Two arrests made for vehicle break ins through Onslow

A man and a woman have been arrested in a string of vehicle break-ins across the county. Both are in Onslow County Detention center.

Two people have been arrested for breaking into numerous vehicles throughout Onslow County.

Beginning in early September, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to areas in Richlands, Jacksonville and Sneads Ferry for reports of vehicle break-ins. One victim released video surveillance on social media of a male and female attempting to gain entry into their vehicles. With the images and following investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspects.  

There have been recent reports across social media and to law enforcement by citizens of attempted car break-in activity in Mimosa Bay, Justice Farms and The Preserves subdivisions. It has not been confirmed that these are all in relation to these two suspects.

Shannon Randall Turner and Cambrin Kai Bennett were subsequently identified. Both were arrested Monday, September 30, 2019, taken before a magistrate where they were charged with:

  • (14) Counts Felony Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle
  • (14) Counts Conspiracy to Commit a Felony Larceny
  • (14) Counts Misdemeanor Larceny

Turner, 34-years-old of County Road, Daleville, in is currently detained in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond awaiting his first court appearance.

Bennett, 21-years-old of Pondview Circle, Hampstead, NC is currently in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $73,500 secured bond awaiting her first court appearance.

 An officer from NTB spotted their vehicle on N.C. 210 Sunday afternoon and with assistance from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, they were arrested at the Food Lion shopping center in Sneads Ferry.

The investigation is ongoing.


Mugshots Courtesy of OCSO

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Albright at 910-989-4016 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019014199 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.



Man Wanted for Rape of Five Year Old



The Craven County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s assistance in locating Michael Brandon Bryan, 37, last known address Highway 55 Cove City, NC. Michael Bryan is wanted for felony statutory rape of a child and felony statutory sex offense involving a five year old he was babysitting. Michael Bryan is operating a beige in color 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche with North Carolina registration plate PLX-6128.


  • Bryan has a criminal background and was charged for sexual battery in 2018 on May 27.
  • Bryan was convicted of (M) Assault on a female in 2017 and given a suspended sentence per NCDPS Database.
  •  Bryan has been convicted of drug paraphernalia and possession (M) in 2001 with suspended sentencing as of 2001.
  •  The relationship to the alleged child victim nor the victim’s mother has not been made known or confirmed other than “babysitting”.

Anyone with information on Michael Bryan’s location is asked to contact the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at 252-636-6620, Craven County Communications at 252-633-2357, or your local law enforcement agency.

Craven County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to his arrest. To remain anonymous call 252-633-5141.

*photo of vehicle below is stock photo of same year and color vehicle Michael Bryan drives*

Independence Day Celebrations kick off today in the Coastal Region: Where to go and how to be safe

Independence Day is only one day away and celebrations begin here in the Coastal Region today! Where to go, when to go and how to be safe? Open it to read it. Be safe and have a joyous time with friends and family!

We are one day away from America’s biggest holiday, celebration preparations and locations are being determined if they haven’t been by now by our coastal citizens. Just in case you are one of those who is undecided, The Onslow Beat has put together a list of options for you to choose from in celebrating, spending time with your family and friends.

Independence Day falls on a Thursday this year, which usually gives for a long weekend for most military and some government offices.

Independence Day happenings through all 767 miles of Onslow County.  Before we get into the excitement, “Safety first!”

With the approach of the July 4th weekend, Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday period a happy and enjoyable one for all.

Traditionally during the July 4th holiday, our highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year. The Sheriff reminds all residents to follow these safety tips:

• Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you. Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road.

• When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass. You will know instantly if the car is about to veer – giving you an extra few seconds to respond.

• You should pull out into the opposite lane of traffic when passing while you are still well behind the car in front. This should give you some time and space to build up speed and will enable you to pull back into your own lane should the need arise. Never cut abruptly out of your lane into the opposite lane when passing.

• Always signal your intentions with your brake lights, turn signals, horn and/or headlights so that other drivers will see you well before you change course.

• Drivers should always “aim high” in steering. That is, you should glance frequently at points well ahead of you. Not only will this help your steering, but it will also help you check the position of vehicles in front of you as well as on-coming ones.

• Never follow too close. Remember that, as your speed increases, it takes you substantially longer to stop. Also remember that it’s good to have an extra cushion of space in front of you if you’re being tail-gated, on a slippery road, or in low visibility conditions.

“Lastly, I would remind all motorists to practice the Golden Rule when driving. Be courteous and tolerant of other drivers. Please don’t get angry with bad drivers or reckless ones – just get out of their way,” Sheriff Miller said in closing, “Let’s make this summer a safe one on the roads in Onslow County.”


  • If no lifeguard is on duty, do not let children swim unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult who knows lifesaving techniques and first aid.
  • Post CPR instructions and directions to call 9-11 or your local emergency number in the pool area.
  • Look around the pool area to be certain lifesaving devices are readily available for emergency use.
  • Be sure covers are installed on all drains of swimming pools and wading pools. The suction created by the pool’s circulating pumps can be very dangerous unless it is reduced by covers.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area.
  •  To reduce the risk of eye, ear, nose or throat infection from contaminated water, swim only in poos in which water quality is properly maintained. The water should appear crystal clear, be continuously circulated and be maintained a t a level that allows free overflow into the gutter or skimmer. There should not be a strong odor of ammonia or chlorine.
  • Take frequent breaks (about once an hour) where everyone gets out of the water, drinks water, reapplies water resistant sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and rests.


  • Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others. Never swim alone.
  • If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
  • Watch out for the “dangerous too’s”- too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
  • Look for water that is reasonably clear and free of floating materials and odors. Avoid swimming at beaches where there are large populations of ducks, geese or gulls. The waste produced by these birds causes high bacteria levels in the water.
  • Look for movement in the water; it helps keep the water clean. Do not swim in stagnant or still water.
  • Do not swim at any beach right after a heavy rain. Runoff following a heavy rain may result in a high bacteria level.
  • When diving at a beach, exercise extreme caution. Beach water is not as clear as water in a pool, so underwater obstructions may not be visible.
  • Avoid having beach water in your mouth or nose.

Sheriff Miller states, “Following these precautions will help the children and citizens of Onslow County stay safe and healthy this holiday weekend and throughout the summer.”



Town of Surf City kicks off Independence Day on July 3rd

Wednesday (Independence Eve) July 3, 2019 kicks off the celebrations in Surf City, NC in Sound side Park under the new high rise bridge.

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Ocean City Jazz Fest Kicks Off on July 4th

July 4-7 beginning at 5pm. Celebrating its tenth year, the Ocean City Jazz Festival is held in historic Ocean City in North Topsail Beach. Gates open at 4pm. Advance ticket prices are $50-$60 for one day or $160 for all three days. Tickets at the gate increase by $5. Event details here. 

Surf City Pier Kids Fishing Tournament on July 4th

The Surf City Pier opens for a free day of fishing for youngsters age 16 and under in a fun, educational and safe environment. Pre-registration is REQURIED for this event.  Call 910-328-3521 for more details.


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Enjoy firework festivities twice! One on Topsail Island, July 3 at Soundside Park and two, at Holly Ridge Liberty Festival, July 4, on the mainland!    Facebook Page Event Information.

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From the MCCS website, this years event is closed to the public and only open to DoD cardholders and their guests.

Who Can Attend

Open to DoD Identification Cardholders and their guests only. The event will not be open to the general public, meaning base access will not be provided to unsponsored guests for the event.

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather on July 4, the event, including the fireworks, will be canceled and will not be rescheduled.



REMEMBER while you are out celebrating and enjoying the festivities, be alert and aware of your surroundings. In the event of a crime, citizens can help our public servants reach justice swiftly by sharing information.

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.

Hubert man sentenced to 50-70 years for rape of his girlfriends 11-year-old daughter

On Friday, May 31, 2019, Eddie David Lewis Jr. was found guilty of two counts of Statutory Rape of a Child by an Adult and one count of Indecent Liberties with a Child. The Honorable Judge Phyllis M. Gorham sentenced the defendant to two consecutive active sentences of a minimum of 300 months and a maximum of 420 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction. This is a minimum of 50 years and a maximum of 70 years.  

Upon his release from incarceration, he will be required to register as a sex offender and enroll in satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his natural life.

On July 28, 2017, the victim disclosed that she was being sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend and that it had been going on for approximately one year. The victim was 11 years old at the time, and the defendant was 22 years old. While the victim’s mother worked three jobs (including one overnight shift) to support the family, the defendant supervised the children within the home. Following the victim’s disclosure, her mother confronted the defendant via text message and in a controlled call at the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, where he admitted engaging in vaginal intercourse with the victim. The call was recorded and played for the jury. The victim received a medical evaluation at the Onslow County Child Advocacy Center, and she was found to have a sexually-transmitted infection. The State presented photographs, phone records, medical records, and recorded interviews in addition to the testimony offered during the trial, including that of the victim. The defendant did not present any evidence.

The jury returned verdicts as to each charge after approximately 29 minutes of deliberation. Detective Charles Parrish from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was the lead investigator on the case. The defendant was represented by Attorney Stuart Popkin. The State was represented by Assistant District Attorney Kaelyn Avery.  This office appreciates the thorough investigation by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and for the assistance of the Onslow Child Advocacy Center.  This defendant received a minimum of 50 years in prison which sends a strong message to those who sexually abuse and assault children.    

TRAGIC: Swansboro by Sail Capt. victim of a drowning incident Thursday evening

Friday, May 24, 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a release in regards to a call at approximately 5:30pm on May 23, 2019 to assist with a drowning that occurred in Swansboro. The victim, a 55-year-old white male was recovered in the late afternoon in the intracoastal waterway near the Hwy 24 bridge in Swansboro.

Photo Credit: Swansboro by Sail

Preliminary investigation reveals that the drowning has been ruled accidental and that no foul play is suspected. Detectives of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office have met with officers from North Carolina Wildlife and shared our investigation.

The OCSO is not releasing or confirming the victim’s identity at this time.

Live and Local Radio Host, Raeford Brown reported via social media prior to the sheriffs office release:

A fatal boating mishap in Swansboro last night. An investigation is underway to determine what happened. Michael F. Dunleavy, 55, died when he either fell or was knocked overboard. He and a friend were aboard his 34 foot sailboat, “Fevre”, out for a short spin, when it’s believed a breeze caused the sailing vessel’s boom to hit Mr. Dunleavy, knocking him into the water. His wife was at a downtown restaurant, awaiting his return. Details are still sketchy.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends.

-Raeford Brown

Swansboro by Sail confirmed the report from Radio Host, Raeford Brown with a post informing supporters and followers that the Captain had passed.

The communities prayers and condolences are with his wife, family, friends, frequent passengers and colleagues.

Mike Dunleavy, Captain of Swansboro by Sail

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.

First Food Truck Roundup in Sneads Ferry this evening

Thursday, May 16, 2019, Treasure Realty and Harper Rose Boutique are partnering in hosting the first-ever Food Truck Roundup right in the heart of Sneads Ferry near Four Corners, formerly known as “Monks Corner” by the native villagers.

There will be a variety of new foods that your taste buds will absolutely love you for and won’t upset your wallet. There are three food trucks in this roundup, Sneads Ferry’s own Salty Sista’s serving up their signature dishes with fresh, Maine lobster rolls, lobster hush puppies, wagyu beef sliders and more. Vida Tacos of Jacksonville, NC serving up the absolute best So-Cal style tacos in all of Onslow County with the freshest ingredients and flavor of perfection. Tasty Tee’s Snack Shack of Wilmington, NC serving up a variety of southern and American favorites from wings & fries, coastal delight- shrimp burger, Carolina’s cure-all in the land of food,  “Bar-B-Que” paired with side item options to purchase like coleslaw and mac & cheese, if you please.

There will be tables and chairs on site if you would like to stay and enjoy. If you are in a hurry, you can grab and go as well.

This is projected to be a once a month event with rotating food trucks coming from across the NC Coastline as far as Kure Beach! Go on out and show your support of our local food trucks.

Do you have a food truck and want to join in the rodeo? Send an email to

This event is sponsored by Harper Rose Boutique and Treasure Realty.



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.

Holly Ridge Police arrested two Sneads Ferry men for crystal meth during a traffic stop

Brian Richard Pearce, and passenger, Ernie Ray James, were taken into custody and charged on several charges for possession of crystal meth and drug paraphernalia in Holly Ridge on Monday.

(HOLLY RIDGE, NC)- Monday, May 6, 2019,  Holly Ridge Police attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding. The vehicle slowed down but failed to stop and pull over and continued driving. The vehicle finally stopped and the officer made contact with the driver. The driver stated that he did not have a valid drivers license and it was later confirmed to be suspended. The driver exited the vehicle and 2 small baggies with drug residue were located on the driver’s seat. A subsequent search of the vehicle produced crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The suspects attempted to destroy the evidence inside the vehicle.

Photo Courtesy of HRPD

The driver, Brian Richard Pearce, and passenger, Ernie Ray James, were taken into custody and charged with the following:

Brian R Pearce, 24 years of age, 153 Sea Bird Ln, Sneads Ferry, NC

Mugshot Courtesy of HRPD
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Manufacture Methamphetamine
  • PWIMSD Methamphetamine
  • Destruction of Evidence
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Failure to Stop for Blue Lights or Siren
  • Driving While License Revoked
  • Speeding 70/55
  • He also had an Order For Arrest for FTA/DWLR

His total bond was $77,000 secured

Ernie R James, 45 years of age, 153 Sea Bird Ln, Sneads Ferry, NC

Photo Courtesy of HRPD
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Manufacture Methamphetamine
  • PWIMSD Methamphetamine
  • Destruction of Evidence
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

His total bond was $35,000 secured

They were both released to the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.


Jacksonville father pleaded guilty to murder in the 2017 death of his infant daughtersa

On May 6, 2019, Traquan Curtis pled guilty to second-degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious injury in Onslow County Superior Court.  The defendant received a minimum of 254 months and a maximum of 317 months for second-degree murder and a minimum of 84 months and a maximum of 113 months for felony child abuse with the sentences to run consecutively.

The State was represented by Assistant District Attorney Kaelyn Avery and the defendant was represented by Walter H. Paramore, III. The presiding judge was The Honorable Judge Phyllis Gorham of New Hanover County.

The evidence showed that on September 22, 2017, Jacksonville Police Department Detective Julia Parrish was contacted in reference to the death of Izidora Roshanda Curtis.  “Izzy” was born on December 3, 2016, which made her approximately 9 months old on the date of her death. Her biological parents were Camri Dowdy-Curtis and the defendant, Traquan Curtis (DOB: 1/16/96). The family of three resided in Jacksonville.

On the day of Izzy’s death, she presented with both of her parents at Onslow Memorial Hospital in apparent respiratory distress. Izzy was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she coded during transport, and despite extensive resuscitative efforts in the NICU, she was pronounced dead at 20:43 hours.

Detective Parrish spoke with Ms. Dowdy-Curtis briefly at the hospital and asked what had been going on at the time of the incident. Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised she had been getting ready for work that morning, and she went to check on Izzy. She gave Izzy a bottle of formula, turned on cartoons, and left the room. During this time, the defendant was on the computer. Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised that when she returned to Izzy’s room, Izzy was “laid out” on her back in her crib and had thick mucus coming out of her nose. She advised that she began CPR and continued while the defendant drove them to the hospital.

JPD Detectives went to the family’s residence to photograph the scene and conduct a death reenactment using a SUIDI doll.  Dr. Gilliand conducted an autopsy on September 26, 2017. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head/neck, and the manner of death was determined to be a homicide.

The injuries noted during the autopsy were extensive and included traumatic injury of the head and neck, blunt or compressive injuries of the trunk and abdomen and blunt force injuries of the extremities.

On November 8, 2017, Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised the Jacksonville Police Department that she separated from the defendant on October 13, 2017, and believed the defendant had “done something to her baby”. She indicated that in the days immediately prior to Izzy’s death, she noticed that Izzy’s right wrist was swollen and Izzy was not using the arm. She stated that the defendant told her he grabbed Izzy’s arm to “pop her” and she moved. Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised the defendant frequently grabbed Izzy and popped her on her hip/upper leg area. He would yell at Izzy “you need to stop crying; I’m your dad, and you need to stop treating me like a stranger.”

A warrant was issued on December 13, 2017, and the defendant was extradited from Connecticut and transported on December 20, 2017.

The Defendant told law enforcement that he began shaking Izzy and yelling “why are you crying”. Using a doll, he demonstrated shaking Izzy approximately three times, possibly as many as five times. He stated while he shook her, her head was dangling, bobbing back and forth. He heard a pop but didn’t know exactly what it was. He advised he heard her making gurgling noises in her throat while he shook her. It looked like she was gasping for air, and her eyes were shut. When she opened her eyes back, she looked at him and covered her ears. He put her in her crib where she rolled to her side and faced the wall, still covering her ears. He finished his conversation with Vance, made himself a hot pocket, and started to worry maybe he “had done that a little too rough.” When he returned to check on her, he noticed she was breathing heavily and believed she was knocked out. He picked her up from her crib and she was limp with her arms dangling. He called Ms. Dowdy-Curtis. He advised as they drove to the hospital, he knew Izzy was taking her last breaths, but he didn’t say anything about the shaking because he didn’t think that was the cause of it.

On January 24, 2018, the defendant sent a letter to Ms. Dowdy-Curtis from the Onslow County Jail, which she provided to Detective Parrish. In the letter he recounts his actions that lead to Izzy’s death writing, “She was crying non-stop and it got louder and louder all of a sudden I got very frustrated. I shook her the way I would shake a grown man.” He continued, “I wouldn’t have thought I was the reason for Izzy’s death. I cared for her just as much as you did Camri like damn stop looking at me as a bad person.”

NC Fifth Prosecutorial District Attorney Ernest Lee stated in the press release today,
“This was a particularly tragic and senseless crime and the defendant deserved a substantial active sentence.  Far too many young children are the victims of abuse and homicide in this nation.  This was just another tragic incident that occurs far too often in this county, state, and nation.”

Local marine drowned being caught in a rip current on Emerald Isle this weekend

Justin Hinds, age 28

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at approximately 4:23pm, Emerald Island PD, EMS & Fire responded to a 9-11 call at the 9100 block of the Emerald Island Beach Strand in reference to a reported swimmer in distress.

This swimmer was identified as a local Marine, 28-year-old Justin Hinds, stationed aboard Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. Hinds is a native of Avondale, AZ.

Additionally, Hinds was a husband and father to two young boys. The flags indicated “moderate” (yellow flag) wave conditions and risks this week, as well as on the beach at the time of the incident.

Several beach goers and experienced surfers have said there are no life guards on duty at this time of year and the rip currents are more aggressive than anything they’ve seen on EI. Lifeguards don’t begin watch until around Mid-May. Swimmers and Beach goers are urged to use caution and take heed to the flag warning systems in place as precautionary measures.

Hinds was transported to Carteret Health center after being taken from the water by friends who were also on the beach at the time. He was pronounced dead by Carteret Health Center medical staff.

Maple Hill man sentenced to 11-16 years on nine heroin related charges

Wilbur Leon Farrior, 58-years-old, previously of 120 Vinka Street, Maple Hill was arrested by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit on November 2, 2017 and charged with the following criminal offenses:

  • Trafficking Opium/Heroin by Possession
  • Trafficking Opium/Heroin by Manufacturing
  • Trafficking Opium/Heroin by Sale
  • Trafficking Opium/Heroin by Delivery
  • Manufacturing Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Sell Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Delivery Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Felony Maintaining a Dwelling to Sell a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

On April 29, 2019, jury selection began in the trial of Farrior for above listed criminal offenses. On May 2, 2019, the seated jury found Farrior guilty of all (9) counts listed above as outlined in the indictments. Based on Farrior’s previous criminal history, a single count of Habitual Felon was added, in which Farrior entered a guilty plea. Superior Court Judge Phyliss Gorham sentenced Farrior to an active sentence of 140 months to 192 months imprisonment within the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

The criminal investigation was conducted by Det. J. Marshburn, Det. G. De La Rosa, and Sgt. A. Barrera of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit. Assistant District Attorney Seth Sholar prosecuted the criminal offenses for District Attorney Ernie Lee.

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.

Telephone scams are on the rise in Onslow County

Onslow County Sheriffs Office issued a press release this morning warning citizens to be aware of an increase in reports of telephone scams.

During the last week of April 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has again received reports about a telephone SCAM that some Onslow County citizens have received. Sheriff Miller and his staff want to ensure that all citizens know about these SCAMs & ask citizens to “pass the word” to others. Be aware.

The incoming call could come from a different area code or even a local number that citizens don’t recognize. Many times, that number is “spoofed” and not in service. Sometimes, the incoming caller has a foreign accent, but not always. The caller may allege that the answering party owes the government a certain amount of money and that an arrest warrant will be issued unless the answering person pays that amount. Then, the caller will “offer” to collect the money by a telephonic credit card transaction and give a different telephone number for the answering party to call back.

(Previous SCAMs have asked the answering party to purchase a gift card from a local vendor and pass the card number to the caller.)

Our national, state or local governments do NOT collect back taxes by calling citizens and asking for credit card numbers or gift cards by phone. If taxes are properly owed, notifications will be made by United States Mail.

Other SCAMS for citizens to be aware of:

  • A “Jury SCAM.” A false allegation that a citizen did not report for jury duty. (Call the court house jury coordinator directly for verification).
  • A relative in police custody needing bail money, or in a medical facility needing money. (Known as a “Sympathy SCAM”).
  • A “Sweepstakes or Contest or Lottery Win” SCAM. Asking for a “handling fee.” Fraud.
  • A “Data Mining SCAM” where an unknown or unverified party asks for personal or bank account information. “Phishing.”
  • A “Debt Consolidation Loan” offer that’s too good to be true. No free money.

Please protect yourself, your family, your property and even your friends & neighbors. Please be careful to VERIFY before you trust


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.

Tornado touched down in Swan Quarters Friday evening

Friday evening, Hyde County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tornado touchdown and damage in Swan Quarter. Areas effected are Main Street, Quarter Rd and Bridgman Rd.

Law Enforcement, Swan Quarters Fire Department, and Emergency Management were all in the area assessing damage and checking on residents. There have been no fatalities or injuries reported. There was reported structural damage to power poles and farm shops.

Tideland Electric Membership Corporation crews have fixed the down lines and restored power to effected area. Hyde County Emergency Services Department, SQVFD and Law Enforcement are still in the area assessing damages.

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.