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JUST IN: Public invited to visit Mariah Woods Wednesday



There’s a long road ahead of all of us but especially for Alex Woods, the biological father of 3-year-old Mariah Kay Woods.

“Daddy loves you Mariah,” is what he wrote to her Tuesday afternoon at Mariah’s memorial.

The memorial in honor of Mariah Kay Woods, created by Angela Wiles who told News In Onslow, that she did this for those who wanted to honor this baby with candles, cards, letters, flowers, and teddy bears.

At that memorial, with tears in his eyes supported by his fiancé Heather Craft, with tears in her eyes was Mariah and her two little brothers dad, Alex Woods.

Woods and Craft, amazed and joyful to what the community did for Mariah.

“I love you, and thank you guys so much for supporting us, we’ve been following you,” Craft with tears and a smile on her face,told News In Onslow.

Many showed up to give their condolences to the father and his fiancé. Posters were signed, cards was given, and love was shown to this father in memory of his beautiful daughter, Mariah Kay Woods.

A public visitation for Mariah Woods will be at Jones Funeral Home, located at 303 Chaney Ave. in Jacksonville from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, for those who wish to honor baby Mariah

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  1. Walter L. Zimmerman

    December 5, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Alex Woods,
    I send my love and prayers to you young man. I believe in you and wish the best for you and your Sons. Believe in God, Country, Family and all that believe in your upward journey. Have a wonderful and Blessed life by keeping your eyes on Jesus.
    Walter L. Zimmerman
    Bentonville, Arkansas

  2. Stephanie davis

    December 6, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Your little girl holds a very special place in my heart. I think about her every day. I empathize with your loss, I wish this could have been prevented. She is always with you, all you have to do is remember her smiling and laughing. Memories always love on no matter what. My kids and I Will pray for you and your family. You have our support in this. Don’t give up. My heart goes out to your boys, they need you.

    Stephanie Davis and family.

  3. Inga Juraga

    December 6, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Here in Europe, in Croatia I am deeply touched by this cruel crime committed over Mariha, beautifull little girl. My deepest condolences to her father and brothers. I wish community, neighbours and friends would keep an open eye and report more on any suspicious actions against kids. Kids who cannot be safe in their own homes, looked after their own “mother”.

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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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BUSTED!!!! Onslow County teacher charged after having sexual relations with his student




Uh-Oh, looks like another Teacher with Swansboro High School caught again.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a student had been in a sexual relationship with a business/vocational teacher at Swansboro High School, according to a press release.

The report of the sexual relationship came in on December 6, 2017. An investigation by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit revealed that over the past four months, Zachary Todd Daugherty, 28, of Country Club Road in Jacksonville was having a sexual relationship with one of his 17-year-old female students, according to press release by Onslow County Sheriff’s Department.

Daugherty was arrested December 12, 2017 and charged with:

(6) Counts Sex Act with a Student

(3) Counts Indecent Liberties with a Student

Daugherty was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $45,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective K. Johnston at, or Crime Stoppers at

910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2017-021988 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

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Man accused of striking and killing a 16 year old Dixon student in March, jury selections starts today



Jury selection begins today in the case of Joshua Aaron Block, a 26-year-old Atascosa, Texas man who has been charged in the death of 16-year-old David Palacio.

16-year-old, David Palacio

Joshua Aaron Block has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and passing a stopped school bus causing death, both which are felonies. On Monday, March 27, 2017, David Palacio was crossing Dawson Cabin Road to board his school bus. Block struck the teen when he attempted to pass the bus.

Mr. Block told the North Carolina Highway Patrol, that he was headed to the gym and had forgotten his ID. During the time, the bus was stopped with the lights on and stop arm out when Block allegedly passed the bus driving in the opposite direction.

Jurors will be selected to hear the case this morning.

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