McGarry sentenced on second-degree murder

Joey McGarry, age 45 was sentenced to serve a period of incarceration in the N.C. Department of Adult Corrections for a minimum of 22-years and a maximum of 27-years for the second-degree murder of his girlfriend Maria Snook in 2016.

Joey McGarry, age 45 was sentenced Thursday morning to serve a minimum of 22 years and a maximum of 27 years in the N.C. Department of Adult Corrections in Onslow County Superior Court for the August 2016 second-degree murder of his girlfriend Maria Snook on Dawson Cabin Rd. Snook was 33-years-old at the time of the fatal shooting.

McGarry shot Snook in a domestic dispute. At the time in 2016, both the defendant and the victim had multiple charges pending in court for misdemeanor drug related crimes.

McGarry was represented by long-time Defense Attorney, Walter Paramore of Jacksonville.

Assistant District Attorney Kelly Neal, State Prosecutor in the case said domestic relationships are now ending badly and are getting worse. “They’re ending stupidly as well,” Neal said.

 

 

Paramore told the court that McGarry has suffered with mental illness, attempts of self harm, extreme depression and he is not competent enough to go through a full trial due to substantial memory loss. McGarry physical issues along with mental illness, he has vision deterioration in his left eye as well as dealing with hypertension which is age appropriate for the defendant Paramore said.

Paramore said he suggests Joey, “get into the safest place to be evaluated.” He added that he believes based on expert investigative information that McGarry suffers memory loss from excessive alcohol abuse.

The biggest heartbreak is being away from family and also his son, his client Joey McGarry has had very little contact with family so there’s no support, Paramore said. McGarry’s son is about 10-years-old residing with his mother, McGarry’s ex-wife in Connecticut, Paramore said. “I respect his illness and understand he needs treatment, he has physical issues and needs help,” Paramore told the court. The defense attorney continued explanation that he was uncertain that Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center is equipped to handle the needs of his client in his condition.

Paramore said McGarry has a documented history of mental illness that goes back to when his client resided in Connecticut prior to the murder of Maria Snook.

The Honorable Judge Charles H. Henry ordered substance abuse counseling and treatment as a part of the sentencing as well as a full mental health evaluation and treatment. Additionally, Judge Henry ordered close observation of the defendant.

McGarry was given credit for time served in the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

The defendant was sentenced on an Alford Plea which is a method often used in the state of N.C. in cases as this where the client acknowledges the evidence presented by the state is sufficient enough to support a conviction, yet the defendant has given no admission of guilt but agrees to be treated as guilty.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His name was initially withheld pending notification to his family.

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

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

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

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Suspect, Tyquan Skyree Hayes. 

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Sergeant Shawn Marcinowsky at 910-938-6412 or smarcinowsky@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their Identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637. Please refer to case number 19-07964 when calling or texting about this case.

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.

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.

 

 

Jacksonville man Terry Barnes pleaded guilty and sentenced to 14-17 years for the 2016 second-degree murder of his live-in girlfriend Tina Meyer

  On May 21, 2019, Terry Gordon Barnes, age 53 years, pled guilty to second degree murder.  The defendant was sentenced by Judge Charles H. Henry of Onslow County to a minimum of 168 months and a maximum of 214 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction.  The State of North Carolina was represented by Assistant District Attorneys Kelly B. Neal and Precious Harrison-Cobb.  The defendant was represented by Attorney Paul Castle of Jacksonville, North Carolina.

    The evidence shows that on September 19, 2016, Onslow County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Old Maplehurst Road in reference to a shooting. Deputy Mark Hipple responded to the residence and found Tina Marie Meyer unresponsive on the living room floor with an apparent gunshot wound to left chest area.  Deputy Hipple located the defendant, Tina Meyer’s boyfriend of many years, outside the residence in a Ford Explorer and found Addison Riley, Tina Meyer’s step-fahter, inside the residence.  The defendant initially told Deputy Hipple that Mr. Riley had shot Tina Mayer and Mr. Riley indicated that the defendant had been the shooter.  An investigation by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office would ultimately prove the defendant had shot and killed Tina Meyer.

During closing arguments of the April 2019 trial, ADA Kelly Neal argued the facts of forensics only made sense and that Terry Barnes did in fact kill Tina Meyer. Additionally that a verbal confrontation had transpired between the two of them before the rifle was retrieved. ADA Kelly Stated in his arguments it was impossible for an 81-year-old man who uses a walker to stand and walk to have shot Tina Meyer.

ADA Kelly Neal in closing arguments in the April trial

Defense Attorney Paul Castle argued that it did not make sense and that the man responsible for the death of Tina Meyer was her step-father, Mr. Riley. Castle presented demonstration of what he believed to exemplify the scene of the crime that night in his clients defense.

    Detectives learned that these three individuals had been out drinking that night and upon returning from the Globe and Anchor Bar, the defendant went into Mr. Riley’s bedroom and grabbed a .410 shotgun and returned to the living room.  He pointed the weapon at Tina Meyer and shot her in front of Addison Riley.  At the time of the shooting Mr. Riley was seated on a couch in the living room and Tina Meyer was standing in front of him.  The defendant put the weapon back in Mr. Riley’s bedroom and left the residence to sit in his vehicle.  An autopsy performed by Dr. John Almeida revealed that Tina Meyer had been shot in the left chest area with an entrance wound under her left armpit.  He concluded the wound was a fatal wound and that the shot occurred at a distance of three to five feet away from the victim.  

    The defendant was interviewed by Sheriff’s Office detectives and initially blamed Mr. Riley for the incident.  During the interview he eventually admitted to shooting Tina Meyer.  The defendant indicated the three of them had been out drinking and when they returned Tina Meyer was fussing at him.  He went into the bedroom and grabbed Mr. Riley’s shotgun and came back into the living room.  He pointed the gun at Tina Meyer to prove a point to her, thinking the gun was unloaded.  He cocked the weapon, pointed it at Tina Meyer and pulled the trigger, shooting her.  He demonstrated to detectives how he held the gun when he stood in front of the victim and shot her.  He told detectives he had been drinking and that alcohol played a part in what occurred.

    The case was tried as a first degree murder from April 1, 2019 until April 12, 2019 in Onslow County Superior Court.  The trial ended in a mistrial with the jury deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict.  

    DA Ernie Lee stated in a press release, “I commend the work done in this case by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.  The work done by the detectives and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit that night brought Tina Marie Meyer’s killer to justice.  This case was a senseless tragedy where someone lost their life due to a combination of alcohol and the use of a firearm.  Due to the hard work of the Sheriff’s Office, this defendant will serve a minimum of 168 months behind bars.”

 

 

Laurinburg woman shot and died after a Facebook confrontation

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

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

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


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

William Brisson

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

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

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

 

 

Screenshot from William Brisson's Facebook
Screenshot of William Brisson communicating with Facebook friends about him “waiting” [sic] on the now murder victim, Elizabeth to show up.
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Screenshot of a woman who has identified herself as a family member of William Brisson who the night of the shooting was instigating and engaging in the online confrontation as well. Jennifer Wyand is seen here stating in a comment to Elizabeth Pinkston, “I don’t do guns but I got hands!!…” [sic]
SS from William's post
Here in this screenshot, you will see Elizabeth Pinkston (slain victim) responding to Jennifer Wyand (cousin of the shooter) stating in a comment “shit wassup tho, I’ll sling both.. and fuck no, I don’t what’s goin on yall MFs Wildin tho…But hey I’m with it” [sic] Elizabeth Pinkston continued, “Y’all comin at me like a fuckin bitch or sumn shit…tell me what’s REALLY goin on…”
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Comments between Elizabeth and William in regards to an alleged disrespectful post as well as text conversations between what is assumed to be Jennifer and Elizabeth based on the context. Perhaps another person who was a middle man instigator of sorts between all parties involved.
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Here in this SS Elizabeth Pinkston states, “I never once said you using that shit. But JENNIFER did. The only thing that was fucked up on my part was even mentioning shit to her mouthy ass. And you know I know better…y’all were fucked up and it wasn’t weed bitch…miss me with that shit…you and Jeremy both….”

 

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In this SS Jennifer Wyand, cousin of the accused, William Brisson, says “You not going to come for my baby cuzz (cousin) like that and me not say anything to him about it!….” [sic]
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Elizabeth attempted to diffuse the situation and deescalate it by saying “…you wanna settle it lil man just call me… we can be adults or you can keep entertaining MFs and keep this shit goin. Either way is fine with me…” [sic] William states, “Fuck settling shit you got me fucked up fuck you and anybody else wid (with) you (insert middle finger emoji)” [sic]
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Elizabeth attempted to diffuse the situation and deescalate it by saying “…you wanna settle it lil man just call me… we can be adults or you can keep entertaining MFs and keep this shit goin. Either way is fine with me…” [sic] William states, “Fuck settling shit you got me fucked up fuck you and anybody else wid (with) you (insert middle finger emoji)” [sic]
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Below are after the shooting death of Elizabeth Pinkston. img_2251-e1557096856696.png

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

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

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

 

WANTED: Hillsborough- a man accused of a shooting injuring one and an infant was in the vehicle

Hillsborough PD are seeking the public’s help locating 24-year-old Elijah Rashad Dobson for a shooting incident, firing into an occupied car occurred on South Churton Street near the intersection of Cardinal Drive. Officers responded at about 5:30 p.m. and located a victim with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to and remains in an area hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. An infant in the victim’s vehicle was unharmed and has since been returned to her mother. The suspect is known to frequent the Raleigh and Durham areas.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Hillsborough police issued a release seeking information about a shooting incident where a man shot into an occupied vehicle, in southern Hillsborough.

Officers responded at about 5:30 p.m. to the shooting on South Churton Street near the intersection of Cardinal Drive. When officers arrived, they located a victim with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

An infant child that was in the victim’s vehicle at the time of the shooting was unharmed and was placed in the custody of the Orange County Department of Social Services.

The suspect vehicle is believed to be a white or tan Mercedes-Benz sedan.

Wednesday afternoon, Hillsborough police released identification of the suspect in the shooting that occurred yesterday, April 16, in southern Hillsborough.

Police are now seeking the public’s help locating Elijah Rashad Dobson, 24, who was driving a tan or beige 2010 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan with North Carolina license plate HAM-1510.

Dobson is a black male, between 5’6″ and 5’11” tall and weighing about 130lbs. He is known to frequent areas in Durham and Raleigh and should be considered armed and dangerous. No warrants are on file at this time.

Tuesday’s shooting incident involved firing into an occupied car occurred on South Churton Street near the intersection of Cardinal Drive. Officers responded at about 5:30 p.m. and located a victim with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to and remains in an area hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. An infant in the victim’s vehicle was unharmed and has since been returned to her mother.

Elijah Rashad Dobson has one prior felony conviction per the NC Department of Public Safety:

  • 07/17/14- POSSESS WITS SCHEDULE VI with a minimum term of incarceration of 4 months that followed a probation violation and revocation.

Misdemeanor:

  • 06/02/14 OPEN CONTAINER ALCOHOL (20-138.7)

Anyone with information should contact Investigator William Felts at 919-296-9533 or by email.

Anonymous crime tips

Anonymous crime tips can be reported in three ways:

• Calling 919-296-9555.

• Using the See Something Say Something app.

• Using an online form.

 

JPD is asking for public help identifying a man wanted for questioning in a shooting incident

PRESS RELEASE:

SUSPECT SOUGHT (Posted 3/4/2019) – The Jacksonville Police Department is asking for your help to identify the man in the surveillance photographs. He is wanted for questioning in a shooting incident that occurred in the early morning hours of February 24, 2019 on 2/24/2019 in the area of JLD Road. No one was injured in the early morning incident.

Although the quality of the photos is poor, they are provided in the event that someone may recognize the man. There are three photos.

The male is described as a white male approximately 5’8”- 6’ tall. The subject was wearing a white shirt with a black jacket, dark jeans, and black shoes. The subject was driving a white vehicle.

If you know the identity of this subject, please contact JPD Detective Waddell at 910-938-5034 or vwaddell@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information that is determined to be of assistance to law enforcement.

Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Please refer to Case 19-01756 when calling or texting about the photos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continue reading “Driver in the Bingo Hall Murder back in court Tuesday morning for two cases”

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

UPDATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Larry Forrest

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

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

James Williamson

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

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

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

Shooting suspect suicide, Victim showing signs of hope

Early this Saturday morning in a press release the Jacksonville Police Department confirmed the identity of the suspect in the shooting.

Charles Henry Harper Jr., 58 years-old, who has been named as the person of interest and suspect in this Friday afternoon shooting that happened nearby the Aloha nail salon and Dunkin Donuts off of Western Boulevard in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Harper was found unresponsive from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his last known address of 915 Vernon Drive as a search warrant was executed. Harper and Montag had been in a previous romantic relationship, however, at the time of the shooting he was an ex-boyfriend.

This incident left one woman, Mary Susan “Susie” Montag, injured who is now in Greenville North Carolina fighting for her life from the physical damages from the gunshot wounds. Susie has her amazing children Anna and Stephen by her side. Susie is showing miraculous signs of hope this morning from public statements by her daughter Anna,

To say this last day has been mind-blowing would be an understatement. An update I’m holding dear to my heart, my mom responded to a verbal command! She is so strong. Keep praying. I appreciate everyone’s support of her and our family at this time. Please keep sending good vibes our way ❤️ #SusieStrong

Heidi Turner shared this morning in a public social media status that Susie had a good night last night moved her leg this morning, was able to squeeze the doctor’s hand in response to verbal commands, as well as reach up her left hand off the bed towards Heidi. Susie has had good vitals, blood pressure and coloring are all good this morning and Susie is looking beautiful as ever. Now it’s just a matter of waiting to wait for further testing for the level of brain activity.

Harper’s body was found at 915 Vernon Drive after detectives had obtained a search warrant for his last known address. The release stated that Harper was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Harper was the ex-boyfriend of Susie Montag, it is apparent after this incident yesterday that the family had some fear for their own lives as well. Onslow Memorial Hospital has protocol and policy to be on lockdown while the victim was in care for transport said one employee yesterday.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, please protect yourself, first, you have to leave if you are living in the same home, don’t concern with not having the money or a place as many women do, there are resources available to help you on your way. You can begin earning a living once you are out, but you may not if injured severely or killed. Afraid of facing your abuser in court for an ex parte? There’s help for that too, Onslow County has an amazing system set up just for that reason. (NC Courts Onslow County)

The domestic violence system in Onslow County runs in partnership with the Onslow Women’s Center, where victims can file the ex parte applications, the Onlsow County Sheriff’s Office, and Onslow County clerk’s office and District Court. Discussions are being held to add Camp Lejeune as a filing site for military personnel.The domestic violence eFiling process starts and ends at a domestic violence service agency that is separate from the courthouse. The applicant files the petition, is heard by the judge, and receives signed orders and notification regarding service on the defendant all while they are in a secure, remote location. All matters are conducted electronically and through live video feeds with judges, clerks, and sheriff’s deputies, while the victim receives services from the domestic violence agency, such as safety planning, housing, and child care.

The eFiling system saves time and reduces the risk of physical harm to individuals seeking legal protection by eliminating the manual handling of paper filings to the courthouse. Judges can view documents and sign orders quickly and more efficiently. Local law enforcement can access the system and search service documents, forms, and orders online to facilitate faster service. The system will send automated email and text messages to alert the proper parties as specific events occur in the case.

As a survivor of domestic violence, this is something I take very seriously and I encourage anyone, male or female to protect yourself. If it means moving to another town or state, do it. I had to.

There is a gofundme setup to help with the medical and living expenses for Ms. Montag if you would like to contribute. Support for Susie GoFundMe

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact JPD Sergeant Mark Ketchum at 910-938-6412 or mketchum@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-5034.

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

Jacksonville woman transported to Greenville in isolated shooting incident

Shooting Investigation
One injured and transported in afternoon incident.

At approximately 1:50 PM on Friday, October 26, 2018, officers of the Jacksonville Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts, 433A Western Boulevard.

Officers found one victim suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers established a perimeter and began a search of the area to pursue the shooter. The victim, Mary Susan “Susie” Pryor Montag, 52, was transported to a medical facility for treatment of her injuries. The suspect remains at large.

“Detectives have identified a person of interest” said Deputy Chief Ashley Weaver. “We believe this to be an isolated incident.”

“We are in the preliminary stages of this shooting investigation and unable to release any additional information at this time” said Lt. Norman Davis, JPD Investigative Services Division.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact JPD Sergeant Mark Ketchum at 910-938-6412 or mketchum@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-5034.

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

Caitlyn Ridgeway to appear in Superior Court Friday

Caitlyn Ridgeway is set to appear in Onslow County Superior Court Friday, Nov. 1st the DA Office released this morning. Earlier this week, The Onslow Beat received information from a reliable source that Ridgeway is said to be accepting a plea agreement for her part in the in July 2017 homicide of William Clifton.
Earlier this year, in March 2019, Ridgeway’s co-defendant in this homicide William Welch Jr. pleaded guilty to second degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of William Clifton who was age 48.
In a news release issued previously, District Attorney Ernie Lee said Clifton was shot multiple times in Woodlands park in Jacksonville in July 2017.
Welch told detectives originally that he saw Clifton at the park, hugging and kissing the then 18-year-old Caitlyn Ridgeway, who was reportedly in a relationship with Clifton.
This is said and believed to be when Welch attacked Clifton.
The autopsy report revealed that Clifton was shot five times as well as suffered from attempted strangulation with a linear abrasion around his neck and a laceration on top of his head and scalp.
William Clifton FB Photo