“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 arrests made for vehicle break ins through Onslow

A man and a woman have been arrested in a string of vehicle break-ins across the county. Both are in Onslow County Detention center.

Two people have been arrested for breaking into numerous vehicles throughout Onslow County.

Beginning in early September, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to areas in Richlands, Jacksonville and Sneads Ferry for reports of vehicle break-ins. One victim released video surveillance on social media of a male and female attempting to gain entry into their vehicles. With the images and following investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspects.  

There have been recent reports across social media and to law enforcement by citizens of attempted car break-in activity in Mimosa Bay, Justice Farms and The Preserves subdivisions. It has not been confirmed that these are all in relation to these two suspects.

Shannon Randall Turner and Cambrin Kai Bennett were subsequently identified. Both were arrested Monday, September 30, 2019, taken before a magistrate where they were charged with:

  • (14) Counts Felony Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle
  • (14) Counts Conspiracy to Commit a Felony Larceny
  • (14) Counts Misdemeanor Larceny

Turner, 34-years-old of County Road, Daleville, in is currently detained in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond awaiting his first court appearance.

Bennett, 21-years-old of Pondview Circle, Hampstead, NC is currently in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $73,500 secured bond awaiting her first court appearance.

 An officer from NTB spotted their vehicle on N.C. 210 Sunday afternoon and with assistance from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, they were arrested at the Food Lion shopping center in Sneads Ferry.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

Mugshots Courtesy of OCSO

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Albright at 910-989-4016 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019014199 when calling.

 

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

 

 

Onslow Co.- Ten fast facts to know preparing for Hurricane Dorian

Ten quick bites of information to know ahead of Hurricane Dorian. From school closings, shelters, landfill hours, free pet supplies and how to receive alerts.

School Closures: Brent Andersen, Onslow County Schools announced that all schools will be closed for all students from Wednesday, September 4th through Friday, September 6th. There will be no school or evening activities during this time period. OCS staff will have a Teacher Workday on Wednesday. Unless otherwise notified by their supervisor, OCS staff will not work on Thursday. On Friday OCS 10-month staff will not work and OCS 12-month staff will report as conditions permit, unless otherwise notified by their supervisor.

All unincorporated areas of Onslow County have been declared in a state of emergency by Onslow County government officials Tuesday morning.

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Shelters: Shelters open Thursday, Sept. 5th at 7 am. Locations:
Jacksonville Commons Middle School (Pets & Special/Medical Needs)
Swansboro High School
Dixon Middle School
Richlands High School

Citizens are asked to bring all medical supplies and to begin having medications refilled now to have through the storm even if they do not intend to come to a shelter. For citizens on oxygen, it is encouraged that tanks are refilled in advance. Any special devices or machines needed for medical purposes should be brought to the shelter with you.

If you need transportation to a shelter please fill out this form and submit by email to make those arrangements as quickly as possible.

Citizens are encouraged by Onslow County Manager, David Cotton to keep up with social media updates as there will be Facebook live broadcasts twice a day at 7 am and 7 pm on the county government page.

Questions about preparing- Phone Bank: The phone bank is open until 6:00 pm on Tuesday, then starting on Wednesday at 8:00 am (operational 24-hours), it will remain staffed continuously until Hurricane Dorian no longer poses a threat to Onslow County. Please call 910-989-5027, the phone bank is for non-emergent questions to help citizens prepare.

Trash: Onslow County Landfill hours are extended today and tomorrow (Tuesday & Wednesday) until 7 p.m. to assist citizens with hurricane preparations. Located at: 415 Meadowview Rd. Jacksonville. Phone number 910-989-2107.

Pets: Jaded Paws Rescue is open daily to help families with pet food and other supplies as available for FREE. Jaded Paws is located at 1009 Onsville Dr. Jacksonville Suite A. Phone number . Phone: 910-389-2372.

Onslow Co. Courts: Closed Thursday and Friday. ALL buildings and courts sessions are closed 9/5-9/6. To obtain more updates, please visit the NCCOURTS.gov website for all up to date closings.

ALERTS: Get local alerts – weather hazards, evacuations, missing persons, etc. – sent straight to your phone.You can receive FREE emergency alerts by phone calls to landlines, text messages, emails and more.In addition to English, ALERT Onslow translates notifications into: German, French, Japanese and Spanish.
Visit: CodeRed to sign up.

For the Board of Commissioners State of Emergency Proclamation announcement this morning you can watch here:

Insurance: Check your homeowners insurance polices ahead of the storm and verify what benefits your policy offers and ensure everything is up to date. USAA representative Ina said, under mandatory evacuation orders some policies may cover temporary living expenses. If you are a USAA policy holder, check your policy for details on the website at USAA Help or the USAA Mobile App.

How much food and water: Onslow County EMS Director, Norman Bryson urges citizens to have enough food and water for seven days per person in the home. The usual minimum is three days but it is best to be prepared for seven days.

Download the FEMA App:

The National Hurricane Center website:

Emergency Plans

Develop and document plans for your specific risks.

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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Accident involving a Head Start school bus this morning at an intersection of Cow Horn Road

At approximately 7:00 a.m. on May 2, 2019, Head Start Bus 8616 was involved in an accident at the intersection of Cow Horn Road and Comfort Highway. District transportation staff and EMS were immediately notified and responded to the scene. There were two students on board the bus at the time of the accident. They were evaluated on site by first responders and then released to their parents.

Parents of students who had not already been picked up were also notified, and a bus was dispatched to finish the route.

There have been no known injuries reported at this time.

 

Telephone scams are on the rise in Onslow County

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

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

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

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

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

Other SCAMS for citizens to be aware of:

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

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

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

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

A Richlands man wanted for conditions violating his probation was arrested on charges for meth and heroin last week

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Detectives arrested a man who was wanted for violating conditions of his probation.

Matthew Paul Csokasy, 28-years-old of Old Fountain Road in Richlands, was taken into custody March 27, 2019 in the parking lot of Friendly Mart on Hwy 258. Upon the arrest, detectives located approximately (18) grams of crystal meth, (1/2) gram of heroin and a digital scale.

He was taken before a magistrate and given the following charges:

  • (Felony) Possession With the Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Methamphetamine
  • (Felony) Possession Heroin
  • (Felony) Manufacture Methamphetamine by Repackaging
  • (Felony) Conspiracy
  • (Misdemeanor) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • (Felony) Probation Violation Warrant

He was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $65,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019004570 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.

Man arrested for felony charges for tractor equipment theft from a Jacksonville residence

A man in jail for unrelated charges, was arrested for stealing heavy equipment from a job site.

On March 27, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Patrol responded to a residence on Holly Grove Court in Jacksonville for a report that a tractor and sod roller were stolen.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Detectives received a tip from a citizen that led them to Michael Hancock. The equipment, valued at $22,000, was located and recovered at Hancock’s residence, 127 Floyd Pond Road, Richlands. Hancock, 36-years-old, currently in the Onslow County Detention Center was charged with Felony Larceny and Felony Possession of Stolen Property. He was given a $15,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact 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. Please refer to case 2019004527 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.

OCSO seeks help identifying woman in two counterfeit bill cases

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying a female wanted for questioning in two separate counterfeit bill cases.

On March 5, 2019, a black female made a small purchase at the Family Dollar Store on Burgaw Hwy and handed the cashier a hundred-dollar bill. Then on March 6, 2019 the same female made a small purchase at Top Dogs Pizza on Richlands Hwy and also paid with a hundred-dollar bill. When both businesses tried making deposits, the banks informed them that the bills were counterfeit.

The female in both incidences is described as a light-skinned black female, approximately 5’6”, 140 lbs. Her hair is dyed light brown to red and was worn slicked back in an afro. In one case, she wore a black leather jacket with “P Raw” over the left front pocket. The P turned into a lightning bolt and the A appeared to have a star over it. In the other case, she wore a navy-blue windbreaker with blue jeans and pink flip flops. Both incidences occurred between 6:00 – 6:30pm.

If you know the identity of the female in the photos, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Sergeant Lincoln at 910-989-4064, jonathan_lincoln@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019003345 or 2019003509 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.

OCSO asks for public help identifying a woman for questioning for burglary

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying a female wanted for questioning in a residential burglary in the Rhodestown area.
On March 5, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol responded to a residence at the intersection of Rhodestown Road and Hwy 258 for a report of a burglary that occurred in the early morning hours.

 

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After reviewing video surveillance footage, detectives are trying to locate a female who was in the area and may have information about the break-in. The female is described as a light-skinned black female in her late teens to early 20s, with black hair. She was wearing a black hoodie, gray shirt and jeans. She was operating a gray or silver in color Ford Escape with a glass sunroof and luggage racks, unknown license plate.
If you have any information about the female or the vehicle, 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 2019003281 when calling. Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Onslow County man arrested for assaulting his mother

An Onslow County man is in jail for robbing and assaulting his mother.

On February 20, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Kinston Hwy in Richlands for a report of a domestic violence incident. Upon arrival, the victim reported that her son, Matthew Scott Ramsey assaulted her after she didn’t give him money. Ramsey then robbed her at gunpoint of several personal items and threatened her life.

A week prior, Ramsey was arrested for assaulting her, again because she wouldn’t give him money.

Ramsey, 32-years-old of Kinston Hwy. in Richlands, was arrested February 24, 2019 and taken before a magistrate where he was charged with:

  • Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Financial Card Theft
  • Assault on a Female
  • Communicating Threats

Ramsey is currently incarcerated at the Onslow County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond for the robbery and financial card theft charges. He was given no bond for the assault and communicating threat charges.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Lawrence at 910-989-4066, daryl_lawrence@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019 02624 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.

Fraud suspects sought by JPD for numerous accounts across the city and county

(02/25/19)- The Jacksonville Police Department is asking for your help in identifying the men in the attached photographs. There are four photos. They are wanted in the questioning of numerous frauds reported in the City and County.

They were last seen driving an Infinity Q60 two door coupe type vehicle.

If you know the identity of these subjects please contact JPD Detective Jason Lagana at 910-938-6414 or jlagana@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) Please refer to Case 19-1502 when calling or texting about these photos.

Richlands man sentenced to 7 to 9 years on a number of drug related charges

Bradley Wayne Burgess, 28-years-old of Nine Mile Road in Richlands was arrested by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit on November 2, 2017 and charged with:

  • Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Methamphetamine
  • Manufacture Methamphetamine
  • (2) Counts Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Felony Conspiracy
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Today in Onslow County superior court, Burgess was convicted after a two-and-a-half day jury trial and was sentenced to North Carolina Department of Corrections for Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Distribute Schedule II Controlled Substance (Felony); Sell Schedule II Controlled Substance (Felony); Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance (Felony); Habitual Felon (Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor). He was given a prison sentence of a minimum 88 months to a maximum 118 months (7-9 years) by the Honorable Judge Charles Henry.

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

UPDATE: Total of three now charged in break in and theft at a local tobacco shop.

In the early morning hours of January 5, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol responded to 2&1 Vape and Cigar Tobacco Shop located at 5137 Richlands Highway for a business alarm call. Deputies discovered that the store had been broken into and a number of items were stolen.

Upon further investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect through evidence that was left at the scene.

Marc Steven Atteridge, 56-years-old of Huffmantown Road, Richlands was arrested January 15, 2019 for the break-in. Atteridge was taken before the magistrate where he was charged with Felony Breaking and Entering, Felony Safecracking and Felony Conspiracy.

On January 18, 2019, Atteridge’s co-conspirator, Monica Ann Atteridge turned herself in. Monica, 51-years-old of Huffmantown Road in Richlands was taken before the magistrate and charged with:

  • Felony Conspiracy

She was transported to Onslow County Detention Center and given a $15,000 unsecured bond.

On January 21, 2019, the third, and final suspect was located and arrested. Richard Eric Alander Jr. was arrested. Alander, 50-years-old of Holly Shelter Road in Jacksonville was taken before a magistrate and charged with:

  • Felony Breaking and Entering
  • Felony Safecracking
  • Felony Conspiracy

Alander was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center where he is under an $8,000 secured bond, awaiting his first court appearance.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective J. Marshburn at 910-989-4041; jonathan_marshburn@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019000241 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.