KITCHEN FIRE – GARNER (4-22-2014)
Garner and Raleigh fire units responded to a reported structure fire in the 100 block of Creech Road just off East Garner Road just before midnight. Units arrived to find there had been a small kitchen fire with some extension into the cabinets. There were no injuries. Responding units: Garner E1, E3, R1, BC1, Raleigh E10, Garner PD and Wake EMS. There are more pics on my FLICKR page.
DEPUTY AND RESIDENTS FIRED UPON – FOUR OAKS (4-22-2014)
A deputy responded to a residence in the 2100 block of Lee’s Union Church Road this afternoon about 3 pm. The deputy arrived and began to talk to the complainant when they were both fired upon from a resident across the street. The deputy and civilians sought shelter until back-up units arrived. Multiple law enforcement officers from several agencies responded to the urgent call for assistance. A short time later, the suspect put down his weapon and got on a riding lawn mower. Officers advanced on him and quickly took him into custody after a brief struggle and the use of a SHP taser. There were no reported injuries. Officers from JCSO, SHP, Clayton, Four Oaks, Selma, Smithfield, Wilson’s Mills and the Four Oaks EMS responded to assist. You can view additional pictures on my FLICKR site and video has been posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5r1B5Y5nSw.
FIRE STRIKES POPULAR RESTAURANT AT NC 42/NC 50 (4-22-2014)
Firefighters quickly extinguished a kitchen fire at the La Piazza Italian restaurant at 7277 NC 42 Hwy West this morning. They will hopefully be back open for business tomorrow. I slept through this one, but here is a photo courtesy of Chad Holland with 50-210 FD. If anyone hears calls like this, feel free to text me and wake me up! I do a pretty good job of listening but after my 24 hour shift, I usually sleep pretty hard.
PINE LEVEL FD HOSTS ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE 5K (4-19-2014)
The Pine Level Fire Department hosted its annual “Remembrance 5K” road race Saturday morning. Despite the rain, they had a great turnout. There were runners of all age groups that participated and even some dogs!
DWI CHECKPOINT IN KENLY (4-19-2014)
Kenly PD hosted a multi-agency DWI checkpoint Saturday night on North Church Street (US 301 Hwy N) just before the Wilson County line. 21 officers from Kenly PD, Clayton PD, Micro PD, Selma PD, Princeton PD, NCSHP, and DMV License and theft participated. The following charges were filed: 4-No Operator’s License, 2-Driving While License Revoked, 6-Expired Tags, 1-Resist Delay Obstruct, 4-Child Seat Belt Violations, 1-Window Tint Violation, 1-Failure to Appear, 2-Revoked Tags, 2-Inspection Violations, 1-Fail to Carry License.
VEHICLE FIRE – CLAYTON (4-18-2014)
Clayton firefighters were dispatched around 10:30 pm Friday night to Shotwell Road between Amelia Church Road and US 70 Business for a vehicle fire. Units arrived to find a small SUV with heavy fire showing. They quickly extinguished the blaze. Clayton PD responded to the scene and assisted with traffic control as the roadway was blocked for about 30 minutes. You can see more photos on my flickr site and you can see video of the fire being extinguished at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CxN4G1ahws.
METH LAB DISCOVERED NEAR CLAYTON (4-18-2014)
A large meth lab was discovered in the 100-block of Javelin Court in the Summerset Subdivision, off of Steel Bridge Road, southeast of Clayton Friday afternoon. Deputies responding to a reported domestic dispute discovered what they term, “a meth lab of exceptional size.” The couple residing there were arrested and decontaminated by Fire, EMS and Emergency Management officials. Andrew and Ryanne Gardner were then transported to the Johnston County Jail and charged with maintaining a dwelling to manufacture methamphetamine. The State Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene to assist with clean-up of the structure. Wilson’s Mills Fire Department, Johnston County EMS, Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Office spent most of the evening at the residence. Animal Services responded to remove at least one dog from the residence as well. Additional photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
SERIOUS CRASH BLOCKS NC 210 (4-12-2014)
A serious crash closed NC 210 Saturday evening between Cleveland Road and Swift Creek Road. The occupants were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Smithfield Fire Department using hydraulic tools. One person was rushed to WakeMed by Johnston County EMS with serious injuries. Another was transported to Johnston Health in Smithfield by 50-210 EMS. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The Sheriff’s Office and Smithfield Police assisted with rerouting traffic around the scene. Additional photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets. Video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH0x7WJx00w.
ALBERT CREECH FAMILY FUNDRAISER – MICRO (4-12-2014)
Saturday was a beautiful day in Micro for the Albert Creech fundraiser event. There was a 5k run, fire truck pull and cornhole tournament along with several children’s activities. See the entire photo set at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
TRIPLE SHOOTING UNDER INVESTIGATION IN SELMA (4-11-2014)
A triple shooting is under investigation in Selma tonight. Selma PD, Fire and EMS were summonsed to the 900 block of East Walnut Street near the Stanridge Apartments off of River Road. Police arrived to find an adult male victim with gunshot wounds. EMS transported him to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A short time later authorities were notified that a pregnant female had been transported by private vehicle to Johnston Health, prompting the hospital to go on lock down. Assistant was requested from Smithfield Police and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office for crowd control on scene. Selma Police Chief Richard Cooper updated media tonight that a total of three people were shot. Chief Cooper says the shooting began as a “squirt gun” fight. Someone got mad and shot the pregnant female in the leg. The baby’s father in turn shot the shooter, also injuring a third person on scene. One person is in custody tonight and other arrests are possible.
GAS LEAK IN FUQUAY-VARINA (4-10-2014)
Fuquay-Varina firefighters responded to a gas leak about 2pm today on South Fuquay Avenue just a short distance from their fire station #1. It appears that a 3/4 inch gas service line to a residence was cut. The gas company was contacted and responded quickly to clamp off the line while firefighters stood ready and monitored the air. The leak was stopped within about 30 minutes. Fuquay-Varina PD blocked off the neighborhood until it was rendered safe.
HEROIC EFFORTS RECOGNIZED (4-9-2014)
The Town of Selma and Selma Fire Department recognized several firefighters and a 911 telecommunicator for their actions on two recent emergency scenes. The first award given was a lifesaving medal. It was awarded to Firefighter Brannan Barbee (top right photo, white shirt), Firefighter Brandon Gibbs (top right photo, blue shirt) and 911 Team Leader Jonathan Davis (bottom photo) for their combined efforts to rescue a Selma resident from his burning home at 813 East Lizzie Street on March 17, 2014. Selma Fire Chief Phillip McDaniel and Mayor Cheryl Oliver made the presentation at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Chief McDaniel said firefighters Barbee and Gibbs were on the scene within 3 minutes and 51 seconds while Davis was on the phone with the trapped resident giving him instructions to stay safe while waiting to be rescued. The Chief said Barbee single handedly deployed a fire hose, forced open the front door, and extinguished the fire from outside the residence while Firefighter Gibbs deployed a ladder to the second floor window and helped the resident escape.
The other incident was on March 26th on I-95 while responding mutual aid to Smithfield for a serious head-on crash. Firefighters Brannan Barbee, Zac Peele, Adam Harper and Shawn Ford (top left and center photos on scene) displayed true heroism when rescuing the pinned accident victims. Chief McDaniel and Mayor Oliver presented the firefighters with a unit citation for their actions. (information and some photos courtesy WTSB radio)
EXPLOSION AND FIRE REPORTED AT POST OFFICE (4-7-2014)
Around midnight, Raleigh and Durham Highway firefighters were dispatched to an explosion at Raleigh’s main post office and distribution center at 1 Floretta Place off of Westgate Road. The firefighters arrived to find a small fire and quickly brought it under control. A full HazMat assignment was dispatched along with multiple EMS units, Raleigh Police and Wake County Emergency Management. The caller reported to 911 that a package exploded causing a fire. Several people were evaluated by EMS.
LARGE BRUSH FIRE – ANTIOCH (4-4-2014)
Antioch firefighters arrived to find a large brush fire raging out of control Friday afternoon on NC 39 North. Bethany, Thanksgiving and the NC Forestry Service responded and helped contain the blaze. Approximately one acre of hay valued around $1500 was destroyed. (Photo by Mike Winslow)
DUMP TRUCK CRASHES NORTH OF SELMA (4-4-2014)
A dump truck crashed on NC 96 approximately 4 miles north of Selma, Friday morning. There were no injuries reported. There was a small diesel leak. Thanksgiving and Selma firefighters responded along with Johnston County Emergency Management. SHP investigated the crash.
ARCHER LODGE CRASH INJURES ONE (4-3-2014)
An evening crash in Archer Lodge sent one person to Rex Hospital with injuries. The crash occurred shortly before 7pm on Buffalo Road at Wyndfall Lane. Archer Lodge Fire, Johnston County EMS, JCSO and SHP responded.
MEADOW FD DONATES AED TO SCHOOL (4-3-2014)
Meadow Fire Department donated an AED (defibrillator) to Meadow Elementary School today. Firefighters from Meadow became aware that school leaders were trying very hard to raise funds to purchase a defibrillator after recent events at schools in Johnston County have raised an awareness of the need. During a meeting of the firefighters it was decided that the fire department would purchase and donate a defibrillator to the school. This type of partnership between local Fire/EMS and the schools is a great step toward making the community and school a safer place to be. (Contributed photo from Todd Parker)
HOUSE FIRE – SELMA (4-3-2014)
Selma firefighters were called to a residence on River Road at Walnut Street shortly after midnight for a reported structure fire. Firefighters arrived, made entry and quickly extinguished a small fire in a bedroom. Selma PD, Selma EMS and Smithfield Fire Department assisted on scene. The residents were not displaced and there were no injuries. The cause was under investigation.
TWO FIRES NEAR CORINTH HOLDERS TODAY (3-31-2014)
Corinth Holders, Zebulon and Antioch firefighters were dispatched to a reported mobile home fire in the 400 block of Will Road around 4pm. They arrived to find heavy smoke beneath the mobile home and quickly located the source and extinguished the fire. The Johnston County Fire Marshal was called to the scene. While on the scene of this incident a passer by stopped and advised of a brush fire on Buck Road near the county line. Units quickly cleared Will Road and responded. A working brush fire was located and quickly extinguished by Corinth, Zebulon and Antioch firefighters.
LIVE BURN – ELEVATION (3-30-2014)
The fire control class at Johnston Community College conducted live burn training on Raleigh Road in Elevation’s fire district Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from several departments participated including: Elevation, Cleveland, Four Oaks and Blackman’s Crossroads. The entire photo set has been posted to the FLICKR page.
PROPANE TRUCK OVERTURNS NEAR MCGEE’S CROSSROADS (3-27-2014)
A propane truck overturned Thursday afternoon just after 3pm on Raleigh Road across from Saint Mary’s Grove Church in the 7900 block. The McLamb’s LP Gas of Benson and Dunn driver received minor injuries and refused transport by EMS. 50-210 FD and Elevation FD stood ready to jump into action as a large wreck from Dunn placed the truck back on its wheels. 50-210 EMS, Johnston County EMS and SHP also responded. Johnston County deputies blocked Raleigh Road and detoured traffic onto Old Barbour Road for several hours.
HOUSE FIRE – FOUR OAKS (3-26-2014)
A Four Oaks man is homeless tonight after a brush fire spread to his mobile home in the 800-blk of Sandy Road shortly before dusk. The resident was treated for smoke inhalation but was not transported to the hospital. Firefighters from Blackman’s Crossroads, Strickland’s Crossroads and Four Oaks battled the blaze. (Contributed photo)
TWO KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH (3-26-2014)
Two people were killed early this morning in a crash on I-95 at the 95 mile marker in Smithfield. Witnesses say a north bound white Chevrolet Avalanche crossed the median in the air and struck a south bound van head-on shearing the roof off of the vehicle. There was a family of six in the avalanche including three children. They were all transported to WakeMed in Raleigh, five by ground and one child by air. There were three occupants in the van, two of which died instantly. The remaining passenger was transported with minor injuries. SHP is investigating the crash. Smithfield FD, Selma FD, Johnston County EMS, Selma EMS, and Four Oaks EMS responded. Law enforcement support to SHP was provided by Smithfield PD, Selma PD and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
SERIOUS HARNETT COUNTY CRASH (3-23-2014)
A Harnett County crash pinned two people in the wreckage and injured a total of four people Sunday afternoon shortly after 5pm at Benson Road and Young Road just outside of Johnston County. Angier-Black River firefighters arrived and called for mutual aid from West Johnston Fire Department. Harnett County EMS and Coats-Grove EMS responded to the scene as well. SHP is investigating and the extent of injuries is unknown.
SUNDAY MORNING CRASH INJURES FOUR (3-23-2014)
Four people were injured in a crash shortly after 9am Sunday morning on Jackson-King Road at Mount Pleasant Road in the Willow Spring area of Johnston County. 50-210 FD arrived to find someone pinned in one of the vehicles and had to utilize hydraulic tools to partially remove the roof and remove the doors from the driver side of the vehicle. Johnston County EMS, Harnett County EMS and Wake County EMS treated and transported the injured to WakeMed in Raleigh. SHP is investigating the crash; however, early indications are that a large pickup truck ran the stop sign striking the passenger car.
HARNETT COUNTY FIRE DESTROYS MOBILE HOME (3-22-2014)
Firefighters were called to a mobile home fire in the 7600 block of NC 27 East of Coats shortly after midnight Saturday morning. They arrived to find heavy fire conditions and called for additional tankers and manpower. Coats-Grove, Erwin, Angier-Black River, Buies Creek and Benson firefighters battled the blaze well into the morning. Harnett County fire investigators were called to the scene along with the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. There is no official word on the cause of the blaze. The Red Cross is assisting the family who was displaced.
VAUSE IS OFFICER OF THE MONTH (3-22-2014)
In Monday night’s Clayton Town Council meeting, Clayton Police Officer Justin Vause was surprised by Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle by being named “Officer of the Month” by the District Attorney’s Office. Vause began working with Clayton Police in 2008 and has had a K9 partner “Major” since last May. Vause is a second generation Clayton Police officer. His father Officer Joe Vause retired from the department after a long, heroic career service Clayton’s citizens. Vause is also a veteran EMS worker and continues to serve part-time as an EMT-I for Johnston County EMS. Doyle cited Vause’s passion and ability for ridding Clayton’s streets of drunk drivers among his best qualities. Clayton Major Jody McLeod told Officer Vause that his dad, who passed away last year, would be so proud of him. Clayton Town Councilman Jason Thompson said, “Joe Vause was a hero of mine. He walked tall and stood for what was right. I see those same qualities every time I see Officer Justin Vause. He continues a long legacy of stellar law enforcement service.” K9 Officer “Major” was given gourmet dog treats by the District Attorney’s Office for his contribution to the success of Officer Vause and the Clayton Police Department. (WTSB Photo)
CRASH WITH INJURIES – CLAYTON (3-20-2014)
A two vehicle crash on Amelia Church Rd at Corbett Road sent at least one person to the hospital yesterday afternoon. Clayton FD and JCEMS responded. (Photo by John Mullen)
TWO STRUCTURE FIRES IN HARNETT COUNTY (3-21-2014)
Harnett County firefighters were busy Thursday night and Friday morning with mobile home fires. The first was on Lennie Arnold Lane, Erwin address, at 2:58pm yesterday. The Buies Creek fire chief arrived first to find a single wide mobile home with a working fire. Coats-Grove and Erwin firefighters responded mutual aid and Lillington firefighters staged in Buies Creek to cover their district. The fire was quickly brought under control by first arriving units.
The second fire was on North Orange Street in Coats about 3:00 am this morning. Coats-Grove and Buies Creek firefighteters and EMS workers arrived to find a well involved mobile home. A family was displaced from this location and there were no reported injuries.
Gunman Robs Benson-Area Business (WTSB STORY)
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is looking for two suspects following the armed robbery of a Benson-area business Thursday afternoon.
Shortly after 5pm, a man wearing a black ski mask entered Jack’s Gas & Grocery at 7065 Highway 50 North, and pointed a shotgun at a 78 year-old clerk. Initially the clerk thought it was a hoax, but when the suspect fired the shotgun into the ceiling, the victim handed over an undisclosed amount of money, according to Tammy Amaon, Public Information Officer with the JCSO.
The suspect then fled in a silver older model Jeep Cherokee (pictured left) driven by a white female. Authorities described the gunman as a male, possibly Hispanic, 5 foot 9, 180 pounds, wearing a black coat and black mask.
No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000. (Courtesy WTSB Radio)
US Representative Mike McIntyre announced Thursday the Micro Volunteer Fire Department has received $165,000 in federal funds for recruitment and job retention.
Congressman McIntyre stated, “Ensuring that our fire departments have the resources and tools they need to do their job is a priority for me, and I am pleased these funds are coming home to help the Micro Volunteer Fire Department. Congratulations to the department and all those who worked on this application.”
The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded these congressionally appropriated funds through its Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
Congressman McIntyre is a member of the Homeland Security, Fire Services, and First Responder Congressional Caucus. (Story by WTSB Radio)
The Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department has been granted a $470,478 tax-exempt loan to purchase a 2014 Pierce Pumper Tanker. Fire Chief Chris Ellington presented the loan request Monday to the Johnston County Board of Commissioners.The ten-year loan will consist of 120 monthly payments of $4,636.75 at an interest rate of 3.43 percent.
Ellington said a small Wayne County fire department is interested in purchasing the old truck. Ellington said his department was spending as much on maintenance due to wear and tear than they would be purchasing a new vehicle. (Story and photo courtesy WTSB)