BUSTED AGAIN: Four busted over the weekend with stolen goods and drugs

On Sunday, June 9th, Holly Ridge PD executed a search warrant at the address of 412 Salvo Court to search for stolen property. This case is in association with Trey Anthony Romero who was arrested on Saturday, June 8th where Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an individual in the Haws Run area attempting to steal a utility trailer.

That individual, Joshua Mackenzie Davis, was eventually stopped and arrested by the Sheriff’s Office.  Davis had been staying at the residence of 412 Salvo Court with Trey Anthony Romero. During the course of the investigation, Detective Faircloth was able to determine that Mr. Romero had sold a stolen zero turn lawnmower to an individual in Holly Ridge. Detective Faircloth took out a warrant for Mr. Romero, 29 years of age, for Obtaining Property by False Pretense. He was given a $2,500 secured bond for that charge and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office filed additional charges regarding the theft from the county.

Davis has a lengthy criminal record full of felonies from larceny, breaking and entering and theft related convictions beyond Onslow County.
Davis has upcoming court dates for several felony charges and traffic violations prior to this incident. He is due in court on July 7th & 8th for the following:

Mobile Patrol

(F) Larceny of a motor vehicle
(F) Felony larceny
(F) Poss. of stolen goods
(F) Conspiracy

Traffic violations:
(2) Driving while license revoked/impaired revocation
Aid & Abet impaired
Allow unlicensed to drive

Romero has upcoming court dates for five felony charges and two traffic violations beyond this incident on July 7th & 8th for the following:

(F) Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
(F) Larceny
(F) Possession of Stolen Goods
(F) Conspiracy
(F) Obtain Property by False Pretenses

Traffic violations: Driving left of center & Reckless driving wanton regard
Romero shows no prior charges or convictions in the NCDPS database.

Sunday, June 9th, Detective Faircloth obtained a search warrant for the address of 412 Salvo Court in regards to the case with Trey Anthony Romero to search for stolen property. Upon the execution of the search warrant, two individuals were at the residence. While securing the residence, illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia were discovered by officers on scene. Detective Faircloth then obtained a second search warrant to now search the residence for illegal narcotics. No other stolen property was found but this lead to the arrest of two repeat offenders known to the area. Morgan L. Gibson, age 24 and Ryan Grappo, age 35 both of Sneads Ferry, NC arrested on a number of drug related charges.

Morgan L. Gibson of 118 Hickory Road, Sneads Ferry, NC charged in this incident with:

  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Failure To Appear Warrant out of Pender county for Possession of Heroin

Gibson has EIGHT court dates in the NC Court system database. First being today, June 10, 2019 on (2) Misd. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and a traffic violation for fictitious tag/title/reg card. Gibson’s five remaining dates are drug related as well as traffic violations and are as follows pending in Onslow County in addition to the most recent arrest:
06/27/2019- Shoplifting/Concealment of Goods
09/30/2019-
(F) Poss. Controlled Substance on Prison/Jail premises.
(M) Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia|
Traffic violations also 09/30/19:

  • Driving while license revoked/not impaired rev
  • Infraction- Drive left of center
  • Operating vehicle without insurance
  • Hit & Run, Fail to stop and property damage
  • Fict/Alt Title/Reg Card/Tag
  • Expired/No inspection

She was issued a $2,500 Secured bond on the most recent charges.

Ryan Grappo also of 118 Hickory Road, Sneads Ferry, NC now charged with:

  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Grappo was just convicted on May 31, 2019 in Onslow County for drug related charges from October 2018. He was convicted on  possession of a schedule I substance (F), drug paraphernalia (M), obtaining property by false pretense (F), resisting an officer (M) and given a suspended sentence and probation. Grappo has a revolving criminal history per the NCDPS database with drug charges and stolen goods back to 2012. Grappo served a total of 3 years 1 month and 25 days in prison for like crimes. The most recent being a 15 month sentence in the NC Department of Adult Corrections and was released June 2017 on parole. His parole ended March 2018.

Ryan Grappo has a calendared court appearance set for August 27, 2019 for driving while license revoked and reckless driving that are not related to the current charges.

He was issued a $2,000 Secured bond on the recent charges.

They were both turned over to the Onslow County Detention Center.

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

(SCOTLAND CO.,NC)-

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.

Missing Person Investigation is ongoing for James Wilson, Jr. one year later

(Jacksonville, NC)- The investigation to find missing person James Wilson, Jr. continues. On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Jacksonville Police Department issued a Silver Alert for James Wilson, Jr., a 78-year old man who apparently walked away from his home in the Country Club Road area. A year has passed since this investigation began. Detectives have investigated dozens of tips, but none have led to finding Mr. Wilson. Detectives are looking for assistance from the community.

Mr. Wilson suffers from dementia. Mr. Wilson is a black male, 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 196 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes.

We have asked residents to check infrequently used buildings on their property such as storage sheds or buildings not used daily.

“During the investigation, we learned that Mr. Wilson may have hitch-hiked in the past. We ask that anyone who may have picked up someone matching Mr. Wilson’s description to please give us a call” said Captain Mike Capps, Supervisor, JPD Investigations Division. “We appreciate the continued assistance from the public in calling in with information.”

Mr. Wilson’s daughter, Jayna Wilson has been his biggest advocate since the beginning of the disappearance of her father. Jayna took to social media herself to encourage people to share the posts about her father and to continue looking for him, or any clues that might lead to him.

If you believe that you have seen Mr. Wilson, please call 911 immediately. If you have information please contact JPD Detective Vincent Waddell at 910-938-6408 or vwaddell@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-5034. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to arrest. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Johnsonville is recalling an estimated 95K pounds of sausage products

Johnsonville is recalling an estimated 95K pounds of ready-to-eat jalapeño cheddar sausage products due to possible contamination.

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2019 – Johnsonville, LLC., a Sheboygan Falls, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 95,393 pounds of its ready-to-eat jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous material, specifically hard green plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage items were produced and packaged on March 12 and 13, 2019. The following products are subject to recall:

• 14-oz. film, vacuum packages containing “Johnsonville JALAPEÑO CHEDDAR Smoked Sausage” with a “Best By 06/09/2019” date on the back of the package.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34224” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide and internationally.

The problem was discovered when the company notified FSIS that they received a consumer complaint regarding green hard plastic in the product.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Kirsten Bishir, Johnsonville, LLC. Consumer Relations Coordinator, at KBishir@johnsonville.com and by phone or text at 1-888-556-2728.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day.

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.    

URGENT: Burn ban issued for 18 ENC counties including Onslow and surrounding areas

RALEIGH – Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington.

The burning ban went into effect at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, and will remain in effect until further notice. The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions.

Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Violating the burn ban incurs a $100 fine plus $180 court costs. The person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.

“The dry weather conditions these last few weeks, plus the potential for an increase in human-caused wildfires in the region, makes this ban on open burning necessary,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “During the month of May, there have been 355 wildfires statewide, covering 1,348 acres. This burn ban is a proactive step to protect lives and property by preventing human-caused wildfires.”

Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.

Yesterday Richlands VFD reported a burn barrel fire that got out of control.

Photo Courtesy: Richlands VFD

Answers to frequently asked questions

Q: What is open burning?

A: Open burning includes burning leaves, branches or other plant material. In all cases, burning trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative material is illegal.

Q: May I still use my grill or barbeque?

A: Yes, if no other local ordinances prohibit their use.

Q: How should I report a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.

Q: My local fire marshal has also issued a burn ban for my county. What does this mean?

A: The burn ban issued by the N.C. Forest service does not apply to a fire within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Local government agencies have jurisdiction over open burning within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The N.C. Forest Service has advised county fire marshals of the burning ban and asked for their consideration of also implementing a burning ban. If a fire within a 100-foot area of a dwelling escapes containment, a North Carolina forest ranger may take reasonable steps to extinguish or control it. The person responsible for setting the fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.

Q: Are there other instances which impact open burning?

A: Local ordinances and air quality regulations may impact open burning. For instance, outdoor burning is prohibited in areas covered by Code Orange or Code Red air quality forecasts. Learn more about air quality forecasts at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach-education/air-quality-forecasts

Q: Can I have a campfire when I go camping?

A: Campfires would be considered open burning and are not exempt from the burn ban. Portable gas stoves or grills are alternate methods for cooking food while camping during a burn ban.

Q: What can I do to protect my house against the risk of wildfire?

A: Learn about wildfire risk assessments and preparedness and prevention plans on the N.C. Forest Service website.

Residents with questions regarding their specific county can contact their county ranger with the N.C. Forest Service or their county fire marshal’s office.

910-347-4270 Brian Kelly, Onslow Co. Fire Marshal.

910-324-3633 Ben Patterson, Onslow Co. Ranger.

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

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

Photo Credit: Swansboro by Sail

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

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

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

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

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends.

-Raeford Brown

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

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

Mike Dunleavy, Captain of Swansboro by Sail

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

BUSTED: “Operation Royal Taken Down” knocked the Aryan Kings Gang off their throne in Sneads Ferry

Several people have been arrested on felony drug charges after the conclusion of “Operation Royal Taken Down.”

On Wed. May 22, 2019, investigators with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit investigated the criminal activity of Aryan Kings Gang members in and around the Sneads Ferry Community of Onslow County. Members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Team 2 executed two traffic stops during this investigation, resulting in the seizure of user quantities of marijuana, heroin, crystal meth and $14,612.00 in US currency. Information developed during the investigation indicated that the source of the suspected narcotics was coming from 1417 Old Folkstone Road. A search warrant was granted to search the premises of 1417 Old Folkstone Road, being the residence of David Craig Milam. During the search of the residence, narcotics investigators located the following items: (3) pistols; (3) rifles:

27.5 grams of heroin; 29.9 grams of crystal methamphetamine; digital scales and glassine bags for re-packaging. One of the pistols was reported stolen from Pender County Licensed Firearms Dealer.

The following individuals were arrested May 22, 2019 as a result of the investigation:

David Craig Milam, 35-years-old; 1417 Old Folkstone Road, Sneads Ferry CHARGES:

1. (F) Trafficking Heroin by Possession

2. (F) Trafficking Heroin by Manufacturing

3. (F) Trafficking Methamphetamine by Possession

4. (F) Trafficking Methamphetamine by Manufacturing

5. (F) PWIMSD Heroin

6. (F) PWIMSD Methamphetamine

7. (F) Manufacturing Heroin

8. (F) Manufacturing Methamphetamine

9. (F) Maintaining a Dwelling

10. (F) Possession of Stolen Firearm

11. (F) Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon

12. (F) Conspiracy to Traffick Heroin

13. (M) Possess Drug Paraphernalia

14. (M) Possession of less than half-ounce of marijuana

BOND: $1,000,000.00 secured

Brian Richard Pearce II, 25-years-old; 406 Winery Rd, Sneads Ferry CHARGES:

1. (F) Possession of methamphetamine

2. (M) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

3. Failure to Appear- Misdemeanor Larceny

BOND: $7,000.00 secured

Robert Edward Harmer,46-years-old; 313 Kenny’s Ave, Holly Ridge CHARGES:

1. (F) Possession of Heroin

2. (M) possession of Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $2,500.00 secured

Anthony David Lynn, 29-years-old; 733 Nine Mile Rd, Jacksonville CHARGES:

Order for Arrest

1. (M) Larceny

2. (M) Conspiracy

BOND: $500.00 secured

Charley Lynn Wiggs, 39-years-old; 1124 Carver Rd, Midway Park CHARGES:

(F) Possession of methamphetamine

(M) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $15,000.00 unsecured

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019007673 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.

BUSTED: More heroin, cocaine and marijuana off the streets of Holly Ridge in a multiple agency effort

(HOLLY RIDGE, NC)-

On Wed., May 22, 2019 at approximately 1:30am, in a multi-agency effort, Officers with the Holly Ridge Police Department, Surf City Police Department and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 134 N. Green Street. During the service of the search warrant, officers located heroin, cocaine, marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

The resident of 134 N. Green Street, James Harley Wood, 39 years of age, was arrested and charged with:

• Possession of Heroin

• Possession of Cocaine

• Possession of Marijuana

• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Wood has no prior drug related charges in the NC DPS system. The system shows one misdemeanor larceny from 2016.

He was given a $5,000 secured bond and released to the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

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

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

possession of heroin

• possession of drug paraphernalia

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

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

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

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

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

Jacksonville man Terry Barnes pleaded guilty and sentenced to 14-17 years for the 2016 second-degree murder of his live-in girlfriend Tina Meyer

  On May 21, 2019, Terry Gordon Barnes, age 53 years, pled guilty to second degree murder.  The defendant was sentenced by Judge Charles H. Henry of Onslow County to a minimum of 168 months and a maximum of 214 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction.  The State of North Carolina was represented by Assistant District Attorneys Kelly B. Neal and Precious Harrison-Cobb.  The defendant was represented by Attorney Paul Castle of Jacksonville, North Carolina.

    The evidence shows that on September 19, 2016, Onslow County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Old Maplehurst Road in reference to a shooting. Deputy Mark Hipple responded to the residence and found Tina Marie Meyer unresponsive on the living room floor with an apparent gunshot wound to left chest area.  Deputy Hipple located the defendant, Tina Meyer’s boyfriend of many years, outside the residence in a Ford Explorer and found Addison Riley, Tina Meyer’s step-fahter, inside the residence.  The defendant initially told Deputy Hipple that Mr. Riley had shot Tina Mayer and Mr. Riley indicated that the defendant had been the shooter.  An investigation by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office would ultimately prove the defendant had shot and killed Tina Meyer.

During closing arguments of the April 2019 trial, ADA Kelly Neal argued the facts of forensics only made sense and that Terry Barnes did in fact kill Tina Meyer. Additionally that a verbal confrontation had transpired between the two of them before the rifle was retrieved. ADA Kelly Stated in his arguments it was impossible for an 81-year-old man who uses a walker to stand and walk to have shot Tina Meyer.

ADA Kelly Neal in closing arguments in the April trial

Defense Attorney Paul Castle argued that it did not make sense and that the man responsible for the death of Tina Meyer was her step-father, Mr. Riley. Castle presented demonstration of what he believed to exemplify the scene of the crime that night in his clients defense.

    Detectives learned that these three individuals had been out drinking that night and upon returning from the Globe and Anchor Bar, the defendant went into Mr. Riley’s bedroom and grabbed a .410 shotgun and returned to the living room.  He pointed the weapon at Tina Meyer and shot her in front of Addison Riley.  At the time of the shooting Mr. Riley was seated on a couch in the living room and Tina Meyer was standing in front of him.  The defendant put the weapon back in Mr. Riley’s bedroom and left the residence to sit in his vehicle.  An autopsy performed by Dr. John Almeida revealed that Tina Meyer had been shot in the left chest area with an entrance wound under her left armpit.  He concluded the wound was a fatal wound and that the shot occurred at a distance of three to five feet away from the victim.  

    The defendant was interviewed by Sheriff’s Office detectives and initially blamed Mr. Riley for the incident.  During the interview he eventually admitted to shooting Tina Meyer.  The defendant indicated the three of them had been out drinking and when they returned Tina Meyer was fussing at him.  He went into the bedroom and grabbed Mr. Riley’s shotgun and came back into the living room.  He pointed the gun at Tina Meyer to prove a point to her, thinking the gun was unloaded.  He cocked the weapon, pointed it at Tina Meyer and pulled the trigger, shooting her.  He demonstrated to detectives how he held the gun when he stood in front of the victim and shot her.  He told detectives he had been drinking and that alcohol played a part in what occurred.

    The case was tried as a first degree murder from April 1, 2019 until April 12, 2019 in Onslow County Superior Court.  The trial ended in a mistrial with the jury deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict.  

    DA Ernie Lee stated in a press release, “I commend the work done in this case by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.  The work done by the detectives and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit that night brought Tina Marie Meyer’s killer to justice.  This case was a senseless tragedy where someone lost their life due to a combination of alcohol and the use of a firearm.  Due to the hard work of the Sheriff’s Office, this defendant will serve a minimum of 168 months behind bars.”

 

 

First Food Truck Roundup in Sneads Ferry this evening

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

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

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

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

Do you have a food truck and want to join in the rodeo? Send an email to saltysistas@yahoo.com

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

 

 

Hubert man arrested on felony larceny in relation to theft of a computer chip from a vehicle

On April 26, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol responded to Percision Motor Sports on Lake Cole Road for a report of larceny.

Investigation revealed that an employee of the business, Tyler Nicolas Amrine, had taken a computer chip from a vehicle that was at the shop and tried to sell it.

Amrine, 35-years-old of Huckleberry Lane, Hubert, was interviewed by detectives and admitted taking the computer chip. Amrine was arrested May 14, 209 and charged with Felony Larceny by Employee and Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Property.

Amrine was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $5,000 unsecured bond.

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 2019006240 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.

18-year-old man arrested for statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or younger

Onslow Co. Sheriff’s Office released today that On February 5, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a statutory sex offense that had occurred in January of this year.

The victim’s mother reported her minor child had been sexually assaulted by an 18-year-old. Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit investigated the allegation and identified the suspect. Both the victim and suspect were known to each other prior to the incident.

On May 14, 2019, a warrant was obtained for Bryce Dawson English of Snow Goose Lane in Sneads Ferry. English turned himself in later that day and was taken before a magistrate and charged with Statutory Rape of a Child 15 Years or Younger.

English was committed to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Sgt. Albano at 910-989-4073, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019001866 when calling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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