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Financial Card Fraud Arrest

Update 8:30 p.m.

Statement on the matter from Vance Charter School: “Mr. Connolly informed the Chairman of the Vance Charter School Board of Directors of the criminal charges against him Thursday afternoon, and we will continue to closely follow this matter. Any further comment is prohibited as this is a personnel matter and would not be appropriate until the courts have rendered a decision.”  The same statement can be seen on the school’s Facebook page.

Update 3:30 p.m.

There is an update to the following press release issued this morning by Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow. WIZS News contacted Chief Barrow directly, and he confirmed that the accused is the principal of Vance Charter School.

WIZS has contacted Vance Charter School as well as the attorney for the accused seeking comment, and additional relevant information will be provided if and when it becomes available.

Press Release – April 21, 2017

Courtesy: Henderson Police Department

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, an officer with the Henderson Police Department responded to Food Lion, 377 Raleigh Road. Amanda Bullock reported to officers that her financial card had been used to make an unauthorized purchase from the store. After an investigation was conducted, officers obtained a warrant for Sean Connolly. Connolly was charged with one misdemeanor count of financial card fraud and one count of felonious unlawful obtaining credit card.

Connolly, 45, of 2167 Bobbitt Road, Henderson surrendered himself to the Vance County Sheriff’s Department, not the charging agency, on April 21, 2017. Connolly was released from custody after signing a 10,000.00 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Vance County District Court on May 18, 2017.

Further information about the arrest and bonding of Sean Connolly should be made to the Vance County Sheriff’s Office.

Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

Police Issue Phone Scam Public Notice

Scammers are using the threat of arrest warrants to pressure people into forking over hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars. Today the Henderson Police Department was contacted by a citizen who stated that she was threaten that if she didn’t pay $6,000 to the IRS that she would be arrested. The call came from a Texas number.

The caller wanted the potential victim’s debit card information. She refused and hung up the phone. The caller called back manipulating caller ID to make the number appear to come from the Henderson Police Department. The caller told the potential victim that he had obtained a warrant for the unpaid debt and wanted to know where she was so he could arrest her or she could still pay the money to avoid arrest. The potential victim told the caller that she was at the Police Department and to come get her.

The callers convince people to give their debit or credit card numbers out or make the payments by wiring it through Western Union or buying a prepaid credit card like Green Dot and registering it online.

Citizens are reminders to NEVER give out card numbers to anyone and to never purchase debit cards to send to anyone unless you are sending it as gift to someone you know. The most important thing to remember is that in North Carolina it is illegal for law enforcement officers to accept money to prevent an arrest or to squash a warrant.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow

Press Release: April 12, 2017

Search Warrant Yields Drug Charges Against Suspect

Search Warrant Yields Drug Charges Against Suspect

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit executed a search warrant at 133 College Street in Henderson.  An investigation was initiated after receiving citizen’s complaints of drug activity in the area.  During the search, officers recovered 51 grams of crack cocaine, 28 grams of marijuana and a Glock handgun.

Barry Henderson, 43 of 133 College Street Henderson was charged with the following charges: two counts of trafficking cocaine, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, manufacturingHPD Photo Barry Henderson 011417 cocaine, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for keeping/selling controlled substances, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Henderson was placed in the Vance County Jail after failing to post a secured 80,000.00 bond.  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Vance County District Court on January 23, 2017.

Press Release – January 17, 2017

Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

Operation Silent Night Additional Coverage

Immediately after today’s press conference for Operation Silent Night, WIZS News conducted live radio interviews with District Attorney Mike Waters of the 9th Prosectutorial District, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Schurmeier and Lieutenant Allen Hedgepeth of the Henderson Police Department.

To see more about Operation Silent Night please view our other WIZS News post which includes the news release and photos or click here.

Search Warrant Leads to Drug Arrest

Henderson Police Department Press Release

On Sunday, October 9, 2016, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit executed a search warrant at 1218 Toppleman Street, Henderson.  During the search, officers located and seized 239 bindles of heroin as well as 2.6 grams of marijuana.hpd-raheem-debnam-100916

Raheem Debnam, 25, 1218 Toppleman Street, Henderson was charged with the following offenses:  Trafficking heroin by manufacture, trafficking heroin by possession, maintaining a dwelling for keeping a controlled substance, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin.

Debnam was placed in the Vance County Jail after failing to post a 100,000.00 secured bond.  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Vance County District Court on October 24, 2016.

Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

Night Out Against Crime Is TODAY

The Henderson-Vance Night Out Against Crime is today (Thursday, August 11th) from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Breckenridge Street in Downtown Henderson.

The event was rescheduled from its original date because of stormy weather.

There will still be event cups and presentations from The Henderson Police Department, Vance County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson Fire Department, Vance County Fire and EMS, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Vance County Schools, Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers, Henderson-Vance Community Watch Association, and many other agencies and organizations working together with the community to prevent crime and promote safety.

The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).

National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations. Events for this year’s Night Out include displays of law enforcement and public safety vehicles and equipment, informational booths for public safety and public health agencies and organizations, and children’s activities.

The Event Coordinator for the Henderson/Vance Night Out Against Crime 2016 is Community Services Sergeant David E. Pitman, Jr. of the Henderson Police Department.

Night Out Against Crime Is Today

In cooperation with the National Night Out Against Crime, the Henderson/Vance Night Out Against Crime Committee and the Henderson Police Department will be hosting the Henderson/Vance Night Out Against Crime on Breckenridge Street in downtown Henderson TODAY, August 2, 2016. The event is scheduled from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with set-up beginning at 3:00 PM.

Events for this year’s Night Out include displays of law enforcement and public safety vehicles and equipment, informational booths for public safety and public health agencies and organizations, and children’s activities.

The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).

National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

(Information obtained from a press release from Marcus W. Barrow, Henderson Chief of Police.)

Two Henderson Residents Face Drug-Related Charges

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit executed a search warrant at 410 Julia Street, Henderson.  During the search, officers seized a quantity of cocaine, U. S. Currency, pills and a firearm.  Two individuals were charged as a result of the search.HPD - Shameeha Sommerville1

Shameeha Sarah Sommerville, 30, 410 Julia Street, Henderson was charged with one count of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for keeping a controlled substance, simple possession of cocaine, and simple possession of marijuana.  Sommerville was placed in the Vance County Jail after failing to post a 30,000.00 secured bond.  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Vance County District Court on June 27, 2016.

Rodney Duran Yancey, 28, 410 Julia Street, Henderson was charged with two counts of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, manufacturing heroin – 2 counts, maintaining a vehicle for keeping controlled substance, trafficking heroin – 2 counts, maintaining a vehicle for keeping controlled substance, simple possession of cocaine, simpleHPD - Rodney Yancey1
possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Yancey was placed in the Vance County Jail after failing to post a 346,000.00 secured bond.  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Vance County District Court on June 27, 2016.

The heroin charges stemmed from an earlier investigation involving Yancey.

HPD Press Release – Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

Henderson Man Faces Numerous Charges

Henderson Police Department Press Release

On Monday, June 13, 2016, members of the Henderson Police Department Special Operations Unit, Criminal Investigation Division, and U. S. Marshall’s arrested Antoine Clack. Clack, 24, of 1218 Toppleman Street, Henderson was placed in the Vance County Jail without privilege of bond. Clack was wanted by the North Carolina Department of Corrections as an absconder and for violating the terms and conditions of his parole.HPD - Clack - 061416

Charges of first degree kidnapping, first degree burglary, larceny of a motor vehicle, flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon against a government official were lodged by investigators after an incident this past weekend. On Sunday, June 12, Henderson Police Officers responded to 517 Hickory Street. Police were informed that Shante Brown of the residence was forcibly removed from the residence. Brown was released safely at a later time.

During the arrest operation, officers charged Clack with the following additional offenses: Conspiring to traffic in opium/heroin (2 counts), sell and delivery of heroin, resisting a public officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possessing a stolen firearm, felony possession of cocaine, and manufacturing heroin.

Clack was placed in the Vance County Jail without privilege of bond for the parole violation. Bond in the amount of 375,000.00 was set for the remaining charges. The defendant will appear in Vance County District Court on June 27, 2016.

Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

HPD Press Release: Shooting

On May 21, 2016 at approximately 10:50 PM officers with the Henderson Police Department responded to 720 Highland Ave in reference to a person who had been shot. Upon arrival, officers found Ibn Omar Shariff Warren, 33, of 122 Saucey Lane, Henderson, suffering from a gunshot wound. Vance County EMS arrived and transported Mr. Warren to an area hospital. Mr. Warren died on May 24, 2016 due to his 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.

Press Release: May 25, 2016
Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow