Week In Review: April 7, 2019


Amber Joseph shows you a brief video overview of Eastern North Carolina’s top local news stories of the past week, in WNCT’s “Week In Review” for April 7, 2019. 

Testimony continues this week in a Carteret County murder trial.

David Godwin is accused of killing Wendy Tamagne in 2016 and dismembering her body.

Jurors heard from witnesses last week, including investigators who worked the crime scene, and Tamagne’s friends.

The trial continues Monday morning and is expected to last through the end of the week. 

Baseball fans made their way to Grainger Stadium in Kinston on Thursday for the first game of the Down East Wood Ducks.

They took on the Carolina Mudcats.

Wood Ducks fans say they enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere of the games.

Robyn Godfrey, a Wood Ducks fan from Kinston, said, “I love baseball! This is how I met my husband and one of the things I do every opening game for the team is I bake 12 dozen brownies.”

Alexa Kay, Marketing Director for the Wood Ducks, said, “It’s just an extension of our family and I love that feeling! I think that’s Minor League Baseball as a whole, baseball means family!”

The New Bern Police Department remembered one of their own on Tuesday.

It’s been five years since the 2014 death of Officer Alexander Thalmann.

He was shot in the line of duty on March 28th and died 3 days later.

The Police Chief in New Bern, Toussaint E. Summers Jr., reflecting on Thalmann’s legacy at the department, said, “He, to me personally, meant a lot. It is what you see in every new officer when they first come on or take up that profession, that excitement, that desire to serve the public.”

Investigators say the man who shot Officer Thalmann in the face also shot another officer in the leg and was killed when backup officers returned fire.

The second officer who was shot made a full recovery.

On May 21, all fallen Craven County law enforcement officers will be honored in a public memorial service at the Tryon Palace History Center at 10 a.m.

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