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Chris Berendt

Position: Staff writer
E-Mail Address: cberendt@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: (910) 249-4616


About Chris Berendt

Chris earned a BA in journalistic communication, minor in political science from Purdue University. A North Carolina Press Association award winner, Chris has 10 years of reporting experience, the last 9 with The Sampson Independent covering every aspect news. He currently covers all city and county government reporting for the SI and previously worked as crime reporter.

Latest Stories by Chris Berendt

Two men are behind bars on a slew of kidnapping, robbery, assault and attempted rape charges after invading a Hobbton Highway home dressed in tactical vests and wielding weapons, using stun guns on multiple children at the home, including a 4-month-old infant, sheriff's authorities said.
According to Sampson County Sheriff's reports, around 5:12 p

Men arrested in home invasion

Two men are behind bars on a slew of kidnapping, robbery, assault and attempted rape charges after invading a Hobbton Highway home dressed in tactical vests and wielding weapons, using stun guns on multiple children at the home, including a 4-month-old infant, sheriff's authorities said. According to Sampson County Sheriff's reports, around 5:12 p

Budget time in Sampson County is annually fraught with its share of drama, divisiveness and delays — this year could be different, judging from the early tune commissioners were singing at Monday's budget presentation.
County manager Ed Causey delivered his recommended 2015-16 plan to the Sampson Board of Commissioners, a plan that calls for

Causey: No tax hike

Budget time in Sampson County is annually fraught with its share of drama, divisiveness and delays — this year could be different, judging from the early tune commissioners were singing at Monday's budget presentation. County manager Ed Causey delivered his recommended 2015-16 plan to the Sampson Board of Commissioners, a plan that calls for

The Alive After Five Summer Concert Series will be in full force this month following the cancellation of the series' kickoff in May, with an unprecedented three shows on the slate on three separate days later this month.
In a correspondence this weekend to Alive After Five sponsors and participants, AA5 organizer Ray Jordan made the announcement.

AA5 featuring three shows this month

The Alive After Five Summer Concert Series will be in full force this month following the cancellation of the series' kickoff in May, with an unprecedented three shows on the slate on three separate days later this month. In a correspondence this weekend to Alive After Five sponsors and participants, AA5 organizer Ray Jordan made the announcement.

GARLAND — After more than five days of intense searching, a Garland man was found alive on the bank of the South River in southern Sampson in what local officials called an amazing resolution to an arduous mission conducted by agencies from across the state.
The Sampson County Sheriff's Office and Sampson County Emergency Management announce

Garland man found alive

GARLAND — After more than five days of intense searching, a Garland man was found alive on the bank of the South River in southern Sampson in what local officials called an amazing resolution to an arduous mission conducted by agencies from across the state. The Sampson County Sheriff's Office and Sampson County Emergency Management announce

Attorney General Roy Cooper delivered a concise and measured speech to local Democrats at their Centurion Banquet — he's frustrated, but motivated for change in North Carolina and wants to lead the way from the governor's seat.
Cooper said he expects to make a formal announcement later this year, but told a crowd of about 100 at the Democrat

Cooper: Change needed

Attorney General Roy Cooper delivered a concise and measured speech to local Democrats at their Centurion Banquet — he's frustrated, but motivated for change in North Carolina and wants to lead the way from the governor's seat. Cooper said he expects to make a formal announcement later this year, but told a crowd of about 100 at the Democrat

A Roseboro resident is behind bars under a sizable bond after the man, who is a registered sex offender, was allegedly on the campus at Roseboro Elementary School.
Brandon Keefe Hodges, 22, of 192 Doc Highsmith Lane, Roseboro, was charged with a parole violation, specifically sex offender on child premises.. Hodges was reportedly arrested at his D

Sex offender charged again

A Roseboro resident is behind bars under a sizable bond after the man, who is a registered sex offender, was allegedly on the campus at Roseboro Elementary School. Brandon Keefe Hodges, 22, of 192 Doc Highsmith Lane, Roseboro, was charged with a parole violation, specifically sex offender on child premises.. Hodges was reportedly arrested at his D

GARLAND — A massive manhunt for a missing Garland man officially entered into Day 3 Thursday afternoon, with an extensive search and rescue mission proving unsuccessful to this point.
It extended through the night Wednesday and continued all day Thursday, as more and more agencies traveled in from surrounding counties to assist in the search

Search in southern Sampson continues

GARLAND — A massive manhunt for a missing Garland man officially entered into Day 3 Thursday afternoon, with an extensive search and rescue mission proving unsuccessful to this point. It extended through the night Wednesday and continued all day Thursday, as more and more agencies traveled in from surrounding counties to assist in the search

In observance of North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week this week and the start of hurricane season just days away, Sampson County emergency officials are urging everyone to make prepare for the worst.
Sampson County Emergency Management has encouraged residents to plan now for hurricane season, as well as other natural disasters and severe st

Bracing for impact

In observance of North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week this week and the start of hurricane season just days away, Sampson County emergency officials are urging everyone to make prepare for the worst. Sampson County Emergency Management has encouraged residents to plan now for hurricane season, as well as other natural disasters and severe st

Local officials are touting this week's announcement of a major industry locating to Sampson, saying it will not only fill a void left by the departure of another, but also bring increased tax base, jobs and production to the county — all due to strong partnerships at the local and state level.
Kansas City Sausage LLC put any speculation to

Strong partnerships pay big dividends

Local officials are touting this week's announcement of a major industry locating to Sampson, saying it will not only fill a void left by the departure of another, but also bring increased tax base, jobs and production to the county — all due to strong partnerships at the local and state level. Kansas City Sausage LLC put any speculation to

A Clinton police official cited for allegedly passing a stopped school bus earlier this month is the subject of an internal affairs investigation, according to a statement from the department Wednesday.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol issued a traffic citation to Lt. Robert Dalton on May 21 for passing a stopped school bus on East College

PD: Incident involving officer under review

A Clinton police official cited for allegedly passing a stopped school bus earlier this month is the subject of an internal affairs investigation, according to a statement from the department Wednesday. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol issued a traffic citation to Lt. Robert Dalton on May 21 for passing a stopped school bus on East College

Crimewatch

(The public reports listed below are provided by the Sampson County Sheriff's Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff's Office daily jail report.) Incidents/investigations • May 26 — Darren Spell of Clinton reported the theft of lawn care equipment, including backpack blowers, edger, and weed

Sampson law enforcement and emergency officials are currently leading a multi-agency search and rescue mission in the Garland area for a missing elderly man.
The search was initiated shortly after 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when the Sampson County E-911 center received a report of a missing person off of Birdy Lane in Garland.
William Earl Powell, 72, of

Search for Garland man ongoing

Sampson law enforcement and emergency officials are currently leading a multi-agency search and rescue mission in the Garland area for a missing elderly man. The search was initiated shortly after 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when the Sampson County E-911 center received a report of a missing person off of Birdy Lane in Garland. William Earl Powell, 72, of

Search extends in Garland

GARLAND — A massive multi-agency search and rescue mission for a missing elderly man in the Garland area was still ongoing late Wednesday, with plans to extend the search through the night and as long as necessary as more and more agencies traveled in from surrounding counties to assist in the manhunt. The search was initiated shortly after

A Clinton woman has been jailed after a heated domestic situation erupted into a blaze inside the residence.
Jacqueline Lee Steed, 53, of 46 Hurricane Lane, Clinton, has been charged with first degree arson. She was taken into custody at the Sampson County Law Enforcement Center Wednesday morning and jailed under $75,000 secured bond.
She is expe

Clinton woman jailed on arson charge

A Clinton woman has been jailed after a heated domestic situation erupted into a blaze inside the residence. Jacqueline Lee Steed, 53, of 46 Hurricane Lane, Clinton, has been charged with first degree arson. She was taken into custody at the Sampson County Law Enforcement Center Wednesday morning and jailed under $75,000 secured bond. She is expe

Deputy 'justified' in shooting

A Sampson County sheriff's deputy who shot and killed an armed robbery suspect last month was justified in his actions due to the apparent danger posed by the man, who wielded a shotgun as he approached the deputies, District Attorney Ernie Lee said Thursday. On April 12, Jason Lee Evans, 32, of Harrells, was fatally shot by Sheriff's Deputy Louis

Pizza Hut in Clinton has been gutted and is being rebuilt from the inside, a massive remodel and expansion project that is expected to be completed by the end of June.
Contractors say the Pizza Hut, located at 129 Southeast Blvd. in Clinton, was long overdue for a remodel and will now get a makeover that puts it among the highest quality facilitie

Pizza Hut makeover

Pizza Hut in Clinton has been gutted and is being rebuilt from the inside, a massive remodel and expansion project that is expected to be completed by the end of June. Contractors say the Pizza Hut, located at 129 Southeast Blvd. in Clinton, was long overdue for a remodel and will now get a makeover that puts it among the highest quality facilitie

The hiring of two new officers at the Clinton Police Department marks another huge stride forward in the department's continuing effort to reach out to its Latino population.
Ariel Nunez was sworn in Friday on the heels of Noemi Seibert's swearing in at the end of March. Both are young Sampson natives, lauded by their new Chief Jay Tilley as two w

Latino outreach grows

The hiring of two new officers at the Clinton Police Department marks another huge stride forward in the department's continuing effort to reach out to its Latino population. Ariel Nunez was sworn in Friday on the heels of Noemi Seibert's swearing in at the end of March. Both are young Sampson natives, lauded by their new Chief Jay Tilley as two w

A sizable project proposed for Sampson County has received one grant award, and has another pending formal approval — a $1 million total that would assist in bringing its proposed pork processing plant, its $45 million investment and nearly 180 jobs to the county.
Sampson County was recently approved to receive a $500,000 Economic Infrastruc

'Sausage' gets grant

A sizable project proposed for Sampson County has received one grant award, and has another pending formal approval — a $1 million total that would assist in bringing its proposed pork processing plant, its $45 million investment and nearly 180 jobs to the county. Sampson County was recently approved to receive a $500,000 Economic Infrastruc

Crimewatch

(The public reports listed below are provided by the Sampson County Sheriff's Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff's Office daily jail report.) Arrests • May 18 —Anthony Glenn Hobbs, 41, of 8526 Beaver Dam Road, Autryville, was charged with disorderly conduct. Bond set at $1,500; court date

In celebration of National EMS Week, the county is applauding members of its local emergency response teams for two recent accomplishments.
One of those, the Sampson County Emergency Medical Services has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of pat

EMS lauded for awards

In celebration of National EMS Week, the county is applauding members of its local emergency response teams for two recent accomplishments. One of those, the Sampson County Emergency Medical Services has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of pat





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