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.

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Man arrested for stealing materials from Atlantic Construction site

An Onslow County felon has been arrested and charged with a number of felony charges for theft of materials from a construction site.

 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release this morning a Richlands man has been arrested on charges for stealing a construction site throughout the county.

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, county sheriffs deputies responded to the area of Holly Grove Court in Jacksonville where there was a report of a suspicious vehicle leaving the area hauling a trailer.

This particular area has new homes that are under construction and has had issues with the building materials being stolen.

“Deputies located and stopped the truck in the Speedway gas station parking lot in Richlands.  After identifying the driver as Michael Hancock and upon searching the trailer, several pieces of stolen property were recovered.” said the OCSO release.

In the stolen property discovered during the search, were building materials and other items used in construction.

Detectives’ investigation revealed that Hancock was also involved in larcenies that occurred back in June 2019, on Union Chapel Church Road where appliances were stolen.    

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety database shows that Michael Hancock also has a criminal history of Felony Larceny dating back to 2007 and 2008. He was given suspended sentences and probation for those crimes.

Michael Hancock, 37-years-old of Floyd Pond Lane in Richlands, was taken into custody, transferred to the magistrate’s office and charged with:

  • Felony Larceny From a Construction Site
  • Felony Possession of Stolen Property From a Construction Site
  • (2) Counts Felony Breaking and Entering
  • (2) Counts Felony Larceny
  • (2) Counts Felony Possession of Stolen Property
  • Felony Larceny After Breaking and Entering
  • Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense

Hancock was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under an $83,000 secured bond.

This arrest closes several cases where Atlantic Construction was the victim of thefts.


Anyone with information about incidences of theft in construction site is asked to contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Hipple at 910-989-4040, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019010123 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.

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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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.


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.


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.




Jacksonville PD: Felony Identity Theft Suspect Sought

Jacksonville PD seeks help in identifying a black male in mid to late twenties in a felonious case of identity theft….

The Jacksonville Police Department is asking for your help to identify the man the attached photograph. He is a person of interest in a credit card fraud and identity theft that occurred at Circle K gas station located at 1731 Lejeune Blvd on Feb. 24, 2019.

The subject is described as a black man in his middle to late twenties, about 5’6″ to 5’11” inches tall. The man was wearing a red t-shirt, red Chicago Bulls hat, red shoes, black leather style jacket and dark in color pants at the time of the incident.

If you know the identity of this man please contact JPD Detective J. Griess at 910-938-6413 or or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement. 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) Please refer to Case 19-01773 when calling or texting about these photos.

Caitlyn Ridgeway to appear in Superior Court Friday

Caitlyn Ridgeway is set to appear in Onslow County Superior Court Friday, Nov. 1st the DA Office released this morning. Earlier this week, The Onslow Beat received information from a reliable source that Ridgeway is said to be accepting a plea agreement for her part in the in July 2017 homicide of William Clifton.
Earlier this year, in March 2019, Ridgeway’s co-defendant in this homicide William Welch Jr. pleaded guilty to second degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of William Clifton who was age 48.
In a news release issued previously, District Attorney Ernie Lee said Clifton was shot multiple times in Woodlands park in Jacksonville in July 2017.
Welch told detectives originally that he saw Clifton at the park, hugging and kissing the then 18-year-old Caitlyn Ridgeway, who was reportedly in a relationship with Clifton.
This is said and believed to be when Welch attacked Clifton.
The autopsy report revealed that Clifton was shot five times as well as suffered from attempted strangulation with a linear abrasion around his neck and a laceration on top of his head and scalp.
William Clifton FB Photo