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  • ⅔ cup loose-leaf black tea
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges (for garnish)
  • Mint sprigs (for garnish)

Recipe Preparation

  • Combine vodka and tea in a large pitcher. Let sit at room temperature, stirring occasionally, 2 hours. Strain into another large pitcher. Combine sugar and ¼ cup water in a jar, cover, and shake until sugar is dissolved; mix into vodka. For each cooler, fill a Collins glass with ice. Add lemon juice and 2 oz. infused vodka. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge and a mint sprig.

Recipe by Ashley Christensen's Fox Liquor Bar in Raleigh, NC,Photos by Michael Depasquale

Nutritional Content

12 servings, 1 serving contains: Calories (kcal) 150 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 4 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0Reviews Section

How To ferment hefeweizen in warmer temps?

I was looking to brew a hefeweizen but I'm Florida and my house is about 80 degrees during the day and 74 degrees at night. I was thinking about something this this True Brew BAVARIAN HEFEWEIZEN EXTRACT KIT . It comes with Fermentis SafBrew WB-06 which states the ideal temp is between 64-75°. Eventually I plan to add some temp control to my setup but this is the situation for now. So my questions are.

1) how much of a difference will it make fermenting at 80 degrees?

2) would a different yeast be better?

3) any similar wheat beers ferment well in my higher temps?


It ain't all burritos and strippers, my friend.

You could ferment your wheat beer with a Kveik strain or a Saison strain at the kind of temps you're talking about, but the result wouldn't be much like a hefeweizen.

But that's what I'd do, rather than subjecting a hefe strain to 80F (plus the heat generated by fermentation). I would predict a fusel alcohol mess with hefe strains.

You say you have no temperature control, but most people can at least manage a swamp cooler. There are probably lots of threads about them on this very forum if you do a search.


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You could try some Belgian strains, which often ferment a bit warmer. Wyeast 1214 comes to mind, though there may be others that work well, too. I doubt you'll get much banana from them, but you'd probably get some crossover of the spice character, even if not quite as predominantly clove.

I know this wasn't your question, but you can also do cheap temperature control with a large bucket, some water, and some water bottles (a swamp cooler): put the fermenter in the larger bucket, fill the large bucket with water, and add frozen water bottles to the water to reduce temperature as needed. You'd really only have to be vigilant the first 3 or 4 days, as this is when the yeast is most active and undesirable fermentation byproducts would be produced at higher temps during that period.


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If using the proper yeast strain, you're right Bavarian weissbier strains are know for their production of isoamyl acetate--the ester responsible for that banana flavor.

Other strains produce isoamyl acetate at much lower levels, so if using a different strain (e.g., a Belgian strain that in other ways often performs better at higher temps) you'd likely see far less banana flavor.


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Fwiw a second hand mini fridge can be gotten off Craigslist for under $100 and either an inkbird or less expensive willhi temperature controller can eliminate the challenges summer temps bring to home brewing.
I pondered the summer challenge for years before getting motivated to search for a mini fridge. A week later i had it set up and in retrospect for the life of me can’t understand why I didn’t do so earlier. Best I can conclude it was the lack of understanding how important temperature control is for fermenting very good beer.
Worrying about the temp of fermentation is not fun. Neither is tending to ice packs and wet towels. Nope. A mini fridge and temp controller is an inexpensive way of making the hobby more enjoyable and better beer.

I had a Belgian Witbier in the mini fridge for the first week, then headed to Tampa for my son’s graduation. Never thought about the beer while fully enjoying the time with my son including a round of golf before getting back on a plane. I transferred it to the keg yesterday and back into the fridge to condition and cold crash. I’m visiting my sister and mom right now and know today’s run into the 80’s would have no impact on my beer. Before the mini fridge I would have had to postpone the brew until after the trip and today would have been far more stressful wondering if the ice packs would hold up and then rushing back home.

I have a pretty good lager on tap right now. My first. The mini fridge enables me to brew lagers now, opening up many more styles I otherwise did not brew.

Explosive fermentation

Hello guys,
I intend to brew a 5 gallons recipe of Oktoberfest this monday with a Munich Lallemand yeast. I have a 23L fermerter and i end up having about 19-20 Liters of worth but the fermentation is always explosive and the first 2 to 4 days the cap is ejected many times!! Lol
I use an airlock. I harvest my beer and started my starter [1 liter] yesterday.
I was thinking to put only half of my starter this time at the beginning and put the 2nd half after 2-3 days. I
Good or bad idea?
Up to now this yeast is the only one who is giving me trouble.
My fermentation temperature is 13 degrees and usually leave the beer 3 weeks in the fermenter.
Thank you and happy Easter


Opinionated Newb

I'm just a newb, but I use a blow off tube with the end stuck in a bottle of sanitizer for the first few days of ferment. Once things settle down, I'll stick an airlock on.

If you are having such fast gas production, you might need to use a considerably larger diameter tube than the will fit in the hole that you airlock fits into. So if that's a stopper, you'll need to change it too.


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I have no choice to stick with the 13 degrees because i am lagering a rice beer and i only have 1 freezer with temperature control . But to me the easier would be to put half of my starter and put the rest few days later. But didn't got any advice on that subject yet. The OG should be around 1.046


Are you sure about that?


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Don't underpitch. Adding more yeast after the initial pitch is questionable. You may create a volcano effect adding the second batch to already fermenting beer.

1. Make a smaller batch to allow more headroom.
2. Split the full batch between two fermenters, use a second bucket if you have to.
3. Like I previously posted, find a way to keep it cooler.
4. Big blowoff tube.


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Hello guys,
I intend to brew a 5 gallons recipe of Oktoberfest this monday with a Munich Lallemand yeast. I have a 23L fermerter and i end up having about 19-20 Liters of worth but the fermentation is always explosive and the first 2 to 4 days the cap is ejected many times!! Lol
I use an airlock. I harvest my beer and started my starter [1 liter] yesterday.
I was thinking to put only half of my starter this time at the beginning and put the 2nd half after 2-3 days. I
Good or bad idea?
Up to now this yeast is the only one who is giving me trouble.
My fermentation temperature is 13 degrees and usually leave the beer 3 weeks in the fermenter.
Thank you and happy Easter

No don't pitch half first then half 48 hours later, if you were going to do that then you'd be better off not pitching the second half at all and saving the rest for another beer. Why? Because in those 48 hours since you pitched the first half the wort has allowed those first 100bn or so cells to become over 1000bn cells, so adding in another 100bn cells at that point would be entirely pointless, and if anything just make your beer worse.

16 of the Best Irish Cocktails to Sip on St. Patrick's Day

These festive Irish-themed drink recipes are the perfect way to celebrate on March 17.

St. Patrick's Day can be a fun time to embrace your inner Irish (even if a corned beef sandwich is as close as you get to having Irish heritage.) And while we're all for enjoying a playful themed drink, you deserve better for your celebratory sláintes than run of the mill beer with green food coloring.

From creative tipples made from Irish whiskey to festive, shamrock-y sips&mdashyes, we even have some green ideas&mdashthese unique and delicious cocktails are sure to get you in the Irish spirit in time for St. Patrick's Day.


2 oz Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey
1 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
3 slices Japanese cucumber, muddled
2 fresh mint leaves and cucumber slice for garnish


In a shaker glass, combine whiskey, lime juice, simple syrup and cucumbers and muddle together. Add ice and shake vigorously. Fine strain into a rocks glass over a large ice block. Garnish with fresh cucumber and mint sprig through the middle.

From Selanne Steak Tavern in Laguna Beach


1.5 oz Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
1 oz Teeling Irish whiskey
.5 oz Creme de Cacao
.5 oz Brancamenta


Shake lightly and strain over crushed ice. Garnish with mint and shaved chocolate.

By Pam Wiznitzer at Seamstress in New York City.


1.5 oz Casamigos Añejo
.5 oz Crème de Mure
.25 oz agave nectar
Top off with Guinness Beer


Combine all ingredients into tin shaker except Guinness. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 8&ndash10 seconds. Fine strain into coupe glass. Top off with Guinness. Garnish with 2 fresh blackberries through skewer with edible green & gold glitter over on top.


1 part Red Bush Irish Whiskey
1 part herbal aperitif (such as Campari)
1 part sweet red vermouth
Orange peel


Combine ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice and stir until combined.


1 oz kale juice
1.5 oz tequila blanco
.5 oz cucumber juice
.75 oz ginger beer
.25 oz simple syrup
.5 oz fresh lemon juice


Mix all ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice and shake. Double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with Bolivian pink salt


2 oz Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
.75 oz Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
1 bar spoon simple syrup
2 dashes angostura bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
2 dashes Pernod Absinthe


Shake all ingredients except bitters and absinthe over ice. Strain into a rocks glass. Top with bitters and absinthe.


.75 oz Chartreuse
.75 oz Grand Marnier
Splash of Fever Tree Tonic Water
Edible gold flakes and microgreen


Combine ingredients and mixing glass with ice and stir. Top with splash of tonic water and garnish with gold flakes and microgreen.

From The Four Seasons Denver in Denver, CO.


1.5 oz Knappogue Castle 14-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz cinnamon syrup*
.25 oz Apricot liqueur
2 oz organic apple juice
4 dashes Angostura Bitters


Build in a cocktail shaker, whip shake briefly with a handful of pebble ice, and strain into a rocks glass

*Cinnamon syrup: Combine 2 cups sugar with 1 cup hot water and stir well to dissolve. Let this sit overnight with 4 cinnamon sticks. Strain and seal in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.

By Meaghan Dorman at Raines Law Room and Dear Irving, NYC


.25 oz honey syrup (2 parts honey, 1 part water)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz Redbreast Irish Whiskey
Garnish with a swath of lemon


Combine all ingredients. Add ice and stir until cocktail is chilled and properly diluted. Strain over ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a swath of lemon.

From the Dawson in Chicago


2 oz Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
.75 oz unfiltered apple cider
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz wildflower honey syrup (2 parts honey : 1 part water)
.25 oz benedictine
1 oz ginger beer


Add ginger beer to bottom of rocks glass. Combine remaining ingredients in a shaker tin over ice, shake, and strain into glass.

By Joaquín Simó of Pouring Ribbons


1.5 oz Midori Liqueur
1 oz. Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
.5 oz Irish Crème


Shake and strain over ice into a double old fashioned glass. Top with homemade whipped cream and fresh mint garnish.

From Therapy in Las Vegas


3-5 fresh basil leaves
2.5 oz vodka
.5 oz lime juice
1 tsp sugar
1.5 oz sweet-and-sour mix


In a shaker tin, muddle basil leaves. Add all other ingredients and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.

From Bleu Bohème in San Diego, CA


2 oz Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
.75 oz Lillet Rosé
.5 oz Aperol
2 slices cucumber
1 pinch Kosher salt


Muddle cucumber lightly in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add all other ingredients and ice. Stir and double-strain into a cocktail glass.

by Joaquín Simó, Pouring Ribbons


1 oz Jameson
1 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
1 oz lime
3-5 mint leaves


Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Shake and strain into absinthe-rinsed coupe glass. Garnish with mint.

From Ramona in New York City


1.5 oz Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
1 oz hot coffee
.75 tsp brown sugar
Whipped cream


Combine all ingredients in a heat proof mug and top with whipped cream.


1.5 oz Drambuie
1 spicy ginger teabag
3 oz cucumber juice
.5 oz lemon juice
Sweetener to taste


Infuse one tea bag in up to .5 cup of Drambuie for 1 hour. Remove bag squeezing out excess. Combine all ingredients in a tin and shake. Double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Parents honor Garner teen’s memory on what would have been her 18th birthday

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN)– Veronica Baker would have celebrated her 18th birthday with seafood, family and friends.

Instead, her parents are honoring her memory while they push for justice in her killing.

“I know she’s in heaven and I know she’s at peace. I hope they are having a big party for her birthday,” said Baker’s mother, Laura.

Baker was shot and killed in a Raleigh Bojangles parking lot in August. Her father, Jim Baker, said his daughter defended herself in her last moments.

“Her parking spot is still empty. We wait for her car every night, but she’s never coming home,” said Laura Baker.

The Baker’s said their daughter leaves behind a legacy of kindness, compassion and caring.

“She saw every single person as an individual. She saw the good in everybody,” Jim Baker said. “She was everybody’s friend.”

Baker loved the ocean, the color blue, her dog “Louis,” and her sneaker collection.

“She took such pride in her shoes,” said Laura Baker.

Her parents said Veronica Baker also loved going camping and eating her father’s home cooked meals.

She aspired to cook like him.

“I’d cook breakfast and we’d all eat and go hit the beach at about 10 a.m. Veronica and I would get right beyond where the waves break” said Jim Baker. “We’d sit out there and float and talk. Ten minutes into it and she’d go, ‘what’s for lunch dad?'”

Veronica Baker’s dream was to help people as a social worker.

She planned to attend East Carolina University but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, decided to enroll in classes at Wake Tech instead.

She was scheduled to begin classes right before she was killed.

The Bakers said their daughter texted them a half hour before she was killed saying she was on her way home.

“One thing I hold on to is that she never went anywhere, anywhere without saying ‘I love you,'” said Jim Baker. “That was my last conversation with her.”

Family and friends honored her love of the ocean with a recent trip to Emerald Isle to place roses in the water.

“Every person there said they saw fish jumping and that’s a sign of God. I felt at peace. I felt at peace at least that day,” said Laura Baker.

Two memorial rides are planned for Veronica Baker this weekend: One at the Dragon Slayer Clubhouse in Wendell at 10 a.m. All proceeds will be donated in Baker’s memory to The Masonic Home for Children in Oxford.

Another fundraiser will be held at Butner Athletic Park in Butner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Food Distribution Division

During this outbreak of the COVID-19 Food Distribution will continue to receive, store and ship USDA Foods and Farm to School Produce to all eligible recipient agencies.
We have made some changes in our operating procedures to enhance Social Distancing. We are here to assist and support
you during this outbreak.

The Food Distribution Division contributes to the nutritional well-being of the citizens of North Carolina by distributing USDA Foods to eligible Recipient Agencies. Food Distribution administers six food programs for USDA.


Food Distribution operates two state warehouses for the purpose of distributing all USDA Foods allocated to six different programs in North Carolina. Also, Food Distribution operates two small warehouses which distributes food to eligible individuals participating in specific programs.

The Butner Warehouse is located in Granville County. It has 60,000 square feet dry storage, 20,000 cooler and freezer, also 6,000 square feet that houses division's administrative offices.

The Salisbury Warehouse is located in Rowan County. It has 40,000 square feet dry storage, 7,500 square feet cooler freezer.

Growing Fall Collards

If you haven’t made plans to plant your fall collards, now is the time to start that process. Collards are a southern staple that can be found on many holiday tables. Packed with vitamin A and K, this easy to grow crop is worth the investment.

Collards are a cool-season crop that grows best during cooler temperatures of spring and fall. Collards will also survive the winter in Pamlico County, although freezing weather may burn some leaves. Difficulties of producing a fall crop are early warm temperatures that can slow growth, and a higher volume of insect pests.

If you can locate transplants, go ahead and get them in the ground. Bring soil pH up to 6.0-6.5, and supply enough nitrogen fertilizer to keep plants green and actively growing. For average soils, use 1-2 lbs. of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet before planting. Side-dress with ¼ pound of nitrogen fertilizer like 21-0-0 per 100 square feet, 3 to 5 weeks after the seed comes up or after transplanting, and 2 to 3 weeks after that.

You can also direct seed collards into your garden, leaving approximately 15 inches between plants. You can also grow your own transplants by seeding plants in rows 2-3 inches apart with in-row spacing approximately 2-4 inches. In about 6-weeks you can dig these bare-root plants up and transplant them into the garden with proper spacing. Variety suggestions include Morris Heading, Yellow Cabbage, Vates, Blue Max, and Top Bunch.

Frequent watering will be required during hot sunny days. To improve early growth of small seedlings, shading may be required. The biggest pests include four-legged animals, imported cabbage worms, diamond back moths, and cabbage loopers. A regular insecticide application will probably be required until colder temperatures arrive. Physical barriers like row covers may help prevent insect infestation, but they will also increase growing temperatures. Therefore, they provide the greatest benefit during cooler temperatures and early spring.

Common insecticide recommendations include the active ingredients carbaryl (Sevin), Bt (Dipel), permethrin, bifenthrin, and spinosad. Small insects are easier to control, so keep a look out for activity. Read and follow label directions and pay attention to harvest restrictions (time between application and safe harvest) and maximum applications per year. Rotate products when possible.

Some disease issues may arise, but they usually occur with excessively wet conditions and from saved seed or plant debris left in the garden. If possible, plant on new ground or areas in the garden that did not have a Brassica crop (cabbage, collard, broccoli, etc.) in the spring. Remove plant debris and cultivate deeply. Avoid overhead irrigation when possible. Soil splashing onto leaves and water splashing from infected plants will spread most common collard diseases.

Harvesting collards is accomplished by several different methods. Some folks will harvest young plants for salad greens, while other will allow the plants to mature and then harvest the entire plant. They will then remove the leaves from the stalk and consume the leafy portions. Others may harvest leaves from plants as the plant matures, allowing the plant to produce a continuous crop of new leaves. This provides a lengthy harvest that can stretch the growing season through

Traditional recipes include cooking chopped greens with fat and oil from bacon, smoked or salted meat. Cooking times range from minutes to hours depending upon taste and preference. For simple recipes, you can follow this link to the NC State Extension Publication titled “Collard Greens, Grow It, Eat It”.

When purchasing collards for cooking, choose bunches with dark green leaves with no yellowing. Refrigerate collard greens in a plastic bag for up to five days. When preparing collards for cooking, trim stems and woody pieces, and rinse collards thoroughly to remove any traces of grit. Chop into pieces, as needed, for recipes. To freeze collards, start with the freshest greens you can find—about a handful per serving. Blanch the washed, trimmed greens in a large pot of boiling water for 3 minutes, then immediately immerse in a bowl of ice water. Drain thoroughly and place in freezer-safe storage containers, removing as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Freeze immediately.

For more information on growing collards or planting a fall garden, contact Daniel Simpson at 252-745-4121 or [email protected]

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This box goes to benefitting the children at Camp High Hopes, a summer day camp subsidized by donations to the YMCA's Annual We Build People Campaign. Campers participate in character-development activities, literacy instruction, sports and swim lessons. Each day, children receive a snack and a nutritious meal. Camp High Hopes is offered to elementary and middle school students. Each location also may offer a Kindergarten Readiness Program, Sports Camp and a CILT program for grades 9 and 10.

African American group calls FDA’s move to ban menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars “real progress”

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s latest push to ban menthol cigarettes is nothing new, according to East Carolina University’s Dr. Eric Soule.

Soule says, “Research has been conducted and the benefits from banning menthol cigarettes has overwhelmingly been positive.”

So when the FDA announced on Thursday moves to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council said it’s “real progress,” but there is more work to be done, especially to end tobacco use and protect the health of African Americans.

“This is a major victory, yes, and a number of us are very happy about it but we’re clear that the fight will go on,” AATCLC co-chair Dr. Phillip Gardiner said.

More than 18 million people in the U.S. smoke menthol cigarettes, according to the FDA. 85% of those users are African American.

Soule says Menthol flavoring can be more addictive and harder to quit.

“Makes the smoke feel cooler, makes it feel less adverse and it has kind of numbing effects,” Soule said. “These effects make the smoke from menthol cigarettes feel less harsh to users, makes it easier to inhale and in general, this makes them more addictive.”

The use of these tobacco products is significant among African Americans. It’s been advertised and marketed to them for years, says Gardiner.

“What’s most concerning is that menthol cigarettes are cheaper in the Black community,” Gardiner said. “We actually have data on this so how did this become “our cigarette?” It was essentially pushed down our throats.”

The CDC says each year, 45,000 African Americans die from smoking-related disease, according to a report.

“This is more than car crashes, homicides, all other types of deaths, it’s the main killer of Black folks in the United States,” Gardiner said.

While the FDA’s potential ban is a sign of progress, Gardiner’s vision includes support for people who are getting off of menthol, removing candy-flavoring from cigarettes and more education and support for cessation services.

“Menthol cigarette ban has the potential to be one of the most impactful public health policies for improving public health,” Soule said. “You know, the research has been conducted for quite some time. And the results are clear the FDA should use their authority to ban menthol cigarettes.”

FBI opens investigation into Brown shooting pathologist says he was shot five times

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WITN) - The FBI says it has opened a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Andrew Brown, Jr.

In a statement this afternoon, the FBI says its agents will work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh and the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department to determine if any federal laws were broken.

This comes the same day that a pathologist said the Elizabeth City man was shot five times, the fatal one to the back of his head.

The family of Brown and their attorneys shared those results of their independent autopsy this morning.

Wayne Kendall, one of the attorneys for the family, said the first shots were through the front windshield of Brown’s car. He said the man had four wounds to the right arm.

“He was able to back up as these shots were coming into the vehicle,” said Kendall. The attorney said Brown was then shot in the back of the neck, and the bullet lodged in the brain.

“It was an execution. It was an assassination of this unarmed Black man. That is painful and we are tired. Mothers are tired, sisters are tired, fathers are tired, communities are tired, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, people that call your family are tired. You all have to hear that pain, you all need to hear it out.”

Chantel Lassiter, Brown family attorney

The State Medical Examiner is also performing an autopsy on the man’s body, but results typically take three or four months before they are finalized and made public.

Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Tommy Wooten said that he wants answers about what happened as much as the public does.

“The private autopsy released by the family is important and I continue to pray for them during this difficult time. However, a private autopsy is just one piece of the puzzle. The independent investigation being performed by the SBI is crucial and the interviews, forensics, and other evidence they gather will help ensure that justice is accomplished.”

Sheriff Tommy Wooten, Pasquotank County

Governor Roy Cooper is now calling for a special prosecutor be appointed to handle everything involving the Brown shooting. Already, the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting.

“This would help assure the community and Mr. Brown’s family that a decision on pursuing criminal charges is conducted without bias.”

Gov. Roy Cooper

Brown was shot last Wednesday morning as deputies were trying to serve a search warrant at a home on Perry Street. Sheriff Wooten said seven deputies have been placed on administrative leave while three have since resigned.

Lassiter said Monday the man was in his driveway with his hands on the steering wheel of his car. “They ran up to his car shooting,” said Lassiter.

The attorney said Brown still had his hands on the steering wheel as he backed out of the driveway, away from the deputies. Lassiter said the man was shot in the back of his head.

The family said they were only allowed to view twenty seconds from one deputy body camera.

Sheriff Wooten said late Monday afternoon that the county had filed a motion with a Superior Court judge to allow the video to be released to the public.

A coalition of media outlets, including WITN, has already filed suit to have the footage released.

A State of Emergency continues to be enforced in Elizabeth City because of concerns of civil unrest. So far, the protests have been peaceful.

In addition, the city has enacted an 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew. The announcement says everyone must be off the streets during that time and the only exceptions will be people traveling to and from work, or emergencies.

The city says visits to stores, gas stations, and other non-emergency travel should be conducted during non-curfew hours.

Elizabeth City says the curfew will remain in effect until further notice.


The son of Andrew Brown, Jr. said his father was executed by Pasquotank County deputies.

Khalil Ferebee watched a short clip of police body camera footage this afternoon at the county sheriff’s office.

“My dad got executed just by trying to save his own life. You know, the officers were in no harm to him at all. It’s just messed up how this happened.”

Khalil Ferebee, Brown's son

Brown was shot last Wednesday morning as deputies were trying to serve a search warrant at a home on Perry Street. Sheriff Tommy Wooten said seven deputies have been placed on administrative leave while three have since resigned.

Chantel Lassiter, an attorney for the Brown family, said the man was in his driveway with his hands on the steering wheel of his car. “They ran up to his car shooting,” said Lassiter.

The attorney said Brown still had his hands on the steering wheel as he backed out of the driveway, away from the deputies. Lassiter said the man was shot in the back of his head.

“Let’s be clear, this was an execution. I just want to make it clear, they were still shooting at him after his car had already crashed into a tree.”

Chantel Lassiter, Brown family attorney

The family was supposed to see the video at 11:30 a.m., but that was delayed as the county said it had to blur some of the video involved.

Attorneys said the family was only allowed to see twenty seconds from one body camera.

County attorney Michael Cox earlier today said while state law permits a private viewing to the family, it does allow them to blur some faces on the video to protect an active internal investigation. In a statement, Cox said the county received the family’s request Sunday evening, “we began working immediately to make that happen as soon as possible,” Cox said.

The SBI is investigating the shooting and their results will be turned over to the district attorney.

Late Monday, Sheriff Tommy Wooten & Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg said the county attorney filed a motion asking a Superior Court judge to release the body camera video. “This tragic incident was quick and over in less than 30 seconds and body cameras are shaky and sometimes hard to decipher,” said the sheriff.”

A coalition of media outlets, including WITN, has already filed suit to have the footage released.

This morning, Elizabeth City Mayor Bettie Parker issued a State of Emergency because of concerns there might be civil unrest once the video was shown to the family.

A two-block area around the courthouse and sheriff’s office has been cordoned off to vehicles.

WARRANT: Drug buys records weeks before Brown shot to death

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina deputies who fatally shot a Black man outside of his house obtained the search warrant that brought them there after investigators recorded him selling small amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine to an informant, according to court documents released Monday.

The fatal shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. last Wednesday in Elizabeth City has prompted days of protests, calls for the public release of deputy body camera video and civil rights leaders decrying that warrants shouldn’t lead to a fatal shooting. Signs including emergency scanner traffic and an eyewitness account indicate that Brown was shot in the back as he was trying to drive away. Authorities have released few details.

Brown’s family had hoped to have a private viewing of the body camera video on Monday morning, but county officials indicated that would be delayed because they were working on blurring some faces in the recording.

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who’s among lawyers representing Brown’s family, told reporters Monday morning that the delay is meant to protect law enforcement officers at the same time as they release the warrants with negative details about Brown.

“Now, you all may have noticed that they released a warrant saying all kinds of things about Andrew Brown, but they want to redact the face of the . officers that killed Andrew Brown,” he said, adding that law officials blurring deputies’ faces are “going to protect them and not show their face and not say their names . because what they want to do is assassinate the character” of Brown.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II has said that multiple deputies fired shots. Elizabeth City police were not involved in the shooting. Seven deputies are on leave pending a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation.

The warrant released Monday was obtained by the Pasquotank County sheriff’s office and signed by a local judge to allow the search of Brown’s Elizabeth City home. It said that an investigator in nearby Dare County was told by the informant that the person had been purchasing crack cocaine and other drugs for over a year from Brown. The informant described purchasing drugs at the house that was the target of the search.

The warrant said that in March, local narcotics officers used the informant to conduct controlled purchases of methamphetamine and cocaine from Brown on two separate occasions. The warrant says both drug transactions were recorded using audio and video equipment.

The search warrant said investigators believed Brown was storing drugs in the home or two vehicles. The document, which indicated the search wasn’t completed, didn’t list anything found.

The arrest warrants, which were released last week, charged him with possession with intent to sell and deliver 3 grams of each of the drugs.

Calls have been growing to release deputy body camera footage of the incident, which is not public record in North Carolina. A judge must generally sign off on any release of body camera video. Wooten has said he would ask a local judge as early as Monday to allow the release of the footage. A coalition of media has also petitioned the court for its release, and city officials also plan to.

Short of releasing it publicly, state law allows law enforcement to show body camera video privately to a victim’s family. County officials said Monday they will show the video to family after blurring out some of the faces in the video to protect an active internal investigation.

“As soon as these redactions are complete, we will allow the family to view this footage,” Pasquotank County Attorney R. Michael Cox said in a statement. “We hope this occurs today, but the actual time will be driven by the completion of the redactions.”

Also Monday, Elizabeth City officials declared a state of emergency amid concerns about how demonstrators would react to a possible video release. Protests since the shooting in the eastern North Carolina town of about 18,000 have generally been peaceful.

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The family of Andrew Brown Jr. is preparing to see the body camera video involving the shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr., this morning.

The family’s attorney Harry Daniels said the family should be allowed to see the body camera footage without delay but nothing is guaranteed.

Under North Carolina law, the video can only be released by a judge. A petition must first be filed to the court and then be approved to release the video, which could take a matter of hours or days.

Hours before the family was to view the video, Elizabeth City’s mayor declared a State of Emergency amid concerns of civil unrest.

County Commission Chairman Lloyd Griffin asked the community in a press release on Sunday to be patient in the release of the body camera video involving the shooting death of Andrew Brown, Jr.

“Rushing the gathering of evidence and interviewing of witnesses would hurt any future legal case that might be brought in the wake of this tragedy,” Griffin said. “Justice, when done right, takes time.”

Griffin referenced the police shooting of Danquirs Franklin in Charlotte in 2019 and said it took three weeks for body camera footage of that to be legally released. Griffin said he hopes it doesn’t take that long for the Andrew Brown, Jr. body camera video to be released but said everyone must follow the legal procedures.

“The commissioners support Sheriff Wooten, who is trying to maintain public safety in our county while also being responsive to the needs of the Brown family and those concerned about this shooting,” Griffin said. “It’s easy to criticize and it’s hard to lead.”

The full statement can be read below:

Our entire county leadership grieves with the family of Andrew Brown, Jr., and our prayers go out to them. Everyone should want a thorough, fair, and proper investigation into exactly what happened when deputies attempted to serve the arrest warrant and search warrant at Mr. Brown’s home. Sadly, some irresponsible voices are calling for a rushed investigation and rush to judgement. Rushing the gathering of evidence and interviewing of witnesses would hurt any future legal case that might be brought in the wake of this tragedy. Justice, when done right, takes time. People — including some politicians — who want to score political points or become cable news celebrities too often forget that, which could negatively impact the investigation.

For example, in the tragic police shooting of Danquirs Franklin in Charlotte in 2019, it took three weeks before the body camera footage could be legally released. We all hope it won’t take that long in this case, but everyone must follow the legal procedures. Calling for North Carolina law to be ignored is irresponsible. We ask our community to be patient.

The commissioners support Sheriff Wooten, who is trying to maintain public safety in our county while also being responsive to the needs of the Brown family and those concerned about this shooting. It’s easy to criticize and it’s hard to lead.”

Chairman of the Pasquotank County Board of Commissioners


Calls for transparency continue in Elizabeth City, Sheriff’s Office may file a motion Monday to release Andrew Brown, Jr. shooting video

Protests continued in Elizabeth City on Sunday for the release of the body camera video involving the shooting death of Andrew Brown, Jr.

Protests continue for a fifth day in Elizabeth City. One of the participants said today is a rest day for many, but.

Posted by Austin Pollack on Sunday, April 25, 2021

One of the participants who walked on Sunday said it was a rest day for many people but almost two dozen gathered to continue demanding transparency.

The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office, Attorney General, Governor & NAACP leaders all called for the release of body camera video.

Sheriff Tommy Wooten said on Saturday they have asked the State Bureau of Investigation who’s investigating the shooting to confirm that releasing the video will not undermine their investigation.

Wooten said once he gets that confirmation, the Pasquotank County will file a motion in court “hopefully Monday,” to have the footage released.

The video can only be released by a judge but several elected officials have called for it to be made public or released to Brown’s family.

The sheriff’s office also said on Saturday they asked for an internal investigation.

Chief Deputy Fogg said the focus on the internal affairs review will be to see if any disciplinary action needs to be taken, which Fogg said they will fully cooperate with the outside investigator and begin the process immediately.

Sheriff Tommy Wooten said Saturday they want the body camera footage of the shooting death of Andrew Brown, Jr. to be made public.

Under North Carolina law, the releasing of the video can be done by a judge.

In a recorded statement posted Saturday afternoon, Sheriff Wooten and Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg said they have asked the SBI to confirm that releasing the video will not undermine their investigation.

“Once I get that confirmation, our county will file a motion in court hopefully Monday to have the footage released,” Wooten said. “We understand that district attorney may also present his perspective on the issue to the judge.”

Attorney General Josh Stein has also joined in on calls for the video to be released, saying in a statement that his office has reached out to District Attorney Andrew Womble to offer their assistance.

“I believe the bodycam video should be made available to the family and released publicly without undue delay,” Stein said. “Transparency is critically important in situations like this.”

Governor Roy Cooper also released a statement on Friday.

Initial reports of the shooting in Elizabeth City and death of Andrew Brown, Jr. this week are tragic and extremely concerning. The body camera footage should be made public as quickly as possible and the SBI should investigate thoroughly to ensure accountability.

&mdash Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) April 23, 2021

President Joe Biden is reportedly aware of what’s going and said he’d likely leave it to local authorities, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that President Joe Biden is aware of Andrew Brown Jr.'s death, but that Biden would likely leave decisions over the timetable for releasing body camera footage to local authorities.

&mdash Dave Jordan (@DaveJordanWITN) April 23, 2021

Chief Deputy Fogg said they met with Brown’s family, according to the video. Fogg said the sheriff’s office has asked the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association to identify and appoint an outside sheriff’s office to come here and do an internal affairs investigation of everyone involved in this incident.”

The focus on the internal affairs review will be to see if any disciplinary action needs to be taken, which Fogg said they will fully cooperate with the outside investigator and begin the process immediately.

The video came minutes after the Pasquotank NAACP chapter called for Sheriff Wooten’s resignation during a family press conference on Saturday afternoon.

“On behalf of the Pasquotank County branch [NAACP], we today are calling for his resignation,” chapter president Keith Rivers said. “Sheriff Wooten, you’ve had the opportunity. The district attorney, you had the opportunity right now to get it together. We owe this, you owe this, you are elected officials.”

Rivers said they would release a letter calling for Wooten’s resignation.

Request for Resignation of Sheriff Tommy Wooten II

Posted by Pasquotank County NAACP on Sunday, April 25, 2021

Elizabeth City officials and the family both held press conferences on Saturday at different times.

Elizabeth City Mayor Bettie. J Parker along with other officials gave a press conference on the shooting death of Andrew Brown, Jr. on Saturday morning.

“We have done that without any arrests at this point,” police chief Eddie M. Buffaloe, Jr. said on protests. “We have done that without any property damage in the city at this point.”

Sheriff Tommy Wooten said this afternoon that seven deputies were put on administrative leave, and three others have since resigned, all over the deadly shooting of Andrew Brown, Jr.

Wooten is coming under increasing pressure to release body camera video of the shooting that happened during the execution of a search warrant Wednesday morning on Perry Street in Elizabeth City.

Elizabeth City council unanimously voted Friday afternoon to formally ask that the footage be released.

Under North Carolina law, law enforcement body camera footage can only be released by a court order.

At an emergency city council meeting, the city voted to send a letter to the sheriff, the district attorney, and the SBI asking the footage be released. If denied, the city okayed the next step of going before a judge to force the release.

WITN is joining other news organizations in filing a petition to have the video released, as well.

“There is absolutely nothing to hide. The video is not being released, we’re waiting on the district attorney,” said the sheriff.

Wooten said late Friday afternoon that in addition to the SBI investigating the shooting, he is bringing in another agency to do his internal investigation into what happened.

Police radio traffic said the man was shot in the back.

The shooting death of Brown has sparked two nights of protests in the city, amid calls that authorities release more information about how the man was shot by Pasquotank County deputies.

While WITN has asked for the release of 911 calls and radio traffic recordings from the Pasquotank County 911 Center, has posted what they say are the recordings from Wednesday morning.

“Deputy: Central, advise EMS that we have a male, 42 years of age, gunshot to the back. We do have a vital pulse at this time.”

Several minutes earlier, 911 alerted Elizabeth City police about the shooting.

“911: Can you respond to 421 Perry Street, we have shots fired. We have shots fired. EMS and fire is en route.”

WITN has received no response from Pasquotank County on our request for the recordings, which are public records under North Carolina law.

Sheriff Tommy Wooten has only said Brown was shot by his deputies during the execution of a search warrant of which Brown was the subject.

On Thursday, a neighbor told WITN that Brown was shot by a deputy as he was driving away.


A neighbor says Andrew Brown Jr. was shot by a deputy as he was driving away.

Brown died after the 8:30 a.m. Wednesday shooting in Elizabeth City as Pasquotank County deputies were trying to serve a search warrant.

Demetria Williams lives on Perry Street and told WITN she saw multiple Pasquotank deputies shoot at him as he was trying to pull out of his driveway in his car.

“They started shooting, literally,” said Williams.

She said she remembers the deputies trying to resuscitate him, but it was too late.

“When they opened the door, he was slumped over already. I knew he was gone,” she said.

Another neighbor and long-time friend of Brown’s, Jean Ferebee, said her son woke her up after hearing multiple gunshots that Wednesday morning.

“My baby comes running into my room with fear in his face,” she said.

She wiped away tears as she remembered her neighbor across the street, father of multiple kids, and friend of 16 years.

“Where is the justification?” asked Ferebee. “Nothing is being justified to these people. Nothing is being justified.”

As they wait for answers, the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.

Sheriff Tommy Wooten said the deputy, who he didn’t identify, has been placed on administrative leave.

Wooten wouldn’t give any details of what led up to the shooting but did confirm that the deputy’s body camera recorded what happened.

The NAACP Thursday morning called for an immediate review of the body camera footage.

“We call for the immediate review of the body cameras and a thorough investigation of the Sheriff’s Department. We further call for immediate reform measures, locally, statewide and nationally and we call on Attorney General Josh Stein and Governor Roy Cooper to rise up and do what you were elected to do. Your delayed actions are failing your constituency.”

Rev. Dr. Anthony Spearman. North Carolina NAACP president

The statement goes on to say, “Legislators MUST be held accountable to pass legislation to police the police.”

The NAACP said the 40-year-old Brown was the father of ten children.

Thursday afternoon, North Carolina Democrats said Brown’s death was a heartbreaking reminder just hours after the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict of the violence Black men in America face every day.

“We extend our strength and love to the family of Andrew Brown. Know that we will not rest. We will keep seeking justice and accountability by demanding answers, fighting to end police brutality in our communities, and standing up against the institutional racism embedded in our society.”

Bobbie Richardson, North Carolina Democratic Party chair

Elizabeth City Council held a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss the shooting and afterward dozens of people took to the streets to protest the shooting and ask for the release of more information.


Crowds gathered Wednesday night in Elizabeth City in Pasquotank County after a man was fatally shot earlier in the day by a sheriff’s deputy.

The sheriff’s office says deputies were serving a warrant on Andrew Brown, Jr. at 421 Perry Street around 8:30 a.m. when the shooting happened.

Sheriff Tommy Wooten held a news conference earlier in the day but did not go into detail about what led to the shooting, only saying there would be a full and transparent investigation.

Pasquotank NAACP President Keith Rivers said, “I’m looking at this as the long game. I want our people in our community to understand the power of the vote, you don’t walk around and say my vote no longer counts, you get exactly what you didn’t vote for. And that’s what we have right now. So we have to make sure that people understand that we go and then when people are elected, we have to hold them accountable.”

Elizabeth City Council held a special meeting Wednesday night where Councilman Darius Horton said, “I’m hurt. Our community is hurt. Our community is torn apart, nobody wants to hear what anybody has to say. They just want the answers. So I’m just hoping that video footage for me, their video footage will speak volumes, that’s what I’m looking for. I want to see what happened because there’s no way. There’s no reason in my personal opinion that a warrant should end up in a man being dead.”

Shortly after the meeting protesters took to the streets as they seek answers as well.

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