Hot Shots and Breaking News

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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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)

 

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

 

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TWO FIRES NEAR CORINTH HOLDERS TODAY (3-31-2014)

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire under this mobile home on Will Road, Monday afternoon.

Corinth Holders Fire Chief Larry Woodard assists Zebulon Firefighter Matthew Blackman extinguish a brush fire on Buck Road.

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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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)

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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)

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TWO STRUCTURE FIRES IN HARNETT COUNTY (3-21-2014)

Buies Creek, Erwin and Coats-Grove firefighters responded to this blaze on Lennie Arnold Ln yesterday. Lillington FD was special called for RIT but cancelled enroute.

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.

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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)

 

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SCHOOL BUS CRASH SENDS SEVERAL TO AREA HOSPITALS (3-19-2014)
There was a serious crash involving a school bus this morning directly in front of 50-210 Station 1 at NC 50 North and Greenleaf Rd.  One person was seriously injured and pinned in their vehicle after they failed to yield for an on-coming truck.  The truck and vehicle then collided with a school bus loaded with children.  The driver of the car was cut from their vehicle and rushed to WakeMed.  The driver and a passenger in the truck as well as the bus driver and several children were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.  50-210 FD, Elevation FD, 50-210 EMS, Four Oaks EMS, Johnston County EMS, Johnston County Emergency Management, NCSHP and JCSO all responded to the scene along with school officials.
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CRASH INJURES TWO – THANKSGIVING (3-18-2014)
A crash on NC 42 East at Buffalo Road sent two people to area hospitals around 10:30 Tuesday night.  A female who was driving the silver vehicle was transported to WakeMed as a trauma alert and a male who was driving the SUV was taken to JMC-Smithfield.  Thanksgiving FD Engine 2, Rescue 1, JCEMS 11, 42 and NCSHP responded to the crash.
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SELMA FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE MAN FROM BURNING HOME (3-17-2014)
Selma firefighters bravely rescued a man from his burning apartment on East Lizzie Street Monday morning. The man awoke in his upstairs bedroom to find smoke filling up his apartment and fire downstairs.  He called 911 and told the telecommunicators that he was trapped in the fire.  911 telecommunicators obtained his exact location in the apartment and notified firefighters who were enroute exactly where to find the man. Upon arrival firefighters entered the home, found the victim and rescued him through an upstairs window while other firefighters were battling the blaze downstairs.  The man was rushed to WakeMed by Selma EMS for treatment of smoke inhalation and glass cuts.  Selma Police officers and Selma EMS members are credited with helping make the rescue possible by helping with the hoses and the ladder.  The Smithfield Fire Department also responded to the fire.  The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.  This is outstanding teamwork by all agencies!  (Contributed photo)
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ARCHER LODGE ENGINE 3 (3-15-2014)

Archer Lodge Engine 3

Archer Lodge firefighters take advantage of the beautiful weather Saturday to clean and check-off apparatus.
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HIGH WINDS KEEP FIREFIGHTERS BUSY (3-15-2014)

Thanksgiving and Wilson’s Mills brush trucks on New Creech Road

Antioch Firefighter Blake Hodge battles a brush fire on Whitley Road.

High winds kept firefighters in Johnston County busy all afternoon Saturday. Thanksgiving and Wilson’s Mills firefighters responded to a residence in the 300-block of New Creech Road just in time to save a house and several outbuildings from a fast-spreading brush fire.  Antioch FD responded to the 1800-block of Whitley Road to help contain a controlled burn that had got out of hand.
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JCSO INVESTIGATING MURDER-SUICIDE (3-14-2014)
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide on Deer Tracks Lane off of Wendell Road between Archer Lodge and Wendell.  EMS crews responded to the residence around 3:30 pm and arrived to find two elderly residents deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.  The dead have been identified as 55-year-old Gerald Harris, and 52-year-old Pamela Howard according to the Sheriff.
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SERIOUS SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH – BUIES CREEK (3-14-2014)
 
Buies Creek Fire and EMS units were dispatched to a serious crash on Marshbanks Street not far from the Buies Creek Fire Department early Friday morning.  Prior to the arrival of Fire/Rescue units, Harnett County deputies on scene reported that there was one occupant pinned with serious injuries after striking a tree.  Heavy extrication equipment was used to remove the doors and lift the dash off of the patient.  Upon gaining access to the patient, EMS crews transported the victim to the closest hospital.  There they met an air-medical helicopter that transported the patient to a Level I trauma center.  SHP is investigating the crash.  (Photo courtesy Buies Creek FD)
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FUNDRAISER FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES – MICRO FD
Albert Creech needs your help!!!  Check out the information here and come out to show your support!!!
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MOBILE HOME FIRE – SELMA FD (3-12-2014)
 Thanksgiving, Selma, and Wilson’s Mills firefighters responded to a mobile home fire in the 1200-blk of Live Oak Church Road earlier this evening just before the bad storms hit.  The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office.  Selma EMS, JCEMS, and Johnston County Animal Services also responded to the scene.  There were no injuries.  A dog survived the blaze and was turned over to an animal control officer.  (Contributed photos)
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WOMAN JUMPS FROM MOVING VEHICLE (3-7-2014)
A 23 year old woman jumped from a moving vehicle on US 70 Business east bound near US 70 Bypass West about 4:30 Friday afternoon.  The woman was rushed to WakeMed Trauma Center in Raleigh by Johnston County EMS.  Wilson’s Mills Fire Department and SHP also responded.  No charges are expected to be filed.
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TEENAGER KILLED WHEN CAR OVERTURNS IN CREEK (3-2-2014)
A teenager was killed when the vehicle she was operating overturned in a creek Sunday morning before 8am.  Thanksgiving FD, SHP and Selma EMS responded to the crash and found a vehicle completely submerged with only a door visible.  Thanksgiving firefighters feverishly used the Jaws of Life to gain access to the patient; however, she had already died.  She was reportedly on her way to church when the crash happened.  The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
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VEHICLE OVERTURNS NEAR BLACKMAN’S CROSSROADS (3-2-2014)
Another crash happened about the same time Sunday morning on NC 96 Hwy South near Green Pasture Road.  This crash involved a single vehicle as well.  The driver refused transport by EMS to the ER.  SHP is investigating.
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CRASH INJURES ONE (3-2-2014)
One person was transported to JMC-Smithfield from this crash about 4:30am Sunday on US 701 Hwy South near Heath Road.  The vehicle overturned off the roadway. SHP is investigating.  Four Oaks Fire and Four Oaks EMS responded.
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50-210 LADIES AUXILIARY SPAGHETTI SUPPER (2-27-2014)
The 50-210 Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary held a Relay For Life Spaghetti Supper Thursday night at 50-210 FD Station 1.  Plates were sold for $7.00 and you could eat in or carry out.  50-210 FD has a very active ladies auxiliary and they do several fundraisers throughout the year.  The meal was fantastic!
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SERIOUS CRASH ON NC 210 SUNDAY NIGHT (2-23-2014)
A serious head-on crash closed NC 210 for over an hour Sunday night.  Emergency crews were called to the scene at 8pm in the 500 block of NC 210 and arrived to find three people with serious injuries, trapped in their vehicles.  All three victims were rushed to WakeMed, two by JCEMS and one by Duke Life Flight.  Smithfield PD is investigating the crash.  Smithfield FD, Wilson’s Mills FD and Johnston County EMS all responded to the scene.  The full set of photos is on my FLICKR page and the video is now posted at www.youtube.com/jocofirenews.
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4TH ANNUAL RELAY FOR LIFE GOLF TOURNAMENT – GARNER
Come on JOCO, let’s enter some teams!  We have some great golfers!!!  Check out this release from Garner Fire Rescue:
Garner Fire Rescue proudly presents the 4th Annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held on March 29th, 2014 at Pine Hollow Golf Club. We will have our exciting putting contest and complimentary lunch starting at 11:00 with a shotgun start to follow at 12:00. This year our tournament prizes are better than ever. Tournament Champions will take home $1000 ! Our closest to the pin and longest drive contests will also be higher than ever. Please join us and help Garner Fire Rescue raise money for Relay for Life and American Cancer Society. Registration and Sponsorship information can be found on our website www.garnerfire.com on the main page at the bottom. Any further questions can be directed to Ronnie Correia at rcorreia@garnerfire.com
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EQUIPMENT AND HAY BURN ON PARKERTOWN ROAD (2-20-2014)
Firefighters responded to Parkertown Road just off of US 301 Hwy South Thursday afternoon to a reported barn fire.  They arrived to find farm equipment and hay on fire inside the barn.  The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries.  Four Oaks FD, Elevation FD, Benson FD, Four Oaks EMS, JCEMS and the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office responded.  There are more photos on my FLICKR page.  (Photo by Stephen Langdon)
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HAZMAT INCIDENT – SMITHFIELD (2-19-2014)
Firefighters responded to Omnisource Recycling on WalPat Road shortly before 1pm today for an unknown type chemical leak.  Workers were moving scrap metal products when a 150 lb cylinder containing Chlorine was punctured.  One worker was overcome and transported by ambulance.  Three other workers went by private vehicle to Johnston Health.  Smithfield Fire, Johnston County EMS, and Emergency Management secured the scene and evacuated the other workers.  State Emergency Management and a Hazardous Materials team from the Raleigh Fire Department were special called.  The HazMat team was able to determine that the substance was Chlorine and they patched the tank, stopping the leak.  One worker remains hospitalized at WakeMed tonight.
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EARLY MORNING FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY (2-17-2014)
A fire earlier this morning has displaced a family in the Elevation community.  Around 8am Elevation, Benson and Four Oaks firefighters responded to a residence on North Walden Pond Road off of Federal Road.  The complainant reported that her dryer was on fire.  Firefighters arrived, made an interior attack and quickly extinguished the blaze. Johnston County EMS responded to assist firefighters.  The Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.  The full photo set can be viewed at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
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TWO GOOD SAMARITANS KILLED IN I-40 CRASH (2-13-2014)
Two good Samaritans were killed after being struck on I-40 at the 309 mile marker Thursday night.  The incident occurred around 8pm when a semi tractor lost control and spun around in the ice.  Two approaching passenger vehicles went down an embankment.  Another tractor trailer and a passenger car stopped to aid the motorists.  SHP Sergeant Jeff Gordon advised that a red Volvo came through and struck at least one of the good Samaritans and fled the scene.  The driver of the tractor trailer that stopped to help died on the scene.  The other person struck was transported to WakeMed by Wake County EMS and later died.  The red Volvo was located a short time later by Raleigh Police and a suspect was taken into custody.
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MICRO FD RECEIVE $165,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS (2-13-14)

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)

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Cleveland Fire Department Gets Tax Exempt Status For Truck Purchase
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)

 

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GUY ROAD WRECK SENDS TWO TO THE HOSPITAL (2-10-2014)
Clayton Fire, JCEMS and SHP responded to this crash shortly before noon on Guy Road near the Wake County line.  There were two occupants in this van that left the road and overturned.  Both occupants were transported to JMC-Clayton for the treatment of their injuries.
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SELMA CRASH INJURES SIX (2-9-2014)
Selma PD is investigating a serious crash that occurred around 4pm Sunday on South Pollock Street at Pine Drive.  According to officers, the crash started when an 83 year old man struck two vehicles near food lion, possibly after suffering a medical emergency.  Witnesses then say the unconscious driver continued down Pollock Street and crossed the center becoming involved in a second crash with two other vehicles. Six people were transported to area hospitals, including two who were rushed to WakeMed as traumas.  Units on scene:  Selma EMS 31, JCEMS 81, 91, Medic 1; Selma FD E11, T10, C1; Selma PD and JCSO.
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SERIOUS CRASH ON WEST MARKET STREET (2-7-2014)
A serious crash shut down West Market Street near Wilson’s Mills Road, Friday evening.  A passenger car and a commercial vehicle trailer collided injuring the driver of the car.  After being extricated by Smithfield Fire-Rescue, they were transported to WakeMed for treatment by JCEMS.  Smithfield PD is investigating the crash.  There is an excellent set of contributed photos on www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
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CHIEF THOMAS “GERALD” LEE LAID TO REST (2-6-2014)
Chief Thomas “Gerald” Lee, a Four Oaks and Blackman’s Crossroads firefighter, and former Chief of FOFD and Assistant Chief of BXFD was laid to rest today with full firefighter’s honors.  Emergency workers from Johnston and several other counties came to pay tribute to their fallen comrade who died Saturday morning after responding to an emergency call on Friday.  The full set of photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets (my photos).  Lee Wilson’s photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/leewilson/sets.  My video of the processions and funeral service can be seen at www.youtube.com/jocofirenews.  I have been blessed to respond to calls with Gerald since the mid 1990′s and it has been an honor to serve the Lee family by photographing the events of this week for them.
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ABANDONED HOUSE BURNS (2-5-2014)
Firefighters responded to an abandoned house on fire on Buffalo Road near Clark’s Pond Road, shortly before 11pm Wednesday night.  Thanksgiving Car 2 arrived first and established command reporting that the fire appeared to be in one room and the attic.  Selma Engine 10 was first-in and began an aggressive interior attack that quickly knocked down the fire.  There were no injuries.  Thanksgiving, Selma and Wilson’s Mills fire departments responded along with Johnston County EMS 11 and Medic 2.  Fire Investigator Banks Wallace (FM3) responded to the scene to assist with investigating the blaze.
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THOMAS GERALD LEE, FOUR OAKS (2-3-2014)
Thomas “Gerald” Lee, a firefighter and former Chief of Four Oaks Volunteer Fire Department died Saturday morning at home.  Gerald had responded to a motor vehicle crash Friday morning.  Gerald also was a volunteer with the Blackman’s Crossroads Fire Department.  A visitation will be held from 5pm to 9pm Wednesday night at Beulah Hill Christian Church on Keen Road.  The funeral will be Thursday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.  There will be a procession through Four Oaks prior to the burial.  Please keep the Four Oaks and Blackman’s Crossroads Fire Department families in your prayers.
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MINOR INJURIES IN SELMA CRASH (2-2-2014)
Two cars were involved in a crash on Buffalo Rd tonight just before sunset.  There were a few people who received minor injuries in the crash and they were transported to JMC-Smithfield for treatment.  Selma FD, Selma EMS, JCEMS and SHP responded.  The full photo set is on my FLICKR site.
JCEMS CADET ACADEMY #2 IS UNDERWAY (2-2-2014)
The second cadet academy for Johnston County EMS began today at the Clayton Main EMS Station.  EMS Captain Kim Grimes coordinates the program and is assisted by several JCEMS employees who serve as cadet advisors.  EMS Division Chief Josh Holloman greeted the group today and taught an informational session including a history of EMS, and an overview of the EMS system in Johnston County.  Chief Holloman says that the program has now reached its maximum number of 25 cadets. There is now a waiting list for future prospective cadets.  JOCOFIRE.COM will follow their journey each week and post photos.  You can see photos of today’s group by linking off of my photo page or checking out my Facebook site.
VEHICLE FIRE / 50-210 fd (1-24-2014)
50-210 Engine 4 and Brush 1 responded to a vehicle fire on I-40 east bound at the 317 mile marker early Friday morning.  The Ford Mustang was fully involved upon arrival of fire apparatus.  One of the occupants of the vehicle said she believes the fire started in the rear by the speakers.  NCSHP responded to the scene as well as DOT for sand since the water was freezing to the road.  It was 18 degrees when I was on scene!

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