Two felons arrested again for business break-ins

Two Felons arrested again for breaking into businesses in and around Onslow County in surrounding areas. These two felons both have a criminal history of felonies involving like offenses.

Two felons have been arrested again for breaking into businesses throughout Onslow and surrounding counties.
On August 29, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating break-ins that occurred at the Ole Porte Racquet Club and the Moose Lodge in Swansboro, as well as the Brown Derby and VFW Post 9983 located in Jacksonville.
During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, Morehead City, Beaufort and Emerald Isle were working cases with the exact same MO (Modus Operandi) as the cases Onslow County was working. With additional information developed by Carteret County Sheriff’s Detectives and the combined
efforts of all investigating agencies, two possible suspects were identified.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, an Onslow County deputy conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle near the Bear Trail Golf Course. Marty Lee Jenkins was arrested on an outstanding child support warrant during the traffic stop. Further investigation revealed that Jenkins was one of the suspects developed in the business break-ins.
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Marty Lee Jenkins, Photo Courtesy of OCSO

Jenkins, 31-years-old of Quail Point Drive in Hubert was taken before a magistrate where he was charged with:

  • (2) Counts Breaking and/or Entering  (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Larceny After Breaking and/or Entering (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Safecracking (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Conspiracy (Felony)

He is currently in Onslow County Detention Center under a
$35,000 secured bond.

Jenkins has prior record in the NCDPS database for Felony Larceny of Firearms dating April 2017 and was given a suspended sentence. Following the conviction, Jenkins served a period of confinement in the NC Dept. of Adult Corrections for 1 year and 5 months  for a probation violation on that suspended sentencing.

The second suspect has an extensive criminal record of felonies for like crimes. This suspect developed in this case of break-ins, Joshua Adam Love also known as “Wink” was also arrested on Oct. 9, 2019 after being caught by Carteret Co. Sheriff’s Office attempting to break-in a business.

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Joshua “Wink” Love, Photo Courtesy of OCSO

The warrants on Love who is 33-years-old and a James St., Hubert resident, were served on him while he was in custody in Carteret Co. Those charges in the matter of Love include the following:

  • (2) Counts Breaking and/or Entering (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Larceny After Breaking and/or Entering (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Safecracking (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Conspiracy (Felony)

Love has past convictions for numerous counts of B&E to a house of worship, speeding to elude arrest, and common law robbery.  He has served periods of confinement in the NC Dept. of Adult Corrections with the total term of confinement being 4-years, 7-months and 25-days.
He is currently in Onslow County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond.
Further charges on both men are expected, and the investigations continue. This investigation is a clear example of how cooperation between law enforcement agencies leads to a successful outcome and the arrest of criminal suspects.
Anyone with information about any of these incidents may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective J. Marshburn at 910-989-4041, Detective D. Watkins at 910-9898-4060 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.
Please refer to case 2019009094 or 2019011190 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 typingTIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

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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*

DIX Crisis Center is holding on-site interviews and job fair today and tomorrow after last weeks ceremony

This past Friday, a monumental shift of opportunities opened when the DIX Crisis Intervention Center doors opened the 16-bed facility for the public to tour the facility as well as a beautiful ribbon cutting ceremony with many of our local, regional and state leaders present.


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Photographs by Bonnie Roman/The Onslow Beat


With one in four adults and 10% of children in the US estimated to suffer from a mental health crisis this year. The WHO (World Health Organization) suggests that mental disorders are far more common than common diseases like cancer and heart disease.

A 2013 report from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 9.6M adults have serious mental health illnesses. These major mental health issues include but are not limited to major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), panic disorder, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and borderline personality disorder. A combination of treatment is typically required to help lead citizens to a healthier mental state and lifestyle which may require in-patient treatment whether short-term or long-term. Additionally, mental health treatment plans generally require medication(s), therapy and peer support participation.

The DIX Crisis Intervention Center is an innovative alternative, cultivating a more dynamic care option that eliminates strain on our counties first responders, law enforcement and paramedics overall with the “No Wrong Door” policy. Whereas in the past, those in a mental health crisis would be transported to the nearest Emergency Department for drop-offs and law enforcement would be required to remain with the person until the admission process was completed which could be hours. During those hours, there are fewer officers patrolling the streets and responding to calls of crime and violence. If a person is in need of care and exhibits symptoms of substance abuse and/or mental illness, and is not in an urgent need of medical intervention, First Responders can take them directly to the DIX center and by-pass the lengthy admission process of emergency room care. The average stay is 1-4 days with medication, group therapy and individual services including peer support.

The Onslow Beat reached out to two mothers the county has witnessed fight back against addiction, support mental health and recovery options for both issues and on the ground advocating through an organization known as Sneads Ferry’s H.O.P.E (Heroin.Opiate.Prevention.Education), Mrs. Vanessa Sapp and Mrs. Cindy Patane. Patane was on a cruise and unable to respond for an interview. Sapp and Patane both lost their sons to overdose in 2016.  Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley asked Sapp, “How do you feel about the DIX center opening in our county?” Sapp responded, “Losing Wes continues to be the most difficult experience of my life. Almost immediately, I knew something needed to be done to prevent other parents from such a tragedy. And that is why, along with Cindy Patane, I stood up and spoke out… and three years later, we continue this fight! Our boys did not die in vain, this detox/crisis center is just one of many confirmations. I am so very grateful to all those who joined the fight to make a difference! There is no doubt that this detox/crisis center is needed in our community! Literally, this morning, as the ribbon cutting was underway, I was helping connect a person in need of services outside our county, because there was not a local option. When a person reaches out for help, that person needs help right then and there; not later in the afternoon, not tomorrow… NOW! A crisis center will increase access to treatment for the “now” need! While this is a great first step, 3-7 days only provides a pause and a window of opportunity to make the next connection. We must immediately start working on the next step, long term treatment options, to include both intense outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment. Keep fighting! Together, we can and will save more lives!” -Vanessa Sapp

Sapp has also been vocal about how mental health and substance abuse oftentimes go hand in hand in the past. Her son Wes had begun to struggle with anxiety and insomnia, began treatment for those issues and soon after experimenting with marijuana and abusing the prescription medication began. Vanessa and her husband Jason Sapp are advocates through North Carolina Parents Coalition for C.H.A.N.G.E and you can read more of Wes’s story on the site as well as how to volunteer and obtain support.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health issue, the center is better equipped to address the needs than the emergency room since the focus of the center is solely on the mental health and substance abuse detox and recovery. Mental Health providers are able to better address concerns more quickly, and the basic needs will be attended to in an environment that is conducive to safety and comfort for those suffering a mental health and/or substance abuse crisis.

Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover. Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior. These disorders can affect how we relate to others and make choices. Reaching a level that can be formally diagnosed often depends on a reduction in a person’s ability to function as a result of the disorder. For example:

  • Serious mental illness is defined by someone over 18 having (within the past year) a diagnosable mental, behavior, or emotional disorder that causes serious functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  • For people under the age of 18, the term “Serious Emotional Disturbance” refers to a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year, which resulted in functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits the child’s role or functioning in family, school, or community activities.
  • Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. –SAMHSA


DIX Crisis Intervention Center will be conducting open interviews today and tomorrow, Feb. 20th & 21st, 2019 at the Jacksonville, NC facility to fill multiple OPEN positions. There are morning sessions from 9am-12pm and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm on both days, Wednesday and Thursday. They are looking to hire candidates on the spot. You can also fill out applications online and view job descriptions at

Positions available:

  • Registered Nurses
  • LPNs
  • Registered Nurse Manager
  • Shift SupervisorsPeer Support Specialists
  • Peer Support Specialists
  • Discharge Coordinator
  • Milieu Specialists

RI Crisis Health Recovery Consultants offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, group life, employee matched 401k, paid holidays, and PTO program. You can reach the human resources department for any questions at phone number: 602-636-4463


Search continues for missing toddler Casey Hathaway

Volunteer support poured in by the hundreds Wednesday morning to help search for three-year-old missing toddler, Casey Hathaway in Craven County.

So many volunteers showed up today, authorities are now managing volunteers at a staging area to transport to needed search areas. The location for volunteers is 2755 Aurora Rd at New Havens Church gym.

Deputies said Casey Hathaway went missing from his grandmother’s home, in Ernul, around 1:45 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd where he was outside with two other young children. The other two returned inside the home from playing outside in the backyard.

Officials said the grandmother and several others searched for Casey for 45 minutes before calling 911.

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes said his deputies have not ruled out any possibilities in the boy’s disappearance, including “abduction or kidnapping.” However, the FBI, who is assisting in the investigation, said they have no reason to believe the boy didn’t just walk away and is now lost.

Live Stream afternoon conference with Sheriff Chip Hughes

Craven co. temperatures reached below freezing, with lows in the 20s for over 6 hours last night according to the NWS database.

Casey is 2’4″, weighs 25 pounds, has strawberry blonde hair, and brown eyes.

BREAKING: Missing Craven Co. 3 year-old boy.

Casey Hathaway, age 3, was reported missing from his grandmother’s home on Toler Rd. in Ernul, NC around 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Casey Hathaway, age 3

Casey was outside playing in the yard with two other children and was discovered missing when the other children came inside and Casey was nowhere to be found. They searched the rural, wooded area for 45 minutes and called the police when Casey couldn’t be located.

He is 3 ft tall, with strawberry blonde hair and was last seen wearing a blue coat and dark colored pants. The temperatures are expected to drop overnight and Casey isn’t dressed appropriately.

Casey Hathaway, age 3

If anyone lives in the area, please ask neighbors to check any trail cams or security cameras on their property.

If you see or find Casey, please dial 9-11 or call Craven Co. Sheriff’s Department immediately at (252) 636-6620.