Stories by Catherine Kozak | Outer Banks Voice

In guilty plea, Summerfield claims sleep drug led to slaying

Nathan Summerfield, 29, apologized to Lynn Jackenheimer’s family in Dare County Superior Court, as well as to his parents and son, before being taken away to prison. He was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years. Full story

Dec 15

Summerfield pleads guilty, will serve at least 30 years in prison

Nathan Summerfield will serve a minimum of 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to one count of second-degree murder and two kidnapping charges in the 2012 killing of Lynn Jackenheimer. Full story

Dec 15

Dispute leaves Oregon Inlet Fishing Center lease up in the air

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center will be operated under an extended contract for another year while the National Park Service re-evaluates terms that were rejected in October by the center’s board. Full story

Nov 25

Trial date set for Nathan Summerfield in 2012 Hatteras slaying

Nathan Summerfield, 29, of Ashland, is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing and strangling death of Lynn Jackenheimer, whose body was found in the grass off a Frisco cul-de-sac on July 10, 2012. Full story

Sep 15

Suspect in series of sexual assaults convicted of rape in Dare

Lesiba Simon Matsoake, 40, was sentenced to 20 years for choking and raping a 26-year-old Kill Devil Hills bartender on June 10, 2003, shortly after she had taken an early-morning dip in the ocean. Full story

Aug 21

Made-for-TV feud is fun, but tuna rivalry’s the real deal

Thursday's preview of Wicked Tuna: North Vs. South was probably the first time a bitter feud over fisheries quotas has been transformed into swaggering entertainment. Full story

Aug 16

Monitor Marine Sanctuary is likely to grow, but by how much?

Four draft models varying in range and scope were presented Thursday at the Coastal Studies Institute during a meeting of the sanctuary’s advisory council in Wanchese this week. Full story

Jun 6

Judges try to peel back layers of Bonner Bridge dispute

The battle over replacing the Bonner Bridge moved into the wood-paneled courtroom of a federal appeals court in Richmond Tuesday, when attorneys on both sides argued before a three-judge panel. Full story

May 14

Former deputy clerk takes plea agreement in store thefts

Heather May Austin, a long-time deputy court clerk in Dare County, pleaded guilty last week to two felony charges related to theft of more than $50,000 in merchandise and at least $10,000 in cash from a local retail outlet. Full story

Oct 7

Fishing Center up for bids under new federal rules

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Inc., which has been run by the some of the original sport fishermen on the Outer Banks for 40 years, is up for bids. full story » Full story

Sep 4

Study examines Hatteras Island’s value to the OBX

A new report by the UNC Center for Competitive Economics shows that 25 percent of Dare's tourism business in 2011 was on Hatteras Island. full story » Full story

Aug 13

State Bar disciplines local lawyer Dan Merrell

The North Carolina State Bar has disciplined Kitty Hawk attorney Dan Merrell for improperly safeguarding $1.5 million in a real estate trust fund and engaging in a conflict of interest by representing the buyer and seller in a property transaction. full story » Full story

Jul 25