FIRE GUTS SOUTHERN WAKE HOME (9-2-2015)
A southern Wake County family is homeless after fire gutted their home Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters from five departments battled the blaze on Mountain Laurel Drive off of Sauls Road south of Garner. Sauls Road had to be closed down for over an hour for water shuttle operations. Garner Fire Chief Matt Poole said there were six people displaced. Chief Poole said that the children discovered the fire and alerted the rest of the family who all escaped without injury. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Wake County Fire Marshal’s Office. Agencies responding included: Garner Fire, Fuquay Varina Fire, Fairview Fire, Cleveland Fire, 50-210 Fire, Wake County Fire Services, Wake County EMS, Wake County Sheriff’s Office and SHP. A complete photo album can be seen at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jocofire/albums/72157657698029669. Video from the event can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTQ3VxOMks4.
JOHNSTON EMS CADET TEAM BRINGS HOME TROPHY IN STATE COMPETITION
Johnston County EMS Cadets are bringing home a trophy after winning second place in statewide competition in Hickory this weekend. The North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS hosted their annual meeting and convention this weekend at the Hickory Metro Convention Center where EMS and Rescue agencies from all over North Carolina gathered. The event most looked forward to by many agencies is the first aid competition. Johnston County EMS Cadets competed against six other teams from all over the state Saturday morning. They were given a scenario involving a mass shooting at a political rally. The scenario was very realistic with multiple moulaged victims. The Johnston team worked calmly and with great skill to mitigate the scenario successfully. In the awards ceremony Saturday night they were awarded second place. Fremont Emergency Services out of Wayne County is bringing home the first place trophy.
TROOPERS ARREST WANTED MAN AFTER TWO COUNTY CHASE (8-28-2015)
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol arrested a Virginia Beach man after being clocked 102 mph in a posted 70 mph zone on I-95 south in Wilson County.
At approximately 1:50pm on Friday, a Wilson County trooper attempted to stop a silver 2012 Chevrolet Impala on I-95 south near mile marker 119. The driver, later identified as Darrick Dorrell Vaughan of Virginia Beach, failed to stop and a pursuit began. The chase eventually ended up on US 301 in Johnston County where he collided with several vehicles including a Smithfield Police car. The suspect turned off of US 301 into the Holt Lake South subdivision and attempted to do a u-turn when he collided head-on into a Johnston County Sheriff’s vehicle. The suspect was then taken into custody without further incident. There were no reports of injuries involving law enforcement or the public.
The driver was taken to the Johnston County Jail where he is currently being held. Vaughan was wanted by the Virginia Beach PD for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute cocaine. He will be extradited back to Virginia Beach at a later time. (Information from DPS Media Release)
FIREFIGHTER LAID TO REST (8-21-2015)
A local hero was laid to rest Friday afternoon. Chris Daniels was a full-time firefighter and acting captain at the Smithfield Fire Department. He also served the on the Pine Level, Thanksgiving and Selma departments. Last Monday morning, he reported to work at the Pine Level Fire Department and died shortly after arrival. Chris is remembered fondly by his coworkers, family and friends as a larger than life man with an even larger heart. His church family at Branch Chapel Freewill Baptist Church describe him as a dedicated servant to God, Country and the Church. Captain Daniels was laid to rest Friday at the Price Cemetery outside of Pine Level with full firefighter honors. The procession was reportedly two miles long. To see a complete set of photos go to www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets. Also see the JOCOFIRE Facebook page and www.legeros.com/ralwake to see Lee Wilson’s photos.
FIREFIGHTER CHRIS DANIELS (8-17-2015)
Firefighter Chris Daniels passed away this morning shortly after beginning his tour of duty at the Pine Level FD where he worked part-time. Firefighter Daniels was an engineer and acting captain with the Smithfield FD full-time and also worked at Thanksgiving and Selma FD’s part-time. Arrangements will be announced as they become available. Please feel free to post photos/remembrances on my Facebook site.
ONE KILLED IN HARNETT CRASH (8-15-2015)
One person was killed when the motorcycle he was operating left the roadway and struck a tree Saturday afternoon. The wreck happened on Benson Road near Windemere Drive just outside of Angier. Witnesses told me that the motorcycle was traveling at what appeared to be an excessive speed when it left the roadway and hit a tree. Witnesses said the man operating the motorcycle died at the scene. SHP is investigating the crash.
TWO PINNED IN CLAYTON WRECK (8-15-2015)
Clayton Fire, Johnston County EMS, 50-210 EMS, SHP and JCSO responded to a serious crash in the 3000 block of NC 42 Hwy West Saturday afternoon about 12:30. The crash involved a single vehicle that left the roadway and struck a tree. Both the driver and passenger were severely pinned in the vehicle. Tools were used from Clayton Squad 2 and Rescue 1 to successfully free both subjects from the wreckage. Both were rushed by EMS to WakeMed in Raleigh as trauma patients. SHP is investigating the crash.
SUBJECT PINNED IN CLEVELAND CRASH (8-11-2015)
Cleveland FD, 50-210 EMS, JCEMS and SHP responded to a serious crash Tuesday night on McLemore Road. The head-on crash pinned a passenger in one of the vehicles. Cleveland FD very rapidly extricated the patient using hydraulic tools and the patient was rushed to WakeMed as a trauma. SHP is investigating the crash.
ARMED ROBBERY – JCSO (8-8-2015)
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported armed robbery at the Wendy’s on NC 210 near I-40. The call came in around 9pm Saturday night. There were no injuries reported. There have been several fast food restaurant robberies in the last few weeks.
STRUCTURE FIRE IN MICRO (8-7-2015)
Micro, Kenly and Bethany FD’s were dispatched to an outbuilding on fire Friday afternoon around 4pm on East Main Street in Micro. Units arrived to find heavy fire conditions in the outbuilding behind a residence. The fire was quickly brought under control. Johnston County EMS provided responder rehab and medical monitoring and the Micro Police Department assisted with traffic control.
ONE KILLED, 9 INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING INCIDENT ON I-95 (8-2-2015)
Multiple agencies responded to a bus crash on I-95 near exit 81 early Sunday morning. Units arrived to find that a large passenger bus had crossed the median, took down the guardrail and crossed the median again coming to rest in the southbound lanes. The bus driver was ejected in the process. A north bound passenger veered into the woods to avoid colliding with the bus. A passenger in the car was killed. 3 others from the car were rushed to WakeMed. 5 passengers on the bus were transported to Besty Johnson Hospital in Dunn and the bus driver was rushed to WakeMed. In all, 9 people were transported and one died on scene. Benson FD, Four Oaks FD, Johnston County EMS, 50-210 EMS, Four Oaks EMS, Emergency Management, Benson PD, JCSO and SHP responded. SHP is the primary agency investigating the incident.
FATAL CRASH OUTSIDE OF FOUR OAKS (8-2-2015)
Two people have died as a result of this crash Saturday night/early Sunday morning on Juniper Church Rd outside of Four Oaks. Photos by John Payne
MOBILE HOME FIRE – SMITHFIELD (7-30-2015)
Smithfield, Pine Level and Selma firefighters responded to this mobile home fire in the Stallings MHP off of US 70 Business Hwy East on July 30th. One civilian received minor burns and was transported to JMC-Smithfield. The fire was accidental according to the fire marshal.
TWO VEHICLE CRASH – FOUR OAKS (7-25-2015)
There was a two vehicle crash on Black Creek Rd near Elevation Road shortly after 8pm Saturday. Despite the serious damage, there were only minor injuries and one ambulance transported. SHP is investigating. Four Oaks Fire and EMS responded. Black Creek Road was closed down for a short while. See more photos at my FLICKR site at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
BREAKING NEWS – SHOOTING (7-19-2015)
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that was dispatched around 3:30 this morning in the 500 block of Slate Top Road outside of Clayton. Units arrived and EMS confirmed 1 person DOA. Detectives have arrived on the scene.
VEHICLE OVERTURNED – CLEVELAND (7-16-2015)
One person received minor injuries when their vehicle overturned on Josephine Rd last night. The car left the roadway, struck a street sign, broke off a fire hydrant and overturned. The driver self-extricated and had only minor injuries. Cleveland FD, 50-210 EMS, JCEMS and SHP responded.
HOUSE FIRE – CLAYTON (7-16-2015)
Firefighters from Clayton, Cleveland and Wilson’s Mills responded to a house fire in Clayton Thursday evening. A family came home to find their kitchen on fire. Clayton FD made a quick knock down but the home received extensive damage. Johnston County EMS and Clayton PD assisted on scene. The cause of the blaze has not yet been released.
ONE KILLED IN HARNETT COUNTY CRASH (7-15-2015)
One person was killed in a two vehicle collision that happened at the intersection of Benson Rd and Young Rd, just inside of Harnett County, Wednesday evening. Troopers say that a pick up truck traveling Young Rd ran a stop sign striking a passenger car killing the driver. West Johnston FD, Harnett County EMS, Coats-Grove EMS, Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and SHP responded. More photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
FOUR KILLED IN NORTHERN JOHNSTON COUNTY (7-12-2015)
Four people have now died as a result of an illegal drag race on Simon Road in northern Johnston County. The crash happened shortly after 10:30pm Sunday night on Simon Road at Buckhorn Drive, Middlesex address. The crash happened while two vehicles were drag racing and one lost control striking seven pedestrians. Three people died at the scene and 4 were transported by JCEMS to WakeMed, where another died shortly after arrival. SHP is investigating the crash and the driver of the vehicle faces multiple charges including second degree murder. Corinth Holders FD, Antioch FD, Johnston County EMS, Johnston Ambulance Service, and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office responded. (JOCOFIRE PHOTOS)
COUPLE ESCAPES INJURY IN CRASH ON NC 210 (7-6-2015)
50-210 FD, EMS and SHP responded to a crash early Monday morning in the 18000-blk of NC 210. Two occupants walked away from their vehicle after striking a deer, overturning and striking several trees. The occupants did not require transport to a hospital.
VEHICLE FIRE – PINE LEVEL (6-29-2015)
This vehicle burned at the campground on Campground Rd tonight. Pine Level FD and Selma FD responded and utilized foam to extinguish the blaze. There were no injuries. To view the entire photo set go to: www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets. (JOCOREPORT PHOTOS)
BARN BURNS IN PRINCETON (6-22-2015)
Firefighters are on scene of a structure fire on Old Rock Quarry Road this morning. A JOCOFIRE contributor sent this great action photo. It appears to be a barn fire with some damage to the siding of the home. The FD did a great job of keeping the fire from spreading to the residence! (Contributed photo)
MOBILE HOME FIRE – MEADOW (6-20-2015)
A Meadow family barely escaped a mobile home fire in the 12000-blk of NC 96 South around 4pm Saturday. According to the family, they were attempting to rid their home of bedbugs by heating their mattresses with propane heaters when a fire started that quickly spread through the mobile home. One resident received minor burns to his arms and a young female passed out on scene. Neither required transport to the hospital. Meadow FD, Newton Grove FD, Blackman’s Crossroads FD, JCEMS, JCSO and the Fire Marshal responded. (WTSB/JOCOREPORT PHOTO)
HOUSE FIRE – KENLY (06-20-2015)
Kenly FD, Micro FD, Crossroads FD, JCEMS and Kenly PD responded to an early morning house fire Saturday on West Sixth Street just before dawn. Kenly Fire Chief Paul Whitehurst attributes a battery operated smoke detector with saving the family’s life. A couple was awakened by a smoke detector to find the home full of smoke and a fire in a back room. They escaped without injury but the fire heavily damaged the home. The red cross is assisting the family. (JOCOREPORT/WTSB PHOTO)
HOUSE FIRE – GARNER (6-20-2015)
Garner FD, Raleigh FD, Wake EMS and Garner PD responded to this fire on Highland Drive shortly before 1am Saturday. The 911 center received multiple calls reporting a house on fire. The resident came home to find the FD on scene battling the blaze. The Wake County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene to investigate. Neighbors reported a lightning strike in the area earlier in the evening. (JOCOREPORT/WTSB)
Johnston County EMS Celebrates National EMS Week (5-20-2015)
The Johnston County EMS System celebrated National EMS Week by hosting the systems annual banquet. The banquet honors all components and providers within the EMS System, which include 911 communications, fire department first responders, emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Emergency workers were welcomed by EMS Chief Josh Holloman, who shared that the theme of this year’s national EMS Week is EMS Strong. Chief Holloman proclaimed “if our system is anything, we are strong.” Chief Holloman thanked each provider for their dedication and work to make the system successful and also thanked the County Manager, Rick Hester and Commissioner Chad Stewart, who were in attendance, for their unwavering support.
The speaker at this year’s celebration, Dr. James Jollis, Chairman of the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline, declared Johnston County as “the best place to have a heart attack.” Dr. Jollis referenced data showing that the Johnston County EMS System ranks above the national average for resuscitating cardiac arrest patients and leads the state with a program to care for victims of a heart attack. Dr. Jollis congratulated the system on recently receiving a national award from the American Heart Association for exceeding standards in the care of heart attack patients.
The Johnston County EMS System Honor Guard started the evening by posting the colors and each member of the honor guard were later honored with a special commendation for being a part of the team. Captain Patrick Cogdell, who is the coordinator of the Honor Guard also received a special administrative commendation for his work with the group.
Several individuals were honored with commendations for cardiac arrest saves and for assisting with child births in 2014. Honoring the history of the system, families of Peg Woodall, Danny Altman and Norman Johnson were also presented a special plaque, thanking them for the service of their loved one, who died this past year.
The Johnston County EMS Association presented $500 scholarships to two individuals who are pursuing degrees that will enhance their work within the EMS System. The first recipient, Kaitlyn Redding is a cadet with 50-210 EMS. Also receiving a scholarship was Sasha Long, an EMT-Intermediate with Johnston County EMS.
Smithfield Fire Chief Patrick Harris, who is retiring in June was honored with a plaque thanking him for his leadership and service within the EMS System. Johnston County EMS Assistant Chief Ben Lawson, who is also leaving the system in June was also honored for his work and dedication.
The EMS System also presented five peer nominated awards, which are given annually. The Telecommunicator of the year award was presented to Seth Heilig from Johnston County 911. The Community Service award was presented to Ellis Daniels, Paramedic and Firefighter with Johnston County EMS and Wilson’s Mills Fire Department. The Dedicated Service award was presented to Jerry Lynch, EMT-Intermediate with Johnston County EMS and Four Oaks EMS. The Pioneer award was awarded to Danny Altman and presented to his family. The Excellence award, the most prestigious award in the system, was presented to Director Kim Robertson for her work with the EMS system and as an advocate for those in need.
Dr. Ed Hartman, the system medical director provided the closing remarks. Dr. Hartman stated how proud he was of the progress within the system and also how excited he is to begin the new community paramedic program in June, which will further enhance our ability to help the citizens of Johnston County.
Johnston County EMS wishes to thank everyone who works or volunteers in the system.
VEHICLE FIRE – PINE LEVEL FD (5-10-2015)
Pine Level firefighters responded to a vehicle fire on US 70 Business East near Yelverton Grove Road around 4am Sunday. Units arrived to find a fully involved BMW passenger car. The occupants stated they were on their way home from the club and the car caught fire. They state they had been having mechanical problems with the vehicle. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control. US 70 Business East was closed for about an hour. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office assisted on scene. (JOCOFIRE photo)
HOUSE FIRE – CLAYTON (5-7-2015)
Around 11pm Thursday night, Clayton c-shift firefighters were dispatched to a residential structure fire with possible entrapment on Corbett Road. Auto aid was dispatched from Cleveland and Wilson’s Mills along with Johnston County EMS. Units arrived to find heavy fire conditions with flames venting through the roof. An aggressive interior attack including two hand lines and several rotations of crews brought the fire under control. The occupants were able to escape uninjured. Archer Lodge Fire Department was moved up to Clayton for coverage. Units on scene included: Clayton C1, C3, C4, BC1, BC3, E4, E5, E3, R1, FS1, B1, Medic 2, EMS 41, and the mutual aid departments.
TWO INJURED IN SERIOUS CRASH, ALCOHOL SUSPECTED (MAY 4, 2015)
A mother and her teenage daughter were rushed to WakeMed tonight after being involved in a collision with a suspected drunk driver. The two were trapped in their Honda that ended up overturned, down an embankment. Firefighters from Wilson’s Mills FD had to extricate them from the vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was taken into custody and charged with DWI and felony injury. Wilson’s Mills FD, PD, Johnston County EMS, JCSO and SHP responded. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. (WTSB PHOTOS)
MAN LEADS SELMA PD ON HIGH SPEED CHASE (SUN, MAY 3)
Selma PD initiated a pursuit Sunday afternoon that went out NC 96 into the county, circled around and came back into Selma. The suspect was arrested without incident in the 900 block of Fourth Avenue. SHP and JCSO assisted. There was minor damage to one Selma PD unit. The radio traffic was awesome, and it really sounded like a precision pursuit by Selma PD. They made the arrest and nobody was hurt – strong work!! (WTSB PHOTO)
MAN CHARGED IN WILSON’S MILLS SHOOTING (SAT, MAY 2)
Wilson’s Mills PD is investigating an early Saturday morning shooting as a second degree murder. According to Chief Hess, Derrick Williams, 42, of Wilson’s Mills has been charged with second degree murder in the accidental death of 18 year old Moesha Lockamy. Units were dispatched at 0241 this morning to 92 Mitchner Drive. They arrived to find the victim with an apparent GSW to the chest. Lockamy died at the scene. Investigators believe that Lockamy and Williams, who were in a dating relationship, were playing with the firearm when it discharged. According to arrest records, Williams is a convicted felon and has a history of drug and weapon charges. Wilsons Mills FD, Selma EMS, JCEMS, JCSO and the SBI responded along with WMPD to the incident. (WTSB PHOTO)
AMTRAK STRIKES CAR IN FOUR OAKS (4-27-2015)
An Amtrak passenger train struck a passenger car at the Baker Street Crossing in Four Oaks, Monday afternoon. There were two occupants in the vehicle and both were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Four Oaks PD is investigating the crash. Four Oaks EMS, Four Oaks Fire, Johnston County EMS and Johnston County Emergency Management also responded to the incident.
ONE INJURED IN PINE LEVEL CRASH (4-26-2015)
One person was injured in this two vehicle crash on US 70 at Peedin Avenue outside of Pine Level this afternoon.
LIFE FLIGHT CELEBRATES 30TH (4-25-2015)
Duke Life Flight celebrated their 30th anniversary at the Johnston Regional Airport Saturday afternoon. There were several aircraft on display along with other medical equipment. There was a live band, lots of food, games and inspiring testimony of previous patients whose lives were saved by Duke Life Flight. More photos are at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
Selma Honors Retiring Police Captain (WTSB Story)
(Left to right) Selma Police Captain William Keith Batson retired Friday after 24 years with the department. He is shown with a Resolution of Appreciation given to him by the Selma Town Council as Police Chief R.A. Cooper looks on.
Friday, April 24th was the last day on the job for retiring Selma Police Captain William Keith Batson.
Batson has been with the department for 24 years. Prior to joining the Selma police force, he worked for a year as a police officer in the Town of Kenly and also served four years with the NC Department of Corrections.
He worked his way up the ranks and was promoted to Captain of the Patrol Division on January 1, 2008.
Batson was recently recognized by the Selma Town Council for his leadership and professionalism to the town and its citizens over the past 24 years.
Batson received a Resolution of Appreciation from the Town thanking him for his service.
(WTSB Story and Photo)
FIRE AT WILCO STATION - CLEVELAND (4-22-2015)
Firefighters were called to the Wilco station in the 5100 block of NC 42 West near I-40 tonight for a commercial structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a small working fire in a restroom, caused by a fan in the ceiling. The fire was quickly extinguished and firefighter checked for extension in the ceiling and on the roof. Cleveland FD, Garner FD, Clayton FD, 50-210 EMS and JCEMS responded. There were no injuries.
FOUR OAKS OFFICER INJURED IN CRASH (4-21-2014)
Late Tuesday afternoon, a Newton Grove PD unit chased a motorcycle into Johnston County on US 701. They got into Four Oaks and traveled south on US 301. JCSO and Four Oaks PD were assisting. While traveling south on 301, a passenger car pulled out into the roadway. The motorcycle got around it, but a deputy crashed and went off the left side of the road, and the FOPD …unit crashed, overturning on the right side of the road. The motorcycle then rode all around Four Oaks, as witness by the FD, and came back through the scene where the Four Oaks Police Chief apprehended him off of the motorcycle. The Four Oaks officer was the only person injured and he was transported to WakeMed. Chief Anderson has told media outlets that the officer is doing ok at this time. A complete photo set can be seen at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
FATAL CRASH ON NC 42 NEAR I-40 (4-19-2015)
A fatal crash closed down NC 42 for more than two hours Sunday afternoon. The crash occurred on NC 42 West between Cornwallis Road and the WalMart entrance in the Cleveland area. Witnesses said that a pickup truck pulling a small utility trailer was traveling east bound on NC 42 and passed several vehicles in the right lane at a stop light. Shortly after passing the vehicles, witnesses saw it slide sideways into an oncoming passenger car. The trailer then broke free from the truck and struck an SUV. The driver of the pickup and a passenger in the car were rushed to WakeMed. The driver of the passenger car died at scene. No one was injured in the SUV; however, it received significant damage from the trailer. SHP is investigating. 50-210 EMS, Johnston County EMS, Cleveland Fire, DOT and JCSO also responded. (WTSB Photo)
ARCHER LODGE BREAKS GROUND ON STATION EXPANSION (4-19-2015)
Archer Lodge Fire Department held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday afternoon for an addition to their station. Construction will soon begin on an addition that will include additional truck bays, sleeping quarters, and an area to decontaminate their gear. There were numerous special guests present and refreshments were served afterward.
DISASTER EXERCISE CONDUCTED AT AIRPORT (4-18-2015)
Personnel from all branches of Emergency Services participated in a full scale disaster exercise at the Johnston Regional Airport this weekend. An aircraft simulator was brought in from Cleveland Community College on a tractor trailer. Johnston Community College provided EMT and Paramedic students to be the victims. In the scenario, an 18 passenger jet crashed, and 14 bystanders on the ground were also injured. Firefighters, EMS personnel, Emergency Management personnel and Deputy Sheriff’s responded as if the incident was real. Johnston Health also participated by both receiving the victims, and sending representatives to the scene to the command post. The full set of photographs is located at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets. (WTSB Photos)
RETIRED PRINCETON FIRE CHIEF LAID TO REST (4-15-2015)
Retired Princeton Fire Chief Jerry Baker was laid to rest Wednesday in the Princeton Cemetery following a beautiful funeral service at the Princeton Baptist Church. Chief Baker served the Princeton Fire Department for 20 years and served as chief for 12. He was also a former member of the Princeton Rescue Squad. He was buried with firefighter honors following a procession of apparatus from the church to the cemetery. To view the full set of photographs go to www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets and select the appropriate set.
CORINTH HOLDERS MVC (4-12-2015)
There were only minor injuries and no transports in this crash in 2500-block of NC 231 Sunday evening. The single vehicle crash happened shortly before 6pm and involved a work truck that overturned. There was a small fuel leak from the truck that was mitigated by Corinth Holders FD. Johnston County EMS responded, but nobody required transport. SHP is investigating.
HEAD ON CRASH – CLAYTON (4-12-2015)
Clayton Police, Fire and JCEMS responded to a head-on collision Sunday afternoon North O’Neil Street near Starmont St. Units arrived to find a pick-up truck and SUV had struck head-on. Four people in the SUV were injured, but only one required transport to a local hospital. Clayton is investigating the crash, but it appears as if the SUV crossed the center line and never hit the brakes.
MINOR INJURIES IN CRASH AT FAMILIAR INTERSECTION (4-11-2015)
Injuries were minor in this two vehicle, T-bone collision Saturday on Cleveland Rd at Swift Creek Rd. Wilson’s Mills and Smithfield firefighters responded along with EMS 12 and SHP.
BRUSH FIRE – WILSON’S MILLS STATION 2 AREA (4-11-2015)
Wilson’s Mills firefighters quickly extinguished this brush on Wesley Court Saturday afternoon.
MULTI-VICTIM CRASH ON I-40 – CLEVELAND (4-12-2015)
Six people were transported to local hospitals after this crash on I-40 Saturday night. The crash happened around midnight in the east bound lane just inside of Wake County. Cleveland FD, Johnston and Wake County EMS and SHP responded. Two people were transported to WakeMed Raleigh and four were transported to JMC-Clayton – all with minor injuries.
FIRE LEAVES FAMILY HOMELESS – WEST JOHNSTON (4-5-2015)
West Johnston, Benson and Elevation firefighters responded to this mobile home fire on Memory Lane, Sunday night around 7pm. The mobile home was destroyed by the fire. A family, including a two year old, was left homeless. Fire Marshal Paul Whitehurst responded to investigate the blaze. Johnston County EMS assisted firefighters on scene.
BETHANY FIREFIGHTER GREY BAILEY LAID TO REST (3-28-2015)
Bethany Firefighter Grey Bailey was laid to rest Saturday in the cemetery at Bethany Missionary Baptist Church. Firefighter Bailey was killed last week when he was struck by an impaired driver while he was working his full-time job as a DOT engineer. Firefighters from Johnston and surrounding counties came to pay tribute to lay their brother to rest. A complete photo album can be found at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
HOUSE FIRE – KENLY (3-24-2015)
Kenly, Bethany, Crossroads and Polly Watson FD’s responded to a house fire in the 9000 block of Revell Road in Wilson County earlier this evening (Monday). The house was fully involved upon arrival of the FD. There were no injuries. Johnston County EMS assisted the firefighters and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office provided traffic control. Revell Road was closed for a couple of hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There are over 100 photos at www.jocofire.com/sets.
SUSPICIOUS HOUSE FIRE – CLAYTON (3-22-2014)
An alert police officer on routine patrol observed a large amount of smoke in the downtown Clayton area around 2:30 Sunday morning. He traced the smoke to a house that was on fire at 332 West Second Street. The abandoned house had heavy fire in the rear of the structure. Clayton, Archer Lodge, Cleveland and Garner Fire Departments responded along with Johnston County EMS and Clayton PD. There were no injuries in the vacant house. Clayton PD and the Fire Marshal are investigating the suspicious fire. ___________________________________________________________________________________
TWO INJURED IN BENSON CRASH (3-15-2015)
Benson Police, Fire and Johnston County EMS responded to a vehicle crash on East Parrish Drive at South Dunn Street late Sunday evening. The impact knocked a minivan into the McDonalds parking lot. Two people received minor injuries and were transported to JMC-Smithfield. Benson PD is investigating the crash.
HARNETT COUNTY AUTHORITIES RESPOND TO REPORTED DROWNING (3-15)
Harnett County authorities responded to a reported drowning Sunday afternoon in the 1500 block of Johnston County Road. Divers were observed searching a pond behind a residence. A short time later a body was removed from the pond. Harnett County has not made a media release at this time and these are preliminary details and observations by media on scene.
CHIEF NORMAN JOHNSON LAID TO REST (3-13-2015)
Former Mayor and Retired Smithfield Fire Chief Norman Johnson was laid to rest Friday afternoon following a beautiful funeral service. Chief Johnson was a great American and a model example of a public servant. Chief Johnson was a “Chief’s Chief.” He was a role model and mentor to many aspiring leaders in emergency services. It was an honor to be asked to photograph Friday’s events for the Johnson family and Chief Johnson’s emergency services family. You can view all of the photos at the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jocofire/sets/72157650920813419/.
VEHICLE FIRE – PRINCETON (3-4-2015)
An alert Princeton Police officer noticed a car traveling west on US 70 Wednesday afternoon that was on fire. He was able to get the vehicle to stop safely at the Holt’s Pond on US 70. The driver exited safely without injuries. The vehicle fire spread to the surrounding brush. Princeton Fire Department responded and quickly contained the blaze. The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the crash. One west bound lane of US 70 was closed for approximately an hour. A complete photo album can be found at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets. (WTSB photo and story)
UNUSUAL CRASH IN SMITHFIELD (3-4-2015)
I came across this Wednesday afternoon in Smithfield. It appeared that a truck struck a light pole in the old K-Mart PVA. I’m assuming that Smithfield PD responded. I was in a hurry and didn’t stick around. How in the world does this happen in an empty lot?
OVERTURNED DUMP TRUCK – MICRO (3-3-2015)
SHP is investigating the crash of a dump truck that happened on Oak Grove Inn Road, Tuesday afternoon. Micro FD and North Johnston EMS responded along with SHP. (WTSB Photo)
KENLY DOLLAR GENERAL ROBBED (3-1-2015)
The Kenly Police Department is investigating an armed robbery. Officers were called to the Dollar General Store at 201 South Church Street around 10pm Sunday night. A suspect had entered the business, displayed a handgun and fled with money. The suspect fled in a “get away” car that was parked behind the business. Kenly Police Chief Josh Gibson was on scene and tells WTSB that they are looking for a light skinned black male, unknown age, between 5’6 and 5’9, wearing large glasses. There were no injuries. Anyone who has information regarding the robbery or suspect is urged to call the Kenly Police Department. (WTSB Story and Photos)
SELMA FIRE DEPARTMENT – “ONE HUNDRED STRONG”
On Saturday, February 21, the Selma Fire Department celebrated 100 years of service with a banquet at The Farm entertainment venue. The night began with refreshments and a social hour. Then the festivities were officially kicked off with the posting of the colors by the Johnston County Honor Guard accompanied by the Morrisville Fire Department Pipes and Drums. The National Anthem was performed by 2014 Miss Selma Railroad Days.
A delicious meal catered by the Hula Girl restaurant in Selma was enjoyed by all. Afterward, Assistant Fire Chief Gary House Jr. provided opening remarks and recognized the many special guests in attendance. Retired Fire Chief Joe Moore then provided a very interesting look back at the history of the Selma Fire Department.
Next, several special guests spoke, including Assistant State Fire Marshal Rick McIntyre, North Carolina Firemen’s Association Assistant Executive Director Ed Brinson, and Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver.
A special presentation was made to former Selma Fire Chiefs Joe Price and Joe Moore, recognizing 50 years of service by each.
The evening concluded with a rousing address by keynote speaker Captain Tramp Dunn, a retired Raleigh firefighter and long-time fire instructor.
This was a very special evening, celebrating the “One Hundred Strong” Selma Fire Department theme. Firefighters attended in full dress uniform. Several retired firefighters and all three honorary firefighters were in attendance. Representatives from Selma’s mutual aid departments, Johnston County Emergency Services, County Commissioners, and the Town of Selma Council, Mayor and several department heads attended. The Farm venue was decorated by the firefighters and their wives with historical memorabilia, photos and firefighting equipment. The front of The Farm venue was flanked by current and retired fire apparatus.
Photos of the event can be seen in a special Facebook album, suitable for tagging, or at the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jocofire/sets/72157648642803753/.
ONE INJURED IN SERIOUS I-40 CRASH (2-22-2015)
SHP is investigating a serious crash that happened on I-40 early Sunday morning. The wreck occurred shortly after midnight and involved a single vehicle striking the guardrail in the east bound lane near mile marker 314. The driver suffered only minor injuries. One lane of east bound I-40 was closed for about an hour. The Cleveland Fire Department, 50-210 EMS and SHP responded to he crash.
Massive Fire Destroys Auto Recycling Business
Story by WTSB
A Johnston County business was destroyed in a fire Wednesday morning authorities said was sparked by space heaters.
An employee of A & A Auto Recyclers at 694 Bizzell Grove Church Road outside of Micro arrived at work around 9:30am and discovered the 6,000 square foot business was filled with smoke.
The employee opened a door to clear the smoke from the building, but in doing so unknowingly allowed the fire to actively start burning again and to rapidly grow, according to Assistant Johnston County Fire Marshal Kevin Hubbard.
When the first fire engine arrived on the scene, more than half of the building was engulfed in flames.
Crews from the Micro, Selma, Pine Level, and Kenly Fire Departments battled the blaze for nearly two hours before it was brought under control.
Because of the heavy fire conditions, firefighters could not enter the building, but the Selma Fire Department ladder truck was used to spray water into the building from overhead.
Hubbard said the fire likely started by one of two space heaters left in the office. Hubbard said the space heaters were left running overnight so the office would not be too cold for workers Wednesday morning. Officials believe one of the heaters was placed too close to some combustibles, possibly a box filled with paperwork, and ignited.
“Leave your space heaters turned off when not attended,” Hubbard told WTSB News. “And when they are running, don’t leave them too close to any combustibles.”
The business salvaged vehicle parts and stored those parts, including engines, transmissions, and headlights inside. Officials deemed the structure a total loss. Photos by John Payne
FATAL HOUSE FIRE – GARNER (2-11-2015)
An 88 year old lady died in a house fire on Benson Road near Ten Ten Road last night. A passerby saw the fire, reported it and tried to save the victim; however, he was unable to enter the house due to the fire. Garner FD, Fairview FD, Cleveland FD, Wake EMS, Wake S.O., CCBI and Wake CO Fire Marshal’s Office all responded to the scene. The fire was quickly brought under control. Benson Road (NC 50) was shut down for about an hour as t
TRAIN STRIKES VEHICLE IN GARNER (2-11-2015)
An Amtrak passenger train bound for Raleigh struck a vehicle in Garner at the Vandora Springs Road crossing Wednesday evening about 10:20pm. The occupants of the vehicle claim to have got “stuck” on the track and fled before the train struck the vehicle. There were no injuries. Garner PD is investigating. Garner Fire and Wake EMS responded as well.
SERIOUS CRASH IN ARCHER LODGE (2-8-2015)
There was a serious crash on South Murphrey Road in Archer Lodge Sunday evening. This vehicle left the roadway and overturned before stopping down an embankment. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was extricated by Archer Lodge Firefighters and transported to a local hospital by Johnston County EMS. SHP responded to the scene and is investigating the cause of the crash.
BRUSH FIRES KEEP FIREFIGHTERS AND FOREST SERVICE BUSY (2-8-2015)
Firefighters stayed busy this weekend working multiple brush fires. Mike Winslow, with the NC Forest Service, said that they responded to 5 fires and over 65 acres burned on Sunday. Two of the largest fires Sunday were in Benson on North Honeycutt Street and on NC 210 in the Sheffield Woods subdivision.
LARGE BRUSH FIRE – CLEVELAND (2-5-2015)
There was a large brush fire this evening between the US70/Clayton Bypass and New Bethel Rd. Units originally responded to the Clayton Bypass at the New Bethel Rd bridge. They found that the fire was quickly spreading and moving toward a subdivision on New Bethel Rd. Cleveland Car 1 established command and quickly commanded all units to respond to New Bethel Rd and protect the residences. Forestry Service responded and requested their spotter plane and plow. EMS stood by for rehab. Mutual aid from Garner, Clayton, 50-210, and Wilson’s Mills responded to assist. Elevation FD moved up to Cleveland for coverage. There was heavy media coverage of the event.
SERIOUS CRASH – MICRO (1-31-2015)
There was a multi-vehicle crash on I-95 Saturday afternoon at mile marker 102, the Micro exit, north bound. The crash involved an SUV, tractor trailer, Budget Rental truck, a pickup truck pulling a trailer and a passenger car. There was one yellow tag and three green tag patients. Micro FD, Johnston County EMS and Selma EMS responded to the scene. SHP is investigating the crash.
MOBILE HOME FIRE – FOUR OAKS (1-24-2015)
Four Oaks, Elevation and Smithfield firefighters responded to this mobile home fire on Boyette Road in Four Oaks Saturday evening. A family was displaced and assisted by Red Cross. Four Oaks EMS, Medic 3 and Four Oaks PD also responded. The occupants left the eye on a stove turned on to heat the mobile home. They went to the store and returned to find their home in flames.
FATAL MVC – BENSON (1-21-2015)
There was a fatal MVC on I-40 in front of Tucker Lake at the 329 MM Wednesday afternoon. According to troopers a tractor trailer hauling cinderblocks was traveling east bound, crossed the median and overturned down an embankment on the west bound side. The driver was killed in the crash. Benson FD, JCEMS, SHP, NC DOT, and JAS responded.
MVC – CLEVELAND (1-17-2015)
A 14 year old was alone and driving his mother’s car when he crashed into a utility pole around 1:30 Saturday morning. The crash happened on Josephine Road near Cornwallis Road. The pole was cut in half and had to be replaced. The 14 year old received minor injuries and was transported by 50-210 EMS to JMC-Clayton. Cleveland Fire Department stood by until Duke Progress took over the scene. SHP is investigating and Trooper Partin advised that he would be seeking charges against the driver.
MVC – ELEVATION (1-16-2015)
Elevation FD, JCEMS and SHP responded to a single vehicle crash on Federal Road late Friday night. The crash happened between Woodall Dairy Road and Shade Tree Road. The driver was briefly trapped and received minor injuries. SHP is investigating the crash. (Contributed Photo)
VEHICLE FIRE – WILSON’S MILLS (1-16-2015)
Wilson’s Mills FD and PD responded to a vehicle fire on US 70 near Swift Creek Road, Friday afternoon. Firefighters arrived to find a working fire involving a small passenger car. Firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control. There were no injuries.
HOUSE FIRE – SELMA (1-13-2015)
There was a house fire in the 600-block of North Brevard Street in Selma, Tuesday. The fire was reported shortly after 1pm. Selma, Smithfield and Pine Level firefighters responded and quickly brought the fire under control. Selma and Johnston County EMS along with Selma PD also responded to the scene. Chief McDaniel advised that the residence is unoccupied; however, it did have electricity. He further advised that the fire was not electrical in origin. WTSB PHOTO
VEHICLE STRIKES HOUSE – SELMA (1-9-2015)
Selma FD, JCEMS 92 and Selma PD responded to this crash shortly before midnight Friday night at Forest and Waddell Streets. A vehicle struck a residence and caught fire. The driver was pulled out by bystanders and transported to the ER. A passenger was treated and released on scene. The fire was quickly extinguished by Selma FD. Selma PD is investigating the crash.
MOBILE HOME FIRE – PINE LEVEL (1-8-2-15)
There was a mobile home fire in Country Estates Mobile Home Park on Country Store Road in Pine Level Thursday night. Pine Level and Selma Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze after an aggressive interior attack. Selma EMS stood by on scene but there were no injuries. A family of four was displaced, assisted by Red Cross and is staying with family tonight. Photo by John Payne.
MVC – CLAYTON (1-8-2015)
Clayton PD is investigating a crash that occurred Thursday afternoon on East Second Street at South Smith Street. One person received minor injuries and was briefly trapped in their vehicle. Firefighters from Clayton FD had to use hydraulic extrication tools to open a door and free the patient. Johnston County EMS treated the patient.
PEDESTRIAN KILLED – KENLY (1-5-2015)
A pedestrian was killed Monday night on Weaver Road between Kenly and Micro. The pedestrian reportedly lives in the area and is frequently seen walking on Weaver Road. SHP, Kenly Fire, Johnston County EMS and Johnston Ambulance Service responded.
FATAL MOTORCYCLE MVC – KENLY (1-4-2015)
The operator of a motorcycle was killed in the 800-block of Tedder Road Sunday night. According to troopers the man was operating the motorcycle without a helmet nor license. Bystanders on scene report that he had been working on the motorcycle and was driving it a short distance for a test drive. Kenly FD, Selma EMS and SHP responded.
THREE INJURED IN HEAD-ON CRASH – SELMA (1-3-2015)
Selma PD is investigating a crash that shut down Hwy 70 about 2:30 this Saturday morning. The incident began when a car slammed into another car at US 70 and US 301. It then continued east up the bridge, crossed left of center and struck a vehicle head-on, causing another vehicle to be struck. 3 people were transported to JMC-Smithfield. Selma PD, FD, EMS 91, 92, 31, Medic1 and JCSO responded. Selma PD is investigating the crash.
BUIES CREEK FIRE-RESCUE 2014 VIDEO POSTED (12-28-2014)
You are seeing it here first, the 2014 Buies Creek Fire-Rescue video. This is STRONG work and one of the best videos I’ve seen. I would love to post link to other department’s videos, just let me know and I’ll get them posted for you. Please click here to see this great video: http://youtu.be/fv-2lxwsIaA.
SHOOTING – CLAYTON (12-28-2014)
Clayton PD, FD and JCEMS were dispatched to a shooting a 0235 hours Sunday morning at the Alta Mobile Home Park on South Lombard Street. Clayton PD arrived to find a male subject who had been shot. JCEMS and Clayton FD quickly arrived and the victim was rushed to WakeMed as a Trauma One. JCSO also assisted on scene. This is all preliminary information and there will be more to come. The photoset from the initial scene shots is at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
MVC – Cleveland (12-27-2014)
Cleveland FD, 50-210 EMS and SHP were dispatched to this MVC on Polenta Road near Matthews Road late Friday night/early Saturday morning. Units arrived to find only minor injuries and nobody was transported. JCSO stood by for SHP to arrive.
MOBILE HOME FIRE, POSSIBLE METH LAB – PINE LEVEL (12-19-2014)
Pine Level, Princeton and Brogden firefighters responded to a structure fire shortly after 8pm Wednesday night on Bizzell Grove Church Road. While enroute, units were advised that there was one burn victim. Upon arrival, command requested law enforcement reporting a possible meth lab. Selma EMS 13 arrived and found a severely burned patient and requested an air medical helicopter to intercept with them and transport the patient to UNC Burn Center. Firefighters quickly extinguished the mobile home. Johnston County Sheriff’s investigators and Johnston County fire investigators quickly arrived on scene and began their investigation. Wilson’s Mills FD assisted with decon at the Johnston County Airport where the air medical helicopter was intercepted. See the entire photoset at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
MOBILE HOME FIRE LEAVES FAMILY HOMELESS – SMITHFIELD (12-16-2014)
Firefighters were called to a mobile home fire at the Rose’s Mobile Home Park on North Street in Smithfield around 10:30 Tuesday morning. The resident said she left home for about 20 minutes and was called by a neighbor telling her that her trailer was on fire. Smithfield and Selma firefighters along with Johnston County EMS responded. The fire was quickly extinguished but caused extensive damage to the mobile home. Smithfield PD and the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office also responded. The fire marshal told WTSB radio that the fire appears accidental and began in a bathroom. The Red Cross is assisting the family. See the full set of photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jocofire/sets/72157647474643933/.
SELMA FD PRESENTS AWARDS (12-13-2014)
During their annual Christmas Party on Saturday night, Selma Fire Chief Phillip McDaniel gave out awards to several firefighters and one special guest.
Firefighter of the Year – Shawn Ford
Rookie of the Year – Linwood Barbour
Chief’s Award – Zach Peele
Most Training Hours – Ronald Stanley
Most Calls – Zach Peele
David “Whitt” English was recognized with a certificate and helmet making him an Honorary Member of the Selma Firefighters Association. To see the entire set of photos go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jocofire/sets/72157649756268712/.
HOUSE FIRE – SELMA (12-13-2014)
A house on South Raiford Street has burned for the second time recently. Selma Firefighters were called to a residence in the 900 block of South Raiford Street just before 3pm Saturday. They arrived to find heavy fire conditions in the vacant residence with no electricty. Neighbors report seeing vagrants in the house recently. Smithfield Fire Department and Selma EMS assisted on scene.
APARTMENT FIRE – KNIGHTDALE (12-6-2014)
Firefighters were called to the 600-block of Luxury Lane in Knightdale shortly after midnight Saturday for an apartment fire. Firefighters arrived to find fire in a laundry room and were able to quickly contain it to the one apartment. A family of six was displaced including 4 children. One adult was transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation and the other five residents were treated by EMS on scene. Knightdale FD, Eastern Wake FD, Eastern Wake EMS, and Knightdale PD responded to the scene. Please view all of the photos at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
FATAL CRASH – SMITHFIELD (12-5-2014)
Smithfield Fire, Johnston County EMS and SHP were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash shortly after 10pm Friday night on Buffalo Road north of Booker Dairy Road. SHP was first on scene and found a head-on crash with one person killed and two injured. Selma FD was special called for a rescue apparatus. Selma EMS and Johnston Ambulance Service also responded to the scene. An SHP sergeant on scene advised JOCOFIRE that the green vehicle was traveling south bound on Buffalo Road when it went left of center striking the black vehicle head-on. The fatality was in the green vehicle. Please view the full set of photos at www.flickrcom/jocofire/sets.
UPDATE – HOMICIDE – JOHNSTON COUNTY (12-4-2014)
Please read the below article, courtesy of WTSB, updating the events from the shooting Wednesday night:
Four Oaks Man Charged In Selma Murder
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in their second homicide in two weeks.
Around 9:30pm Wednesday, deputies responded to a shooting at 374 Condary Road outside of Selma.
When officers arrived, they found 19 year-old Jamel Monee McCoy suffering from a gunshot wound. She died while enroute to the hospital.
Less than an hour later, 47 year-old Howard Joseph Wood Jr., of Four Oaks was arrested at his home in the 800 block of Berea Church Road.
Wood is in the Johnston County Jail being held without bond after being charged with first degree murder.
Authorities said Thursday they are still investigating the motive. Investigators said it was not a domestic-related incident and the suspect and victim knew one another but were not involved in any type of relationship.
WTSB News has learned Wood was wanted at the time of his arrest on charges in Johnston and Haywood counties.
Wood was wanted since August 2014 for violating a domestic violence protection order in Haywood County involving a woman. He was wanted since November 26, 2014 after failing to appear in Johnston County Court on a reckless driving to endanger warrant.
(Article by WTSB)
JCSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING (12-3-2014)
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 300 block of Condary Road (Selma address, just outside of Micro). The incident occurred shortly before 10pm Wednesday night. It is reported that a female was shot. Johnston County EMS and Micro Fire Department responded to the scene and a patient was transported from the scene by EMS. We will await a press release before releasing further information.
PICKUP AND GASOLINE TANKER COLLIDE – SELMA (12-2-2014)
Selma FD, Johnston County Foam Unit (staffed by Selma FD), Selma EMS and SHP responded to this crash on NC 39 at Old Beulah Road just before midnight. A Dodge Ram ran into the side of a gasoline tanker. The tanker was empty and there was no leak. The driver of the pickup was evaluated but not transported. There were no other injuries. NC 39 was closed for about an hour.
MOTORCYCLE VS BICYCLE – CLAYTON (11-30-2014)
A motorcycle and a bicycle collided Sunday afternoon outside of Clayton on Ranch Road near the US 70 Bypass. The rider of the bicycle was transported to WakeMed as a trauma by Johnston County EMS and the motorcycle operator was treated on scene but not transported. SHP is investigating the crash. Clayton FD and JCSO also assisted on scene.
PEDESTRIAN STRUCK IN CLAYTON (11-29-2014)
A pedestrian was seriously injured Saturday night when she was struck by a vehicle in front of Walmart in Clayton. The crash happened around 10pm on US 70 Business in the west bound lane at Towne Center Blvd. The adult female patient was rushed to WakeMed by Johnston County EMS. Clayton FD responded as well and Clayton PD is investigating. The driver of the car was not injured.
FIRE DESTROYS GARAGE AND DAMAGES HOME – ARCHER LODGE (11-27-2014)
Fire destroyed a garage and damaged a home on Bristol Circle in Archer Lodge shortly after 10pm Thursday night. Archer Lodge firefighters arrived to find the garage fully involved and the fire quickly spreading. The quick response of firefighters kept most of the fire contained to the garage and minimize damage to the home. Thanksgiving and Corinth Holders fire departments also responded along with Johnston County EMS. There were no injuries reported. The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating. See the full set of photos at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets and see the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP4w1uNfpH8.
AIRCRAFT MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING – WEST JOHNSTON (11-27-2014)
Two men flying from New Jersey to Florida made an emergency landing near the Johnston/Harnett County line Thursday afternoon. The men said that both of the engines on the twin engine aircraft failed and they found a suitable landing place in a muddy field on Bailey’s Crossroads Road near Benson-Hardee Road. The men were flying a rare “Seabee” airplane that is capable of taking off and landing on ground and water. There are reportedly only nine of these aircraft left. There were no injuries. Initial calls went to Harnett County 911 and Harnett County authorities responded. After realizing the call was just inside Johnston County, the West Johnston Fire Department and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene. The FAA was notified as well.
CRASH ON WEST MARKET STREET (11-26-2014)
A two vehicle crash on West Market at M. Durwood Stephenson injured three and caused minor traffic delays Wednesday evening. Smithfield FD, Smithfield PD and JCEMS responded.
LARGE HOUSE FIRE – ELEVATION (11-16-2014)
Flames ripped through a vacant house in the 6000 block of NC 50 North of Benson early Sunday morning. Crews were dispatched shortly after 4am to a reported working fire with the complainant advising that the garage end of the house was fully involved. Shortly after dispatch crews were updated that the entire house appeared to be engulfed in flames. 911 dispatchers also told crews that the Sheriff’s Office advised to use caution due to a drug history at the residence. Firefighters quickly arrived and worked to bring the fire under control. NC 50 was shut down between Elevation Road and Zack’s Mill Road until approximately 9am due to fire apparatus and hoses in the roadway. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and Johnston County Fire Marshall’s Office were on scene investing the blaze. Responding agencies included: Elevation FD, 50-210 FD, West Johnston FD, 50-210 EMS, Johnston County EMS, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office. A full gallery of photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets and the video can be viewed in full HD at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwxeMS50qoU .
TRACTOR TRAILER FIRE BRIEFLY CLOSES I-95 (BENSON 11-14-2014)
A truck traveling north bound on I-95 caught fire Friday morning. It was transporting an empty ethanol trailer. The driver escaped and per 911 instructions moved a safe distance from the vehicle. JCSO Unit 144 was first on scene and provided a clear size-up that the truck portion was fully involved and gave placard number 1987. Benson Fire Department arrived and quickly extinguished the fire. Initially all lanes, north and south bound, were closed due to the unknown amount of ethanol in the trailer. Kudos to Johnston County 911 and to Deputy Britton Lock for providing a strong size-up and placard number. This very well could have been a full trailer with the potential to cause serious harm to those around it. Being able to formulate a plan while enroute a hazardous materials incident is very important and this size up could have saved lives and given the responding agencies a plan of action. Benson FD, Johnston County Foam Unit, JCSO, SHP, JCEMS, Johnston County Emergency Management and NCDOT responded to the scene to mitigate the incident.
MAN KILLED IN CRASH NEAR EMIT (11-9-2014)
Derrick Wiggins, 37, of Middlesex was killed Sunday afternoon in a single vehicle crash on Creech Johnson Road in the Emit community of northern Johnston County. According to troopers, Wiggins was operating a motorcycle, lost control, ran off the road, and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead on scene. Speed was not a factor in the crash according to the Highway Patrol. Corinth Holders Fire Department, Johnston County EMS and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office responded along with troopers to the crash scene. (JOCOFIRE.COM Photos by Jason Thompson)
ONE PERSON INJURED IN CRASH NEAR BENSON (11-7-2014)
One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries following this crash on NC 50 North near Elevation Road Friday night. Elevation Fire, 50-210 EMS and SHP responded. SHP is investigating. (JOCOFIRE.COM photo by John Mullen)
LOCAL FIRE PHOTOGRPHERS HONORED (11-3-2014)
I am proud to announce that my friends and fellow fire photographers Lee Wilson and Mike Legeros have been recognized as volunteers of the year by the Wake County Commissioners. Lee and Mike volunteer countless hours to capture the photographic history of emergency services in Wake County as it’s happening! They do a great job and both are the inspiration for me and for my site! They are among 10 people to be recognized this year by the Wake County Commissioners.
HOUSE FIRE IN WILLOW SPRING (11-3-2014)
50-210, West Johnston and Elevation Fire Departments, along with EMS 21, responded to a working fire on Balsawood Ct in Willow Spring shortly before 11pm Monday night. Upon arrival, crews noted heavy smoke coming from the residence. The family of three made it out safe, according to witnesses. Photo by JOCOFIRE.COM photographer John Mullen.
HALLOWEEN EVENTS HELD AT LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS
Archer Lodge (Above) and Cleveland Fire Department (Below)
There were several Halloween events held at local fire departments Friday night. Archer Lodge FD held a Halloweenie Roast Event. There were hotdogs, ice cream, an open house, and trunk-or-treat for the kids.
Cleveland FD held a Halloween Fun Fest with several activities including an open house and a pumpkin carving contest.
FATAL CRASH NEAR FOUR OAKS (10-28-2014)
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Monday around noon on I-95 south bound near the 84 mile marker, outside of Four Oaks. The driver and lone occupant was killed in the crash. The vehicle apparently left the roadway and ran into the woods, bursting into flames. Emergency workers from Four Oaks Fire Department, Four Oaks EMS, Johnston County EMS and Johnston Ambulance Service responded.
HOUSE FIRE – SELMA (10-22-2014)
Selma firefighters quickly extinguished a house fire in the 900 block of South Raiford Street, Wednesday night just before 11pm. No one lived at the residence and there was no power to the house. The fire was contained to a room in the front of the residence. Smithfield Fire, Selma EMS and Selma PD responded to assist. To see the entire set of photos go to www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
WOMAN SEVERELY BURNED – SMITHFIELD (10-22-2014)
A woman was seriously burned Wednesday afternoon after being involved in a kitchen fire at a house on East Caroline Avenue. Smithfield FD, Johnston County EMS and Smithfield PD responded. The fire began as a grease fire according to fire officials on scene.
Two Injured In US301 Crash
Both drivers were injured in a two vehicle accident at 12:40pm Wednesday on US301 near Thunder Road in Four Oaks.
Four Oaks Police said an SUV was in the turn lane on US301 attempting to turn into the parking lot of the Holiday Travel Mart when the driver, Teresa Browning, 55, of Four Oaks, pulled into the path of an oncoming Ford pickup operated by ONeal Simmons, 69.
Both Browning and Simmons were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Their conditions were not immediately released.
Four Oaks Police Detective S. Anderson said the accident remains under investigation.
FATAL CRASH – CLAYTON (Wake Co 10-17-2014)
A man was killed Friday night around 11pm when the moped he was operating was struck by a motor vehicle. The crash happened on East Garner Road just inside of Wake County near Pine Hollow Golf Course. Garner FD, Wake County EMS, Wake County Sheriff’s Office and SHP responded. SHP is investigating the crash. Johnson County EMS and Clayton Fire were dispatched, but were cancelled as they arrived by the Wake County units.
FIERY CRASH INJURIES ONE – SMITHFIELD (10-16-2014)
A Johnston Ambulance Service unit was flagged down on West Market Street near Heavner Furniture Market around 11pm Thursday night. They found a pole and power lines down, and a vehicle down an embankment on fire. JCEMS and Smithfield Fire were dispatched and responded along with Smithfield PD. The fire was extinguished and it was determined that there was one occupant in the vehicle. Smithfield FD used hydraulic tools to extricate the victim who was rushed to WakeMed. Smithfield PD is investigating the crash.
MVC – CLAYTON (10-16-2014)
Emergency workers in Clayton responded to a single vehicle crash Wednesday night on Glen Laurel Road in front of the East Clayton Dog Park. The driver was trapped in the overturned vehicle and had to be extricated by Clayton Fire Department and Johnston County EMS. The driver was taken to Johnston Health of Clayton for the treatment of what are believed to be minor injuries. Clayton PD is investigating the crash.
MICRO FD HOSTS OPEN HOUSE (10-11-2014)
The Micro Fire Department hosted an Open House on Saturday. There were numerous fire prevention displays as Saturday concluded Fire Prevention Week. There were CPR demonstrations, fire trucks and an ambulance on display. One of the highlights of the event were two live fire demonstrations. One showed a typical living room and how quickly fire can consume it without sprinklers. The other showed a typical living room on fire where the sprinklers activated.
SERIOUS CRASH – FRANKLIN COUNTY (10-11-2014)
Emergency crews were called to a horrific head-on crash Saturday around noon on NC 39 near US 64 just inside Franklin County. There was one person in each vehicle and they were pinned in their vehicles. One patient was airlifted from the scene by Wake AirMobile and one patient was transported by ground to WakeMed by EMS. Agencies responding included: Franklin County EMS, Bunn Rescue, Pilot Fire Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and NCSHP.
DRIVER INJURED IN I-95 CRASH NEAR BENSON (10-9-2014)
It’s a miracle that only one person was injured in this crash on I-95 tonight near the I-40 interchange. Two men had just bought some buses in Maryland and were bringing them back to Benson when one of them crossed the median, crossed the north bound lanes and ended up in a field beside I-95. It’s unknown at this time what caused the driver to cross the median. The man was rushed to WakeMed by Johnston County EMS. Benson Fire, Benson Police and SHP also responded. SHP is investigating.
SERIOUS CRASH NEAR MICRO (10-9-2014)
The driver of this vehicle was seriously injured and burned when he was struck from behind by a tractor trailer on I-95 south bound near the Micro Exit (102) tonight. The driver was pinned in the burning car and was pulled out by bystanders. Micro Fire, Kenly Fire, Johnston County EMS and SHP responded.
TWO INJURED NEAR ELEVATION (10-8-2014)
Two people were transported to WakeMed following this crash on Federal Road near Grace Road Wednesday night. The crash happened shortly after 10pm. Elevation FD and 50-210 EMS responded.
CRASH ON NC 50 NEAR BENSON (10-8-2014)
There were only minor injuries received in this crash on NC 50 near Benson Elementary School tonight. Benson FD and 50-210 EMS responded. Contributed photo.
VEHICLE FIRE – DUNN (10-5-2014)
Dunn and Benson Fire Departments responded to this tractor trailer fire at the Sadler’s Truck Stop on Jonesboro Road in Dunn this afternoon. This was the first fire that the new Benson Engine 4 pumped.
MVC PIN – RALEIGH (10-5-2014)
Raleigh FD, Wake Co EMS and Raleigh Police responded to this MVC with subjects pinned on Crosslink Road near Rock Quarry Road Sunday afternoon shortly before 5pm. The incident was under control when I arrived and I don’t have any more details.
FIRE ALARM – PRINCETON (9-28-2014)
I was lucky enough to be in Princeton and catch a few photos of PFD investigating a commercial fire alarm activation at the Princeton School around 6pm tonight.
MVC – BROGDEN (9-28-2014)
There was a two vehicle crash on Bakers Chapel Road at Woodard Road, Sunday afternoon about 5pm. Three people were transported by JCEMS to JMC-Smithfield for the treatment of minor injuries. Brogden Fire Department responded to the scene and NCSHP Trooper J.M. Dorsey is investigating the crash.
MVC - CLAYTON (9-28-2014)
Clayton PD is investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred on South Lombard Street near the intersection of East Second Street. Johnston County EMS responded to the scene; however, nobody required EMS transportation. Clayton FD also responded and assisted with cleaning up fluids that leaked from one of the vehicles.
Fire Damages Smithfield Home
A Smithfield home was heavily damaged by smoke and flames Tuesday morning. Just before 10am, the Smithfield and Selma Fire Departments responded to the 911 call on Dail Street, off North Brightleaf Boulevard.
The fire was first reported by a neighbor. The home was occupied at the time but everyone inside was able to escape to safety.
The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the fire accidental, saying it was due to an electrical issue. Assistant Fire Marshal Banks Wallace estimated the damage at $35,000.
In January of this year, a fire at a nearby apartment complex on Dail Street left six families homes. WTSB Story and Photo
MOTORCYCLE CRASH – CLAYTON (9-21-2014)
There was a motorcycle crash tonight on Pritchard Road at Athletic Club Blvd in Clayton around 6:30pm. The driver was injured and rushed to WakeMed by Johnston County EMS. Archer Lodge Fire Department responded to the scene and Clayton PD is investigating the crash.
Two Killed In Highway 210 Crash
(Top right) Two people in this white Dodge truck died in a collision Wednesday afternoon. (Lower right) Two others vehicles were also involved in the crash. WTSB Photos
Two people died in a three-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon outside of Four Oaks. The collision happened on Highway 210 at Lassiter Road at 1:49pm.
Initial reports from the Highway Patrol indicate a Chevy pickup truck was traveling westbound on Highway 210 and apparently crossed the centerline hitting nearly head-on a Dodge pickup truck. The Chevy truck spun around in the highway and was struck from behind by a passenger car. The Dodge truck came to rest off the roadway in the parking lot of a convenience store.
Troopers said the two occupants in the Dodge truck died at the scene. Two people in the Chevy truck, and the driver of the car, were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
Troopers have not released the names of the individuals killed pending notification of their next of kin.
The accident shut down Highway 210 for more than two hours. WTSB Story and Photos
Passenger 1 – Felicia Johnson, front right seat, transported to Wake Med with serious injuries.
Passenger 2 – Right rear passenger killed – information pending per notification of family.
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