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  • Suspect wanted in hit-and-run crash involving deputy

    By Elizabeth Bynum
    Published On: Jul 30 2014 04:14:45 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 30 2014 10:29:23 PM CDT

    Troopers are working to find the driver responsible for causing a chain-reaction crash on Highway 70 involving three vehicles, including a Craven County deputy.

    The incident happened near the Pembroke Road and Country Club Road exit, near mile marker 416, in the eastbound lanes.

    Investigators say a vehicle ran into a blue Toyota Camry, causing it to swerve off the road, lose control, come back on the road, and hit a Craven County deputy who was sitting inside a unmarked, white Dodge Charger. Both cars sustained rear-end damage.

    Inside the Toyota Camry were two females who were transported by EMS to Carolina East Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. At last check they were listed in stable condition, with minor injuries.

    The deputy was privately transported to urgent care and is expected to be just fine.

    The description of the hit-and-run vehicle is unknown at this point. Police are looking for any information or witnesses to help them find and identify the hit-and-run vehicle involved.

    The Toyota Camry is considered totaled and the deputy's vehicle is said to have experienced damage that is repairable.

  • Witness: Woman ejected from flipping vehicle

    By WCTI Staff
    Published On: Jul 30 2014 03:57:39 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 30 2014 10:48:22 PM CDT

    UPDATE: Trooper Jeremy Coletrain of Highway Patrol confirmed with NewsChannel12 that three were injured in a crash Wednesday afternoon.

    Trooper Coletrain said the vehicle was heading westbound when it hit a median cable, flipped and came to a rest on the eastbound land of Highway 64.

    The three injured were all in the vehicle that flipped. They were transported to Vidant Medical by ambulance with serious injuries.

    Charges are pending in the case.

    Highway Patrol said the crash is still under investigation.

    PREVIOUS:Troopers are investigating a single-vehicle rollover crash that temporarily closed the eastbound lanes of Highway 64.

    The incident happened near the Martin/Edgecombe county line; crews got the call at around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.

    A witness on scene said the vehicle was in the westbound lane of the highway and crossed the median onto the eastbound lanes. The witness says the vehicle flipped several times, and one of the two persons inside was ejected and thrown into the woods.

    No word on severity of injuries.

  • Three dead in Fayetteville shooting that left three deputies wounded

    Published On: Jul 30 2014 10:32:07 AM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 30 2014 01:34:33 PM CDT

    Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says three deputies were hurt Wednesday morning in a shootout that left the suspect and two others dead, including a child.

    It happened around 7 a.m. at the Crystal Springs Mobile Home Park in the 5100 block of New Moon Drive in Fayetteville - the area is off Crystal Springs Road between Cumberland and Camden roads.

    The shootout was reportedly the result of a domestic dispute between a man and his grandfather.

    Shots could be heard in the background on witness cell phone video provided to WTVD.

    Authorities tell WTVD that one deputy who was shot in the back was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in unknown condition, while another deputy was grazed in the leg and a third suffered bruising after a bullet struck his batton. The sheriff's office planned a news conference for this afternoon.

    A large area at the mobile home park has been taped off as part of the crime scene, and a State Highway Patrol vehicle was seen with a shattered back window.

    A neighbor, Danny McGirt, said he heard the gunshots from his home.

    "It sounded like somebody was banging on the door and then I said 'No, that's gunshots,'" he said.

  • Police: Driver with young passenger hits store, gets DWI

    By Jaime McCutcheon
    Published On: Jul 30 2014 08:40:03 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 30 2014 08:44:34 PM CDT

    A car smashed into a convenience store Wednesday night, knocking out the front door and windows and leaving behind a big mess.

    It happened around 7:30 p.m. at the Super Stop on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, near Chattawka Lane, in New Bern.

    Police say Tal Kap of New Bern was parked beside the building.  When he went to leave the parking lot, Kap backed his car in a semi circle, backing into the building's door and windows.  His car continued backing into store, with the car's trunk going up to the store counter.

    Police say Kap, who they estimate to be about 35-years-old, looked as if he was starting to leave, so customers chased after him and stopped him.  They took his car keys from him and called police.

    Kap had a three-year-old child with him, according to police. 

    Kap is charged with DWI, no operator's license, child endangerment and unsafe movement of a vehicle.

    No one was injured and the store was closed for at least Wednesday night.

  • Police: Man uses fake child abuse donation box to get money

    By Elizabeth Bynum
    Published On: Jul 30 2014 10:39:20 AM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 30 2014 03:46:33 PM CDT

    An Onslow County man has been arrested for creating a fake child abuse donation box outside a store in order to take people's money.

    Surf City Police said Samuel Carson Harris, 47, of Sneads Ferry, was arrested and charged with felony obtain property false pretense.

    Arrest warrants say between January 2010 and November 2013, Harris obtained an unknown amount of money from people at the Surf City Friendly Mart.

    The warrants say Harris left a donation box to collect money under the guise of protect-a-child services at the store.

    The Surf City Friendly Mart Manager contacted the Surf City Police Department on July 25th.

    "It was so full that we couldn't get anything in it and some people were trying to take some out of it so we were calling him. He wouldn't answer his phone and it went to voice mail but voice mail wasn't set up so we put it in the safe until the manager got a hold of it and turned it over to the police department," said Surf City Friendly Mart Assistant Manager Tara Bayse.

    After the Surf City Police Department took the donation box, they contacted the Attorney General's Office to see if Harris was running a legit donation company.

    All searches came up empty, leading to Tuesday's arrest.

    "Well it's just a shame that somebody would use channel protection to supply their lifestyle," said Bayse.

    Bayse says Harris emptied the donation boxes twice until he was caught.

    Surf City Police say the last donation box contained $60.

    Police said Harris posted a 10-thousand dollar unsecured bond; he made his first appearance in Onslow County District Court this morning.

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