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Recent articles by Caitlin:

ECU Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil brings community together to honor and remember

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Around the world on Nov. 20, people participate in candlelight vigils, conversations and events honoring and remembering those who have been killed or identifying as transgender. “I am a trans woman and I have been trying to be more involved with the LGBTQ community on campus here, and this was one […] → Read More

NC city votes to end red light camera program

City officials said vehicle crashes at the intersections where the red lights were installed went down by 29 percent. → Read More

Person shot by passerby while assaulting North Carolina deputies

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Officials are investigating after a person was shot by a passerby while they were assaulting two deputies. WNCT’s Caitlin Richards reports that at 2:19 p.m. Thursday, deputies received a trespassing call on Neuse Road, according to the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. The first deputy arrived at the scene at 2:41, after […] → Read More

Pink Hill mayor resigns, effective immediately

PINK HILL, N.C. (WNCT) — Pink Hill Mayor Mike Hill has resigned, effective immediately. Hill’s resignation letter was posted Monday on the Pink Hill News Facebook page. In the letter, Hill said his resignation was “in response to the recent and ongoing hatred that is directed towards me, my family, friends, and the employees of the Town of Pink Hill.” Hill was sworn into office in September 2021. → Read More

Two dead after NC house fire, SBI assisting in investigation

According to Snow Hill Fire Chief Lynwood Bunn, who was at the scene Sunday afternoon, some of the materials in the house made it unsafe for firefighters to go inside. → Read More

Suspect dies in NC shooting, victims identified

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports the suspect in Wednesday’s shooting outside Williamston has died. He and the victims were identified on Friday. Daquan Lamar Smith died on Friday at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was wanted as a suspect in […] → Read More

Emergency crews respond to Greenville fire

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Emergency crews were on the scene of a fire at a commercial building on Landmark Street. Click here to view live video of crews fighting the fire. Several Pitt County EMS units responded to the call, which was received around 8 p.m. Tuesday. WNCT’s Caitlin Richards is working to learn more […] → Read More

Carteret Co. officials providing training on overdose prevention, treatment

BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) — Carteret County officials are looking to save lives by training the community on overdose prevention and treatment. They’re emphasizing that a simple spray of Narcan can help save a life. “The illegal free drugs, heroin and fentanyl and other fentanyl analogs have taken place,” said Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck. “And […] → Read More

September is First Responder Appreciation Month

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Gov. Roy Cooper proclaimed September as First Responder Appreciation Month. “The first thing I would say is thank you, not only to the governor, but to everyone for recognizing what first responders do every day,” said Carson Sanders, Greenville Fire/Rescue chief. In a statement from the governor’s office, Cooper said, “I’m […] → Read More

ECU police: Tampering of drink led to sexual assault; protest held at frat house

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The East Carolina University Police Department is investigating a report of an alleged drink tampering incident involving two people, one which they said led to a sexual assault. On Tuesday, police said they received a report alleging drink tampering (aggravated assault under the Clery Act) of two people. It led to […] → Read More

North Carolina school district considering ending recognition of valedictorians, salutations

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The Pitt County Board of Education is pondering whether to do away with the titles given to the academically highest-ranking students in each graduating class. The school board hasn’t formally discussed the idea of no longer using the valedictorian and salutatorian titles, but District 5 representative Anna Barrett Smith did advocate […] → Read More

ECU students reflect on first day of classes

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – ECU students were filled with mixed emotions as they returned to campus Monday for the first day of class. “How do I even describe it? I’m like, happy but I’m sad,” said Lauren Cekada, an ECU senior. “At the same time, it’s a lot of emotions,” Cekada added. “I feel really […] → Read More

Jones Co. task force educates public on overdose reversal drugs

MAYSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Jones County is seeing a high rate of opioid overdoses and fentanyl-related deaths, local health officials said. The county’s task force of Coastal Coalition for Substance Awareness and Prevention (CCSAP) held a training event Tuesday to educate the community on how to access and use overdose reversal medication. “Maysville is a […] → Read More

Family’s home damaged in Saturday fire

AYDEN, N.C. (WNCT) — A family’s home was badly damaged on Saturday by a fire that broke out. Fire crews from Ayden, Grifton and Winterville arrived at 4335 MLK Jr. St. in Ayden Saturday afternoon to battle the fire. Nobody was hurt. Companies were on the scene for about two hours fighting the fire, tending […] → Read More

Food, fun, family atmosphere mark National Night Out

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — After a three-year absence, it was a nice return to normal. Tuesday’s National Night Out was the first chance many had to come together in a familiar setting to enjoy food, music, games and more with law enforcement in Eastern North Carolina. The coronavirus pandemic canceled many events while others had […] → Read More

Downtown Wilson turns into wizarding world

WILSON, N.C. (WNCT) – For Harry Potter fans or wizarding world fans, downtown Wilson was the place to be this weekend. “So many people have shown up to help support the local businesses that have been participating in the wizarding weekend. And it’s actually Harry Potter’s birthday today, so that’s pretty exciting,” said Samuel Mason, […] → Read More

New Bern launches free alert system

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — There’s a new way for New Bern residents to learn about noteworthy events happening around the city. The city recently launched a free alert messaging system called New Bern Alerts. More than 25 city employees in 10 different departments utilize the system. Colleen Roberts, New Bern’s public information officer and […] → Read More

City Council approves Uptown Greenville parking plan

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Greenville officials are moving forward with a new parking plan. The proposal passed with a 4-1 vote in Monday’s City Council meeting. “Now that COVID is over, we’re starting to see some more development taking place, when we want to make sure that there’s equal and fairness for everybody in our […] → Read More

ECU gets hot, hangs on to beat Texas to get within one win of first CWS

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A two-run homer in the opening minutes of the biggest game in school history might rattle some teams. Not this bunch. Now, they are one win away from making more history. East Carolina’s baseball team overcame a two-run blast by Texas in the top of the first inning by putting a […] → Read More

Greenville mayor, council members take oaths of office

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — New and familiar faces gathered at City Hall on Monday to take their city council oaths of office. Council member Les Robinson took the oath to represent District Five on the city council. Robinson is a longtime Greenville resident. “I’ve worked in practicing law for almost 37 years serving all walks […] → Read More