Shooting; Police Take Enforcement Action; Suspect Sought

Press Release from Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow

Today, Saturday November 18, 2017, Officers of the Henderson Police Department were handling a Domestic Juvenile call within the 400 Block of Orange Street. While officers were in the yard speaking with the family gunshots were heard in extremely close proximity.

In visible sight of their location, gunfire was occurring at the intersection of Walnut Street and Pettigrew Street where a 33 year old female was shot. She was transported by personal vehicle to a local medical facility where she is receiving treatment for her injury.

A gold colored Lexus that was actively involved in the shooting sped towards the officers at a high speed with the passenger still brandishing his firearm.

One of our officers fired his weapon at the gold in color Lexus while the second officer returned to his vehicle and began pursuing. Less than a block away, a passenger exited the vehicle and ran from the car.

The car continued on and within the next block the vehicle stopped, and both the driver and rear passenger were taken into custody without further incident.

The driver received a single gunshot wound to his lower leg and was treated and released back into our custody in a short amount of time by a local medical facility.

Due to the officer discharging his firearm during the incident, the District Attorney’s Office was immediately called and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) was requested. The SBI is currently handling the investigation of the incident and the officer has been placed on administrative leave per our departmental policy.

We are extremely grateful for the valuable information and cooperation that has been given by our citizens.

Both of the individuals taken into custody have been charged in the shooting of the 33 year old female and information on the whereabouts of the third individual that fled from the vehicle is being sought.

If anyone should have any additional information about this incident, he or she is encouraged to contact the SBI or Henderson Police Department. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925 or by using the P3 app on a smartphone or tablet device. Callers may remain anonymous.

While this remains open and an ongoing investigation the release of any further details about this incident will be at the discretion of the District Attorney’s.

News 11/17/17

Vance-Granville Community Band to present free holiday concert on Nov. 27

— courtesy VGCC

The Vance-Granville Community Band will perform its tenth annual winter holiday concert on Monday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center, located at 201 Breckenridge Street in downtown Henderson. Admission is free of charge.

Included in the concert will be a host of holiday favorites, including “Silver Bells,” “White Christmas,” “The First Noel,” “A French Noel” (Pat-A Pan), “Appalachian Carol” (Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head), and a medley of Christmas classics including “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”

“The Night Before Christmas” will be presented in a “story-time” format, as Clement Moore’s famous poem is read with band accompaniment.

The concert will begin with the traditional rendering of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the state song, “The Old North State.” Plus, as is customary for any ensemble led by the director of the band, Brian Miller, a Sousa march will be included. “No concert is complete without Sousa,” according to Miller. “This year, while we are playing almost all Christmas music, we will of course play a Sousa march. It will be Sousa’s classic ‘The Invincible Eagle March,’ which the master of American music wrote in 1901.”

Brian Miller conducts the Vance-Granville Community Band during its 2016 holiday concert. (VGCC photo)

Miller, in his second year as director of the Vance-Granville Community Band, was known locally as the man at the helm of the Louisburg High School band program for more than two decades, a band program that grew into one of the largest in the state and was known for its performance of Sousa marches and traditional band literature. Miller now teaches band and humanities at Crosscreek Charter School in Louisburg, is the organist for both Louisburg Baptist Church and Louisburg College, teaches part-time for VGCC, frequently serves as music director for the Louisburg College Drama department and is found at North Henderson Baptist Church on Sunday nights, playing the piano and sometimes preaching.

“We want everybody to come hear this free concert,” said Miller. “It will be played right in the heart of historic downtown Henderson, in the center of this great community. The concert will only last about an hour, and hearing the band play these great old songs is a terrific way to usher in the holiday season.”

The Community Band, which is sponsored by the VGCC Division of Arts and Sciences, includes people of all ages, from all walks of life, and from throughout the region. No auditions are required. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center, on the Main Campus in Henderson, at Exit 209 on Interstate 85 (Poplar Creek Road). For more information, contact Brian Miller at (919) 496-5877 or at [email protected] or Betsy Henderson at [email protected]


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Sat, Nov 18, Handcrafted Holiday Market

This Saturday, November 18th, the Vance County Regional Farmers Market will enjoy it’s annual Handcrafted Holiday Market.  Hours will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Vendors include:

1. Jackie Glover – Glover’s Gifts – Crocheted Items & Bird, Bat and Butterfly Houses
2. Payton Holland – – Perler Bead Art
3. Marco Haloburdo – Slumped Glass Spoon Rests & Trays
4. Suzanne Chiotakis – 5 Crows at Lickskillet – Jewelry
5. Louis Sachs – Sachs Woodcrafts LLC – Hand Turned Wooden Bowls & More
6. Cakes Delish – Cupcakes
7. Alimentaire – Artisan Breads
8. Ed Cottle -Kerr Lake Candles – Candles & Melts
9. Sherri Matthews – Wreaths
10. Heidi Owens – Junk Drawer Designs – Vinyl Decals, Signs & More
11. Sidney Evans – Jewelry
12. Terry Wooten – Mill Creek Alpaca Farm – Stained Glass
13. Franklin Brothers Nursery – Plants & Flowers
14. Angelique Clay-The Eclectic Peacock – Soaps, Crocheted & Home sewed items
15. Donna Rose -Two Roses – Crocheted Animals, Scarves, Hats & Painted Glass
16. Kim Boyles & Carrie Slaughter-Happiest Dandelion-Door Hangers & Cards
17. Judy Scott – Quonset Crafts – Wooden Watches, Puzzles, Lamps & More
18. Peggy Trutt – Threads Connected – Sewn Bags, Coasters, & More
19. Wendy Walker – Wooden American Flags
20. Thomas Cale – Creative Crafts – Wooden Baskets
21. Pamela Moon – 4 Moon Designs – Fabric & Paper Creations
22. Dianne Slaughter – Dee-Zigns – Glass Block Art
23. Theresa Hlava- Grey Heart Designs – Hand Painted Ornaments & More
24. Kenneth Fuller – Maul-N-Wedge – Barnwood Furniture
25. Vance Quilts R Us – Quilted Items
26. Christina Henthorn-Wuerker Bee Apiary-Honey, Beeswax & Tobacco Stick Items
27. Kimberly Watkins – Then Sings My Soul – Floral Arrangements
28. Kissy Robertson – Kissy’s Kreations – Wood Signs
29. Jerri Jones – Jerri’s Things – Crocheted Scarves, Hats, Shawls & More
30. Cindy Graham – Boundary Waters Farm – Cards & Prints from Original Artwork
31. Tammy Atkinson – Atkinson Creations – Hand Painted Wine Glasses & More
32. Chris Nicholson – Rainbow Studios – Original Artwork
33. Copper Rain – Rain2Earth – Pottery
34. Bessie Vann – Jams & Jellies
35. Short’s Family Farm – Produce
36. JW Creek Farm – Beef & Eggs
37. Henderson Natural Farm – Mushrooms
38. Roy Brown – Orelly’s Curry-Q Sauce – Sauces, Marinades & Honey
39. Mrs. Ada – Ada’s Goodies – Baked Goods
40. Laureen Wilkins – Laureen’s Creations -Wreaths
41. Bill & Camille Graves – Stone Bridge Farm – Produce
42. Faulkner Family Farm – Pork
43. Deborah Price -Backroad Farm & Vineyard – Wine & Muscadine Juice/Cider
44. Magnolia Williams -LouMag Enterprises – Produce
45. Calvin Adcock – Jams, Canned Veggies & Produce
46. Niki – Soap

Vendor list may change due to scheduling.

(The VCRFM is an advertising client of WIZS.)

2017 Vance County Farm-City Breakfast

“Celebrating the Positive Relationships Between Farm Families and City Residents”

On Thursday morning at 8:00 at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market in Henderson, NC, the 2017 Vance County Farm-City Breakfast took place to show support for the local farmers of Vance County.

A special presentation was given by Lisa Prince with the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

The following awards were presented:

4-H Volunteer of the Year – Tiffany Hunter – Franklin County School System

Community Supporter of the Year – Christeen Crudup – USDA

Farm Family of the Year – Donald Faulkner – Faulkner Family Farm

Small Farmer of the Year – Gene Matthews – Jasm Farms

Vance County Census of Agriculture:

Total Acres in County – 162,248

Number of Farms – 242

Total Land in Farms, Acres – 54,880

Average Farm Size, Acres – 227

Harvested Cropland, Acres – 13,890

Average Age of Farmers – 62.1

Average Value of Farm & Buildings – $189,883,000

Average Market Value of Machinery & Equipment – $19,270,000

Average Total Farm production Expense – $52,538

News 11/16/17

Vance County Criminal Superior Trial Court Nov 6, 2017

Press Release from District Attorney Mike Waters

HENDERSON, NC- A session of Vance County Criminal Superior Trial Court was held during the week of November 6, 2017. The Honorable Robert H. Hobgood, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, presided over the session. The District Attorney’s Office was represented by District Attorney Michael D. Waters and Assistant District Attorneys Melissa D. Pelfrey, Nicole G. Louis and David J. Erdmann. Many cases were disposed of during the session, including the following:

Trevor Bullock pleaded guilty to Attempted First Degree Statutory Sex Offense. Judge Hobgood sentenced Mr. Bullock to a 94 to 173 month active sentence in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction (DAC). This case was investigated by the Office of Vance County Sheriff Peter White.

Quincy Champion pleaded guilty to Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury. Judge Hobgood sentenced Mr. Champion to a 40 to 60 month active sentence in the DAC. This case was investigated by Detective Alan Simmons of the Henderson Police Department under the direction of Chief Marcus Barrow.

Bryant Coleman pleaded guilty to 2 counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon and 2 counts of Discharging a Weapon into Occupied Property. Judge Hobgood sentenced Mr. Coleman to a 60 to 84 month active sentence in the DAC, followed by another active sentence of 60 to 84 months in the DAC, followed by another 25 to 42 month active sentence, which was suspended for 36 months of supervised probation. This case was investigated by the Office of Vance County Sheriff Peter White.

Vondell Gregory pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin and manufacturing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. Judge Hobgood sentenced Mr. Gregory to a 110 to 156 month active sentence in the DAC. This case was investigated by the Henderson Police Department under the direction of Chief Marcus Barrow.

Lamarius Lewis pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin. Judge Hobgood sentenced Mr. Lewis to a 70 to 93 month active sentence in the DAC. This case was investigated by Special Agent John Rowan of ALE.

Aaliyah Miles pleaded guilty to Common Law Robbery. Judge Hobgood sentenced Ms. Miles to a 10 to 21 month active sentence in the DAC. This case was investigated by the Office of Vance County Sheriff Peter White.

The case of State of North Carolina versus Tamar Daye was called for trial. Ms. Daye is charged with First Degree Murder in the death of Corey Cheek in May of 2016. However, this case could not be tried, because an insufficient number of jurors reported for jury duty. The case was continued and is scheduled for trial in the first half of next year.

News 11/15/17

Armed Bank Robbery

Press Release – Tuesday, November 14, 2017

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 around 11:47 AM members of the Henderson Police Department responded to Carter Bank and Trust, 300 Dabney Drive Ext. Henderson, NC in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers attempted to locate the suspect, but after an extensive search were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as a 20-30 year-old black male; approximately 6’2” in height; with some minor facial hair on his chin. Suspect was described as wearing a black and gray hoodie. Suspect displayed a handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. The Henderson Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect involved in this case. If you have knowledge of who the suspect is or know of his whereabouts you are asked to contact the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925 or by using the P3 app on a smartphone or tablet device. Callers may remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow

Franklin County Active Shooter Training Exercise

— press release courtesy of the Office of the Franklin County Sheriff

On November 18, 2017 the Franklin County Sheriffs Office and Franklin County Emergency Management, with participation from other North Carolina law enforcement, fire, and rescue service agencies, will conduct an active shooter training exercise on the campus of Long Mill Elementary School located at 1753 Long Mill Road, Youngsville.

The planning, training, and interagency cooperation leading up to this exercise began earlier this year, with the goal to assess our response capabilities and better shape each agency’s role in the event of an active shooter incident within Franklin County. A training operation of this scale has never been conducted before in our county, in both the number of agencies and personnel involved.

Those of us working in Public Safety know that the safety of our children is one of our highest priorities. While assessing our response capabilities is a primary goal, this training exercise is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and dedication by all those involved with a focus on our ability to quickly and safely reunite children with their families.

Participating agencies include: Louisburg Police Department, Franklinton Police Department, Youngsville Police Department, Louisburg College Police Department, Wake County Sheriffs Office, Nash County Sheriffs Office, Vance County Sheriffs Office, Granville County Sheriffs Office, Wake Forest Fire Department, NC State Highway Patrol, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC Alcohol Law Enforcement, NCDMV License and Theft Bureau, Franklin County Emergency Services, Franklin County School System, and Franklin County Emergency Communications Center.

Residents and motorists will notice emergency vehicles in the area between 9am and 12pm. Law enforcement personnel will be in the area to provide traffic direction.

All media will be initially required to report to Capital Auto Auction, located at 2380 Long Mill Road, Youngsville.

Kent Winstead