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  • One killed, 11 injured in helicopter accident aboard Camp Lejeune

    Published On: Sep 03 2015 03:32:41 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2015 12:40:57 AM CDT
    JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County -

    One military member is dead and 11 are injured after a CH-53E helicopter had a hard landing during a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune Wednesday night.

    The II Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs Officers said the CH-53E helicopter is based out of Marine Corp Air Station New River. It belongs to the Heavy Helicopter Squadron-464, Marine Aircraft group-29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The helicopter and crew experienced a hard landing while conducting training aboard Camp Lejeune at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday.

    The military defines a hard landing as "when an aircraft impacts the ground with a greater vertical speed and force than a normal landing, typically after a rapid or steep descent."

    According to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune (NHCL), one Marine was transferred there via air MEDEVAC and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Seven Marines were treated initially at NHCL; six have been evaluated and have been released while one has been admitted and is in stable condition. Additionally, four Marines were transferred to Onslow Memorial Hospital. Three have been evaluated and scheduled for release. One Marine was reported in stable condition and in transit to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

    II MEF Public Affairs said they are not releasing the deceased service members name until 24 hours after next of kin has been notified.

    “The command’s priorities are to make contact with the families of the involved Marines as quickly as possible to provide them with the status of their loved ones,” said Capt. Kendra Motz, deputy director of II MEF Public Affairs. “We want to ensure the Marines and family members of the units involved in the mishap have easy access to any help they may need after this tragic event.”

    Gov. Pat McCrory expressed sadness over the incident and the loss of a Marine's life.

    “Today’s tragic accident reminds us all of the dangers and sacrifices our military men and women and their families face as they protect our freedom and way of life,” McCrory said. “I know all of North Carolina joins me in prayer for the brave Marine who was killed as well as the family and the fellow Marines who will mourn this tragic loss.”

    The incident is under investigation. Officials are not releasing any other details.

  • Family meets nurse who performed life-saving CPR in Vidant parking lot

    Published On: Sep 03 2015 05:36:08 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2015 12:41:07 AM CDT
    GREENVILLE, Pitt County -

    In January of last year, a Williamston man was visiting his wife at Vidant’s Rehab Center in Greenville. While in the parking lot, he went into complete cardiac arrest.

    A rehab nurse was with him and immediately began CPR. Now, the man's family meets the staff who saved his life.

    "It was a regular day like normal," said Lee Spivey, a registered nurse for Vidant Medical Center.

    "I was visiting my wife actually,” Gene Bowen said. “She was in rehab over here."

    "I looked at him and he was just sitting in the corner and I said, ‘you okay?’ and he's like, ‘yeah I'm fine’," said Kelly Goss, a Care Partner with Vidant.

    "I'd been having chest pain for the last couple weeks," Bowen said.

    "He did not want to go to the Emergency Department, which is really what we were saying he needed to do," Spivey said.

    “I was like, ‘No, you can't leave’ ... I was afraid for him to get in his car and try to go and not make it home," Goss said.

    "The nurses and the staff over here talked me into staying and going to the ER," Bowen said.

    “I got in the truck with him cause I thought it was the only way to make sure he went," Spivey said.

    "I remember getting out of the truck ... and that's pretty much all I remember," Bowen said.

    "I turned around, he was actually falling into me, so I kind of caught him and I laid him down ... I checked for a pulse. I couldn't get anything so I started CPR in the parking lot," Spivey said.

    "The doctor was saying they need to speak to the family of (Gene) Bowen and I said you probably need to talk to my daughter,” Bowen’s ex-wife Denise Edmundson said. “She called me back and was just screaming … ‘Daddy died! Daddy died!  Daddy died! And she said, ‘Mama, do you want them to keep doing CPR?’ And I said, “Yes! yes! Do everything.”

    "I did CPR for what seemed like forever ... then somebody finally came out and the ED took over," Spivey said.

    "It was just God's intervention throughout the whole thing. That he put in the right people the right place at the right time," Goss said.

    "I keep this little note on my fridge ... It says, ‘Thank you for what you did. You saved my dad’," Spivey said.

    "They help people like this every day, I just happened to be one of those situations," Bowen said.

    "He's doing well, spending a lot of time with his grandson, which was really nice to hear," Spivey said.

    "I'm just glad that he's here and I'm glad we were able to have this reunion because I thought about him so many times since that day," Goss said.

    "I'm very thankful Hunter has a granddaddy and they still have their daddy and I'm actually glad he still alive too," Edmundson said.

  • Colonel releases name of Marine killed in helicopter accident

    Published On: Sep 04 2015 07:58:37 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2015 02:50:27 PM CDT
    jonathan lewis

    SSgt. Jonathan Lewis, courtesy of Facebook

    CAMP LEJEUNE, Onslow County -

    Military officials at Camp Lejeune released new information Friday morning on Wednesday's fatal helicopter accident.

    SSgt. Jonathan Lewis, 31, (pictured above) died in the hard landing in a helicopter Wednesday aboard Camp Lejeune, according to Colonel Jeffrey Kenney, officer in charge of the Expeditionary Operations Training Group. SSgt. Lewis worked in the communications field as a radio chief. He is from Fauquier, Virginia and his parent command was FAST Co. from Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va.

    Col. Kenney said Lewis was inside the CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter when the hard landing occurred. The helicopter belongs to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, Marine Aircraft Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. It experienced a hard landing while conducting Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques (HRST) training in a landing zone at Stone Bay, a satellite training area aboard Camp Lejeune.

    SSgt. Lewis was assigned to Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST), Company B, Marine Corps Security Forces Regiment, in Yorktown, Va. Lewis joined the Marine Corps in 2006 and served in the communications field as a radio chief.

    "We are deeply saddened at the loss of one our students and fellow Marines," said Col. Jeffrey Kenney, officer in charge of the Expeditionary Operations Training Group.  "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as we all mourn this tragic loss of life. It is deeply felt here and across our entire Marine Corps."

    SSgt. Lewis' awards include: the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal, two Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation medals, three Marine Corps Good Conduct medals, National Defense Service medal, Iraq Campaign medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal, Global War on Terrorism Service medal, Humanitarian Service medal, and three Sea Service ribbons.

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    One military member is dead and 11 are injured after a CH-53E helicopter had a hard landing during a training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune Wednesday night.

    The II Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs Officers said the CH-53E helicopter is based out of Marine Corp Air Station New River. It belongs to the Heavy Helicopter Squadron-464, Marine Aircraft group-29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The helicopter and crew experienced a hard landing while conducting training aboard Camp Lejeune at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday.

    The military defines a hard landing as "when an aircraft impacts the ground with a greater vertical speed and force than a normal landing, typically after a rapid or steep descent."

    According to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune (NHCL), one Marine was transferred there via air MEDEVAC and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Seven Marines were treated initially at NHCL; six have been evaluated and have been released while one has been admitted and is in stable condition. Additionally, four Marines were transferred to Onslow Memorial Hospital. Three have been evaluated and scheduled for release. One Marine was reported in stable condition and in transit to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

    II MEF Public Affairs said they are not releasing the deceased service members name until 24 hours after next of kin has been notified.

    “The command’s priorities are to make contact with the families of the involved Marines as quickly as possible to provide them with the status of their loved ones,” said Capt. Kendra Motz, deputy director of II MEF Public Affairs. “We want to ensure the Marines and family members of the units involved in the mishap have easy access to any help they may need after this tragic event.”

    Gov. Pat McCrory expressed sadness over the incident and the loss of a Marine's life.

    “Today’s tragic accident reminds us all of the dangers and sacrifices our military men and women and their families face as they protect our freedom and way of life,” McCrory said. “I know all of North Carolina joins me in prayer for the brave Marine who was killed as well as the family and the fellow Marines who will mourn this tragic loss.”

    The incident is under investigation. Officials are not releasing any other details.

  • Texas college student drives Barbie Jeep after DWI arrest

    Published On: Sep 04 2015 09:48:54 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2015 10:25:05 AM CDT
    Hello Barbie

    From Mattel

    When Texas State University student Tara Monroe had her license suspended over a DWI arrest, she turned her nose up at a bike and instead took to a hot pink Barbie toy car.

    Monroe, 20, has become an Internet sensation as she cruises around the campus in San Marcos, Texas.

    According to a report from the San Antonio Express-News, Monroe's license was automatically suspended after she refused a Breathalyzer test during a March 4 traffic stop.

    She then found herself carless after her dad took away her vehicle and instead left her with a bicycle to get around.

    Instead, she bought the Barbie Jeep on Craigslist for $60 and named it Charlene in honor of the little girl who previously owned it.

    Her new 12-volt battery-powered ride allows her to zoom around campus at about five miles per hour.

    Monroe is embracing her newfound fame.

    "This is the best way I could have gotten my 15 minutes of fame," she told the Express-News. "Basically, it was the best decision I’ve made in college, yet…"

  • Operation "Who's Next" Round IV leads to nine more arrests

    Published On: Sep 04 2015 04:26:27 PM CDT

    (Carteret County Sheriff's Department photos)

    BEAUFORT, Carteret County -

    The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office reports nine more arrests in round four of its Operation “Who’s Next.”

    The campaign is aimed at targeting illegal drug sales in Carteret County. It’s a joint drug enforcement campaign coordinated by the county’s sheriff department, the Morehead City Police Department and the district attorney’s office.

    So far, 41 suspects have been arrested with over 100 drug dealers targeted.

    The suspects are pictured above, first on the top row, from left to right, and below, from left to right:

    Amanda Gayle Barnhardt, 39
    852 Mason Town Rd., Lot 19 , Newport
    Bond: $50,000 secured
    Two counts – Possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin; Two counts – Sell or deliver heroin; Two counts – Maintain vehicle, dwelling, place for controlled substance.

    Raythious Dewayne Becton, 38
    408 North Main St., Cove City
    Bond: $5,000 secured
    One count – Possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana; One count – Felony flee or elude arrest with motor vehicle; One count – Driving while license revoked.

    Paul Stephon Bryant, 37
    163 Taylor Farm Rd., Beaufort
    Bond: $100,000 secured
    Two counts – Trafficking in cocaine; One count – Maintain vehicle, dwelling, place for controlled substance; One count – Possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Dillinger Joseph Cantone, 24
    204 Raleigh St., Emerald Isle
    Bond: $12,500 secured
    Two counts – Possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance; Two counts – Sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance; Two counts – Conspire to sell schedule II controlled substance.

    Mark Joseph Francis, 39
    362 Lake Rd., Newport
    Bond: $30,000 secured
    One count – Possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin; one count – Possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Karen Lynn Gunning, 50
    688 Chatham St., Newport
    Bond: $5,000 secured
    One count – Possession with intent to sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance; One count – Sell or deliver counterfeit controlled substance; One count – Maintain vehicle, dwelling, place for controlled substance.

    Jennifer Lee Harrelson, 35
    362 Lake Rd., Newport
    Bond: $30,000 secured
    One count – Possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin; one count – Possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Kevin James Kracke, 40
    195 Nine Foot Rd., Lot 12 Roberson’s MHP, Newport
    Bond: $10,000 secured
    Two counts – Possession of methamphetamine; One count – Possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine; One count – Manufacture methamphetamine; One count – Possession and distribution of methamphetamine precursor.

    Renee Marie Reukauf, 38
    195 Rattan St., Newport
    Bond: $5,000 secured
    One count – Possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance; One count – Sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance; One count – Maintain vehicle, dwelling, place for controlled substance.

  • Huge rattlesnake found in Calif. home

    Published On: Sep 03 2015 03:26:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 03 2015 03:02:27 PM CDT

    Firefighters removed a huge snake from a California home.

  • Former Washington High School star making impact for Pirates

    Published On: Sep 01 2015 10:54:16 PM CDT

    Former Washington High School star wide receiver Jimmy Williams has gone from a walk-on to a starting wide receiver for the Pirates.

  • Bears break into car, create humorous moment for Tennessee woman

    Published On: Sep 03 2015 07:40:33 PM CDT

    It's not your everyday criminal car break-in. The burglar left behind some prints that helped figure out who was responsible.

  • State's top two Class 1-A teams clash in this week's Game of the Century

    Published On: Sep 02 2015 09:50:55 PM CDT

    It'll be a game for the ages, again, when Wallace-Rose Hill and James Kenan square off on Friday. Wallace-Rose Hill, the defending Class 1-AA state champs, is ranked No. 1 in the state. James Kenan, which lost to the Bulldogs in last year's 1-AA Eastern Finals, is ranked No. 2. It'll be the fifth meeting between the two Duplin County rivals in three years.

  • Former Swansboro star to start for Penn State on Saturday

    Published On: Sep 02 2015 09:36:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 02 2015 09:39:57 PM CDT

    Former Swansboro High School star DeAndre Thompkins will be on the field when Penn State opens its season on Saturday at Temple. Thompkins will make his first start in his first game. He was a redshirt freshman last season.