Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes is distributing safe holiday shopping tips. “The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals,” Sheriff Hughes said. What shoppers are neglecting is their safety. “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours,” he said. “These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.” The Sheriff reminds all Craven County residents to follow these safety tips:Shopping Safety: A single shopper is theRead More →

Lenoir County is bracing major flooding. Personnel from Lenoir County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Services, along with N.C. Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation, Kinston Fire Department and Kinston Police Department met Friday to discuss potential flooding in Lenoir County due to the overwhelming recent rainfall. Official projections are the river is going to hit 21.9 feet — considered “major flood stage” — Wednesday evening, Nov. 18. Additional rises above that projection are possible. As of Friday morning, the river was at 12.5 feet; it had risen to 13.7 feet Friday evening. Lenoir County experienced major rainfall just like New Bern earlier this week fromRead More →

Matt Montanye, director of Public Works for the City of New Bern, described the impacts of the weather and the continuous rain the area has seen since midnight last night. Craven County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay tomorrow Friday due to localized flooding and water on the roads. Over the past 17 hours the airport has recorded 7-inches of rain and the forecast is for it to continue until the early morning hours. As you are aware stormwater systems are typically designed for 1 inches-2 inches over a 24-hour period. So the possibility of 10 or more inches in 24-hours has had aRead More →

The City of New Bern is undertaking a new effort at flood mitigation and resiliency planning and needs your help. Residents and visitors remember the devastating effects of hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina, and the images of hurricane Laura’s devastation in Texas and Louisiana illustrate the need for hazard mitigation and resiliency planning in coastal communities. “Earlier this year, the City began working with our consultant partners on a multi-phase, long term hazard mitigation and resiliency plan that will include significant public input,” the city announced in a news release. “Once it is complete, the City hopes this plan will become a model forRead 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 →

A driver operating a Chevrolet Avalanche was suffering from an unspecified medical condition and rear-ended a vehicle at the intersection of Glenburnie Road and Neuse Boulevard around 2:50 p.m. on Monday. That’s where it gets really weird. The Chevy continued south where it left the road to the right and hit a utility pole support wire. It continued into the parking lot of a gas station, striking several cars at the fuel pumps. It then continued crossing several parking lots where it struck an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot at 1204 Glenburnie Road, then continued on until it struck a tree. The driver wasRead More →

Craven County invites residents who wish to dispose of debris generated by Hurricane Isaias to visit any of seven convenience sites for assistance. Normal hours of operation for the convenience sites are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The seven Craven County Solid Waste Convenience sites are located at: 3405 NC Highway 101, Havelock 605 NC Highway 55 East New Bern 205 Belltown Road, Dover 7240 Highway 70 East, New Bern 4001 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern 121 Sanders Lane, New Bern, North Carolina 246 Bailey Lane Vanceboro Vegetative debris should beRead More →

Update: Approximately 7,400 customers are without power right now. “We’re hoping to be through with #Isaias soon so we can redeploy our crews for damage assessments, restorations & repairs,” the city said on social media. Power outages were widespread in New Bern early Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Isaias approached the city. “Once conditions improve, we’ll start deploying crews to assess the damage & begin restorations & repairs,” the city announced on its social media just before 2 a.m. as the outages started to pile up. Wind gusts well above 40 mph were to blame. While power outages were widespread, most of the city stillRead More →

Please review these important reminders to stay safe around natural gas meters and appliances, especially during severe weather. Call Piedmont Natural Gas if you see wind-related damage: If you see or suspect wind or tree damage to natural gas lines, call us at 800-752-7504 or call 911. If water has entered your home: Do not attempt to disconnect, clear debris from or work on any natural gas appliance, including your meter.Do not attempt to relight any of your natural gas appliances. Instead, call 800-752-7504. If your natural gas appliances are damaged by water: Natural gas appliances damaged by water may need to be replaced accordingRead More →

Craven County Emergency Management will open three Emergency Shelters on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the following locations for citizens living in low lying areas prone to flooding who have nowhere else to relocate to: Havelock High School (101 Webb Blvd, Havelock) Ben D. Quinn Elementary (4275 Martin Luther King Blvd, New Bern) *Pet Friendly* Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary (2000 Farm Life Ave, Vanceboro) Emergency shelters are planned to close at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 if conditions allow. Emergency shelters will have limited capacity due to COVID-19 so they are only to be used by those who have nowhereRead More →