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David Palacio’s bus driver to testify today against man accused of striking and killing him



Joshua Block and his wife walking out of Onslow County Superior Court. [Gerald Jackson/News In Onslow]

The trial of the Texas native accused of killing 16-year old David Palacio, Joshua Aaron Block, who is charged with two felonies, involuntary manslaughter and passing a stopped school bus, will continue into its third day on Wednesday.

16-year-old, David Palacio

On the morning of March 27, 2017, David Palacio was crossing Dawson Cabin Road to board his school bus when Block, who was attempting to pass the bus, struck the teen.

On Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney, Jamie Askin made his opening statement, making sure to include that bus had its arms extended and stop sign out when Block who was traveling in the opposite direction at 56 MPH, struck Palacio.

The prosecution called their eyewitnesses to the stand throughout the day on Tuesday. The first witness to take the stand was 16-year old Cody Guidry, a former resident of Jacksonville who attended Dixon High School, was riding the bus on the day of the incident. He told the court that he was seated at the front of the bus when he heard a “thump.” At this point, Guidry said that he went to the other side of the bus and seen David lying in the road.

The second witness for the prosecution said that he was behind the school bus, which was a complete stop. Two cars were approaching from the opposite direction, the witness said he then checked his phone, turned his head and then heard a loud boom. According to the witness, people in the neighborhood were running out of their homes yelling “OMG.” He also said that Block did not slow down.

David was in his driveway when the bus came to a complete stop, this, again, was according to the proesectutions second witness. He started approaching the bus but the witness was not sure if the bus driver signaled to David that it was safe to cross.

Later, his testimony started to become inconsistent with the written statements he gave to law enforcement. He could not remember what statement he gave first telling Block’s Defense Attorney, Ed Bailey, that he wrote the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office statement first before writing the statement for N.C. Highway Patrol.

A paramedic who responded to the call on March 27, 2017, Alex Tremaine, testified for the prosecution and said that the call came in roughly after 6:30 a.m. His shift started around 6:20 a.m. When he arrived on the scene, he stated that he saw a man holding Palacio in the roadway and begging them for help. That man was Joshua Block. The Onslow County Paramedic continued, detailing the injuries that Palacio sustained, and one in particular, “open fractures”, was questioned by the prosecution. Tremain explained that you could see where Palacio’s bones had been broken.

The bus driver of bus 104 is expected to testify Today, December 13.



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  1. Wilfred

    January 5, 2018 at 5:23 am

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Onslow County Schools refuse to release the name of sub. teacher that duct taped student’s mouth



Onslow County Schools will NOT be releasing the name of a substitute teacher at Dixon Elementary who “briefly” duct-taped the mouths of four students Monday.

Director Of Community Affairs at Onslow County Schools, Brent Anderson, said in a press released that the incident happened Monday at Dixon Elementary School. He said that the school’s assistant principal “immediately entered the room and made sure the tape was removed and any further action stopped.”

Anderson claims that the Onslow County School system is “shocked and outraged by this behavior” and that they will not “tolerate it now or in the future.” Anderson may be naive to the fact that, things like this happen in Onslow County Schools almost every day but it’s not “addressed” until it becomes an issue and the public has knowledge of it. Hopefully, Onslow County Schools can also address the bullying by teachers to students in Onslow County Schools rather than agreeing to arm teachers in Onslow County Schools.

In the press release, Anderson “assured” that the substitute teacher who identity is unknown, “was immediately removed from any further duties, as well as removed from substituting in the future with the Onslow County School District.”

Dixon Elementary School Principal Glenn Reed spoke to parents and the students involved, assuring them that the teacher would not return.

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One arrested for Jacksonville’s St. Patrick’s Day murder



The family of a man who was killed over the weekend in Jacksonville will never be able to see their loved-one again, but tonight the accused killer is behind bars.

John V. Deavers

Police say, John V. Deavers, 28, of Estate Drive in Jacksonville is accused of assaulting and stealing money from 28-year-old William Young.

Captain Ashley Weaver with Jacksonville Police Department said that Young was assaulted around 6:45 pm.m Saturday near Ronnie’s Classic Auto Sales on Gum Branch Road. The two men knew each other, according to officials.

Young returned to his apartment later Saturday where he died as a result of his injury, according to Weaver.

He was found dead in his Indian Drive apartment Sunday Morning.

Officials say they charged Deavers Thursday night with an open count of murder and common law robbery.

He is in the Onslow County Jail without bond.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact JPD Detective Jason Lagana at 910-938-6414 or or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information leading to apprehension or arrest. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637. Refer to Case 18-02617 when calling or texting about this case.

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Baby wipes is the reason for Jacksonville sewage spill



Officials in Jacksonville have confirmed that baby wipes being flushed down commodes is the reason that thousands of gallons of untreated sewage spilled into a Jacksonville creek.

Officials say the spill happened Monday around 10 p.m. near Indian Drive and Brookdale Plaza and nearly 4,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a tributary of Mill Creek.

Undissolved baby wipes and other similar products were pulled from the sewer lines and is the reason the line was blocked, which caused the sewage to back up and spill out of a manhole.


Jacksonville say the items below should not be flushed:

• Any non-organic material
• Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, and moist wipes
• Cans, bottles, bricks, glass, and wood
• Clothing, wash cloths, towels, and rags (any cloth item)
• Dental floss, toothpaste, and vitamins
• Diapers and adult protective underwear (cloth, disposable, or “flushable”)
• Egg shells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
• Facial tissues, napkins, and paper towels
• Fats, oils, and greases
• Food items containing seeds and peelings
• Medicines or syringes
• Plastic of any kind
• Sanitary napkins, tampons, tampon applicators, and condoms
• Toilet bowl scrub pads


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