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Town of Louisburg Will Host 2019 Christmas Parade Sun. Dec. 8

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-Information courtesy the Town of Louisburg

The Town of Louisburg will host the 2019 Christmas Parade in downtown Louisburg on Sunday, December 8 from 3 until 5 p.m.

Parade entry begins at the intersection of North Main Street and Smoketree Way. The parade will move south on Main Street, continue past Louisburg College, and turn onto Wade Avenue/Johnson Street for disbandment.

Applications to participate in the parade are now being accepted. Interested participants should submit their application by mail or drop off at the Town of Louisburg at 110 West Nash Street, Louisburg, NC 27549.

Entries postmarked by November 20 will be considered for inclusion based on the number of entries needed for each category. Accepted entrants will be notified prior to the parade.

For additional information on the parade, including cost, float requirements and drop off/unloading instructions, please click here.

Bo Carson Named Airport Manager of Triangle North Executive Airport

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-Press Release, Franklin County Government

After serving as Interim Airport Manager for nearly two years, Bo Carson has accepted the position as Airport Manager of Triangle North Executive Airport.

“Mr. Carson’s vision for the airport coupled with his demonstrated track record in economic development position him well for leading Triangle North Executive Airport” commented Angela L. Harris, Franklin County Manager.

Mr. Carson first came to Franklin County in July 2016 serving as Existing Industry Coordinator with the Economic Development Office. He continued his economic development work and stepped in as Interim Airport Manager of Triangle North Executive Airport in January 2018 after the untimely passing of Stephen Merritt.

Mr. Carson has over 20 years of experience and expertise in economic development and was selected as Airport Manager from a pool of 21 applicants. Prior to his work in Franklin, he served in several capacities within the Research Triangle Regional Partnership in Raleigh including Vice President of Business Development, Vice President of Information Services and Director of Research.

Mr. Carson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997, is a graduate of North Pitt High School, and currently resides in Wake Forest with his wife Lori and three children.

FCSO: Citizen Complaints Lead to Drug Arrest of Two Bunn Residents

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit arrested Franklin County resident James Edward Bullock Jr. on October 18, 2019.

Mr. Bullock was arrested at his residence located at 783 Dead Road Bunn, NC. In addition to the arrest, a search warrant was executed at his residence. The search resulted in the seizure of Cocaine, Marijuana, one firearm, one vehicle and US Currency. 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit arrested Franklin County resident James Edward Bullock Jr. on October 18, 2019. In addition to the arrest, a search warrant was executed at his residence. The search resulted in the seizure of Cocaine, Marijuana, one firearm, one vehicle and US Currency. (FCSO photo)

This investigation into illegal drug activity began as a result of citizen complaints alleging Mr. Bullock was involved in selling illegal narcotics throughout Franklin County. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit validated Mr. Bullocks’ illegal activities and began an investigation.

As a result of this investigation, Mr. Bullock was charged with five (5) counts of Possess with Intent to Sell/Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance, (Cocaine), five (5) counts of Selling Cocaine, five (5) counts of Maintaining a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Selling Controlled Substances, one (1) count of Possession of a Firearm by Felon. 

Also arrested during the search was Franklin County resident Dorothy Denise Foster. Ms. Foster was charged with one (1) count of Possess with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine, one (1) count of Maintaining a Vehicle for selling Controlled Substances and Possession of Marijuana. 

Sheriff Kent Winstead stated, “We continue to identify and pursue those dealers who distribute these illegal drugs in our communities. These arrests are the direct result of citizens who provided information on the illegal activities of these two individuals. We appreciate this type of information and the partnership we have with our citizens. Working together helps us fulfill our commitment to keep our communities safe.” 

Also arrested during the search was Franklin County resident Dorothy Denise Foster. Foster was charged with one (1) count of Possess with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine, one (1) count of Maintaining a Vehicle for selling Controlled Substances and Possession of Marijuana. (FCSO photo)

James Edward Bullock Jr. was placed under a $300,000 secured bond and is currently in the Franklin County Detention Center, 

James Edward Bullock Jr., 51 years old, 783 Dead Road Bunn, NC 2750

Dorothy Denise Foster was placed under a $20,000 secured bond in the Franklin County Detention Center. 

Dorothy Denise Foster, 50 years old, 60 Scarborough Road Bunn, NC 27508 

If you have information regarding this case or if you would like to report drug activity in your community, please contact Sgt. Ken Pike at (919) 496-2186. 

‘Operation Impact: Phase II’ Ends in 16 Arrests, 88 Drug Charges (Pics)

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit has concluded Phase II of “Operation Impact,” a six-month investigation involving illegal drug activity in Franklin County. This operation focused on illegal drug sales in and around the Louisburg area of Franklin County.

As a result of this investigation, 16 individuals have been arrested and charged with 88 felony drug-related charges. The individuals arrested during this phase of Operation Impact, are alleged to have been involved in selling illegal drugs in and around neighborhoods in the Louisburg area. 

This investigation was part of a continued and on-going effort by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to identify and investigate illegal drug activity occurring in Franklin County. The individuals arrested during this operation were identified by citizen complaints, and other intelligence-driven information received by the Sheriff’s Office. 

Sheriff Kent Winstead stated, “Phase II of Operation Impact was conducted as part of our overall strategy to address illegal drug sales in every part of our county. Working with our law enforcement partners has proven to be a valuable resource in combating illegal drug activities within our communities.” 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Louisburg Police Department and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division. 

As a result of “Operation Impact,” 31 individuals have been arrested and charged with 174 felony drug-related charges. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

The following arrests/charges are the result of Operation Impact: Phase II –

Eric Lamont Joyner, 38 years old, 25 Eagle Nest Lane Kittrell, NC 27544 – Possess with Intent to Sell and Deliver Heroin (2 Counts), Sell Heroin (2 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling for Selling Controlled Substances. 

Bond $25,000 secured 

Ashley Suri, 24 years old, 40 Richards Way Zebulon, NC 27597 – Possess with Intent to Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance (2 Counts), Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance (2 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling for Selling Controlled Substances (2 Counts).

Bond $25,000 secured 

Wilbert Stewart Jr., 52 years old, 286 Dupree Drive Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Cocaine (3 Counts), PWIMSD Schedule Il Controlled Substance (3 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance (2 Counts).

Bond $50,000 secured 

Dennis Earl Fennell Jr., 29 years old, 71 Dupree Drive Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Cocaine, PWIMSD Schedule Il Controlled Substance, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess with Intent, Controlled Substance within 1000 ft of School.

Bond $100,000 secured 

Joseph Albert Fowler Jr., 30 years old, 196 Dupree Drive Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWIMSD Cocaine, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance (4 Counts), Sell Cocaine (3 Counts), PWIMSD Sch II Controlled Substance (3 Counts), Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess with Intent Controlled Substance within 1000 ft of School.

Bond $175,000 secured

Ricky Patrick Hill Jr., 23 years old, 265 Otis Burrows Road Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Marijuana (2 Counts), PWIMSD Marijuana (2 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance (2 Counts).

Bond $20,000 secured 

Walter Emanuel Epps, 59 years old, 302 Mineral Springs Rd. Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), PWIMSD Cocaine (2 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance (2 Counts), PWISD Cocaine.

Bond $100,000 secured 

Jess Lee Althiser, 37 years old, 73 Whites Lane Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWISD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwell/Place for Controlled Substance.

Bond $15,000 secured 

James Franklin Priest, 35 years old, 305 Ridley Street Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWISD Cocaine (2 Counts), Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwell/Place for Controlled Substance (2 Counts).

Bond $25,000 secured 

Reo Perry, 27 years old, 871 Walter Grissom Road Kittrell, NC 27544 – PWISD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwell/Place for Controlled Substance, Conspire Sell Marijuana.

Bond $15,000 secured 

Justina Webb, 29 years old, 871 Walter Grissom Road Kittrell, NC 27544 – Deliver Marijuana, PWISD Marijuana.

Bond $15,000 secured 

Justin Lane Williams, 24 years old, 118 Rex Place Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWISD Cocaine, Sell Cocaine, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwell/Place for Controlled Substance, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess with Intent Controlled Substance within 1000 ft of School. 

Bond $40,000 secured 

Dequon Seward, 25 years old, 150 Rough Lane Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWISD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana.

Bond $10,000 secured 

Antonie Perry, 34 years old, 275 Cripple Creek Road Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWIMSD Cocaine, Sell Cocaine.

Bond $5,000 secured 

Dennis Godwin, 44 years old, 113 Hopi Drive Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Heroin (2 Counts), PWIMSD Heroin (2 Counts), Conspire Sell/Deliver Schedule I Controlled Substance.

Bond $75,000 secured 

Melissa Murphy, 46 years old, 216 MC Wilder Road Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Schedule II Controlled Substance (3 Counts), PWIMSD Schedule II Controlled Substance (3 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwell/Place for Controlled Substance (2 Counts), Trafficking, Opium or Heroin (3 Counts), Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess with Intent Controlled Substance within 1000 ft of School.

Bond $150,000 secured 

If you have information regarding Operation Impact or you would like to report drug activity in your area, please contact Sgt. Ken Pikę at (919) 496-2186. 

Eric Lamont Joyner

Ashley Suri

Wilbert Stewart Jr.

Dennis Earl Fennell Jr

Joseph Albert Fowler Jr.

Ricky Patrick Hill Jr

Walter Emanuel Epps

Jess Lee Althiser

James Franklin Priest

Reo Perry

Justina Webb

Justin Lane Williams

Dequon Seward

Antonie Perry

Dennis Godwin

Melissa Murphy

Maria Parham to Host Free Breast Cancer Awareness Lunch & Learn Event

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-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health

To celebrate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maria Parham will host a free lunch and learn event on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event will be offered at Maria Parham Multispecialty Clinic located at 1501 N. Bickett Blvd., Suite E, Louisburg, NC.

Topics will cover:
• Breast cancer resources
• Follow up resources if needed
• Prevention education
• Wellness information

For more information, call 252.436.1605

Franklin County’s Annual Veterans Day Program Set for Nov. 11

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-Press Release, County of Franklin

Local veterans will be honored Monday, November 11, 2019, as Franklin County conducts its annual Veterans Day Program at the Louisburg National Guard Armory, located at 600 South Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg, NC. The official program will begin at 11 a.m.

Guest Speaker for the event will be Col. Kelly Jackson, US Army (Ret.), of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, where she serves as Service Member and Family Coordinator. Musical selections for the program will be rendered by the Louisburg High School Band and several talented citizens.

A meal of local favorites, prepared by the Justice Fire Department & Justice Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, will be served after the official program.

Citizens are encouraged to attend and share their appreciation for the Veterans of our county, state and nation who have bravely served our armed forces. This event is sponsored by Franklin County with support from a number of local sponsors.

For more information, contact Franklin County Veterans Services at 919-496-1939 or visit www.franklincountync.us.

Mitchell Missionary Baptist Church to Celebrate Young Adult Day

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-Information courtesy Alecia Cooke, Mitchell Missionary Baptist Church

The family of Mitchell Missionary Baptist Church most cordially invites you to join us for the morning worship service celebrating Young Adult Emphasis Day on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Morning worship at 11 a.m. will feature Vanessa “Preacher Girl” Mitchell and Preacher Girl Ministry of 1 Dance Praise Academy and the Youth Pastor of God House of Deliverance, Oxford, NC.

Our desire is to glorify God in our celebration. We would love to have you join us in praising the Lord for all He has done and is going to do in the future at Mitchell Missionary Baptist Church.

If you have any questions, please contact (919) 358-9403 or (252) 548-7453.

The church is located at 243 Lakeview Road in Louisburg, NC. Reverend Thelma McClean is Interim Pastor.

FCSO: 15 Arrested in Phase One of ‘Operation Impact’ (Pics)

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

Operation Impact 

After a six-month investigation involving illegal drug activity in Franklin County, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit has concluded Phase 1 of “Operation Impact.”

This operation focused on illegal drug activity in and around the Franklinton area of Franklin County. As a result of this investigation, 15 individuals on 86 charges have been arrested for drug-related activities. The individuals arrested during Operation Impact, are alleged to have been involved in selling illegal drugs in and around neighborhoods in the Franklinton area.

This investigation was part of a continued and on-going effort by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to identify, verify and investigate illegal drug activity occurring in Franklin County. The individuals arrested during this operation were identified by citizen complaints, law enforcement complaints and other intelligence-driven information received by the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Kent Winstead stated, “Operation Impact is an effort to identify and arrest anyone who chooses to sell illegal drugs in our communities. Our strategy and our emphasis will continue to be making our communities safer. These arrests will help achieve that goal.” 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Franklinton Police Department and agents with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement. 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

The following arrests/charges are the result of Operation Impact: Phase 1 

Stephon Lavare Perry, 31 years old, 583 Ballard Pruitt Road Franklinton, NC 27525 – PWISD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place C

Bond $15,000 secured

Aaron Lloyd, 23 years old, 64 Mary Day Drive Louisburg, NC 27549 – 2 counts PWIMSD Cocaine, 2 counts Sell Cocaine, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS

Bond $75,000 secured 

Brendan Jerel Cannady, 32 years old, 205 Savage Street Franklinton, NC 27525 – 2 counts Sell Cocaine, 2 counts PWIMSD Cocaine, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS

Bond $100,000 secured

Diquaz Javon Kearney-Crudup, 23 years old, 861 Hicks Road Youngsville, NC 27596 – PWISD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana, 2 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS, Manuf/Sell/Deliver/Poss w/ intent CS w/ in 1000 ft of School, PWIMSD MDA/MDMA

Bond $50,000 secured

Jeffrey Thomas Rinker, 37 years old, 35 Poplar Creek Drive Franklinton, NC 27525 – Conspire to Sell Heroin

Bond $10,000 secured

Jami Lynn Massengill, 36 years old, 4820 Eagleroost Court Wake Forest, NC 27587 – Conspire Sell Heroin, Possess Heroin

Bond $20,000 secured

William Daniel McGhee, 37 years old, 3048 US 1 Hwy/Budget Inn Franklinton, NC 27525 – Conspire Sell Heroin

Bond $30,000 secured

Dwight Leon Garrett, 66 years old, 1307 Gordon Moore Road Franklinton, NC 27525 – PWIMSD Sch 11 CS, Sell Sch II CS, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS

Bond $50,000 secured

Willie Burt Sneed, 60 years old, 807 Mitchell Avenue Franklinton, NC 27525 – 4 counts PWISD Cocaine, 4 counts Sell Cocaine, 4 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell Place CS

Bond $150,000 secured

Deshaun Lamont Williams, 46 years old, 120 Mark Street Franklinton, NC 27525 – 3 counts Sell Cocaine ,3 counts PWIMSD Sch Il CS, 3 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS, Habitual Felon, Trafficking in Cocaine

Bond $500,000 secured

Bennie Lee Crudup, 43 years old, 101 W Green Street Franklinton, NC 27525 – 5 counts Sell Cocaine, 5 counts PWIMSD Cocaine, 3 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS, 4 counts Manuf/Sell/Deliver/Poss w/ intent CS w/ in 1000 ft of School

Bond $250,000 secured

Michael Sills, 51 years old, 8 South Cheatham Street Franklinton, NC 27525 – 2 counts PWISD Cocaine, 2 counts Sell Cocaine, 2 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS ,2 counts Manuf/Sell/Deliver/Poss w/ intent CS w/ in 1000 ft of School, Conspire Sell Cocaine, Habitual Felon

Bond $500,000 secured

Robert Dubois, 29 years old, 113 Old John Mitchell Road Youngsville, NC 27596 – Deliver Cocaine, PWISD Cocaine

Bond $2,000 secured

Renee Morgan, 29 years old, 35 Cambridge Drive Franklinton, NC 27525 –PWISD Cocaine, Sell Cocaine, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS 

Bond $ 60,000 secured

Terrance Vines, 39 years old, 40 Cambridge Drive Franklinton, NC 27525 – 2 counts PWISD Cocaine, 2 counts Sell Cocaine, 2 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS

Bond $100,000 secured

For more information regarding this investigation, or to provide information regarding drug activity in your community, please contact Sergeant Ken Pike at (919) 496-2186. 

Terry M. Wright, Chief of Staff

Michael Sills

Bennie Lee Crudup

Stephon Lavare Perry,

Willie Burt Sneed

William Daniel McGhee

Aaron Lloyd

Diquaz Javon Kearney-Crudup

Jami Lynn Massengill

Deshaun Lamont Williams

Brendan Jerel Cannady

Renee Morgan

Jeffrey Thomas Rinker

Robert Dubois

Dwight Leon Garrett

Terrance Vines

FCSO: Degumba Arrested on Child Sexual Offenses

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division issued warrants for the arrest of John Edward Degumba, a Johnston County resident.

Charges consisted of the following: one (1) count of Rape of a Child, one (1) count of Sexual Offense with a Child, and one (1) count of Indecent Liberties with a Child. 

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division issued warrants for the arrest of John Edward Degumba. Charges consisted of the following: one (1) count of Rape of a Child, one (1) count of Sexual Offense with a Child, and one (1) count of Indecent Liberties with a Child. (FCSO photo)

Charges were filed after an extensive investigation conducted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklinton Police Department and Benson Police Department. 

Benson Police Department criminally charged John Edward Degumba on Friday, September 13, 2019, with one (1) count of Statutory Sexual Offense with a Child and one (1) count of Indecent Liberties with a Child 

Franklinton Police Department criminally charged John Edward Degumba on Saturday, September 21, 2019, with one (1) count of Sexual Offense with a child and one (1) count of Indecent Liberties with a Child. 

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, John Edward Degumba turned himself in at the Franklin County Magistrate’s Office.

John Edward Degumba was given a total of $450,000.00 secured bond and is currently being held in the Franklin County Detention Center. 

John Edward Degumba, 30 years of age, Benson, NC 27504 

Terry M. Wright, Chief of Staff

VGCC Gearing Up for Medical Assistants Recognition Week Celebration

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-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

The Vance-Granville Community College Medical Assisting Program is gearing up to celebrate Medical Assistants Recognition Week, October 21 – 25, 2019, as designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Medical assistants across the country will be recognized during this special week and honored on Medical Assistants Recognition Day, October 23, 2019.

In celebration of Medical Assistants Recognition Week, the Vance-Granville Community College Medical Assisting Program has planned the following special events and activities:

MED Mini Health Fair to be held at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin Campus Student Lounge, 8100 NC 56 Hwy, Louisburg, NC on Monday, October 21, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

“Medical Assistants are at the heart of healthcare and we support our community,” says Tonia Boyd, Vance-Granville Medical Assisting Class President of the 2020 graduating class.

Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond. Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The American Association of Medical Assistants is the only organization devoted exclusively to serving the professional interests and educational needs of all medical assistants. The association provides numerous services that help medical assistants put their careers on a successful and rewarding track and keep them there.