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

OCSO seeking public’s help identifying a man caught on camera breaking into vehicles in SW

One residence with a video security system on the exterior of the home captured images where one white male was breaking into a vehicle where several other vehicles were broken into on the same night of Saturday, October 19, 2019.

(JACKSONVILLE, NC)- Onslow County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Tuesday afternoon about multiple reports of vehicle break-ins in the Southwest area of Jacksonville in the vicinity of Springdale Drive, Audrey Court and Furia Drive. One residence with a video security system on the exterior of the home captured images where one white male was breaking into a vehicle where several other vehicles were broken into on the same night of Saturday, October 19, 2019.


OCSO is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male subject. The suspect is seen in footage wearing what appears to be grey sweat pants, a red t-shirt with an unknown graphic print on the front, black and white skater style shoes, thick snow gloves, a blue or black jacket, a black hat with a gold stripe, wearing sunglasses and has light facial hair. The suspect is described as a young white male, thick, with dark colored hair.

If you look closely enough to the images, you may notice the suspect appears to have a purple ball cap on underneath the black and gold colored hat.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact OCSO at 910-455-3113 or Detective Hipple directly at 910-988-4040 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 and refer to case 2019015223 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 with your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous an never have to reveal their identity.

Man arrested for stealing from family members

Matthew Seaman, arrested on charges related to breaking into a shed owned by his family members and stealing tools then attempting to sell them. Seaman is calendared for court this morning on these charges.

A man has been arrested for breaking into a family member’s storage shed, stealing a toolbox and tools, and selling them to a local pawn shop.

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on Onslow Pines Road for a report that a shed had been broken into. Upon discovery of the break-in, the victim discovered a large tool box and numerous tools had been stolen.

Investigation revealed that Matthew Thomas Seaman broke into the shed and removed the toolbox and pawned all of the items. Seaman, 33-years-old of Onslow Pines Road, Jacksonville, was subsequently arrested October 11, 2019. He was taken before a magistrate and charged with:

  • Obtain Property by False Pretense (Felony)
  • Possess Stolen Property  (Felony)
  • Breaking and Entering  (Felony)
  • Larceny After Breaking and Entering  (Felony)

Seaman was transported to Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and given a $10,000 unsecured bond, and is calendared for court this Monday morning on these charges.

Seaman has one prior conviction from 2011 in the NCDPS database for Operating a vehicle without license in 2010.
Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at 910-9898-4074, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019014335 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.

Bus accident on the last day of school fortunately left no injuries

After a long year of recovery after Hurricane Florence, much excitement and anticipation from teachers, faculty members, students and families of Onslow County Schools the last day just couldn’t go down in the books without a minor bump in the road.

There was an accident involving a school bus Friday morning near the intersection of Foscue and Northwoods Drive. The bus was transporting students to Northwoods Park Middle School and hit a parked vehicle in transport.

Brent Anderson, Chief Communications Officer for Onslow County Schools said, “There were 41 students on board at the time and there were no injuries. Students were moved to another bus and taken to school, with two being picked up by their parents at the scene.”

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.

 

 

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce announced Brown Properties the 2019 Small Business of the Year

The Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, along with First
Citizens Bank and Duke Energy, named Brown Properties of North Carolina, Inc. the 2019
Small Business of the Year Friday morning.

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, along with First
Citizens Bank and Duke Energy, named Brown Properties of North Carolina, Inc. the 2019
Small Business of the Year Friday morning.

Jeb and Shawn Brown were recognized for their hard work and successes during breakfast at Onslow Memorial Hospital as part of the closing for National Small Business Week celebrations in Jacksonville.

Jeb Brown said the three things driving his family’s real estate business are his team,
customers and reputation. And reputation, he added plays a big part in what they do – with the company namesake coming from his own name. “Our product is ourselves,” Brown said.

Scott Riggs, commercial banker for First Citizens Bank, presented Jeb and Shawn Brown
with the award, and commended them for their work. Brown Properties was nominated for the award by Beth Purcell, who wrote Jeb and Shawn Brown make a difference in the community by using their time, talents and compassion to make a positive impact.
She was especially moved by their dedication during the disaster and recovery of Hurricane Florence last fall. “As property managers of more than 400 residential properties with Brown Properties, they worked tirelessly around the clock in the days and months after Hurricane Florence to meet the needs of employees, property owners and renters impacted by storm damages and relocations,” Purcell wrote. “They stayed in place during the storm, sending their two school-aged children to stay with relatives in Western North Carolina in order to focus on serving their property owners and renters.”

The Browns are not only dedicated to their business, but remain active as members of the Chamber of Commerce by supporting several events and serving on the Business Diversity Council, Jacksonville Onslow Leadership Council, Board of Directors and Small Business Council.

Jeb serves on the Onslow Memorial Hospital Foundation Board and is an active Rotarian.
Shawn serves on the board of the Jacksonville Friends of the Library. The Browns have
two children and are active supporters of the Parkwood and Northwoods Park PTA.
“In the office, in the field, or in the community, the owners of Brown Properties exhibit
initiative, creativity, all with a positive attitude and a smile,” Purcell wrote.

Small Business Week is made possible by First Citizens’ Bank, Duke Energy, Under
Construction Safety, Coastal Carolina Community College Small Business Center,
Jacksonville Country Club and Onslow Memorial Hospital.

For further information, please contact Kelsey via email at businessservices@jacksonvilleonline.org or call 910-939-7006.
For updates on Small Business Week and other events, please follow the JCOC Facebook
page.

 

Jacksonville father pleaded guilty to murder in the 2017 death of his infant daughtersa

On May 6, 2019, Traquan Curtis pled guilty to second-degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious injury in Onslow County Superior Court.  The defendant received a minimum of 254 months and a maximum of 317 months for second-degree murder and a minimum of 84 months and a maximum of 113 months for felony child abuse with the sentences to run consecutively.

The State was represented by Assistant District Attorney Kaelyn Avery and the defendant was represented by Walter H. Paramore, III. The presiding judge was The Honorable Judge Phyllis Gorham of New Hanover County.

The evidence showed that on September 22, 2017, Jacksonville Police Department Detective Julia Parrish was contacted in reference to the death of Izidora Roshanda Curtis.  “Izzy” was born on December 3, 2016, which made her approximately 9 months old on the date of her death. Her biological parents were Camri Dowdy-Curtis and the defendant, Traquan Curtis (DOB: 1/16/96). The family of three resided in Jacksonville.

On the day of Izzy’s death, she presented with both of her parents at Onslow Memorial Hospital in apparent respiratory distress. Izzy was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she coded during transport, and despite extensive resuscitative efforts in the NICU, she was pronounced dead at 20:43 hours.

Detective Parrish spoke with Ms. Dowdy-Curtis briefly at the hospital and asked what had been going on at the time of the incident. Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised she had been getting ready for work that morning, and she went to check on Izzy. She gave Izzy a bottle of formula, turned on cartoons, and left the room. During this time, the defendant was on the computer. Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised that when she returned to Izzy’s room, Izzy was “laid out” on her back in her crib and had thick mucus coming out of her nose. She advised that she began CPR and continued while the defendant drove them to the hospital.

JPD Detectives went to the family’s residence to photograph the scene and conduct a death reenactment using a SUIDI doll.  Dr. Gilliand conducted an autopsy on September 26, 2017. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head/neck, and the manner of death was determined to be a homicide.

The injuries noted during the autopsy were extensive and included traumatic injury of the head and neck, blunt or compressive injuries of the trunk and abdomen and blunt force injuries of the extremities.

On November 8, 2017, Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised the Jacksonville Police Department that she separated from the defendant on October 13, 2017, and believed the defendant had “done something to her baby”. She indicated that in the days immediately prior to Izzy’s death, she noticed that Izzy’s right wrist was swollen and Izzy was not using the arm. She stated that the defendant told her he grabbed Izzy’s arm to “pop her” and she moved. Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised the defendant frequently grabbed Izzy and popped her on her hip/upper leg area. He would yell at Izzy “you need to stop crying; I’m your dad, and you need to stop treating me like a stranger.”

A warrant was issued on December 13, 2017, and the defendant was extradited from Connecticut and transported on December 20, 2017.

The Defendant told law enforcement that he began shaking Izzy and yelling “why are you crying”. Using a doll, he demonstrated shaking Izzy approximately three times, possibly as many as five times. He stated while he shook her, her head was dangling, bobbing back and forth. He heard a pop but didn’t know exactly what it was. He advised he heard her making gurgling noises in her throat while he shook her. It looked like she was gasping for air, and her eyes were shut. When she opened her eyes back, she looked at him and covered her ears. He put her in her crib where she rolled to her side and faced the wall, still covering her ears. He finished his conversation with Vance, made himself a hot pocket, and started to worry maybe he “had done that a little too rough.” When he returned to check on her, he noticed she was breathing heavily and believed she was knocked out. He picked her up from her crib and she was limp with her arms dangling. He called Ms. Dowdy-Curtis. He advised as they drove to the hospital, he knew Izzy was taking her last breaths, but he didn’t say anything about the shaking because he didn’t think that was the cause of it.

On January 24, 2018, the defendant sent a letter to Ms. Dowdy-Curtis from the Onslow County Jail, which she provided to Detective Parrish. In the letter he recounts his actions that lead to Izzy’s death writing, “She was crying non-stop and it got louder and louder all of a sudden I got very frustrated. I shook her the way I would shake a grown man.” He continued, “I wouldn’t have thought I was the reason for Izzy’s death. I cared for her just as much as you did Camri like damn stop looking at me as a bad person.”

NC Fifth Prosecutorial District Attorney Ernest Lee stated in the press release today,
“This was a particularly tragic and senseless crime and the defendant deserved a substantial active sentence.  Far too many young children are the victims of abuse and homicide in this nation.  This was just another tragic incident that occurs far too often in this county, state, and nation.”

Attempted hit and run leaves Jacksonville High School student in critical condition

UPDATED STORY: Tasia D. White arrested in the hit and run incident outside of Jacksonville High today.

Reports began to come into The Onslow Beat around 7:15am this morning with much emotion about a Jacksonville High School student being struck by a vehicle in or about the crosswalk on Henderson Dr. this morning and the vehicle left the scene. One citizen who was in the area this morning said, “it looked really bad….life flight landed on the field and took him.”  Parents have been concerned about the safety of this crosswalk for a long time. Their concerns aren’t because students don’t use the flashing signage to alert drivers they’re crossing, but because drivers have been observed passing through the lanes while the lights are flashing and students crossing.

Jacksonville Police Department issued a press release this morning with information on this traffic incident that occurred at 6:50AM this morning on Henderson Drive in the vicinity of Jacksonville High School. One student pedestrian was struck by a vehicle that left the scene. Officers quickly located the vehicle and apprehended the driver. Charges are pending.

“The pedestrian has been transported for medical treatment,” said Deputy Chief Ashely Weaver. “We are in the preliminary stages of this investigation and are unable to release additional information at this time.”

Police Chief Mike Yaniero urges drivers to use caution in school zones as they remain a place where drivers should be on alert each school day. “The improved pedestrian crossing has resulted in greater safety for the students, but drivers have a responsibility to obey the law for the crossing,” said Chief Yaniero. As is customary, a review will be made of the crossing.

There’s been no information released on the identity of the student at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer William Hollis, JPD Traffic Division, at 910-938-6435 or whollis@jacksonvillenc.gov or citizens, may call Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 with information.

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

Caitlyn Ridgeway to appear in Superior Court Friday

Caitlyn Ridgeway is set to appear in Onslow County Superior Court Friday, Nov. 1st the DA Office released this morning. Earlier this week, The Onslow Beat received information from a reliable source that Ridgeway is said to be accepting a plea agreement for her part in the in July 2017 homicide of William Clifton.
Earlier this year, in March 2019, Ridgeway’s co-defendant in this homicide William Welch Jr. pleaded guilty to second degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of William Clifton who was age 48.
In a news release issued previously, District Attorney Ernie Lee said Clifton was shot multiple times in Woodlands park in Jacksonville in July 2017.
Welch told detectives originally that he saw Clifton at the park, hugging and kissing the then 18-year-old Caitlyn Ridgeway, who was reportedly in a relationship with Clifton.
This is said and believed to be when Welch attacked Clifton.
The autopsy report revealed that Clifton was shot five times as well as suffered from attempted strangulation with a linear abrasion around his neck and a laceration on top of his head and scalp.
William Clifton FB Photo