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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.

  • Police: Man steals $500 in meat, police want to find him

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 04:08:13 PM CDT
    food lion theft suspect

    Jacksonville Police are asking for help to find a man accused of stealing from the Food Lion on Western Boulevard.

    Police say the man is a suspect in a series of larcenies from the Food Lion over the weekend.  He is suspected of stealing more than $500 worth of meat.

    He is described as a white male, approximately 25 years of age, 5'6" to 5'10" tall, with dark hair and a thin beard.  He was wearing jeans and a blue jacket with yellow and orange stripes, white shoes and a tan knit cap on his head at the times of the thefts.

    Police say the suspect was assisted by a driver.  The two left the parking lot in a tan 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix.  

    Anyone with information about the suspect, vehicle or incident is asked to contact Jacksonville Police Detective Jason T. Miller at 910-938-6416 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

    Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information leading to apprehension or arrest.  Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities.  Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637.   Please refer to Case 15-02399 when calling or texting about this photo.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • New Bern Police to honor anniversary of officer's death

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 05:25:20 PM CDT
  • Good Samaritans bounce purse-snatcher around

    Published On: Mar 31 2015 03:12:06 AM CDT

    Two men in La Habra, California, are being called superheroes after chasing down a guy who took an 82-year-old woman's purse as she was walking home from church

  • Missouri girl, 8, says she was abducted from bed

    Published On: Mar 31 2015 02:37:09 AM CDT

    An 8-year-old Burlington Junction, Missouri, girl says a man entered her room during the night last week and carried her outside. She was able to free herself by biting him, she says. Her father and friends have searched for the man and police are investigating.

  • 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.