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  • Community rallies behind former School Resource Officer

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 08:07:18 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2015 08:16:39 PM CDT
    CAPE CARTERET, Carteret County -

    White Oak Elementary School Resource Officer, Mitch Schelinder, is off the job. He was removed from his post at the request of school district leaders after he posted a message on his personal facebook page about a potential threat of violence at Croatan High School last week. The information was posted without verification leading some parents to keep their kids home from school.

    "I received some information from my son who received a text message from a classmate talking about a possible shooting up Croatan High School," Schelinder said to a group of supporters.

    Many parents and students in Western Carteret County are hoping district leaders will reconsider. At a rally Saturday afternoon officer Mitch was greeted with support and open arms. Supporters say it was Carteret County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dan Novey's decision to remove Schelinder as an SRO. Novey released the following statement.

    "Law enforcement, particular SRO's, work to protect our schools and are essential and beloved members of the school community. Of necessity we must be able to rely on their judgement and when that is called into question based on real events, a change is in order," Novey said.

    Officer Mitch, also a Cape Carteret Police Officer, has received an outpouring of support from his police chief, parents, and students like 12-year-old Bailey Kenyon.

    "One day I had plans to commit suicide. I had the courage, knowing him, to go and talk to him about it. Without him I wouldn't be standing here right now. He's a male role model that the kids need, that I needed. They really need him back," Kenyon said.

    The Carteret County Board of Education will hold a meeting Tuesday evening.
    Public comments on the issue will be heard by board members at 6 p.m.

  • Still no suspect or victim in New Bern shooting

    Published On: Oct 02 2015 04:13:38 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2015 07:17:42 AM CDT
    NEW BERN, Craven County -

    Early Saturday, police continued to investigate a random shots fired incident in New Bern on Friday.

    Police responded to the incident at 2:16 p.m. at the 1200 block of Broad Street. A report came in of a black male in dark clothing firing multiple rounds in the Five Points area. There were no victims and there are no suspects at this time.

    This investigation is ongoing and the police are asking for anyone who witnessed the shooting or has any information to contact the New Bern Police Department at (252) 633-2020. You can also call the New Bern Police Department's TIPS line at (252) 636-5034 or the Craven County Crime Stoppers line at (252) 633-5141.

  • Rain returns for Sunday

    Published On: Oct 02 2015 02:11:13 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2015 07:26:08 PM CDT

    Meteorologist Donnie Cox has your Friday night StormTrack 12 forecast.

    NEW BERN, Craven County -


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    Click here for the latest advisories on Hurricane Joaquin

    THIS EVENING: We'll have Variably cloudy skies, clouds will increase late as well as some spotty showers. Temperatures will remain in the mid 70s with northeast winds 10-15mph

    SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a scattered shower. Lows: 68 to 72 inland, 74 to 78 coast. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

    SUNDAY: Cloudy and breezy with rain returning. Heaviest coast late PM. Highs: 74 to 78 inland, 76 to 80 beaches. East to northeast wind 15 to 25 mph.

    MARINE:SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through Wednesday. East northeast winds 20-30kts. Seas 5 to 8 feet near shore, 8 to 11 feet off shore. Rough on adjacent rivers and sounds.  High Tide: 12:38am Sunday, Low Tide 6:50am Sunday.

    TROPICAL FORECAST: Hurricane Joaquin continues to be a monster out in the Atlantic. But not threat to the U.S.

    Current winds have Joaquin at 150mph, a strong Category 4 storm. He is moving off to the northeast at 17mph. Pressure is 934mb. Joaquin was located 27.0 N and 70.5 W. Joaquin will continue on this path through and weaken to a category 3 storm as it passes just to the west of Bermuda.

    WEATHER SUMMARY: We are tracking a stalled front in the StormTrack 12 Weather Center and a big upper level system that is creating a big mess in South Carolina.

    As we head into Sunday that batch of moisture will get sent northward increasing our chances for rain. Flood watches and warnings are out as we could see an addition 1-3inches of rain especially along the coast through Tuesday.

    By Tuesday High pressure will build in and we'll get a chance to dry things out for the middle to later portion of the week and temperatures will be a tad cooler as well.

    You can always get the latest forecast and weather information on NewsChannel 12,, the StormTrack 12 weather app and our social media on Facebook and Twitter.

    Our normal high 79°, low 59°.

    ---Meteorologist Jonathan Weant

  • Sunday hunting with guns allowed starting this weekend

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 07:31:45 AM CDT
    RALEIGH, N.C. -

    North Carolina residents could hear the sounds of the hunting season on Sundays for the first time starting this weekend.

    Hunting with guns is now allowed on Sundays on private property. The General Assembly passed a law ending the ban that dates back to the 1800s effective Oct. 1.

    Sunday hunting had been prohibited largely in deference to the Christian Sabbath. An exception for bow hunting already began several years ago.

    There are still plenty of exceptions to the new law. Shooting is still prohibited between prime church-going times of 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and hunters must otherwise stay at least 500 feet away from a church. And the all-day prohibition remains in place in Wake and Mecklenburg counties.

    Additional counties could opt out in two years.

  • Flooding in Eastern North Carolina

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 10:50:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2015 11:27:55 PM CDT
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    With all of the rain Eastern North Carolina has seen there has been major flooding. Some areas have seen between 2 to 8 inches. Below is information we gathered on conditions around Eastern North Carolina Saturday evening. 

    Sheriff Chris Davis of Pamlico County says Highway 55 near Callison Road is covered in water and the Department of Transportation has been notified. Several other back roads in the area are flooded and many of the major roads in Pamlico County are as well. Officials say to use caution tonight and through the weekend when driving.

    Officials in New Bern say Adams Creek Road and Streets Ferry Road near Vanceboro are both places of concern.

    In Jacksonville, police officials say Shoreline Drive has been closed to all traffic except local traffic. The New River is high from the rain and is flooding the road. Officials say to avoid this area until the street is reopened.

    Roads in Greenville are looking good according to police there. Officials say Deck Street is back open and the intersection of 14th Street near Charles Blvd. is still one lane but passable. Officials are going to continue to monitor flood prone areas and close roads if necessary.

    The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City has extended their flood watch until 11:00 A.M. on Monday October 5th, 2015.

    Officials in North Topsail Beach say that with the rain they have already had combined with possible over wash in some areas at high tide several areas of North Topsail Beach will flood and become impassable. Officials say to stay off of the roads unless it's absolutely necessary.

    According to officials in Pine Knoll Shores, an additional 3 to 4 inches of rain is expected between now and Monday October 5th. On Sunday, the effects of Hurricane Joaquin are expected to bring 15-25 mph winds with gusts up to 35 mph. 8 to 10 foot waves are also a possibility on Sunday. Several streets already have standing water but there have been no reports of water flooding into homes.

    The National Weather Service extended an Areal Flood Watch for Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Outer Banks, Hyde, and Pamlico counties untill 8:00 P.M. on Monday October 5th.

  • Visitors, vendors enjoying first night of Seafood Festival

    Published On: Oct 02 2015 09:44:00 PM CDT

    Rain didn't keep too many people away from the North Carolina Seafood Festival. In fact, a lot of people were there to enjoy the food and fun.

  • Rain not keeping people from Seafood Festival

    Published On: Oct 02 2015 07:31:26 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2015 07:53:50 PM CDT

    The 29th annual North Carolina Seafood Festival is going strong despite the rain. Food, rides and more are there for people to enjoy.

  • Rainy weather forces schools out early in New Bern, other areas

    Published On: Oct 02 2015 09:30:17 PM CDT

    With all this rain we've had already, Friday's showers led to early dismissal for a number of schools in our viewing area. That included New Bern.

  • Family & friends mourn victims of Oregon college shooting

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 06:22:18 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2015 05:53:24 PM CDT
  • Heavy rain, possible flooding could take place in Pitt County

    Published On: Oct 02 2015 01:37:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2015 05:45:40 PM CDT

    Pitt County officials say they are watching the area for heavy rain and preparing for possible road flooding. NewsChannel 12's Rebekah Thurston has more on what's going on.