dray, At the Hands of Persons Unknown: A History of Lynching of Black America (2002).  A Pulitzer-prize finalist, I don’t recommend the book to either the weak-of-heart or the weak-of-stomach. Mr. Dray does not attempt a complete account of all lynchings in the United States, and North Carolina and New Bern, are, fortunately,  not mentioned often, but when they are, at least in three incidents, mistakes of either omission or commission are made.  New Bern is mentioned as follows: In 1919 a lynching occurred of a man accused of murdering someone at the Roper Lumber Company,Read More →

The following New Bern-area residents were recently charged with animal cruelty by the Craven County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services Division. Melba Turner Jones, 49, of 510 Old Vanceboro Road, New Bern, is charged with felony kill animal by starvation. Jones had three cats that she failed to provide appropriate food and water for causing their deaths. Justin Broome, 27, of 402 Hart Drive, New Bern, is charged with cruelty to animals and abandonment of animals. Broome left four pit bull terriers on his property with no access to food, water, or shelter. Jebadia Jon Batchlor, 25, of 611 Johnson Street, New Bern, is chargedRead More →

New Bern received a mediocre score for family friendliness in North Carolina from WalletHub, a website that produces data-driven articles ranking various subjects in various categories. In ranking North Carolina cities for “2019’s Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina,” New Bern ranked 56th out of 87 cities. The top-ranked city was Cary, while coming in at 87th was Laurinburg. In Eastern North Carolina, Havelock — you read that right — was the highest rated city in the survey, coming in at 35th. Other Eastern NC cities were Wilmington (44th), Greenville (53rd), Jacksonville (59th), Wilson (70th), Elizabeth City (75th), Tarboro (77th), Goldsboro (81st), andRead More →

Request will be made at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting New Bern community members and non-local activists will urge the New Bern Board of Aldermen to “Ban the Box” for hiring city employees at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12. “Ban the Box” is a hiring practice that encourages employers to identify potential hires with the best skills and experience and delay asking applicants about their criminal records until after a conditional offer is made. Durham and Carrboro are among cities in North Carolina that have already adopted this “fair chance” hiring practice. Ban the Box is a movement started in the early 2000s byRead More →

News Release — United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that over the course of the last week in federal court, before Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, multiple defendants have been sentenced in a large-scale heroin and marijuana trafficking organization. The investigation was part of OCDETF Operation 190, which was named in memory of New Bern Police Department Officer Alexander Thalmann.  Officer Thalmann was shot and killed in the line of duty in March of 2014 by associates of the defendants in this case. An Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approachRead More →

The Board of Aldermen gave City Attorney Scott Davis direction to file a lawsuit if necessary that would permanently close down a New Bern bar that has been the location of shootings and fights. The bar, the Howling Dog Saloon at 3202 Neuse Blvd., was the location of two shooting incidents, one in June that wounded two, and one in May 2017 that left one dead and two injured. A fight in August 2016 left a woman with a severe facial laceration. ABC recently revoked the bar’s licenses. Davis sought permission to file a lawsuit that would not only permanently close Howling Dog Saloon, butRead More →

District Attorney Scott Thomas is warning all residents of Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico Counties to be wary of a variety of crimes that are typically committed following a major catastrophe, such as Hurricane Florence, and to report any and all such crimes as soon as possible. Thomas said, “Following a major event such as the damage done by Hurricane Florence, we typically see most residents – friends, neighbors, even complete strangers – band together and lend a helping hand toward recovery. However, experience has also taught that there are predators who commit, and try to commit, despicable crimes to scam vulnerable people out of theirRead More →