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.

 

 

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.

Two teens arrested for stealing golf carts in Holly Ridge

Two Hampstead teens were arrested in Holly Ridge after stealing two golf carts from a local business.

On Friday, July 19, 2019 Holly Ridge PD received a call from the owner of Holly Ridge Tire regarding golf carts that were stolen from the business.

The owner located the golf carts and the two suspects nearby in the woods on Green Street and Hines Street. HRPD Officers arrived on scene and detained the suspects. Upon reviewing video surveillance from the business, and interviewing the suspects, they were formally charged with the following:

Dovontae McDuffy, 17-years-old, of 508 Rose Point Road, Hampstead, NC

Photo Courtesy of HRPD
  • (2) counts Felony Larceny
  • (2) counts of Trespassing
  • (2) counts of Property Damage
  • Felony Possession of Stolen Property
  • Felony Conspiracy

Micah Howard, 18-years-old, of 498 Williams Store Road, Hampstead, NC

Photo Courtesy of HRPD
  • Felony Larceny
  • Trespasing
  • (2) counts of Property Damage
  • Felony Possession of Stolen Property
  • Felony Conspiracy
  • 4 outstanding Orders For Arrest

McDuffy was given a $15,500 secured bond and Howard was given a $23,500 secured bond. Custody of the two subjects was turned over to the Onslow County Detention Center.

Neither suspect shows any prior criminal charges or convictions in the NC Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) database.

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.

Independence Day Celebrations kick off today in the Coastal Region: Where to go and how to be safe

Independence Day is only one day away and celebrations begin here in the Coastal Region today! Where to go, when to go and how to be safe? Open it to read it. Be safe and have a joyous time with friends and family!

We are one day away from America’s biggest holiday, celebration preparations and locations are being determined if they haven’t been by now by our coastal citizens. Just in case you are one of those who is undecided, The Onslow Beat has put together a list of options for you to choose from in celebrating, spending time with your family and friends.

Independence Day falls on a Thursday this year, which usually gives for a long weekend for most military and some government offices.

Independence Day happenings through all 767 miles of Onslow County.  Before we get into the excitement, “Safety first!”

With the approach of the July 4th weekend, Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday period a happy and enjoyable one for all.

Traditionally during the July 4th holiday, our highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year. The Sheriff reminds all residents to follow these safety tips:

• Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you. Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road.

• When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass. You will know instantly if the car is about to veer – giving you an extra few seconds to respond.

• You should pull out into the opposite lane of traffic when passing while you are still well behind the car in front. This should give you some time and space to build up speed and will enable you to pull back into your own lane should the need arise. Never cut abruptly out of your lane into the opposite lane when passing.

• Always signal your intentions with your brake lights, turn signals, horn and/or headlights so that other drivers will see you well before you change course.

• Drivers should always “aim high” in steering. That is, you should glance frequently at points well ahead of you. Not only will this help your steering, but it will also help you check the position of vehicles in front of you as well as on-coming ones.

• Never follow too close. Remember that, as your speed increases, it takes you substantially longer to stop. Also remember that it’s good to have an extra cushion of space in front of you if you’re being tail-gated, on a slippery road, or in low visibility conditions.

“Lastly, I would remind all motorists to practice the Golden Rule when driving. Be courteous and tolerant of other drivers. Please don’t get angry with bad drivers or reckless ones – just get out of their way,” Sheriff Miller said in closing, “Let’s make this summer a safe one on the roads in Onslow County.”

WATER SAFETY:

  • If no lifeguard is on duty, do not let children swim unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult who knows lifesaving techniques and first aid.
  • Post CPR instructions and directions to call 9-11 or your local emergency number in the pool area.
  • Look around the pool area to be certain lifesaving devices are readily available for emergency use.
  • Be sure covers are installed on all drains of swimming pools and wading pools. The suction created by the pool’s circulating pumps can be very dangerous unless it is reduced by covers.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area.
  •  To reduce the risk of eye, ear, nose or throat infection from contaminated water, swim only in poos in which water quality is properly maintained. The water should appear crystal clear, be continuously circulated and be maintained a t a level that allows free overflow into the gutter or skimmer. There should not be a strong odor of ammonia or chlorine.
  • Take frequent breaks (about once an hour) where everyone gets out of the water, drinks water, reapplies water resistant sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and rests.

BEACH SAFETY:

  • Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others. Never swim alone.
  • If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
  • Watch out for the “dangerous too’s”- too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
  • Look for water that is reasonably clear and free of floating materials and odors. Avoid swimming at beaches where there are large populations of ducks, geese or gulls. The waste produced by these birds causes high bacteria levels in the water.
  • Look for movement in the water; it helps keep the water clean. Do not swim in stagnant or still water.
  • Do not swim at any beach right after a heavy rain. Runoff following a heavy rain may result in a high bacteria level.
  • When diving at a beach, exercise extreme caution. Beach water is not as clear as water in a pool, so underwater obstructions may not be visible.
  • Avoid having beach water in your mouth or nose.

Sheriff Miller states, “Following these precautions will help the children and citizens of Onslow County stay safe and healthy this holiday weekend and throughout the summer.”

 

CELEBRATIONS: 

Town of Surf City kicks off Independence Day on July 3rd

Wednesday (Independence Eve) July 3, 2019 kicks off the celebrations in Surf City, NC in Sound side Park under the new high rise bridge.

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Ocean City Jazz Fest Kicks Off on July 4th

July 4-7 beginning at 5pm. Celebrating its tenth year, the Ocean City Jazz Festival is held in historic Ocean City in North Topsail Beach. Gates open at 4pm. Advance ticket prices are $50-$60 for one day or $160 for all three days. Tickets at the gate increase by $5. Event details here. 

Surf City Pier Kids Fishing Tournament on July 4th

The Surf City Pier opens for a free day of fishing for youngsters age 16 and under in a fun, educational and safe environment. Pre-registration is REQURIED for this event.  Call 910-328-3521 for more details.

36th ANNUAL ONSLOW COUNTY FREEDOM FESTIVAL, JACKSONVILLE, NC

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HOLLY RIDGE LIBERTY FESTIVAL, JULY 4

Enjoy firework festivities twice! One on Topsail Island, July 3 at Soundside Park and two, at Holly Ridge Liberty Festival, July 4, on the mainland!    Facebook Page Event Information.

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BASE FEST CAMP LEJEUNE

From the MCCS website, this years event is closed to the public and only open to DoD cardholders and their guests.

Who Can Attend

Open to DoD Identification Cardholders and their guests only. The event will not be open to the general public, meaning base access will not be provided to unsponsored guests for the event.

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather on July 4, the event, including the fireworks, will be canceled and will not be rescheduled.

 

 

REMEMBER while you are out celebrating and enjoying the festivities, be alert and aware of your surroundings. In the event of a crime, citizens can help our public servants reach justice swiftly by sharing information.

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.

Operation Firecracker kicked off the Booze it & Lose It Campaign this week

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said on Tuesday afternoon, “Our goal is prevention, we want all citizens to use common sense and reach their destinations safely.”
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office will be deploying its DWI Task Force in high crash and high DWI areas across the county. Community members should expect increased high visibility enforcement.

On Monday, July 1, 2019 the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office assisted in hosting the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program and agencies across North Carolina for the kick-off event “Operation Firecracker” Booze It & Lose It Campaign. The day started at 10:00 am with officers from across the state coming together to speak with the community about the dangers of impaired driving. Later that day, officers attended a safety event at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center where members of the public had the opportunity to meet officers and learn about traffic safety and the dangers of impaired
driving.

The day ended with a multi-agency checkpoint that took place on New Bern Hwy. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office; Jacksonville, Holly Ridge, Richlands, Swansboro, North Topsail Beach and Wilmington Police Departments; Jones County and Pender County Sheriff’s Office along with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol provided officers for the checkpoint. The checkpoint resulted in 53 total charges including locating and arresting two wanted subjects. One subject was arrested for habitual impaired driving for driving while impaired and having three previous DWI convictions in the last ten years.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said on Tuesday afternoon, “Our goal is prevention, we want all citizens to use common sense and reach their destinations safely.”

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office will be deploying its DWI Task Force in high crash and high DWI areas across the county. Community members should expect increased high visibility enforcement, DWI investigations, checkpoints, and saturation patrols throughout the week. Deputies will be increasing enforcement efforts to further the NC Vision Zero goal of zero roadway fatalities and decreasing the incidents of driving while impaired that have been plaguing Onslow County roadways.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller thanked Marine Corps Air Station at New River for hosting the kick-off event and states “This first checking station was a success.” He also thanked all participating agencies, indicating “cooperation among law enforcement agencies is instrumental in keeping our roadways safer.”

 

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Lane closures on Hwy 17 in Holly Ridge this week

HRPD urges motorists to prepare for lane closures this week along HWY 17 & 50 Corridor this week.

(HOLLY RIDGE, NC)- Holly Ridge Police Department urges motorists to prepare and proceed traveling with caution due to lane closures this week. The closures will occur at different times along N.C. Hwy 17 & 50 Corridors due to the Public Works Department cleaning the curbs, each side of the median and gutters on the highway.

Holly Ridge PD says, “Please be sure to reduce your speed and give the Public Works Department space as they work to keep the Town looking great!”

 

 

 

 

 

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.
Photo Courtesy of SFPC Website

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.

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.

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.

Holly Ridge Police arrested two Sneads Ferry men for crystal meth during a traffic stop

Brian Richard Pearce, and passenger, Ernie Ray James, were taken into custody and charged on several charges for possession of crystal meth and drug paraphernalia in Holly Ridge on Monday.

(HOLLY RIDGE, NC)- Monday, May 6, 2019,  Holly Ridge Police attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding. The vehicle slowed down but failed to stop and pull over and continued driving. The vehicle finally stopped and the officer made contact with the driver. The driver stated that he did not have a valid drivers license and it was later confirmed to be suspended. The driver exited the vehicle and 2 small baggies with drug residue were located on the driver’s seat. A subsequent search of the vehicle produced crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The suspects attempted to destroy the evidence inside the vehicle.

Photo Courtesy of HRPD

The driver, Brian Richard Pearce, and passenger, Ernie Ray James, were taken into custody and charged with the following:

Brian R Pearce, 24 years of age, 153 Sea Bird Ln, Sneads Ferry, NC

Mugshot Courtesy of HRPD
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Manufacture Methamphetamine
  • PWIMSD Methamphetamine
  • Destruction of Evidence
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Failure to Stop for Blue Lights or Siren
  • Driving While License Revoked
  • Speeding 70/55
  • He also had an Order For Arrest for FTA/DWLR

His total bond was $77,000 secured

Ernie R James, 45 years of age, 153 Sea Bird Ln, Sneads Ferry, NC

Photo Courtesy of HRPD
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Manufacture Methamphetamine
  • PWIMSD Methamphetamine
  • Destruction of Evidence
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

His total bond was $35,000 secured

They were both released to the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

 

Traffic stop lead to multiple drug charges for a woman in Holly Ridge

On Saturday, May 4, 2019 at approximately 12:30am, Corporal Procopio of Holly Ridge Police Department, stopped a vehicle for speeding 63mph in a 45mph zone.

When he approached the vehicle, there was an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and the suspect admitted to having marijuana. Upon a search of the vehicle, Corporal Procopio located a glass smoking pipe for smoking methamphetamine and inside an empty lipstick container, he located methamphetamine. The suspect, Lorraine Michelle Obrien, 48 years of age from 138 Lakewood Drive, Jacksonville, NC, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Speeding 63mph in a 45mph zone

She was given a total $2,500 secured bond for the drug charges and issued a citation for the speeding. She was released to the Onslow County Detention Center.