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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:  Video from the event can be viewed at:



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.



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)



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  Also see the JOCOFIRE Facebook page and to see Lee Wilson’s photos.



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 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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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



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.



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



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.



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 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



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)



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.



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:  (JOCOREPORT PHOTOS)



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)



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.



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)



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.



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)



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)



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)



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 person was injured in this two vehicle crash on US 70 at Peedin Avenue outside of Pine Level this afternoon.



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


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)



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.



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


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 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.



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  (WTSB Photos)



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 and select the appropriate set.



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.



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.



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.



Wilson’s Mills firefighters quickly extinguished this brush on Wesley Court Saturday afternoon.



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.



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 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


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



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. ___________________________________________________________________________________


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 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.



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:



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  (WTSB photo and story)



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?



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)


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)



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:



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


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



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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)



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



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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:


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


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.




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



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:



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:


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.



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



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.



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)



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.



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.



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.



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 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 and see the video at



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.



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.



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 and the video can be viewed in full HD at .



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.



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 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)



            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.



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.



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.



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



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 O’Neal 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.



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.



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.




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.



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.



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 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.



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



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


There was a three car crash at US 70 Business and South Fayetteville Street around 10pm Tuesday night.  Two of the drivers were injured and transported to WakeMed and one lane of US 70 was closed for about 30 minutes.  Clayton PD is investigating the crash.  Clayton Fire, Johnston County EMS and 50-210 EMS responded.
A firefighter with the Justice Fire Department in Franklin County was killed around 5:10pm today when the tanker truck he was driving crashed on Sykes Road.  Units were enroute to a structure fire in Lake Royale when the crash happened.  A second firefighter was injured and has been treated and released from WakeMed.  I will update as more information becomes available.
One woman was rushed to WakeMed around 4am Sunday after her vehicle overturned on the Clayton bypass.  The crash occurred in the east bound lane under the Cornwallis Road bridge and involved only one vehicle.  Emergency crews arrived to find a female lying in the roadway with serious injuries.  Johnston County EMS crews quickly loaded the patient into a waiting ambulance and rushed her to the trauma center.  There were no other occupants in the vehicle.  SHP in investigating the crash.  Clayton FD and Cleveland FD assisted.
Luckily, there were no injuries in this crash on NC 210 near Plainview Church Road tonight around 9:30 pm.  50-210 Fire and EMS responded and the NC SHP is investigating.
FATAL CRASH ON I-40 – GARNER (9-7-2014)
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a double fatal crash that occurred on I-40 early this morning.  The crash happened just after 12:30 on I-40 west bound between the 308 and 309 mile marker, just past the Clayton bypass.  NCSHP Sgt. Michael Baker released a statement today advising that a Chevrolet passenger vehicle driven by  Kevin Lamont Johnson of 2801 Midway Park, Raleigh was traveling west on I-40.  Mr. Johnson was traveling in the far right westbound lane at a very slow speed due to a flat tire.  Two other passenger vehicles, one driven by Jermaine Judd of 6034 Colonial Dr. Raleigh, were also traveling west on I-40.  The operator of the vehicle in front of Mr. Judd observed the slower moving vehicle and made an evasive maneuver around it.  Mr. Judd, unable to react, struck the Chevrolet in the rear.  As a result of the impact, Mr. Johnson was killed.There were three passengers in the vehicle with Mr. Johnson.
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.
Passenger 3 – Ms. Johnson’s daughter, rear passenger, transported to Wake Med. Name not released due to age.Mr. Judd was transported to Wake Med with serious injuries.The Highway Patrol has contacted the Wake County DA’s office in reference to any charges that could be filed.
Goldsboro PD and Wayne Co EMS responded to the Walmart parking lot in the rosewood community Saturday night about 11:30 to a reported shooting.  An 18 year old male was shot and rushed to Wayne Memorial Hospital.  Goldsboro PD is investigating the incident.  According to the Goldsboro Daily News, the suspect and victim were acquaintances.
Buies Creek firefighters were dispatched to a fire alarm Sunday afternoon at 250 Main Street, Campbell University.  While enroute, campus security reported smoke inside the gymnasium at that location.  The call was upgraded to a commercial structure fire and Lillington FD was added to the response.  Units arrived, investigated and determined the origin of the smoke was fan motors in a basement locker room.  The FD removed smoke from the structure and returned to service.
Selma PD is investigating a serious crash that occurred Saturday night at the corner of North Webb Street and Lizzie Street.  The crash happened when a pickup truck struck a passenger car, sending it into the guide wires of a power pole.  The two people in the passenger car were transported by Selma EMS to JMC-Smithfield and the driver of the truck was transported by Johnston County EMS to JMC-Smithfield.  Selma Fire and Selma utilities also responded.
Pine Level, Brodgen and Princeton firefighters were called to a mobile home fire Saturday afternoon on Leafwood Court off of Country Store Road.  Units arrived to find heavy fire conditions in the rear of the mobile home.  Aggressive firefighting rendered the fire under control fairly quickly.  A family of six is displaced and was assisted on scene by the Red Cross.  A Johnston County fire investigator was called to the scene to investigate the blaze.  Selma EMS provided rehab for the firefighters.  There were no reported injuries.  Please check out additional photos at
Selma PD is investigating a crash that happened Saturday afternoon on US 70A just off US 70 near the Robin’s Nest restaurant.  There were a total of seven people in the two vehicles; however, only two people required ambulance transportation.  Selma Fire and Selma EMS also responded to the crash.
The Clayton Police Department hosted a very successful checkpoint Saturday night.  The multi-agency checkpoint consisted of a primary and secondary location to help catch those who try to avoid checkpoints.  JCSO, SHP, Smithfield PD, Kenly PD, Princeton PD, Wilson’s Mills PD and the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office all had representation present who assisted with the operation.  MADD was on site and provided refreshments for the officers and even provided a meal during the checkpoint briefing.  The following is a list of charges from the event:
Drug charges – 21
Assault on LEO – 1
Resist Delay Obstruct – 1
License Restriction – 1
NOL – 28
Open Container – 8
Expired Registration – 15
DWLR – 7
Underage Drinking – 1
Expired Inspection – 4
Fail to change address – 1
Safe Movement – 1
Clayton firefighters quickly extinguished this dumpster fire on US 70 Business beside the former “Barmuda Triangle” building.  Engine 2, Engine 5, Battalion Chief 2 and Clayton PD responded.  Check out the action in this video clip:
Bentonville firefighters were dispatched to a water rescue on the Neuse River Saturday afternoon.  Emergency crews were called to the river access on Richardson Bridge Road and were told that 2 kayakers had fallen into the water and were in distress.  Mutual aid units from Wayne County included the Grantham Fire Department, Wayne County EMS and the Arr-Mac Water Response Team.  Johnston County Sheriff’s Office boat team also responded.  The kayakers were located and rescued from the river and were taken to the Ferry Bridge Road river access where Wayne County emergency crews evaluated them.  Nobody was transported to the hospital.  Contributed photos.
HOUSE FIRE – CLAYTON (8-16-2014)
Clayton, Wilson’s Mills and Cleveland Fire Departments were dispatched a mobile home fire in the 100-block of Cruz Jeffries Road off of Ranch Road, just outside of Clayton, Saturday afternoon.  Firefighters arrived to find a single-wide mobile home with heavy fire conditions and flames coming through the roof.  Firefighters arrived and made an aggressive interior attack, extinguishing the flames.  Johnston County EMS provided rehab for the firefighters.  The resident escaped without injury and was assisted by the Red Cross.  Fire investigators determined the cause to be an air conditioning unit.  There are over 100 photos at and video is posted at
HOUSE FIRE – SELMA (8-13-2014)
Selma and Thanksgiving firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire Wednesday afternoon on Carmil Drive off of Live Oak Church Road.  Responding units quickly reported seeing a large column of smoke from several miles away.  First-in units reported the single-story residence to be fully involved upon arrival, requested Wilson’s Mills FD for an additional mutual aid and a re-page of Selma FD for additional personnel.  Selma EMS and JCEMS Medic 1 established rehab and Johnston County Animal Services responded to secure two dogs reportedly tied to the residence.  The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to the scene.  The residents were not at home at the time of the fire.  There are over 150 photos posted to and video has been posted to
Archer Lodge Firefighter Woodrow “Ethan” Swecker was laid to rest Sunday in Clayton.  The beautiful service was held at Hocutt Baptist Church and the burial at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens.  Firefighters from Johnston and surrounding counties attended and would have made Ethan proud.  To see all of the photos, use the following link:
Clayton PD charged a driver with DWI, Careless and Reckless and violating a driver license restriction after this serious crash around 2am Saturday.  The single vehicle crash occurred on Amelia Church Road at Shotwell Road.  Both occupants were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by Clayton Fire Department.  They were then rushed by JCEMS to WakeMed.
The Archer Lodge FD and all local emergency personnel are mourning the death of 17 year old Ethan Swecker, a volunteer firefighter with the Archer Lodge Fire Department.  Ethan was critically injured in an accident in Oklahoma and died Monday of his injuries. I will keep you advised of arrangements.  Ethan was an outstanding young man and I will certainly miss seeing him on calls.  He was always kind to me and took time out to speak.
A man died as his fiancee and young children watched in horror Sunday afternoon on I-95 in Benson.  The crash happened around 2pm on I-95 south bound, just south of the I-40 interchange.  According to bystanders, a vehicle had pulled over beside I-95 and a man was standing beside his vehicle tending to a child in the backseat when another vehicle slammed into the man and his vehicle.  Bystanders performed CPR on the man and EMS workers tried to revive him; however, he died on scene.  The fiancee and two small children were rushed to WakeMed in Raleigh.  There were two people in the vehicle that struck the family.  They were evaluated on scene and refused transportation to the hospital.  A second crash happened just north of this crash and two people were treated and released on scene.  Benson Fire Department, Johnston County EMS, Four Oaks EMS, 50-210 EMS and JCSO responded in addition to SHP.  The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.  There are more photos on my FLICKR site and video can be seen at:
Four Oaks, Elevation and Smithfield firefighters were called to a residence in the 700 block of Lee Public Rd, in Four Oaks, Saturday night.  The fire broke out shortly after 9pm.  The resident was not at home at the time and was called and told smoke was coming out of his house.  Emergency workers arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the residence.  Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control.  The resident was treated on scene for a medical emergency. The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene to investigate the cause.  Four Oaks and Johnston County EMS also responded.  (Contributed photo)
Fire personnel from all over the southeastern US are in Raleigh this week attending the 2014 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in Raleigh.  There are over 100 vehicles on display, a multitude of vendors, and many events to keep everyone busy.  I ran into several members of the JCC Fire Academy today at the Expo.  They were excited to see the various apparatus and equipment displays and represented JCC and our County very well in their uniforms.
Garner Engine 4 responded to a reported vehicle fire in the parking lot of PetSmart on Shenstone Blvd in White Oak Crossings.  Upon arrival it was determined there was a mechanical issue with the vehicle but no fire.
Clayton PD has made an arrest in its first homicide in seven years.  50 year old Carlos Luis Rubio was stabbed around 10pm last night behind the Clayton Mart on East Main Street.  He was rushed to WakeMed where he died a short time later.  An intense investigation and search, including the use of Clayton’s newest K9 Abel, found the suspect hiding under a warehouse Sunday morning.  Jose Louis Ramirez Delgado, 53, of Clayton was arrested and is charged with homicide.  He is in the Johnston County Jail.
The Selma Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on US 70 East at Industrial Park Drive shortly after 2pm Saturday.  The crash involved two vehicles and one person was killed. Selma Fire and Selma EMS also responded.
Wake County Sheriff’s investigators are working around the clock to determine exactly what happened at 236 Howard Road outside of Fuquay.  Emergency workers were called to the residence at 1:10pm Saturday after a relative performed a welfare check.  Sheriff Donnie Harrison told JOCOFIRE.COM that there were two deceased persons found inside the home and that law enforcement officers are looking for a Gold, 1995 Mitsubishi four door NC registration NWT5382.  The victims have since been identified as 66 year old David McCoy and 78 year old Arthur Brown, both of whom reside at that residence.  Sheriff Harrison indicated late last night that he believes someone forced entry into the residence.  At this time, he is not saying how the gentlemen died.
Several downtown residents and a church were evacuated Saturday morning after a resident accidently cut a natural gas line while working on fence.  The incident happened at 211 South Church Street shortly before 10am.  The Clayton Fire Department quickly arrived and began evacuating the area.  All of the residents in the 200 block of South Church Street and several workers at Horne Memorial United Methodist Church were evacuated as a precaution.  Clayton PD assisted with traffic control by blocking Church Street at Second Street.  Piedmont Natural Gas workers responded in about an hour and clamped off the line rendering the area safe.
An 18 year old female was seriously injured after being thrown from her car in this Friday afternoon crash.  Wilson’s Mills firefighters arrived in the 200 block of Lee Road shortly after noon to find the young driver lying on the ground beside the vehicle.  Johnston County EMS rushed her to WakeMed.  The NCSHP is investigating the crash.
FATAL MVC- CLAYTON (7-16-2014)
The Clayton Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that occurred shortly after 7am this morning on Barber Mill Road at the intersection of Dairy Road.  Emergency workers arrived to find the passenger unconscious and not breathing.  CPR was initiated and the patient was rushed to WakeMed where they died.  The driver was transported to JMC-Clayton and later transferred by JAS to WakeMed with serious injuries.  Clayton Fire, Johnston County EMS and 50-210 EMS also responded to the scene.

Clayton Firefighters Brian Buckman (center) and Stephen Smith (right) demonstrate the use of rescue equipment to the new firefighters.




The Town of Clayton Fire Department hosted a Firefighter Orientation and Safety class at Clayton Station 1 this weekend.  New recruits from Clayton FD along with a few from other departments attended the class that was taught through Johnston Community College.
A Krispy Kreme Doughnut delivery truck overturned around 11pm last night on the US 70 Bypass West Bound at the I-40 East Bound ramp.  The driver received minor injuries and was transported by Wake County EMS to JMC-Clayton.  SHP is investigating.  Garner Fire also responded.  A Johnston Ambulance Service unit returning to Craven County stopped and rendered aid until EMS arrived.
There was a house fire near Meadow Wednesday evening on Holly Grove Road near Bear Road.  Meadow FD, Benson FD, Blackman’s Crossroads FD and Johnston County EMS responded.  Photo by Stephen Fowler/JOCOFIRE.COM
Clayton Fire, JCEMS and SHP were dispatched to a serious crash in the 200 block of Ranch Road early Sunday morning just around the corner from the home invasion and shooting.  A vehicle with four occupants left the roadway, broke a power pole in half and overturned in the front yard of a residence, striking a parked car in the driveway.  During the crash, a 25 year old male was partially ejected and pinned under the vehicle.  Firefighters used hydraulic tools to lift the vehicle and free the injured patient.  He was rushed by JCEMS to WakeMed.  One of the other occupants was transported to a local hospital and everyone else refused transport.  The Cleveland Fire Department responded with additional rescue equipment and personnel to assist.  Clayton PD and JCSO also assisted on scene.  See more pics at
JCSO was dispatched to a reported home invasion on Glenn Street off of Ranch Road outside of Clayton early Sunday morning.  Deputies arrived to find a male subject with gunshot wounds.  He was rushed by Johnston County EMS to WakeMed with serious injuries.  Clayton PD responded to the scene to assist the deputies.  JCSO is investigating the incident.
A driver received only minor injuries after a fiery crash on Cleveland Road shortly after midnight Sunday morning.  The crash happened on Cleveland Road between NC 42 West and North Shiloh Road.  The vehicle left the roadway, clipped the guide wire to a power pole, landed in the woods and caught fire.  The driver was evaluated on scene and refused transport to the hospital.  Cleveland Fire, JCEMS and SHP responded.  Additional photos can be found at and video is posted to
A family of four were struck from behind by a vehicle traveling at a high velocity on US 70, east bound at Swift Creek Road Saturday evening about 6:30pm.  A 13 year old was pinned in the back seat and was rushed to WakeMed with serious injuries.  One other person received serious injuries as a result of the crash.  A total of 4 patients were transported by EMS.  Wilson’s Mill Fire Department, Johnston County EMS, Selma EMS, Wilson’s Mills PD and SHP responded.  Wilson’s Mills PD is handling the investigation.  See video in full HD at: and additional photos at
      A family escaped serious injury after their vehicle left the roadway and ran into the woods on US 70 at Granny Farm Lane near the Johnston/Wake County line.  Garner Fire, Wake County EMS and NCSHP responded to the scene.  Everyone appeared to have only minor injuries.
There was a shooting early Saturday morning at the Mambo Club in the 500-block of Brogden Rd in Smithfield.  It is reported that a male was taken by private vehicle to Johnston Health in Smithfield with gunshot wounds.  Smithfield Police and Johnston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene to investigate.  An additional patient was evaluated by EMS on scene at the Mambo Club but was not transported.
A trailer caught fire today and quickly spread into the woods on US 301 near South Johnston High School.  The Benson, Elevation and Four Oaks fire departments responded.
A 17 year old walked away from this crash Sunday night on Thanksgiving Fire Road near Covered Bridge Road.  The crash happened around 11pm.  Witnesses saw the driver pass several vehicles before the crash.  The driver told bystanders on scene that he had been diving about 90 mph.  The Chevrolet Camaro left the roadway, struck several trees, a driveway culvert and went airborne striking a Duke Energy power pole in mid-air before coming to rest.  He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  Archer Lodge FD, Johnston County EMS and SHP responded.  Trooper Bryan Barbour is investigating the crash.
CLAYTON FD AT WORK (6-29-2014)
I caught this photo of CFD Firefighter Bryan Belvin operating Engine 5 tonight.  They were dispatched to an outside fire but arrived to find the fire was out on Averasboro Drive.
Two people received minor injuries in this single vehicle crash Sunday night on Amelia Church Rd just outside of Clayton.  Clayton Fire, Johnston County EMS, Clayton PD and SHP responded.  SHP is investigating.
A 21 year old man was killed earlier today when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed in the 3600-block of Old Fairground Road near Zack’s Mill Road.  The motorcyclist died at the scene.  50-210 FD, 50-210 EMS, JCEMS, NCSHP and Johnston Ambulance Service responded to the scene.  There are many more photos on my FLICKR site.
There was a serious crash on I-40 near the 334 mile marker Tuesday afternoon around 6pm.  It was reported that a west bound passenger car left the roadway, struck the median cables and crossed them.  In the process on of the occupant’s arms was amputated.  Witnesses say good Samaritans applied a belt as a tourniquet to help until EMS arrived.  Johnston County EMS 54 rushed the man to WakeMed for the treatment of his injuries.  SHP is investigating.  Meadow Fire Department assisted on scene.
Two Johnston County Sheriff’s Office deputies were recently cited for bravery and were named Officers of the Month by Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle.  Deputy Britton Lock and Deputy Chuck Arnold were cited for their bravery May 18th when they pulled a man from a burning car that had crashed near Four Oaks.  While Deputy Arnold worked to extinguish the flames, Deputy Lock worked to pull the victim from his burning vehicle. “Deputy Arnold and Deputy Lock risked their own lives to save another,” Doyle said.  Photo courtesy WTSB.
Smithfield and Selma firefighters were called to a reported structure fire behind the Burgess Machine Shop at South Fifth Street and Dundee Street in Smithfield shortly after noon Sunday afternoon.  Smithfield PD arrived reporting that two structures were involved.  Firefighters arrived and quickly contained the blaze.  Johnston County EMS also responded.
SHP received a report of a reckless driver on a motorcycle near Clayton, Saturday afternoon.  A trooper spotted the motorcycle speeding on US 70 near Selma and gave chase.  The driver lost control and crashed his motorcycle on US 70 near Community Drive in the Rosewood area of Wayne County and died at the scene.  Wayne County EMS and Rosewood Fire Department also responded.
Officers serving a warrant discovered not one but two meth labs actively cooking methamphetamines at the Travelers Inn on NC 96 at US 701, Saturday morning.  Officers discovered the first meth lab and went to a neighboring room to evacuate the occupants and discovered them actively cooking methamphetamines as well.  In all, 6 people were arrested and two small children were taken into the custody of DSS and transported by Four Oaks EMS to JMC-Smithfield.  Johnston County Emergency Management responded to the scene to decontaminate everyone involved before they could be taken to jail or to the hospital.  The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Four Oaks PD, the NC SBI, Four Oaks Fire Department, Four Oaks EMS, and Johnston County Emergency Services all responded to the scene.  WTSB photos
One man was injured when he crashed his vehicle into a tree in the 8000-blk of Raleigh Road, Saturday afternoon.  The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle and was trapped inside until Elevation firefighters could free him using hydraulic tools.  50-210 EMS transported the man to WakeMed in Raleigh for the treatment of his injuries.  Medic 3 also responded.  SHP is investigating.
Clayton FD responded to a working vehicle fire on East Main Street near Lombard Street shortly after 1pm Sunday.  Units arrived to find heavy fire conditions with flames shooting high in the air beside a two story historic building in downtown.  Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames and prevent the fire from spreading into the structure.  Clayton PD provided traffic control and closed down Main Street for about an hour.
The driver of this vehicle fled the scene prior to the arrival of emergency crews, Sunday morning just after midnight.  Crews arrived to find a single vehicle crash with no one around the vehicle.  Cleveland FD, JCEMS and SHP responded.
HOUSE FIRE – GARNER (6-7-2014)
Garner firefighters were called to a residential structure fire shortly after 8 tonight in the 400 block of Hilltop Avenue, just down from Garner Station 1.  Units arrived to find a working fire and quickly extinguished same.  An occupant of the house said he fell asleep while smoking.  A Wake County fire investigator responded to the scene and Garner PD was also on scene.  Garner Engine 1, Engine 3, Engine 4, Rescue 1, Battalion Chief 1, Raleigh Engine 10, and Wake County EMS also responded.  There are a few more pics on my FLICKR page.
Firefighters were called to a reported house fire on Nicklaus Way in the Willowbrook Subdivision near the Johnston/Wake County line Sunday evening.  Clayton FD arrived to find fire in the crawlspace of the residence and smoke billowing out of the home.  The fire was quickly extinguished and firefighters cleared the residence of smoke.  The homeowner was treated by EMS crews on scene after collapsing. Clayton FD, Garner FD, Archer Lodge FD, Eastern Wake FD and Cleveland FD responded along with Johnston County EMS.
There was a serious crash on NC 222 Hwy at Antioch Church Rd Sunday afternoon.  The driver was rushed to WakeMed with a serious fracture to his arm.  The passenger received minor injuries and was not transported.  According to the passenger a vehicle ran them off the road and their Eclipse convertible overturned.  Based on the damage, it’s a wonder anyone survived.  Johnston County EMS, Antioch Fire, JCSO and SHP responded.  SHP is investigating incident.
A Saturday evening fire in the Bentonville community destroyed a mobile home.  The homeowner told authorities that was cooking and had stepped outside for a moment.  He returned to find the residence on fire.  Firefighters quickly arrived and worked for several hours to get the fire extinguished.  Extensive mutual aid was called in from Strickland’s Crossroads, Jordan’s Chapel, Newton Grove, Blackman’s Crossroads, Meadow and Vann Crossroads.  Multiple EMS units responded from the Four Oaks and Johnston County EMS.  One firefighter was treated on scene for a heat related illness; however, did not require hospitalization.  The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene.
The Elevation Fire Department celebrated 50 years of service Saturday with an open house.  The event was well attended by members of the community, neighboring fire departments and other special guests.  There were numerous activities for children, displays of fire equipment, a display by the North Carolina Forestry Service, and a display by 50-210 EMS.
Perhaps the highlight of the day was the presentation of awards to two firefighters.  Mr. Jerry Allen of the Elevation community was recognized for 50 years of service to the fire department.  He continues to be an active member and is well respected by firefighters all over Johnston County.  He caught off guard and surprised by Fire Commissioner Chad Stewart who awarded him the Order of the Longleaf Pine.  This award is the highest civilian honor awarded in the State of North Carolina by the Governor.
Firefighter Steven Moore was also recognized and presented with a $2,000 scholarship awarded by the North Carolina State Fireman’s Association.  Steven is currently pursuing an associates degree in the fire service program at a local community college.

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