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Three people arrested for giving Onslow County Waffle House counterfeit money



Three people have been arrested for passing counterfeit money to a Waffle House located on Richlands Highway in Jacksonville.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Richlands Highway Waffle House in Jacksonville on January 18, 2018, after they received a counterfeit $50 bill.

Surveillance footage obtained led investigators to a female suspect who was seen leaving in a white conversion van being driven by an unknown male. Later the same night, the vehicle was located by patrol deputies and a traffic stop was conducted, according to a press release. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jim Doye Bembridge and the female, Jessica Nichole Baker was identified as the person with the counterfeit money. Marcus Shane Watkins was also found in the vehicle with Bembridge and Baker, the press release said.

A search of the vehicle led to evidence of several other businesses having received fake $50 bills. All three suspects were arrested and charged with:

(3) Counts Felony Forgery of Instrument
(3) Counts Felony Possess Counterfeit Instrument
(3) Counts Felony Utter Forged Instrument
(3) Counts Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense
(3) Counts Felony Conspiracy

Bond for Watkins, age 30 of Canterbury Road, Nashville, N.C. was set at $175,000 secured.

Marcus Shayne Watkins

Bembridge, age 34 of Wallace Family Road, Kinston, N.C. had his bond set at $87,500 secured.

Jim Doye Bembridge

Baker, age 21 of Wallace Family Road, Kinston, N.C. bond was set at $72,000 secured.

Jessica Nichole Baker

An investigation by the Detective Division has led to a search warrant being served in Lenoir County and as the investigation continues more charges are expected.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Sergeant Lincoln at, or Crime Stoppers at
910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018-000957 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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VIDEO: Black Rose Tavern accused of kicking out Black man for charging phone



A Jacksonville man says he was kicked out of a Midway Park bar Tuesday after he was trying to charge his phone. 

Jacksonville resident Kenneth Foster lost power at his home because of Hurricane Florence and needed to charge his phone, but when he went to Black Rose Tavern in Midway Park to charge it, he was kicked out.

“I left Hungry Howies to go to Black Rose Tavern to get a drink and I needed to charge my phone,” Foster said. “I saw children charging their phones.”

Foster said that when he asked the owner of Black Rose Tavern, John Bova, if he could charge his phone he was met with the reply that “this ain’t that type of bar”.

Bova, however, is claiming that Foster walked in the door, and, without asking, plugged in his phone.

“He walked in the door and plugged in his phone, and my wife who was the bartender walked over and asked him if she could help him and asked if he needed something to drink. He told her that he needed to charge his phone.”

Bova told News In Onslow that Foster began getting hostile with his wife, which is when he stepped in, told Foster that he could not charge his phone and informed him that he needed to leave.

Bova explained to Foster that they are a private club and that he cannot just walk into their place business and plug in his phone.

It was after being told to leave that Foster pulled out his phone and started recording.

Foster said Bova grabbed his phone and bruised his finger but he will not be pursuing criminal charges.

“I know the man racist,” Foster told News In Onslow.

The bar owner said that he is not racist and that his business is diverse.


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Red Cross say there no-show at 2 Onslow Locations was a big mistake



When you talk about scamming, you think of the American Red Cross. A non-profit organization that accepts donations and never help people like their mission say they do. Some citizens of Onslow County, North Carolina can tell you about their experience with the non-profit organization and what happened Tuesday, September 18th.

Tuesday, officials in Onslow County told local residents that the American Red Cross would be feeding them in different locations throughout the county, but at two locations the non-profit never came.

Two of the locations, Richlands Library, and New River Shopping Center had people waiting nearly three hours for American Red Cross meals that never came and now the organization is saying it was a ‘big mistake’.

RHOA Kandi Burrus “The Lies!”

American Red Cross representative Charlotte Rodriguez told local reporters, “It was a big mistake that we should not have made.” 

It’s funny how the organization acknowledged their wrong but never apologized to the people they wronged.  Always want you to donate your money but have a hard time with integrity. 

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American Red Cross was a no-show to feed Onslow County citizens



Hundreds of citizens in Onslow County, North Carolina was waiting to be fed by the American Red Cross at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday evening, but they didn’t show up.

Onslow County Government posted on their Facebook page Tuesday the locations the American Red Cross would be feeding at and at least two of those locations was a no-show.

Locations Below:

Swansboro Library

Richlands Library (No Show)

Sneads Ferry Library

1380 Piney Green Rd. (Parking lot/shopping center)

New River Shopping Center (by Planet Fitness) (No Show)

The public was notified that the organization would be feeding at 4 PM but that time was later changed to 5 PM.

Local residents who showed up at Richlands Library and New River Shopping Center locations told News In Onslow that the organization was nowhere to be found.

Look at some of the comments posted on the Onslow County Government Facebook page about this BELOW:

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