“Uncomfortable truth” in sentencing hearing of Caitlin Ridgeway

20-Year-Old Caitlyn Ridgeway was sentenced to prison in Onslow County Superior Court Friday morning on second-degree murder for the 2017 homicide of William Clifton who was a former deputy.

20-year-old Caitlin Ridgeway pleaded guilty in Onslow County Superior Court Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 to Second-degree murder as well as robbery with a dangerous weapon in regards to the July 2017 homicide of William Clifton.

William Clifton, homicide victim

Ridgeway was represented by Jacksonville defense attorney, Paul Castle. Castle said in the hearing proceedings that he had asked Ridgeway, “Do you blame your mother? Do you blame God? Who do you blame?” He continued, “Caitlin blames herself.” Castle said to the court that this case has a lot of, “uncomfortable truth” and there are many victims in this case, “at the defense table and represented by the state.”

Paul Castle, Defense Attorney (Left Center) State Prosecutor ADA Bob Roupe (Right)

Castle gave many condemnatory details to the court about Ridgeway’s family structure leading up to the fatal death of Clifton. He said, “When Caitlin was 16, she was alone in Will’s bedroom. Will asked Caitlin to come on the bed. Will and Caitlin’s relationship began.”

February 2017 Caitlin moved out of her family home with her mother due to tensions between her and her mother, Castle said.

The relationship between the then teenage girl and William Clifton began when he was still a deputy at the sheriff’s office.

It was further stated in court that Ridgeway’s mother, Daina Hendricks was married to a deputy, David Pickett who was close friends with Clifton. Hendricks is a nurse and has worked in the jail as a jailor nurse. Clifton originally had a romantic relationship with Hendrick’s prior to the romantic relationship with her daughter Ridgeway, Castle told the court.

Ridgeway was employed at Monsters Pizza, and had all of her credits to graduate high school but did not due to not completing her senior project the defense told the court.

The Honorable Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Charles Henry was presiding over the hearing and ordered Ridgeway complete a GED program and have a mental health evaluation.

Lynette Bush, the victims ex-wife and mother of his three children gave a calm yet passionate address to the court to tell Will’s life as she and their children see it. “He was an excellent father” and “there are only three victims as far as I see it and they’re his children,” in response to hearing the defense attorney Castle’s statements on victims on both sides. Bush said Clifton was a Marine who fought for this country proudly and overseas in Afghanistan. She continued on how much of an impact he had on their children’s lives in a positive way. Since Clifton was murdered, their youngest son had to leave Jacksonville because of conflicting matters surrounding their fathers death. Bush said she didn’t always approve of Clifton’s choices but he was a good man and a great father.

State Prosecutor ADA Bob Roupe said the gun used in the murder belonged to the co-defendant Will Welch’s father. The gun was kept under the fathers mattress in the home. Welch and Ridgeway had spent time together in the home leading up to the time of the murder, even on the night of said ADA Roupe. The two however were not present in the home during the time of the murder, “between 9:30-10:30 PM bases on evidence.”

The weapon was sent out for forensic examination at Fayetteville PD confirming that the co-defendants father’s weapon was in fact a match in the case, the prosecutor said.

The victim suffered numerous gunshot wounds to his body, suffered blunt force trauma to his skull where he was hit over the head with a baseball bat, and the prosecutor confirmed that there’s particular evidence given in the autopsy is consistent with strangulation. Roupe said, “a cord, rope…” was consistent with the wound to the neck of the victim, though a bat, cord or rope was never found. The co-defendant Welch admitted to the bat being used and by he himself. The prosecutor said Welch told investigators that Ridgeway pulled the trigger but she never would admitted doing so.

Ridgeway was sentenced by an Alford plea. The Alford Plea is where a defendant acknowledges the fact there is enough evidence for the state to reach a conviction, but doesn’t directly admit guilt.

Ridgeway’s co-defendant William Welch, pleaded guilty to the same charges back in March and he is awaiting sentencing now that he will not be utilized as a witness to testify against Ridgeway. ADA Roupe said that will likely happen in the next month or so.

These two were charged in the fatal shooting of 48-year-old former Onslow County deputy William Clifton, a resident of Richlands. Clifton had resigned from his position as a deputy during the time of his death and had other gainful employment.

Welch told detectives that he saw Clifton at Woodlands Park, hugging and kissing the then 17-year-old teen Caitlin Ridgeway. ADA Roupe stated that there has been no evidence rendered to show that the romantic relationship between the victim and the defendant Caitlin Ridgeway was not consensual, and the legal age of consent in the State of N.C. is 16. There are particular cases where charges may be brought forward for underage relationships like with teachers and coaches but not in this case, those elements were not met in any way.

Ridgeway was sentenced to serve a minimum of 24-years and a maximum of 32-years in the N.C. Dept. of Adult Corrections. The remaining charges for injury to personal property are dismissed as a part of the plea agreement and Ridgeway is not eligible for an appeal.

Watch the hearing live stream on The Onslow Beat FB.

Editors note: Caitlin Ridgeway’s name was spelled inconsistently in error as “Caitlyn” in the original publishing and has since been corrected in entirety.

30 Arrested across Onslow in a drug bust.

The rooster has flown the coop this Monday morning as OCSO issued press release in regards to 30 recent drug related arrests between Sneads Ferry, Jacksonville and Maysville in Operation Iron Rooster.

The rooster has flown the coop this Monday morning as OCSO issued press release in regards to 30 recent drug related arrests between Sneads Ferry, Jacksonville and Maysville in Operation Iron Rooster.

On Friday, October 4, 2019, members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit conducted “Operation Iron Rooster.” This operation was the result of an investigation that began after the Drug Enforcement Unit received numerous complaints from citizens about drugs being sold throughout Onslow County.

 

The operation was conducted in partnership and cooperation with Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and N.C. Department of Probation and Parole conducted after nearly a year-long operation seeking 42 targets, with 30 being arrested at the time of this press release.

Mueller, Peter Joseph, 61 YO, Sneads Ferry Rd., Sneads Ferry: Felony Possession With Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine; Felony Sell Cocaine; Felony Deliver Cocaine

BOND: $15,000 Secured

Edwards, Fredrick Montez III, 34 YO, Grants Creek Rd., Jacksonville: (2) Counts Felony Trafficking Opium or Heroin; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS.

BOND: $50,000 Secured

Massat, Robert Clarence, 53 YO, Kathy St., Sneads Ferry: Felony Sell Cocaine; Felony Deliver cocaine; Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $8,500 Secured

Jackson, Brandon James, 18 YO, Mike Loop Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Marijuana; Felony Sell Marijuana, Felony Deliver Marijuana

BOND: $35,000 Secured

Perkins, Netia Imali, 26 YO, Dartmoor Trl, Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Methamphetamine; Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While License Revoked

BOND: $15,000 Secured

Ambrose, Quincy Lamar, 40 YO, Steeple Chase Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Manufacture Schedule I CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Kellum, Michael James, 35 YO, Willie Kellum Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell Deliver Cocaine; Felony Sell Cocaine; Felony Deliver Cocaine; Felony Manufacture Schedule II CS; Felony Conspire to Sell/Deliver Cocaine; Felony Conspire to Sell Deliver Cocaine; Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND $45,000 Secured

Graham, Quentin Devon Jr, 21 YO, Harbord Dr., Midway Park: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule VI CS; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia

BOND: $2,000 Secured

Goodson, Randolph Davis III, 22 YO, Jenkins Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Marijuana; Felony Manufacture Marijuana; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia

BOND: $5,000 Secured

Hunter,Alaa Dante McCartha, 28 yo Swamp Junction Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Cocaine; Felony Sell, Deliver Cocaine; Felony Manufacture Cocaine

BOND: $15,500 Secured

Alley, David Cameron, 31 YO, Colonial St., Beaufort: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Heroin Arrested at Craven County Jail

BOND: $5,000

Burroughs, William Ashford, 41 YO, Church Hill St., Pollocksville: Felony Sell Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Bryant, Quentin James, 30 YO, Foy Ave., Maysville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Cocaine; Misdemeanor Possession Marijuana; (2) Counts Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia; Driving While License Revoked

BOND: $6,000 Secured

Carter, Trinity Money Sheryl An, 26 YO, New  River Dr., Jacksonville: (2 Counts) Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS; (2) Counts Felony Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS; (2) Counts Felony Deliver Schedule II CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Williams, Paul Naketa, 42 YO, Seminole Trl., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Sell Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Deliver Schedule II CS

BOND: $15,000

Bagarella, Christina Lucy, 37 YO, Carver Dr., Jacksonville: Felony Possession of Schedule II CS: Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $2,500 Secured

Merritt, Steven Ray, 37 YO, Burgaw Hwy. Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule VI CS; Felony Manufacture Marijuana; Felony Sell Schedule VI CS

BOND: $9,000 Secured

Stahl, Ericka Adele, 33 YO, Sandhill Rd., Sneads Ferry: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS: Felony Manufacture Sch I CS; Felony Possession of Sch II CS; (2 Counts) Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $9,500 Secured

Woodson, Melvin Ray, 49 YO,  Justice Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch II CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS; Felony Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling for CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Bennett, Marvin Earl, 58 YO, Hwy 172, Sneads Ferry: Felony Sell, Deliver Sch VI CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver SCH VI CS;

BOND: $5,000 Secured

Meadows, Allen Tyshan, 31 YO, Maple Ave., Maysville:  (2) Counts Felony Sell, Deliver Sch II CS; (2) Counts Felony Deliver Sch II CS; (2) Counts Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch II CS

BOND: $40,000 Secured

Gaskin, Timmothy Alfred, 31 YO, River St., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Marijuana; Felony Manufacture Marijuana; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia; Felony Sell Marijuana; Felony Deliver Marijuana

BOND: $10,000 Secured

Smith, James Clifton Keith, 31 YO Clearview Dr., Holly Ridge: Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia; Misdemeanor Simple Possession Sch IV CS

BOND: $1,000 Secured

Williams, Michael Joseph, 37 YO Hoffman Forest Rd., Richlands: Felony Possession With Intent to Sell, Deliver Counterfeit CS; Felony Sell or Deliver Counterfeit CS; Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $4,500 Secured

Johnson, Andre Tavara, 31 YO, Waterfall Dr., Jacksonville:  Felony Possession Sch II CS: Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $2,500 Secured

Moseman, Marshall Scott, 34 YO, Meadowview Ct., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch VI CS; Felony Sell Sch VI CS; Felony Deliver Sch VI CS: Felony Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for CS; Misdemeanor Marijuana Paraphernalia

BOND: $10,000 Secured

Shaffer, Ronald Salvatore, 30 YO, Briar Creek Ln, Jacksonville Felony Possession Stolen Firearm; Felony Possession Methamphetamine; Felony Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $7,500 Secured

McIntosh, Nicholas Alexander, 24 YO, Churchhill Way, Midway Park: Felony Possession Sch I CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS; Felony Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling for CS; Misdemeanor Drug  Paraphernalia

BOND: $9,500 Secured

Schindler,Jason Henry, 43 YO, Bumps Creek Rd., Sneads Ferry: (4) Counts Felony Sell Methamphetamine; Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS, Deliver Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $15,000 Secured

Scott, Terrance Linkfield, 39 YO, March Ln., Midway Park: (2) Counts Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture Sch II CS, (6) Counts Sell/Deliver Cocaine

BOND: $45,000 Secured.

The investigation continues and more arrests are anticipated.

This operation displays to the citizens that their complaints do NOT go unnoticed.

 

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.

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.

 

 

McGarry sentenced on second-degree murder

Joey McGarry, age 45 was sentenced to serve a period of incarceration in the N.C. Department of Adult Corrections for a minimum of 22-years and a maximum of 27-years for the second-degree murder of his girlfriend Maria Snook in 2016.

Joey McGarry, age 45 was sentenced Thursday morning to serve a minimum of 22 years and a maximum of 27 years in the N.C. Department of Adult Corrections in Onslow County Superior Court for the August 2016 second-degree murder of his girlfriend Maria Snook on Dawson Cabin Rd. Snook was 33-years-old at the time of the fatal shooting.

McGarry shot Snook in a domestic dispute. At the time in 2016, both the defendant and the victim had multiple charges pending in court for misdemeanor drug related crimes.

McGarry was represented by long-time Defense Attorney, Walter Paramore of Jacksonville.

Assistant District Attorney Kelly Neal, State Prosecutor in the case said domestic relationships are now ending badly and are getting worse. “They’re ending stupidly as well,” Neal said.

 

 

Paramore told the court that McGarry has suffered with mental illness, attempts of self harm, extreme depression and he is not competent enough to go through a full trial due to substantial memory loss. McGarry physical issues along with mental illness, he has vision deterioration in his left eye as well as dealing with hypertension which is age appropriate for the defendant Paramore said.

Paramore said he suggests Joey, “get into the safest place to be evaluated.” He added that he believes based on expert investigative information that McGarry suffers memory loss from excessive alcohol abuse.

The biggest heartbreak is being away from family and also his son, his client Joey McGarry has had very little contact with family so there’s no support, Paramore said. McGarry’s son is about 10-years-old residing with his mother, McGarry’s ex-wife in Connecticut, Paramore said. “I respect his illness and understand he needs treatment, he has physical issues and needs help,” Paramore told the court. The defense attorney continued explanation that he was uncertain that Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center is equipped to handle the needs of his client in his condition.

Paramore said McGarry has a documented history of mental illness that goes back to when his client resided in Connecticut prior to the murder of Maria Snook.

The Honorable Judge Charles H. Henry ordered substance abuse counseling and treatment as a part of the sentencing as well as a full mental health evaluation and treatment. Additionally, Judge Henry ordered close observation of the defendant.

McGarry was given credit for time served in the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

The defendant was sentenced on an Alford Plea which is a method often used in the state of N.C. in cases as this where the client acknowledges the evidence presented by the state is sufficient enough to support a conviction, yet the defendant has given no admission of guilt but agrees to be treated as guilty.

Onslow Co.- Ten fast facts to know preparing for Hurricane Dorian

Ten quick bites of information to know ahead of Hurricane Dorian. From school closings, shelters, landfill hours, free pet supplies and how to receive alerts.

School Closures: Brent Andersen, Onslow County Schools announced that all schools will be closed for all students from Wednesday, September 4th through Friday, September 6th. There will be no school or evening activities during this time period. OCS staff will have a Teacher Workday on Wednesday. Unless otherwise notified by their supervisor, OCS staff will not work on Thursday. On Friday OCS 10-month staff will not work and OCS 12-month staff will report as conditions permit, unless otherwise notified by their supervisor.

All unincorporated areas of Onslow County have been declared in a state of emergency by Onslow County government officials Tuesday morning.

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Shelters: Shelters open Thursday, Sept. 5th at 7 am. Locations:
Jacksonville Commons Middle School (Pets & Special/Medical Needs)
Swansboro High School
Dixon Middle School
Richlands High School

Citizens are asked to bring all medical supplies and to begin having medications refilled now to have through the storm even if they do not intend to come to a shelter. For citizens on oxygen, it is encouraged that tanks are refilled in advance. Any special devices or machines needed for medical purposes should be brought to the shelter with you.

If you need transportation to a shelter please fill out this form and submit by email to make those arrangements as quickly as possible.

Citizens are encouraged by Onslow County Manager, David Cotton to keep up with social media updates as there will be Facebook live broadcasts twice a day at 7 am and 7 pm on the county government page.

Questions about preparing- Phone Bank: The phone bank is open until 6:00 pm on Tuesday, then starting on Wednesday at 8:00 am (operational 24-hours), it will remain staffed continuously until Hurricane Dorian no longer poses a threat to Onslow County. Please call 910-989-5027, the phone bank is for non-emergent questions to help citizens prepare.

Trash: Onslow County Landfill hours are extended today and tomorrow (Tuesday & Wednesday) until 7 p.m. to assist citizens with hurricane preparations. Located at: 415 Meadowview Rd. Jacksonville. Phone number 910-989-2107.

Pets: Jaded Paws Rescue is open daily to help families with pet food and other supplies as available for FREE. Jaded Paws is located at 1009 Onsville Dr. Jacksonville Suite A. Phone number . Phone: 910-389-2372.

Onslow Co. Courts: Closed Thursday and Friday. ALL buildings and courts sessions are closed 9/5-9/6. To obtain more updates, please visit the NCCOURTS.gov website for all up to date closings.

ALERTS: Get local alerts – weather hazards, evacuations, missing persons, etc. – sent straight to your phone.You can receive FREE emergency alerts by phone calls to landlines, text messages, emails and more.In addition to English, ALERT Onslow translates notifications into: German, French, Japanese and Spanish.
Visit: CodeRed to sign up.

For the Board of Commissioners State of Emergency Proclamation announcement this morning you can watch here:

Insurance: Check your homeowners insurance polices ahead of the storm and verify what benefits your policy offers and ensure everything is up to date. USAA representative Ina said, under mandatory evacuation orders some policies may cover temporary living expenses. If you are a USAA policy holder, check your policy for details on the website at USAA Help or the USAA Mobile App.

How much food and water: Onslow County EMS Director, Norman Bryson urges citizens to have enough food and water for seven days per person in the home. The usual minimum is three days but it is best to be prepared for seven days.

Download the FEMA App:

The National Hurricane Center website:

Emergency Plans

Develop and document plans for your specific risks.

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

UPDATE: 2:13 PM-

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Courtesy of HRPD

The suspects were identified as listed below and charged with:

Photo Courtesy of HRPD

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

OCSO is seeking the public’s help identifying people involved in a drive-by shooting in Jacksonville

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating the owner or driver of a vehicle involved with two people being shot in the area of Blue Creek Farms Road on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Around 6:30 p.m. deputies with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office arrived at Blue Creek Farms Drive in Jacksonville to find two people with gunshot wounds. One woman, age 30, was shot in her lower back-upper leg area, and a 19-year-old woman was shot in the lower abdomen. Both females were treated at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune. The 19-year-old was later transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for further treatment. The 30-year-old was treated and released from the hospital on Monday.

The investigation revealed that a dark-colored, two-door car drove by and shot at the residence during a party that known gang affiliates were attending. The vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed when the shootings occurred.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation and fear of retaliation against the victims and their families, we are not releasing the victims’ names.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.  

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF: OCSO

PHOTO COURTESY OF: OCSO

 

 

Anyone with information about this incident, or if you can identify the owner of the vehicle in the photos, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019010347 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.

 

 

UPDATE: FOUND SAFE- OCSO is seeking the public’s help locating a missing 16-year-old boy

Update: The juvenile has been located. Thank you for all who shared for his safe return.


Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen in the Piney Green area on July 13, 2019.

Jared Powers is a 16-year-old white male described as being 5’10, 155 lbs., with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing white shorts and a dark shirt, but he may have changed clothing since then.

If you see him or know of his whereabouts, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Det. Johnston at 910-989-4047, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019010322 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.

Wilmington PD is investigating vandalism of confederate statutes downtown

Wilmington Police Department reported that confederate monuments in downtown Wilmington were vandalized around 3:00am on Thursday, July 4, 2019. WPD is looking for what appears to be a woman who is responsible for vandalizing the statues.

(WILMINGTON, NC)- The George Davis statue located around the corner of Market & Third Streets, Third and Dock Streets has been vandalized again. This act is coincidentally following protests in downtown Wilmington in late June demanding removal of these statues.

The statue that is dedicated to the fourth attorney general of the confederate states, George Davis stands on Third and Market Streets.

The statue was erected in the City of Wilmington, NC in 1911.

Wilmington Police Department reported that confederate monuments in downtown Wilmington were vandalized around 3:00am on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Wilmington Detectives are trying to find out the identity of what appears to be a female who was involved in vandalizing the confederate statues in downtown. WPD reported previously that vandalism has happened in the same place in 2017.

The Gabriel James Boney Confederate Memorial was also vandalized in the 2017 incident, though it is not clear whether it was specifically also involved in this incident.

The investigation revealed that the suspect threw orange paint on the monument and fled from the scene.

Watch the video footage below.

                                              Video Footage Courtesy of Wilmington PD

 

 

 

 

Ocean City Jazz Festival Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

History, superb music and the beach come
together as the award-winning Ocean City Jazz Festival marks its 10th anniversary with
a bang. The slogan of the festival is “Jazz with a Higher Purpose” and the gala weekend
is slated for July 4-7, 2019.

The annual award-winning Ocean City Jazz Festival has music to whet the appetite and a destination that seals the deal.

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC, May 10, 2019 − History, superb music and the beach come
together as the award-winning Ocean City Jazz Festival marks its 10th anniversary with
a bang. The slogan of the festival is “Jazz with a Higher Purpose” and the gala weekend
is slated for July 4-7, 2019.

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Hosted by the nonprofit Ocean City Beach Citizens Council, the festival, boasts an
incredible lineup of talent that caters to both jazz purists and lovers of contemporary
jazz. This year’s artists include Jazmin Ghent, the John Brown Little Big Band, the Sax
Pack (featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Marcus Anderson), Selina Albright, the
Ocean City All-Star Band (featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Mark Whitfield, Derrick Gardner
and John Brown), Gail Jhonson, Adam Hawley (with special guest Kat Hawley featuring
Marcus Anderson) and the John Brown Quintet featuring Alvin Atkinson.

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The festival kicks off with a beer and wine tasting on July 4, from 5-7 p.m. followed by a
special evening of music featuring guitarist John Dillard. On July 5, 2019, Secretary of
the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resource, Susi Hamilton will
greet attendees as the festival celebrates the Come Hear NC music initiative.
This year, the festival has added a brunch and gospel concert on Sunday July 7 featuring Richard Dawkins and the John Brown Quintet with special guests Cyrus Chestnut and Tamisha Waden, and a nonprofit workshop facilitated by Saad& Shaw – Comprehensive Fund Development Services on Friday and Saturday mornings.

The festival began in 2009, when the Ocean City Community celebrated its 60th
anniversary with entertainment by a Fayetteville, N.C. jazz saxophonist and his
accompanist on the porch of the Community Center. All in attendance, both visitors and
residents, enjoyed the celebration, launching the annual Ocean City Jazz Festival as a vehicle to promote and celebrate the history of the Ocean City Community. Proceeds are used for community preservation; promotion of the history of the Ocean City Community and it significance to the State; to foster music education by underwriting jazz workshops; mentoring programs with master musicians for local students; and underwriting of festival costs.

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The Festival has grown annually in attendance and features nationally recognized jazz
artists making it a perfect summer venue and destination. A variety of ticket packages
are available for the festival, with shuttles running from Jacksonville and Wilmington. A
full event travel package is also being offered. In January, the festival won “Best Sponsorship Package” in the state from the North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events.

For tickets, and additional information visit http://www.oceancityjazzfest.com.

About the Historic Ocean City Community
After World War II, Edgar Yow, an enterprising white Wilmington attorney and former
mayor purchased six miles of beach property on Topsail Island. As mayor, Yow was
acquainted with many members of the black community and realized that in the Jim
Crow era there was a need for beachfront recreational opportunities for African Americans.

Yow, call upon Dr. Samuel Gray and later Wade Chestnut and his siblings Betram,
Robert and Louise Chestnut. Gray and the Chestnuts purchased several tracts of land
from Yow and formed an inter-racial corporation, Ocean City Developers. Ocean City
Beach was established in 1949 and is the first community in the state that African
Americans could purchase oceanfront property.

Performance from the Ocean City Jazz Festival Website:

Hubert woman arrested for stabbing a man over marijuana

A woman has been arrested for stabbing a man as a result from an argument.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol responded to a residence on Saltwater Lane in Hubert for a report that someone had been stabbed.  Upon arrival, deputies learned that the victim had driven himself to the Naval Hospital for medical attention. The victim’s injuries were non-life threatening and he was treated and released from the hospital.    

The investigation revealed that Christena Victora Ingram stabbed the victim during a verbal altercation about a failed marijuana transaction that occurred two weeks ago.  

Ingram, 42-years-old of Great Neck Landing Road in Hubert was taken into custody and transported to the magistrate’s office where she was charged with:

  • Assault With a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Inflict Serious Injury
  • Simple Assault

 

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

 NCDPS database shows Ingram to have been convicted of a Level 4 DWI (Misdemeanor) in 2016. No other prior charges or convictions listed.

Ingram is currently held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond pending her court date.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective J. Marshburn at 910-989-4041 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019009757 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.

 

Off the pews and into the sun: Worship services this summer on NTB

(SNEADS FERRY, NC)-

Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church is taking church outside this summer hosting three worship services at Beach Access #2 in North Topsail Beach. Pastor Bill Young extends a warm welcome to all near and far for a relaxed church service to Worship On The Beach with music and a sermon.

  • Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 8am
  • Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 8am
  • Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 8am

“All are welcome! We hope our vacationers will join us as well as our part-time and full-time residents!”

These scheduled beach service days are shine only and will be canceled if it rains and stay up to date with the SFPC Facebook Page for any updates or changes.

  • Consider bringing your favorite beach chair, blanket and some coffee as we worship on our beautiful beach on Topsail Island. Service will last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Onslow County Beach Access #2 in North Topsail Beach offers bathrooms and is handicap accessible. Unfortunately it is still under renovation from Hurricane Florence, so the ramp leads up to the deck overseeing the beach, however the ramp down to the beach has not been repaired yet.
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Editors note: SFPC has a great congregation and not only are they good in the church, the individuals I’ve encountered from the church through the community have always been pleasant and welcoming. They show the love of God and humanity off the pews and on the street. Since Pastor Young has been preaching there, I have only heard greatness in the community. The members I’ve talked to rave about their church and the family dynamic of the church where they really have each other’s back so to speak. So if you’re looking for a church home, place of worship or simply enjoy church on the beach, I believe SFPC is a great place to go. For families, they have excellent programs and bible study for kids and teens.

For more information about Sneads Ferry Presbyterian check out their website. Contact Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church with any questions: 910-327-0166 or email: sfpcsecretary@yahoo.com.

HRPD- Car tow dolly may also be among recent items of theft

HRPD reports that a car tow dolly could potentially be amongst items stolen in a recent theft case.

(HOLLY RIDGE, NC)-

HRPD issued a news release today seeking the public’s help with locating and recovering a car tow dolly that is reasonably suspected to have been stolen in conjunction with other recent thefts.

On June 11, 2019 the Holly Ridge PD took a report of a stolen car tow dolly, from 206 Camp Davis Road, Holly Ridge, NC. The victim stated the car tow dolly was chained to a storage pod (conex box) at the location it was stolen from.

The victim described the car tow dolly as a grey in color metal frame with black fenders. The victim advised he had installed a boat winch on the tongue of the trailer and installed a 5/8 in bar to the tire swivels since the tow straps were broken. According to the victim, the car tow dolly’s fenders were beaten up due to use and one of the lights was broken.

Image Courtesy of HRPD of a similar car tow dolly

The photo provided is not the actual dolly but is a similar car tow dolly the victim had stolen. It is possible it was stolen during the time that the utility trailer and zero turn mowers were stolen. The white Ford Expedition that was used in those thefts was seen towing a car tow dolly the week prior to it being reported stolen.

If you have seen this car tow dolly, please contact the Holly Ridge Department at 910-329-4076 or email Detective Faircloth at lfaircloth@hollyridgepd.net.

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.

North Topsail Beach faces a tax increase in continued hurricane relief

NTB faces a tax rate increase to $.41 from $.34 cents as a result of the devastation lingering from Hurricane Florence. The proposed budget inside and copies available at NTB Town Hall.

North Topsail Beach issued a press release statement on Tuesday informing the public of a necessary tax increase after the damages of hurricane Florence continue to wreak havoc on the budget.

The North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen and Staff have worked diligently on the 2019-2020 Budget Ordinance. As a result of the budget workshops, work of staff and other input, the Proposed 2019-2020 Budget Ordinance is ready. This Budget Ordinance has an increase to the tax rate and items in which the board wants the public to be made aware of.

The proposed budget ordinance includes contingencies for continued repairs to damages caused by Hurricane Florence. It also includes a new Capital Reserve Fund to set aside funds for future capital needs throughout Town.

The town said following Florence that damage to the dunes amounted to approximately $15.5 million dollars. During the winter, work was done towards rebuilding the dunes and many berms are now barriers where dunes were before Florence. The north end of NTB also faced additional erosion concerns in the aftermath where the sandbag barriers pose means of protection.

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Photos following Hurricane Florence 2018 by The Onslow Beat on NTB
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NTB beaten after Florence. Photo Cred. The Onslow Beat
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The new proposed tax rate is to be set at $.41 whereas the current rate is 34.35 cents per $100 valuation.

As an example of the difference: For a property valuation of $300,000, the total increase results in an additional $199.50 per year.

The Board has set the public hearing and any member of the public will be allowed to speak concerning the budget ordinance. The hearing will be June 20, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Sneads Ferry Library.

“The North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen remain resolute in their commitment to rebuild the Town after the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence. They are even more committed in making sure the Town will be prepared for future projects through strong fiscal policy.”, stated the town of NTB.

The TOWN OF NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH BUDGET ORDINANCE FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020 

Juvenile arrested and charged following high speed chase in a stolen vehicle

Austin Tyndall, age 17 charged and arrested following a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle from Black Mountain, NC. Tyndall has been in and out of headlines in recent months for unauthorized use of vehicles and crossing state lines.

Sunday evening a Black Mountain man setout on a mission to find his vehicle. The Onslow Beat received a call from Charles Nicholas “Nick” Tarlton requesting urgent help sharing photos of his 2017 Honda Civic Touring and the police report information.

After searching Facebook for any clues about the juvenile who had stolen his vehicle early Sunday morning from his mountain home while he slept, Tarlton was shocked with what he found. He discovered in his search on Facebook the recent prior posts and articles in regards to recent disappearances with the 17-year-old juvenile, Austin Tyndall. Upon discovering these, it was then he reached out pleading for assistance in sharing information on his vehicle that was stolen from his Black Mountain, NC home.

Tarlton, a Professional Photographer and General Manager of a hotel who became acquainted with 17-year-old Tyndall online via a popular mobile app, “TikTok” that is designed for short-form mobile video clips with dance, singing, comedy, vlogging, food, sports, DIY, animals and everything in between.

Tarlton said that he provided help to Tyndall on several occasions when he was in New York and alleged he was stranded, hungry and needs neglected. Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley asked Mr. Tarlton, “What made you feel so drawn to help him? Did you not see any signs of a possibly dangerous situation?” Mr. Tarlton responded, “I have helped raise teenagers with a former partner and I guess my fatherly instincts just kicked in, he reminded me of the kids I helped raise and I wanted to help.” Tarlton continued, “It’s just sad that in today’s world you want to have a good heart and help people and you can’t.”

Nick Tartlon went in depth with The Onslow Beat in showing his selfless acts of humanity towards Austin Tyndall. “I bought him food for a good week while he was in NY, I just can’t stand to see anyone going hungry, especially a kid like that.”, Tarlton said. He further explained that he offered to buy Austin a bus ticket but he didn’t have an ID to board a bus so he took vacation time, used his own money and set off to NYC to help a stranger in need get home, who he had no idea would soon make him the next victim.

Nick Tarlton said he drove to NYC to pick up Austin Tyndall and drove him back to the Beulaville, NC area by Mike’s Farm where Austin said he was, “kind of just staying between friends.”  Austin contacted Nick the following day to bring him some money, a repayment of sorts for all he had done for him while he was in NYC. Austin Tyndall came by travel in a pick up truck that he shortly after arrival to the mountain area said had mechanic issues and needed repair, which turned into a suggestion to scrap the truck. You can see in these messages that at this point Nick Tarlton became very frustrated with the idea that Austin had travelled all the way to the mountains to give him what was at that time $20 (view images) and then lead to more issues that would potentially require him to assist physically and financially. It has been further discovered that Austin Tyndall travelled to the home of Nick Tarlton in the pickup truck and it was allegedly stolen as well.  The Onslow Beat reached out to Asheville PD which is the agency in that matter and was unable to receive a response by deadline.

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Below is a screenshot from Austin Tyndall expressing gratitude over social media on Facebook for the help and generosity Nick Tarlton had shown before the very ironic event occurred. img_3829

While in today’s climate of youth being taken advantage of, human trafficking and sex trafficking, it seems to be that is nowhere near the case here. Speculations quickly rose with Nick Tarlton being a 40-year-old, gay, white male and Austin Tyndall being a 17-year-old in what appeared to be circumstances of desperation and despair. In this case, it’s merely a one in a million, a true good Samaritan.  Below you can see pieces of conversations by electronic means between Tarlton and the juvenile where food was ordered for him while in NY after the last disappearance.

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BACK STORY

On April 23, 2019, Goldsboro Police posted a missing persons report for Tyndall via Facebook. During this incident, Tyndall had taken his mother’s vehicle he was not authorized,  nor licensed to operate along with two teenage girls who were also included in the missing alerts additionally. The three juveniles were located in Iowa several days later.

May 10, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a Missing Persons report for the girlfriend of Austin Tyndall, Madison Bratcher. Austin and Madison had yet again left the state in a vehicle he was unauthorized to operate. The two juveniles were located in Connecticut on May 15, 2019. From Connecticut, Austin Tyndall somehow made way to New York.

THIS WEEK

Early Monday morning at 12:43am a Craven County deputy responded to a request from the Black Mountain Police Department to locate a stolen 2017 Honda Civic Touring operated by juvenile, Austin Tyndall age 17 at an address in Newport, NC. The vehicle was located and the suspect fled in the vehicle. The chase ended in New Bern, NC in Craven County. Craven County Sheriff’s Office and the NC State Highway Patrol were able to stop the vehicle and take him into custody. Carteret County Sheriff’s office said Monday, Austin Tyndall was in custody under a $10K secured bond.” Tyndall was charged with one count of (F) fleeing to elude law enforcement and (F) larceny of a motor vehicle per the Black Mountain Police Department Monday morning with probation violations pending.

The owner of the vehicle, Nick Tarlton told Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley after he became aware of his vehicle being gone that he realized that Austin Tyndall had used his computer when he was there. He checked the browser to see if Tyndall had failed to log out on any online accounts and if the location settings were on.

“I realized he had used my desktop, so I decided to see if he was still logged into any of his accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Google, anything to see if his location was on and I could tell the police where he was at with my car.”, Tarlton said. “Sure enough, he had not logged out of his Facebook account nor his Google account…”, he continued. “From there, I called Black Mountain [police] and told them where he was located.”, explained Tarlton.

Austin Tyndall is currently showing to have one upcoming court date per the NC Courts website. He is calendared to be in Wayne Co. (Goldsboro) on June 24, 2019 for an arrest from May 7, 2019 for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor probation violation, and he is currently on probation for Larceny of a Motor Vehicle in 2018 in Lenoir Co.

Nick Tarlton, the most recent victim of car theft was able to get his car back Wednesday in Morehead City, NC and head back to his mountain home with minimal damages.

Images of visible damage to the 2017 Honda Civic Touring, owned by Nick Tarlton of Black Mountain, NC. (Photo Courtesy: Nick Tarlton) 

The Onslow Beat received many tips and screenshots of messages from sources who wish to remain anonymous where Tyndall admitted to stealing the vehicle belonging to Nick Tarlton, how he did it and how fast he was driving the vehicle at high rates of speed (160KM apx 100MPH) all while bragging gleefully to friends online as he headed back to the coast of NC. Tyndall showed no remorse in the messages not shown for privacy and ethical standards (heavy language) cannot be shared publicly, referring to the stolen vehicle as his own, bragging to friends to come out and see “his” car at local businesses.

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Screenshot image of Tyndall showing image of speed to another person by digital communication in what appears to be a video chat.

In asking Nick Tarlton, “If you could say one thing or ask anything to Austin Tyndall, what would you say or ask after all of this?” “Tarlton answered, “I would ask why and how could you do this to someone who was so generous and genuinely kind to you? ”

“How are you now that this is over for the most part?” Tarlton replied, “It feels like I’m getting back to normal. My car is in the shop and getting the necessary repairs. I did have some unnerved feelings for several days…” He continued with response of how it has changed him, “In the long term, someone will come along and really need help and I’ll say no.”

The great state of N.C. tries most cases with 16-17 year-old juveniles as adults in cases as this. We can only hope for fair justice and Austin Tyndall to change his behavior and become a productive adult citizen in society.