The City of New Bern announced Virginia Beach Deputy Chief Patrick Gallagher has accepted the position of Chief of Police for the New Bern Police Department.  His first day in the office will be Monday, March 22.  He takes over after the retirement of Chief Toussaint Summers, Jr. effective March 19. Deputy Chief Gallagher’s law enforcement career spans more than 30 years and started when he joined the United States Army Military Police Corp in 1983.  In 1990, he joined the Virginia Beach Police Department and advanced through the ranks from patrol officer to deputy chief.  Along the way, he gained experience working in Uniformed Patrol, SpecialRead 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 →

No criminal charges will be filed agains the mother who safely surrendered her newborn baby to a resident in the Craven Terrace neighborhood on July 17. District Attorney Scott Thomas issued the following statement regarding the determination by New Bern Police Department and his office that no charges be brought in the case where a newborn infant was safely surrendered in the Craven Terrace Community in New Bern: On Friday, July 17, 2020, a resident of Craven Terrace called the New Bern Police Department to report an unattended newborn child appeared to have been abandoned on a porch. The baby, apparently born within the priorRead More →

A former New Bern police officer who was working on his law degree was killed in a motorcycle crash on Sunday. Joshua “Josh” Jensen was a veteran, a former police officer, and an employee at Paddy’s Irish Pub in Springfield, Mass., while he was attending Western New England University Law School. “Josh was suddenly taken away from us in a tragic motorcycle accident earlier this morning,” his co-workers posted. “His love for life, genuine admiration for all, and drive towards success was undeniably true in all forms.” “Josh was quick to help a hand, a very good listener and always told the best stories. WeRead 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 →

In December 2012, An officer from City of New Bern, NC Police Department pulled a gun out on me, I was 13 years old, walking to the post office to mail a Christmas present, if I was Black I would probably be dead. 2012 was the year that New Bern Chief of Police Toussaint E. Summers Jr assumed his position as Chief of Police. Over the past 8 years it has become increasingly evident that under Mr. Summers Leadership that The New Bern Police Department has operated in a culture that is at best disorganized, and at worst, a calculated effort of community intimidation. InRead 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 →

New Bern Chief of Police Toussaint E.Summers, Jr. offered his condolences in the slaying of a Minnesota man at the hands of police there. Chief Summers posted a letter on his department’s Facebook wall on Friday. It said: “From the Office of the Chief of PoliceMay 29, 2020 “Today, our sincerest sympathies and condolences are extended to George Floyd’s family and friends. “New Bern Chief of Police Toussaint E. Summers, Jr. joins police chiefs across the state and across the country in denouncing the actions of police officers during his arrest, which ultimately led to his death. The actions of these officers appear without meritRead More →