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  • Marine catches 12-foot tiger shark on North Topsail Beach

    Published On: Jun 30 2016 12:04:48 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 30 2016 06:04:25 PM CDT
    NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, Onslow County -

    A U.S. Marine caught a large tiger shark, measuring 11.7 feet long, off North Topsail Beach on Wednesday.

    Laura Harrell, a bystander, posted these pictures and video to her Facebook page on Wednesday. She said the shark was caught around 8 p.m. on the north end of North Topsail Beach in Onslow County.

    We talked with David Schmidt, the Camp Lejeune Marine who reeled in the shark. He said the shark was approximately 600-700 pounds. He was with a group of people who regularly catch and tag sharks for the "Apex Predators Program." The information is sent into NOAA. He said, however, they did not tag this particular shark.

    After the line was cut, the shark was released back into the ocean safely.

  • Marine arrested for allegedly having sex with teen prostitute

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 12:02:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2016 03:54:38 PM CDT
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    JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County -

    A Camp Lejeune Marine was arrested and charged for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old prostitute in Jacksonville.

    Lance Corporal Levi Homschek, 21, of Brunswick, Georgia appeared in an Onslow County courtroom Wednesday morning. He is charged with two counts of patronizing a place of prostitution to have sex with a minor.

    According to arrest warrants, Homschek had sex with the teen prostitute on June 2 in Onslow County. He was arrested on Tuesday.

    Homschek is an Assault Amphibian Repairman assigned to the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division aboard Camp Lejeune. He joined the Marine Corps in September of 2013.

    Homschek is being held on a $180,000 bond.

  • Some food stamp recipients must now work to receive benefits

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 06:30:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2016 11:04:28 AM CDT

    A new rule in North Carolina going into effect on Friday could mean thousands are at risk of losing their food stamp benefits. The rule requires people between the ages of 18 and 49 -- who are unemployed -- to work 20 hours a week in order to continue to receive those benefits.

    Thousands across the state including hundreds of Pitt County residents were sent a letter earlier this year, telling them about new work requirements if they wish to continue to apply for those benefits. The rule went into effect for 23 counties back in January and will go into effect for 77 counties on Friday.

    It says all those who are physically capable of working, and are without dependents, must either have a part time job, approved volunteer work or some type of employment training. According to Pitt County’s Director of Social Services, this would affect 2,000 of the 33,000 people who currently receive food stamp benefits.

    "What that means is that you have to be doing certain types of activities, an average of 80 hours a month in order to continue to qualify for food stamp benefits,” Jan Elliot said.

    Elliott says the change could have an impact on food banks and soup kitchens as people who lose their benefits look for other ways to get food. People will have three months from Friday to meet the requirements before they risk losing their benefits for the next 36 months.

  • Chase leads to crash, arrest of man in Jacksonville

    Published On: Jun 30 2016 04:13:56 PM CDT

    (Jacksonville Police Department photo)

    JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County -

    The Jacksonville Police Department arrested a man after he led police on a chase that resulted in a crash.

    Officers with the Jacksonville Police Department’s Special Operations Division stopped Donald Lamar Williams near 531 Richlands Highway on Wednesday around 7:40 p.m. Williams was a suspect in a narcotics investigation.

    Williams refused to stop for blue lights and drove his 2002 white Buick at a high rate of speed northbound on U.S. Hwy. 17. As he tried to turn left onto Gum Branch Road, Williams’ vehicle slide to the side, coming to a stop in the opposite lane of travel and crashing into three vehicles waiting at the light. 

    Neither Williams or the other people in the vehicle which were struck were injured. Williams was transferred to the Onslow County Jail under an $11,000 secured bond and charged with felony fleeing to elude, driving with license revoked, resist, obstruct and delay, careless and reckless driving, failure to reduce speed, seven counts of failure to stop at a red light, driving left of center and speeding in excess of 25 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.

    The Buick was seized under the “Run and You’re Done” law.

  • NC DOT plans to alleviate traffic in Beaufort

    Published On: Jun 30 2016 06:53:17 PM CDT
    BEAUFORT, Carteret County -

    The NC DOT has created a $1.1 million plan to transform the intersection connecting Highway 101 and Highway 70 into a roundabout.

    The three-way congested intersection has been a headache for area drivers for years. Ernest Chiles is the owner of Flower & Design by Ernest located right in front of the intersection. He said he avoids the intersection when he makes deliveries.

    "It's a very dangerous intersection. We've seen lots of accidents and near accidents. We go out of our way to avoid the intersection and cut through the shopping mall," Chiles said.

    There's no word when the project will begin but construction will not start during the 2016-2017 year.

    Beaufort Town Manager Charles Burgess says the town has been looking to improve the intersection for several years. Now that the DOT has expressed a desire to make the intersection safer, commissioners might have to come up with money to keep the project at the top of the DOT's to-do list.

    "A project can move on the list of projects as far as priority if there's local participation on a monetary basis," Burgess said.

    Last week, county commissioners discussed plans for setting aside $16,500 for the project. Commissioners will vote on whether or not to provide that funding at their next meeting on July 11.

  • June 30 6 p.m. sports report

    Published On: Jun 30 2016 05:38:51 PM CDT

    Coastal Carolina wins its first national title in any sport and Brandon Ingram's jersey and number are now out. That's part of our 6 p.m. sports.

  • June 29 6 p.m. sports report

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 06:10:27 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2016 08:01:15 PM CDT

    We have lots of baseball news and highlights plus action from Wimbledon in our 6 p.m. sports report.

  • Facebook CEO builds wall around property

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 01:30:09 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2016 01:58:43 PM CDT

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's new wall is stirring controversy in Hawaii.

  • Family speaks out after boat crash with Marine Patrol boat

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 05:39:07 PM CDT
  • Three Amigos struggle with hand placement

    Published On: Jul 01 2016 02:52:02 AM CDT

    It was a three-way handshake that left some shaking their heads. A trio of world leaders couldn't figure out which hand to put where.