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  • Single-vehicle crash now a fatal accident

    Published On: Feb 08 2016 06:36:55 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 08 2016 03:33:53 PM CST

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    NEW BERN, Craven County -

    New Bern Police are investigating a deadly single-car accident.

    Police said the accident happened around 8:31 p.m. Sunday on Elizabeth Avenue and Glenburnie Road. Officers said Joseph George's vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree.

    He was taken to Carolina East Medical Center and then he was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.   Vidant officials confirmed Monday that George had passed away from his injuries.

    George was the former New Bern Housing Authority Director. He was the director for 27 years. He retired in 2011, said Martin Blaney, the current director of the NBHA.

    There is no word yet on what caused the accident.

  • Marine charged with child abuse of 3-year-old

    Published On: Feb 08 2016 11:02:14 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 08 2016 05:57:28 PM CST
    RICHLANDS, Onslow County -

    A Camp Lejeune Marine faces child abuse charges. According to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, 22-year-old Justin Teeter of Carriage Hills Court in Richlands is charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury and assault by strangulation. Deputies said Teeter is the child’s stepfather.

    Teeter was arrested Feb. 6, after deputies responded to Onslow Memorial Hospital for a child being treated for serious injuries.  According to a press release, the child had cuts and bruises over her entire body. Warrants state the child appeared to have been choked. Investigators said they cannot tell whether the child was strangled with Teeter's hands, or with a wire or cord.

    Teeter is being held at the Onslow County Detention Center under a $200,000 bond.  Warrants state Teeter is to have no contact with the victim and must stay aboard base until the case is settled.

  • Vanceboro family's new home floods

    Published On: Feb 07 2016 09:22:05 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 07 2016 09:51:17 PM CST
    VANCEBORO, Craven County -

     Knee deep flooding led Kimberly Moore to brave the weather and come out to check on her family on Streets Ferry Road in Vanceboro.

    "It's coming up pretty quickly," she said. "It usually rises three days, but it's going to be a lot more than three days rising through here."

    That above average flooding forced her to turn around without making it to her family. Some left their cars and walked through the water, but other residents chose to drive through anyway.

    Frank Morey said that was not an option from his home.

    "No, no, I actually had to move the cars up to higher ground," Morey said. "The only part that's left that's dry."

    The current and the water have Morey and his family trapped on the second floor of a home they just moved into. The flooding came into the first floor of his home and he estimates they've lost about $17,000 of furniture, power tools, and clothing.

    "I've lost everything down there," he said. "Washer, dryer, freezer, the whole nine yards."

    Morey says his appointment to get renters insurance was scheduled for the day after the flooding. He doesn't know how he will replace everything the family lost, but he does know his next step.

    "I'm pretty upset and I will be moving out of here," he said.

    Some of Morey's friends have already set up a GoFundMe page to help his family. Here is the link if you want to help out: https://www.gofundme.com/zungyb7g

  • Man charged in drowning death of teen in Washington County

    Published On: Jun 19 2013 10:59:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Feb 07 2014 05:30:20 PM CST
    PLYMOUTH, WASHINGTON COUNTY -

    Deputies have charged a suspect with manslaughter in the drowning death of a teen in Washington County last year.

    Michael Ashley Hodges (pictured left) was arrested on Thursday and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and obstruction of justice in the death of Hashawn Tyrell Cherry, a.k.a. Shawn Moore, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

    Cherry (pictured right), of Washington, was swimming with three young men off of a small boat in a pond near Long Ridge Road in Plymouth on June 19, 2013, deputies said. But his friends later called 911 to report that Cherry was drowning.

    Deputies and police arrived at the scene but were unable to rescue Cherry, investigators said. Members of the Sydney Dive Team recovered the victim's body later that evening.

    Cherry was 19 years old when he died.

    "It's a true relief to know that the family's gonna have some closure in this, possibly in the near future," said Lt. Investigator Kevin Sawyer, of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

    The Sheriff's Office did not explain exactly why Hodges has been charged or how he was involved in Cherry's death. Hodges was being held in the Washington County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. The District Attorney's Office is working to schedule a court date.

    Additional arrests are pending, the Sheriff's Office stated.

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    Deputies have identified the victim who apparently drowned in a Washington County pond, making him the fourth teen to drown in Eastern Carolina in the past month.

    According to Lt. Kevin Sawyer of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Hashawn T. Cherry, a.k.a. Shawn Moore, of Washington, was swimming with three young men off of a small boat, near 5948 Long Ridge Road in Plymouth. But at about 5:39 p.m. Wednesday, Cherry's friends called 911, reporting that the victim was drowning.

    "I came over to the water. and the other guys were out here in the boat and they were out of breath from struggling with Shawn," Brian Sawyer, who lives at the property where Cherry drowned, said.

    Sawyer said Cherry was a friend of his nephew.

    "When I came out there was no sign of him," Sawyer said. "He was already gone."

    Deputies and police arrived at the scene but were unable to rescue Cherry, Lt. Sawyer said. Members of the Sydney Dive Team recovered the victim's body at about 7:17 p.m.

    It appeared that Cherry had drowned, but the Medical Examiner's office will conduct a routine exam to determine the exact cause of death, Lt. Sawyer said.

    Cherry's apparent drowning is the fourth in Eastern Carolina in the past month. On June 13, Marcel Albu, 18, a foreign exchange student, drowned in Emerald Isle, police said.

    On June 1, ECU student Braxton Horton, 19, was swept away by a rip current in Pine Knoll Shores, authorities said. His body was found 26 hours later.

    On May 23, Southwest High School football star Shak Pershey drowned while swimming with friends in North Topsail Beach.

  • 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.

  • Flooding issues a problem for residents in Pollocksville

    Published On: Feb 08 2016 01:39:21 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 08 2016 01:42:26 PM CST
  • N.C. House representative attends Southwest Onslow as temporary teacher

    Published On: Feb 08 2016 06:37:51 PM CST

    N.C. House Representative Phil Shepard got the chance to educate some of the younger generation Monday morning as a temporary teacher at Southwest Onslow High School.

  • Panthers turn focus to returning to Super Bowl next season

    Published On: Feb 08 2016 07:14:01 PM CST

    Although the Carolina Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos, the team is still focused on making a return trip next season. NewsChannel 12's Brian North (@BrianNorth4) wraps up his coverage of Super Bowl 50 with this report.

  • Recent flood waters close street, leave residents frustrated

    Published On: Feb 08 2016 07:52:54 PM CST

    Flooding has shut down part of Streets Ferry Road in Vanceboro. It's also left some people who live there stuck inside their homes.

  • Feb. 8 6 p.m. sports

    Published On: Feb 08 2016 07:19:04 PM CST

    NewsChannel 12's Matt Trent (@MCTrent23) wraps up the rest of the sports afternoon with news of a new football coach at Bertie High School.