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  • Police: BMX star Dave Mirra shot and killed himself with own gun

    Published On: Feb 04 2016 06:02:46 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2016 07:27:40 PM CST
    GREENVILLE, Pitt County -

    Famous BMX rider David “Dave” Mirra died on Thursday in Greenville, according to information released by Greenville Police Department Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter.

    Officials say he apparently committed suicide at the 200 block of Pinewood Road around 4 p.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered Mirra sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been visiting friends in the area a short time before the incident, according to a press release.

    Earlier Thursday, Mirra posted a photo on his Instagram account with the caption, "My Rock! Thank god."

    The record-holding athlete is survived by his wife, Lauren, and two children. Police are still investigating. A press conference will be held by Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman and Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas will address the media Friday at 9 a.m.

    "We mourn the loss today of a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift," Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said in a press release. "He called Greenville, North Carolina home and was as humble a guy talking with kids on a street corner about bikes as he was in his element on the world stage. A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon."

    Mirra, 41, was born on April 4, 1974 in Chittenango, New York. He held the record for most X Games medals until being passed by Bob Burnquist at X Games Munich in 2013, according to Wikipedia. He medaled at every X Games from when the yearly event started in 1995 until 2008. Mirra finished with 24 total medals, 14 of them gold.

    His fame led to television appearances on such shows as “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Today” and “George Lopez.”

    After a stint as host for two seasons of the MTV show “Real World/Road Rules Challenge,” he moved to Greenville with his wife and was working to promote BMX. His work quickly gave Grenville the nickname “Protown” in the BMX community. A large number of BMX riders later moved to the area and Mirra’s work with fellow rider Ryan Nyquist led to ramps and other things being built for young people to use in the community.

    Mirra had also recently competed in several Global RallyCross Championship rally car events, the latest in 2013 when he raced in the Subaru Puma Rallycross TeamUSA races, according to Wikipedia.com. He was a member of the team which won the 2014 Race Across America Four-Person Male (Under 50) category.

    SportsIllustrated.com did a story on Mirra in 2015 where he said he was developing a passion to compete in Ironman competitions. SI.com reports he watched one of his friends, Eric Hinman, in a competition in 2012 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

    Part of an Ironman competition involves 112 miles of biking, something Mirra was obviously good at.

    “Lake Placid didn’t get me into the sport at the time,” Mirra said in the SI.com interview. “I remember saying that it was an awesome sport that I’d never get into, but by the end of that summer, I was training like a triathlete with Mike Corona, the same guy who Eric trained with.”

    Mirra competed in his first Ironman event in March 2013, the BikeShore 70.3 mile Triathlon in Long Beach, Caif. He placed fourth in that event.

    “I was two miles out from finishing and thinking to myself that I’d never do this again,” Mirra told SI.com. “But when I got done, I couldn’t wait to do it again. When I called my wife from the finish line I was almost in tears I felt so good.”

    He continued participating in Ironman events through 2015.

  • Winter weather possibility this weekend

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 02:56:33 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 06 2016 01:34:20 PM CST
    NEW BERN, Craven County -

    An area of low pressure will move up the coast on Sunday. The latest model runs have been hinting at the possibility a rain/snow mix on Sunday. The important thing to remember, is that it appears ground temperatures will remain above freezing throughout the event.

    Several advisories and warnings are posted in advance of this storm. A high wind warning will go into effect on Sunday for Carteret county. A wind advisory will go into effect for several ENC counties as well. 

    Click here for the latest watches, warnings, and advisories due to this system.

    Models show rain moving in early Sunday morning, but temperatures above the surface will be cold enough in a few inland areas to start the morning off with a rain/snow mix. This won't be a full out snow event as the rain and snow will fight each other for the majority of the day. As temperatures fall Sunday afternoon, there is another possibility of a rain/snow mix. This would be possible along the coast as well. Wintry accumulations will be minimal as surface temperatures will be above freezing.

    The situation can change in both directions over the next 12 hours or so. We will continue to update this information as models runs come in today.

    The bigger story will be the rain and wind on Sunday. Regardless of any winter weather, this system could bring up to 1-2 inches of rain along with 30-40 mph winds. Rain amounts inland will be up to an inch with winds near 20-30 mph. Gusts will be 40-50 mph. 

    Impacts will depend on the actual track of the low. Any heavy rain that materializes will cause poor drainage flooding issues because of the significant rain this week. With gusty winds and a saturated ground, downed trees are a possibility in addition to power outages.

  • Two teenagers arrested in case where three donkeys shot, killed

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 03:39:10 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2016 04:45:56 PM CST

    (Pamlico County Sheriff's Office photos)

    BAYBORO, Pamlico County -

    The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two teenagers in connection with an incident where three donkeys were shot and killed last weekend.

    According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, deputies and members of the Pamlico County Animal Control Office obtained warrants Friday for Daylin Cross Hancock, 17, and Brandon Gray Bennett, 18, both of Reelsboro. Both were arrested and charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty.

    On Jan. 30, officials said three donkeys, Pete, Pearl and Peanut, were shot. They belonged to David Spruill of Gibbtown Road in Merritt. Spruill told NewsChannel 12 earlier this week two of the donkeys were dead when he found them. A third died the next day. Peanut was six months old.

    The investigation determined that the animals were killed with a small caliber firearm. Citizen witnesses also provided information about a possible vehicle that was used in the crime.  Other concerned citizens came forward during the investigation that led to the arrests and the seizure of the firearm used.

    Bennett and Hancock were both placed in the Pamlico County Detention Center on a $5,000 secured bond and both have a first court appearance scheduled for Feb 12 in Pamlico County District Court.

    The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office and the Pamlico County Animal Control Office would like to thank the citizens of Pamlico County for their assistance in this matter the successful resolution of this case was a direct result of the partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and the community.

  • Dave Mirra’s agent releases statement, on behalf of family, on his death

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 02:47:33 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2016 02:52:51 PM CST
    GREENVILLE, Pitt County -

    The family of Dave Mirra has released a statement through Steve Astephen, Mirra’s longtime family friend and agent.

    The statement reads: “Dave’s wife and family are shocked and saddened by the loss of such as remarkable person whom they loved so deeply. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers and for respecting their privacy through this difficult time.”

  • Couple who are Panthers fans get ultrasound of baby who appears to be dabbin’

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 05:34:29 PM CST
    HUGO, Lenoir County -

    Being a true fan of the Panthers starts in the womb. At least for this couple.

    NewsChannel 12 Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter Matt Trent received an email on Friday from Bill Hudson. In it was a photo of Lauren and Jonas Howard of Hugo. They announced a new addition to their family back in December.

    On Friday, it turns out Lauren had an ultrasound and, from the looks of it, the baby appears to be dabbin’. That’s the pose made famous by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers will take on the Broncos this Sunday in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California.

    A dabbin’ baby? You betcha. Congrats to the Howard family. Go Panthers.

  • Fans come from all around to see Super Bowl 50 ... even Ocracoke Island

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 11:18:52 PM CST

    NewsChannel 12's Brian North (@BrianNorth4) caught up with some Panthers fans who  made the looooooong journey from Ocracoke Island to see the team in Super bowl 50. But, as they'll tell you, it was well worth the trip.

  • New details emerging in suicide death of Dave Mirra

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 01:01:57 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2016 01:33:31 PM CST

    Here's an update from our noon news on the death of BMX legend Dave Mirra and the press conference which took place Friday morning.

  • Onslow County licensed social worker talks about Mirra, depression

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 01:34:30 PM CST

    Dawn Rochelle is the executive director for the Onslow County Partnership for Children. She was in our studios at noon to talk about Dave Mirra's death, depression and what can be done to prevent it. Rochelle is a licensed clinical social worker.

  • Death of BMX legend Dave Mirra still shocking, answers sought

    Published On: Feb 05 2016 07:26:32 PM CST

    People are stunned and saddened in Greenville and all around the world after news of Dave Mirra's death. News Channel 12's Nicole Ford (@NicoleWCTI) and Lauren Arnott (@Lauren_Arnott) have team coverage of a sad Friday.

  • Events around Eastern Carolina on February 6th

    Published On: Feb 06 2016 07:27:13 AM CST

    USO of North Carolina, Jacksonville Center will be hosting an open house to celebrate a milestone anniversary. Also, Tryon Palace will be having a 'free day,' Saturday February 6, 2016.