January 2011 Press Releases

david lee moree
David Lee Moree

On January 28, 2011 at approximately 3:52 p.m., the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a breaking and entering at a residence on Clarendon Avenue in Bath, NC.  Deputies responded and began an investigation.  Criminal Investigators were called to the scene to collect evidence while Deputies spoke with members of the community.  While Deputies were in the area they learned that a residence on South Robin Lane had also been broken into.

            At approximately 10:00 p.m., members of the Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a suspect’s residence on North Robin Lane in Bath.  A safe and other items stolen from the two residences were recovered.  On January 29th, Sgt. Jeremy Hewitt applied for and obtained warrants charging David Lee Moree, age 28, of North Robin Lane in Bath with two counts of Felony Breaking and Entering, two counts of Felony Larceny, Safecracking, and Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.  Moree was arrested later on January 29th and held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $40,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Holmes.  Jewelry stolen from one of the residences was recovered from a local pawn shop.  The investigation is on-going to determine if Moree may be involved in other break-ins in the area.

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                                  alyssha rae brown                                    paul mcdonald byrd                                 
                           Alyssha Rae Brown                                        Paul McDonald Byrd                    

On January 24, 2011, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit served arrest warrants on Alyssha Rae Brown, 33 years of age, of 82 South Trails End in Washington and Paul McDonald Byrd, 38 years of age of 82 South Trails End in Washington.  Brown was charged with Trafficking in Opium.  Byrd was charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana.

  There arrest stemmed from Investigators making a purchase of prescription pain pills from Brown and purchases of marijuana from Byrd.

Brown was confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $10,800.00 secured bond.  Byrd was confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $5,500.00 secured bond. 

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                     oscar gonzalez                                      alberto salazar                
  Oscar Gonzalez                                       Alberto Salazar

On January 14, 2011, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit and Agents with Alcohol Law Enforcement arrested Oscar Gonzalez, 40 years of age, of 112 Carrow Drive in Washington and Alberto Salazar, 21 years of age, of 103 Sandy Lane in Washington.  They were charged with Possessing and Manufacturing Fraudulent Identification, Selling False Drivers License and Trafficking Stolen Identities.

There arrest stemmed from Investigators making purchases of fraudulent identifications from Salazar and Gonzalez.    During the purchases Investigators learned the fraudulent identifications were being manufactured at 112 Carrow Drive in Washington.  Investigators executed a Search Warrant and seized computers, printers and laminating machines that were being used to manufacture fraudulent identifications.

Salazar and Gonzalez were confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $21,000.00 secured bond.

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james earl moore
James Earl Moore

On January 11, 2011, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit served an arrest warrant on James Earl Moore, 43 years of age, of Jack Street in Washington.  Moore was charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Moore’s arrest stemmed from Investigators making a purchase of crack cocaine from Moore.  Moore was confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $25,000.00 secured bond.

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Sale cancelled due to satisfaction of judgement

NOTICE OF EXECUTION SALE OF REAL PROPERTY

Sale cancelled due to satisfaction of judgement

NOTICE OF EXECUTION SALE OF REAL PROPERTY

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                                                                                      SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION

COUNTY OF PITT                                                                                                             10CVD1173

 

 

WILCOHESS, LLC.

          VS                                                                                         

JAMIE L. ADAMS

           AND

ADAMS BROTHERS PAINTING, INC.

BY  virtue of a judgment and execution issued to Beaufort County by the Clerk of Court of Pitt on November 19, 2010, a sale of real property will be conducted.  On Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm the Sheriff of Beaufort County will offer for sale “AS IS, WHERE IS” to the highest bidder for cash whatever right , title and interest the judgment debtor owns or may own in that certain tract of land lying and being in Long Acre Township, Beaufort County, North Carolina the following:

                ****     See Book 1176, Page 814 of the Beaufort County Registry and Beaufort County Tax PIN Number  5685-92-5697 and being all of Lot         Sixty-two (62) as shown on map prepared by Woodlief & Associates, P.A., dated  July 27, 1989, entitled, “Map of Survey for Magnolia Shores, Phase  III,” recorded in Plat Cabinet E, Slide 12-1 of the Beaufort County Register of Deeds Office.    ****   

There will be a ten (10) day upset bid period following the sale as required by law.   No sale is finale until confirmed by the Pitt County Clerk of Court.

This the 24th day of January, 2011.

R. Alan Jordan, Sheriff

Sale cancelled due to satisfaction of judgement

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steven jay almond
Steven Jay Almond

On August 31, 2010, the Washington Police Department discovered that Steven Almond, a sex offender, was no longer living at his registered address in Washington, North Carolina. The case was transferred to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s for further investigation.   The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation and conducted multiple interviews.  As a result of the investigation, Investigator Rob Voliva applied for and obtained a warrant charging Steven Jay Almond, age 30, formerly of the Zion Shelter in Washington with one(1) count of Failure to Register Address Change as a Sex Offender. 

            Almond is still at large. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steven Almond, please call the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at (252)946-7111 or Beaufort County Crime Stoppers at (252)974-6400.  Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to his arrest.  Callers do not have to give their name to receive a reward.

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lisa corey selfridge
Lisa Corey Selfridge

On January 4, 2011, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Breaking and Entering and Larceny that occurred at a residence on Jackson Swamp Road in Bath, North Carolina.  The victim reported several X-Box video games were stolen from the residence.   The Sheriff's Office began an investigation, collected evidence, and conducted interviews.  The stolen property was recovered at a video gaming business in Washington, North Carolina.

    As a result of the investigation, Investigator Rob Voliva applied for and obtained a warrant charging Lisa Corey Selfridge, age 43, of Jackson Swamp Road in Bath with one(1) count of  Felony Breaking and Entering, one(1) count of Felony Larceny, and one(1) count of Obtaining Property By False Pretense.  Selfridge turned herself in on January 13th and was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $1,000 secured bond set by Magistrate Curtis.  

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timothy scott richard
Timothy Scott Richard

On September 23, 2010, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a larceny that occurred on Corsica Road in Washington, NC.  A Manco Scorpion go-cart was taken from a yard.  On September 30, 2010, Beaufort County Crime Stoppers received a tip indicating that a suspicious go-cart had been seen on Keysville Road in Washington.  Investigators responded to the area and located the go-cart behind a residence.  The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation, collected evidence, and conducted interviews.

            As a result, Investigator Ernest Moore applied for and obtained warrants charging Timothy Scott Richard, age 29, of Keysville Road in Washington, NC with one(1) count of Felony Larceny.  Richard is still at large. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Timothy Richard, please call the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at (252)946-7111 or Beaufort County Crime Stoppers at (252)974-6400.  Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to his arrest.  Callers do not have to give their name to receive a reward.

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gregory latham
Gregory Latham

On December 10, 2010, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Breaking and Entering and Larceny that occurred at a residence on Gilead Shores Road in Blounts Creek, NC.  The victim reported several items stolen including jewelry.  The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation, collected evidence, and conducted interviews.

            As a result of the investigation, Investigator Ernest Moore applied for and obtained warrants charging Gregory Latham, age 18, of Fort Canal Road in Chocowinity, NC and John McLawhorn, age 17, of Chandler Road in Chocowinity, NC with two(2) counts each of  Felony Breaking and Entering, two(2) counts each of Felony Larceny, two(2) counts each of Forgery of an Endorsement, three(3) counts each of Uttering a Forged Endorsement, and three(3) counts each of Obtaining Property by a False Pretense. 

            Latham was arrested by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office on January 11, 2011 and held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond set by Magistrate Smith.  McLawhorn is still at large. If you have any information on the whereabouts of John McLawhorn, please call the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at (252)946-7111 or Beaufort County Crime Stoppers at 252-974-6400.  Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to his arrest.  Callers do not have to give their name to receive a reward.

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Press Release Update

arturo lopez-perez
Arturo Lopez-Perez

  martel deval weston                                    domonic kidean farrow
           Martel Deval Weston                                        DomonicKidean Farrow        

On October 7, 2010 at 12:40 p.m., the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a deceased male at 115 South Main Street in Bath, N.C.  Deputies responded to the scene and located the body of Leonard Alfred Willson III, age 53, of that address.  The Sheriff’s Office secured the property and began an investigation.  During a search of the crime scene, Investigators determined that the death was a homicide.  Willson was a paraplegic and had lived in Bath approximately fifteen years.  He could be frequently seen cycling in and around Bath on his recumbent handcycle. 

            Preliminary results from the autopsy indicate that Willson’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.  As Investigators worked multiple leads, Beaufort County Crime Stoppers received a tip indicating a possible suspect.  Investigators identified the suspect and set up surveillance on his residence.  On October 14th, a search warrant was obtained and served at the suspect’s residence in Belhaven.  Evidence was collected and processed.  Interviews were also being conducted to develop additional leads.  At approximately 11:00 p.m., Investigators learned that the suspect had been arrested by the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office for Resist, Delay, and Obstruct a Public Officer.  Investigators traveled to Greenville and spoke with the suspect.  The suspect returned to Beaufort County with Investigators and was interviewed.

            As a result of information collected during the investigation, Lt. Jamie Cahoon applied for and obtained a warrant charging Arturo Lopez-Perez, age 16, of O’Neal Hill Drive in Belhaven with Murder in the death of Len Willson III.   Lopez was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center without bond.

            Investigators then applied for and obtained a search warrant for the home and vehicle of a second suspect that resides in Belhaven.  On the morning of October 15, Deputies and Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office served the search warrant at 671 Pamlico Street in Belhaven and arrested Martel Deval Weston, age 22, of Pamlico Street in Belhaven, N.C.  Weston was charged with Murder in the death of Len Willson III.  Weston was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center without bond.

            On October 25, Lt. Jamie Cahoon arrested Domonic Kidean Farrow, age 23, of Mapletown Lane in Swan Quarter with assistance from Hyde County Probation and Parole Officers.  Farrow was charged with Murder for his involvement in the death of Willson.  Farrow was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center without bond.  The investigation is on-going and investigators have recovered items stolen from the murder scene.  A $1,000,000 secured bond was later issued to Perez, Weston, and Farrow in District Court.

            On December 13, 2010, Lt. Jamie Cahoon presented the case to a Beaufort County Grand Jury.  As a result, the Grand Jury returned True Bills of Indictment on Perez, Weston, and Farrow for the original Murder charges and the additional charges of First Degree Burglary, First Degree Arson, Armed Robbery, and Felony Larceny.

            On January 11, 2011, Perez and Farrow were served with the Indictments and each received an additional $100,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate E. Holmes.  On January 12, 2011, Weston was served with the Indictment and also received an additional $100,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate J. Mills.

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mark shane tripp
Mark Shane Tripp

On January 4, 2011, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an aluminum boat that had been stolen from a residence on River Road in Blount’s Creek, NC.  The owner reported that the boat had been sold to a local recycling business.

          A Deputy responded to the recycling business and began an investigation.  After collecting evidence and conducting interviews, Sgt. Kasey Neal applied for and obtained a warrant charging Mark Shane Tripp, age 34, of Chapel Branch Drive in Chocowinity with Obtaining Property by False Pretense and Misdemeanor Larceny.  Tripp was arrested on January 9th and held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $1,500.00 secured bond.

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anthony thomas stanley
Anthony Thomas Stanley

On October 7, 2010, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of Fraud from Scooter Pro Shop in Washington.  The business’ owner reported that an unauthorized transaction had occurred with the company credit card machine.  The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation, reviewed evidence, and conducted interviews.

On January 6, 2011, Investigator Jim Martin applied for and obtained a warrant charging Anthony Thomas Stanley, age 23, of Sunshine Lane in Chocowinity with one count of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.  Stanley was arrested on January 6th and held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $5,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate David Curtis.

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tracy dean whichard
Tracy Dean Whichard

            pamela shepherd                              jessica lopez
                     Pamela Shepherd                                              Jessica Lopez         

On January 06, 2010, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit served arrest warrants on Pamela Shepherd, 40 years of age, of 110 Wares Chapel Church Road, Tracy Dean Whichard, 20 years of age, of 110 Wares Chapel Church Road and Jessica Lopez, 23 years of age of 110 Wares Chapel Church Road in Washington.

Pamela Shepherd was charged with Trafficking in Opium and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Tracy Dean Whichard was charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, two counts of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Jessica Lopez was charged with Trafficking in Opium and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance.

Their arrest stemmed from Investigators making purchases prescription pain pills that contain opium from Pamela Shepherd, Tracy Dean Whichard and Jessica Lopez.  Investigators made purchases of marijuana from Tracy Dean Whichard.  Pamela Shepherd is the mother of Jessica Lopez and step mother of Tracy Dean Whichard.

Shepherd and Lopez were confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $15,000.00 secured bond.

 Tracy Dean Whichard was confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $25,000.00 secured bond.

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On January 7, 2011 at 12:30 a.m., the Beaufort County 911 Center received a call reporting a fire at McCotter’s Marina in Washington, NC.  Fire fighters and Deputies responded to the scene and found the north dock engulfed in flames.  First responders began the process of ensuring all boats in the area were evacuated.  Fire suppression was also initiated.  At least 25 boats were damaged by the fire.  Most were a total loss.  The covered dock was also destroyed.  Three people were treated for minor injuries including burns and hypothermia.

          The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the source of the fire.  The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene and is coordinating environmental impact assessments and mitigation efforts.  Members of the Cherry Point Fire Department also responded scene to assist with containment activities.  Eastern Environmental, a private hazardous materials company, has been called in to conduct the clean-up.

The following agencies have participated in the response:

Bunyan Fire Department

Chocowinity Fire Department

Washington Fire Department

Bath Fire Department

Broad Creek EMS

Sidney Dive Team

Clarks Neck Fire Department

Old Ford Fire Department

Pinetown EMS

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office

Beaufort County Emergency Management

NC Emergency Management

US Coast Guard

Cherry Point Fire Department

American Red Cross

Collington Fire Department

          Physical evidence located during the investigation and information collected during interviews indicates that the fire was caused by an electrical fault.  Foul play is not suspected at this time.  Environmental clean-up efforts may take several days.

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 frank arthur guilford jr                                     lashonda boomer
Frank Arthur Guilford Jr                             Lashonda Boomer     

john richard jones
John Richard Jones

On December 21, 2010, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit arrested Frank Arthur Guilford Jr., 30 years of age, of 115 Illinois Avenue in Washington, Lashonda Boomer, 32 years of age, of 115 Illinois Avenue in Washington and John Richard Jones, 57 years of age, of 160 Forest Heights Road in Washington.

Guilford was charged with Trafficking in Cocaine by Possession, Trafficking in Cocaine by Transportation and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Boomer and Jones were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.\

Their arrest stemmed from Investigators conducting surveillance on Guilford and executing a Search Warrant at Guilford’s residence.  Investigators dressed in camouflage established surveillance on Guilford’s residence and in the woods near Guilford’s residence where Guilford is known to hide drugs.  Investigators witnessed Guilford travel from his residence in a green 1995 Lexus GS 300 to the woods where Investigators were hiding.  Investigators witnessed Guilford exit the green 1995 Lexus GS 300 and enter the woods on foot.  Investigators approached and captured Guilford in the woods trying to hide 40 grams of cocaine.  Investigators seized the green 1995 Lexus GS 300 and $682.00 in US Currency found in Guilford’s pants pocket.

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thomas jefferson whaley
Thomas Jefferson Whaley

On December 13, 2010, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit arrested Thomas Jefferson Whaley, 27 years of age, of 1206 North Hwy. 49 in Burlington.  Whaley was charged with Trafficking in Opium by Sell and Trafficking in Opium by Possession.

Whaley’s arrest stemmed from Investigators making an undercover purchase of 66 Percocet pain pills from Whaley.  Whaley was placed under a $25,000.00 bond.

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