Toddler drowns in pool near Clayton
An 18-month-old girl drowned July 10 in a backyard swimming pool near Clayton.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a 9 p.m. call and tried unsuccessfully to revive the child. Public information officer Tammy Amaon said the death has been ruled accidental and that the sheriff’s office will file no charges.
The sheriff’s office said the call came from 975 Lee Road south of Clayton and that the mother and daughter were visiting the home. The mother asked another adult in the home to watch the 18-month-old girl while she was preparing some food, Amaon said. The child was later found in the pool.
Jeff Caldwell, captain of support services for Johnston’s Sheriff Office, would not offer an explanation for how the child ended up in the pool, saying he couldn’t share the case’s investigative notes because of the age of the victim.
Smithfield warns of scam
The Town of Smithfield is warning its utility customers of scam.
The scam starts with a phone call from someone who claims to be a representative of Duke Energy or another utility company. The caller threatens to disconnect power if the consumer doesn’t pay immediately.
The Town of Smithfield never asks customers with delinquent accounts to pay by prepaid debit card to avoid having their service disconnected. Customers can make payments online, by phone, by automatic bank draft, by mail or in person.
If you get one of these scam calls, hang up and report it to the Attorney General’s Office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or online at www.ncdoj.gov.
Father charged with abuse
A Johnston County man has been charged with breaking his 2-month-old son’s arms and legs.
Chad Brandon Capps, 28, of Princeton was arrested June 28 and charged with felony negligent child abuse causing serious bodily injury.
Capt. Jeffrey Caldwell of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement learned of the child’s injuries after he was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro with broken bones. The child had old and new injuries, specifically: broken left and right femurs, broken forearms and fractures to the tibia and fibula.
Capps was being held under a bail of $50,000 and has been appointed an attorney. His next court date is July 14 for a probable-cause hearing, Caldwell said.
The case remains under investigation, Caldwell said.
JCC a top value
Johnston Community College has been named a Top 50 Best Value Community College by the organization Value Colleges.
The top 50 ranking is derived from the metrics: graduation/transfer rate; mid-level salary for graduates; and actual tuition.
Value Colleges, an independent ranking agency, also noted JCC’s truck driver training program, the oldest in the country, and the successful transfer rate of students to four-year institution such as N.C. State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University.
Reward in Clayton
Clayton police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the murder of a Clayton man on July 20. Garrett Howard Bridges, 25, of 68 Herndon Court was shot and killed around 2 a.m. after police believe two suspects entered his home.
Call Clayton CrimeStoppers at 919-359-8479 with information about the shooting death.
Chamber members to hear superintendent
The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce invites its members to an informal discussion with Johnston Superintendent of Schools Ross Renfrow. The event is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, on the third floor of the A.G. Glenn Center, 501 S. Second St., Smithfield.
The cost is $15 and includes breakfast. For more information, call 919-934-9166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.