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  • 100-year-old woman dies in mobile home fire

    Published On: Oct 09 2015 11:45:44 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2015 01:33:07 PM CDT
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    HAVELOCK, Craven County -

    An elderly woman has died in a mobile home fire in Craven County, according to family members.

    The fire broke out at 140 Thomas Bell Jay Road in Craven County. Family members on the scene confirmed to NewsChannel 12 that the body 100-year-old Odessa Bell was found by firefighters.

    Family said they called 911 about the fire around 10:30 a.m. Friday.  NewsChannel 12's Lauren Arnott is on the scene and will report updates.

  • Warrant: Man extorts money from Marine with false sex claim

    Published On: Oct 09 2015 10:44:56 AM CDT
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    JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County -

    A Jacksonville man allegedly extorted thousands of dollars from a Marine by saying he would tell authorities the Marine had sex with an underage girl.

    Onslow County deputies said that claim against the Marine was false. They say Eburt Charles Fish, 46, of High Hill Road, used that threat to obtain $9,400 from the Marine. Fish was arrested Thursday and charged with felony extortion and obtaining property by false pretense.

    Deputies said Fish told the Marine he would tell law enforcement and military command that the Marine had a sexual encounter with an underage girl. Deputies said Fish threatened this while knowing the act did not occur and that his claim was untrue.

    Fish bonded out of jail on a $25,000 bond.

  • Family thanking those who helped find missing crabber

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 05:22:25 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 08 2015 06:11:25 PM CDT
    BATH, Beaufort County -

    The family of the fisherman whose body was found Wednesday morning is thanking all those who helped search for Michael Hopkins.

    "Michael started on the water at a young age like all of us around here do," Josh Hopkins, Michael’s nephew said. "He loved fishing, he loved hunting and he loved the water.”

    Michael Hopkins spent 40-some years on the Pamlico River working alongside friends and family as a professional crabber.

    "It's just a freedom. You're out there with nature, you're out there, you've got time to yourself, I mean, you work for yourself, and it's a hard job and it's rough sometimes," Josh Hopkins said.

    Michael Hopkins docked his boat off Garrett Lane at North Creek and that’s where he left Monday morning to check his crab pots in the Pamlico River.

    Just a few hours later, his boat washed up on the other side of the river with nothing inside but crab pots and his tiny dog, Wayne Wayne.

    "We took off looking for Michael. We knew if the boat was found with Wayne Wayne on it something had happened," Josh Hopkins said.

    Dozens searched for him. "You go to anything floating, you know. You see birds working somewhere, you go to them and just hope for the best," longtime friend Howell Sparrow said.

    Those who knew Michael say he was a man who could light up any room and worked hard.

    "If you couldn't make you laugh, something was wrong with you," Sparrow said.

    "He worked hard and he worked every day that he could. Foul weather or not, Michael was going to work," Josh Hopkins said.

    They finally found him Wednesday morning, less than a mile from the dock. “I was right there. I was right there when I pulled them up," Sparrow said.

    "I was just glad I was getting Michael home," Josh Hopkins said.

    Even though his body will be laid to rest, Michael certainly left his mark on everyone who knew him.

    "He's one uncle I will never forget," Josh Hopkins said.

    "He left doing what he loved to do," Sparrow said.

    Visitation is set for this Saturday night at Paul’s Funeral Home in Belhaven from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral is on Sunday at 2 p.m. The family says anyone who knew and loved Michael is welcome to attend.

    For anyone worried about little Wayne Wayne, the family says the dog is staying with Michael’s younger brother.

  • Two-year-old hit and killed by vehicle

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 12:32:25 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 08 2015 07:16:09 PM CDT
    GREENVILLE, Pitt County -

    A two-year-old was hit and killed Wednesday night, the Highway Patrol told NewsChannel 12's Rebekah Thurston.

    The accident happened on Dean Road near Greenville around 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The child, Tayvion Guilford of 59 Charlie Lane in Chocowinity, was walking with a group of other children on the side of the road when the child who was hit ran into the roadway. That's when the vehicle hit and killed the child.

    The family of the child does not live in the area. They were visiting from Chocowinity, officials said. The driver will not be charged, Highway Patrol officials said.

    The incident is still under investigation.

  • Pop/country singer dies at home in Morehead City

    Published On: Oct 07 2015 01:28:06 PM CDT
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    MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County -

    Billy Joe Royal, a pop singer who popularized the song "Down in the Boondocks," and crossed over into country music, has died. He was 73 years old.

    His agent, Brent Taylor, said the singer died at his home Tuesday in Morehead City.

    The Georgia-born singer debuted on Columbia Records with "Down in the Boondocks" in 1965, which reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. But he struggled to match his initial success with his subsequent records and starting in the late 1980s, he reinvented himself as a country singer.

    He was known for songs like "I'll Pin a Note on Your Pillow," ''Tell it Like it is," and "Till I Can't Take it Anymore." He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

  • Weekend full of activities with Mumfest, Mullet Festival

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 11:01:49 PM CDT

    Mumfest starts Friday in New Bern and the Mullet Festival will begin Saturday, marking a weekend full of festivities in two area counties.

  • 61st annual Mullet Festival starts Saturday

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 01:00:41 PM CDT

    The 61st annual Mullet Festival starts Saturday in Swansboro and event organizers are ready, rain or shine.

  • West Craven looking to end Havelock's recent success in series

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 07:44:51 PM CDT

    Havelock and West Craven usually meet in the final game of the season. This year, they'll meet on Friday in what could be a preview of the state playoffs. Havelock has won every game since 2009 and the Eagles want to change that.

  • Trent Park Elementary principal receives honor

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 02:39:29 PM CDT

    Dr. Eleanor B. Patrick was named 2015 Principal of the Year for Craven County. She is the principal at Trent Park Elementary School.

  • Mumfest kicks off on Friday

    Published On: Oct 08 2015 06:02:27 PM CDT