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Four Local K9 Officers to Receive Bullet-Proof Vests

-Information courtesy Franklin Co. Sheriff Kent Winstead’s Facebook page

The Mona Pants Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit dog rescue group, is donating bullet-proof vests to four K9 Officers – two from the Henderson Police Department and two from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

The lucky recipients of the “vestification” project, started by the Mona Pants Foundation in 2016, include Franklin Co. K9 Officer Ace (Corporal A. Barrett), Franklin Co. K9 Officer Oli (Corporal K. Gunter), Henderson K9 Officer Deli (Sergeant J. Thomas) and Henderson K9 Officer Nero (Officer Machelick).

These bullet-proof and stab-proof vests are in the process of being made and should be ready for the K9 Officers in a few weeks.

For more information, including pictures of the officers, please click here.

Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office Arrests Man for Statutory Rape of a Child

-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Terry M. Wright – Chief of Staff

On June 25, 2018, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit issued a warrant for the arrest of Jonathan Robert Pyron, a Johnston County resident.

Jonathan Robert Pyron was charged with the following: one (1) count of Felony Statutory Rape of a Child <= 15 years old; and one (1) count of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child.

On June 25, 2018, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jonathan Robert Pyron at the Johnston County Detention Center where he was being held on an unrelated criminal charge.

Jonathan Robert Pyron is currently being held in the Johnston County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond.

Two Arrested for Breaking/Entering/Larceny in Youngsville

-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Terry M. Wright – Chief of Staff

On June 15, 2018, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklinton Police Department, and Youngsville Police Department responded to a Breaking and Entering on Bert Winston Road, Youngsville. All agencies established a perimeter in the area and Jesus Reyes Carreon and Pedro Antonio Castro were taken into custody without incident.

Jesus Reyes Carreon (Photo courtesy Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

Jesus Reyes Carreon, a Franklin County resident, was charged with the following: one (1) count of Break and/or Enter a Residence and one (1) count of Larceny After Breaking and Entering.

Pedro Antonio Castro (Photo courtesy Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

Pedro Antonio Castro, a Franklin County resident was charged with the following: one (1) count of Break and/or Enter a Residence and one (1) count of Larceny After Breaking and Entering. Pedro Antonio Castro was charged with an additional one (1) count of Break and/or Enter a Building and one (1) count of Larceny After Breaking and Entering on a warrant from an incident on May 25, 2018, at the Franklin County Solid Waste on Timberlake Road, Louisburg.

Jesus Reyes Carreon was placed in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $20,000.00 secured bond.

Pedro Antonio Castro is currently being held in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $105,000.00 secured bond.

This matter remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone should have any additional information pertaining to this investigation, please call Detective Nick Kapl at 919-340-4344.

Franklin County Sheriff

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

Sheriff

Franklin County Man charged with Second Degree Murder

On Thursday, September 21st the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit arrested Ricky Barlow Weese Jr., a Franklin County Resident. Ricky Barlow Weese Jr. was charged with the following: Second Degree Murder and Felony Child Abuse-Inflicting Serious Physical Injury.

This incident is alleged to have occurred on March 11th involving the death of an eight (8) week old infant.

Mr. Weese is currently being held in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $500,000 secure bond.

Ricky Barlow Weese Jr.

964 Hicks Road

Youngsville, NC 27596

DOB: 11-02-1983

This matter remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone should have any additional information pertaining to this investigation, please call Detective Garrett at 919-340-4311.

Terry M. Wright

Chief of Staff

 

Franklin County Sheriff

Operation Summer Magic Results in Six Arrests in Franklin County

RALEIGH – Nearly 40 law enforcement and probation/parole officers, as well as support staff from state, local and federal agencies, joined forces this week for Operation Summer Magic, an enforcement operation that served outstanding criminal warrants and conducted compliance checks on high risk and violent offenders on probation and parole in Franklin County.

“Law enforcement agency partnerships are key to maintaining safe communities in Franklin County, as well as across the state,” said N.C. Department of Public Safety Community Corrections Director Tracy Lee. “We thank our partners for their hard work and collaboration on this operation.”

The one-day operation saw 27 residences searched, with six arrests. Law enforcement seized:

  • 3 firearms;
  • 1 bulletproof vest;
  • Marijuana and drug paraphernalia; and
  • 48 packets of heroin.

Participating agencies included DPS Community Corrections (Probation/Parole), DPS Special Operations Unit, federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklinton Police Department, Youngsville Police Department, Louisburg Police Department and N.C. Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NC ISAAC). The operation was supported by canines and handlers from DPS and the local law enforcement agencies.

Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead, said, “We are appreciative of our local, state and federal partners who came together in a collaborative effort to serve warrants and ensure high-risk offenders were in compliance with the terms of their probation.”

Louisburg Police Chief Jason Abbott said, “With our communities shaken by numerous recent acts of violence that have crossed several jurisdictions, I am grateful for the relationships we share with our community leaders, and our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners. Collectively, and with community support, we are taking a proactive approach to end the senseless violence in our neighborhoods.”

Franklinton Police Chief John Green said, “We are thankful for all local, state and federal agencies coming together in this joint operation in this county.”

Added Youngsville Police Chief Daren Kirts, “This is great when all of Franklin County law enforcement comes together for the safety of its citizens.”

For more information about Operation Summer Magic, please contact Terry Wright at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 727-0834.

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 hysona@vgcc.edu.

–VGCC–

Nurse Facing Seventy Five (75) drug related charges

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit has arrested a nurse on seventy five (75) drug related charges.

The arrest is the result of a joint on-going investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation; in consultation with the District Attorney’s Office.

The Investigation was initiated after FCSO personnel reviewed and became suspicious of invoices for prescription medication which was allegedly ordered by the alleged suspect (Tamsey H. Watkins) for inmates. An examination of the invoices determined that prescriptions were ordered for inmates that were no longer in the custody of the Franklin Detention Center.

Ms. Watkins is an employee of Southern Health Partners, who provides contract medical services to correctional facilities including the Franklin County Detention Center.

Tamsey H. Watkins

33 Duke Valentine Wynne Road

Louisburg, NC 27549

DOB: 03-09-1980

Ms. Watkins has been charged with the following offenses: 

25 Felony Counts of Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud

25 Felony Counts of Trafficking Opiates by Possession

25 Felony Counts of Trafficking Opiates by Transport

Ms. Watkins is being held in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond.

This is an on-going investigation and as a result the Sheriff’s Office will have no further comments at this time.

 

Terry M. Wright

Chief of Staff

 

Middlesex Police Chief Arrested for Alleged Assault

Chief William D. Murray of the Middlesex Police Department was arrested on Wednesday March 15, 2017 by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office and was turned over to Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Personnel. Chief Murray was arrested after warrants were obtained by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and communicating threats.

Mr. Murray is facing the following charges: Misdemeanor Assault on a Female and Misdemeanor Communicating Threats.

William Dennis Murray

3128 Prophecy Road

Middlesex, North Carolina

DOB: 07-06-1973

Mr. Murray is currently being held in the Franklin County Detention Center with no bond.

 

Terry M. Wright

Chief of Staff

Franklin County Sheriff: Suspect Arrested in the Death of his Mother

On March 6, 2017 at approximately 12:47 p.m., the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to 90 Morgan Drive, Zebulon after receiving a call from the alleged suspect that he had killed his mother with a knife.

Upon arriving on the scene a deputy encountered the suspect who was taken into custody without incident.

As a result of the investigation, the following individual was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder and Placed in the Franklin County Detention Center with no bond:

 

 

Oliver Mauricio Funes Machada

90 Morgan Drive

Zebulon, North Carolina 27597

DOB: 06/15/1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry M. Wright

Chief of Staff