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.

North Topsail Beach faces a tax increase in continued hurricane relief

NTB faces a tax rate increase to $.41 from $.34 cents as a result of the devastation lingering from Hurricane Florence. The proposed budget inside and copies available at NTB Town Hall.

North Topsail Beach issued a press release statement on Tuesday informing the public of a necessary tax increase after the damages of hurricane Florence continue to wreak havoc on the budget.

The North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen and Staff have worked diligently on the 2019-2020 Budget Ordinance. As a result of the budget workshops, work of staff and other input, the Proposed 2019-2020 Budget Ordinance is ready. This Budget Ordinance has an increase to the tax rate and items in which the board wants the public to be made aware of.

The proposed budget ordinance includes contingencies for continued repairs to damages caused by Hurricane Florence. It also includes a new Capital Reserve Fund to set aside funds for future capital needs throughout Town.

The town said following Florence that damage to the dunes amounted to approximately $15.5 million dollars. During the winter, work was done towards rebuilding the dunes and many berms are now barriers where dunes were before Florence. The north end of NTB also faced additional erosion concerns in the aftermath where the sandbag barriers pose means of protection.

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Photos following Hurricane Florence 2018 by The Onslow Beat on NTB
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NTB beaten after Florence. Photo Cred. The Onslow Beat
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Photo Cred: The Onslow Beat

The new proposed tax rate is to be set at $.41 whereas the current rate is 34.35 cents per $100 valuation.

As an example of the difference: For a property valuation of $300,000, the total increase results in an additional $199.50 per year.

The Board has set the public hearing and any member of the public will be allowed to speak concerning the budget ordinance. The hearing will be June 20, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Sneads Ferry Library.

“The North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen remain resolute in their commitment to rebuild the Town after the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence. They are even more committed in making sure the Town will be prepared for future projects through strong fiscal policy.”, stated the town of NTB.

The TOWN OF NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH BUDGET ORDINANCE FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020 

Man arrested on allegations of fraudulent business practice for incomplete hurricane repairs

On May 8, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a citizen reporting that he had hired Matthew Dean Williams to do repair work on his residence after Hurricane Florence, but the work never was done.

The General Crimes Unit of the Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and determined that Williams had committed the same acts on previous occasions and had other pending charges of the same type of case.

In this case the investigation revealed Williams, 58-years-old agreed to repair the victim’s residence on Graytown Road and only partially completed the work. Williams was arrested May 14, 2019 and charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. Magistrates placed Williams under a $3,500 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at 910-989-4074, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019006863 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.

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.

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.

PA Independent Contract Company workers caught, “Stealing in the Storm” during Hurricane Florence!

Release date: 09/17/18 NEWS RELEASE

HOLLY RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, HOLLY RIDGE NC.

On Sunday, 09/16/2018, Officers were dispatched to the Speedway at 400 US Highway 17 N in reference to subjects at the front door to the business with chainsaws. Upon the officers arrival, the audible alarm was going off and 3 subjects were out front of the store and 1 male subject took off running. A perimeter was set up and the male subject was located. The subjects had gained entry through a side door and unlocked the front door and took items from the store. All 4 subjects were taken into custody and charged with the following:

Brian N. Cosgrove:
Felony Breaking & Entering
Felony Larceny
Felony Possession of stolen goods
2 Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
Misdemeanor possession of marijuana
Resisting a public officer
Property damage
Total Bond: $20,000

Nicholas P. Leone:
Felony conspiracy
Felony Possession of stolen goods
Misdemeanor possession of marijuana
Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
Total Bond: $8,000

Nicholas D. Shaffer:
Felony conspiracy
Felony Possession of stolen goods
Misdemeanor possession of marijuana
Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
Total Bond: $8,000

Casey R. Hartzell:
Felony conspiracy
Misdemeanor possession of marijuana
Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
Total Bond: $3,000

All 4 subjects were from Pennsylvania and here to help clear debris from Hurricane Florence.