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 man arrested after driving on the wrong side of the road in a high speed chase

A man has been arrested after driving on the wrong side of a highway at a high rate of speed.

At around 4:00 AM on Sunday, April 7, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Patrol responded to the area of Piney Green Road and Freedom Highway for a report that a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the road.

Deputy M. Dixon witnessed the vehicle in the area of Northeast Creek Bridge driving eastbound in the westbound lanes. His speed was estimated to be in excess of 80mph.

At one point, the driver slowed down and attempted to strike the deputy’s vehicle with his own. Deputy Dixon attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop, increasing his speed. Several deputies joined in the pursuit, where the driver entered Swansboro at an estimated speed of 100mph, still driving on the wrong side of the highway.

Swansboro Police joined the pursuit as it entered Swansboro. The chase continued into Carteret County, where Carteret County Sheriff’s Office engaged in the pursuit and Onslow County Deputies terminated their participation.

Carteret County Sheriff Deputies deployed stop sticks in the Morehead City area, where the suspect was eventually stopped. The driver, Trevor Tyrode Wallace, was arrested and transported back to Onslow County.

Wallace, 20-years-old of Edgefield Drive in Summerville, NC was arrested and charged with:

  • (2) Counts Assault With a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official – Felony
  • (3) Counts Flee to Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle- Felony
  • (1) Count Assault With a Deadly Weapon – Felony
  • (2) Counts Reckless Driving Wanton Disregard for Public Safety – Misdemeanor
  • (1) Count Reckless Driving to Endanger – Misdemeanor
  • (1) Count Aggressive Driving – Misdemeanor
  • (3) Counts Speeding/Exceeding Safe Speed – Misdemeanor
  • (1) Count Driving Wrong Way on Interstate – Misdemeanor
  • (1) Count Fail to Heed Light or Siren – Misdemeanor

Wallace is in the Onslow County Detention Center under an $80,500 secured bond on both Onslow and Carteret County charges until his first court appearance April 10, 2019.

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 2019005137 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 One year op busts down 17 in “Operation Nightmare Before Christmas”

NEWS RELEASE

OPERATION “NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS”

On Friday, December 21, 2018, members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit conducted “Operation Nightmare Before Christmas.” This operation was the result of nearly a one-year operation targeting subjects in and around Onslow County that are possessing, using, and distributing narcotics such as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and narcotics-based prescription pills.

This operation was conducted with the help of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Camp Lejeune Field Office, North Carolina Adult Probation & Parole Jacksonville Field Office and internal divisions within the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad, Uniform Patrol Division, Crime reduction Team-2, Training Division, and Detective Division.

Operation Nightmare Before Christmas sought (27) targets on a wide variety of criminal charges. During this operation the following results were documented:

(17) targets located and taken into custody

(3) targets located in custody of the North Carolina prison system on unrelated criminal offenses

(1) target unrelated to this operation arrested as a probation absconder

(1) target unrelated to this operation arrested on (5) outstanding felony & misdemeanor charges

The Drug Enforcement Unit opened (4) new criminal investigations, seizing the following;

(4.3) grams of crack cocaine

(6) grams of powder cocaine

(1) Gram of Marijuana

(6.5) dosage units of Xanax pills

(13) dosage units of Alprazolam

(4) dosage units of Hydrocodone pills

(26) grams of heroin

Update on Hurricane Florence – Important Info and Phone Numbers from Sen. Thom Tillis this week.

Friends and Neighbors,

Parts of North Carolina are seeing an unprecedented amount of rainfall that is causing extremely dangerous situations. Please continue to listen to emergency officials and take the necessary steps to keep you and your family safe. North Carolina has already been granted a
Major Disaster Declaration
and
Public Health Emergency Declaration
to streamline recovery and rescue efforts, and I will continue to ensure we have the resources needed to rebuild from Hurricane Florence.

Important Resources

Instructions on how to plan and prepare for severe weather as well as access to real-time weather, flooding, traffic and shelter information can be found at
ReadyNC.org
.

For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.

For a toll-free hotline to speak with a trained specialist, call 211. They can provide you information on shelters, evacuation routes, storm clean-up, volunteer needs, and locating food and water. The service is available 24/7.

For road closures, call 511.

For Coast Guard search and rescue, call 1-757-398-6700.

For help finding fuel/gas, visit
gasbuddy.com
or download the app.

For shelter locations, visit
redcross.org
or ca

ll 888-892-1162.

For volunteer opportunities, visit
nvoad.org
.

Veteran Hurricane Hotline Number: 1-800-507-4571

Veteran Pharmacy Customer Care: 1- 866-400-1243

*If you have trouble contacting emergency officials, my staff can be reached at (704) 589-7493.

Imp
ortant Information

Power Outages

Customers may also report an outage or view current outages using the
online outage map
.

Duke Energy also will provide updates on
Twitter
and
Facebook
to keep customers informed if significant outages occur.

Crews will work as fast as possible to restore power. Please call your local power company for more information (See below).

Post-Storm Resources

Below is some important information as North Carolina begins recovering from Hurricane Florence. Please know my office will be there every step of the way.

NC Department of Agriculture Disaster Information

FEMA Helping Pets

FEMA Public Assistance Fact Sheet

FEMA Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage

NFIP Call Center Fact Sheet

NFIP Fact Sheet found

NFIP Advance Payments Under Standard Flood Insurance Policies found

Current list of Road Closures

How To Apply For Aid

Apply online at
http://www.disasterassistance.gov
. Constituents may call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

FEMA has an app for constituents to upload pictures in order to document damage, apply for assistance, learn about the process, locate nearby shelters and local assistance in addition to numerous links and documents to help with preparedness, emergency relief and clean up/removal.

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Stay safe.

MISSING TEEN: Swansboro, NC needs medication on a stable regime.

RELEASE DATE: 9/4/2018

NEWS RELEASE

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit is asking for the public’s help locating a missing teen.

On September 3, 2018, deputies responded to a residence on Peninsula Manor Road in Hubert for a report that Rebeka Nicole Montoya was missing. Miss Montoya left the residence that morning at approximately 9:00am and hasn’t been heard from since. Rebecca has medical issues which require medication. Her mother Elizabeth Burns stated in a plea urging people to help, “This is my daughter. She is in need of her meds it can be life or death if she isn’t back on them ASAP she hasn’t had them since Saturday.”

Rebeka is an 18-year-old white female listed as approximately 5’4 in height, 149 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black blouse with red lips on the front, pink and gray leggings and black and pink Jordan sneakers. Later the same day, she was seen at the Food Lion in Hubert, NC getting into a red SUV (shown below) occupied by two white males, one with long hair.

If you see Rebeka, or have information of her whereabouts, please contact the Special Victims’ Unit at 910-455-3113, or Lt. Foy at linwood_foy@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018014948 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.