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FEMA Approves Federal Disaster Aid For 12 More Counties PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 18 October 2019 09:43
FEMA has approved his request to add 12 more counties to those eligible to receive reimbursements for Hurricane Dorian response and recovery expenses.
 
“This approval means more towns and counties will be able to use federal funds to cover their storm response and clean-up costs so Dorian will not put their local budgets in a bind,” Governor Roy Cooper said.   
 
FEMA Public Assistance funding is now available to local governments, state agencies and certain private nonprofits in these counties: Beaufort, Camden, Columbus, Greene, Hoke, Lenoir, Onslow, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson and Wayne.
 
The 12 additional counties bring the total to 26 North Carolina counties designated for Public Assistance as part of the Hurricane Dorian major disaster declaration.  Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender, Sampson, Tyrrell, and Washington counties were included in President Trump’s initial major disaster declaration on Oct. 4.
 
Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program to reimburse eligible disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair or restoration of public facilities such as roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, public utilities, parks and recreational facilities. 
 
Governor Cooper may request additional counties be added to the Public Assistance declaration as more information is gathered.
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Cooper Asks Small Business Administration For Hurricane Dorian Disaster Declaration PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:07
Governor Roy Cooper has sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration requesting that the SBA grant a disaster declaration for North Carolina counties that were affected by Hurricane Dorian. This request is the first step in establishing a state relief program after FEMA denied North Carolina’s request for Individual Assistance for Carteret, Dare, Hyde and New Hanover Counties on October 8th. 
 
“I’m asking the SBA for assistance so we can get more state help to Hurricane Dorian survivors as quickly as possible. While it’s disappointing that federal government assistance for this was turned down, we know that North Carolinians should not leave each other behind,” said Governor Cooper. 
If granted, the declaration would provide low-interest disaster loans to people affected by Hurricane Dorian, and it would be the first piece of a state managed relief program for Dorian’s victims. The request is for assistance to affected individuals and businesses in Carteret, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover and all contiguous counties. 
 
Following the SBA declaration, Governor Cooper intends to sign an order for state-funded individual assistance which would provide grants to supplement SBA loans for Dorian affected individuals and businesses. The state will then open disaster recovery centers in affected counties for people to apply for SBA loans and state grants.
 
 
Goldsboro Man Convicted Of Fentanyal Distribution Which Resulted In Death PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 11 October 2019 09:31

RALEIGH– The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces that DONTE TERRILL KORNEGAY, A/K/A “BOSTON,” was found guilty by a federal jury sitting in New Bern on Friday, October 4, 2019, for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl, and Distribution of Fentanyl.

The case involved the overdose death by fentanyl of a twenty-one year old victim in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina.  Trial testimony and text messages and phone toll records recovered from witnesses’ cell phones established that on the night of April 6, 2016, the victim purchased fentanyl from a coconspirator, at the direction of KORNEGAY. In addition, the trial testimony revealed that prior to that night, KORNEGAY had been distributing heroin in the Sneads Ferry area since 2015.

At sentencing, which is scheduled for the February 2020 term of court,kornegayfaces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on each count, a $1,000,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

Mr. Higdon commented:  “The United States Justice Department and the United States Attorney’s Office are aggressively pursuing distributors of heroin and fentanyl.  These drugs pose a serious danger to the people of Eastern North Carolina and we intend to remove that danger as part of our effort to “Take Back North Carolina” from the drug traffickers and violent criminals.”

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Wilmington Resident Office, conducted the investigation in this matter.  Assistant United States Attorneys Ethan Ontjes and Toby Lathan represented the government. 

 

 
Jacksonville Area Drug Dealer Sentenced to 22 Years In Federal Prison PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 11:57

 Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard, sentenced Jordan Ray, 39, of Patterson, New Jersey, to 270 months’ imprisonment, followed by 6 years of supervised release.  RAY was one of nine codefendants named in a fifteen-count Indictment on May 7, 2015.  The Indictment charged RAY with conspiring to distribute cocaine, marijuana, 28 or more grams of crack cocaine, and 100 or more grams of heroin; two counts of possession with intent to distribute the same drugs; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Ray pled guilty to all charges on April 9, 2019. 

Ray was the last of the nine men to be sentenced in this case.  His eight co-conspirators previously received sentences ranging from 12 to 188 months

The investigation began in 2014, when officers of the Jacksonville PD, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, and Naval Criminal Investigative Service at Camp Lejeune began receiving reports that a group of men led by co-defendant Anthony Taylor were distributing large amounts of heroin in the Onslow, NC area.  From January through October of 2014, agents were able to conduct 14 controlled buys of heroin and other controlled substances from Taylor and other co-defendants using confidential informants and undercover officers. 

During one of these controlled buys on October 7, 2015, a confidential informant purchased 20 bags of heroin from RAY for $260.  RAY told the informant that he was Taylor’s source of supply from New Jersey.  Law enforcement subsequently learned that Ray had moved to North Carolina from Patterson, NJ, in approximately August 2014 to avoid arrest on unrelated New Jersey murder charges.  Investigators determined that Ray was staying with Taylor and another co-defendant James Orr at a residence in Jacksonville. 

On October 16, 2014, officers conducted a traffic stop of a car leaving that residence, in which RAY was a passenger.  On RAY’s person, they found small quantities of crack and powder cocaine and well as marijuana.  The next day, officers executed a search warrant at the residence.  In RAY’s bedroom, they found 4.6 grams of heroin, 58.9 grams of crack cocaine, 47 grams of cocaine, a quantity of marijuana, and a loaded 7.65mm semi-automatic firearm.  They found an additional 80 grams of heroin in Orr’s and Taylor’s bedrooms. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Since 2017, the United States Department of Justice has reinvigorated the PSN program and has targeted violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

That effort has been implemented through the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices in those communities on a sustained basis to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

The Jacksonville Police Department, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) investigated these cases.  Assistant United States Attorney Jake D. Pugh represented the government. 

 
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