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  • Tractor-trailer, van collide in Duplin County

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 12:10:05 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 12:54:49 PM CDT

    Warren Kearney


    Rose Hill Fire Department has responded to a crash on the corner of Bay Road and West Charity in the town of Greenevers.

    According to fire officials, the driver of the van, pulled out in front of the tractor-trailer.   It happened just before noon Monday.

    Officials said the driver of the van had to be extricated from the vehicle.  He was taken to Vidant Duplin with serious injuries.   Authorities said the driver the tractor-trailer appeared to have only minor injures.

    The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

  • Father charged with murder in Kinston baby's death

    Published On: Sep 15 2014 05:06:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 16 2014 11:18:45 AM CDT

    Kinston Police say they have charged a man with murder in the death of his 1-month-old baby, who died of "abusive head trauma" and other injuries.

    According to the Kinston Department of Public Safety, officers arrested 20-year-old Ricky Lee Clark Jr. at about 4:30 p.m. Monday at his home. Clark is charged with an open count of murder in the death of his 1-month-old son, Caden Demari Williams, of Hill Street.

    During his first court appearance Tuesday morning, the judge denied bond for Clark. The judge made it clear that Clark could be sentenced to death if convicted.  The district attorney said more charges are expected.

    Kinston Police said Caden died on Feb. 17. At that time, the cause of death was undetermined.

    But an autopsy later revealed that the baby's death was a homicide, said investigators. Caden died from "abusive head trauma and blunt/compressive force injuries of the trunk," according to the autopsy report (more details later in the article).

    On Aug. 20, the Kinston Department of Public Safety reopened the investigation, ultimately leading to the arrest of Clark on Monday.

    Baby Caden's mother, Tyrianna Williams, said she was relieved after Clark was taken into custody.

    "It feels like a whole lot has been lifted off of me now that I know he's locked up," said Williams.

    Williams said Clark never told her what happened in the hours before Caden's death.


    According to the autopsy report, 1-month-old Caden was in the care of his father when he coughed up blood on Feb. 17. The father then changed the baby's clothes and put him back to bed, the report says.

    About an hour later, the father checked on Caden and found the 1-month-old unresponsive, the report states. The baby's parents and paternal grandparents then took the infant to Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

    The report says the baby had no pulse and CPR was performed. But the infant was not responsive and was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m. on Feb. 17,  just 16 minutes after arriving at the hospital, according to the report.

    AUTOPSY RESULTS (Details are graphic):

    The Brody School of Medicine at ECU performed the autopsy on Caden.

    "Autopsy examination revealed acute subdural hemorrhage suspicious for abusive head trauma as well as rib fractures, contusions of the thymus and right middle lobe of the lung, and multiple lacerations of the liver," the report says.

    The 1-month-old was suffering from subdural and subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding in the area between the brain and the thin tissues that cover the brain), according to the report. In addition, the baby had mild brain swelling and retinal bleeding, as well as a skull fracture, a spinal cord injury, and four rib fractures.

    "[The injuries are] consistent with compressive grasping of the infant by the chest and vigorously shaking and slamming the infant against a relatively soft but nonyielding object. Striking the infant with a hand or fist would produce similar injuries," the report states.

    Further examination of the baby's brain revealed that the injuries were acute and occurred within hours of the baby's death, according to the report. An examination of the spinal cord revealed that the injuries were acute and in the process of healing, with some prior injuries dating back at least two to four days, the report says.

    The baby's rib fractures were healing, indicating that the injuries had occurred several days prior to his death, the report states.

    The report explains that the infant could have appeared relatively normal just hours before the fatal injuries were inflicted.

    Based on the findings, the report concluded that the cause of death is "abusive head trauma and blunt/compressive force injuries of the trunk."

    In addition to his mother, father and grandparents, 1-month-old Caden is survived by a sister, according to his obituary.

  • Name of victim released in fatal two-vehicle crash

    Published On: Mar 29 2015 07:15:03 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 03:02:12 PM CDT



    State troopers said Jonathan Heston, 22, died from injuries caused by a vehicle accident over the weekend in Duplin County.

    According to his Facebook page, he is a Marine. We have a call into Camp Lejeune officials to confirm this and are waiting to hear back.

    Troopers say Heston was traveling west on Solomon Road near Faison when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Warren Road. It happened around 9:45 p.m. A Ford pick up truck traveling north hit the his vehicle, causing it to roll over.

    Heston was taken to Vidant Duplin Hospital and was then airlifted to Vidant Medical Center where he died.

    Two people in the pickup sustained minor injuries.

  • Man arrested after cross county chase

    Published On: Mar 29 2015 06:55:33 PM CDT

    Law enforcement chased a man through two counties on three highways before arresting him late Saturday.

    According to trooper Hardison with the Highway Patrol, Kenneth Joseph Timmons, 34, lead law enforcement on a chase starting in Wayne county that went into Lenoir county. The chase went on highways 55, 11 and 70. Timmons was arrested near the Walnut Creek Country Club, Hardison said.

    Timmons was charged with felony flee to elude arrest, hit and run and driving while impaired.

    He's being held in Wayne County jail under a $10,000 bond.

    At this time it's unclear why the chase started.

  • Former coach, teacher pleads guilty to child porn charges

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 12:51:22 PM CDT

    A former coach and teacher at Southwest Onslow High School has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography charges.

    According to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker, in federal court Monday, John Tobias Sweeney, 38, was sentenced to 6 year and 6 months in prison with 15 years supervised release and a $10,000 fine.

    Sweeney was was a high school teacher and the girls/boys soccer coach at South Onslow County High School when he came under investigation in March of 2013 for sending messages to a 12-year-old girl and asking for nude photos. A detective posed as the 12-year-old online. After their investigation, law enforcement executed a warrant at Sweeney's home and Southwest Onslow High School.

    Detectives found 50 email accounts and fake profiles on chat sites. He had nude pictures of minors on his phone and his computer had nude pictures of the 12-year-old victim.

    Sweeney was under investigation by the FBI based out of Wilmington for his crimes.

  • Father charged with murder in Kinston baby's death

    Published On: Sep 15 2014 10:22:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 15 2014 11:01:32 PM CDT
  • 8 dead in Florida van crash

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 07:43:25 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 07:43:47 AM CDT

    A van crash in Glades County, Florida, killed eight adults and injured 10 other people, the Florida Highway Patrol said Monday.

  • Report: Germanwings pilot made last plea

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 09:47:15 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 09:57:52 AM CDT

    The audio from Germanwings Flight 9525 cockpit voice recorder has not been released, but a German newspaper published what it claims is a summary of the transcript from the recording.

  • What will happen to Kelly during year in space?

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 10:06:19 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 01:45:38 PM CDT

    Many people dream about living among the stars but the the truth is we still don't what really happens to the people who spend long periods of time in zero gravity.

  • Tempers flare at vigil for missing Minn. boy

    Published On: Mar 29 2015 01:34:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 29 2015 01:02:57 PM CDT