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Wake jail guard killed in boating accident

Posted October 5, 2009

— A Wake County deputy was killed over the weekend in a boating accident in Virginia.

Lt. James Newsome, 55, was boating with friends on the Chesapeake Bay Saturday afternoon when his boat capsized a few miles east of Hampton, Va., authorities said. A tugboat was involved in the accident, according to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, but authorities declined to release more details.

The U.S. Coast Guard and some boaters in the area rescued three other people from the water, authorities said. Kenneth Evan, 57, Tilghman Hall, 70, and William Thompson, 73, all of Raleigh, were taken to Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Newsome, a detention officer, had worked with the Wake County Sheriff's Office since August 1991.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident.


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  • Adelinthe Oct 5, 2009

    Such a shame!

    My brother said he was a nice guy.

    God bless.


  • bubbba Oct 5, 2009

    I knew James. He was a good man and will be missed by many,.
    Seems like it's always the good that die young.
    Rest In Peace James.

  • alwayslovingu30 Oct 5, 2009

    what A big loss he will be missed I just hope his wife an child are properly cared for by the department.they have funds set aside to help families cope in their time of loss
    God Bless him

  • thedezsos1 Oct 5, 2009

    Praying for the family....RIP James

  • kma1005 Oct 5, 2009

    We'll miss you Lt! R.I.P brother!

  • justcommonsense Oct 5, 2009

    A1----thank you. I couldn't agree more.

    Prayers to his family and friends.

  • justcommonsense Oct 5, 2009

    Ummmm...landshark, I didn't see anywhere in the short article that he wasn't wearing a life vest. Nor do we know that he couldn't swim. He may have been a good swimmer. Neither knowing how to swim or wearing a life vest is guaranteed to save you life when an accident happens.

    I know, because my husband died in a fishing accident at the beach 7 yrs ago...he was a good swimmer, he had on a life jacket. He still drowned. So get facts before pouncing please

  • A1 Go Canes Oct 5, 2009

    He was actually a good swimmer. I do not know all the details, but if he sustained a head or spinal injury, a life vest wouldn't be a guarantee of anything. So how about all you people who know so much about the situation tell me what happened? By reading some of these posts, you must know something I don't.

    Bottom Line: Mr. Newsome was a good man, a good friend, and will be missed. How about just praying for his family and quit acting so high and mighty.

  • Unaffiliated Patriot Oct 5, 2009

    That does it.....I want all boats banned and destroyed immediately. Only the US Navy should be allowed to own or operate a boat. They are just plain dangerous.

  • pinklady-1 Oct 5, 2009

    so sad...prayers to lt newsome's family and friends...