Son of North Carolina State Rep. arrested, faces sex offense chargePublished On: Sep 14 2014 05:59:12 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 14 2014 06:15:44 PM CDT
Officials confirm the son of North Carolina State Representative Michael Speciale Sr. is arrested and charged with 2nd degree sex offense.
Pitt County detectives arrested 38-year-old Michael Speciale, Jr. Sunday afternoon in Greenville.
Speciale, Jr. is in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond.
The offenses took place over several years with more than one victim, said Pitt County Deputies.
Speciale Sr. represents Beaufort, Pamlico and Craven Counties in the North Carolina General Assembly.
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Police: At least one injured in Highway 70 rollover crashPublished On: Sep 14 2014 03:06:58 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 14 2014 08:02:24 PM CDT
An SUV rolled over on Highway 70 East bound near the MLK Jr. Blvd exit Sunday afternoon.
The car rolled into the center of the highway median.
New Bern Police Communications received the call for the wreck around shortly before 3:30 p.m.
The roof of the SUV was removed to get a person out of the vehicle. Police say at least one person was injured.
There's no word tonight on what caused the wreck or the severity of the person's injuries.
Six taken to hospital following wreck in New BernPublished On: Sep 13 2014 11:50:12 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 14 2014 12:03:18 AM CDT
New Bern Police say six people were transported to the hospital following an accident Saturday evening.
The wreck happened just after 7 o'clock at the intersection of Glenburnie Road and Elizabeth Avenue.
New Bern Police say an elderly woman, in a Ford Focus, was attempting a left turn onto Elizabeth Avenue from Glenburnie Road when she pulled out in front a Jeep carrying five people.
There were 3 adults and two children, ages 10 and 11, in the Jeep according to police.
All were transported to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
New Bern Police say alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash but other charges are pending against the driver of the Ford Focus.
Sinkhole takes up entire length of homePublished On: Sep 13 2014 06:36:56 PM CDT
Neighbors of Foxtrace in Hubert say they have a sinkhole problem. Neighbors say one sinkhole is getting so big they're concerned it may pull in nearby houses.
Josh Ahlborm has a sinkhole that reaches from the back of his yard to the front on Parnell Road. He said the ground caved in last month. He's blaming the hole on a poor drainage system
"It’s dumping a lot of water onto my property and it created enough erosion to make all the dirt for the entire length of my house fall in," Ahlborm said.
Ahlborm says every time it rains the sinkhole gets bigger and bigger.
"Every time it rains I have to worry if my house is going to fall in because if nothing's done eventually it will,” Ahlborm said.
Typically drainage systems can handle a lot of flood water but Ahlborm says these pipes can't.
"As erosion continues to take its toll from the drainage system just being here eventually the road is going to collapse," Ahlborm said.
He says Parnell road already has some cracks in it but because it's a private road NCDOT will not touch it.
“The most frustrating part is I don't know who to talk to get this taken care of,' Ahlborm said.
He said he’s contacted several agencies with no luck so far.
"I've contacted the Department of Natural Resources, Web Creek Sewage, ONWASA, and some other companies in the area but nobody is claiming responsibility for it," Ahlborm said.
Neighbors tell NewsChannel 12 that the developers, Hooks & Kinslaw, are not returning their calls because they're bankrupt. We tried contacting the developers but could not independently confirm that. We also contacted Webb Creek Water & Sewage Inc in Hubert but they're closed on weekends.
Camp Lejeune Marines pull man from burning vehiclePublished On: Sep 12 2014 05:43:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 12 2014 07:01:57 PM CDT
Two Camp Lejeune Marines pulled a man from his burning SUV after the victim was involved in a three-vehicle crash at the top of a bridge.
Cpl. David Qualls, 22, and Cpl. Nathan Bryson, 21, were leaving Camp Lejeune Friday morning when they pulled up to a traffic jam on the Highway 172 bridge.
They said they heard people yelling for fire extinguishers. That was when they realized a car was on fire at the top of the bridge. The Marines ran toward the top of the bridge and saw a three-car crash.
Inside the burning vehicle was 54-year-old Larry Flesher, a Camp Lejeune contractor from New Hanover County, according to Camp Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy.
A Highway Patrol trooper said Flesher was headed north across the bridge toward Camp Lejeune when he crossed the center line and struck a vehicle. A third vehicle heading north across the bridge toward Camp Lejeune was also involved.
The front portion of Flesher’s vehicle then burst into flames.
Cpl. Qualls and Cpl. Bryson said they grabbed onto Flesher’s clothing and pulled him out through the back door of the burning vehicle to safety.
“As soon as we got him out, the flames went straight through the firewall and into the car and it just lit the whole thing up,” said Bryson.
Miles Bunn helped put the fire out with extinguishers. He watched in awe as the two young Marines went into action to save Flesher’s life.
When NewsChannel 12 asked Bunn how he would describe what he saw, he said it was heroic.
“Quitting wasn't in their vocabulary. They weren't going to leave a man behind,” Bunn said of the Marines.
“Me, that was my first time seeing anybody that bad, hurt in a car wreck and having to help out. It was just like, 'Wow, this is real,'" said Cpl. Qualls.
NewsChannel 12 also asked the investigating trooper if Flesher was cited for the crash. He replied that charges are pending. The Highway Patrol said witnesses saw Flesher asleep at the wheel just before the crash.
Flesher was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. As of Friday afternoon, he was listed as stable but was suffering from compound fractures, Fahy said.
The other two people involved in the crash suffered minor injuries-- including a sprained ankle and back injuries, according to the Highway Patrol. They were treated at Onslow Memorial Hospital and released.
Qualls and Bryson said Flesher was asking them if everyone was okay after the crash.
Photos courtesy of the Highway Patrol.