Sneads Ferry ONWASA customers facing water outages

Sneads Ferry ONWASA customers faced water outages early this Friday morning.

ONWASA said, “customers in the effected areas are under a precautionary boil water advisory.”

North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is widening Highway 172 in Sneads Ferry.

As part of their highway widening project their contractors were scheduled to install valves and tie-in a section of new water line the evening of July 18, 2019. Water along Highway 172 had to be turned off for them to connect the new line to the ONWASA system.

ONWASA routinely works with NCDOT to modify or relocate the water system in conjunction with NCDOT roadway projects. In every instance of a scheduled outage, ONWASA uses its phone, text, and email system to notify customers of the outage. ONWASA notified customers on Tuesday, July 16th at 6pm of this impending scheduled outage.

ONWASA specified to NCDOT contractors that the outage must occur at night to minimize impact to customers. Work was to be completed by 5 A.M.. The contractor did not complete work on time and the outage had to be extended until the connections were completed. ONWASA used its phone, text, and email system to notify customers of the outage extension.

The outage affected 350 customers near Highway 172 (from Peggys Trace to Back Gate), Peggy’s Cove Subdivision, New River Plantation Subdivision, Stone Bay Plantation Subdivision, Wheeler Creek Road(from Hwy 172 to the bridge), Eagle Lane, Owl Lane, Old Congleton Rd, Cedar Lane, Holly Drive, Dogwood Lane, Hickory Road, Oak Lane, Pine Street, Longleaf Drive, Sandhill Rd, Old Ferry Rd, Bluefin Loop, Redfish Loop, Davis Lane, Gull Drive, Baseball Lane, and Lakeside Drive.

The outage extension is unacceptable to ONWASA. ONWASA is in contact with NCDOT concerning the actions of the NCDOT contractors responsible for the water line work and outage extension.

As of 10 A.M., contractors have completed the connection and water has been restored. The water system is currently being flushed. The area is under a precautionary boil-water advisory which is customary for all outages.

ONWASA intends to meet with NCDOT personnel to minimize the chances of this occurring again with NCDOT projects and private contractors.

An ONWASA Representative said, “We are working with NCDOT as we speak to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

ONWASA deeply regrets any inconvenience to their customers.

More information on this outage is available here.

Man arrested for stealing materials from Atlantic Construction site

An Onslow County felon has been arrested and charged with a number of felony charges for theft of materials from a construction site.

 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release this morning a Richlands man has been arrested on charges for stealing a construction site throughout the county.

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, county sheriffs deputies responded to the area of Holly Grove Court in Jacksonville where there was a report of a suspicious vehicle leaving the area hauling a trailer.

This particular area has new homes that are under construction and has had issues with the building materials being stolen.

“Deputies located and stopped the truck in the Speedway gas station parking lot in Richlands.  After identifying the driver as Michael Hancock and upon searching the trailer, several pieces of stolen property were recovered.” said the OCSO release.

In the stolen property discovered during the search, were building materials and other items used in construction.

Detectives’ investigation revealed that Hancock was also involved in larcenies that occurred back in June 2019, on Union Chapel Church Road where appliances were stolen.    

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety database shows that Michael Hancock also has a criminal history of Felony Larceny dating back to 2007 and 2008. He was given suspended sentences and probation for those crimes.

Michael Hancock, 37-years-old of Floyd Pond Lane in Richlands, was taken into custody, transferred to the magistrate’s office and charged with:

  • Felony Larceny From a Construction Site
  • Felony Possession of Stolen Property From a Construction Site
  • (2) Counts Felony Breaking and Entering
  • (2) Counts Felony Larceny
  • (2) Counts Felony Possession of Stolen Property
  • Felony Larceny After Breaking and Entering
  • Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense

Hancock was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under an $83,000 secured bond.

This arrest closes several cases where Atlantic Construction was the victim of thefts.


Anyone with information about incidences of theft in construction site is asked to contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Hipple at 910-989-4040, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019010123 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.