After an article that was posted by the Jacksonville Daily News on their Facebook page early Tuesday evening, in which they referred to themselves as “real news”, News In Onslow had to be honest with them and inform them that they are, in fact, “fake news.”
Monday, December 18, 2017, after a week-long trial, 26-year-old MarineJoshua Aaron Block, was found not guilty on both the felony involuntary manslaughter and the felony passing a stopped school bus charges. Block, a Staff-Sergeant at New River, was acquited even after Onslow County DA, Jamie Askins presented evidence to prove that he hit and killed 16-year-old Dixon High School student David Palacio on March 27, 2016, while the school bus was stopped with its red light’s on and stop arms extended.
In Block’s testimony, he said that the red lights and stop arm were not out as he approached the bus but that he did see flashing yellow lights, which are indicative that a bus is about to stop and drivers need to be cautious. In fact, as a general rule in any driving situation, all yellow lights mean caution. Witnesses said that as David was hit, the bus stop arms started to come out, while the bus driver, Janie Lee, testified that she didn’t see Palacio or Block at the time of the accident.
The Jacksonville Daily News published an article on Block’s testimony during the trial in Onslow County Superior Court which was blatantly done to in order to taint his testimony and sway the juror’s decision comes that fateful Monday morning in December. However, despite the false report published by that “real news” agency, he was found not guilty.
In the article, the screenshot is below, you will clearly see where the JDN alleged that “Block testified he did not see the bus’s flashing lights at the time of the incident on Dawson Cabin Road.”
In Block’s testimony, he stated the opposite of what the outlet posted.
During cross-examination, Block’s attorney, Ed Bailey, confirmed the testimony with North Carolina Highway PatrolmanSean Springs and specifically asked him if Block had, in fact, told him that he saw flashing yellow lights, as he approached the bus. Trooper Springs replied, “Yes“.
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In the JDN’s desperate attempt to gain followers to make their agency appear more credible, they claimed that their “Reporters and editors are trained professionals who adhere to the highest standards of journalistic integrity.”
The simple fact that they posted an article with clearly false information had their employees done their jobs and FACT CHECKED prior to publishing seems to contradict the above statement and shows their obvious lack of integrity in local reporting.