Official autopsy report reveals that James Pannoni was stabbed and suffered chemical burns

The official autopsy & toxicology reports for James Pannoni age 63 who was murdered and buried in a shallow grave at his home has been released today. Pannoni’s death was a result of multiple stab wounds yet he suffered chemical burns as well as one limb attempted to be severed. The murder
suspect is calendared to be in Onslow Co. court on 9/26 for the brutal murder of James Pannoni.

N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at Coastal Pathology Associates released the official autopsy report today for James Pannoni who was the victim of a heinous act of violence resulting in murder spring of this year.

In April 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office released information that Mr. James Pannoni age 63, was found deceased, buried in a shallow grave at his residence in Hubert. The named murder suspect, Saundra Evon Wagner was captured and apprehended following a high speed chase in Dothan, AL a few days later.

Pannoni was originally reported missing by his daughter who requested a wellness check from Massachusetts after not speaking with her father since his birthday on March 5, 2019. That is the last definitive date Pannoni was known to be alive.

The shallow grave was discovered by law enforcement the evening of April 8, 2019.

Pannoni had a medical history of heart attack where he had a bypass surgery, an abdominal aortic aneurysm often associated with hypertension, which he also had history of (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, depression, also back pain.

The toxicology report reveals there were no illegal drugs in his system. The report further revealed that Pannoni had alcohol and prescription medications that treat depression in his system at the time of death as well as allergy medication consistent with Benadryl. The Diazepam, commonly known as Valium is a medication reported present in his system is said to treat depression, anxiety and is often known to create a calming effect. The toxicology report states the level of diazepam was at a therapeutic level. Nordazepam, commonly known as Nordaz is a medication indicated present on the toxicology report that is also said to be a sedative that treats anxiety and also acts as a muscle relaxant. There were no findings of opioids/opiates, cocaine or chloroform.

With the previous mentioned factors, it only seems to logic that Mr. Pannoni didn’t have a fighting chance in defending himself against this viscous attack.

In the preliminary report it was known that the victim’s cause of death was believed to be from multiple stab wounds and remains a consistent result in the full report.

The autopsy and toxicology report released Monday afternoon on Sept. 16, 2019 reveals James Pannoni suffered chemical burns down his left side in addition to the stab wounds as well as an attempt at disarticulation of his right arm at his elbow. This means that his right arm was attempted to be severed by what is consistent with a saw mark that exposed the joint of his right elbow completely per the complete autopsy report. Additionally, he suffered multiple abrasions on his face.

The autopsy report states that there was a lesion on the left buttock and extending down the back of his left leg consistent with chemical burn.

His body was covered in sandy like soil with a strong bleach smell present, covered in two shower curtains and a sheet of clear plastic with a brand new flower bed planted atop of the shallow grave at his home.

Pannoni was stabbed four times where his lungs were punctured with a total of 7 wounds listed in the autopsy to include other injuries to his body.

Saundra Evon Wagner, Suspect. Photo Courtesy Of OCSO

Saundra Wagner is calendared to appear in Onslow County court on Sept. 26. for the felony murder of James Pannoni and Jan. 27, 2020 for felony and misdemeanor larceny.

 

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.

OCSO is seeking info about a recovered stolen vehicle submerged in water

From four County sheriffs office to seeking the publics help and information in regards to a recovered stolen vehicle. The vehicle was stolen in February and recovered by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team this week submerged in water.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with information about a recovered stolen vehicle.

Deputies responded to a residence on Riggs Road in Hubert, NC on February 24, 2019 for a report from a victim of car theft. On Wednesday, July 10, 2019 around 2:30P.M., deputies responded to a call that a vehicle had been located that was completely submerged in water on Rocky Run Road in Jacksonville, NC. It was discovered upon the recovery, this vehicle matches that of the vehicle stolen in February during the investigation.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team assisted in the recovery and the Crime Scene Unit processing of the car.

The vehicle is a 2001 Honda Accord, 4-door, silver or gray in color. Detectives ask anyone with information about the vehicle to call Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019002820 when calling.

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.    

Telephone scams are on the rise in Onslow County

Onslow County Sheriffs Office issued a press release this morning warning citizens to be aware of an increase in reports of telephone scams.

During the last week of April 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has again received reports about a telephone SCAM that some Onslow County citizens have received. Sheriff Miller and his staff want to ensure that all citizens know about these SCAMs & ask citizens to “pass the word” to others. Be aware.

The incoming call could come from a different area code or even a local number that citizens don’t recognize. Many times, that number is “spoofed” and not in service. Sometimes, the incoming caller has a foreign accent, but not always. The caller may allege that the answering party owes the government a certain amount of money and that an arrest warrant will be issued unless the answering person pays that amount. Then, the caller will “offer” to collect the money by a telephonic credit card transaction and give a different telephone number for the answering party to call back.

(Previous SCAMs have asked the answering party to purchase a gift card from a local vendor and pass the card number to the caller.)

Our national, state or local governments do NOT collect back taxes by calling citizens and asking for credit card numbers or gift cards by phone. If taxes are properly owed, notifications will be made by United States Mail.

Other SCAMS for citizens to be aware of:

  • A “Jury SCAM.” A false allegation that a citizen did not report for jury duty. (Call the court house jury coordinator directly for verification).
  • A relative in police custody needing bail money, or in a medical facility needing money. (Known as a “Sympathy SCAM”).
  • A “Sweepstakes or Contest or Lottery Win” SCAM. Asking for a “handling fee.” Fraud.
  • A “Data Mining SCAM” where an unknown or unverified party asks for personal or bank account information. “Phishing.”
  • A “Debt Consolidation Loan” offer that’s too good to be true. No free money.

Please protect yourself, your family, your property and even your friends & neighbors. Please be careful to VERIFY before you trust

NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY WILL ASK ANYONE TO PAY BY TELEPHONE USING A GIFT CARD OR PREPAID DEBIT CARD!

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: OCSO is underway with a homicide investigation seeking the public’s help

OCSO is underway with a homicide investigation and seeking the public’s help building a timeline leading up to the death of Mr. James Pannoni. Pannoni, who was found dead this week after being reported missing by his daughter from Massachusetts when she was unable to reach her father since his birthday last month.

Anyone with information about Pannoni is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

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 County Sheriff Hans Miller conducted a press conference today issuing an update on the homicide investigation of Mr. James Pannoni who was found dead in his home earlier this week. No additional detailed information is available for release at this time regarding the investigation, otherwise, they are awaiting the results of the autopsy and cause of death.

Mr. James Pannoni

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in establishing a timeline of Mr. Pannoni’s whereabouts and activity from March 31, 2019, through April 8, 2019. He drove a 2000 Toyota Tundra 4-door truck, NC registration 89S3DV, dark gray in color. (Pictured Below)

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If you or someone you know has noticed Mr. Pannoni driving or any activity observed around his residence at 101 Chasity Way, Hubert, please contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. OCSO is also looking for any known associates of Mr. Pannoni, including friends and casual acquaintances.

Watch the press conference live stream with our county newspaper JD News reporting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missing Hubert man found dead and being investigated as a homicide

After conducting a welfare check and preliminary investigation, a missing Hubert man was found dead in his home. His death is being investigated as a homicide and is believed to be an isolated incident with no ongoing threat to the community. Anyone with information about Mr. Pannoni’s death is urged to contact OCSO at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward up to $2,500 for info that is deemed valuable and assists LE in the investigation.

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, around 9:30PM, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were requested to conduct a welfare check on Mr. James Pannoni, at 101 Chasity Way. The request came from the Truro Police Department in Massachusetts where Pannoni’s daughter, Kellianne had reported her father missing.

Mr. Pannoni’s niece, Victoria Levin also took to FB in search of her uncle:

 

 

Deputies reported that they responded to the Chasity Way residence and found no one home and nothing appeared to be out of place. Later that evening, a uniform patrol deputy found James Pannoni’s vehicle abandoned near 147 Hubert Blvd. with the driver’s side window rolled down and the keys in the ignition. The vehicle, a tan 2000 Toyota Tundra was parked in between two abandoned trailers near the Patriot Place Mobile Home Park.

The preliminary investigation indicated that Pannoni had not been seen in approximately a week and his daughter had not heard from him since his birthday in March.

Monday, April 8, 2019, Onslow Co. Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators served a search warrant on Pannoni’s residence at 101 Chasity Way, Hubert. Pannoni was discovered deceased during the search of the home.

Pannoni’s death is being investigated as a homicide. This investigation is ongoing and additional details will be released as they become available.

People who know Mr. Pannoni have taken to social media speaking highly of his character and generous spirit.

This incident appears to be isolated with no ongoing threat to the community. Anyone with information about Pannoni is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

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.

A juvenile was arrested for breaking into vehicles in the Hubert area

A juvenile has been arrested for breaking into several vehicles in the Hubert area.

On April 2, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, Uniformed Patrol responded to a residence on Dayrell Drive in Hubert for a report that a firearm had been stolen from a vehicle. Upon arrival, a juvenile was located in the area and had the weapon in his possession. The juvenile was transported to Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and was interviewed by detectives with the Special Victims Unit.

An investigation revealed that the juvenile was responsible for the break-in, along with two other vehicle break-ins. The juvenile was then transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Wilmington.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Sergeant Albano at 910-989-4073; heather_albano@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019004812 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers a 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.

Hubert man arrested on multiple felony charges

A Hubert man has been arrested on several charges for his involvement in a break-in.

On December 11, 2018, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office uniform patrol deputies responded to the Belgrade Express Mart located at 7484 New Bern Hwy for a report of a break-in to the business.

Among items stolen from the business was a safe which contained cash and checks. Investigation revealed that Joshua Bernard Mays fraudulently cashed some of the stolen checks at a local bank. Upon further investigation detectives charged Mays with the break-in.

Mays, 30-years-old of Crown Point Road in Hubert, was arrested January 14, 2019, taken before a magistrate and charged with:

  • Felony Breaking and Entering
  • Felony Larceny
  • Felony Possession of Stolen Goods
  • Felony Safecracking
  • Felony Conspiracy
  • (3) Counts Felony Obtain Property by False Pretense
  • (3) Counts Felony Forgery of an Instrument
  • (3) Counts Uttering a Forged Instrument

Mays was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.

Surveillance video from the business revealed that there were two suspects that broke into the store and sheriff’s detectives are still investigating to identify the second suspect.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Hipple at 910-989-4040, matthew_hipple@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018019778 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.

Hubert man arrested on meth related drug charges and more

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office

Investigative Services

717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540

(910) 989-4055 or (910) 989-4070

RELEASE DATE: 12/18/2018

NEWS RELEASE

A Jacksonville man has been arrested on numerous drug charges.

On December 13, 2018 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) detectives assisted the U.S. Marshals with an investigation of a person wanted on outstanding warrants. During the investigation a Task Force Officer with the Marshal’s Service stopped a vehicle being driven by Matthew S. Lutz. During the interaction with Lutz it was discovered that the Lutz was in possession of a significant amount of methamphetamine and cash.

As the investigation continued, additional narcotics and cash were located inside the suspect’s vehicle. Matthew S. Lutz was arrested, transported to the magistrate’s office and charged with:

  • Felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Methamphetamine
  • Felony Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substances
  • (2) Counts Felony Probation Violation (Order for Arrest)
  • Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia
  • Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Up to ½ Oz
  • Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia
  • Misdemeanor Larceny (Order for Arrest)
  • Fictitious/Altered Title/Registration Card/Tag
  • Driving While License Revoked

During the investigation 22.7 grams of methamphetamine and $2,779.50 in U.S. currency was seized.

Lutz, 35-years-old of Riggs Road, Hubert is currently in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $116,000 secured bond awaiting his first court appearance.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective J. Marshburn at 910-989-4041, email jonathan_marshburn@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018019890 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.

MISSING TEEN: Swansboro, NC needs medication on a stable regime.

RELEASE DATE: 9/4/2018

NEWS RELEASE

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit is asking for the public’s help locating a missing teen.

On September 3, 2018, deputies responded to a residence on Peninsula Manor Road in Hubert for a report that Rebeka Nicole Montoya was missing. Miss Montoya left the residence that morning at approximately 9:00am and hasn’t been heard from since. Rebecca has medical issues which require medication. Her mother Elizabeth Burns stated in a plea urging people to help, “This is my daughter. She is in need of her meds it can be life or death if she isn’t back on them ASAP she hasn’t had them since Saturday.”

Rebeka is an 18-year-old white female listed as approximately 5’4 in height, 149 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black blouse with red lips on the front, pink and gray leggings and black and pink Jordan sneakers. Later the same day, she was seen at the Food Lion in Hubert, NC getting into a red SUV (shown below) occupied by two white males, one with long hair.

If you see Rebeka, or have information of her whereabouts, please contact the Special Victims’ Unit at 910-455-3113, or Lt. Foy at linwood_foy@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018014948 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.