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Officer confirms cause of boat mishap


The Daily Reflector

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Saturday said a man involved in a boating mishap with this two children on the Tar River earlier this month hit a submerged object, which caused him to crash.

John James Whitehurst, 34, of Greenville, suffered a head wound as a result of the May 1 crash near Pactolus and was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center. His two children were transported by ambulance.

Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer Samaria Burnette released the cause of the mishap on Saturday as well as Whitehurst’s name. She said on Friday her full report would not be available for a month or more.

In a recording of a 40-minute 911 call after the incident, Whitehurst told dispatchers that he thought he hit something in the river. He said that caused a wreck which tore the top off of the boat, a Reddick Bayrunner.

“The boat's on land, my kids are fine and I have a big, terrible gash in my head,” he told dispatchers. “I have no idea what just happened. I'm west of Yankee Hall and Washington. I'm bleeding terribly. The kids have a life jacket on, I do not.” 

Whitehurst said his children were ages 4 and 2. A dog also was rescued. An update on his condition was not available from Vidant Medical Center on Saturday.

Whitehurst and his family launched the craft from Port Terminal in Greenville. The wreck was reported at 5:13 p.m. Greenville, Pactolus and Eastern Pines fire and rescue departments responded in addition to EastCare and the wildlife service.


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Crime and Rescue

October 20, 2018

A 27-year-old woman was shot outside of a Greenville residence early on Thursday, according to a case report released by the Greenville Police Department.

The incident took place between 12:30-12:43 a.m. in the 2100 block of Pendleton Street, according to the report.

GPD Public Information Officer…

October 20, 2018

Greenville Fire-Rescue responded to more than 432 fire and EMS calls from Oct. 11-17. Following is a breakdown:


Oct. 11

■ 7:54 a.m. — motor vehicle accident with injuries at 1360 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Cleared 8:29 a.m.

■ 9:57 a.m. — public service at 1026 Red Banks Road.…

October 19, 2018

A man and woman suffered moderate injuries when they were cut in a domestic dispute early Tuesday, according to a case report released by the Greenville Police Department.

The incident took place about 1:43 a.m. on Tuesday at the couple’s home on West Ford Street, according to the report…

October 18, 2018

A pit bull named Ryder is being hailed a hero after digging up a fully loaded revolver that was wrapped in a T-shirt and placed in a plastic grocery bag that was buried under a stairwell. 

Greenville Police officers Misty Edwards and Ashley Allen were dispatched on Tuesday about 4:45 p.m. to…


October 18, 2018

A federal judge sentenced a Farmville man to 7.5 years in prison on drug conspiracy charges Tuesday according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

United States District Judge, James C. Dever III sentenced James Antron Dildy, 38, of Farmville to 90 months imprisonment, followed by six…

October 18, 2018

A third man has been arrested and charged in a recent drug trafficking bust that was the result of a routine traffic stop.

Luis Alfonso Lobo 49, of Norcross, Ga.,has been arrested and charged with trafficking and conspiracy to traffic heroin according to Greenville Police.  Lobo is charged…


October 17, 2018

Greenville Police detectives arrested and charged a Greenville man with attempted murder after they said he tried to kill a woman by slamming a TV over her head numerous times on Monday morning.

The Greenville Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team arrested 48-year-old Donnell…


October 17, 2018

Members of the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force along with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, and the United States Federal Probation Office arrested and charged a man and woman on cocaine trafficking charges around 4 p.m.on Tuesday following a two-month-long investigation, a…


October 17, 2018

Greenville Police Department seized 4.4 lbs of heroin during a traffic stop on Monday night, near Arlington Blvd and Stantonsburg Road, according to a department news release issued Tuesday. 

The heroin, which police said has a value of $500,000, was concealed in a natural void in one of the…


October 17, 2018

A concerned city resident called the police on Monday morning after noticing a 33-year-old woman walking down the street with severe lacerations to the head, according to Kristen Hunter, public information officer for the Greenville Police Department. 

The victim was seen walking near the area…

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