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,,

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,, 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,, 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,, 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, 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 with information and reference case #18-2926.

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.

Halloween Safety Tips Onslow County 2018

The Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller released in a press release today, 2018 Halloween safety tips and hours for 10/31/18.


From Sheriff Hans Miller:

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018 between the hours of 5:00-pm – 8:30pm, our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins, and witches trick-or-treating this Halloween. “Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common-sense practices can keep events safer and more fun,” said Sheriff Miller of Onslow County.

The Sheriff reminds all Onslow County residents to follow these safety tips:
• Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
• Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
• Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
• At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
• Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
• Check the sex offender registry at when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route. You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby.
• Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children’s companions.
• Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group.
• Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
• Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.
• Establish a return time.
• Tell your youngsters not to eat any treats until they return home.
• Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
• All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
• Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address, and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.

Costume Design:
• Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
• Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.
• Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.
• Make sure that shoes fit well to prevent trips and falls.
• If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of reflective tape should be used to make children visible.

Face Design:
• Do not use masks as they can obstruct a child’s vision. Use facial make-up instead.
• When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled “Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives,” “Laboratory Tested,” “Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics,” or “Non-Toxic.” Follow manufacturer’s instruction for application.
• If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.

• Knives, swords, and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
• Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.
• Carrying flashlights with fresh batteries will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

While Trick-or-Treating:
• Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
• Walk; do not run, from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
• Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
• Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic, if there are no sidewalks.

• Give children an early meal before going out.
• Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
• Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces.
• Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped or has a strange odor, color, or texture.

• Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
• Remove obstacles from lawns, steps, and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
• Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from curtains, decorations, and other combustibles that could catch fire.
• Do not leave your house unattended.

“Halloween is a fun time in Onslow County,” Sheriff Miller concluded, “but let’s make it a safe time as well. The major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes.”
Sheriff Hans Miller states that trick-or-treat times will be between the hours of 5:00-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. He encourages everyone to have fun but be safe!