Congressman Greg Murphy to hold open house next week

Congressman Greg Murphy will hold an open house Wednesday afternoon open to the third district constituents.

(Greenville, N.C.)- N.C. 3rd Congressional District Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. announced Friday afternoon that he will host an open house next week. The open house will take place at his new district office in Jacksonville, N.C., which will take place on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The event will last an hour and a half, beginning at 3:00 PM and ending at 4:30 PM.

Constituents of the Third District and members of the press are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

“Considering the strong military presence at Camp Lejeune, I found it necessary to open a district office in Jacksonville to more conveniently provide assistance to marines, veterans and other residents of Onslow county and the surrounding area,” said Murphy. “I hope you all will join my staff and I on Wednesday to see our office and learn more about the services we provide, including help with federal agencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security and more.”

 

Location and address to attend:

The Office of Congressman Gregory F. Murphy, M.D.

234 NW Corridor, Suite 301

Jacksonville, N.C. 28540

“Uncomfortable truth” in sentencing hearing of Caitlin Ridgeway

20-Year-Old Caitlyn Ridgeway was sentenced to prison in Onslow County Superior Court Friday morning on second-degree murder for the 2017 homicide of William Clifton who was a former deputy.

20-year-old Caitlin Ridgeway pleaded guilty in Onslow County Superior Court Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 to Second-degree murder as well as robbery with a dangerous weapon in regards to the July 2017 homicide of William Clifton.

William Clifton, homicide victim

Ridgeway was represented by Jacksonville defense attorney, Paul Castle. Castle said in the hearing proceedings that he had asked Ridgeway, “Do you blame your mother? Do you blame God? Who do you blame?” He continued, “Caitlin blames herself.” Castle said to the court that this case has a lot of, “uncomfortable truth” and there are many victims in this case, “at the defense table and represented by the state.”

Paul Castle, Defense Attorney (Left Center) State Prosecutor ADA Bob Roupe (Right)

Castle gave many condemnatory details to the court about Ridgeway’s family structure leading up to the fatal death of Clifton. He said, “When Caitlin was 16, she was alone in Will’s bedroom. Will asked Caitlin to come on the bed. Will and Caitlin’s relationship began.”

February 2017 Caitlin moved out of her family home with her mother due to tensions between her and her mother, Castle said.

The relationship between the then teenage girl and William Clifton began when he was still a deputy at the sheriff’s office.

It was further stated in court that Ridgeway’s mother, Daina Hendricks was married to a deputy, David Pickett who was close friends with Clifton. Hendricks is a nurse and has worked in the jail as a jailor nurse. Clifton originally had a romantic relationship with Hendrick’s prior to the romantic relationship with her daughter Ridgeway, Castle told the court.

Ridgeway was employed at Monsters Pizza, and had all of her credits to graduate high school but did not due to not completing her senior project the defense told the court.

The Honorable Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Charles Henry was presiding over the hearing and ordered Ridgeway complete a GED program and have a mental health evaluation.

Lynette Bush, the victims ex-wife and mother of his three children gave a calm yet passionate address to the court to tell Will’s life as she and their children see it. “He was an excellent father” and “there are only three victims as far as I see it and they’re his children,” in response to hearing the defense attorney Castle’s statements on victims on both sides. Bush said Clifton was a Marine who fought for this country proudly and overseas in Afghanistan. She continued on how much of an impact he had on their children’s lives in a positive way. Since Clifton was murdered, their youngest son had to leave Jacksonville because of conflicting matters surrounding their fathers death. Bush said she didn’t always approve of Clifton’s choices but he was a good man and a great father.

State Prosecutor ADA Bob Roupe said the gun used in the murder belonged to the co-defendant Will Welch’s father. The gun was kept under the fathers mattress in the home. Welch and Ridgeway had spent time together in the home leading up to the time of the murder, even on the night of said ADA Roupe. The two however were not present in the home during the time of the murder, “between 9:30-10:30 PM bases on evidence.”

The weapon was sent out for forensic examination at Fayetteville PD confirming that the co-defendants father’s weapon was in fact a match in the case, the prosecutor said.

The victim suffered numerous gunshot wounds to his body, suffered blunt force trauma to his skull where he was hit over the head with a baseball bat, and the prosecutor confirmed that there’s particular evidence given in the autopsy is consistent with strangulation. Roupe said, “a cord, rope…” was consistent with the wound to the neck of the victim, though a bat, cord or rope was never found. The co-defendant Welch admitted to the bat being used and by he himself. The prosecutor said Welch told investigators that Ridgeway pulled the trigger but she never would admitted doing so.

Ridgeway was sentenced by an Alford plea. The Alford Plea is where a defendant acknowledges the fact there is enough evidence for the state to reach a conviction, but doesn’t directly admit guilt.

Ridgeway’s co-defendant William Welch, pleaded guilty to the same charges back in March and he is awaiting sentencing now that he will not be utilized as a witness to testify against Ridgeway. ADA Roupe said that will likely happen in the next month or so.

These two were charged in the fatal shooting of 48-year-old former Onslow County deputy William Clifton, a resident of Richlands. Clifton had resigned from his position as a deputy during the time of his death and had other gainful employment.

Welch told detectives that he saw Clifton at Woodlands Park, hugging and kissing the then 17-year-old teen Caitlin Ridgeway. ADA Roupe stated that there has been no evidence rendered to show that the romantic relationship between the victim and the defendant Caitlin Ridgeway was not consensual, and the legal age of consent in the State of N.C. is 16. There are particular cases where charges may be brought forward for underage relationships like with teachers and coaches but not in this case, those elements were not met in any way.

Ridgeway was sentenced to serve a minimum of 24-years and a maximum of 32-years in the N.C. Dept. of Adult Corrections. The remaining charges for injury to personal property are dismissed as a part of the plea agreement and Ridgeway is not eligible for an appeal.

Watch the hearing live stream on The Onslow Beat FB.

Editors note: Caitlin Ridgeway’s name was spelled inconsistently in error as “Caitlyn” in the original publishing and has since been corrected in entirety.

Two Sneads Ferry teenagers arrested for vehicle break ins

Two Sneads ferry teenagers have been arrested for breaking and entering at a local country club.

(SNEADS FERRY)- Two Onslow County teenagers have been arrested for breaking into vehicles at a local country club.

On October 1, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office responded to the North Shore Country Club in Sneads Ferry for a report that several vehicles had been broken into. Video security footage was obtained from the business and posted to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page, asking for the public to help identify the individuals responsible.

Detectives received tips from citizens and through the Crime Stoppers Program identifying two males;

Ryan Michael Carroll and Jason Travis Bibb. Both men were arrested and charged with:

  • Breaking and Entering Motor Vehicle
  • Attempted Breaking and Entering Motor Vehicle (MISDEMEANOR)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Breaking and Entering (FELONY)
  • Misdemeanor Larceny

Carroll, 17-years-old of Sherrill Loop Rd., Sneads Ferry, was arrested October 10, 2019. He received a written promise to appear and was released to his parent.

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

Bibb, 19-years-old of Yaupon Ct., Sneads Ferry, was arrested October 14, 2019. He received a $1,500 secured bond.

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

Ryan Carroll is on the NC COURTS Calendar for these charges next month on Nov. 7th. He has no other dates pending at this time on the database.

Jason Travis Bibb is also on the NC COURTS Calendar for Oct. 22nd in these charges. Bibb also has additional court dates on Nov. 1st and Nov. 6th for unrelated charges of:

  • No operators license
  • Drive/Allow MV No Registration

Neither teen has prior convictions listed in the NCDPS database.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Simmons at 910-989-4049, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019014487 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.

Cherry Point Marine arrested for sexual assault

(ONSLOW CO.)- A New Bern man was arrested for sexual assault this past week that occurred in July at the victim’s birthday party. OCSO responded to a report of sexual assault at OMH.

A marine who resides in New Bern, stationed at Cherry Point was arrested this past Thursday, Oct. 4, 2019 for sexual assault that occurred this summer in July.

July 28th OCSO deputies responded to Onslow Memorial Hospital due to a report of a sexual assault that occurred.

The victim of the sexual assault hosted a birthday party where the investigation revealed that the accused, Jamie Amilcar Amaya forced himself upon the victim.

Amaya, 29-years-old of Gurten Street in New Bern, was arrested October 4, 2019 without incident. Amaya was taken before a magistrate where he was charged with the following:

  • (2) Counts Second Degree Forcible Sexual Offense-Felony
  • Sexual Battery-Felony

Amaya was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $20,000 unsecured 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 2019011045 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.

30 Arrested across Onslow in a drug bust.

The rooster has flown the coop this Monday morning as OCSO issued press release in regards to 30 recent drug related arrests between Sneads Ferry, Jacksonville and Maysville in Operation Iron Rooster.

The rooster has flown the coop this Monday morning as OCSO issued press release in regards to 30 recent drug related arrests between Sneads Ferry, Jacksonville and Maysville in Operation Iron Rooster.

On Friday, October 4, 2019, members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit conducted “Operation Iron Rooster.” This operation was the result of an investigation that began after the Drug Enforcement Unit received numerous complaints from citizens about drugs being sold throughout Onslow County.

 

The operation was conducted in partnership and cooperation with Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and N.C. Department of Probation and Parole conducted after nearly a year-long operation seeking 42 targets, with 30 being arrested at the time of this press release.

Mueller, Peter Joseph, 61 YO, Sneads Ferry Rd., Sneads Ferry: Felony Possession With Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine; Felony Sell Cocaine; Felony Deliver Cocaine

BOND: $15,000 Secured

Edwards, Fredrick Montez III, 34 YO, Grants Creek Rd., Jacksonville: (2) Counts Felony Trafficking Opium or Heroin; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS.

BOND: $50,000 Secured

Massat, Robert Clarence, 53 YO, Kathy St., Sneads Ferry: Felony Sell Cocaine; Felony Deliver cocaine; Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $8,500 Secured

Jackson, Brandon James, 18 YO, Mike Loop Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Marijuana; Felony Sell Marijuana, Felony Deliver Marijuana

BOND: $35,000 Secured

Perkins, Netia Imali, 26 YO, Dartmoor Trl, Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Methamphetamine; Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While License Revoked

BOND: $15,000 Secured

Ambrose, Quincy Lamar, 40 YO, Steeple Chase Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Manufacture Schedule I CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Kellum, Michael James, 35 YO, Willie Kellum Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell Deliver Cocaine; Felony Sell Cocaine; Felony Deliver Cocaine; Felony Manufacture Schedule II CS; Felony Conspire to Sell/Deliver Cocaine; Felony Conspire to Sell Deliver Cocaine; Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND $45,000 Secured

Graham, Quentin Devon Jr, 21 YO, Harbord Dr., Midway Park: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule VI CS; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia

BOND: $2,000 Secured

Goodson, Randolph Davis III, 22 YO, Jenkins Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Marijuana; Felony Manufacture Marijuana; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia

BOND: $5,000 Secured

Hunter,Alaa Dante McCartha, 28 yo Swamp Junction Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Cocaine; Felony Sell, Deliver Cocaine; Felony Manufacture Cocaine

BOND: $15,500 Secured

Alley, David Cameron, 31 YO, Colonial St., Beaufort: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Heroin Arrested at Craven County Jail

BOND: $5,000

Burroughs, William Ashford, 41 YO, Church Hill St., Pollocksville: Felony Sell Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Bryant, Quentin James, 30 YO, Foy Ave., Maysville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Cocaine; Misdemeanor Possession Marijuana; (2) Counts Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia; Driving While License Revoked

BOND: $6,000 Secured

Carter, Trinity Money Sheryl An, 26 YO, New  River Dr., Jacksonville: (2 Counts) Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS; (2) Counts Felony Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS; (2) Counts Felony Deliver Schedule II CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Williams, Paul Naketa, 42 YO, Seminole Trl., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Sell Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Deliver Schedule II CS

BOND: $15,000

Bagarella, Christina Lucy, 37 YO, Carver Dr., Jacksonville: Felony Possession of Schedule II CS: Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $2,500 Secured

Merritt, Steven Ray, 37 YO, Burgaw Hwy. Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule VI CS; Felony Manufacture Marijuana; Felony Sell Schedule VI CS

BOND: $9,000 Secured

Stahl, Ericka Adele, 33 YO, Sandhill Rd., Sneads Ferry: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS: Felony Manufacture Sch I CS; Felony Possession of Sch II CS; (2 Counts) Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $9,500 Secured

Woodson, Melvin Ray, 49 YO,  Justice Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch II CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS; Felony Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling for CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Bennett, Marvin Earl, 58 YO, Hwy 172, Sneads Ferry: Felony Sell, Deliver Sch VI CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver SCH VI CS;

BOND: $5,000 Secured

Meadows, Allen Tyshan, 31 YO, Maple Ave., Maysville:  (2) Counts Felony Sell, Deliver Sch II CS; (2) Counts Felony Deliver Sch II CS; (2) Counts Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch II CS

BOND: $40,000 Secured

Gaskin, Timmothy Alfred, 31 YO, River St., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Marijuana; Felony Manufacture Marijuana; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia; Felony Sell Marijuana; Felony Deliver Marijuana

BOND: $10,000 Secured

Smith, James Clifton Keith, 31 YO Clearview Dr., Holly Ridge: Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia; Misdemeanor Simple Possession Sch IV CS

BOND: $1,000 Secured

Williams, Michael Joseph, 37 YO Hoffman Forest Rd., Richlands: Felony Possession With Intent to Sell, Deliver Counterfeit CS; Felony Sell or Deliver Counterfeit CS; Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $4,500 Secured

Johnson, Andre Tavara, 31 YO, Waterfall Dr., Jacksonville:  Felony Possession Sch II CS: Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $2,500 Secured

Moseman, Marshall Scott, 34 YO, Meadowview Ct., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch VI CS; Felony Sell Sch VI CS; Felony Deliver Sch VI CS: Felony Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for CS; Misdemeanor Marijuana Paraphernalia

BOND: $10,000 Secured

Shaffer, Ronald Salvatore, 30 YO, Briar Creek Ln, Jacksonville Felony Possession Stolen Firearm; Felony Possession Methamphetamine; Felony Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $7,500 Secured

McIntosh, Nicholas Alexander, 24 YO, Churchhill Way, Midway Park: Felony Possession Sch I CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS; Felony Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling for CS; Misdemeanor Drug  Paraphernalia

BOND: $9,500 Secured

Schindler,Jason Henry, 43 YO, Bumps Creek Rd., Sneads Ferry: (4) Counts Felony Sell Methamphetamine; Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS, Deliver Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $15,000 Secured

Scott, Terrance Linkfield, 39 YO, March Ln., Midway Park: (2) Counts Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture Sch II CS, (6) Counts Sell/Deliver Cocaine

BOND: $45,000 Secured.

The investigation continues and more arrests are anticipated.

This operation displays to the citizens that their complaints do NOT go unnoticed.

 

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 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.

 

 

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

OCSO is seeking information about a shooting leaving two victims injured

JACKSONVILLE, NC- Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help obtaining information about a drive-by shooting that occurred on Myna Drive Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 3:00 PM of a drive-by shooting on Myna Drive in the Gum Brach Road area of Jacksonville. Deputies responded and discovered two male subjects had been shot, both receiving potential life-threatening injuries.  

The victims, Daqaun Torres-Huff, 22 of Myna Drive and Steven Lamar Lewis, 21 of Carole Drive, Jacksonville were both transported by EMS to the Naval Trauma Center at Camp Lejeune. One of the injured individuals was later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Witnesses described seeing a light-colored midsize SUV as the possible suspect vehicle.  Detectives are currently working leads on the shootings and are asking anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office.

Photos Courtesy of OCSO

A motive has not been confirmed.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.  The victims were targeted, and it is not believed to be random.  

The public is not believed to be in any danger.

Please call Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at 910-989-4074, Michael_curlee@onslowcountync.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 if you have any information pertaining to this incident. Please refer to case 2019-13486 when calling.

MISSING: 32-year-old Jessamyn Martin last seen in the area of White Oak River Campground

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating a missing person who was last seen in the area of the White Oak River Campground around August 28, 2019.

Courtesy of OCSO

Jessamyn Ruth Martin is a 32-year-old white female described as being 5’03, 120 lbs., with medium length blonde hair and blue eyes. Martin was expected at an address on Ramsey Rd. on August 29, 2019, but never arrived. Martin is believed to be driving a white SUV (unknown make or model) and to have two dogs with her.

If you see her or know of her whereabouts, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Det. Curlee at 910-989-4074, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019012832 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.

Sheriff Miller warns about scams that continue targeting Onslow citizens

Additional scam information released from the OCSO by Sheriff Miller, warning citizens to take heed of warnings that a variety of scams are targeting citizens.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller released additional information this afternoon about ongoing scams, warning citizens to be aware.

Back in April, the OCSO released a post notifying citizens of several scams that had been brought to our attention.  This week they’ve learned from a citizen that there is a new one out there, and Sheriff Miller wants everyone to be aware of it.  They are referring to this as the, “Medicare SCAM.”

 The caller, claiming to be with Medicare Health Services called asking the citizen for information. The caller somehow already had the citizen’s social security number but was trying to gather more information under the claim that they would increase the citizen’s Medicare benefits.  The press release specifically states, “THIS IS NOT TRUE AND IS A SCAM!!!!!!”

The citizen luckily did not provide any additional information and immediately called the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Miller again emphasizes, “NEVER, EVER give ANY kind of personal information to anyone over the phone!  A legitimate business will correspond with you through letters sent through the US Postal Service, or certified letter.  No legitimate business will ask for personal information (address, phone number, social security number, bank account information, etc) over the telephone!”

Be Aware of additional scams we are experiencing in our area that are noted below.

“Arrest Warrant SCAM”- Where 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.)

The “Tax SCAM”- Please know that 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.

“Jury SCAM”- A false allegation that a citizen did not report for jury duty. (Call the court house jury coordinator directly for verification).

Sympathy SCAM” A relative in police custody needing bail money, or in a medical facility needing money. 

The Onslow Beat received notice of one example where this type of scam occurred just a few weeks ago involving one Onslow County family. It’s also referred to as the “Grandparents Scam”.

Kristin Laney told The Onslow Beat just how this scam targeted her father and used their son as the “cause”.

 Four or five years ago, when my son (Joey) was in high school, my father got a phone call. My parents live in Wisconsin and we obviously live here in NC. My dad doesn’t have the best hearing, similar to many grandparents, and the first thing he heard was a voice “Grandpa?”. Of course, my dad immediately responded with “Joey, is that you?”. The next thing my dad heard was an adult male who told him that Joey was in trouble and he needed his help. He told my dad that Joey had been in a car with some other kids and they were pulled over. Drugs were found in the car, and while Joey wasn’t driving and didn’t own the car, he was still in trouble because no one would claim the drugs. Supposedly, Joey had been “arrested” and would need to go to court and money was needed to take care of the situation. As a note, my poor father is not very world-wise and fell for all of this hook, line and sinker. He never sent the money, but this individual called him repeatedly over several weeks telling my father that Joey was in court, the individual stated that he was able to pick Joey up from school for this because he was law enforcement, without my knowledge. The caller repeatedly told my dad that he couldn’t talk to anyone about it because the kids were underage and that he couldn’t call me about it.

My mother continually told my dad that it sounded fishy and that she knew how I was raising my son. He was never in a location when I didn’t know where he was. Ultimately, they finally called me one day to see what was going on and I was able to tell them that it was entirely fake. At that time, I knew Hans Miller and told my parents that I could get in contact with him to verify all the information. Before I was able to do that, my dad contacted their local county sheriff with whom he is friends. The sheriff told my dad it was a scam and that they usually picked on older people because they sometimes have difficulty hearing, will respond with the grandchild’s name, and will do anything to help their grandkids. I did send the info to the OCSO just so they could put it out there. We were lucky that my dad didn’t send the money they were requesting and it turned out fine but someone else might not be so lucky. -Kristin Laney

 

“Sweepstakes or Lottery Win SCAM”  Asking for a “handling fee.”  Fraud. This particular scam has targeted Instagram users as well as by phone. Read more here.

“Data Mining SCAM” where an unknown or unverified party asks for personal or bank account information.  “Phishing”

“Debt Consolidation Loan SCAM” offer that’s too good to be true.  No free money.

Sheriff Miller urges citizens, “Please protect yourself, your family, your property and even your friends & neighbors.  Please be careful to VERIFY before you trust. Help spread the word especially to the elderly, or those who do not have access to a computer. NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY WILL ASK ANYONE TO PAY BY TELEPHONE USING A GIFT CARD OR PREPAID DEBIT CARD!”

Forest fire in Sneads Ferry with eight agencies on scene

A call came in to Onslow County 9-11 at 2:57 PM about an outside fire from Saratoga Rd. in the The Preserve at Tidewater neighborhood in Sneads Ferry.

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time. There have been zero accumulated damages to structures or homes.

The home nearest the area being hosed in the photo above is the home closest to the wood line where the fire where a resident in Mimosa Bay alleged they’ve been told the fire started started.

EMS Director Norman Bryson could not confirm that information at the time nor the cause of the fire.

This fire affects the neighborhoods of The Preserves and Mimosa Bay subdivisions.

There are eight departments/agencies on scene. N.C. Forestry Services was also on the scene installing a plow line to create a break line to prevent spreading.

The Eight agencies on scene: Turkey Creek Fire & Rescue, North Topsail Beach Fire Department, Holly Ridge Fire Department, Haws Run Fire Department, Verona Fire Department, Southwest Fire Department, Camp Lejeune Fire Department, Pender County Fire & EMS, Surf City Fire, Maple Hill Fire, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. Forestry Services.

EMS Director Norman Bryson said that if anyone wants to bring water, Gatorade, or light snacks for the fire and rescue teams they may do so at the command post which set up at the entrance of The Preserve at Tidewater off of Chadwick Acres Rd.

The Onslow Beat will continue to update information as possible.

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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.

Second woman arrested for child abuse at Childcare Network in Sneads Ferry

Second arrest made in the Childcare Network case in Sneads ferry last month. The daycare is not an operation currently, following this incident.

On June 10, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Childcare Network Daycare located in Sneads Ferry, regarding an 11-month-old male child that was in their care. The company reported the child was transported to the hospital earlier in the day regarding a medical emergency but learned later on the child was intentionally injured by a day care worker there. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation which determined that the day care worker, Bethan Pringle, was responsible for the child’s injuries. The child’s injuries were from head trauma which resulted when the child was intentionally dropped by the suspect. On June 19, 2019 Bethan Pringle, age 23 was arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. She was given a $100,000 secured bond and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

 

The Investigation continued and on July 23, 2019 a second employee was also arrested for injuring the child. This employee, McKayla Paula Sausser, 19-years-old of Gregory Fork Road in Richlands was arrested July 23, 2019 by SVU Detective L. Kensington and charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury.  Sausser had assaulted the infant by repeatedly forcibly pushing the infant’s head down in a crib. Sausser was placed under a $100,000 secured bond by the Magistrate and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.  Sausser has a first court appearance on July 24, 2019.    

 

 

As of today, the Childcare Network Daycare in Sneads Ferry is not in operation.

 

 

 

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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.

OCSO is seeking the public’s help identifying people involved in a drive-by shooting in Jacksonville

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating the owner or driver of a vehicle involved with two people being shot in the area of Blue Creek Farms Road on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Around 6:30 p.m. deputies with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office arrived at Blue Creek Farms Drive in Jacksonville to find two people with gunshot wounds. One woman, age 30, was shot in her lower back-upper leg area, and a 19-year-old woman was shot in the lower abdomen. Both females were treated at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune. The 19-year-old was later transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for further treatment. The 30-year-old was treated and released from the hospital on Monday.

The investigation revealed that a dark-colored, two-door car drove by and shot at the residence during a party that known gang affiliates were attending. The vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed when the shootings occurred.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation and fear of retaliation against the victims and their families, we are not releasing the victims’ names.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.  

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF: OCSO

PHOTO COURTESY OF: OCSO

 

 

Anyone with information about this incident, or if you can identify the owner of the vehicle in the photos, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019010347 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.