February 2013 Press Releases

jerome coley suggs jr.                         charles eugene gorham iii
Jerome Coley Suggs Jr.                                 Charles Eugene Gorham III

On February 27, 2013 at approximately 11:00 pm, Deputy Zack Martin was traveling on West 15th Street in Washington, NC. Deputy Martin checked the plate number of a car in front of him through the NCDMV database. Martin learned that the car’s registration plate was revoked by DMV for failure to maintain insurance coverage. Martin then ran the registered owner’s information through the DMV database and learned that the registered owner’s license was suspended.

Deputy Martin conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on West 5th Street near Bay Drive. During the stop, Martin detected an odor of marijuana and alcohol coming from the interior of the vehicle. Martin spoke to the passenger and noted that he was intoxicated. Additional Deputies arrived to assist. Deputies checked the passenger’s name for warrants and learned that he was wanted for a Child Support Order for Arrest. The passenger was arrested and an open bottle of vodka was found in his pocket. During a search of the vehicle, Deputies located a plastic container with 10 individually packaged baggies of marijuana hidden under the car’s console.

As a result of the stop, Deputy Martin arrested the driver, Jerome Coley Suggs Jr. age 25 of East 7th Street in Washington, and the passenger, Charles Eugene Gorham III age 28 of Minuteman Lane in Washington. Both were charged with Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Gorham was served with the Child Support OFA and charged with Possession of an Open Container. Suggs was also charged with Driving While License Revoked. Both were held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under $5,000.00 secured bonds.

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reginald wilkinson jr
Reginald Wilkinson Jr

On February 21, 2013, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit arrested Reginald Wilkinson Jr., 23 years of age, of 374 Keysville Road in Washington.  Wilkinson was charged with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana within 1000 feet of a Child Care and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Wilkinson’s arrest stemmed from Investigators smelling the odor of marijuana coming from a group of males at 603 Hudnell Street in Washington.  Investigators approached the group of males and witnessed a plastic bag that contained five plastic bags of marijuana hanging out of Wilkinson’s pocket.

Wilkinson was confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $5,000.00 secured bond.

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brian jackson                               hollie taylor
Brian Jackson                                                         Hollie Taylor

On February 19, 2013, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit arrested Brian Jackson, 25 years of age, of 3475 Hwy. 264 East in Washington and Hollie Taylor, 22 years of age, of 75 Hunters Glenn in Washington.  They were charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Their arrest stemmed from Investigators conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Taylor.  Jackson was a passenger in the vehicle.  Investigators conducted a search of the vehicle after K-9 Elza alerted on the vehicle for the presence of an odor of a controlled substance.  Investigators found wax bindles containing heroin residue and syringes.

Taylor was confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $1,500.00 secured bond.  Jackson was confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $3,500.00 secured bond.   

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william dakota selby
William Dakota Selby

On December 27, 2012 at approximately 6:15 p.m., the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery at Hilda’s Country Store on Cherry Run Road in Washington. Deputies responded to the location and learned that two white males entered the store and demanded money. Both suspects were brandishing a handgun and had their faces covered. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects fled the scene on foot.

Investigators conducted interviews, collected evidence, and executed a search warrant at a suspect’s residence. As a result of the information and evidence gathered during the investigation, Investigator Scott Williams applied for and obtained a warrant charging Adam Augustus Tate, age 20, of Clark Road in Bath with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. Tate was arrested on January 8th, by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken before Magistrate David Curtis and held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $75,000.00 secured bond.

The investigation continued and additional leads were developed. On February 22nd, Investigator Scott Williams applied for and obtained warrants charging Ethan Casey Sparrow, age 21, of Woodstock Road in Belhaven and William Dakota Selby, age 20, of Highway 45 in Belhaven with one count each of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. Sparrow was served in the Beaufort County Detention Center where he was being held for a probation violation. Sparrow was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $175,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Eric Holmes for this and other charges.

Thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip, Dakota Selby was arrested on February 26th. Selby was served with two(2) counts of Robbery With a Dangerous Weapon for the Hilda’s Country Store and Quarterdeck robberies; two(2) counts of Breaking and Entering, two(2) counts of Larceny after Breaking and Entering and Felony Safe Cracking for the Terra Ceia and Pungo Christian school break-ins; one(1) count of Breaking and Entering Place of Worship; and one(1) count of Misdemeanor Larceny for the theft of copper wire in Belhaven. Selby was brought before Magistrate Donald Sadler and held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $500,000.00 secured bond.

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adam augustus tate
Adam Augustus Tate

ethan casey sparrow                                                      william dakota selby
Ethan Casey Sparrow                                                             William Dakota Selby

On December 31, 2012, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Breaking and Entering and Larceny that occurred at Terra Ceia Christian School in Pantego, NC. School staff reported cash, gift cards, and fund raising cards were stolen. A document fire safe was pried open during the incident. The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation, collected evidence, and conducted interviews.

On December 31, 2012, the Belhaven Police Department received a report of a Breaking and Entering and Larceny that occurred at Pungo Christian Academy in Belhaven. School staff reported cash, bank bags, deposit slips, and two Dell laptop computers stolen. The Belhaven Police Department collected evidence and requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Office to investigate the break in. During the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office recovered a laptop computer taken from the school.

On January 2, 2013, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Breaking and Entering that occurred at Terra Ceia Christian Reformed Church in Pantego, NC. Nothing was reported stolen from the church. The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation, collected evidence, and conducted interviews.

On January 10, 2013, the Belhaven Police Department received a report of a larceny that occurred at Southern States on West Main Street in Belhaven, NC. The victim reported copper wire stolen from a piece of equipment.

On February 22, 2013, Investigator Wesley Waters applied for and obtained warrants charging Adam Augustus Tate, age 20, of Clark Road in Bath; Ethan Casey Sparrow, age 21, of Woodstock Road in Belhaven; and William Dakota Selby, age 20, of Hwy 45 in Belhaven with two(2) counts each of Breaking and Entering, two(2) counts each of Larceny after Breaking and Entering and one(1) count each of Felony Safe Cracking for the school break-ins; one(1) count each of Breaking and Entering Place of Worship; and one(1) count each of Misdemeanor Larceny for the copper wire theft.

On February 22, 2013, Tate was served in the Beaufort County Detention Center while being held for unrelated charges. Tate received an additional $100,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Eric Holmes. Sparrow was served in the Beaufort County Detention Center while serving a probation sentence. He was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $175,000.00 secured bond for these and other charges set by Magistrate Holmes.

Selby is still at large. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of William Dakota Selby is asked to contact Beaufort County Crime Stoppers by phone, text or through their website. Call (252)974-6400; text a tip anonymously by dialing 274637 on a cellphone and in the body of the message, type BCSO131 and the tip; or submit a tip through the Crime Stoppers website, www.beaufortcountycrimestoppers.com, by following the “Tip Line” link and filling out an online form. Calls, texts, and emails are anonymous. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to  Selby’s arrest. Tipsters do not have to give their name to receive a reward.

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adam augustus tate
Adam Augustus Tate

ethan casey sparrow                                                william dakota selby
Ethan Casey Sparrow                                                             William Dakota Selby

On December 22, 2012 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery at The Quarterdeck Marina on Carteret Street in Bath, NC. Deputies responded to the location and learned that two white males entered the store and demanded money. Both suspects had their faces covered and one suspect was brandishing a handgun. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects fled the scene on foot.

Investigators were called to the scene and assisted Deputies with the investigation.

As a result of the information and evidence gathered during the investigation, Investigator Scott Williams applied for and obtained warrants on February 22nd charging Adam Augustus Tate, age 20, of Clark Road in Bath; Ethan Casey Sparrow, age 21, of Woodstock Road in Belhaven; and William Dakota Selby, age 20, of Highway 45 in Belhaven with one count each of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Tate was served in the Beaufort County Detention Center while being held for the robbery of Hilda’s County Store in Washington. Tate received an additional $100,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Eric Holmes. Sparrow was served in the Beaufort County Detention Center while serving a probation sentence. He was held under a $175,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Eric Holmes for this and other charges.

Selby is still at large. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of William Dakota Selby is asked to contact Beaufort County Crime Stoppers by phone, text or through their website. Call (252)974-6400; text a tip anonymously by dialing 274637 on a cellphone and in the body of the message, type BCSO131 and the tip; or submit a tip through the Crime Stoppers website, www.beaufortcountycrimestoppers.com, by following the “Tip Line” link and filling out an online form. Calls, texts, and emails are anonymous. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to  Selby’s arrest. Tipsters do not have to give their name to receive a reward.

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adam augustus tate
Adam Augustus Tate

ethan casey sparrow                                                 william dakota selby
Ethan Casey Sparrow                                                             William Dakota Selby

On December 27, 2012 at approximately 6:15 p.m., the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery at Hilda’s Country Store on Cherry Run Road in Washington. Deputies responded to the location and learned that two white males entered the store and demanded money. Both suspects were brandishing a handgun and had their faces covered. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects fled the scene on foot.

Investigators conducted interviews, collected evidence, and executed a search warrant at a suspect’s residence. As a result of the information and evidence gathered during the investigation, Investigator Scott Williams applied for and obtained a warrant charging Adam Augustus Tate, age 20, of Clark Road in Bath with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. Tate was arrested on January 8th, by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken before Magistrate David Curtis and held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $75,000.00 secured bond.

The investigation continued and additional leads were developed. On February 22nd, Investigator Scott Williams applied for and obtained warrants charging Ethan Casey Sparrow, age 21, of Woodstock Road in Belhaven and William Dakota Selby, age 20, of Highway 45 in Belhaven with one count each of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. Sparrow was served in the Beaufort County Detention Center where he was being held for a probation violation. Sparrow was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $175,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Eric Holmes for this and other charges.

Selby is still at large. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of William Dakota Selby is asked to contact Beaufort County Crime Stoppers by phone, text or through their website. Call (252)974-6400; text a tip anonymously by dialing 274637 on a cellphone and in the body of the message, type BCSO131 and the tip; or submit a tip through the Crime Stoppers website, www.beaufortcountycrimestoppers.com, by following the “Tip Line” link and filling out an online form. Calls, texts, and emails are anonymous. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to  Selby’s arrest. Tipsters do not have to give their name to receive a reward.

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andrew michael norman
Andrew Michael Norman

On February 18, 2013, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit served an arrest warrant on Andrew Michael Norman, 17 years of age, of 2897 Whichards Beach Road in Chocowinity.  Norman was charged with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Norman’s arrest stemmed from Investigators making a purchase of marijuana from Norman.  Norman was confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $5000.00 secured bond.

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brandon smith                        erica moore
Brandon Smith                                               Erica Moore

On February 11, 2013, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit arrested Brandon Smith, 25 years of age, of 105 Alderbrook Circle in Washington and Erica Moore, 23 years of age, of 105 Alderbrook Circle in Washington.

Smith and Moore were charged with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana within 1000 feet of a Park, Maintaining a Dwelling to Keep and Sell a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Smith and Moore’s arrest stemmed from Investigators executing a Search Warrant at their residence.  Investigators found marijuana that was package for resale.

Smith and Moore were confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $5,000.00 secured bond.

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christian gage warner                                   steven tyler greene
Christian Gage Warner                                            Steven Tyler Greene

On February 1, 2013, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of vehicle break-ins in the area of Chesterfield Drive, Homeplace Road, CBH Lodge Road, and Cherry Road in Washington, NC. Deputies responded to the scene and learned the suspects entered into unlocked vehicles and removed assorted items including sunglasses, loose change, computer tablets, ipods, and binoculars.

During the investigation, Investigators located items matching the description of the items stolen at “Trade It” in Greenville NC. After seizing the items, Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at a suspect’s residence on Old Bath Highway in Washington. As a result, Investigator Scott Williams applied for and obtained warrants charging Christian Gage Warner, age 17, of Cherry Road in Washington and Steven Tyler Greene, age 18, of Old Bath Highway in Washington with eleven (11) counts of Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle and ten (10) counts of Misdemeanor Larceny.

On February 7, 2013, Warner turned himself in at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Warner was taken before Magistrate Jasper Mills and released on a $25,000.00 unsecured bond. On February 18, 2013, Greene turned himself in at the Beaufort County Magistrate’s Office. Greene was taken before Magistrate Jasper Mills and released on a $5,000.00 unsecured bond. The stolen property located at “Trade It” was returned to the owners.

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joshua cole hoggard                            james walter johnson
   Joshua Cole Hoggard                                                    James Walter Johnson

On January 8, 2013, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received two reports of larceny of copper wire from irrigation systems on Christian School Road in Pantego, NC. Deputies learned the suspects removed over 1000 feet of control wire from each irrigation system.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation and learned five other counties were involved in similar thefts of copper wire including Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Martin, and Washington counties. On January 12, 2013, Investigators learned from Bertie County Investigators, two suspects were located in Bertie County in possession of similar wire and a large quantity of burnt copper wire.

As a result of information and evidence gathered during the investigation, Investigator Scott Williams applied for and obtained warrants charging Joshua Cole Hoggard, age 22, of Pine Ridge Road in Windsor and James Walter Johnson, age 24, of North Wheeler Street in Merry Hill with two counts of Felony Larceny, two counts of Injury to Personal Property, and two counts of Unlawful Transportation of Copper. On February 15, 2013, Johnson was served at the Hertford County Detention Center and is being held under an additional $22,000.00 secured bond. On February 18, 2013, Hoggard was served at the Bertie County Detention Center and is being under an additional $50,000.00 secured bond. Both were being held on related charges from other counties.

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david roscoe smith jr
David Roscoe Smith Jr.

On February 14th, 2013 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Deputy Zach Martin with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office observed a vehicle with illegal window tint in Washington near 15th Street. Deputy Martin had Communications run the vehicle registration plate number through the DMV database. The database indicated that the vehicle had no insurance.

Deputy Martin conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle as it turned onto Carolina Avenue. Martin made contact with the driver and noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a search, Martin discovered a bindle of heroin in the driver’s jacket pocket, crushed oxycodone pills, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. As a result, David Roscoe Smith Jr., age 21 of Kenilworth Road in Greenville, was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin, Misdemeanor Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Smith was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $4,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Eric Holmes.

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Sheriff Alan Jordan, Captain Russell Davenport, and Sergeant Jeremy Hewitt present Deputy Nathan Drake with his CIT Certificate at his graduation ceremony. 

On February 15, 2013, Deputy Nathan Drake received his certification as Beaufort County’s third Crisis Intervention Team Deputy. CIT training is designed to educate and prepare law enforcement officers that come in contact with people in crisis to recognize the signs and symptoms of various brain disorders and to respond effectively and appropriately to individuals in crisis. Law enforcement agencies are often the first responders in these incidents, so it’s essential that they know how mental disorders can alter people’s behaviors and perceptions. Trained CIT Deputies are skilled at de-escalating crises involving people with mental illness, while bringing an element of understanding and compassion to individuals experiencing these difficult situations.

CIT Deputies receive 40 hours of specialized training in topics such as: overview of mental health, substance abuse, suicide intervention, autism, and post traumatic stress disorder.

As of January 2011 there were 3,032 CIT certified Law Enforcement Officers in North Carolina with 222 Law Enforcement Agencies participating in the program.

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cornelius terry lee sparks
Cornelius Terry Lee Sparks

On January 23, 2013, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a breaking and entering of motor vehicles and larceny that occurred at a farm on Highway 33 East in Chocowinity, NC. The victim reported five vehicle batteries were stolen. The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation, collected evidence, and conducted interviews. During the investigation, the batteries were recovered by the victim at a local recycling business.

On February 8, 2013, Investigator Wesley Waters applied for and obtained warrants charging Cornelius Terry Lee Sparks, age 26 of Hodges Road in Chocowinity, with five(5) counts of Break or Enter a Motor Vehicle, five(5) counts of Misdemeanor Larceny, and one(1) count of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. On February 12, 2013, Sparks was arrested by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $15,000 secured bond set by Magistrate Eric Holmes. Sparks was on Pre-trial Release Electronic Monitoring for other pending Beaufort County charges at the time these offenses were committed.

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johnny ray fillingame                                   angela gail fillingame
Johnny Ray Fillingame                          Angela Gail Fillingame

On October 21, 2012 at approximately 9:02 pm, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Domestic Dispute on Chandler Road in Chocowinity, NC. Deputies responded to the residence and learned there was a firearm in the home and a resident was a convicted felon. The handgun was then seized by Deputies who discovered that the weapon had been altered to remove the serial number. The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation and conducted interviews.

As a result, Investigator Brad Shakelford applied for and obtained warrants charging Johnny Ray Fillingame, age 52 of Cayton Road in Chocowinity, with Possession of Firearm by Felon and Possession of Firearm with Altered Serial Number and Angela Gail Fillingame, age 39 of Chandler Road in Chocowinity, with Possession of Firearm with Altered Serial Number.

On February 7, 2013, Johnny Fillingame turned himself in and was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond set by Magistrate David Curtis. On February 8, 2013, Angela Fillingame turned herself in and was held on a $2000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Donald Sadler.

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christian gage warner
Christian Gage Warner

On February 1, 2013, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of vehicle break-ins in the area of Chesterfield Drive, Homeplace Road, CBH Lodge Road, and Cherry Road in Washington, NC. Deputies responded to the scene and learned the suspects entered into unlocked vehicles and removed assorted items including sunglasses, loose change, computer tablets, ipods, and binoculars.

During the investigation, Investigators located items matching the description of the items stolen at “Trade It” in Greenville NC. After seizing the items, Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at a suspect’s residence on Old Bath Highway in Washington. As a result, Investigator Scott Williams applied for and obtained warrants charging Christian Gage Warner, age 17, of Cherry Road in Washington and Steven Tyler Greene, age 18, of Old Bath Highway in Washington with eleven (11) counts of Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle and ten (10) counts of Larceny.

On February 7, 2013, Warner turned himself in at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Warner was taken before Magistrate Jasper Mills and released on a $25,000.00 unsecured bond. Greene is believed to be in South Carolina. Investigators are working with authorities in SC to have Greene served. The stolen property located at “Trade It” was returned to the owners.

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william bernis crisp, iii
William Bernis Crisp, III

On December 18, 2012, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Larceny that occurred at a meat packing plant in Chocowinity, NC. The victim reported an aluminum dog box, assorted metal items, stainless steel troughs, and a stainless steel cart was stolen. The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation, collected evidence, and conducted interviews. During the investigation, the stainless steel troughs and stainless steel cart were recovered and returned to the victim.

On January 24, 2013, Investigator Wesley Waters applied for and obtained warrants charging William Bernis Crisp, III, age 32, of Avenue Road in Washington with two(2) counts of Felony Larceny and two(2) counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. On January 31, 2013, Crisp turned himself in at the Magistrate’s Office and was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $3,000 secured bond set by Magistrate Donald Sadler.

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seth ray simpkins                         charles justin bauer
      Seth Ray Simpkins                         Charles Justin Bauer    

robert wayne smith, jr.                             matthew thomas roughton
Robert Wayne Smith, Jr.                   Matthew Thomas Roughton

On December 26, 2012, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a larceny that occurred at a mulch business on Highway 102 in Vanceboro, NC. The victim reported a large metal hopper and an electronic metering device were stolen. The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation, collected evidence, and conducted interviews. During the investigation, the metal hopper was recovered and returned to the victim.

On January 10, 2013, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of three subjects attempting to sell a large metal hopper at a recycling business on Highway 17 in Vanceboro, NC. Deputies from the Patrol Division responded to the business and detained the suspects. Investigators determined the metal hopper was stolen from the same location of the larceny reported on December 26th. Investigators obtained a search warrant and executed it at a residence on Harding Street in Chocowinity. An electronic scale stolen from the business was recovered from the residence.

On January 10, 2013, Investigator Wesley Waters arrested Seth Ray Simpkins, age 21, of Harding Street in Chocowinity, Charles Justin Bauer, age 18, of Pollard Road in Chocowinity, and Robert Wayne Smith, Jr., age 22, of Highway 33 West in Chocowinity. They were charged with one(1) count each of Felony Larceny and one(1) count of Attempted Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. They were held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on $10,000.00 secured bonds set by Magistrate David Curtis.

On February 5, 2013, Investigator Waters applied for and obtained warrants charging Matthew Thomas Roughton, age 21, of the Pollard Road in Vanceboro, Charles Justin

Bauer and Seth Ray Simpkins with one(1) count each of Felony Larceny and one(1) count of Attempted Obtaining Property by False Pretenses for the December 26th incident. Simpkins, Bauer, and Smith had posted bond from the January 10th arrest.

On February 5, 2013, Simpkins was arrested by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $4,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Jasper Mills. On February 6, 2013, Roughton turned himself in at the Magistrate’s Office and was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $1,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate David Curtis. On February 7, 2013, Bauer was arrested by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $5,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate David Curtis.

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shareef tamir griffin
Shareef Tamir Griffin

On July 7, 2012 at approximately 2:00 pm, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a sex offender failing to notify the Sheriff’s Office of an address change. Deputies responded to the residence and began an investigation. An Investigator was assigned to follow-up on the case.

As a result of information and evidence gathered during the investigation, Investigator Brad Shackelford applied for and obtained a warrant charging Shareef Tamir Griffin, age 24, of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Washington with one count of Failure to Report Address Change by Sex Offender.

On January 29, 2013, Griffin was located and detained as a result of a joint effort between the United States Marshal’s Office, NC Probation and Parole, Washington Police Department and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Griffin was transported to the Magistrate’s Office and served with the Sex Offender Registry violation as well as outstanding warrants for Felony Probation Violation and Larceny. Magistrate Donald Sadler ordered Griffin held on a $10,300.00 secured bond.

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john mitchell bell iii                          shelley walker bell
John Mitchell Bell III                                        Shelley Walker Bell

On February 1, 2013, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit arrested John Mitchell Bell III, 35 years of age, of 26 Edgewater Beach Road in Washington and Shelley Walker Bell, 33 years of age, of 26 Edgewater Beach Road in Washington. They were charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Their arrest stemmed from Investigators receiving complaints that drug activity was occurring at their residence.  Investigators responded to their residence and made contact with John and Shelley.  Investigators smelled an odor of marijuana coming from inside the dwelling.  Investigators conducted a search and found marijuana, marijuana smoking pipes, marijuana grinder, digital scales, a glass mirror containing cocaine residue and a snorting straw containing cocaine residue.

John and Shelley were detained in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $2,500.00 secured bond.

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On January 25, 2013 at approximately 10:00 am, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Missing Person from Spring Creek Road in Aurora, NC. Family members reported that on January 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm, Markeith Terill Jones left his residence on Spring Creek Road in Aurora to play basketball at the Aurora School Grounds but did not arrive.

As a result of information gathered during the investigation, Investigator Jim Adams made contact with Jones on February 5, 2013. Jones had left home for personal reasons and was unharmed.

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merrill wilson wallace
Merrill Wilson Wallace

On September 18, 2012, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a sex offense that occurred in August 2012 at a home on Cedar Lane in Washington, NC. Investigators conducted multiple interviews and learned of additional victims that had contact with the same suspect. The victims were juveniles when the offenses occurred. The oldest reported offense occurred approximately 50 years ago.

On January 11, 2013, Lieutenant Jamie Cahoon applied for and obtained warrants charging Merrill Wilson Wallace, age 73, of Cedar Lane in Washington, NC with two counts of First Degree Sexual Offense and eight counts of Indecent Liberties With a Minor. Wallace was arrested and brought before Magistrate Donald Sadler. Wallace was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $150,000 secured bond. During a session of District Court on January 18th, Wallace’s bond was reduced to $50,000 secured with a requirement for Pretrial Release Electronic Monitoring. Wallace later posted the bond and was placed on Electronic House Arrest between the hours of 3 pm and 8 am daily.

On January 31, 2013, Lieutenant Cahoon applied for and obtained warrants charging Wallace with eleven additional counts of Indecent Liberties With a Minor. Wallace turned himself in at the Magistrate’s Office and was given a $20,000 unsecured bond. Wallace was released on the unsecured bond and ordered to remain on Electronic House Arrest. Six different victims have been identified during the investigation.

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james andrew credle

On May 27, 2012 at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Burglary, Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle, and Larceny at a residence on Highway 264 East of Belhaven, NC. The resident reported seeing someone attempting to gain entry into his shed. The resident confronted the suspect, and the suspect fled on foot. The residents discovered their vehicles had been broken into and cigarettes were removed. The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation, collected evidence, and conducted interviews.

On January 4, 2013, Investigator Wesley Waters presented the results of the investigation to the Grand Jury of Beaufort County. The Grand Jury returned a True Bill of Indictment charging James Andrew Credle, age 34 of Belhaven Square, with two(2) counts of Felony Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, one(1) count of First Degree Burglary, one(1) count of Felony Larceny, and one(1) count of Misdemeanor Larceny. Credle was served by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office on January 28th and held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $15,000.00 secured bond each set by Magistrate Donald Sadler.

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