Congressman Greg Murphy to hold open house next week

Congressman Greg Murphy will hold an open house Wednesday afternoon open to the third district constituents.

(Greenville, N.C.)- N.C. 3rd Congressional District Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. announced Friday afternoon that he will host an open house next week. The open house will take place at his new district office in Jacksonville, N.C., which will take place on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The event will last an hour and a half, beginning at 3:00 PM and ending at 4:30 PM.

Constituents of the Third District and members of the press are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

“Considering the strong military presence at Camp Lejeune, I found it necessary to open a district office in Jacksonville to more conveniently provide assistance to marines, veterans and other residents of Onslow county and the surrounding area,” said Murphy. “I hope you all will join my staff and I on Wednesday to see our office and learn more about the services we provide, including help with federal agencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security and more.”

 

Location and address to attend:

The Office of Congressman Gregory F. Murphy, M.D.

234 NW Corridor, Suite 301

Jacksonville, N.C. 28540

American Legion Post damaged during Hurricane Florence to receive disaster funding

American Legion Post 64 will receive funding for damages from Hurricane Florence this week.

(POLLOCKSVILLE, NC)- The American Legion Department of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (NC DMVA) issued a press release Monday afternoon informing the public that American Legion Post 64 of Pollocksville, NC will be presented with a check from the National Emergency Fund. This check is to assist in the rebuilding of the post from the damages from Hurricane Florence in Sept. 2018. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 25th   at 10 AM at 195 Evia Gray Lane Pollocksville, NC.

The American Legion and the NC DMVA has also partnered with Team Rubicon and Team Red, White & Blue Raleigh NC, to assist in the rebuilding of Post 64.  The estimated cost to repair the Post is approximately $80,000, however; through the participation of volunteer electricians and contractors, the project cost has been substantially reduced.

Since the early 1920’s, the American Legion has been actively involved in meeting the needs of the community and their members in the wake of disaster.  The National Emergency Fund has provided over $6,000,000 in direct financial assistance to American Legion members and Posts.

Regarding the American Legion Post 64 project, NC DMVA Secretary Larry Hall said, “We are always pleased to assist our veteran partners in any way possible and rebuilding this Post will help not only our veterans but also the entire Pollocksville community.” Commander Gray, a US Marine Veteran and Commander of American Legion Post 64, stated “American Legion Post 64 is extremely appreciative of the NC DMVA, American Legion Department of NC, Team Rubicon and Team Red, White & Blue in working tirelessly to assist in rebuilding this post and helping other displaced veterans in the Pollocksville area.

The NC DMVA began the collaboration for this American Legion project in early February 2019, in support of Governor Cooper’s efforts to support those affected by Hurricane Florence.

 

For more information about the project or the NC DMVA contact Angella Dunston at angella.dunston@milvets.nc.gov or 984-204-8336.

Onslow Co.- Ten fast facts to know preparing for Hurricane Dorian

Ten quick bites of information to know ahead of Hurricane Dorian. From school closings, shelters, landfill hours, free pet supplies and how to receive alerts.

School Closures: Brent Andersen, Onslow County Schools announced that all schools will be closed for all students from Wednesday, September 4th through Friday, September 6th. There will be no school or evening activities during this time period. OCS staff will have a Teacher Workday on Wednesday. Unless otherwise notified by their supervisor, OCS staff will not work on Thursday. On Friday OCS 10-month staff will not work and OCS 12-month staff will report as conditions permit, unless otherwise notified by their supervisor.

All unincorporated areas of Onslow County have been declared in a state of emergency by Onslow County government officials Tuesday morning.

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Shelters: Shelters open Thursday, Sept. 5th at 7 am. Locations:
Jacksonville Commons Middle School (Pets & Special/Medical Needs)
Swansboro High School
Dixon Middle School
Richlands High School

Citizens are asked to bring all medical supplies and to begin having medications refilled now to have through the storm even if they do not intend to come to a shelter. For citizens on oxygen, it is encouraged that tanks are refilled in advance. Any special devices or machines needed for medical purposes should be brought to the shelter with you.

If you need transportation to a shelter please fill out this form and submit by email to make those arrangements as quickly as possible.

Citizens are encouraged by Onslow County Manager, David Cotton to keep up with social media updates as there will be Facebook live broadcasts twice a day at 7 am and 7 pm on the county government page.

Questions about preparing- Phone Bank: The phone bank is open until 6:00 pm on Tuesday, then starting on Wednesday at 8:00 am (operational 24-hours), it will remain staffed continuously until Hurricane Dorian no longer poses a threat to Onslow County. Please call 910-989-5027, the phone bank is for non-emergent questions to help citizens prepare.

Trash: Onslow County Landfill hours are extended today and tomorrow (Tuesday & Wednesday) until 7 p.m. to assist citizens with hurricane preparations. Located at: 415 Meadowview Rd. Jacksonville. Phone number 910-989-2107.

Pets: Jaded Paws Rescue is open daily to help families with pet food and other supplies as available for FREE. Jaded Paws is located at 1009 Onsville Dr. Jacksonville Suite A. Phone number . Phone: 910-389-2372.

Onslow Co. Courts: Closed Thursday and Friday. ALL buildings and courts sessions are closed 9/5-9/6. To obtain more updates, please visit the NCCOURTS.gov website for all up to date closings.

ALERTS: Get local alerts – weather hazards, evacuations, missing persons, etc. – sent straight to your phone.You can receive FREE emergency alerts by phone calls to landlines, text messages, emails and more.In addition to English, ALERT Onslow translates notifications into: German, French, Japanese and Spanish.
Visit: CodeRed to sign up.

For the Board of Commissioners State of Emergency Proclamation announcement this morning you can watch here:

Insurance: Check your homeowners insurance polices ahead of the storm and verify what benefits your policy offers and ensure everything is up to date. USAA representative Ina said, under mandatory evacuation orders some policies may cover temporary living expenses. If you are a USAA policy holder, check your policy for details on the website at USAA Help or the USAA Mobile App.

How much food and water: Onslow County EMS Director, Norman Bryson urges citizens to have enough food and water for seven days per person in the home. The usual minimum is three days but it is best to be prepared for seven days.

Download the FEMA App:

The National Hurricane Center website:

Emergency Plans

Develop and document plans for your specific risks.

Brigade Boys & Girls Club Brigade Invitational Golf Tournament comes to Onslow County for the first time

(Jacksonville, N.C.)– Attention all Golf Enthusiast! Richlands Piggly Wiggly is proud to present the inaugural, Brigade Boys & Girls Club Brigade Invitational Golf Tournament. This instant fall classic will be hosted at the Jacksonville Country Club on Friday September 6th and proceeds will benefit eight Brigade Boys & Girls Club sites throughout Onslow County. This is the first year having this event in Onslow County.

Photo Courtesy of Brigade Boys & Girls Club
Photo Courtesy of Brigade Boys & Girls Club
Photo Courtesy of Brigade Boys & Girls Club

Pictured is board member on the right, Bill Mercer– chairman of the golf committee. Photos from a past New Hanover Brigade Invitational.

Channeling the spirit of Boys & Girls Clubs, the Brigade Invitational is designed with FUN as its top priority and will be a great way to spend time with friends and colleagues, while also raising funds and awareness for the organization in our community. 

 “I am so thankful to our Onslow County Advisor Board members who are working tirelessly to help make this tournament a reality,” said Keith Williams, Brigade Boys & Girls Club Onslow County Executive.  “Our volunteers’ continued support and faith in our mission truly changes the lives of countless children in Onslow County.” 

The tournament will be played in a “Captain’s Choice” format and first, second, third and last place winners will be recognized.  The event will begin with registration at 11am and lunch at noon. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day as well as other surprises and swag.

Brigade aims to raise $30,000 to sustain youth development programs implemented at its eight locations throughout Onslow County.  The organization serves 2,200 children in a tri-county area and has a mission to enable all youth, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Sponsorship and foursome opportunities are still available, register online at Brigade invitational or contact Caitlin Diaz at 910-455-9003, email: cdiaz@brigadebgc.org or visit http://www.brigadebgc.org.

Sheriff Miller warns about scams that continue targeting Onslow citizens

Additional scam information released from the OCSO by Sheriff Miller, warning citizens to take heed of warnings that a variety of scams are targeting citizens.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller released additional information this afternoon about ongoing scams, warning citizens to be aware.

Back in April, the OCSO released a post notifying citizens of several scams that had been brought to our attention.  This week they’ve learned from a citizen that there is a new one out there, and Sheriff Miller wants everyone to be aware of it.  They are referring to this as the, “Medicare SCAM.”

 The caller, claiming to be with Medicare Health Services called asking the citizen for information. The caller somehow already had the citizen’s social security number but was trying to gather more information under the claim that they would increase the citizen’s Medicare benefits.  The press release specifically states, “THIS IS NOT TRUE AND IS A SCAM!!!!!!”

The citizen luckily did not provide any additional information and immediately called the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Miller again emphasizes, “NEVER, EVER give ANY kind of personal information to anyone over the phone!  A legitimate business will correspond with you through letters sent through the US Postal Service, or certified letter.  No legitimate business will ask for personal information (address, phone number, social security number, bank account information, etc) over the telephone!”

Be Aware of additional scams we are experiencing in our area that are noted below.

“Arrest Warrant SCAM”- Where the incoming call could come from a different area code or even a local number that citizens don’t recognize.  Many times, that number is “spoofed” and not in service.  Sometimes, the incoming caller has a foreign accent, but not always.  The caller may allege that the answering party owes the government a certain amount of money and that an arrest warrant will be issued unless the answering person pays that amount.  Then, the caller will “offer” to collect the money by a telephonic credit card transaction and give a different telephone number for the answering party to call back. (Previous SCAMs have asked the answering party to purchase a gift card from a local vendor and pass the card number to the caller.)

The “Tax SCAM”- Please know that our national, state or local governments do NOT collect back taxes by calling citizens and asking for credit card numbers or gift cards by phone.  If taxes are properly owed, notifications will be made by United States Mail.

“Jury SCAM”- A false allegation that a citizen did not report for jury duty. (Call the court house jury coordinator directly for verification).

Sympathy SCAM” A relative in police custody needing bail money, or in a medical facility needing money. 

The Onslow Beat received notice of one example where this type of scam occurred just a few weeks ago involving one Onslow County family. It’s also referred to as the “Grandparents Scam”.

Kristin Laney told The Onslow Beat just how this scam targeted her father and used their son as the “cause”.

 Four or five years ago, when my son (Joey) was in high school, my father got a phone call. My parents live in Wisconsin and we obviously live here in NC. My dad doesn’t have the best hearing, similar to many grandparents, and the first thing he heard was a voice “Grandpa?”. Of course, my dad immediately responded with “Joey, is that you?”. The next thing my dad heard was an adult male who told him that Joey was in trouble and he needed his help. He told my dad that Joey had been in a car with some other kids and they were pulled over. Drugs were found in the car, and while Joey wasn’t driving and didn’t own the car, he was still in trouble because no one would claim the drugs. Supposedly, Joey had been “arrested” and would need to go to court and money was needed to take care of the situation. As a note, my poor father is not very world-wise and fell for all of this hook, line and sinker. He never sent the money, but this individual called him repeatedly over several weeks telling my father that Joey was in court, the individual stated that he was able to pick Joey up from school for this because he was law enforcement, without my knowledge. The caller repeatedly told my dad that he couldn’t talk to anyone about it because the kids were underage and that he couldn’t call me about it.

My mother continually told my dad that it sounded fishy and that she knew how I was raising my son. He was never in a location when I didn’t know where he was. Ultimately, they finally called me one day to see what was going on and I was able to tell them that it was entirely fake. At that time, I knew Hans Miller and told my parents that I could get in contact with him to verify all the information. Before I was able to do that, my dad contacted their local county sheriff with whom he is friends. The sheriff told my dad it was a scam and that they usually picked on older people because they sometimes have difficulty hearing, will respond with the grandchild’s name, and will do anything to help their grandkids. I did send the info to the OCSO just so they could put it out there. We were lucky that my dad didn’t send the money they were requesting and it turned out fine but someone else might not be so lucky. -Kristin Laney

 

“Sweepstakes or Lottery Win SCAM”  Asking for a “handling fee.”  Fraud. This particular scam has targeted Instagram users as well as by phone. Read more here.

“Data Mining SCAM” where an unknown or unverified party asks for personal or bank account information.  “Phishing”

“Debt Consolidation Loan SCAM” offer that’s too good to be true.  No free money.

Sheriff Miller urges citizens, “Please protect yourself, your family, your property and even your friends & neighbors.  Please be careful to VERIFY before you trust. Help spread the word especially to the elderly, or those who do not have access to a computer. NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY WILL ASK ANYONE TO PAY BY TELEPHONE USING A GIFT CARD OR PREPAID DEBIT CARD!”

Forest fire in Sneads Ferry with eight agencies on scene

A call came in to Onslow County 9-11 at 2:57 PM about an outside fire from Saratoga Rd. in the The Preserve at Tidewater neighborhood in Sneads Ferry.

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time. There have been zero accumulated damages to structures or homes.

The home nearest the area being hosed in the photo above is the home closest to the wood line where the fire where a resident in Mimosa Bay alleged they’ve been told the fire started started.

EMS Director Norman Bryson could not confirm that information at the time nor the cause of the fire.

This fire affects the neighborhoods of The Preserves and Mimosa Bay subdivisions.

There are eight departments/agencies on scene. N.C. Forestry Services was also on the scene installing a plow line to create a break line to prevent spreading.

The Eight agencies on scene: Turkey Creek Fire & Rescue, North Topsail Beach Fire Department, Holly Ridge Fire Department, Haws Run Fire Department, Verona Fire Department, Southwest Fire Department, Camp Lejeune Fire Department, Pender County Fire & EMS, Surf City Fire, Maple Hill Fire, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. Forestry Services.

EMS Director Norman Bryson said that if anyone wants to bring water, Gatorade, or light snacks for the fire and rescue teams they may do so at the command post which set up at the entrance of The Preserve at Tidewater off of Chadwick Acres Rd.

The Onslow Beat will continue to update information as possible.

View live-streams on The Onslow Beat Facebook for more.

Second woman arrested for child abuse at Childcare Network in Sneads Ferry

Second arrest made in the Childcare Network case in Sneads ferry last month. The daycare is not an operation currently, following this incident.

On June 10, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Childcare Network Daycare located in Sneads Ferry, regarding an 11-month-old male child that was in their care. The company reported the child was transported to the hospital earlier in the day regarding a medical emergency but learned later on the child was intentionally injured by a day care worker there. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation which determined that the day care worker, Bethan Pringle, was responsible for the child’s injuries. The child’s injuries were from head trauma which resulted when the child was intentionally dropped by the suspect. On June 19, 2019 Bethan Pringle, age 23 was arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. She was given a $100,000 secured bond and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

 

The Investigation continued and on July 23, 2019 a second employee was also arrested for injuring the child. This employee, McKayla Paula Sausser, 19-years-old of Gregory Fork Road in Richlands was arrested July 23, 2019 by SVU Detective L. Kensington and charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury.  Sausser had assaulted the infant by repeatedly forcibly pushing the infant’s head down in a crib. Sausser was placed under a $100,000 secured bond by the Magistrate and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.  Sausser has a first court appearance on July 24, 2019.    

 

 

As of today, the Childcare Network Daycare in Sneads Ferry is not in operation.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Humphrey Farm is turning up the excitement for Independence Day weekend

Humphrey Farm and Emerald Owl Productions are partnered up for an Independence Day Celebration that will light up your holiday weekend with a splash, foam, food, family fun and lights!

Two Crystal Coast businesses are joining forces to bring professional entertainment to the local area on Saturday, July 6th.

Humphrey Farm in Hubert, NC, is partnering with Emerald Owl Productions from Emerald Isle, NC to host a wonderfully unique experience that is not only fun but interactive for people of all ages.

In the past year, the local entertainment company has taken the laser and light glow party brand from the east to west coast, UNC-Chapel Hill, as far north as Pittsburgh, PA and even to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. They will be providing the entertainment on the 4th of July in Ocracoke, NC.

Cathy Lassiter, Principal of Rosewood Middle School in Goldsboro, NC describes her experience with this party, “It’s like a nightclub I can take my kids, my grandmother, and my best friend to all at the same time… and we’d all have a blast together!”
Admission to this event is $7.00 per person and includes:

  • Laser Light Glow Party, Professional Lasers, UV Lighting & Sound
  • Music from Today’s hits & All Decades
  • Interactive Games & Activities
  • Foam Party
  • Entrance to Humphrey Farm- Complete with Beer Barn, Food Trucks, and other
  • Market Vendors on site.
  • Opportunity to enter a “Splash Zone” including being sprayed with water, glow in the dark paint, glow in the dark foam & slime.

You will get DRENCHED in the Splash Zone!

There are also family packages available for a discounted rate.

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Photo Courtesy of Emerald Owl Productions

Barbara Humphrey-Garrett, manager of Humphrey Farm, alongside Michael Meyer, Emerald Owl Productions Director said the idea came to them when they realized there would be no Independence Day Celebration in Swansboro this year. With the high overhead of professional production, the event must sell 400 advanced tickets so grab yours now through a secure online purchase through http://www.humphreyfarmnc.com or at the farm. In the event the baseline of ticket sales is not met to move forward, tickets purchased will be refunded.

Meeting the demand for ticket sales should not be an issue; it is undoubtedly worth every cent and honestly a very fair price.

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The Onslow Beat went out to Humphrey Farm for Emerald Isle Productions first debut event on the farm last Saturday, and it was a full family affair that was enjoyed by all. This was an event I took my husband and kids to get a full effect to convey the feedback from them to the public. We all know children are brutally honest with matters of satisfaction.

Our son, age 7, we had to tell him to eat and get hydrated beyond what water he’d gulped down likely in the splash zone area. Gross, I know, but he’s “all boy.” He didn’t want to leave and told us on the drive home, “that was a blast. I wish we could go to that farm every weekend!”

Our daughter, age 11, and not a huge water fan, really enjoyed herself as well. She was between the foam pit and the splash pad for water play, just as all of the other kids. She said the foam was the best and she hoped at that point, next time they’d do slime as mentioned over the loudspeakers. Then she came for a mega Jenga game and demanded mom play with her. There are games set up around the yard of the farm under open covered barns with tables. (View the video below)

My husband and I ended up feeling like we had a little date night with childcare on site. We played a game under the covered area, took a stroll around the yard together, and checked out the vendors. We further went on to enjoy a bite to eat and back to the picnic table area to talk and enjoy the mere fact that at that moment we had sheer peace in parenting, winning with a date night we didn’t even expect since the idea was solely to take the kids for their enjoyment and I could work. Can you say, “WINNING!”?

There is corn-hole set up for kids and adults, horseshoes and more games for good competitive fun with family and friends. There was a mega connect four game that a young toddler was playing with an older sibling. Music of all genres filled the air, new school and old school from the DJ. Some farm-goers took the crowd on with karaoke performances between selections.

There was BBQ sold on site from Sm’Oaked BBQ, serving beef brisket, pork spare ribs with coleslaw and beans as sides, packed in with a slice of bread to go with. Now let me tell you all, I generally don’t like most BBQ in any restaurant or on any food truck, I’m just not impressed usually. However, let me tell you, this was the most tender brisket I have had from a vendor here in the eastern North Carolina region, a perfect smoked flavor, and seasonings, highly impressive. On the other hand of it, I wasn’t a fan of the sides, and that’s only me being me- a native Western NC Girl through and through. Generally, I am not too fond of any BBQ vendors side items; they’re often store-bought, lack the touch of southern seasoning to take you anywhere near granny’s house in your mind. They offer sauces and salt and pepper packets on the side in plastic ware so you can apply yourself. I still give them 4/5 stars just for the brisket, excellent pricing, generous portions, and a great customer service experience.


Around the farm, there’s a variety of market shops to patronize, fresh goods, vegetables, Amish bread, crafts, free wine tastings and of course wine to purchase if you like. There was the best strawberry lemonade I’ve tasted in all of Onslow County perfectly blended, not too sour, not too sweet and I could taste the berries. Seriously, there should be an award for that.

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Photo Courtesy of Humphrey Farm

Oh my heavens, the funnel cakes! I’ll let you look and judge for yourself. There’s plenty of landscape to run the pounds off on if you overindulge.

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You cannot go wrong with a visit to Humphrey Farm whether its with friends, alone, with colleagues or with family.

Get out there and explore Onslow and Eastern NC, Humphrey Farm is a great place to start, and you don’t even have to pay for parking!

 

 

 

 

 

Off the pews and into the sun: Worship services this summer on NTB

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Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church is taking church outside this summer hosting three worship services at Beach Access #2 in North Topsail Beach. Pastor Bill Young extends a warm welcome to all near and far for a relaxed church service to Worship On The Beach with music and a sermon.

  • Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 8am
  • Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 8am
  • Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 8am

“All are welcome! We hope our vacationers will join us as well as our part-time and full-time residents!”

These scheduled beach service days are shine only and will be canceled if it rains and stay up to date with the SFPC Facebook Page for any updates or changes.

  • Consider bringing your favorite beach chair, blanket and some coffee as we worship on our beautiful beach on Topsail Island. Service will last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Onslow County Beach Access #2 in North Topsail Beach offers bathrooms and is handicap accessible. Unfortunately it is still under renovation from Hurricane Florence, so the ramp leads up to the deck overseeing the beach, however the ramp down to the beach has not been repaired yet.
Photo Courtesy of SFPC Website

Editors note: SFPC has a great congregation and not only are they good in the church, the individuals I’ve encountered from the church through the community have always been pleasant and welcoming. They show the love of God and humanity off the pews and on the street. Since Pastor Young has been preaching there, I have only heard greatness in the community. The members I’ve talked to rave about their church and the family dynamic of the church where they really have each other’s back so to speak. So if you’re looking for a church home, place of worship or simply enjoy church on the beach, I believe SFPC is a great place to go. For families, they have excellent programs and bible study for kids and teens.

For more information about Sneads Ferry Presbyterian check out their website. Contact Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church with any questions: 910-327-0166 or email: sfpcsecretary@yahoo.com.

Woman charged with a felony abuse of an infant at a Sneads Ferry childcare center

Bethan Pringle, age 23 charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury to an infant child under age 1 at a Sneads Ferry Childcare facility.

There are several daycares in Sneads Ferry with violations reported to the NC DHHS/DCDEE database this year.

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Photo from Childcare Network Website

On June 11, 2019 the Childcare Network parents in Sneads Ferry received a notice informing them of an incident that occurred in their school the day prior where an infant child was injured while in the care of the facility.

The infant child who is under 1-year-old was provided with CPR by caregivers as well as lifesaving techniques for emergency situations. The child’s parents were notified immediately by the center and the teacher involved was suspended without pay at that time, pending an internal investigation as well as by law enforcement.

The incident allegedly was quickly determined not to have been caused by a hazard, lack of security, supervision nor due to inappropriate ratios of caregivers to student at the time of the incident. Some parents were also allegedly informed soon after that the teacher would not be returning to the school based on this incident.

The Onslow Beat reached out to the Childcare Network location on Thursday, June 13th for a statement and they declined to do so with a pending and open investigation.

Col. Chris Thomas at Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday there was anticipation of closing the case this week. He further assured, “To my knowledge this is the only incident that has been reported to the Sheriff’s Office from that location.” “They have been completely cooperative with the investigation and were the reporting party as well.”

The infant child was transported to Vidant Medical in Greenville from Onslow Memorial Hospital for treatment immediately following and released Thursday of last week. Medical professionals have since advised that the infant is expected to recover.

Today, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a release stating it had been determined that this act was purposeful. The childcare worker, Bethan Pringle, age 23 was the worker who was responsible for the child’s injuries. The infant suffered from head trauma which resulted when the child was intentionally dropped by the suspect.

Pringle was arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. She was issued a $100,000 secured bond and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

Childcare Network is a 5-star facility with a superior classification, as well as the newest facility in the area. This facility opened in August 20, 2018 and has swiftly corrected any violations prior to date as required by the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) . The most recent inspection from DHHS/DCDEE shows where the facility was rated a 211/235 score and there were no violations despite this tragedy.

There have been two violations during an unannounced visit by the DCDEE to this facility that occurred in 2018 and both swiftly corrected.

Rule Violated: Medications including prescription and non-prescription items were not stored in a locked cabinet or other locked container. Medications in space #9 and space #10 were stored in the cabinet under the diaper changing table; the cabinets were unlocked.

Rule Violated: Caregivers did not document compliance with visually checking on sleeping infants aged 12 months or younger and/or the documents were not maintained for a minimum of one month. In space #9. a visual sleep check was documented at 9:45am. During the classroom observation at 10:30am, the infant was still asleep and no other visual sleep checks had been documented. (12/10/18)-DHHS database

There are limited childcare options in the quaint fishing village of Sneads Ferry.

Another local facility has parents skeptical in the quality of facility standards since a change in ownership leaving some parents feeling grim about care options.

One mother said, “This is why I would rather just stay at home until our baby is older, so I know that he is safe.” in response to this incident. “You cannot trust anywhere anymore.”

The Onslow Beat took a deeper look into local daycare options to see how they compare to Childcare Network in light of standard of care and violations in Sneads Ferry.

Noah’s Ark Preschool: Four (4) violations in March 2019 for broken furniture, poor activity plan and lacking first aid training. Another two (2) in May for administering medication after the expiration date with expired permission form.

Sneads Ferry Quality Care has six violations documented by DHHS/DCDEE just this month from an unannounced visit. Violations range across a variety of lack in training for childcare workers, not having CPR & First Aid certifications and Child Maltreatment Training. Some of these violations are still pending response to the department. One violation:

Rule Violated: New staff, who had contact with children, did not receive at least 16 hrs. orientation within first 6 weeks. Three of the thirty-two staff employed had not completed the required orientation training within the first 6 weeks of employment. -DHHS database.

A Happy Home Daycare in Sneads Ferry that is a licensed home daycare had violations in 2017 for hazardous chemicals like cleaners and pesticides. There were no violations in 2018 on either visit yet there have been violations founded in 2019.

Rule Violated: Hazardous cleaning supplies and other items that might be poisonous were not kept out of reach or in locked storage when children were in care. Three bottles of hand sanitizer were located in the home: One was sitting in the middle of the kitchen table used by the children for lunch routines, a second bottle was located on the cabinet beside the diaper changing table accessible to the children, and a third bottle was located on the corner of the desk adjacent to the children care space accessible to the children. Four aerosol cans were located in the home: One can of Lysol and one can of Resolve were located on a shelf above the diaper changing table and one can of Lysol and one can of Ozium Air Sanitizer was located on a shelf behind the entrance/exit door to the child care space.- DHHS database. (2017) 

Rule Violated: Written record of up-to-date pet vaccinations as required by NC law and local ordinances, including rabies vaccination for dogs and cats, was not available. The vaccination for Cornflake, the cat, expired 12/30/18.

Violation confirmed corrected by letter received from provider on 1/18/2019
Rule Violated: Activity plans did not include activities intended to stimulate the developmental domains, in accordance with NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development. An activity plan was not available.

Violation confirmed corrected by letter received from provider on 1/18/2019
Rule Violated: Operator did not provide a written statement to parents regarding the smoking and tobacco restriction. A signed and dated acknowledgement statement from each parents indicating they had received a copy of the smoking and tobacco restriction.

Violation confirmed corrected by letter received from provider on 1/18/2019
 
To view any additonal childcare facility’s performance and possible violations, visit the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education through NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

The Onslow Beat urges parents to do research on every facility in any location before enrolling as well as facilities to ensure training and references prior to hiring.

HRPD- Car tow dolly may also be among recent items of theft

HRPD reports that a car tow dolly could potentially be amongst items stolen in a recent theft case.

(HOLLY RIDGE, NC)-

HRPD issued a news release today seeking the public’s help with locating and recovering a car tow dolly that is reasonably suspected to have been stolen in conjunction with other recent thefts.

On June 11, 2019 the Holly Ridge PD took a report of a stolen car tow dolly, from 206 Camp Davis Road, Holly Ridge, NC. The victim stated the car tow dolly was chained to a storage pod (conex box) at the location it was stolen from.

The victim described the car tow dolly as a grey in color metal frame with black fenders. The victim advised he had installed a boat winch on the tongue of the trailer and installed a 5/8 in bar to the tire swivels since the tow straps were broken. According to the victim, the car tow dolly’s fenders were beaten up due to use and one of the lights was broken.

Image Courtesy of HRPD of a similar car tow dolly

The photo provided is not the actual dolly but is a similar car tow dolly the victim had stolen. It is possible it was stolen during the time that the utility trailer and zero turn mowers were stolen. The white Ford Expedition that was used in those thefts was seen towing a car tow dolly the week prior to it being reported stolen.

If you have seen this car tow dolly, please contact the Holly Ridge Department at 910-329-4076 or email Detective Faircloth at lfaircloth@hollyridgepd.net.

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.

Missing Person Investigation is ongoing for James Wilson, Jr. one year later

(Jacksonville, NC)- The investigation to find missing person James Wilson, Jr. continues. On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Jacksonville Police Department issued a Silver Alert for James Wilson, Jr., a 78-year old man who apparently walked away from his home in the Country Club Road area. A year has passed since this investigation began. Detectives have investigated dozens of tips, but none have led to finding Mr. Wilson. Detectives are looking for assistance from the community.

Mr. Wilson suffers from dementia. Mr. Wilson is a black male, 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 196 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes.

We have asked residents to check infrequently used buildings on their property such as storage sheds or buildings not used daily.

“During the investigation, we learned that Mr. Wilson may have hitch-hiked in the past. We ask that anyone who may have picked up someone matching Mr. Wilson’s description to please give us a call” said Captain Mike Capps, Supervisor, JPD Investigations Division. “We appreciate the continued assistance from the public in calling in with information.”

Mr. Wilson’s daughter, Jayna Wilson has been his biggest advocate since the beginning of the disappearance of her father. Jayna took to social media herself to encourage people to share the posts about her father and to continue looking for him, or any clues that might lead to him.

If you believe that you have seen Mr. Wilson, please call 911 immediately. If you have information please contact JPD Detective Vincent Waddell at 910-938-6408 or vwaddell@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-5034. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to 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 (CRIMES).

Johnsonville is recalling an estimated 95K pounds of sausage products

Johnsonville is recalling an estimated 95K pounds of ready-to-eat jalapeño cheddar sausage products due to possible contamination.

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2019 – Johnsonville, LLC., a Sheboygan Falls, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 95,393 pounds of its ready-to-eat jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous material, specifically hard green plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage items were produced and packaged on March 12 and 13, 2019. The following products are subject to recall:

• 14-oz. film, vacuum packages containing “Johnsonville JALAPEÑO CHEDDAR Smoked Sausage” with a “Best By 06/09/2019” date on the back of the package.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34224” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide and internationally.

The problem was discovered when the company notified FSIS that they received a consumer complaint regarding green hard plastic in the product.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Kirsten Bishir, Johnsonville, LLC. Consumer Relations Coordinator, at KBishir@johnsonville.com and by phone or text at 1-888-556-2728.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day.

URGENT: Burn ban issued for 18 ENC counties including Onslow and surrounding areas

RALEIGH – Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington.

The burning ban went into effect at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, and will remain in effect until further notice. The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions.

Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Violating the burn ban incurs a $100 fine plus $180 court costs. The person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.

“The dry weather conditions these last few weeks, plus the potential for an increase in human-caused wildfires in the region, makes this ban on open burning necessary,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “During the month of May, there have been 355 wildfires statewide, covering 1,348 acres. This burn ban is a proactive step to protect lives and property by preventing human-caused wildfires.”

Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.

Yesterday Richlands VFD reported a burn barrel fire that got out of control.

Photo Courtesy: Richlands VFD

Answers to frequently asked questions

Q: What is open burning?

A: Open burning includes burning leaves, branches or other plant material. In all cases, burning trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative material is illegal.

Q: May I still use my grill or barbeque?

A: Yes, if no other local ordinances prohibit their use.

Q: How should I report a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.

Q: My local fire marshal has also issued a burn ban for my county. What does this mean?

A: The burn ban issued by the N.C. Forest service does not apply to a fire within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Local government agencies have jurisdiction over open burning within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The N.C. Forest Service has advised county fire marshals of the burning ban and asked for their consideration of also implementing a burning ban. If a fire within a 100-foot area of a dwelling escapes containment, a North Carolina forest ranger may take reasonable steps to extinguish or control it. The person responsible for setting the fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.

Q: Are there other instances which impact open burning?

A: Local ordinances and air quality regulations may impact open burning. For instance, outdoor burning is prohibited in areas covered by Code Orange or Code Red air quality forecasts. Learn more about air quality forecasts at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach-education/air-quality-forecasts

Q: Can I have a campfire when I go camping?

A: Campfires would be considered open burning and are not exempt from the burn ban. Portable gas stoves or grills are alternate methods for cooking food while camping during a burn ban.

Q: What can I do to protect my house against the risk of wildfire?

A: Learn about wildfire risk assessments and preparedness and prevention plans on the N.C. Forest Service website.

Residents with questions regarding their specific county can contact their county ranger with the N.C. Forest Service or their county fire marshal’s office.

910-347-4270 Brian Kelly, Onslow Co. Fire Marshal.

910-324-3633 Ben Patterson, Onslow Co. Ranger.

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.