Two Sneads Ferry teenagers arrested for vehicle break ins

Two Sneads ferry teenagers have been arrested for breaking and entering at a local country club.

(SNEADS FERRY)- Two Onslow County teenagers have been arrested for breaking into vehicles at a local country club.

On October 1, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office responded to the North Shore Country Club in Sneads Ferry for a report that several vehicles had been broken into. Video security footage was obtained from the business and posted to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page, asking for the public to help identify the individuals responsible.

Detectives received tips from citizens and through the Crime Stoppers Program identifying two males;

Ryan Michael Carroll and Jason Travis Bibb. Both men were arrested and charged with:

  • Breaking and Entering Motor Vehicle
  • Attempted Breaking and Entering Motor Vehicle (MISDEMEANOR)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Breaking and Entering (FELONY)
  • Misdemeanor Larceny

Carroll, 17-years-old of Sherrill Loop Rd., Sneads Ferry, was arrested October 10, 2019. He received a written promise to appear and was released to his parent.

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

Bibb, 19-years-old of Yaupon Ct., Sneads Ferry, was arrested October 14, 2019. He received a $1,500 secured bond.

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

Ryan Carroll is on the NC COURTS Calendar for these charges next month on Nov. 7th. He has no other dates pending at this time on the database.

Jason Travis Bibb is also on the NC COURTS Calendar for Oct. 22nd in these charges. Bibb also has additional court dates on Nov. 1st and Nov. 6th for unrelated charges of:

  • No operators license
  • Drive/Allow MV No Registration

Neither teen has prior convictions listed in the NCDPS database.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Simmons at 910-989-4049, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019014487 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Second suspect apprehended for murdering a Monroe woman in SC

Man captured in SC on the run, for the murder of a Monroe, NC Mother who was killed in front of her children.

(UNION CO.)- Lucero Sosa Capote was murdered on July 12, 2019 at 1603 Tower Ct. in Monroe, NC. Warrants for the arrests of the two men involved in his death were issued on Wednesday.

Those two men are Byron Blair Watkins and Antwan David Sturdivant. Lucero Capote was murdered in front of her five children.

Warrants of the two men were issued for the Murder of Lucero Sosa Capote and one suspect went on the run. Byron Watkins was captured in Lexington County, SC early Friday morning.

The United States Marshals Service along with Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, City of Columbia Police Department, and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division all assisted in the search.

Courtesy of Monroe PD: Byron Watkins

Law enforcement has said that Watkins was taken into custody around 1 a.m. by the U.S. Marshals and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office without incident. 

Watkins is awaiting extradition at the Lexington County Jail. 

Courtesy of Monroe PD: Sturdivant (L) Watkins (R)

Byron Blair Watkins, has been described as a white male, age 25, 5’6” in height, 160LBS has tattoos about his entire body. He has formally been charged with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Burglary, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Discharge a Firearm in an occupied dwelling, and Assault on a Child under 12.

Antwan David Sturdivant, has been described as a black male, age 19, 5’10” in height, weighs 180LBS and has short dread locs. He has been formally charged with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Burglary, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault on a Female. Sturdivant is already in custody.

Both subjects were considered armed and dangerous prior to their arrests.

Watkins waived his extradition this morning in Lexington County and was picked up by Monroe Police Detectives and brought back to Union County for the service of the warrants.

Chief Gilliard of Monroe PD expressed his appreciation to all of the law enforcement agencies and all the other public safety entities that assisted in capturing Mr. Watkins.

Chief Gilliard stated, “our hearts go out the family of this terrible tragedy. Our detectives worked tirelessly to bring this case to a resolution. We are just so thankful for everyone that assisted us in the case. We hope this offers the family some semblance of peace”.

If anyone has information on either suspects involvement in this crime please contact the Monroe Police Department at 704-282-4700 or the Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600

Two teens arrested with guns and drugs in Holly Ridge following gunshots being fired

UPDATE: 2:13 PM-

Video footage from a Hampstead resident passing through the area during the time of the suspects being apprehended by Holly Ridge PD on Friday Evening.

Video Courtesy of a Hampstead Citizen passing by the scene: KC Makey


On the Friday evening of July 26, 2019 officers were dispatched to the 200 block of S. Dyson Street in reference to gunshots being fired.

Photo Courtesy of: Trent Taylor
Photo Courtesy of: Trent Taylor
Photo Courtesy of: Trent Taylor

The officers were given a description of the suspect vehicle and they immediately began checking the area. As Corporal Procopio arrived on scene, he saw the vehicle turn back onto S. Dyson Street. The suspect vehicle stopped abruptly and then sped off back onto Highway 50 towards Highway 17. Corporal Procopio was able to catch the vehicle at the nearby intersection and conducting a felony vehicle stop.

The two suspects were taken into custody in a collaborative effort from Surf City Police Department and Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspects were seen throwing a weapon from the vehicle by a witness on Highway 50 who called in and reported it, and that weapon was recovered near Green Street in Holly Ridge. In further investigative analysis, it was determined that this weapon was reported stolen out of Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Continuing the course of the investigation Holly Ridge police department learned that there was a second firearm that had been thrown from the vehicle.

Corporal Peterson and K9 Kayda with Surf City Police were requested and K9 Kayda performed an article search along the route the suspects fled. K9 Kayda was able to locate the second firearm along Highway 50. The suspects also had narcotics in their possession.

Photo Courtesy of HRPD

The suspects were identified as listed below and charged with:

Photo Courtesy of HRPD

Addison Stewart Black, 18-years-old, from 5022 Lord Byron Road, Wilmington, NC

  • Felony Destroy Evidence
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Resist a Public Officer
  • Felony Flee to Elude
  • Speeding to Elude
  • Failure to Stop for Blue Lights
  • Careless & Reckless Driving
  • Stop Sign violation
  • PWIMSD Schedule IV (Alprazolam-Xanax)
  • Manufacture Schedule IV (Alprazolam-Xanax)
  • Possession of Marijuana
Photo Courtesy of HRPD

Noah Zane Cooper, 18-years-old from 3117 Enterprise Drive, Wilmington, NC

  • Felony Destroy Evidence
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Resist a Public Officer
  • Possession of a Stolen Firearm
  • Going Armed to the Terror of the Public
  • Discharge a Firearm Within 500Ft of a Dwelling
  • PWIMSD Schedule IV (Alprazolam-Xanax)
  • Manufacture Schedule IV (Alprazolam-Xanax)
  • Possession of Marijuana

They were each given a $15,000 secured bond. Custody of the two subjects was turned over to the Onslow County Detention Center.


The North Carolina Department of Public Safety database does not reflect any prior convictions for either of the suspects. However, in deeper investigative reporting, It has been discovered that Noah Zane Cooper, was arrested and charged in Mecklenburg county in June 2018 for multiple charges to include: possession of stolen goods, attempted common law robbery, conspiracy, second degree trespass and more per the digital source Mecklenburg Public Records.

Addison Stewart Black shows a prior arrest in 2017 for possession of marijuana in Wilmington via the same digital source Busted Newspaper.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

BUSTED: Four people charged and arrested with heroin and paraphernalia in a traffic stop in Holly Ridge

On Tuesday, May 21, 2018 Officer Rodriguez of the Holly Ridge Police Department conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, a search of the vehicle was conducted and drugs and drug paraphernalia were located. The individuals in the vehicle were subsequently arrested and all charged with:

possession of heroin

• possession of drug paraphernalia

Dylan Foster, W/M, 26 years of age, 493 Miller Rd, Beulaville, NC

Marissa Markley, W/F, 22 years of age, 623 Creek Dr, Hampstead, NC

Brian Cosgrove, W/M, 25 years of age, 717 Court St, Jacksonville, NC

Cynthia Leonard, W/F, 29 years of age, 307 Clearview Dr, Holly Ridge, NC

They were each given a $3,000 secured bond and released to the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

Man arrested on allegations of fraudulent business practice for incomplete hurricane repairs

On May 8, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a citizen reporting that he had hired Matthew Dean Williams to do repair work on his residence after Hurricane Florence, but the work never was done.

The General Crimes Unit of the Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and determined that Williams had committed the same acts on previous occasions and had other pending charges of the same type of case.

In this case the investigation revealed Williams, 58-years-old agreed to repair the victim’s residence on Graytown Road and only partially completed the work. Williams was arrested May 14, 2019 and charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. Magistrates placed Williams under a $3,500 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at 910-989-4074, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019006863 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Sex offender arrested in MD for 54 counts of sexual related offenses against a minor child in Scotland Co. NC

(SCOTLAND CO.,NC)- On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigative Division, obtained criminal arrest warrants against, Cornelius Godfrey Brennecke, 44, of Baltimore, Maryland, in reference to (27) counts of felony First Degree Sexual Offense Against a Minor Child and (27) counts of felony Sexual Activity by a Substitute Parent.

Brennecke was a resident of Scotland County from 2010 through 2012. Brennecke resided in the area of Corbit Road and Andrew Jackson Highway, of Laurel Hill, NC and Laurinburg, NC. Brennecke was a registered sex offender when he moved to Scotland County, and was required to register with the sheriff’s office in which he did report. Brennecke allegedly resided with a family in Scotland County which included an adult female whom he was allegedly romantically involved with. Brennecke allegedly sexually assaulted the child residing in this home, on more than one occasion, a minor child who was alleged to be six years old at the time the offenses started.

Brennecke was previously charged in Scotland County for violations of his sexual offender registry requirements, and later, relocated back to the state of Maryland. Brennecke was recently arrested in the state of Maryland for sexual acts against a child which, the Maryland State Police reported additional incidents for the county of Scotland, that were discovered during the minor child’s interviews that were conducted in Maryland.

Brennecke is currently an inmate in the state of Maryland at a local detention facility, awaiting judicial proceedings in his many counts of felony crimes involving sexual acts with a child. Maryland State Police agreed to work with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, and attempt to assist the sheriff’s office in the extradition process legally.

Brennecke awaits extradition to the State of North Carolina, where he will be brought before a magistrate in the county of Scotland.

Scotland County man arrested on multiple child exploitation charges for child pornography

55-year-old Scotland Co. man, Theodore Chavis was arrested after a search warrant was executed after several complaints received regarding alleged child exploitation. Theodore may go by Teddy or Ted.

(SCOTLAND CO., NC-)- On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigative Division, executed a search warrant at, 1802 Anita Drive, Laurinburg, NC, in reference to several complaints received regarding alleged child exploitation. The sheriff’s office also received a search warrant for 21640 Bunch Road, Laurel Hill, NC in reference to this complaint.

Theodore William Chavis, age 55 (AKA Teddy Chavis)
Theodore William Chavis, age 55. (SCOTLAND CO PD) Also possibly known as Teddy Chavis. Chavis was arrested on charges of receiving, soliciting, and storing child pornography in his Laurinburg home.

Upon executing the search warrant, the sheriff’s office criminal investigators seized a number of electronic devices, media storage devices, and a number of firearms including assault rifles.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigative Division, arrested Theodore William Chavis, 55, for (2) counts of Second Degree Child Exploitation and (1) count of Third Degree Child Exploitation, regarding the solicitation, receiving and storage of child pornographic materials. Chavis received a secured $250,000 bond and is scheduled to be in court, Monday, April 15, 2019.

This investigation remains ongoing at this time.

There are no prior criminal recordings available for Chavis in the NCDPS database.

Theodore Chavis may also be known as Teddy Chavis, Ted William Chavis.

 

 

 

 

A man arrested after driving on the wrong side of the road in a high speed chase

A man has been arrested after driving on the wrong side of a highway at a high rate of speed.

At around 4:00 AM on Sunday, April 7, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Patrol responded to the area of Piney Green Road and Freedom Highway for a report that a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the road.

Deputy M. Dixon witnessed the vehicle in the area of Northeast Creek Bridge driving eastbound in the westbound lanes. His speed was estimated to be in excess of 80mph.

At one point, the driver slowed down and attempted to strike the deputy’s vehicle with his own. Deputy Dixon attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop, increasing his speed. Several deputies joined in the pursuit, where the driver entered Swansboro at an estimated speed of 100mph, still driving on the wrong side of the highway.

Swansboro Police joined the pursuit as it entered Swansboro. The chase continued into Carteret County, where Carteret County Sheriff’s Office engaged in the pursuit and Onslow County Deputies terminated their participation.

Carteret County Sheriff Deputies deployed stop sticks in the Morehead City area, where the suspect was eventually stopped. The driver, Trevor Tyrode Wallace, was arrested and transported back to Onslow County.

Wallace, 20-years-old of Edgefield Drive in Summerville, NC was arrested and charged with:

  • (2) Counts Assault With a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official – Felony
  • (3) Counts Flee to Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle- Felony
  • (1) Count Assault With a Deadly Weapon – Felony
  • (2) Counts Reckless Driving Wanton Disregard for Public Safety – Misdemeanor
  • (1) Count Reckless Driving to Endanger – Misdemeanor
  • (1) Count Aggressive Driving – Misdemeanor
  • (3) Counts Speeding/Exceeding Safe Speed – Misdemeanor
  • (1) Count Driving Wrong Way on Interstate – Misdemeanor
  • (1) Count Fail to Heed Light or Siren – Misdemeanor

Wallace is in the Onslow County Detention Center under an $80,500 secured bond on both Onslow and Carteret County charges until his first court appearance April 10, 2019.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019005137 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

OCSO Drug Enforcement Unit lead to another big heroin and marijuana bust last Friday charging two Jacksonville men

Last Friday, March 29, 2019 OCSO issued a press release that two Jacksonville men were arrested on felony drug charges after a joint investigation.

On March 28, 2019 an Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit investigation resulted in seizure of a large quantity of heroin being transported into Onslow County. Drug Enforcement Detectives, with the assistance of Uniformed Patrol, Crime Reduction Team, the NC State Bureau of Investigation, Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. During the stop, a K-9 was deployed who positively alerted to the presence of drugs. The vehicle was searched where (100) grams of heroin and $4,675 in US currency was found.

Robert Wealasby Jones and Dishaunn Marquis Turner were arrested on-scene and a subsequent search warrant of a residence frequented by Jones was searched. During this search, an additional:

(24.6) grams of heroin, (14) grams of cocaine, (56) grams of marijuana, (12) grams of marijuana wax, various drug paraphernalia, along with an additional $25,380 in cash was located and seized.

Jones, 37-years-old of Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville and Turner, 36-years-old of Sherwood Road, Jacksonville were taken before the magistrate and charged with:

  • (Felony) Trafficking Heroin by Possession;
  • (Felony) Trafficking Heroin by Transport;
  • (Felony) Trafficking Heroin by Manufacturing;
  • (Felony) Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Heroin;
  • (Felony) Manufacturing Heroin; (Misdemeanor) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both men were transported to the Onslow County Detention Center and were given a $350,000 secured bond. Additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019004617 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Caitlyn Ridgeway to appear in Superior Court Friday

Caitlyn Ridgeway is set to appear in Onslow County Superior Court Friday, Nov. 1st the DA Office released this morning. Earlier this week, The Onslow Beat received information from a reliable source that Ridgeway is said to be accepting a plea agreement for her part in the in July 2017 homicide of William Clifton.
Earlier this year, in March 2019, Ridgeway’s co-defendant in this homicide William Welch Jr. pleaded guilty to second degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of William Clifton who was age 48.
In a news release issued previously, District Attorney Ernie Lee said Clifton was shot multiple times in Woodlands park in Jacksonville in July 2017.
Welch told detectives originally that he saw Clifton at the park, hugging and kissing the then 18-year-old Caitlyn Ridgeway, who was reportedly in a relationship with Clifton.
This is said and believed to be when Welch attacked Clifton.
The autopsy report revealed that Clifton was shot five times as well as suffered from attempted strangulation with a linear abrasion around his neck and a laceration on top of his head and scalp.
William Clifton FB Photo