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That’s all, folks…

Lindell Kay | 2007-12 | Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The new crime reporter hit the ground running Tuesday with stories about rape, a school bus crash and a dead alligator. Welcome to Onslow County! So this is the end of the road for the blog. I wrote about it Monday’s column. I’ll miss the blog. I still talk about reporting sometimes on my Facebook [...]

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THIS BLOG’S MOST COMPELLING CRIME STORIES – No. 1

Lindell Kay | 2007-12 | Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

I have compiled what I believe to the 10 most captivating local crime stories of the last year. These are the stories that got our readership talking. No. 1: “Half Moon” Although convicted murderer Cesar Laurean has been behind bars since April 2008, his infamous crime of killing Maria Lauterbach with a crowbar then burying [...]

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THIS BLOG’S MOST COMPELLING CRIME STORIES – No. 2

Lindell Kay | 2007-12 | Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

I have compiled what I believe to the 10 most captivating local crime stories of the last year. These are the stories that got our readership talking. No. 2: “cold case homicide” For more than a year, The Daily News featured local unsolved homicides on the front page each Sunday. In each case, the newspaper [...]

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THIS BLOG’S MOST COMPELLING CRIME STORIES – No. 3

Lindell Kay | 2007-12 | Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

I have compiled what I believe to the 10 most captivating local crime stories of the last year. These are the stories that got our readership talking. No. 3: “JHW-018.” The popularity of spice and bath salts hit the tipping point in 2010 as military members substituted the synthetic for marijuana since it left no [...]

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THIS BLOG’S MOST COMPELLING CRIME STORIES – No. 4

Lindell Kay | 2007-12 | Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

I have compiled what I believe to the 10 most captivating local crime stories of the last year. These are the stories that got our readership talking. No. 4: “Bad Water” The substances found in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water until the 1980s: TCE, LEAD, DDT, ARSENIC, CYANIDE, MERCURY, ACETONE, CHLOROFORM, BENZENE, ZINC, PCB, CADMIUM, TETRACHLOROETHANE, [...]

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THIS BLOG’S MOST COMPELLING CRIME STORIES – No. 5

Lindell Kay | 2007-12 | Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

I have compiled what I believe to the 10 most captivating local crime stories of the last year. These are the stories that got our readership talking. No. 5: “odog” A womanizing horndog who raped and molested his way across the country, Christopher Oden ended up in Onslow County as a Marine Corps sergeant. He [...]

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THIS BLOG’S MOST COMPELLING CRIME STORIES – No. 6

Lindell Kay | 2007-12 | Saturday, September 1st, 2012

I have compiled what I believe to the 10 most captivating local crime stories of the last year. These are the stories that got our readership talking. No. 6: “Justified.” In the last couple of years three local incidents have underscored the importance of our right to bare firearms. A reserve deputy was forced to [...]

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THIS BLOG’S MOST COMPELLING CRIME STORIES – No. 7

Lindell Kay | 2007-12 | Friday, August 31st, 2012

I have compiled what I believe to the 10 most captivating local crime stories of the last year. These are the stories that got our readership talking. No. 7: “In the public eye” Each year in the No. 7 spot of the blog’s countdown, I chronicled all the boneheaded mistakes made by politicians. Since I [...]

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THIS BLOG’S MOST COMPELLING CRIME STORIES – No. 8

Lindell Kay | 2007-12 | Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

I have compiled what I believe to the 10 most captivating local crime stories of the last year. These are the stories that got our readership talking. No. 8: “Poisoned” At the 2008 close of a trial five years in the making, an Onslow County jury found Carolyn Futrell guilty of manslaughter in April in [...]

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THIS BLOG’S MOST COMPELLING CRIME STORIES – No. 9

Lindell Kay | 2007-12 | Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

I have compiled what I believe to the 10 most captivating local crime stories of the last year. These are the stories that got our readership talking. No. 9: “Steve and Gene” Smoke from a forest fire aboard Camp Lejeune clouded U.S. 17 on an early morning in mid-June 2008. Motorists wrecked and authorities responded. [...]

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THIS BLOG’S MOST COMPELLING CRIME STORIES – No. 10

Lindell Kay | 2007-12 | Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

I have compiled what I believe to the 10 most captivating local crime stories of the last year. These are the stories that got our readership talking. No. 10: “Guns and Gear” Published earlier this year, my story of Marine officers involved in one of the largest black market bilkings in military history ran in [...]

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End of the road

Lindell Kay | HOME PAGE | Saturday, August 25th, 2012

I am writing a column for the Sept. 3 edition of the newspaper to explain why this blog is coming to an end. But I wanted to tell of you first. For four years this blog was a big part of my life and career, but with the rise of social media and the newspaper [...]

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Too young to die

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,local crime,Marine Corps | Monday, June 25th, 2012

Spent Sunday morning knocking on doors in the neighborhood where a 15-year-old girl was stabbed then shot to death during an alleged domestic dispute between her older sister and her Marine boyfriend. 15 is just too damn young to be caught up in all that drama. Read the news. Here are a few photos of [...]

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First, do no harm

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,intriguing cases,local crime,Marine Corps | Monday, June 18th, 2012

Video of the suspects being booked into jail. ———————————————————————— Two active duty Navy corpsmen and one who was recently discharged were arrested Friday in the shooting deaths of a Carteret County father and son. Investigators detailed the case at a press conference Monday. Read the latest news from the press conference. Read the arrest news. [...]

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Teacher of the Year

Lindell Kay | local crime | Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Jacksonville High School’s band director has been charged with having sex with a student. Read the news. Mike McHugh snapped this cellphone photo of Chris Howard being arrested at JHS on Wednesday morning: Chris Howard was the school’s teacher of the year 2010-11. He is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female [...]

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Fundraising

Lindell Kay | Closer Look | Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

I’ve been contacted by several local fundraising vets who are upset with a Navy wife who has been the promoter of two failed concerts linked to military charities. Lauren Peterson from her twitter account: Read the news.

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Bigamy

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,local crime | Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

A woman married to a Jacksonville man who married another woman appears happy to now be divorced, according to her Facebook page. Read the news. -

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Happy to Hell

Lindell Kay | intriguing cases,local crime,Marine Corps | Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

New reporter Amanda Wilcox, with Mike McHugh’s help, wrote a compelling article about a Marine involved in a murder/suicide late last week. Read the news. They have a good follow-up for today’s newspaper. Check it out. The Marine who killed his wife’s lover before killing himself cried out in many ways. One of them was [...]

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Kaiser and Krout

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,local crime,Marine Corps | Friday, May 18th, 2012

Two Camp Lejeune Marines face accusations of rape in what one official called the worst rape and sodomy case they had ever seen. Read the news. After the story was published, 1st Lt. Kristen McCarthy, the deputy public affairs officer for the 2nd Marine Division, sent me an email clarifying that Kaiser and Krout have [...]

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Guns and gear

Lindell Kay | intriguing cases,local crime,Marine Corps,N.C. Crime | Friday, May 18th, 2012

Much more will be reported on this case by the time it’s all over with. The story was picked up by The Associated Press and ran all over the world. Read our initial report. And the follow up. The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS report. The weapons and combat equipment were sold online to China, but [...]

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Cold case ear biting

Lindell Kay | Cold Cases,intriguing cases,local crime,N.C. Crime | Monday, May 14th, 2012

Cops think they’ve solved an ear-biting cold case with the arrest of a Hubert man accused in another more recent chopping case. Read the news. The police press release. The victim’s ear:

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Darling’s death -UPDATED

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,local crime,Marine Corps | Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Mike McHugh sent me pictures he took of the crime scene photos the D.A. presented during his press conference. I share them now – 111 Fieldcrest Drive: The window: The broken screen: ————————————————————————————————– David Darling was killed April 8. His death was determined to be justified by District Attorney Ernie Lee based on the state’s [...]

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Shooting wrap-up

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,local crime,Marine Corps | Monday, April 30th, 2012

Mike McHugh and I spoke today with the Marine who killed two home intruders April 15. Read previous post. He was well-spoken and polite, but said he didn’t want to comment at length about the incident. He said he thought the media coverage of what happened was fair and the community has been supportive. He [...]

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A man’s home is his castle

Maurice Skinner and Diego Everette were killed April 15. “These deaths, although tragic for the decedents’ families, are justified pursuant to the facts and circumstances of this investigation and the law of North Carolina.” – District Attorney Ernie Lee. Lee said the state’s newly updated Castle Doctrine applies in the case. Read the news. The article [...]

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Operation Pipe Hitters

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,local crime | Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Elizabeth Tourish lets Daily News photographer Don Bryan know how she feels during her booking process Saturday after being arrested on charges of selling cocaine, delivering cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance: Read the news. A complete list of those arrested or still being sought will be available later in the week. [...]

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On the ball

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,crime grind | Saturday, April 21st, 2012

A tipster sent me an email Friday to tell me about a drug search at Swansboro High School, saying they wanted to help me “get on the ball!!!!” Sigh. I knew about the drug search – which happens frequently (searches, not me knowing) – almost as soon as it began. Please don’t construe this post [...]

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Local lawyer gets DWI

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,local crime | Saturday, April 14th, 2012

A prominent Jacksonville lawyer was charged Thursday with driving while impaired and unsafe lane change. Deke Owens is a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of John Drew Warlick, which also lists his areas of practice as family law, criminal law and civil litigation. He was charged by Jacksonville Police Department officer Scott Eichelberger, [...]

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A long shadow

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,Marine Corps | Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Marine Col. Daniel Lecce is always first to crack a joke about his diminutive height, but there is nothing small about this Devil Dog. Lecce tackled tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms and wildfires during his two years as commander at Camp Lejeune. Read about his last few days on the job. Read about the change of command. [...]

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Local news is best.

Lindell Kay | straight up opinion | Monday, April 2nd, 2012

In my weekly column this week I talk about how news derived locally is usually better than national news, which is a lot of talking heads doing commentary and news analysis, which looks and sounds like news, but isn’t. An excerpt: We should all practice common sense discernment. My practiced method is to seek out [...]

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Image

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,intriguing cases | Sunday, March 25th, 2012

This is not a comment on the guilt or innocence of the community watchman who apparently shot and killed a teenager in Sanford, Fla., last month. This is a question of image and why the media is ignoring readily available photos showing  that teenager in a possibly different light. I’m not saying that dressing a [...]

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UPDATED – The obvious importance of seatbelts

Lindell Kay | Stand alones | Saturday, March 24th, 2012

This photo cleaned up enough to show the car that rolled last weekend in Bear Creek:   Took this photo on my phone Saturday night: Drowned out by all the spotlights is a smashed-up, rolled-over car. The trooper at the scene – Bear Creek Road between Bogue House II and my living room in Hubert [...]

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Why I believe what I do

Lindell Kay | straight up opinion | Friday, March 23rd, 2012

I grew up in a Christian home. I still hold onto many of those beliefs. I support the death penalty. I don’t like crime. I believe the Second Amendment isn’t about personal protection or hunting and sporting rights. It is, and always was, about an armed citizenry keeping its government in check. As such, I [...]

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Local businessman facing serious assault charges

Lindell Kay | local crime | Saturday, March 17th, 2012

The court case of an Emerald Isle businessman accused of assaulting a woman last year was continued Friday to a later date in N.C. District Court in Carteret County. Booking photo Douglas Craig Starcke, 31, is charged with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats. Starcke co-owns South Swell Surf Shop and [...]

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True Bill

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,Court Cases,local crime | Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Onslow County grand jury has indicted Timothy Akers on a open count of murder. Akers is accused of shooting a woman last year. Read the indictment. Read the news.

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Pay Your Taxes

Lindell Kay | Closer Look | Monday, March 12th, 2012

Jejuan James hasn’t paid his property taxes totaling $766.53 for 2011. He has a pretty good excuse: He’s been locked up in jail on attempted murder charges since December. Crime scene investigators looking over the car James is accused of shooting up: The Daily News published the complete tax list of property owners, including James, [...]

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Inmate Work Farms

Lindell Kay | Closer Look | Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Sheriff Ed Brown wants to use inmate labor to cultivate farmland. Read the news. The divining rod jokes were inevitable, but work farms seem like a good idea to me. Why should people convicted of a crime get to sit at a picnic table and play cards or watch TV all day long? Hate the [...]

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Laurean case on TV again

Lindell Kay | Cesar Laurean,Lauterbach case,local crime,Marine Corps | Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Investigation Discovery, one of my favorite cable networks, is featuring the Cesar Laurean case Saturday. I’ve seen the program and it is interesting. Read the news. The actor playing Sheriff Ed Brown doesn’t look much like the real deal, but other than that the re-enactments are good. Two photo stills from the show’s re-enactments- Laurean [...]

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Causes

Lindell Kay | Closer Look | Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Smoke inhalation caused the deaths of three children in last week’s Southwest area house fire, according to medical examiners. The fire was the result of a malfunctioning refrigerator, according to the N.C. SBI. Read the news. Tabitha Pittman, 12; Elijah Pittman, 8; and Gabriel Pittman, 6. Funeral arrangements haven’t been made. -

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Pretty cool

Lindell Kay | Stand alones | Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

This photo – taken in moving traffic over the back of a flatbed truck – shows JPD Chief Mike Yaniero pulling over a cabbie on Tuesday afternoon: Mike McHugh and I were on the way to the courthouse and couldn’t stop, but I called Yaniero. He said the guy littered right in front of him [...]

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Real Heroes

Lindell Kay | straight up opinion | Monday, February 27th, 2012

In this column I talk a lot about Weldon Ferrell who deserves every accolade he receives. The other deputy who responded with Ferrell and tried to get the kids out of the burning house was Mike Hardison. He is also a good example of the character it takes to be a law enforcement officer everyday. [...]

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Good grief, part two.

Lindell Kay | Onslow Politics | Friday, February 24th, 2012

I’ve made no secret that I’m a Democrat, but if they keep getting me into hot water I’m going to have to start hanging out with a different crowd. Just days after someone accused me of buddying up to the sheriff, a Democrat, I’ve been questioned as to whether I am paying too much attention [...]

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Deadly House Fire

Lindell Kay | Stand alones,storms and such | Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

This morning’s deadly house fire killed three children and hospitalized five more along with their mother. Read the news. Photos taken at the scene: Still smoldering at 6:40 a.m.: Putting out the last of the flames: U.S. 17 traffic control: Overhauling the house: Long, hot day: Norman Bryson, director of Onslow County Emergency Services, and [...]

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Good grief

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,reporting demystified,straight up opinion | Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Just posted this to my Facebook page: Holy smokes. I can’t take the innuendos anymore. It’s funny how many people think it’s a big deal who I go to the gym with. It’s never been a secret. I’ve seen court officials and cops there several times. I’m not hiding anything. Guess if we were playing [...]

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From cop of the year to next sheriff?

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,Onslow Politics | Monday, February 20th, 2012

Albert J. Ellis Airport Chief Hans Miller has been named Peace Officer of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars N.C. District 4, which covers much of eastern North Carolina. After receiving the award Miller spoke to family and friends, but stopped just shy of announcing his intention to run for Onslow County Sheriff. [...]

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Prison fire a point to ponder

Lindell Kay | Closer Look | Saturday, February 18th, 2012

With so much talk about the new Onslow County Jail’s smoke control system lately, it’s disturbing to see what happens when such a system doesn’t work…or is nonexistent… County Manager Jeff Hudson said it was better to be delayed than to rush into the building and then have a tragedy. While not a new building [...]

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Ignoring me doesn’t work… UPDATED

Lindell Kay | local crime | Monday, February 13th, 2012

UPDATED I spoke today with Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Perrigo, the SRO at White Oak High School. He said he was aware of the incident there and after an investigation determined the male student’s action not to be a sexual assault. He said the boy reached back and his arm hit the girl on the chest. [...]

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One track mind

Lindell Kay | Closer Look,crime grind,local crime | Friday, February 10th, 2012

Judging by the photos on his MySpace account, bank robbery suspect Rodney Milton had just one thing on his mind: Read the news of his arrest. Milton appears to be on parole in Pennsylvania. Not so easy to rob a bank in Jacksonville after all, huh?

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Court Street Shuffle – Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

Lindell Kay | Court Street Shuffle | Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

- According to reliable sources, John Giltz was home alone with Suzy Zemlick when she was shot. Read latest news. My favorite paragraph from that article? The homicide occurred on Monday. An arrest warrant for Giltz was issued Tuesday. He was arrested Thursday at around 11 a.m. A press conference was held at 3 p.m. SPD Chief [...]

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deputy rumor control

Lindell Kay | HOME PAGE | Friday, February 3rd, 2012

By default, it once again falls to me to perform a little rumor control. Yes, I am aware a deputy resigned from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office the same day The Daily News published a recent report on the sheriff’s collection from deputies of their private cellphones. Said deputy’s resignation has nothing to do with [...]

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Not Guilty

Lindell Kay | HOME PAGE | Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

It’s rare to see a not guilty verdict handed down at the Onslow County Superior Courthouse. But Brennan Listle left a free man yesterday when a jury of his peers determined he was not negligent in leaving alone his 22-month-old son in a fenced-in backyard with two dogs, one of which mauled the boy. Read [...]

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