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HPD Crime of the Month: Robbery at The Scottish Inn

On June 8th, 2017 at approximately 11:23 p.m. officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to the Scottish Inn (Room #162) in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival officers met with the victims (Willie Hargrove and Calvin Burton). Both subjects stated that they were robbed at gun point by two black males.  The two suspects left on foot in an unknown direction. The suspects may have left the area in a tan in color 4 door Honda Sedan.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Henderson Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. If anyone should have any information related to this case, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925 or the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $2,000 for information that may lead to an arrest. Callers may remain anonymous.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow

Two Arrested for String of Vance County Robberies

Press Release- June 13, 2017

On Friday, June 9, 2017, members of the Henderson Police Department Criminal Investigation Division arrested two individuals on armed robbery related charges.

Samika Renee Whitfield, 40, 349 Stagecoach Road, Henderson was charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Whitfield was placed in the Vance County Jail after failing to post a $60,000 secured bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Vance County District Court on June 26, 2017. 

Alfred Perry, 56, 1524 E. Andrews Avenue, Henderson was charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Perry was also placed in the Vance County Jail after failing to post a $60,000 secured bond.

He also has a preliminary hearing in Vance County District Court on June 26, 2017.

Charges is this matter arrived after an investigation revealed that these two were alleged to have robbed the Dollar General Store located at 718 Raleigh Road on June 3, 2017, The Dollar General located at 1670 N. Garnett Street on June 8, 2017, and the Family Dollar Store located at 112 Raleigh Road on June 9, 2017.

There were no injuries reported during the robbery incidents.

VGCC graduates 11 cadets in school’s 104th BLET Class

Eleven cadets graduated on May 16 from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Vance-Granville Community College, in a ceremony held in the Civic Center on Main Campus. After passing the state certification exam, all are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.

Graduates of VGCC’s 104th BLET class included Jill Nicole McLean of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; Spencer Reid Warehime of the Granville County Sheriff’s Office; Shawn Maurice Brown, Jr., of the Henderson Police Department; Alonza Kyle Fitts of the Louisburg College Campus Police Department; Jacob Matthew Gardner, Thomas Sellers Marrow and Joshua Taylor Mills, all of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation; Kevin Wayne Murphy of the Oxford Police Department; Christopher Michael Agamaite of the Roxboro Police Department; Mark Donald McNamara of the San Jose (California) Police Department; and Kirk Richardson of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The ceremony began with a presentation of colors by students from the ROTC program at Northern Vance High School, and the singing of the national anthem by NVHS student Jaylen Webb.

In welcoming remarks, Dr. Angela Ballentine, VGCC’s vice president of academic affairs, thanked the many leaders from local and state law enforcement agencies in attendance for partnering with the college. “We are honored to work with you, and we thank you for supporting our cadets, providing many of our instructors, and hiring our graduates, as together, we promote increased safety and quality of life for the communities we serve,” Ballentine told the law enforcement representatives. “All of today’s graduates are either employed or have at least accepted conditional job offers from law enforcement agencies.” She congratulated the graduates on successfully completing the rigorous, 667-hour training program and encouraged them to continue their education. “I wish you success and safety as you protect and serve all of us,” Ballentine added.

Speaking as leader of the class, Cadet Jill McLean thanked the many instructors who had trained them, as well as the family members and friends who were there to support the graduates. “These past four months have flown by,” McLean reflected. “This class has taught us a lot about ourselves and what it takes to do this job. I could not have asked for a better group of guys to take on BLET with. We are a ‘family’ of eleven. These guys have made my job as class leader extremely easy.”

Graduates selected Sgt. Christopher Dickerson of the Roxboro Police Department, one of their instructors, to serve as their featured speaker. He is a 2006 graduate of the VGCC BLET program. “This profession is the greatest profession in the world,” Dickerson said of law enforcement. He noted that in 2016, a Gallup poll found that Americans had a higher opinion of their local police than in any survey since 1967.  Dickerson recalled, “I asked you why you wanted to be a police officer, as I do in every class. I heard ‘I want to help my community’ or ‘I want to make my family proud.’ Not a single one gave a selfish response, and that’s why you’re here today.”

He asked the graduates to “remember your drive and what put you in this class” and “never forget your first badge. By pinning that badge on your chest, you have joined the largest family in the entire world.”

Andrea Hyson, the training program coordinator, and instructor Glen Boyd presented awards to the top students in the class in three categories. Murphy won the “Top Gun” Award for having the highest accuracy score in firearms qualification. Fitts earned the Physical Fitness Award for scoring highest in the various fitness tests the cadets undergo during physical training. McLean took home the Academic Achievement Award for having the top grade average in the written tests each cadet must pass.

For more information on the BLET program, contact Hyson at [email protected].

–VGCC–

Vance County Superior Court Session Results in Significant Prison Sentences

Henderson, NCDistrict Attorney Michael Waters, together with Assistant District Attorneys Melissa Pelfrey and Onica Fuller worked through a criminal calendar consisting of cases brought by both the Henderson Police Department and the Vance County Sheriffs Office during a week-long session of Vance County Superior Court which began May 8, 2017, where Superior Court Judge Michael O’Foghludha presided.

Travis Kingsberry received an active prison sentence of Life without Parole in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction (DAC) at the end of a week-long trial where jurors found Kingsberry guilty of First Degree Murder, First Degree Burglary and Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury. The case against Kingsberry stemmed from the 2009 murder of Montrell Alston on Adams Street in Henderson, NC, and was investigated by detectives and patrol officers of the Henderson Police Department under the direction of Chief Marcus Barrow.

Jemel Bullock, a co-defendant of Mr. Kingsberry, received an active prison sentence of 96 to 125 months in the DAC as a result of his plea of guilty to Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Darius Benson, also a co-defendant of Bullock and Kingsberry, was sentenced, pursuant to his plea of guilty, to Voluntary Manslaughter and received an active prison sentence of 71 to 95 months in the DAC. Benson received a mitigated sentence as a result of agreement to testify on behalf of the State against others involved in the 2009 murder of Montrell Alston.

The fourth and final co-defendant of Bullock, Benson and Kingsberry, Alan Gibson, was found guilty of First Degree Murder, First Degree Burglary and Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury by a jury at the end of a trial that began on March 21, 2017. Gibson also received an active prison sentence of Life without Parole in the DAC.

Michael Waters

Henderson PD Releases St. Baldrick’s Day Cornhole Tournament Details

St. Baldrick’s Day Cornhole Tournament

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Henderson Police Department

Registration: 11:30 a.m. Tournament Begins: 12:30 a.m.

Boards: The boards measure 2ft. in width 4ft. in length. The hole is 6” diameter, measured 9” from the top of the board to the center of the hole. Bags: The bags being used are 6” X 6” in size and weigh 16 oz. Spacing: Each board will be positioned at a distance of 27’ from the front of one board to the other. All boards and bags will be provided by the sponsor.  No personal boards or bags will be allowed.

Tournament Format

This will be a single elimination tournament. The number of teams will be determined by the number of entries. Team placement is randomly determined prior to the start of the tournament.

Scoring

A coin toss will determine who will throw first to begin the tournament game. Players will alternate throws until all 8 bags have been thrown.

  1. Each bag on the board = 1 point. Each bag in the hole = 3 points.
  2. Any bags touching the ground or “bounced” on the box do not count and are to be removed prior to the next bag being thrown by the opposing team.
  3. Total points for each team are calculated. The team scoring the most points in a round receives their total score.
  4. The team who scores last will have the first throw of the next round.
  5. The first team to achieve a score of 21 points or more will declared the winner. A tie will require extra rounds until a winner is determined.

 

Ground Rules

  1. The winning team is to collect and return all bags and report their final score to the tournament director at the registration table.
  2. There will be a “No Skunk” rule.
  3. The tournament committee will have the final decision regarding any questions or conflicts arising throughout the tournament.
  4. Be polite and courteous at all time.

THANKYOU FOR PARTICIATPION IN THE ST. BALDRICK’S CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT!

We appreciate your support!

Henderson Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

NEW BERN – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court on April 5, 2017, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced WILLIAM LACHLIAN ORMOND, III, 29, of Henderson, NC to 57 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.

ORMOND was named in an Indictment filed on March 22, 2016 and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. On June 16, 2016, ORMOND pled guilty to that charge.

On October 29, 2015, an officer with the Henderson Police Department in Henderson encountered ORMOND walking down the street, and knew him to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. The officer suspected that ORMOND was armed due to the way he was holding his waistband, and attempted to engage ORMOND in conversation. ORMOND attempted to flee on foot and was captured by the officer. Upon taking the defendant into custody, the officer located a 9mm handgun with a large capacity magazine on the defendant. The handgun was loaded with 22 rounds of ammunition.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

The Henderson Police Department, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, North Carolina State Crime Lab, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) conducted the criminal investigation of this case. Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette handled the prosecution of this case and Assistant United States Attorney Peggah Wilson handled the sentencing hearing.

Henderson PD Crime of the Month: Hendersonian Suffers Gunshot Wound Inside Residence

Press Release: April 4, 2017

On March 12, 2017 at approximately 9:33 PM officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to 250 Keene Street in reference to a shooting into a residence. Upon arrival officers that Jacqueline Terry had sustained injuries resulting from a gunshot to the leg. There were also four other individuals inside the residence at the time of the shooting whom did not report any injuries. Terry was transported to a local medical facility to receive further treatment for her injuries.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Henderson Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. If anyone should have any information related to this case, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925 or the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $2,000 for information that may lead to an arrest. Callers may remain anonymous.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow

Henderson PD Crime of the Month: No Limit Sweepstakes Robbed at Gunpoint

Press Release: April 4, 2017

On March 29, 2017 at approximately 2:02 AM officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to 941 W. Andrews Avenue Suite F (No Limits Sweepstakes) in reference an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers spoke with Elizabeth Black who stated that a subject forced his way into the business while pointing a handgun at her. The suspect took a brown envelope containing U.S. currency and ran out the front door of the business.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Henderson Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. If anyone should have any information related to this case, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925 or the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $2,000 for information that may lead to an arrest. Callers may remain anonymous.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow

Eighteen Year Old Hendersonian Shot and Killed

Press Release- Monday, April 03, 2017

On Sunday, April 02, 2017, at 7:16 p.m. members of the Henderson Police Department Patrol Division responded to Party Pick Up, 655 N. Garnett Street, Henderson in response to calls of someone shot.  When officers arrived they located one victim, Talik Ahmad Harris, 18, 1220 Second Street, Henderson.  Harris was determined to be deceased upon arrival of emergency medical personnel.

The investigation into this matter has been turned over to the Henderson Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.  Anyone witnessing this event or having been in the area around the time of the incident is asked to contact the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141 or the Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925.

Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

Numerous Guilty Pleas Surface from Vance County Criminal Superior Trial Court last week

HENDERSON, NC  — A session of Vance County Criminal Superior Trial Court was held during the week of March 20, 2017, and Judge Michael O’Foghludha presided over the session. The Office of District Attorney Michael D. Waters was represented by Assistant District Attorneys Melissa Pelfrey and Onica Fuller.

Several pleas were taken during the morning of March 20, 2017. Kyshaun Norrell pleaded guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter and received a 62 to 87 month active sentence in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction (DAC).

Jimmy Kelly pleaded guilty to Possession of Burglary Tools and Attempted Breaking and Entering and received an 8 to 17 month active sentence in the DAC.

Maurio Solomon pleaded guilty to Felony Fleeing to Elude and Assault with a Deadly Weapon and received a 15 to 27 month active sentence in the DAC.

Crystal Tuck pleaded guilty to Misdemeanor Larceny and received a 120 day active sentence in the DAC.

Percell Richardson pleaded guilty to Possession of Firearm by Felon and received a 12 to 24 month active sentence which was suspended for 18 months of supervised probation.

Larry Ayscue pleaded guilty to Manufacturing Marijuana and received a 10 to 21 month active sentence which was suspended for 24 months of supervised probation.

Demario Henderson pleaded guilty to Possession of Heroin, Felony Maintaining a Vehicle/Dwelling, Misdemeanor Fleeing to Elude, and Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and received a 5 to 15 month active sentence which was suspended for 18 months of supervised probation.

On Tuesday afternoon, March 21, 2017, the State began the trial of State vs. Alan Gibson for the 2009 murder of Montrell Alston in Henderson, NC. Mr. Gibson was found guilty of First Degree Murder and received a sentence of life in prison. Mr. Gibson was also found guilty of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury in which he received a 38 to 55 month active sentence. These two sentences were consolidated. He was also found guilty of First Degree Burglary. This case was prepared for trial by Assistant District Attorneys Melissa Pelfrey and Onica Fuller, and was investigated by Detective Allen Simmons and officers with the Henderson Police Department under the direction of Chief Marcus Barrow.

Michael Waters