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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

 

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Man arrested for stealing materials from Atlantic Construction site

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

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:

 


 

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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.

Hubert woman arrested for stabbing a man over marijuana

A woman has been arrested for stabbing a man as a result from an argument.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol responded to a residence on Saltwater Lane in Hubert for a report that someone had been stabbed.  Upon arrival, deputies learned that the victim had driven himself to the Naval Hospital for medical attention. The victim’s injuries were non-life threatening and he was treated and released from the hospital.    

The investigation revealed that Christena Victora Ingram stabbed the victim during a verbal altercation about a failed marijuana transaction that occurred two weeks ago.  

Ingram, 42-years-old of Great Neck Landing Road in Hubert was taken into custody and transported to the magistrate’s office where she was charged with:

  • Assault With a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Inflict Serious Injury
  • Simple Assault

 

Photo Courtesy of OCSO

 NCDPS database shows Ingram to have been convicted of a Level 4 DWI (Misdemeanor) in 2016. No other prior charges or convictions listed.

Ingram is currently held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond pending her court date.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective J. Marshburn at 910-989-4041 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019009757 when calling.

 

 

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

 

WANTED: OCSO issued release for whereabouts of Renaldo Shepard

NEWS RELEASE:

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Renaldo Vanocur Shepard. Shepard is wanted in connection for his involvement in a stabbing incident that occurred at the Friendly Mart Convenience Store located at 3160 Wilmington Highway in Jacksonville, NC on 06-30-19 at approximately 7:44 PM. The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Sevonta Akeem Waddell of Burgaw, N.C.

 

Shepard is a 32-year-old black male, approximately 5’10” tall, weighing between 140-160 lbs., with long, dreadlock-style black hair and brown eyes. Shepard is known to frequent the Maple Hill areas of Onslow and Pender Counties. Shepard’s last known address was Jenkins Road in Jacksonville.

 

If you know the whereabouts of Renaldo Shepard pictured below, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Jonathan Marshburn at 910-989-4041; jonathan_marshburn@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019009675 when calling.  

Identity sought in a card fraud investigation

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Friday afternoon asking for the public’s help identifying an individual wanted for questioning in a stolen credit card case.

On June 8, 3019 deputies received a report that an individual had been the victim of credit card fraud.

Surveillance footage at a local restaurant shows a black female using the credit card.

If you know the identity of the female pictured, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Simma at 910-989-4058; kenneth_simma@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019008543 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.

BUSTED: Sneads Ferry woman hit hard with a number of felony drug charges

Repeat Felon, Carolee Jane Simpson, 28-years-old of Old Folkstone Road, Sneads Ferry, was arrested June 18, 2019 resulting from an investigation by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit known as “Operation Royal Takedown.”

On May 22, 2019 investigators with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit investigated the criminal activity of Aryan Kings Gang members in and around the Sneads Ferry Community of Onslow County. Members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Team 2 executed two traffic stops during this investigation, resulting in the seizure of user quantities of marijuana, heroin, crystal meth and $14,612.00 in US currency. Information developed during the investigation indicated that the source of the suspected narcotics was coming from 1417 Old Folkstone Road. A search warrant was granted to search the premises of 1417 Old Folkstone Road, being the residence of David Craig Milam. During the search of the residence, narcotics investigators located the following items: (3) pistols; (3) rifles:

27.5 grams of heroin; 29.9 grams of crystal methamphetamine; digital scales and glassine bags for re-packaging. One of the pistols was reported stolen from Pender County Licensed Firearms Dealer.

Simpson’s charges include:

  • Felony Trafficking Heroin by Possession
  • Felony Trafficking Heroin by Manufacturing
  • Felony Trafficking Methamphetamine by Possession
  • Felony Trafficking Methamphetamine by Manufacturing
  • Felony PWIMSD Heroin
  • Felony PWIMSD Methamphetamine
  • Felony Manufacturing Heroin
  • Felony Manufacturing Methamphetamine
  • Felony Maintaining a Dwelling
  • Felony Possession of Stolen Firearm
  • Felony Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Felony Conspiracy to Traffick Heroin
  • Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia
  • Misdemeanor Possession of Less Than Half-Ounce of Marijuana

Simpson has a number of convictions listed in the NCDPS database.

Simpson was transferred to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $215,000 secured bond.

The following individuals were arrested May 22, 2019 as a result from this investigation: David Craig Milam, Brian Richard Pearce II, Robert Edward Harmer, Anthony David Lynn, Charley Lynn Wiggs.

SEE THAT STORY HERE.

This investigation continues, and more arrests are expected.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019007673 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.

Woman charged with a felony abuse of an infant at a Sneads Ferry childcare center

Bethan Pringle, age 23 charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury to an infant child under age 1 at a Sneads Ferry Childcare facility.

There are several daycares in Sneads Ferry with violations reported to the NC DHHS/DCDEE database this year.

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Photo from Childcare Network Website

On June 11, 2019 the Childcare Network parents in Sneads Ferry received a notice informing them of an incident that occurred in their school the day prior where an infant child was injured while in the care of the facility.

The infant child who is under 1-year-old was provided with CPR by caregivers as well as lifesaving techniques for emergency situations. The child’s parents were notified immediately by the center and the teacher involved was suspended without pay at that time, pending an internal investigation as well as by law enforcement.

The incident allegedly was quickly determined not to have been caused by a hazard, lack of security, supervision nor due to inappropriate ratios of caregivers to student at the time of the incident. Some parents were also allegedly informed soon after that the teacher would not be returning to the school based on this incident.

The Onslow Beat reached out to the Childcare Network location on Thursday, June 13th for a statement and they declined to do so with a pending and open investigation.

Col. Chris Thomas at Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday there was anticipation of closing the case this week. He further assured, “To my knowledge this is the only incident that has been reported to the Sheriff’s Office from that location.” “They have been completely cooperative with the investigation and were the reporting party as well.”

The infant child was transported to Vidant Medical in Greenville from Onslow Memorial Hospital for treatment immediately following and released Thursday of last week. Medical professionals have since advised that the infant is expected to recover.

Today, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a release stating it had been determined that this act was purposeful. The childcare worker, Bethan Pringle, age 23 was the worker who was responsible for the child’s injuries. The infant suffered from head trauma which resulted when the child was intentionally dropped by the suspect.

Pringle was arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. She was issued a $100,000 secured bond and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

Childcare Network is a 5-star facility with a superior classification, as well as the newest facility in the area. This facility opened in August 20, 2018 and has swiftly corrected any violations prior to date as required by the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) . The most recent inspection from DHHS/DCDEE shows where the facility was rated a 211/235 score and there were no violations despite this tragedy.

There have been two violations during an unannounced visit by the DCDEE to this facility that occurred in 2018 and both swiftly corrected.

Rule Violated: Medications including prescription and non-prescription items were not stored in a locked cabinet or other locked container. Medications in space #9 and space #10 were stored in the cabinet under the diaper changing table; the cabinets were unlocked.

Rule Violated: Caregivers did not document compliance with visually checking on sleeping infants aged 12 months or younger and/or the documents were not maintained for a minimum of one month. In space #9. a visual sleep check was documented at 9:45am. During the classroom observation at 10:30am, the infant was still asleep and no other visual sleep checks had been documented. (12/10/18)-DHHS database

There are limited childcare options in the quaint fishing village of Sneads Ferry.

Another local facility has parents skeptical in the quality of facility standards since a change in ownership leaving some parents feeling grim about care options.

One mother said, “This is why I would rather just stay at home until our baby is older, so I know that he is safe.” in response to this incident. “You cannot trust anywhere anymore.”

The Onslow Beat took a deeper look into local daycare options to see how they compare to Childcare Network in light of standard of care and violations in Sneads Ferry.

Noah’s Ark Preschool: Four (4) violations in March 2019 for broken furniture, poor activity plan and lacking first aid training. Another two (2) in May for administering medication after the expiration date with expired permission form.

Sneads Ferry Quality Care has six violations documented by DHHS/DCDEE just this month from an unannounced visit. Violations range across a variety of lack in training for childcare workers, not having CPR & First Aid certifications and Child Maltreatment Training. Some of these violations are still pending response to the department. One violation:

Rule Violated: New staff, who had contact with children, did not receive at least 16 hrs. orientation within first 6 weeks. Three of the thirty-two staff employed had not completed the required orientation training within the first 6 weeks of employment. -DHHS database.

A Happy Home Daycare in Sneads Ferry that is a licensed home daycare had violations in 2017 for hazardous chemicals like cleaners and pesticides. There were no violations in 2018 on either visit yet there have been violations founded in 2019.

Rule Violated: Hazardous cleaning supplies and other items that might be poisonous were not kept out of reach or in locked storage when children were in care. Three bottles of hand sanitizer were located in the home: One was sitting in the middle of the kitchen table used by the children for lunch routines, a second bottle was located on the cabinet beside the diaper changing table accessible to the children, and a third bottle was located on the corner of the desk adjacent to the children care space accessible to the children. Four aerosol cans were located in the home: One can of Lysol and one can of Resolve were located on a shelf above the diaper changing table and one can of Lysol and one can of Ozium Air Sanitizer was located on a shelf behind the entrance/exit door to the child care space.- DHHS database. (2017) 

Rule Violated: Written record of up-to-date pet vaccinations as required by NC law and local ordinances, including rabies vaccination for dogs and cats, was not available. The vaccination for Cornflake, the cat, expired 12/30/18.

Violation confirmed corrected by letter received from provider on 1/18/2019
Rule Violated: Activity plans did not include activities intended to stimulate the developmental domains, in accordance with NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development. An activity plan was not available.

Violation confirmed corrected by letter received from provider on 1/18/2019
Rule Violated: Operator did not provide a written statement to parents regarding the smoking and tobacco restriction. A signed and dated acknowledgement statement from each parents indicating they had received a copy of the smoking and tobacco restriction.

Violation confirmed corrected by letter received from provider on 1/18/2019
 
To view any additonal childcare facility’s performance and possible violations, visit the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education through NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

The Onslow Beat urges parents to do research on every facility in any location before enrolling as well as facilities to ensure training and references prior to hiring.

HRPD- Car tow dolly may also be among recent items of theft

HRPD reports that a car tow dolly could potentially be amongst items stolen in a recent theft case.

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HRPD issued a news release today seeking the public’s help with locating and recovering a car tow dolly that is reasonably suspected to have been stolen in conjunction with other recent thefts.

On June 11, 2019 the Holly Ridge PD took a report of a stolen car tow dolly, from 206 Camp Davis Road, Holly Ridge, NC. The victim stated the car tow dolly was chained to a storage pod (conex box) at the location it was stolen from.

The victim described the car tow dolly as a grey in color metal frame with black fenders. The victim advised he had installed a boat winch on the tongue of the trailer and installed a 5/8 in bar to the tire swivels since the tow straps were broken. According to the victim, the car tow dolly’s fenders were beaten up due to use and one of the lights was broken.

Image Courtesy of HRPD of a similar car tow dolly

The photo provided is not the actual dolly but is a similar car tow dolly the victim had stolen. It is possible it was stolen during the time that the utility trailer and zero turn mowers were stolen. The white Ford Expedition that was used in those thefts was seen towing a car tow dolly the week prior to it being reported stolen.

If you have seen this car tow dolly, please contact the Holly Ridge Department at 910-329-4076 or email Detective Faircloth at lfaircloth@hollyridgepd.net.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Bus accident on the last day of school fortunately left no injuries

After a long year of recovery after Hurricane Florence, much excitement and anticipation from teachers, faculty members, students and families of Onslow County Schools the last day just couldn’t go down in the books without a minor bump in the road.

There was an accident involving a school bus Friday morning near the intersection of Foscue and Northwoods Drive. The bus was transporting students to Northwoods Park Middle School and hit a parked vehicle in transport.

Brent Anderson, Chief Communications Officer for Onslow County Schools said, “There were 41 students on board at the time and there were no injuries. Students were moved to another bus and taken to school, with two being picked up by their parents at the scene.”

Bank Robbery Suspect Identified In A Second Robbery

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UPDATE: Armed Robbery Suspect Identified.

The suspect in last Thursday afternoon’s armed robbery of First Citizens Bank, 302 B Western Blvd., has been identified as Christopher Bryan Shingleton, 42, of Swansboro, NC. “Shingleton is currently in the custody of the Craven County Detention Center on similar, but unrelated charges” said Captain Mike Capps, JPD Investigations Supervisor. Shingleton will be served on robbery warrants related to the bank heist in Jacksonville. Bond information is pending first court appearance.

On Thursday, June 13th at approximately 4:02 PM, officers of the Jacksonville Police Department responded to an armed robbery at First Citizens Bank, 302 B Western Boulevard, Jacksonville. The preliminary investigation revealed that a masked man entered the bank and handed a note to the teller. The suspect left on foot in an unknown direction of travel. No one was injured in the accident.

“JPD Detectives have been collaborating with investigators from Havelock PD and Morehead City PD as well as agents from the NC State Bureau of Investigation on this case” said Captain Capps. He expressed appreciation to our media partners for their assistance in getting the photo to out the public, leading to tips and calls to the department.

“We would like to thank the media for their assistance, through broadcasting and social networking, which directly led to the identification of the suspect” said Captain Capps.

Anyone with additional information about the suspect or incident is asked to call JPD Detective Jason Griess at jgriess@jacksonvillenc.gov at 910-455-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-6413. 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)


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Jacksonville Public Safety issued a press release this evening informing the public and seeking help identifying an armed bank robbery suspect. There are no injuries reported in the afternoon incident at the bank.

At approximately 4:02 PM, officers of the Jacksonville Police Department responded to an armed robbery at First Citizens Bank, 302 B Western Boulevard, Jacksonville.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a masked man entered the bank and handed a note to the teller. The suspect left on foot in an unknown direction of travel. No one was injured in the accident.

“We are in the early steps of this investigation and could use the assistance of the public in identifying the subject in the surveillance images” said Captain Mike Capps, supervisor of the JPD Investigative Services Division.

The man is described as a white male, over 6’ tall. . At the time of the incident he was wearing a dark colored hoodie, dark pants, a white hospital/medical mask and gray ball cap with the “H” Hurley insignia.

Anyone with information about the suspect or incident is asked to call Jacksonville Police at 910-455-4000 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)

BUSTED AGAIN: Four busted over the weekend with stolen goods and drugs

On Sunday, June 9th, Holly Ridge PD executed a search warrant at the address of 412 Salvo Court to search for stolen property. This case is in association with Trey Anthony Romero who was arrested on Saturday, June 8th where Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an individual in the Haws Run area attempting to steal a utility trailer.

That individual, Joshua Mackenzie Davis, was eventually stopped and arrested by the Sheriff’s Office.  Davis had been staying at the residence of 412 Salvo Court with Trey Anthony Romero. During the course of the investigation, Detective Faircloth was able to determine that Mr. Romero had sold a stolen zero turn lawnmower to an individual in Holly Ridge. Detective Faircloth took out a warrant for Mr. Romero, 29 years of age, for Obtaining Property by False Pretense. He was given a $2,500 secured bond for that charge and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office filed additional charges regarding the theft from the county.

Davis has a lengthy criminal record full of felonies from larceny, breaking and entering and theft related convictions beyond Onslow County.
Davis has upcoming court dates for several felony charges and traffic violations prior to this incident. He is due in court on July 7th & 8th for the following:

Mobile Patrol

(F) Larceny of a motor vehicle
(F) Felony larceny
(F) Poss. of stolen goods
(F) Conspiracy

Traffic violations:
(2) Driving while license revoked/impaired revocation
Aid & Abet impaired
Allow unlicensed to drive

Romero has upcoming court dates for five felony charges and two traffic violations beyond this incident on July 7th & 8th for the following:

(F) Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
(F) Larceny
(F) Possession of Stolen Goods
(F) Conspiracy
(F) Obtain Property by False Pretenses

Traffic violations: Driving left of center & Reckless driving wanton regard
Romero shows no prior charges or convictions in the NCDPS database.

Sunday, June 9th, Detective Faircloth obtained a search warrant for the address of 412 Salvo Court in regards to the case with Trey Anthony Romero to search for stolen property. Upon the execution of the search warrant, two individuals were at the residence. While securing the residence, illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia were discovered by officers on scene. Detective Faircloth then obtained a second search warrant to now search the residence for illegal narcotics. No other stolen property was found but this lead to the arrest of two repeat offenders known to the area. Morgan L. Gibson, age 24 and Ryan Grappo, age 35 both of Sneads Ferry, NC arrested on a number of drug related charges.

Morgan L. Gibson of 118 Hickory Road, Sneads Ferry, NC charged in this incident with:

  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Failure To Appear Warrant out of Pender county for Possession of Heroin

Gibson has EIGHT court dates in the NC Court system database. First being today, June 10, 2019 on (2) Misd. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and a traffic violation for fictitious tag/title/reg card. Gibson’s five remaining dates are drug related as well as traffic violations and are as follows pending in Onslow County in addition to the most recent arrest:
06/27/2019- Shoplifting/Concealment of Goods
09/30/2019-
(F) Poss. Controlled Substance on Prison/Jail premises.
(M) Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia|
Traffic violations also 09/30/19:

  • Driving while license revoked/not impaired rev
  • Infraction- Drive left of center
  • Operating vehicle without insurance
  • Hit & Run, Fail to stop and property damage
  • Fict/Alt Title/Reg Card/Tag
  • Expired/No inspection

She was issued a $2,500 Secured bond on the most recent charges.

Ryan Grappo also of 118 Hickory Road, Sneads Ferry, NC now charged with:

  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Grappo was just convicted on May 31, 2019 in Onslow County for drug related charges from October 2018. He was convicted on  possession of a schedule I substance (F), drug paraphernalia (M), obtaining property by false pretense (F), resisting an officer (M) and given a suspended sentence and probation. Grappo has a revolving criminal history per the NCDPS database with drug charges and stolen goods back to 2012. Grappo served a total of 3 years 1 month and 25 days in prison for like crimes. The most recent being a 15 month sentence in the NC Department of Adult Corrections and was released June 2017 on parole. His parole ended March 2018.

Ryan Grappo has a calendared court appearance set for August 27, 2019 for driving while license revoked and reckless driving that are not related to the current charges.

He was issued a $2,000 Secured bond on the recent charges.

They were both turned over to the Onslow County Detention Center.

Missing Person Investigation is ongoing for James Wilson, Jr. one year later

(Jacksonville, NC)- The investigation to find missing person James Wilson, Jr. continues. On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Jacksonville Police Department issued a Silver Alert for James Wilson, Jr., a 78-year old man who apparently walked away from his home in the Country Club Road area. A year has passed since this investigation began. Detectives have investigated dozens of tips, but none have led to finding Mr. Wilson. Detectives are looking for assistance from the community.

Mr. Wilson suffers from dementia. Mr. Wilson is a black male, 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 196 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes.

We have asked residents to check infrequently used buildings on their property such as storage sheds or buildings not used daily.

“During the investigation, we learned that Mr. Wilson may have hitch-hiked in the past. We ask that anyone who may have picked up someone matching Mr. Wilson’s description to please give us a call” said Captain Mike Capps, Supervisor, JPD Investigations Division. “We appreciate the continued assistance from the public in calling in with information.”

Mr. Wilson’s daughter, Jayna Wilson has been his biggest advocate since the beginning of the disappearance of her father. Jayna took to social media herself to encourage people to share the posts about her father and to continue looking for him, or any clues that might lead to him.

If you believe that you have seen Mr. Wilson, please call 911 immediately. If you have information please contact JPD Detective Vincent Waddell at 910-938-6408 or vwaddell@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-5034. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to arrest. 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).

URGENT: Burn ban issued for 18 ENC counties including Onslow and surrounding areas

RALEIGH – Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington.

The burning ban went into effect at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, and will remain in effect until further notice. The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions.

Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Violating the burn ban incurs a $100 fine plus $180 court costs. The person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.

“The dry weather conditions these last few weeks, plus the potential for an increase in human-caused wildfires in the region, makes this ban on open burning necessary,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “During the month of May, there have been 355 wildfires statewide, covering 1,348 acres. This burn ban is a proactive step to protect lives and property by preventing human-caused wildfires.”

Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.

Yesterday Richlands VFD reported a burn barrel fire that got out of control.

Photo Courtesy: Richlands VFD

Answers to frequently asked questions

Q: What is open burning?

A: Open burning includes burning leaves, branches or other plant material. In all cases, burning trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative material is illegal.

Q: May I still use my grill or barbeque?

A: Yes, if no other local ordinances prohibit their use.

Q: How should I report a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.

Q: My local fire marshal has also issued a burn ban for my county. What does this mean?

A: The burn ban issued by the N.C. Forest service does not apply to a fire within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Local government agencies have jurisdiction over open burning within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The N.C. Forest Service has advised county fire marshals of the burning ban and asked for their consideration of also implementing a burning ban. If a fire within a 100-foot area of a dwelling escapes containment, a North Carolina forest ranger may take reasonable steps to extinguish or control it. The person responsible for setting the fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.

Q: Are there other instances which impact open burning?

A: Local ordinances and air quality regulations may impact open burning. For instance, outdoor burning is prohibited in areas covered by Code Orange or Code Red air quality forecasts. Learn more about air quality forecasts at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach-education/air-quality-forecasts

Q: Can I have a campfire when I go camping?

A: Campfires would be considered open burning and are not exempt from the burn ban. Portable gas stoves or grills are alternate methods for cooking food while camping during a burn ban.

Q: What can I do to protect my house against the risk of wildfire?

A: Learn about wildfire risk assessments and preparedness and prevention plans on the N.C. Forest Service website.

Residents with questions regarding their specific county can contact their county ranger with the N.C. Forest Service or their county fire marshal’s office.

910-347-4270 Brian Kelly, Onslow Co. Fire Marshal.

910-324-3633 Ben Patterson, Onslow Co. Ranger.

BUSTED: More heroin, cocaine and marijuana off the streets of Holly Ridge in a multiple agency effort

(HOLLY RIDGE, NC)-

On Wed., May 22, 2019 at approximately 1:30am, in a multi-agency effort, Officers with the Holly Ridge Police Department, Surf City Police Department and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 134 N. Green Street. During the service of the search warrant, officers located heroin, cocaine, marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

The resident of 134 N. Green Street, James Harley Wood, 39 years of age, was arrested and charged with:

• Possession of Heroin

• Possession of Cocaine

• Possession of Marijuana

• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Wood has no prior drug related charges in the NC DPS system. The system shows one misdemeanor larceny from 2016.

He was given a $5,000 secured bond and released to the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.