A 21-year-old New Bern man was life-flighted to a trauma center in Greenville after he was the victim of a hit-and-run incident late Wednesday afternoon. Michael “Mike” Garris was walking on Country Club Road near the Rhem Street intersection shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday when he was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene. A motorist who came upon the scene shortly after the incident said the man was unconscious in the roadway and being tended to by two women who found him there. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call New Bern Officer Williams with the Traffic EnforcementRead More →

Note: This article was updated from the original. It now includes the victim’s identity and likely location of the shooting. A man died early Thursday after being shot near the intersection of First Avenue and Bay Street in New Bern late Wednesday night. Police found the mortally wounded victim in the parking lot of Five Points Food Mart at 1210 Broad St. after responding to a 911 call. The victim was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center, and subsequently died of injuries. Police identified the victim as Matthew Thomas Small, 29, of New Bern. They said it was not a random act of violence and thatRead More →

New Bern police are asking for information about a cold-case homicide that took the life of 18-year-old Kevin Miller in the summer of 2002. Miller was staying with a friend at an apartment on the 1100 block of Colony Drive in New Bern at the time of the slaying. According to police at the time, he attended a party in that apartment on the night of July 24. Police responded to the location and found Miller suffering from life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Craven Regional Medical Center (now called CarolinaEast Medical Center), and by the next morning, he was dead. His death was ruledRead More →

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 →