TRAGIC: Swansboro by Sail Capt. victim of a drowning incident Thursday evening

Friday, May 24, 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a release in regards to a call at approximately 5:30pm on May 23, 2019 to assist with a drowning that occurred in Swansboro. The victim, a 55-year-old white male was recovered in the late afternoon in the intracoastal waterway near the Hwy 24 bridge in Swansboro.

Photo Credit: Swansboro by Sail

Preliminary investigation reveals that the drowning has been ruled accidental and that no foul play is suspected. Detectives of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office have met with officers from North Carolina Wildlife and shared our investigation.

The OCSO is not releasing or confirming the victim’s identity at this time.

Live and Local Radio Host, Raeford Brown reported via social media prior to the sheriffs office release:

A fatal boating mishap in Swansboro last night. An investigation is underway to determine what happened. Michael F. Dunleavy, 55, died when he either fell or was knocked overboard. He and a friend were aboard his 34 foot sailboat, “Fevre”, out for a short spin, when it’s believed a breeze caused the sailing vessel’s boom to hit Mr. Dunleavy, knocking him into the water. His wife was at a downtown restaurant, awaiting his return. Details are still sketchy.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends.

-Raeford Brown

Swansboro by Sail confirmed the report from Radio Host, Raeford Brown with a post informing supporters and followers that the Captain had passed.

The communities prayers and condolences are with his wife, family, friends, frequent passengers and colleagues.

Mike Dunleavy, Captain of Swansboro by Sail

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

First Food Truck Roundup in Sneads Ferry this evening

Thursday, May 16, 2019, Treasure Realty and Harper Rose Boutique are partnering in hosting the first-ever Food Truck Roundup right in the heart of Sneads Ferry near Four Corners, formerly known as “Monks Corner” by the native villagers.

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There will be a variety of new foods that your taste buds will absolutely love you for and won’t upset your wallet. There are three food trucks in this roundup, Sneads Ferry’s own Salty Sista’s serving up their signature dishes with fresh, Maine lobster rolls, lobster hush puppies, wagyu beef sliders and more. Vida Tacos of Jacksonville, NC serving up the absolute best So-Cal style tacos in all of Onslow County with the freshest ingredients and flavor of perfection. Tasty Tee’s Snack Shack of Wilmington, NC serving up a variety of southern and American favorites from wings & fries, coastal delight- shrimp burger, Carolina’s cure-all in the land of food,  “Bar-B-Que” paired with side item options to purchase like coleslaw and mac & cheese, if you please.

There will be tables and chairs on site if you would like to stay and enjoy. If you are in a hurry, you can grab and go as well.

This is projected to be a once a month event with rotating food trucks coming from across the NC Coastline as far as Kure Beach! Go on out and show your support of our local food trucks.

Do you have a food truck and want to join in the rodeo? Send an email to saltysistas@yahoo.com

This event is sponsored by Harper Rose Boutique and Treasure Realty.

 

 

Local marine drowned being caught in a rip current on Emerald Isle this weekend

Justin Hinds, age 28

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at approximately 4:23pm, Emerald Island PD, EMS & Fire responded to a 9-11 call at the 9100 block of the Emerald Island Beach Strand in reference to a reported swimmer in distress.

This swimmer was identified as a local Marine, 28-year-old Justin Hinds, stationed aboard Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. Hinds is a native of Avondale, AZ.

Additionally, Hinds was a husband and father to two young boys. The flags indicated “moderate” (yellow flag) wave conditions and risks this week, as well as on the beach at the time of the incident.

Several beach goers and experienced surfers have said there are no life guards on duty at this time of year and the rip currents are more aggressive than anything they’ve seen on EI. Lifeguards don’t begin watch until around Mid-May. Swimmers and Beach goers are urged to use caution and take heed to the flag warning systems in place as precautionary measures.

Hinds was transported to Carteret Health center after being taken from the water by friends who were also on the beach at the time. He was pronounced dead by Carteret Health Center medical staff.

Tornado touched down in Swan Quarters Friday evening

Friday evening, Hyde County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tornado touchdown and damage in Swan Quarter. Areas effected are Main Street, Quarter Rd and Bridgman Rd.

Law Enforcement, Swan Quarters Fire Department, and Emergency Management were all in the area assessing damage and checking on residents. There have been no fatalities or injuries reported. There was reported structural damage to power poles and farm shops.

Tideland Electric Membership Corporation crews have fixed the down lines and restored power to effected area. Hyde County Emergency Services Department, SQVFD and Law Enforcement are still in the area assessing damages.

Jacksonville senior found in waterway Sunday afternoon off Hwy 172 back gate bridge

On Sat. March 9, 2019, the Sheriff Office was dispatched to a report of a vehicle left parked on top of the 172 bridge near the back gate of Camp Lejeune around 7p.m. A check of the victims home revealed that he was missing and family members reported that he had been depressed. The vehicle was left unsecured with the keys and other personal items left in the seat.

The man was a Jacksonville local and age 65. His identity has not been released.

Contributor Photo, credit: Crystal Eahart

The Sheriff Office conducted a search of the area using the Sheriff’s Office drone, SABLE air unit from Wilmington Police and boats from the local VFD.  The search was discontinued around 11 p.m. and resumed after daylight the following day with boats from Turkey Creek VFD, Camp Lejeune FD, Bear Creek VFD and Marine Patrol.  The victim was located by one of the boat crews at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.  

He was located approximately one hundred feet from the bridge.

No foul play is suspected.

In other related reports locally, allegedly this was the second attempt. The mans body was allegedly carried by the current where eventually his body met and became tangled in a crab pot line or crab pot.


If you or someone you know are experiencing depression, suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harm to others, please call Mobile Crisis through Trillium Health.

Any person may receive crisis and emergency services in eastern North Carolina for mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual/developmental disabilities issues. Regardless of where you live, work or go to school, you can call our toll-free 24-Hour Access to Care line 1.877.685.2415 at any time. A trained person answering the phone will connect you with services to address your situation.

You can also reach the National Suicide Hotline 24/7 by phone at:

“There may be a wait time to connect. To speak to a counselor now, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

or text chat: Lifeline Chat

Salty Sistas give back beyond their food truck in the first week

We often see new businesses open and come with a community motivated pitch of supporting those who support them, giving back to the community and all the bells and whistles but we never see the fruits of their labor as marketed. Well, Salty Sistas food truck has put their money where their mouth is, well technically, other mouths are. Their first big weekend at The Crooked Lotus last weekend was a hit and they’ve “tithed” ten percent of their earnings back into the CHEW Program in the community at Dixon Elementary.

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The Onslow Beat Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley asked one Salty Sista Jeanette Rivera, “what motivated you, ladies, to implement community service into your business? Aren’t you concerned about profiting before grand-opening to grow and maybe implement some services at the peak of tourism season?” Rivera responded,

I really wanted the community to see that we are not just about making money. We are two women with a passion and a love for cooking. But it is just as important to us to give back In any of the communities we are working and we want to be able to give back. Our first soft opening we said that we would take a portion of the profits and give to the chew program at Dixon Elementary. We are women of our word. This is what it’s about, supporting locals, following our dreams and still helping those in need!

Be sure you’re keeping up with these two phenomenal women and their menus coming up on the food truck at Salty Sistas. 

grand opening salty sistas

Here’s a sneak peek at what they’ve been up to testing out new recipes, cultivated from scratch and pure culinary delight!

Lobster Chowder

Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley also had the opportunity to be a food critic for Salty Sistas testing the lobster roll (3oz), the lobster hushpuppies and the lobster poutine. Lobster roll comes with a choice of butter or mayo, can be served warm or cold, side of coleslaw and a bag of chips. The lobster hushpuppies are served fresh, fried, golden perfection with a side of special sauce, “Cajun Happiness” sauce that the ladies just wouldn’t give up the recipe for. There was also attempt to get the ladies kids, spouses and the employees to spill it without any success. If you try the sauce or have tried the sauce, you will understand why the recipe needs to be released, It’s absolutely delicious and paired perfectly with the flavors in the batter of the hushpuppies and the chunks of lobster. They could literally sell bottles of the sauce it is so delicious! “Cajun Happiness” is a perfect name for this sauce as it is truly, “c’est si bon!”.

Lobster rolls with mayo
Example of rotating menu and prices

 

Selma man arrested in Onslow for hurricane repair fraud in Sneads Ferry

A man has been arrested for defrauding a homeowner for hurricane-related repairs that were not performed.

On January 18, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol deputies responded to a residence on Capps Street in Sneads Ferry for a report that a man hired to do work after Hurricane Florence never completed any of the repairs. The victim gave the suspect money to purchase materials for the work. The suspect, Kenneth Lee Forbes, never delivered any materials, made no repairs on the home and did not return the money to the victim.

Forbes, 58-years-old of Hwy 70 East in Selma, was arrested February 8, 2019. Forbes was taken before the magistrate and charged with a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense. He was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Miller and staff want to remind citizens to use caution when hiring someone to do work for you. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Always get the proposal in writing
  • Never pay more than one-third of the cost of a job up-front
  • Resist any attempt to force you to make a decision on the spot
  • Do NOT pay in cash
  • Go local. Use a contractor or reputable company within your community. Make sure they are in compliance with local and state regulations for contractors, such as having general liability and worker’s compensation insurance
  • ∙Ask for references

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at 910-989-4074; michael_curlee@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019000933 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

NC Rep. Walter Jones’- illness looms lack of transparency and attendance for 2018 term

Public photo via Walter Jones FB

The AP reported Dec. 17, 2018

“North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones will miss the remainder of the current congressional term because of illness.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports the 75-year-old 3rd District Republican hasn’t cast a roll call vote since Sept. 26. Jones has missed the last 27 roll call votes in the U.S. House of Representatives, including some in late September and since the House re-convened in November.

Last Tuesday, he was granted a leave of absence for the rest of 2018. His office said Jones plans to return to Washington on Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress, but offered no specifics on Jones’ illness. No one from his office responded for a request for additional comment Monday.

Jones’ district includes Kinston, Greenville, New Bern and the northern half of the coast.”


The House voted to approve the 2018 farm bill on Dec. 12, though many of the votes Jones has missed have been ceremonial, such as renaming a wildlife refuge and adding to the National Register of Historic Places.

Congress faces a potential government shutdown Friday over funding for a border wall, and Republicans lose control of House next year.

Jones missed 7.7 percent of House votes in 2017, ranking 48th in missed votes among the 435 members, according to GovTrack, a website that tracks federal legislation.

Conservative voters are stating feelings of deception behind this, assuming whatever the illness is, it was known and Jones still entered the race as incumbent and unopposed for another set term which he is unable to serve at this time.

It is injustice that Walter hasn’t been to work since September 27 and his constituents have been left in the dark about his absence. It shows a lack of transparency and respect for the people of Eastern NC.

Walter Jones should step down and let the 3rd districts executive committee consider his replacement with someone who is physically charged and qualified for the challenge. -S.O.

Jones ran unopposed in November after a win for his 12th term, in a three-way Republican primary in May. Republican challenger, Scott Dacey made an issue out of Jones’ recent years absences during the primary.

Walter Jones was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, following ten years of service as an elected member of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Congressman Jones drives home to Farmville every weekend to his wife Joe Anne and his dog, Darby. They have one daughter, Ashley.

He announced during the primary that, if elected, it would be his final term in office.

Jones’ father was a lifetime politician and died while still in office. Jones’ father — Walter B. Jones, Sr. —held a seat in the U.S. House from 1966 to 1992.

Term limits are still a conversation piece across the nation with examples as such as reasonable consideration.

If you would like to contact this congressional leader at any of his offices with concerns or complaints, contact information is below. Jones will not be returning until January 3rd.

Washington, DC Office

2333 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-3415

Greenville NC Office

1105-C Corporate Drive

Greenville, NC 27858

Phone: 252-931-1003 Toll-free (in N.C. only) 800-351-1697

Fax: 252-931-1002

Havelock NC Office

1 Governmental Avenue

Havelock, NC 28532

Phone: 252-565-6846

Jacksonville NC Office

234 Northwest Corridor Blvd. Room 313B

Jacksonville, NC 28540

Phone: 252-565-6846

Jacksonville woman charged after accused assault on six year old stepdaughter

Jacksonville, NC woman charged with numerous felonious child abuse and drug charges after strangulation of her minor six-year-old stepdaughter caused serious physical injury.

Onslow Co. Sheriff’s Department has charged a woman based on accusations of strangulation of her minor step-daughter who is only six-years-old. The child has suffered substantial physical injury from the incident of assault, leaving her to spend nine days in the hospital from Nov. 27th until Dec. 5th.img_5493

During the search of the woman post-arrest, deputies found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

This Jacksonville woman has been arrested for felony child abuse as well as a number of drug-related charges. Booth appears to be the spouse of a Marine stationed locally. Booth also has several mentions of protecting women’s rights and has vocalized a stance against domestic violence on social media yet we find it fair to believe a contrary reality with the given investigation and charges brought from that.

On November 27, 2018, detectives with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit received a report of suspected child abuse of a 6-year-old. The child appeared to have significant injuries on the body requiring medical treatment.

On December 5, 2018, Shoshannah Scarlett-Booth was arrested after the investigation revealed she was the perpetrator. Scarlett-Booth, 38-years-old of Sky Blue Lane in Jacksonville was taken before a magistrate and charged with:

  • Felony Intentional Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Injury
  • Felony Assault by Strangulation

Upon search of Scarlett-Booth during the booking process, several illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were located. She was given additional charges of:

  • Felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule IV Controlled Substance
  • (3) Counts Trafficking Opium and/or Heroin-Felony
  • (2) Counts Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance-Felony
  • Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Scarlett-Booth is currently detained in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $132,000 secured bond.

DSS (Department of Social Services) is involved to ensure safety and custody placement of the child based on her needs.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Lawrence at 910-989-4066, daryl_lawrence@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018019211 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

 

 

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Hard hitting performers at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, four Marine veteran, songwriters will be sharing their songs and the stories behind them at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. It is open to the public with free admission, 18 years-old and up. This is an awesome opportunity to see some amazing, established and rising talent .

A big part of this night is the back story of the key players.

Nick Nichols is a retired Marine veteran of 25 years. After retiring Nick became the owner of Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. Nick has become one of the most prominent facilitators of the music scene in Eastern, NC. Although, music is a major part of what Nick searches out on his weekend rides through the area, Nick has established a community of artist, venue owners, fans of life, and people looking for a guaranteed great time. Nick is far more than just a promoter. He has given back to the area that he calls home, organizing multiple events throughout the years benefiting the people, the area, and the life of Coastal Carolina. Nick has gathered four songwriters who have been connected via military service.

Nick Nichols

Mike Corrado, an active duty Marine and Iraq veteran has been a well known name in Eastern, NC for quite a while. From the heights of national radio airplay to performing with Toby Kieth at the Country Music Awards, Mike continues to perform, amaze and support the local area, performing recently for support efforts from Hurricane Florence. Mike has released several albums, videos, all to which have received national attention.

Mike Corrado

Anderson Elswick, an active duty Marine and veteran of Freedom Sentinel, is a fast rising voice in country music. With a traditional, soulful sound, and a social media presence that has garnered over 150 thousand views, Anderson has earned the opportunities to open for David Allan Coe and Shenandoah, as well as playing in the famous Talladega Raceway infield. A Kentucky man raised with a sense of community, Anderson has recently performed locally in support of Hurricane Florence relief efforts. Anderson has just released an acoustic EP, The Big Rock Sessions.

Anderson Elswick

JP Guhns is an active duty Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan . Although in the first year of attacking a life long dream, JP has worked his way to being a finalist in the 2017 USAA Mission: Music competition, opening for Pat Cooper, and sharing his original music in cities like New Orleans and Nashville. JP performed at this years Oktoberfest and continues to play locally with his band. JP is set to release his first EP, in the spring of 2019, through Grunt Tunes Records.

JP Guhns

Matt Bowlin, is a Marine veteran and one of Eastern Carolina’s own. Known throughout the area for his music, his art, and his bigger then life personality, what can’t be left out is his support for the local scene and community. Matt has committed his life to sharing with people a positive energy through acting, writing and performing . A former TV actor , Matt can be found at any moment fundraising for a local school, picking a tune for a friendly crowd , or infusing a vibe into a piece of art. Matt has released several songs on all social media platforms.

Matt Bowlin

Sometimes things just fall in place, and the opportunity to see four gifted songwriters, with a mile long list of life moments, perform under one roof, is one of those times you shouldn’t miss.

Contributing credits: JP Guhns

Jacksonville man arrested for sex trafficking a minor child

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Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Services
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 989-4055 or (910) 989-4070

RELEASE DATE: 10/23/2018

NEWS RELEASE

A Jacksonville man has been arrested on numerous human trafficking charges in Onslow County.

On October 20, 2018 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit, Jacksonville Police Department, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI conducted a joint investigation after receiving a tip about a runaway juvenile. Through the investigation, it was learned that a minor female was being held against her will and photographed for the purpose of taking part in sexual acts in exchange for money.

Detectives identified the victim’s location and conducted an undercover operation to take her into safety. During the operation, it was learned that Jajci Mechito Johnson II was keeping the victim against her will and forcing her to commit sex acts for money. Johnson, 30-years-old of Derby Run Road, Jacksonville was taken into custody and arrested. His charges include:

Human Trafficking of a Child Victim-Felony
Sexual Servitude of a Child Victim-Felony
Promotion of Prostitution of a Minor for Profit-Felony
(2) Counts Promotion of Prostitution of a Minor-Advanced-Felony

Johnson was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $800,000 secured bond. He was previously dishonorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further information can be released at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Parrish at charles_parrish@onslowcountync.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018017339 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

***Will update as details become available.

#STOPHUMANTRAFFICKING #STOPSEXTRAFFICKING

Repeat sex offender charged with multiple offenses sending digital images of own child.

In July, The Onslow Beat published a story on Chasity D. Meeks, Chasity D. Keeter, (Chasity Dawn) (aliases) for an arrest on July 11, 2018, by Onslow County Sheriff’s Department for arson at their Firetower Rd. residence at that time in the Southwest area of Jacksonville, NC.

Since this occurrence, The Onslow Beat has maintained a track of observation on matters involving the cases between Meeks (Keeter) and her brother William Glen Roop who she and her husband Preston Keeter accused of molesting their 10-year-old son earlier this year near the family home.

Meeks and her husband have also filed criminal charges and civil no-contact order papers in Onslow County Court against Glen Roop (her brother). On August 27, 2018, in Onslow County Civil Court Chasity D. Keeter presented a “show cause” against her brother Glen from a No-Contact Order that was issued in Onslow County Court by the honorable Judge Carol Jones. During this show cause hearing, Chasity Keeter went after her brother Glen on the stand with screenshots and alleged, hot claims of text messages sent from an app “Text Now”, that Roop claims he did not send. Now, here is a little more depth to this situation, in many conversations with Mr. Roop, it is apparent in a number of interviews and conversations that he is not a very tech savvy kind of guy or competent in that area as accused. Mr. Roop has received a number of misdemeanor charges in the last three months for cyberstalking and communicating threats and due back in Onslow County Court 11/01/18 as a defendant in cases with his sister (Chasity) and her husband (Preston).

In more discovery, this month, Chasity Dawn Meeks (Keeter) was arrested on October 5th on a warrant issued on October 4. 2018 by Jacksonville Police Department with (5) total counts and (3) three offenses which in part out of Alamance County, NC and combination of the Jacksonville Police Department agency:

  • (2) Felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor –

ALAMANCE NCG.S 14-190.17 Court Date: 12/19/18

ONSLOW Court Date: 10/29/18

  • (2 )Felony disseminate obscenity-

ALAMANCE. NCG.S 14-190.1 Court Date: 12/19/2018

ONSLOW Court Date: 10/29/18

ONSLOW Court Date: 10/29/18

Meeks (Keeter) has been charged on accusations of distribution of a photo of the 10-year old boy, who has been confirmed to be her natural child, exposing himself to two others per the arrest warrant.

The warrant reads, “I, the undersigned, find that there is probable cause to believe that honor about the date of offense shown and in the county named above the defendant named above unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did knowingly and intentionally possess obscene material, DIGITAL IMAGES OF HER 10 YEAR OLD SON WITH HIS SHIRT HELD UP WITH NO PANTS ON OR UNDERWEAR ON, EXPOSING HIMSELF, with the purpose and intent of disseminating it unlawfully.

I, the undersigned, find that there is probable cause to believe that honor about the date of event shown and in the county named above the defendant named above unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did distribute PRESTON KEETER AND DEBRA MEEKS NUTTER material containing a visual representation of a minor, -MINOR CHILDS NAME LISTED- (10 YEARS OLD), engaged in sexual activity, CONSISTING OF A PHOTOGRAPH OF -MINOR CHILDS NAME LISTED- WITH HIS PANTS DOWN, the defendant knowing the materials content.”
Continue reading “Repeat sex offender charged with multiple offenses sending digital images of own child.”

Update on Hurricane Florence – Important Info and Phone Numbers from Sen. Thom Tillis this week.

Friends and Neighbors,

Parts of North Carolina are seeing an unprecedented amount of rainfall that is causing extremely dangerous situations. Please continue to listen to emergency officials and take the necessary steps to keep you and your family safe. North Carolina has already been granted a
Major Disaster Declaration
and
Public Health Emergency Declaration
to streamline recovery and rescue efforts, and I will continue to ensure we have the resources needed to rebuild from Hurricane Florence.

Important Resources

Instructions on how to plan and prepare for severe weather as well as access to real-time weather, flooding, traffic and shelter information can be found at
ReadyNC.org
.

For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.

For a toll-free hotline to speak with a trained specialist, call 211. They can provide you information on shelters, evacuation routes, storm clean-up, volunteer needs, and locating food and water. The service is available 24/7.

For road closures, call 511.

For Coast Guard search and rescue, call 1-757-398-6700.

For help finding fuel/gas, visit
gasbuddy.com
or download the app.

For shelter locations, visit
redcross.org
or ca

ll 888-892-1162.

For volunteer opportunities, visit
nvoad.org
.

Veteran Hurricane Hotline Number: 1-800-507-4571

Veteran Pharmacy Customer Care: 1- 866-400-1243

*If you have trouble contacting emergency officials, my staff can be reached at (704) 589-7493.

Imp
ortant Information

Power Outages

Customers may also report an outage or view current outages using the
online outage map
.

Duke Energy also will provide updates on
Twitter
and
Facebook
to keep customers informed if significant outages occur.

Crews will work as fast as possible to restore power. Please call your local power company for more information (See below).

Post-Storm Resources

Below is some important information as North Carolina begins recovering from Hurricane Florence. Please know my office will be there every step of the way.

NC Department of Agriculture Disaster Information

FEMA Helping Pets

FEMA Public Assistance Fact Sheet

FEMA Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage

NFIP Call Center Fact Sheet

NFIP Fact Sheet found

NFIP Advance Payments Under Standard Flood Insurance Policies found

Current list of Road Closures

How To Apply For Aid

Apply online at
http://www.disasterassistance.gov
. Constituents may call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

FEMA has an app for constituents to upload pictures in order to document damage, apply for assistance, learn about the process, locate nearby shelters and local assistance in addition to numerous links and documents to help with preparedness, emergency relief and clean up/removal.

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Stay safe.

Fourth of July Events Across Onslow Co. & Surrounding 2018

Surf City Fourth of July Celebration (JULY 3rd)

Surf City is hosting their phenomenal Fourth of July Celebration on July 3rd at Soundside Park. The Surf City Celebration is one to go to kick off your celebration just right! There’s live music, concessions and fireworks. Of course, you’ll get a close up of the new bridge right from Soundside Park. Go early and find parking, parking at the park is very limited and some businesses close by are strictly patrons only. So, my recommendation is take lawn chairs or a blanket to spread out and enjoy the show and fireworks.

The Johnny White & Elite Band will kick start the event with their show at 7 p.m. The fireworks will start at dusk and will take place over the water.

The event is FREE. A map of available parking areas is available at: www.townofsurfcity.com.

Jacksonville Fourth of July Freedom Festival at Onslow Pines Park:
Location: Onslow Pines Park
Time: 3:00 pm
Contact: Carol C. Trott
Phone: 910 347 5332
For additional information call (910) 347-5332 visit http://www.onslowcountync.gov/parks or email carol_trott@onslowcountync.gov Onslow County’s Freedom Festival is sponsored by Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department and Co-Sponsored By: Daily News, Modern Exterminating and Parker and Associates.
http://www.onlyinonslow.com/events/annual-events/july-4-freedom-festival/

Freedom Festival offers everything for a family oriented evening! Carnival rides, a petting zoo, crafts and food vendors, along with live-music performances and a brief fireworks display.

BaseFest
Celebrate July 4th on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune with headlining act Lifehouse, top country recording artist Brett Young, and performances by Temecula Road, Muddy Magnolias and Chord Overstreet. The event is FREE to attend. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with main stage performances beginning at 4 p.m. and the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. BaseFest will offer premier seating open to ticket holders, complete with a lounge and activities. Coolers are allowed, no outside alcohol. Vendors and concessions will be available for purchase. For information about premium seating, visit www.basefestmusicfestival.com/premium.

Holly Ridge
Holly Ridge hosts another great celebration, the “Liberty Festival”. A go to for lots to do with kids, vendors, live music, food, arts & crafts, bounce houses, face painting, DJ entertaining from 3-5pm following a live performance from the Carolina Band, from 6-9pm! We’ve frequented this Fourth of July celebration many times over the years and always impressed. Celebrations kick off at 3pm at the Holly Ridge Municipal Park which is easily accessed from Wilmington Hwy heading towards Wilmington off to the left if coming from Jacksonville, Sneads Ferry, Verona etc.

Following the live performance, it’s time to light up the night with fireworks!

For more information, call 910-329-7081 or visit www.townofhollyridge.net.

Wilmington

4th of July Celebration

Absolutely one of the BEST places to celebrate the Fourth of July!!! The Wilmington riverfront location celebrating the nations biggest holiday beyond Christmas is one you will not forget! So much so, Wilmington riverfront was recognized by Coastal Living Magazine as a top spot in the country to celebrate the Fourth. Now, that’s something to light up about! However, if you aren’t one for large crowds, this isn’t one for you. The town expects 40-50K people annually in celebration. Vendors, live music and of course, FIREWORKS! When we decide to do Wilmington for fireworks, we typically try to get to the top floor of a parking garage and watch, it’s absolutely worth the few bucks to pay to park in a parking garage. (You’re welcome.)

The free event begins at 5 p.m. with the fireworks display at 9:05 p.m.

On-street metered parking is free for the day, with city and county parking decks charging a $7 event fee. For more information, call 910-772-4177 or visit www.wilmingtonnc.gov.

Looking for another direction? One last celebration pitch for you, Swansboro, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, and Beaufort.

Typically all have regular evening fireworks, Beaufort has an excellent little morning parade that is followed up by a community picnic on the courthouse lawn where free ice cream is served and live music fills the air. Consult the local papers for times and locations before the weekend, or call the Crystal Coast Visitor Center, (252) 726-8148.