Swansboro man charged with an open count of murder

A Swansboro man has been charged with one open count of murder where the victim was discovered dead inside of his home following a 9-11 call that said a murder “possibly occurred”.

A Swansboro man has been arrested, charged with an open account of murder and set to appear in Onslow county court this Tuesday morning.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says that on Monday, Sept. 16 a call was received by Onslow Co. Emergency 9-11 Center at 4:50 PM about a “possible murder that occurred” at the 112 June Holland Drive within the unincorporated area of Swansboro.

In a collaborative investigation, Onslow County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Swansboro Police Department responded to the scene. On arrival of the two agencies, 49-year-old Robert Ortiz III, who is the known resident and now suspect of 112 June Holland Drive address was located in the front yard of the residence. “As deputies and officers secured the area, a deceased victim was located inside the residence.”

The murder victim was later identified as 61-year-old Kerry Frank Howard of Lot 9 Lilli Circle, which is in the mobile home park next to 112 June Holland Drive. The cause of death is believed to be the result of stab wounds, but the official cause of death is pending an autopsy which will be performed Wednesday.

As deputies investigated further, it was determined that Ortiz had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The warrant was for a charge of simple assault on another victim, unrelated to this case said Col. Chris Thomas, OCSO. Ortiz was arrested on that charge while detectives continued to investigate.

On completion of the preliminary investigation, Ortiz was charged with one open count of murder and currently being held in the Onslow County Sheriff’s Detention Center without bond. Ortiz is set to appear for his first appearance in court on Tuesday.

The relationship between the two men is not known at this time.

OCSO says the motive of the murder is still under investigation and more details will be released as it becomes available.


Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 Detective Division, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019-013534 when calling.

ANONYMOUS REPORTS OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY CAN BE REPORTED TO ONSLOW COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS AT (910) 938-3273. You can also text your Crime Stoppers Tip via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637

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.


JPD is investigating a fatal shooting where victim and suspect have been identified

Jacksonville Felon, Tyquan Skyree Hayes is wanted for the murder of a Willard, NC man, Da’Shaun J. Pearsall (victim) that occurred early this Wednesday Morning.

Jacksonville police department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday morning on Davis Street.

JPD reported that at approximately 7:31AM on Wednesday morning, August 21, 2019 officers were dispatched to a specified location from a report of a shooting on the 1200 block of Davis Street.

The responding officers found a 23-year-old young man flying on the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound. Jacksonville Public Safety first responders immediately began CPR. The Victim was pronounced dead on scene.

The victim’s identity has been confirmed and released by JPD as Da’shaun J. Pearsall of Willard, NC.


Victim, Da’Shaun J. Pearsall of Willard, NC (FB PHOTO)

His name was initially withheld pending notification to his family.

The preliminary investigation found that a suspect vehicle fled the area. Officers have been canvassing the area to locate the vehicle and suspect. The suspect remains at large who has however, been named.

Jacksonville Police are looking for 24-year-old Tyquan Sykree Hayes of Jacksonville, NC for Wednesday morning’s murder of 23-year-old Da’shaun J. Pearsall of Willard, NC.

NC Department of Public Services database reports prior felonious criminal history for Tyquan Skyree Hayes as a prior Class G Felon convicted of Common Law Robbery in 2014. Hayes was just released from NC Department of Adult Corrections in February of 2019 on a probation revocation following the initial conviction and serving 2-years in prison. Hayes was arrested by JPD Aug. 1, 2018 and charged with felony manufacturing, selling or delivering a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school; felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine; felony selling cocaine; and felony delivering cocaine.


Suspect, Tyquan Skyree Hayes. 

“The investigation has progressed since this morning.” said Deputy Chief Ashley Weaver. “Detectives have conducted interviews throughout the day. A Search Warrant for a residence near the shooting scene was executed and a search conducted. We have identified a person of interest at this time and are continuing to investigate any and all leads.”

“The victim and suspected shooter were known to each other” said Deputy Chief Weaver. “We appreciate the assistance of the public and ask that anyone who may have been in the Davis Street area and may have seen something to give us or Crime Stoppers a call or text right away.”

The preliminary investigation has found that a suspect vehicle fled the area. Officers have been canvassing the area to locate the vehicle and suspect. The suspect remains at large.

“We are in the preliminary stages of this investigation” said Deputy Chief Ashley Weaver. The name of the victim is withheld pending notification to his family.

This is considered to be an isolated incident with no threat to public safety.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Sergeant Shawn Marcinowsky at 910-938-6412 or smarcinowsky@jacksonvillenc.gov 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. Please refer to case number 19-07964 when calling or texting about this case.

Second suspect apprehended for murdering a Monroe woman in SC

Man captured in SC on the run, for the murder of a Monroe, NC Mother who was killed in front of her children.

(UNION CO.)- Lucero Sosa Capote was murdered on July 12, 2019 at 1603 Tower Ct. in Monroe, NC. Warrants for the arrests of the two men involved in his death were issued on Wednesday.

Those two men are Byron Blair Watkins and Antwan David Sturdivant. Lucero Capote was murdered in front of her five children.

Warrants of the two men were issued for the Murder of Lucero Sosa Capote and one suspect went on the run. Byron Watkins was captured in Lexington County, SC early Friday morning.

The United States Marshals Service along with Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, City of Columbia Police Department, and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division all assisted in the search.

Courtesy of Monroe PD: Byron Watkins

Law enforcement has said that Watkins was taken into custody around 1 a.m. by the U.S. Marshals and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office without incident. 

Watkins is awaiting extradition at the Lexington County Jail. 

Courtesy of Monroe PD: Sturdivant (L) Watkins (R)

Byron Blair Watkins, has been described as a white male, age 25, 5’6” in height, 160LBS has tattoos about his entire body. He has formally been charged with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Burglary, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Discharge a Firearm in an occupied dwelling, and Assault on a Child under 12.

Antwan David Sturdivant, has been described as a black male, age 19, 5’10” in height, weighs 180LBS and has short dread locs. He has been formally charged with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Burglary, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault on a Female. Sturdivant is already in custody.

Both subjects were considered armed and dangerous prior to their arrests.

Watkins waived his extradition this morning in Lexington County and was picked up by Monroe Police Detectives and brought back to Union County for the service of the warrants.

Chief Gilliard of Monroe PD expressed his appreciation to all of the law enforcement agencies and all the other public safety entities that assisted in capturing Mr. Watkins.

Chief Gilliard stated, “our hearts go out the family of this terrible tragedy. Our detectives worked tirelessly to bring this case to a resolution. We are just so thankful for everyone that assisted us in the case. We hope this offers the family some semblance of peace”.

If anyone has information on either suspects involvement in this crime please contact the Monroe Police Department at 704-282-4700 or the Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600

Homeless man with a mental illness sentenced to prison on two counts of murder

Willie George, Jr. age 34, pleaded guilty by an Alford Plea in Onslow County Superior Court today for two counts of second-degree murder.

This afternoon  in Onslow County Superior Court, Willie George Jr. age, 34  pleaded guilty by an Alford plea.

Willie George, Jr. admitted to the killings of 17-year-old Khalil Kirkland and 72-year-old Carl Eisert on the cold night of January 3, 2016.

The two victims bodies were found on Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville, NC nearly a half-mile apart on the same night.

George, Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. An Alford plea is where a suspect admits no guilt, but agrees there is enough evidence to convict him at trial.

George, Jr. suffers with bi-polar disorder and was not taking his medication during the time of these heinous acts of murder. He was also homeless and battling alcoholism. The court believes that a combination as this is lethal and lead to this terrible outcome.

In an exclusive duo-interview with DA Ernie Lee, he said there was no doubt in evidence and George admitted himself to being guilty in court as well as accepted the plea agreement on that admission of guilt.

DA Ernie Lee said there was no weapon used in the murders, “just his bare hands”, speaking of Willie George, Jr..

There is another case involving a hit and run tied to this case with another individual that is still ongoing. Second-degree murder was the original charge and has remained consistent in that throughout the course of justice through sentencing. DA Lee said there was no proof of intent of malice to try for First-degree murder, the best aligned by definition of the law and evidence founded, was second degree.

As part of the plea deal, George was sentenced to prison in the N.C. Department of Adult Corrections for a minimum of 34 and a maximum of 42 years.

Mental illness, the lack of mental health care and substance abuse was a significant part of conversations today surrounding the trial today.

The defendant and both victims had family in the courtroom for support through the final process of justice.

Footage from today’s trial proceedings:




PREVIOUS: The N.C. Fifth Prosecutorial District Attorney Ernie Lee issued a press release this afternoon stating the trial for Willie George, Jr. will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 2pm in Onslow County Superior Court.

George, Jr. was charged by law enforcement and indicted by the Onslow County Grand Jury with two counts of second degree murder for crimes that occurred on January 3, 2016 on Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville, NC.

The victims are Carl Joseph Eisert, age 72 and Khalil Edwin Kirkland, age 17. George, Jr. was also charged for assault on Gerard Natale in the same time period.

Kirkland was a student at Northside High School and employed at Burger King at the time of his murder.

The defendant is represented by William J. Morgan and the State is represented by District Attorney Ernie Lee and Chief ADA Michael Maultsby.

The case was investigated by the Jacksonville Police Department.

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.”




MOORESVILLE, NC: Shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, K9 Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon, 32, was shot during a routine traffic stop on West Plaza Drive. He was transported from the scene but later died from his injuries.

Photo Credits: Leigh Walther Photography

Sheldon served with the Mooresville Police Department for six years.

The suspect in the shooting fled the scene and was later located in a nearby apartment. Once police entered the residence, the suspect was confirmed dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The investigation is continuing with many local and state law enforcement agencies assisting. More details will be released at a later time.

Contacts:Chief Damon Williams, ddwilliams@mooresvillenc.gov, 704-704-664-3311

Deputy Chief G. Childress, gchildress@mooresvillenc.gov, 704-664-3311

Jacksonville father pleaded guilty to murder in the 2017 death of his infant daughtersa

On May 6, 2019, Traquan Curtis pled guilty to second-degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious injury in Onslow County Superior Court.  The defendant received a minimum of 254 months and a maximum of 317 months for second-degree murder and a minimum of 84 months and a maximum of 113 months for felony child abuse with the sentences to run consecutively.

The State was represented by Assistant District Attorney Kaelyn Avery and the defendant was represented by Walter H. Paramore, III. The presiding judge was The Honorable Judge Phyllis Gorham of New Hanover County.

The evidence showed that on September 22, 2017, Jacksonville Police Department Detective Julia Parrish was contacted in reference to the death of Izidora Roshanda Curtis.  “Izzy” was born on December 3, 2016, which made her approximately 9 months old on the date of her death. Her biological parents were Camri Dowdy-Curtis and the defendant, Traquan Curtis (DOB: 1/16/96). The family of three resided in Jacksonville.

On the day of Izzy’s death, she presented with both of her parents at Onslow Memorial Hospital in apparent respiratory distress. Izzy was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she coded during transport, and despite extensive resuscitative efforts in the NICU, she was pronounced dead at 20:43 hours.

Detective Parrish spoke with Ms. Dowdy-Curtis briefly at the hospital and asked what had been going on at the time of the incident. Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised she had been getting ready for work that morning, and she went to check on Izzy. She gave Izzy a bottle of formula, turned on cartoons, and left the room. During this time, the defendant was on the computer. Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised that when she returned to Izzy’s room, Izzy was “laid out” on her back in her crib and had thick mucus coming out of her nose. She advised that she began CPR and continued while the defendant drove them to the hospital.

JPD Detectives went to the family’s residence to photograph the scene and conduct a death reenactment using a SUIDI doll.  Dr. Gilliand conducted an autopsy on September 26, 2017. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head/neck, and the manner of death was determined to be a homicide.

The injuries noted during the autopsy were extensive and included traumatic injury of the head and neck, blunt or compressive injuries of the trunk and abdomen and blunt force injuries of the extremities.

On November 8, 2017, Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised the Jacksonville Police Department that she separated from the defendant on October 13, 2017, and believed the defendant had “done something to her baby”. She indicated that in the days immediately prior to Izzy’s death, she noticed that Izzy’s right wrist was swollen and Izzy was not using the arm. She stated that the defendant told her he grabbed Izzy’s arm to “pop her” and she moved. Ms. Dowdy-Curtis advised the defendant frequently grabbed Izzy and popped her on her hip/upper leg area. He would yell at Izzy “you need to stop crying; I’m your dad, and you need to stop treating me like a stranger.”

A warrant was issued on December 13, 2017, and the defendant was extradited from Connecticut and transported on December 20, 2017.

The Defendant told law enforcement that he began shaking Izzy and yelling “why are you crying”. Using a doll, he demonstrated shaking Izzy approximately three times, possibly as many as five times. He stated while he shook her, her head was dangling, bobbing back and forth. He heard a pop but didn’t know exactly what it was. He advised he heard her making gurgling noises in her throat while he shook her. It looked like she was gasping for air, and her eyes were shut. When she opened her eyes back, she looked at him and covered her ears. He put her in her crib where she rolled to her side and faced the wall, still covering her ears. He finished his conversation with Vance, made himself a hot pocket, and started to worry maybe he “had done that a little too rough.” When he returned to check on her, he noticed she was breathing heavily and believed she was knocked out. He picked her up from her crib and she was limp with her arms dangling. He called Ms. Dowdy-Curtis. He advised as they drove to the hospital, he knew Izzy was taking her last breaths, but he didn’t say anything about the shaking because he didn’t think that was the cause of it.

On January 24, 2018, the defendant sent a letter to Ms. Dowdy-Curtis from the Onslow County Jail, which she provided to Detective Parrish. In the letter he recounts his actions that lead to Izzy’s death writing, “She was crying non-stop and it got louder and louder all of a sudden I got very frustrated. I shook her the way I would shake a grown man.” He continued, “I wouldn’t have thought I was the reason for Izzy’s death. I cared for her just as much as you did Camri like damn stop looking at me as a bad person.”

NC Fifth Prosecutorial District Attorney Ernest Lee stated in the press release today,
“This was a particularly tragic and senseless crime and the defendant deserved a substantial active sentence.  Far too many young children are the victims of abuse and homicide in this nation.  This was just another tragic incident that occurs far too often in this county, state, and nation.”

Laurinburg woman shot and died after a Facebook confrontation

Editorial intro: Another tragic event of a shooting death in N.C. this week, this one stemming from an online altercation over social media via Facebook. This story will hopefully be a wake up call to many who engage in online confrontation freely as if it never has consequences of life or death. We have recently seen where the profoundly app lead to a 19-year-old Illinois teenager to being stabbed to death following use of the app that allows people to ask users questions anonymously or make comments to them. Which in the matter of the “profoundly” case, 19-year-old Charee Alexander of Peoria, IL who died Friday, Apr. 12, 2019 after somehow becoming involved in a fight the day before. According to the mother of Alexander, she was not the main target, but more of an innocent bystander there supporting her sister who had gotten into an altercation with another girl.

However, this particular Laurinburg tragic story stems more towards text messages to FB then onto to the streets where many lives changed forever at the hands of uneccesary violence.

As most know, it is not the “usual” style of The Onslow Beat to include social media screenshots in such a manner as this in publishing. Yet, it seems imperative to show the nature of the conversation had leading up to this horrific event as well as warn others about engaging in online altercations. Facebook can be a great tool, it can also take your life, change your life in a bad way, land you with criminal charges and in jail or prison. Be wise with your use of all networks online. Proving you are brave and tough is not worth your last breath or serving hard time. If you see a loved one engaging in this kind of behavior, deescalate it, don’t encourage it! That may land you behind bars too. The official story and more below.

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, arrested William Brisson, 19, of Rockingham Road, Laurel Hill, NC, for the attempted murder of Elizabeth Pinkston.

William Brisson

On May 2, 2019, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, responded to 15261 Oak Street, Laurel Hill, NC, in reference to a shooting that occurred. Upon investigation, the criminal investigative unit found William Brisson, did shoot and attempt to kill Elizabeth Pinkston, age 30, during a verbal dispute. Brisson was taken into custody and charged. The incident occurred at the residence identified on Oak Street, which neither the victim nor the defendant resided at.

Pinkston was shot in front of her two young sons following an online altercation.

The altercation began between the two on social media via Facebook where you can see below, a post from Brisson telling the victim to “pull up” and talk that talk.



Screenshot from William Brisson's Facebook
Screenshot of William Brisson communicating with Facebook friends about him “waiting” [sic] on the now murder victim, Elizabeth to show up.
Screenshot of a woman who has identified herself as a family member of William Brisson who the night of the shooting was instigating and engaging in the online confrontation as well. Jennifer Wyand is seen here stating in a comment to Elizabeth Pinkston, “I don’t do guns but I got hands!!…” [sic]
SS from William's post
Here in this screenshot, you will see Elizabeth Pinkston (slain victim) responding to Jennifer Wyand (cousin of the shooter) stating in a comment “shit wassup tho, I’ll sling both.. and fuck no, I don’t what’s goin on yall MFs Wildin tho…But hey I’m with it” [sic] Elizabeth Pinkston continued, “Y’all comin at me like a fuckin bitch or sumn shit…tell me what’s REALLY goin on…”

Comments between Elizabeth and William in regards to an alleged disrespectful post as well as text conversations between what is assumed to be Jennifer and Elizabeth based on the context. Perhaps another person who was a middle man instigator of sorts between all parties involved.
Here in this SS Elizabeth Pinkston states, “I never once said you using that shit. But JENNIFER did. The only thing that was fucked up on my part was even mentioning shit to her mouthy ass. And you know I know better…y’all were fucked up and it wasn’t weed bitch…miss me with that shit…you and Jeremy both….”


In this SS Jennifer Wyand, cousin of the accused, William Brisson, says “You not going to come for my baby cuzz (cousin) like that and me not say anything to him about it!….” [sic]
Elizabeth attempted to diffuse the situation and deescalate it by saying “…you wanna settle it lil man just call me… we can be adults or you can keep entertaining MFs and keep this shit goin. Either way is fine with me…” [sic] William states, “Fuck settling shit you got me fucked up fuck you and anybody else wid (with) you (insert middle finger emoji)” [sic]

Elizabeth attempted to diffuse the situation and deescalate it by saying “…you wanna settle it lil man just call me… we can be adults or you can keep entertaining MFs and keep this shit goin. Either way is fine with me…” [sic] William states, “Fuck settling shit you got me fucked up fuck you and anybody else wid (with) you (insert middle finger emoji)” [sic]

Below are after the shooting death of Elizabeth Pinkston. img_2251-e1557096856696.png


Pinkston was taken to the Scotland Memorial Hospital where she received emergency surgery ultimately, being air flown to Charlotte, NC. Pinkston succumbed to her injuries just before midnight. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigative Unit, will pursue First Degree Murder charges in the coming week. Additionally, the sheriff’s office will review potential charges for the shooting having occurred in the presence of both Pinkston’s surviving minor children.

Brisson is being held on a $500,000 secured bond however, will receive no bond once the charges are upgraded for the murder of Pinkston. Brisson remains in the custody of the Scotland County Detention Facility.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office as well as The Onslow Beat extends their deepest condolences to the children, family and friends of Elizabeth Pinkston.


UPDATE-SUSPECT CAPTURED: Saundra Wagner for the murder of James Pannoni and cause of death released


On April 9, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office released information that James Pannoni was found deceased at his residence, 101 Chasity Way in Hubert. Mr. Pannoni was the victim of a homicide and autopsy results concluded that the victims cause of death was a result of being stabbed.

During the late evening hours of April 7, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were requested to conduct a welfare check on 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. Deputies responded to the Chasity Lane residence and found no one home, no vehicles in the driveway 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 investigation quickly identified Saundra Evon Wagner as the primary suspect in this incident. Pannoni and Wagner had been involved in a domestic type relationship in months prior to this incident. Detectives attempted to interview Wagner, but Wagner fled the area before deputies could locate her. Sheriff’s detectives continued to investigate the incident and were able to obtain warrants charging Wagner with one Open Count of Murder in the death of Pannoni.

On April 13, 2019, Sheriff’s deputies received information that Wagner was in Dothan, Alabama at a local shopping center. Deputies contacted Dothan Police and requested their assistance in attempting to locate Wagner. Dothan Police arrived at the location and observed Wagner driving through the parking lot. Officers attempted to stop Wagner, but a short car chase ensued with Wagner wrecking her vehicle and she was apprehended. Wagner was transported to a local medical center with what is now reported from OCSO as non-life-threatening injuries.

Originally, Dothan PD said in a live press conference that live saving measures were given for moderate injuries and the suspect was transported for medical treatment.

Wagner is facing charges in Alabama related to the car chase in addition to being extradited to Onslow County upon her release. A schedule for Wagner’s extradition is pending.

Detectives have established a motive for the crime but this and other details of the investigation will not be released pending the ongoing investigation and the upcoming court proceedings.

In addition to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, the Onslow County District Attorney’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Dothan Police Department assisted with this investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office is still asking anyone with knowledge of Mr. Pannoni’s association with Wagner to contact the Sheriff’s Office Detective Division.

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.


Based on a citizen’s tip Saundra Evon Wagner has been arrested by the Dothan PD in Dothan, Alabama.

Wagner was arrested after a brief car chase which ended in her wrecking her vehicle. She is currently under watch in the hospital within that jurisdiction.

Dothan Police Department released the following information:

“The Dothan Police Department was involved in a vehicle pursuit of a suspected homicide suspect out of North Carolina who arrived in our city in a stolen vehicle. While investigating this information police located the vehicle and attempted to complete a traffic stop however the driver fled.

The pursuit traveled around Ross Clark Circle to Montgomery Highway where the suspect turned onto Cherokee Avenue, lost control and crashed into a tree sustaining critical injuries. Police on scene rendered first aid until Medics arrived and transported the driver to a local hospital. No other occupants were in the vehicle nor were any other motorists hurt.

Public Safety was our top priority today not only taking this person into custody but also in considering the motorists on the roadway. Police were actively responding to intersections ahead of the pursuit to stop motorists from encountering the oncoming danger.

The Dothan Police Department would like to say thank you to all motorists who cooperated with these emergency stops. We would also like to thank Houston County SO for assisting us. As always a special thanks to our officers that disregarded their own safety to ensure the safety of others throughout this incident.”

Additional details will be released from law enforcement when they are available.

Thanks to one of our most credible and reputable sources, What more do we know about Saundra Wagner?

She has lived in Virginia Beach, Willow Spring, NC and Swansboro, NC. Saundra also answers to Sandra E Wagner, Saundra E Mook, Saundra E. Quade, Saundra E. Wagner, Saundra Evon Wagner, and perhaps a few additional names.

Wagner was convicted of felonious larceny under the name Quade in Onslow County in 1992 per the NCDPS website.

Ricky Stokes News in Dothan, AL live stream with Dothan PD, Lt. Rachel David, in a press conference following the crash where it is said the suspects injuries are considered critical in the preliminary evaluation on scene:

Ricky Stokes News live on the scene of the crash:

Continue reading “UPDATE-SUSPECT CAPTURED: Saundra Wagner for the murder of James Pannoni and cause of death released”

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:









Identity of a woman in a cold case has been confirmed by JPD


Identity of woman in 1995 cold case investigation has been confirmed and released on Feb. 26, 2019 by JPD.

On December 6th, 1995, a surveyor attempting to locate marking stakes located a complete set of skeletal remains in the wooded area adjacent to Courts Plus on US Highway 17, in Jacksonville, NC. Because of the condition of the body, investigators were unable to determine how long the body had been exposed to the elements and no cause of death could be assessed. The case became part of the Jacksonville Police Department’s Cold Case Investigations for the last 23 years.

For over two decades, JPD Investigators continued to seek the identity of Jane Doe. Due to advances in science and technology, her identity has been determined through a national DNA database for missing persons’ cases. (NAMUS). She has been positively identified through DNA as Randi Stacey Boothe-Wilson.


Ms. Boothe-Wilson spent 13 years as an active duty Marine and was discharged in August of 1994. At that time, she separated from her Marine husband and moved to New York with her three children. She was working and living with family there at the time she was reported missing. Her remains were found here in Jacksonville in early December 1995.

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“We would like to thank the JPD detectives who worked this case over 23 years, seeking resolution, never giving up” said Police Chief Mike Yaniero. The assistance of Naval Criminal Investigative Services, Carolinas Field Office was a key element in moving towards identifying the remains of Ms. Boothe-Wilson. We thank them for their partnership, as well as the support and assistance of the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Although she has been positively identified, the investigation is ongoing. “Perhaps there is someone in the Jacksonville or the military community that knew Stacey Boothe-Wilson or have some information about her ties to Jacksonville. Even the smallest bit of information may be of value to the detectives working on this case.” said Chief Yaniero.

Anyone with information about Stacey Boothe-Wilson is asked to contact JPD Detective Bob Garbett at 910-938-6520 rgarbett@jacksonvillenc.gov 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)

UPDATE: Death of 1-year-old Torrance Adams ruled a homicide per autopsy report

WakeMed suspected the boyfriend of the mother of Torrance Adams for abuse at the hospital. The suspect, Buchanan reached out to the mother from jail to “apologize”….

Monday, July 1, 2019 the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Examiners Office released the autopsy report concluding the death of 1-year-old Torrance Adams ruled as a homicide.

The cause of death to the 22-month old infant has been determined “blunt force trauma of head” per the autopsy report that was released on Monday.  The forensic diagnosis listed a number of contributing injuries in this horrific incident as factors leading to the death of the infant.

  • Blunt force injury of head
  • Left periorbital abrasion and contusion (Black eye)
  • Deep scalp and cranial periosteal hemorrhage
  • Occipital bone linear skull fracture
  • Bilateral subdural hemorrhage
  • Diffuse cerebral edema
  • Bilateral retinal and optic nerve hemorrhages
  • Abraded contusion of back
  • Acute pneumonia

The report states there to have been no natural disease or congenital abnormality causative of or contributory to death of the infant child.

The 22-month-old male infant child showed an unremarkable birth history according to his medical record without any significant medical history relevant to previous injury. He was in a general and positive state of health until Valentine’s Day of 2019 when he sustained the head trauma that is now determined his cause of death. The infant was taken to WakeMed Hospital where it was there that imaging determined occipital skull fracture and bilateral subdural hemorrhages.

 He was transferred to the intensive care unit where his clinical status continued to decline, and he was pronounced dead on Saturday, February 16, 2019 with his family at his side.

According to Law Enforcement, Torrance was in the care of a family friend who has since been identified as the infant child’s mother’s now ex-boyfriend, Michael Buchannan. It was initially reported that Torrance was observed to have stopped breathing after choking on a waffle, after which Emergency Medical Services were summoned. Upon extensive additional investigative interviews, a possible slip in the sink while being washed several hours before the choking incident was offered as an explanation for the child’s injuries. The child reportedly did not cry and had no symptoms or loss of consciousness. 

The autopsy documented a small-for-age male toddler with no congenital abnormality or natural disease causative of or contributory to death. Blunt force head injuries included periorbital ecchymoses and abrasions/contusions of the face. 

He had an occipital bone fracture that extended into the posterior fossa of the skull base. Both are in the rear of the skull. He also had deep scalp and periosteal skull hemorrhage at two separate locations. The brain was diffusely edematous. Microscopic examination of the eyes showed bilateral retinal and optic nerve hemorrhages. Toxicological testing detected ketamine which is a substance consistent with administration during an attempted resuscitation supporting earlier reports that the infant required life saving measures. 

Based on investigative findings, the autopsy, toxicological report, and circumstances surrounding the death, as currently understood, it is our opinion that the cause of death is blunt force injury of the head.” said the Chief Medical Examiner in the autopsy report. 

The conflicting reports of traumatic incidents do not satisfactorily explain or correlate with the reported timeline of symptoms and autopsy findings. Accordingly, the manner of death has been classified as a homicide.

There is no upcoming court date listed at this time for Buchanan in the NC Courts database. The Onslow Beat reached out to the Wake Co. District Attorney’s Office for an update on possible calendar date of when the trial will begin and could not receive a response by deadline.

#JusticeForYaya is a hashtag that can help easily access updates on this case over social media outlets. 

PREVIOUS: EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: 9-11 Call for 1-year-old Torrance Adams Wake-Med reports suspected abuse by moms boyfriend

(Wake Co., NC)-On  (Valentine’s Day) Feb. 14, Raleigh Police Department officers responded to WakeMed due to a suspected child abuse incident. Torrance Adams, a 1-year-old male-child, had stopped breathing earlier in the day and was transported to the hospital.

The child’s mother said she received a call to rush home from work with reports of her son choking and not breathing. The paramedics resuscitated baby Torrance and it seemed that he was stable at that time until soon after arriving at WakeMed. After arriving at WakeMed, the child’s heart rate began to drop at an alarming rate without explanation, he had been stabilized again and rushed in for a CT scan. From the CT scan report, it was discovered that the child had sustained a skull fracture while in the care of Michael Buchanan. Follow-up investigation led detectives to secure a warrant charging Buchanan, age 24 with intentional child abuse inflicting bodily injury and at that time was being held on a $150,000 bond that was increased to $2M.

Michael Buchanan

THE 9-11 Call from WakeMed:

The 911 call concerning the incident has been uploaded below with full, original audio as released by authorities. As required by § 132-1.4 and/or §143-518, information has been redacted from the attached call and the audio has been altered to disguise the caller’s natural voice per NC 9-11 recording laws.

The extent of the physical damages to 1-year-old Torrance Adams skull was deemed purposeful and no way to have been accidental. The family remained optimistic during that dark time since the child responded to touch, was moving and breathing on his own. Friday, Torrance suffered a seizure and was taken off of sedation medication, he became non-responsive, wasn’t breathing independently and was placed on life support. A second CT scan was ordered and completed to find there was a tremendous amount of swelling taking place on his brain and the family was then informed by the respiratory therapist that it didn’t look like Torrance would make it through.

Adams died from his injuries on Sat. Feb.16, 2019. RPD homicide detectives conferred with the District Attorney’s office and charges have been upgraded to murder with NO BOND in connection with Adams’ death.

Adams mother, Quise McCall reported to The Onslow Beat that Buchanan called her from jail “at least 10 times”. McCall stated,  “I answered and hung up the first time, he apologized and asked how he was, then asked me to help him find a bondsman. I just hung up and didn’t answer again.”


Like most families, no parents expect to have to bury an infant child or child at all with hopes that the children will out live them. Being such an unforseen, sudden tragedy, the family is seeking donations to help with the cost of burial. They are close to the goal, if you see fit to donate, an online fundraiser is still available: GoFundMe YaYa Strong .




Driver in the Bingo Hall Murder back in court Tuesday morning for two cases

James Williamson will be in Onslow Superior Court at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
He was tried for 2 ½ weeks December 4-17, 2018 for the attempted robbery and murder of Kim Flournoy at TNT Bingo that occurred December 30, 2012. He was also tried at the same time for robbery of Lori Cannon of Tarheel Taxi that occurred on December 28, 2012. The jury deliberated for 2 days and deadlocked 9-3.

UPDATE: District Attorney Ernie Lee said Monday, James Williamson will be in Onslow Superior Court at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

He was tried for 2 ½ weeks December 4-17, 2018 for the attempted robbery and murder of Kim Flournoy at TNT Bingo that occurred December 30, 2012. He was also tried at the same time for robbery of Lori Cannon of Tarheel Taxi that occurred on December 28, 2012.  The jury deliberated for 2 days and deadlocked 9-3. The evidence showed Williamson was the driver in both cases.

A mistrial was declared by the presiding judge on December 17, 2018.  The State was represented by DA Ernie Lee and Chief ADA Michael Maultsby.

The Onslow County Grand Jury returned indictments in Williamson’s case on April 2, 2019, for accessory after the fact to 1st-degree murder in the Flournoy case and accessory after the fact to robbery with a dangerous weapon in the Cannon case.

Co-defendant Larry Forrest pled guilty to 2nd-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and robbery with a dangerous weapon on November 15, 2017, and received a minimum of 35.6 years and maximum of 45.8 years.  Larry Forrest shot the victim Kim Flournoy and used a gun in the robbery of Lori Cannon.

Williamson is set to be in court at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

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Murder Mayhem Series Vol.1 No.3 Second man goes to trial in 2012 Bingo Hall Murder


Jurors selected to determine the fate of James Edward Williamson told The Honorable Superior Court Judge R. Kent Harrell, they have been unable to come to a unanimous verdict surrounding the suspect that is charged with second-degree murder in the violent death of Kim Flournoy in 2012.

District attorney Ernest Lee rendered closing arguments this morning reminding the jury that Williamson and his friend had planned to rob Kim Flournoy because they knew she had at least $100 cash in her purse.

During trial this week Williamson’s consistently delinquent financial history was exposed for the jury and submitted into evidence. Today the jury requested to review all bank statements again as well as video footage from outside of the TNT Bingo Hall on the night Flournoy was slain in the robbery.

The state said Williamson drove the getaway car after his friend Larry Forrest attempted to rob Flournoy and then shot her.

The jury has been sent home for the weekend and ordered to return Monday by the judge.

This case has been in the hands of the jury since early this Friday morning after a 10 day trial.


After almost six years, the second man involved in the brutal murder of Kim Flournoy of Jacksonville, NC goes to trial this week in Onslow County Superior Court. Kim Flournoy, age 65 was robbed and killed as she entered the T-N-T Beach Bingo hall in Jacksonville with over $500 cash in her purse on December 30, 2012. Police reports told that Larry Forrest shot the 65 year-old woman in the face, through the eye while the second man, James Williamson drove the getaway car that was rented from Albert Ellis Airport.

The triggerman in this murder, Larry Forrest, then age 21, admitted to shooting Flournoy and was sentenced to 35 years last November after accepting a plea deal that spared his life facing the death penalty for capital murder. Forrest pleaded guilty to second degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Larry Forrest

Forrest was a U.S. Marine and a PFC (private first class) and an ammunition technician for the 2nd Supply Btn Combat Logistics Regiment 25 at the time of his arrest on April 16, 2013.

James Edward Williamson, then age 22, was charged with an open count of murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Williamson was also a Corporal as an active duty Marine at the time of the murder.  Williamson’s trial will begin tomorrow.

James Williamson

Earlier reports alleged the involvement of additional parties in this horrific and senseless act of gun violence where the gunman left in a 4-door white Dodge Avenger with “several” people inside of the vehicle.

Mrs. Flournoy was a widowed wife of a retired Marine, mother, grandmother and employed aboard Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, NC. More than $20,000 was raised towards reward money for information on who was responsible for her death. Flournoy had just turned 65 years-old two days before she was killed outside of the T-N-T Beach Bingo off of Henderson Dr. in Jacksonville.

State prosecutors in this case are DA Ernie Lee and Senior ADA Mike Maultsby.