Onslow County blogger convicted in cyberstalking trial Monday

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 in Onslow County district court Gerald Dewayne Jackson, age 23, owner of a blog formerly known as “News in Onslow” and a recent name change to “The North Carolina Beat”, was found guilty in a cyberstalking case against a Jacksonville man, his wife. This man and his family have experienced attacks online via live streams on social media networks with false allegations, conflicting reports and malicious intent, ongoing since February 2018.

Not only was Jackson found guilty in the one count of cyberstalking in a matter of Jason Byron Shupe and one count of cyberstalking to his wife, Christy Shupe, but he is also now onto his 5th district court conviction for Internet-related crimes in Onslow County within the last two years.

Three of the five cases have been sent to appeal where he pleaded guilty to one Cheryl Denise Ramsey, dated appeal conviction in Onslow County Superior Court back in Jan. 2018. Further awaiting an appeal hearing in court on a second trial pending date with the owner of The Onslow Beat, Melissa Oakley for an Onslow County District Court conviction of cyberstalking from Sept. 2018. Other related computer charges extend back to a 2016 conviction of computer trespassing with Michael and Lisa Claiborne, Pastors of New River Church in Onslow County.

Video evidence of footage that Jackson shared over social media earlier this year via Facebook lead the judge and ADA Caroline E. Wayhoff to the conviction of the case.

Jackson pleaded not guilty on all counts in Monday’s appearance, yet was found guilty by the Honorable Judge William B. Sutton. The initial cyberbullying charge with their minor child was dismissed as the judge felt the statute did not align with the findings of evidence during the trial in that matter. This charge is partially unrelated to the Oct. 2018 arrest where Jackson was charged with cyberbullying a minor child after an investigation by Onslow County Sheriff’s Dept.

Mr.Shupe was awarded a one year no contact order, effective for one year, in addition to the conviction on Monday in court without a request to the court. The judge found it was applicable to do such allocation during the conditions of the sentencing.

State Prosecutor presiding, ADA Caroline Wayhoff rendered a fire starter for a closing statement that implied and stated to the court that, “Mr. Jackson feels everything is a joke, but the only thing that’s a joke is him.” “Everything Gerald Jackson says in the 22-minute video isn’t about Mr. Shupe, it’s about him. Gerald Jackson is a manipulator….” Wayhoff’s chilling closing statement pushed the card of justice hard on behalf of the state’s witnesses. Not only justice prevailed in court for this family, but a sense of vindication.

Jackson was given a suspended sentence of 90 days, supervised probation and ordered to pay fines and court costs.

Judge Sutton warned Jackson again, “you’re getting there, I’ve warned you before….” implying that if Jackson doesn’t redirect his behavior online, he can face jail time if obtaining additional convictions.

Jackson was represented by Attorney Samuel S. Popkins.

Jackson is known in headlines from past criminal history since age 18, for false bomb threats to Onslow County Schools, hospital, gas stations and local restaurants in 2014, according to JD News reports from Apr. 2014. “The threats, which were called in from Feb. 24 through April 4 to multiple schools, a Walmart, a gas station and Onslow Memorial Hospital, cost the sheriff’s office more than $240,000 to investigate, according to Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown.” (JD News)

During the time of the false bomb threats, Jackson was only 18 years old and reportedly “working through frustrations in his life”, through the threats.

Court documents expose the timeline and detail of the calls for which Jackson was convicted, all of which took place in 2014:

  • 2:03 p.m. Feb. 24 — to Southwest High School
  • 3:01 p.m. Feb. 24 — to Southwest Middle School
  • 10:42 a.m. Feb. 25 — to Blue Creek Elementary School
  • 10:41 a.m. Feb. 28 — to Southwest High School
  • 7:18 a.m. March 31 — to Blue Creek Elementary School
  • 8:52 a.m. March 31 — to Southwest High School
  • 9 a.m. March 31 — to Southwest Elementary School
  • 2:23 a.m. April 3 — to Wilco Hess gas station on N.C. 53
  • 5:02 a.m. April 4 — to Hand Mart on U.S. 258
  • 5:06 a.m. April 4 — to Scotchman gas station on N.C. 53
  • 5:19 a.m. April 4 — to Hardee’s restaurant on U.S. 258
  • 5:20 a.m. April 4 — to Waffle House on U.S. 258
  • 5:28 a.m. April 4 — to Friendly Mart on U.S. 258
  • 5:05 a.m. April 4 — to Circle K gas station on U.S. 17
  • 6:52 a.m. April 4 — to Southwest High School
    (JD News, 2015)

For more in-depth on the nature and context of the calls during the 2014 false bomb threat terror of Onslow County: Dialogue used in bomb threats.   (JD News)

Read more on the NC G.S. for cyberstalking and the statistics for how the law applies in cases like this: NC G.S.14-196.3

Cyberstalking is a growing issue across the country with the driving force of social media networks. The Bill entered legislation in NC to become a law prohibiting such actions and deeming so as criminal in April 1999 and became effective December of 1999 as law.

In August 2018, ThoughtCo.com reported, “National figures show victims of cyberstalking tend to be females during the college ages 18-29 but women are not the only targets. A survey of 765 students at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania found 45% of stalkers to be female and 56% to be male. National figures show most stalkers to be male by overwhelming margins (87%). Men represented over 40% of stalking victims in the Penn-Rutgers study.”

In one case, criminal behavior characteristics are similar in part, where a former journalist, Juan Thompson was sentenced in 2017 to 60 months in jail for pleading guilty to cyberstalking and making fake bomb threats against Jewish community centers along with other organizations in the months of January and February of 2017.

Thompson made these threats in his ex-girlfriends name, Francesca Rossi, who was an NYC social worker. Thompson’s actions were a part of a revenge campaign against Rossi, according to the FBI.

Thompson began the abuse to Rossi around the time he was fired from the Intercept as a reporter for fabricating sources.

More on Juan Thompson. (RiverfrontTimes)

Man wanted for passing counterfeit bills in Richlands


Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and Richlands Police Department are asking for the public’s help identifying a male wanted for passing counterfeit bills.

On December 6, 2018 at approximately 2:00 pm, deputies responded to Walmart in Richlands for a report of counterfeit money being passed. Investigation shows that the suspect also passed counterfeit hundred-dollar bills at the Family Dollar and Dollar General inside the city limits of Richlands.

The suspect is described as a black male estimated to be in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5’11 to 6’1 in height, with weight estimated to be 180-190 lbs. He appears to have a short beard and was wearing dark pants, a dark colored hoodie and black sneakers at the time. He was seen driving a silver hatchback vehicle, possibly a Hyundai, unknown tag.

Anyone with information about this incident or who can identify the man shown, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Gibbs at 910-989-4059, michael_gibbs@onslowcountync.gov,

or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018019585 when calling. You may also contact Officer Tollefsrud at Richlands Police Department at 910-324-5777.

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 again with child crimes the second time this year


For the second time in less than 6 months, a Hubert man has been arrested for indecent liberties on a child.

Edward Joseph Hornbeck Jr. was arrested by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit August 21, 2018 for exposing himself and having inappropriate interaction with a juvenile under the age of 12. Since that time, Swansboro Police Department detectives contacted the Special Victims Unit stating that another incident involving Hornbeck had come forward that occurred in Onslow County. Special Victims Unit detectives investigated that incident and additional charges were obtained.

The investigation revealed that Hornbeck exposed himself and had inappropriate contact with a child, this time under the age of 5. Hornbeck, 69-years-old of Villa Park Drive in Hubert was arrested December 10, 2018 and charged with:

  • Felony Indecent Exposure
  • Misdemeanor Indecent Exposure
  • Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child

Hornbeck was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for December 11, 2018.

Anyone with information about these incidences may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Albano at 910-989-4073, heather_albano@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018014788 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 woman charged after accused assault on six year old stepdaughter

Jacksonville, NC woman charged with numerous felonious child abuse and drug charges after strangulation of her minor six-year-old stepdaughter caused serious physical injury.

Onslow Co. Sheriff’s Department has charged a woman based on accusations of strangulation of her minor step-daughter who is only six-years-old. The child has suffered substantial physical injury from the incident of assault, leaving her to spend nine days in the hospital from Nov. 27th until Dec. 5th.img_5493

During the search of the woman post-arrest, deputies found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

This Jacksonville woman has been arrested for felony child abuse as well as a number of drug-related charges. Booth appears to be the spouse of a Marine stationed locally. Booth also has several mentions of protecting women’s rights and has vocalized a stance against domestic violence on social media yet we find it fair to believe a contrary reality with the given investigation and charges brought from that.

On November 27, 2018, detectives with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit received a report of suspected child abuse of a 6-year-old. The child appeared to have significant injuries on the body requiring medical treatment.

On December 5, 2018, Shoshannah Scarlett-Booth was arrested after the investigation revealed she was the perpetrator. Scarlett-Booth, 38-years-old of Sky Blue Lane in Jacksonville was taken before a magistrate and charged with:

  • Felony Intentional Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Injury
  • Felony Assault by Strangulation

Upon search of Scarlett-Booth during the booking process, several illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were located. She was given additional charges of:

  • Felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule IV Controlled Substance
  • (3) Counts Trafficking Opium and/or Heroin-Felony
  • (2) Counts Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance-Felony
  • Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Scarlett-Booth is currently detained in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $132,000 secured bond.

DSS (Department of Social Services) is involved to ensure safety and custody placement of the child based on her needs.

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 2018019211 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers a 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.



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Hard hitting performers at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, four Marine veteran, songwriters will be sharing their songs and the stories behind them at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. It is open to the public with free admission, 18 years-old and up. This is an awesome opportunity to see some amazing, established and rising talent .

A big part of this night is the back story of the key players.

Nick Nichols is a retired Marine veteran of 25 years. After retiring Nick became the owner of Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. Nick has become one of the most prominent facilitators of the music scene in Eastern, NC. Although, music is a major part of what Nick searches out on his weekend rides through the area, Nick has established a community of artist, venue owners, fans of life, and people looking for a guaranteed great time. Nick is far more than just a promoter. He has given back to the area that he calls home, organizing multiple events throughout the years benefiting the people, the area, and the life of Coastal Carolina. Nick has gathered four songwriters who have been connected via military service.

Nick Nichols

Mike Corrado, an active duty Marine and Iraq veteran has been a well known name in Eastern, NC for quite a while. From the heights of national radio airplay to performing with Toby Kieth at the Country Music Awards, Mike continues to perform, amaze and support the local area, performing recently for support efforts from Hurricane Florence. Mike has released several albums, videos, all to which have received national attention.

Mike Corrado

Anderson Elswick, an active duty Marine and veteran of Freedom Sentinel, is a fast rising voice in country music. With a traditional, soulful sound, and a social media presence that has garnered over 150 thousand views, Anderson has earned the opportunities to open for David Allan Coe and Shenandoah, as well as playing in the famous Talladega Raceway infield. A Kentucky man raised with a sense of community, Anderson has recently performed locally in support of Hurricane Florence relief efforts. Anderson has just released an acoustic EP, The Big Rock Sessions.

Anderson Elswick

JP Guhns is an active duty Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan . Although in the first year of attacking a life long dream, JP has worked his way to being a finalist in the 2017 USAA Mission: Music competition, opening for Pat Cooper, and sharing his original music in cities like New Orleans and Nashville. JP performed at this years Oktoberfest and continues to play locally with his band. JP is set to release his first EP, in the spring of 2019, through Grunt Tunes Records.

JP Guhns

Matt Bowlin, is a Marine veteran and one of Eastern Carolina’s own. Known throughout the area for his music, his art, and his bigger then life personality, what can’t be left out is his support for the local scene and community. Matt has committed his life to sharing with people a positive energy through acting, writing and performing . A former TV actor , Matt can be found at any moment fundraising for a local school, picking a tune for a friendly crowd , or infusing a vibe into a piece of art. Matt has released several songs on all social media platforms.

Matt Bowlin

Sometimes things just fall in place, and the opportunity to see four gifted songwriters, with a mile long list of life moments, perform under one roof, is one of those times you shouldn’t miss.

Contributing credits: JP Guhns

UPDATE FOUND SAFE!! Missing teen out of Spindale, NC #BriannaBradley

Missing Person: UPDATE FOUND SAFE and home with family.

Brianna Bradley

Spindale Police currently investigating a missing person case.

Missing: Brianna Bradley, 18 y.o. of Farmside Dr. Forest City, NC

Brianna Bradley

Last seen: ICC Foundation Building, 286 ICC Loop Rd. Spindale, NC. 12/4/2018

Last seen wearing pink pants and a grey jacket, her hair was in a bun style and wearing fake black-framed glasses. She left on foot unknown direction of travel.

Brianna’s mother expressed great concern over social media that she has some medical history giving higher concern than that of most missing persons reports over the age of 18 which is the legal adult age in the state of NC.

Brianna Bradley

Anyone with information is urged to please contact Spindale police department immediately at 286-3464 or call Rutherford County Comm. Center at 286-2911.

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


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.


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.

Richlands man arrested for statutory rape of 13 year-old


This morning the Onslow County Sheriffs Office shared in a press release the arrest of a Richland’s man for statutory rape of a 13 year-old female child.

On September 26, 2018, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit received information from West Virginia State Police that a sex offense on a minor had occurred in Onslow County during July 2018. The victim, a 13-year-old female, was raped while visiting relatives in Onslow County.

The perpetrator, Donald Richard Markl, was a family member of the victim. Once the investigation concluded, Markl was arrested November 30, 2018 without incident. Markl is 45-years-old and resides on Chappell Creek Ct. in Richlands.

Markl was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center, where he is being held under a $500,000 secured bond. He has his first court appearance on December 3, 2018.nyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Albano at 910-989-4073, Heather_albano@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018016066 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.

Tsunami Warning issued after 7.0 Quake shakes Alaska today

The U.S Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert stating: “A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE COOK INLET AREA AND SOUTHERN KENAI PENINSULA IN ALASKA – Event details: Preliminary magnitude 7.0 (Mwp) earthquake / Lat: 61.300, Lon: -149.900 at 2018-11-30T17:29:28 UTC Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is expected or occurring. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents are possible and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.”

A major 7.0 earthquake shook Anchorage, Alaska, Friday morning that prompted this tsunami warning.

The U.S. Geological Survey preliminary report received by The Onslow Beat said the earthquake was a 7 magnitude tremor struck about 10 miles north of Anchorage at 8:29 a.m. local time (12:29 p.m. EST) Friday morning. Social media images across various networks and videos showed cracked and collapsed roads, as well as cracks in the walls of buildings. In other more recent updated reports, U.S. Geological Survey said it was a 6.7 magnitude earthquake and then reduced that to 6.6 with most recent conflicting reports being back to a 6.7. (U.S.GS)

Below are a few of many videos and photos that have been shared across social media networks of the moments after the earthquake.


It hasn’t been clear if there were any injuries as of yet.

Shortly after the temblor, the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for areas near the epicenter and urged residents to seek higher ground. The warning did not extend to other parts of the U.S. West Coast or Hawaii.

The tsunami warning has now been canceled.

OCSO is asking for the public to help identify break in suspect in Jacksonville NC


Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating an individual wanted for questioning in several vehicle break-ins.

On November 23, 2018, deputies responded to a residence on Stepping Stone Trail in the Rocky Run area of Jacksonville for a report that vehicles had been broken into. Video surveillance captured images of the suspect during the break ins.

The suspect is a thin black male with shoulder-length dreadlocks. He appears to be in his 20s and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black sneakers. He was seen getting into a white, 4-door car with black rims.

If you know his identity, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Gibbs at

michael_gibbs@onslowcountync.gov, 910-989-4059 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018018860 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.

Aubrey Joelle Acree FOUND ALIVE AND SAFE in Oklahoma and one man arrested

Aubrey has been missing out of Rutherford Co. NC since Sunday.  Reports of surveillance footage showed a white Subaru hatchback to be the suspected vehicle after a silver alert was issued for Acree.
The FBI and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office found Acree safe and alive in Checotah, Oklahoma just before 11p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Troopers with the OK Highway Patrol and special agenstand task force officers with FBI Oklahoma City Field Office found Aubrey and arrested 23 year-old Jacob Gardea of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gardea is facing charges in the state of North Carolina for child abduction. Additional charges could be pending.


Aubrey Joelle Acree


Investigative work by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the SBI, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the National Center fcor Missing and Exploited Children, and the Norht Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles led to the exact identity of the vehicle of interest. Additional investigative work aided in pinpointing the location of the vehicle and additional law enforcement partners through other states were deployed to  assist in the successful recovery of the victim more than 900 miles away from her natural home.


Jacob Gardea


Aubrey’s family has been notified and arrangements will be made in the near future to return her home to her loved ones in North Carolina. This investigation is still ongoing.

Law enforcement is grateful to a keen eyewitness who helped begin the investigation with a strong lead that gives us all this joyous and relieving outcome tonight.

Will share more details as they come available.




The vehicle was involved in a pursuit with the Charlotte Mecklenburg police department and crashed on I-77 northbound at Remount Road. The child is safe and in custody of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

If you are in or traveling to or from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, please be advised that this area may be heavily congested and shut down for some time until this matter is resolved in the area is cleared.

Maurice Knox has been arrested and in custody of CMPD.

Original story:



License plate:DBL4139
License state:NC

She was last seen northbound from 2079 E Hudson Blvd. Possibly traveling to 2734 Wingate Ave, Charlotte, NC.

An AMBER alert has been issued for a 3-year-old girl.

The Gastonia Police Department in North Carolina issued the alert for Destiny Boykins.

Police say there is believed to be one abductor, 57-year-old Maurice Knox. He was last seen wearing black rim glasses, a red long sleeve shirt, red pants, and red shoes.

Destiny Boykins is a 3-year-old Black female, approximately 3 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds. She has black hair, and brown eyes. Last seen wearing lavender top with dots and pink trim around the neck and purple pajama pants with animal pictures and pink socks.
Allegedly, there is 1 abductor: Maurice Knox. Maurice Knox is described as 57 years old, Black, male, 6 feet 1 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Maurice Knox is believed to be a parent or caregiver (person known to the child) from information received by The Onslow Beat this morning.

According to GPD, Boykins was abducted from an apartment on E. Hudson Blvd.

The suspected transport vehicle is a black 2012 Honda Accord with North Carolina plate, licence tag number PJF-2122. The vehicle was last seen traveling north on E Hudson Blvd, possibly traveling toward Charlotte.

If you have information regarding this abduction, see this child or the abductor, call the Gastonia Police Department immediately at (704) 866-6702, (704) 430-6598, or call 911!!

Bringing the budget back with Brandless

With the holiday season upon us, many are looking for ways to squeeze more juice from the lemon and by lemon I mean wallet. I’ve discovered an online grocery shopping store that has items at $3 each and best of all, ORGANIC! Check it out.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays drawing near, most families are readjusting budgets and planning financially for the holiday cheer or a getaway from the “bah humbug” people in your life.

This holds merit especially when we have many people who are not yet recovered from Hurricane Florence and willing to try cutting corners to spare the wallet while still purchasing necessary goods for daily life. There are even some special cases like myself where income and jobs lost altogether or temporarily until damages are rectified meanwhile having a lifestyle that requires more.

So, I have been on a search for ways to cut the costs of necessary items but not cut the items. (Totally not unrealistic! I’m a big binder hauling, super couponing Mama just getting her mojo back!) Anyway, no big binder needed so don’t run away! Keep reading.

I will utilize online shopping needs when it works out better than the cost of fuel in my lovely SUVs fuel, time, energy and schedule efforts to purchase “land based.” Oh, and I get to avoid humans in crowded stores during FLU season. #Winning

I’m a Groupon lover! Groupon for cheap getaways, baecation (hip lingo for quick getaway with your someone special aka babe or formally known as “bae”…. Not so endearing to technical measure but anyway.), concert tickets, supplements, massages, restaurant deals, and etcetera.

Recently on Groupon I have stumbled upon a really affordable, trend worthy product site called Brandless and of course there was a super amazing Groupon deal! $20 purchase for TWO Groupon vouchers that are valued for $40 worth of product each.

What does Brandless have? Gluten free, vegan friendly, organic snacks and foods with a good majority priced at $3! Yes, just $3! Hold on, there’s more to save your moolah! They have household cleaners, body and hygiene products, cosmetic goods, and household items. FREE shipping if you are a member of B.More and that’s $36 annual membership cost or $5 flat shipping fee for all orders. Can’t beat it! I’m not a member just yet but something qualified my order for free shipping! I think it’s because it’s an order over $40.

But seriously, I’m excited to get our first shipment and I will update with photos once arrived. If you want to check it out for yourself, get started BRANDLESS. For the Groupon offer to go with: $20 for $40 Towards Everyday Essentials at Brandless. I managed to puchase 14 items for $20.50 with this offer.  Items ordered range from scented foaming hand soap, toilet tissue (2ply-6ct), sour gummy worms, sea salt popcorn, organic coconut oil (10oz), body scrub, bath gel and a variety of household cleaners.

ALERT: Phone scams in Onslow


NOVEMBER 1, 2018



During the last week of October 2018, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has received reports about a telephone SCAM that some Onslow County citizens have received. Sheriff Miller & 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. A prior news release was made).

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.

FOR the people, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. Serving with Honor & Integrity.”

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.

Counterfeit cash customer attempt in Holly Ridge.

Holly Ridge PD release:

On Wednesday, 10/31/2018, a white male attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at the Speedway in Holly Ridge. The male then left the store in an unknown direction. If you recognize the white male subject wearing the dark colored shirt and yellow traffic safety vest and driving a light colored SUV with a cargo holder on top contact the Holly Ridge Police department at 910-329-4076. You can also email Captain Richards at erichards@hollyridgepd.net with information and reference case #18-2926.

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