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  • Havelock football star accused of stealing from elementary school

    By WCTI Staff
    Published On: Aug 29 2014 11:34:46 AM CDT
    Updated On: Aug 29 2014 12:49:37 PM CDT
    Michael Bowman

    A Havelock High School football star will not be suiting up against New Bern Friday night after he was arrested for allegedly stealing electronics from an elementary school.

    Michael James Bowman, 18, a star wide receiver for the Havelock Rams, was arrested Friday morning, said the Havelock Police Department.

    Rams Coach Jim Bob Bryant told NewsChannel 12 Bowman will not be playing Friday night versus the New Bern Bears.

    Police said Bowman is accused of stealing 16 iPads and iPods from Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School at 200 Educational Lane in Havelock. Investigators said a school employee told them of the thefts on Aug. 7.

    Police said the thefts occurred between June 9 and July 16 while Bowman was employed by a private company contracted to clean the school.

    Bowman allegedly stole six iPads and two iPods belonging to the school, and eight other iPods belonging to a school employee, said investigators.

    Bowman is charged with 16 counts of misdemeanor larceny, Havelock Police said.

    Coach Bryant said he could not comment on the allegations against Bowman.

    Bowman is a senior wide receiver for the Havelock Rams who verbally committed in March to play for the University of South Carolina.

    The Rams versus New Bern football game begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Havelock High School.

    The Havelock Rams are the three-time defending 3A state champs who have won 31 straight games. Bowman has been a member of all three championship teams. He has been playing on the varsity team since he was a freshman.

    Bowman was also a starter for the Rams' basketball team that went to the Eastern Regional Semifinals in March.

  • Shark bites New Bern native near Wilmington

    By WCTI Staff
    Published On: Aug 29 2014 03:11:26 PM CDT
    Updated On: Aug 29 2014 05:13:43 PM CDT

    Facebook photo taken by Austin Ray, posted by Bruce Wise


    A New Bern man says a shark bit his stepson while he was surfing.

    Bruce Wise posted on his Facebook page that his stepson, 29-year-old Hunter Anderson, was surfing off Figure Eight Island near Wilmington Tuesday when he "got into a wrestling match with a shark."

    Wise posted that Anderson got stitches on his left hand and is doing fine. The above photo was taken by Anderson's friend, Austin Ray.

    (CLICK HERE to view more photos of Hunter's injuries WARNING: GRAPHIC)

    Anderson, who grew up in New Bern, has lived near the coast all his life and is an accomplished surfer, according to Wise. But this was the first time he was bitten by a shark.

    It's unknown what kind of shark bit Anderson's hand.

    Meanwhile, in another shark-related story, non-profit research organization OCEARCH is tracking a 425-pound tiger shark off the North Carolina coast.

    (CLICK HERE: More photos of "Fritz" from OCEARCH.)

    Nicknamed "Fritz," the adult maleĀ  tiger shark measures 10-foot-4 and was tagged on May 8 at Port Royal Sound, S.C., according to OCEARCH's tracking map. As of July 28, Fritz was near Cape Lookout, N.C.

    (CLICK HERE to view Fritz's profile on

    OCEARCH says Fritz was named in honor of former U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, a champion of natural resources conservation in South Carolina. He also pushed for the protection of ocean resources.

  • 18-year-old accused of assaulting pregnant ex-girlfriend

    By WCTI Staff
    Published On: Aug 28 2014 04:43:51 PM CDT
    Updated On: Aug 28 2014 10:43:42 PM CDT

    Deputies have arrested an 18-year-old accused of kidnapping and assaulting his pregnant juvenile ex-girlfriend.

    According to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, 18-year-old Aaron Dean Brock, of Newport, is accused of punching and kicking his pregnant ex-girlfriend's stomach. Her name is being withheld because she is a juvenile, said investigators.

    Brock also displayed a knife and held his pregnant ex-girlfriend against her will while assaulting her, the Sheriff's Office added.

    The incident occurred on Clements Drive in the Riverwoods subdivision of Newport, said investigators. Warrants were obtained on Aug. 22.

    We talked to some of Brock's family members who were surprised to hear bout his legal troubles.

    Detectives said Brock fled Carteret County after the alleged crimes. On Thursday, deputies in Rowan County arrested the suspect.

    Brock has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault on an unborn child, two counts of assault on a female, and communicating threats, the Sheriff's Office said.

    The suspect was placed in the Rowan County Jail under a $10,000 bond. His first court appearance in Carteret County has not been set.

    There is no word on a motive for the alleged crimes. Investigators did not say how the suspect's pregnant ex-girlfriend is doing now.

  • Man accused of stalking, peeping on estranged wife arrested

    By WCTI Staff
    Published On: Aug 29 2014 09:35:01 AM CDT
    Updated On: Aug 29 2014 04:57:22 PM CDT

    Authorities have arrested a New Jersey man accused of stalking and peeping on his estranged wife in Carteret County.

    Antonio Joseph Rodrigues, 60, of Brick, N.J., was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in New Jersey and was extradited back to Carteret County Thursday night, according to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office.

    According to warrants, Rodrigues is accused of stalking and secretly installing a video camera in the bedroom closet of his estranged wife's home on Deep Bay Drive in Newport.

    Rodrigues is also accused of contacting his estranged wife multiple times and E-mailing her personal pictures, in violation of a court order.

    Rodrigues is charged with one count of felony stalking, one count of felony secretly peeping using a photo recording device, and one count of violation of a domestic violence protective order.

    The suspect is being held without bond and is scheduled for his first court appearance on Sept 2, the Sheriff's Office said.

    The investigation is ongoing and more charges against Rodrigues are possible, said deputies.

    No other details on the alleged crimes were released.

  • Former public office candidate arrested on meth charges

    By WCTI Staff
    Published On: Aug 29 2014 06:01:18 AM CDT
    Updated On: Aug 29 2014 09:00:08 AM CDT

    A woman who was once on the ballot for public office in Jones County has been arrested after deputies discovered she had marijuana and crystal meth.

    Deputies say Jennifer Simpson-Ward was arrested after a routine traffic stop on a private hunting club trail around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

    They say they found several drugs, including marijuana and crystal meth, as well as other drug-related things.

    We are working to find out what town she was arrested in.

    She is scheduled to be in court today.

    Her bond is set at $100,000.

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