The Free Press’ sports editor who contributes to the Jones Post was arrested by Kinston police after an argument with management at a local nightclub this weekend. A writer for the newspaper was taken into custody as well.
Editor Jessika Marie Morgan, 24, was charged with second-degree trespassing, being intoxicated and disruptive, resisting a police officer and assault on a government official, according to the N.C. Criminal Court Calendar. She was given a secured bond of $1,500.
Staff writer Junious Wallace Smith III, 25, was charged with second-degree trespassing. He was taken into custody without incident and given an unsecured bond of $300.
Free Press Editor Bryan Hanks called the situation embarrassing.
“Jessika and Junious — just like everyone in our newsroom — realize they are held to a higher standard,” Hanks said in a report in The Free Press.
He indicated the two would continue employment at the newspaper.
The arrest arises out of an alleged attempt by the two to reenter Club Climax, located on U.S. 258, at around 1:30 a.m., according to police.
Police officers noticed club management arguing with Morgan. She was “extremely intoxicated,” according to police.
Since management told Morgan to leave and she refused, she was charged with trespassing. She was taken to the Lenoir County Jail where she refused to exit the police vehicle, refused to walk to the jail and kicked a police officer in the leg. She also refused to identify herself and provide other information, all according to information from police.