News Briefs: May 18

May 16, 2014 

Clayton police arrest three

Clayton police on May 4 arrested three Benson-area residents in the parking lot at Walgreens.

Christopher William Melton, 30, and Jessica Elizabeth Allen, 28, both of 463 Turlington Drive, Benson, face charges of possessing heroin, cocaine, Schedule II drugs and drug paraphernalia. Atlas Wayne Allen, 33, of 473 Aquilla Road, Benson, was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.

Police seized heroin, cocaine and Oxycodone.

Two plead guilty in Clayton murder

Two men have pleaded guilty in a 2011 murder in Johnston County.

On May 6, Adam Brent Elliott, 27, of 325 Merchant Drive, Angier, and Johnathan Scott Simpkins, 23, of 5203 Old Stage Road, Raleigh, pleaded guilty to one count each of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon, felonious breaking and entering and discharging a firearm into occupied property.

Judge Thomas Lock sentenced them to 36 to 47 years in prison.

On Sept. 9, 2011, they shot Arturo Cordoba Gomez, 20, of Booker Court, Clayton.

School names administrator

The board of Southside Christian School in Clayton has named a new administrator.

Chad Jewett comes to the private Christian school after 14 years in education, including nine years in administration in Johnston County’s public schools.

“It is with great excitement that I step into this new phase of my professional life,” he said.

Jenene Davis will continue as the school’s elementary principal.

Wes Winterstein is chairman of the school’s board. “Mr. Jewett has been an incredible asset to the school since its very beginning,” Winterstein said. “He brings both the experience and heart to guide our students in spiritual development and academic excellence.”

Jewett holds a bachelor’s degree in education from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in school administration from N.C. State University.

Meeting notices

The Johnston County Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the courthouse in Smithfield. In Wilders Township, the board will hear a request to rezone 1.39 acres at 1900 Wendell Road. The owner wants to open a garage there. In Ingrams Township, the board will hear a request to rezone 3.37 acres at 2152 Lee’s Union Church Road. The owner wants to store autos there and perform minor repairs.

The Clayton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, in the council chambers at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. The council will hear a request to annex 12 parcels at Glen Laurel and Vinson roads. Also, the council will hear a status report on a brownfield agreement for the DuPont property.

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