UPDATE: Abduction suspect identified #AhloraLindiment

UPDATE (5:05PM): The Suspect in the abduction of Ahlora Lindiment has been identified by Greensboro PD and police have confirmed that 22-year-old N’denezsia Lancaster of Greensboro is now in custody on First Degree Kidnapping as well as an unrelated assault charge.

UPDATE: ABDUCTION SUSPECT IDENTIFIED & IN CUSTODY

(5:05 PM) Greensboro Police Department has confirmed that the suspect has been caught for First Degree Kidnapping of 3-year-old Ahlora Lindiment as well as an unrelated assault charge.

N’denezsia Monique Lancaster, B/F 22, of Greensboro has been arrested, no bond information was available. Lancaster is said to be processed and transported to the Guilford Co. Jail. 

Greensboro Police Identify Suspect in Ahlora Lindiment Abduction Case.

GREENSBORO, NC (October 11, 2019) – The Greensboro Police Department has identified the suspect in the abduction of Ahlora Lindiment. The suspect is identified as N’denezsia Monique Lancaster, B/F 22, of Greensboro.

Photo Courtesy of Greensboro PD

The Greensboro Police Department is continuing the investigation to locate Lancaster and is encouraging anyone that comes in contact with or may have information about her location to contact Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000, or dial 911. Lancaster is wanted for the abduction of the 3 year old Ahlora Lindiment October 9, 2019. She has pending charges of First Degree Kidnapping.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Ndenezsia Lancaster is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or 911. She is a black female in her 20’s with a medium complexion, 5’6″, approximately 135 pounds. Her hair was in a short ponytail.

Ahlora Lindiment was safely located on October 10, 2019 in Greensboro and reunited with her family. Continue reading “UPDATE: Abduction suspect identified #AhloraLindiment”

Man Wanted for Rape of Five Year Old

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MICHAEL BRANDON BRYAN, AGE 37 PHOTO COURTESY OF CCSO. 

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.

FEW FAST FACTS: 

  • 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*

A “Google” report of child porn lead to the arrest of one Jacksonville man

And Jacksonville man was arrested Monday for possessing child pornography. This arrest as a result of the OCSO-ICAC task force unit following up on a cyber-tip that was reported by Google to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Google has many ways of flagging various illegal activities.

A Jacksonville man was arrested Monday for possessing child pornography.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce unit, followed up on a cybertip that was reported by Google to the National Center for Missing Exploited Children.

Google reported several files of child pornography that came across their Google Photos service by user Kristopher Kenney of Jasmine Lane, Jacksonville, NC. Investigation into the matter showed that Kristopher possessed numerous images of child pornography stored on his Google Drive account.

Google detects and tags abusive images, also incorporates encrypted fingerprints into a cross-industry database. This enables law enforcement, charities and organizations to be able to better collaborate detection and removal of these kinds of images, as well as take action against any person involved with production, viewing or redistributing.

Here are some examples of common violations on Google & Google Play that flag the system with illegal activity:

  • Promoting sexually explicit content that is user generated. This includes implementing paid features that encourage sharing of objectionable content.
  • Apps with user generated content (also referred to as UGC) that does not have safe guards against bullying, threats or harassment especially towards minors.
  • Posts, comments or photographs within an app that are used primarily with the intent to harass, individually attack another person by means of abuse, malice or to ridicule.

Here are examples of what Google Play & Google consider common violations of illegal activities:

  •  Facilitating purchases, sales or distribution of illegal drugs to include prescription drugs without a prescription.
  • The depiction and encouragement of use and/or sale of drugs, alcohol or tobacco use by minors.
  •  Instruction on manufacturing, agricultural assistance or instruction (growing/harvesting) of illegal drugs.

Google states:
Child sexual abuse imagery is illegal.
At Google we work with child protection experts to find, remove and report this material because we never want it to appear anywhere on our products, including search results.

To report child sexual abuse content or to find help for a child in the US, please contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Per a 2013 report from Google, NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) received 17.3 million images and videos of suspected child sexual abuse in 2011. That statistic is four times more than four years prior in 2007.

NCMEC’s database shows that over 18.4M cyber-tips were made in 2018.

Sexual exploitation is a serious problem that is worldwide. Google has worked in the fight against child exploitation since 2006 when joining with the Technology Coalition and other industry companies to cultivate solutions through technology with hardware and software development. Not only has Google worked towards fighting sexual exploitation but also has worked in combination with organizations to locate missing children.

On Monday, July 29, 2019, Kristopher Kenney was arrested by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and charged with the following:

  • (2) Counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
  • (2) Counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

He was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond.

This investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected.

The NCDPS database shows Kristopher Kenney to have prior convictions in 2002 for a hit and run, speeding, and operating a vehicle without  license. No other prior convictions or relevant charges listed for this state at this time.

If you suspect online child abuse or possession of child pornography and/or exploitation, you can contact NCMEC’s Cybertipline.

 

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 2019007689 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 woman arrested for child abuse at Childcare Network in Sneads Ferry

Second arrest made in the Childcare Network case in Sneads ferry last month. The daycare is not an operation currently, following this incident.

On June 10, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Childcare Network Daycare located in Sneads Ferry, regarding an 11-month-old male child that was in their care. The company reported the child was transported to the hospital earlier in the day regarding a medical emergency but learned later on the child was intentionally injured by a day care worker there. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation which determined that the day care worker, Bethan Pringle, was responsible for the child’s injuries. The child’s injuries were from head trauma which resulted when the child was intentionally dropped by the suspect. On June 19, 2019 Bethan Pringle, age 23 was arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. She was given a $100,000 secured bond and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

 

The Investigation continued and on July 23, 2019 a second employee was also arrested for injuring the child. This employee, McKayla Paula Sausser, 19-years-old of Gregory Fork Road in Richlands was arrested July 23, 2019 by SVU Detective L. Kensington and charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury.  Sausser had assaulted the infant by repeatedly forcibly pushing the infant’s head down in a crib. Sausser was placed under a $100,000 secured bond by the Magistrate and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.  Sausser has a first court appearance on July 24, 2019.    

 

 

As of today, the Childcare Network Daycare in Sneads Ferry is not in operation.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

SVU and FBI investigation lead to two arrests for sex crimes against children

Two Jacksonville men were arrested on charges of sexually related crimes against children in two separate incidences. The FBI and OCSO SVU collaborated in this effort.

Two Onslow County men have been arrested on criminal charges for child pornography and taking indecent liberties with minors, in two separate incidences on the same day.

Tuesday, July, 9, 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office SVU (Special Victim’s Unit) assisted the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sexual Exploitation Task Force in an investigation and execution of a search warrant at the home of Matthew James Jones.

As a result of the search warrants execution, the seizure of computer devices that contained numerous pornographic digital photographs and video footage of minor children. The investigation, as well as examination of forensic evidence seized is still on-going.

Jones, 55-years-old of Stillwood Circle in Jacksonville, was taken into custody without incident. He was taken before a magistrate where he was charged on a total of  (8) counts:

  • (4) Counts Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
  • (4) Counts Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
Photo Courtesy of OCSO: Jones

UPDATE: (3:22pm)- The Onslow Beat received a tip that Matthew James Jones is employed by the Family Dollar store located at 8699 Richlands Highway, 28574, NC as the Head Store Manager. Freelance Reporter to The Onslow Beat, Bonnie Roman reached out for a statement from staff at the Richlands Family Dollar location. The staff member said, “We are on strict orders from corporate not to discuss this matter.” The staff member did also say, “We are all in shock.”

Bonnie asked additional questions in light of public concern.

Are there hidden cameras in the store restroom? What about use of the store computer?
She was informed that the store does not have Wi-Fi and the only computer in the store is for corporate operations, like inventory tracking and store applications. So from this, nothing in the store could be seized and there are no hidden cameras in the store restroom.

The NCDPS shows no history of priors.

Bond for Jones $10,000 secured.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Det. Johnston at 910-989-4047 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019010096 when calling.


In the second, unrelated arrest on Tuesday,  July 9, 2019, deputies responded to a domestic call regarding argument between a female caller and her boyfriend.

OCSO Deputies learned that the boyfriend, Robert Daniel Wagner had inappropriately touched and photographed children known to him. Wagner, 33-years-old of Avon Drive in Hubert was arrested on-site, taken before a magistrate and charged with (2) two charges:

  • (1) Count Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
  • (1) Count Indecent Liberties with a Child.

This investigation and the forensic examination of the evidence seized in relation to this arrest is still ongoing.

Photo Courtesy of OCSO: Wagner

The NCDPS database shows no priors.

We will continue to update on this suspect as information comes available.

Bond for Wagner $20,000 secured.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Det. Kensington at 910-989-4029 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019010099 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.

 

 

Homeless man with a mental illness sentenced to prison on two counts of murder

Willie George, Jr. age 34, pleaded guilty by an Alford Plea in Onslow County Superior Court today for two counts of second-degree murder.

This afternoon  in Onslow County Superior Court, Willie George Jr. age, 34  pleaded guilty by an Alford plea.

Willie George, Jr. admitted to the killings of 17-year-old Khalil Kirkland and 72-year-old Carl Eisert on the cold night of January 3, 2016.

The two victims bodies were found on Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville, NC nearly a half-mile apart on the same night.

George, Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. An Alford plea is where a suspect admits no guilt, but agrees there is enough evidence to convict him at trial.

George, Jr. suffers with bi-polar disorder and was not taking his medication during the time of these heinous acts of murder. He was also homeless and battling alcoholism. The court believes that a combination as this is lethal and lead to this terrible outcome.

In an exclusive duo-interview with DA Ernie Lee, he said there was no doubt in evidence and George admitted himself to being guilty in court as well as accepted the plea agreement on that admission of guilt.

DA Ernie Lee said there was no weapon used in the murders, “just his bare hands”, speaking of Willie George, Jr..

There is another case involving a hit and run tied to this case with another individual that is still ongoing. Second-degree murder was the original charge and has remained consistent in that throughout the course of justice through sentencing. DA Lee said there was no proof of intent of malice to try for First-degree murder, the best aligned by definition of the law and evidence founded, was second degree.

As part of the plea deal, George was sentenced to prison in the N.C. Department of Adult Corrections for a minimum of 34 and a maximum of 42 years.

Mental illness, the lack of mental health care and substance abuse was a significant part of conversations today surrounding the trial today.

The defendant and both victims had family in the courtroom for support through the final process of justice.

Footage from today’s trial proceedings:

 


 

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PREVIOUS: The N.C. Fifth Prosecutorial District Attorney Ernie Lee issued a press release this afternoon stating the trial for Willie George, Jr. will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 2pm in Onslow County Superior Court.

George, Jr. was charged by law enforcement and indicted by the Onslow County Grand Jury with two counts of second degree murder for crimes that occurred on January 3, 2016 on Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville, NC.

The victims are Carl Joseph Eisert, age 72 and Khalil Edwin Kirkland, age 17. George, Jr. was also charged for assault on Gerard Natale in the same time period.

Kirkland was a student at Northside High School and employed at Burger King at the time of his murder.

The defendant is represented by William J. Morgan and the State is represented by District Attorney Ernie Lee and Chief ADA Michael Maultsby.

The case was investigated by the Jacksonville Police Department.

Holly Ridge man arrested in a child pornography investigation involving a 5 year old child

Halbeisen, 31-years-old of Sages Ridge Drive in Holly Ridge, was taken into custody and charged with one count of Indecent Liberties with a Child. Additional charges are anticipated as the investigation into Halbeisen’s activities continues.

A man has been arrested for sharing pornographic images of a young child on the internet.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) detectives assisted Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) with an investigation regarding child pornography discovered on an image sharing website.

The investigation revealed that Aaron Scott Halbeisen photographed and shared sexually suggestive images online of a 5-year-old female.

Halbeisen, 31-years-old of Sages Ridge Drive in Holly Ridge, was taken into custody and charged with one count of Indecent Liberties with a Child.  Additional charges are anticipated as the investigation into Halbeisen’s activities continues.

 

Halbeisen is being held at the Onslow County Jail, under a $20,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Lawrence at 910-989-4066, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019009754  when calling.

Woman charged with a felony abuse of an infant at a Sneads Ferry childcare center

Bethan Pringle, age 23 charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury to an infant child under age 1 at a Sneads Ferry Childcare facility.

There are several daycares in Sneads Ferry with violations reported to the NC DHHS/DCDEE database this year.

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Photo from Childcare Network Website

On June 11, 2019 the Childcare Network parents in Sneads Ferry received a notice informing them of an incident that occurred in their school the day prior where an infant child was injured while in the care of the facility.

The infant child who is under 1-year-old was provided with CPR by caregivers as well as lifesaving techniques for emergency situations. The child’s parents were notified immediately by the center and the teacher involved was suspended without pay at that time, pending an internal investigation as well as by law enforcement.

The incident allegedly was quickly determined not to have been caused by a hazard, lack of security, supervision nor due to inappropriate ratios of caregivers to student at the time of the incident. Some parents were also allegedly informed soon after that the teacher would not be returning to the school based on this incident.

The Onslow Beat reached out to the Childcare Network location on Thursday, June 13th for a statement and they declined to do so with a pending and open investigation.

Col. Chris Thomas at Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday there was anticipation of closing the case this week. He further assured, “To my knowledge this is the only incident that has been reported to the Sheriff’s Office from that location.” “They have been completely cooperative with the investigation and were the reporting party as well.”

The infant child was transported to Vidant Medical in Greenville from Onslow Memorial Hospital for treatment immediately following and released Thursday of last week. Medical professionals have since advised that the infant is expected to recover.

Today, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a release stating it had been determined that this act was purposeful. The childcare worker, Bethan Pringle, age 23 was the worker who was responsible for the child’s injuries. The infant suffered from head trauma which resulted when the child was intentionally dropped by the suspect.

Pringle was arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. She was issued a $100,000 secured bond and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

Childcare Network is a 5-star facility with a superior classification, as well as the newest facility in the area. This facility opened in August 20, 2018 and has swiftly corrected any violations prior to date as required by the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) . The most recent inspection from DHHS/DCDEE shows where the facility was rated a 211/235 score and there were no violations despite this tragedy.

There have been two violations during an unannounced visit by the DCDEE to this facility that occurred in 2018 and both swiftly corrected.

Rule Violated: Medications including prescription and non-prescription items were not stored in a locked cabinet or other locked container. Medications in space #9 and space #10 were stored in the cabinet under the diaper changing table; the cabinets were unlocked.

Rule Violated: Caregivers did not document compliance with visually checking on sleeping infants aged 12 months or younger and/or the documents were not maintained for a minimum of one month. In space #9. a visual sleep check was documented at 9:45am. During the classroom observation at 10:30am, the infant was still asleep and no other visual sleep checks had been documented. (12/10/18)-DHHS database

There are limited childcare options in the quaint fishing village of Sneads Ferry.

Another local facility has parents skeptical in the quality of facility standards since a change in ownership leaving some parents feeling grim about care options.

One mother said, “This is why I would rather just stay at home until our baby is older, so I know that he is safe.” in response to this incident. “You cannot trust anywhere anymore.”

The Onslow Beat took a deeper look into local daycare options to see how they compare to Childcare Network in light of standard of care and violations in Sneads Ferry.

Noah’s Ark Preschool: Four (4) violations in March 2019 for broken furniture, poor activity plan and lacking first aid training. Another two (2) in May for administering medication after the expiration date with expired permission form.

Sneads Ferry Quality Care has six violations documented by DHHS/DCDEE just this month from an unannounced visit. Violations range across a variety of lack in training for childcare workers, not having CPR & First Aid certifications and Child Maltreatment Training. Some of these violations are still pending response to the department. One violation:

Rule Violated: New staff, who had contact with children, did not receive at least 16 hrs. orientation within first 6 weeks. Three of the thirty-two staff employed had not completed the required orientation training within the first 6 weeks of employment. -DHHS database.

A Happy Home Daycare in Sneads Ferry that is a licensed home daycare had violations in 2017 for hazardous chemicals like cleaners and pesticides. There were no violations in 2018 on either visit yet there have been violations founded in 2019.

Rule Violated: Hazardous cleaning supplies and other items that might be poisonous were not kept out of reach or in locked storage when children were in care. Three bottles of hand sanitizer were located in the home: One was sitting in the middle of the kitchen table used by the children for lunch routines, a second bottle was located on the cabinet beside the diaper changing table accessible to the children, and a third bottle was located on the corner of the desk adjacent to the children care space accessible to the children. Four aerosol cans were located in the home: One can of Lysol and one can of Resolve were located on a shelf above the diaper changing table and one can of Lysol and one can of Ozium Air Sanitizer was located on a shelf behind the entrance/exit door to the child care space.- DHHS database. (2017) 

Rule Violated: Written record of up-to-date pet vaccinations as required by NC law and local ordinances, including rabies vaccination for dogs and cats, was not available. The vaccination for Cornflake, the cat, expired 12/30/18.

Violation confirmed corrected by letter received from provider on 1/18/2019
Rule Violated: Activity plans did not include activities intended to stimulate the developmental domains, in accordance with NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development. An activity plan was not available.

Violation confirmed corrected by letter received from provider on 1/18/2019
Rule Violated: Operator did not provide a written statement to parents regarding the smoking and tobacco restriction. A signed and dated acknowledgement statement from each parents indicating they had received a copy of the smoking and tobacco restriction.

Violation confirmed corrected by letter received from provider on 1/18/2019
 
To view any additonal childcare facility’s performance and possible violations, visit the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education through NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

The Onslow Beat urges parents to do research on every facility in any location before enrolling as well as facilities to ensure training and references prior to hiring.

Two charged with felony child abuse of an infant child in Scotland County this week.

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Thursday, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office reported an arrest two adults on felony abuse and negligence of a 16-month-old boy.

Kristy Beth Backus, age 23 and Zachary Crabtree, age 24, both residents of 21000 McIntosh Road, Laurinburg, NC were arrested for charges related to a child abuse report received from Scotland Memorial Hospital on May 26, 2019.

Backus. Photo Courtesy of Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

Backus was charged with:

(2) counts of Felony Child Abuse, Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury and (1) count of Felony Child Abuse by Negligence, resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Crabtree. Photo Courtesy of Scotland County Sheriff’s Office

Crabtree was charged with:

(1) count of Felony Child Abuse by Negligence, resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

This stems from an unconscious/unresponsive infant child, who was brought in to the Scotland Memorial Hospital. During this hospital visit, the medical staff reported the child allegedly had severe injuries to the head, and other internal medical factors consistent with the symptoms of Shaking Baby Syndrome (SBS). The child was air lifted to a special children’s hospital where he received continued intensive care.

The infant child was confirmed to allegedly have ongoing serious bodily injuries, which were reported as being multiple internal injuries to the brain, in conjunction with other injuries to the infant’s body both internal and external. The infant was reportedly 16-weeks-old at the time he was seen during the reported visit for treatment at Scotland Memorial Hospital.

“During the investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, along with the criminal investigative unit it was determined that Backus was allegedly the approximate cause of the ongoing abuse. Crabtree was arrested reportedly for alleged negligence.” Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said in a public statement on their agency’s investigations unit Facebook page.

Backus received a secured, $500,000 bond, and Crabtree received a secured, $250,000 bond. Backus and Crabtree are both scheduled to be in court, Monday, June 10, 2019.

Neither Backus or Crabtree have any prior criminal history listed in the NCDPS system.

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.    

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.

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.”

Laurinburg man arrested on 12 felony counts of indecent liberties and sexual abuse allegations with minors under age 14

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Thomas Marshall Brooks Jr., of 1006 Scottsdale Road, Laurinburg, NC, was arrested for 12 counts of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Minor Child. These charges came from the Scotland County Grand Jury, having found probable cause for the issuance of these indictments which occurred, Monday, April 29, 2019.

Thomas Marshall Brooks Jr.

In 2018, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office received a criminal complaint against Brooks for sexual acts involving a minor child. Upon the criminal investigative unit conducting an extensive investigation, three minor female children were identified. These children were under the age of 14 during all alleged incidents. Brooks allegedly sexually abused these three minor children, over the course of several years. These incidents allegedly occurred within the personal residence belonging to Brooks, the former church of one of the victims, and at family friends residence.

Cpt. Sadovnikov completed the investigation and turned it over to the Scotland County District Attorney’s Office for investigative review and having requested their office to make a determination of probable cause in the fall of 2018. This having occurred, due to a potential conflict of interest regarding Brooks and his contact with local families including law enforcement. This was done so for the integrity of the investigation and the preservation of justice for the victims involved in this investigation. The Scotland County District Attorney’s Office found probable cause, and sent the indictments forward to grand jury.

Brooks appeared in front of the magistrate after turning himself in when requested to do so and was arrested. Brooks was given an unsecured $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in the coming weeks.

WANTED: Hillsborough- a man accused of a shooting injuring one and an infant was in the vehicle

Hillsborough PD are seeking the public’s help locating 24-year-old Elijah Rashad Dobson for a shooting incident, firing into an occupied car occurred on South Churton Street near the intersection of Cardinal Drive. Officers responded at about 5:30 p.m. and located a victim with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to and remains in an area hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. An infant in the victim’s vehicle was unharmed and has since been returned to her mother. The suspect is known to frequent the Raleigh and Durham areas.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Hillsborough police issued a release seeking information about a shooting incident where a man shot into an occupied vehicle, in southern Hillsborough.

Officers responded at about 5:30 p.m. to the shooting on South Churton Street near the intersection of Cardinal Drive. When officers arrived, they located a victim with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

An infant child that was in the victim’s vehicle at the time of the shooting was unharmed and was placed in the custody of the Orange County Department of Social Services.

The suspect vehicle is believed to be a white or tan Mercedes-Benz sedan.

Wednesday afternoon, Hillsborough police released identification of the suspect in the shooting that occurred yesterday, April 16, in southern Hillsborough.

Police are now seeking the public’s help locating Elijah Rashad Dobson, 24, who was driving a tan or beige 2010 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan with North Carolina license plate HAM-1510.

Dobson is a black male, between 5’6″ and 5’11” tall and weighing about 130lbs. He is known to frequent areas in Durham and Raleigh and should be considered armed and dangerous. No warrants are on file at this time.

Tuesday’s shooting incident involved firing into an occupied car occurred on South Churton Street near the intersection of Cardinal Drive. Officers responded at about 5:30 p.m. and located a victim with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to and remains in an area hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. An infant in the victim’s vehicle was unharmed and has since been returned to her mother.

Elijah Rashad Dobson has one prior felony conviction per the NC Department of Public Safety:

  • 07/17/14- POSSESS WITS SCHEDULE VI with a minimum term of incarceration of 4 months that followed a probation violation and revocation.

Misdemeanor:

  • 06/02/14 OPEN CONTAINER ALCOHOL (20-138.7)

Anyone with information should contact Investigator William Felts at 919-296-9533 or by email.

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• Calling 919-296-9555.

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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.