Police Chase Press Release

On Tuesday, April 05, 2016, Henderson Police Officers were dispatched to 101 N. Cooper Drive in response to a robbery that had just occurred. David Lee Bean, 24, 550 Wakefield Avenue, Henderson reported he had been robbed and provided responding officers with a description of a suspect vehicle.

Officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle on Dabney Drive. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle at which time the driver sped away. Units with the Henderson Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol then pursued the vehicle in an attempt to apprehend the suspects. The pursuit concluded in Granville County after the suspects wrecked their vehicle near the Revlon Plant on Highway 158.HPD Jarquise Thorpe 040616

After further investigation, Henderson Police have determined that a robbery in fact had not occurred but another felonious offense had. Henderson Police have charged the driver Jarquise Vontrell Thorpe, 25, 104 W. Westbury Drive, Oxford with Felonious Obtaining Property By False Pretense.

Thorpe was placed in the Vance County Jail after failing to post a 20,000.00 secured bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 10, 2016.

The investigation into this matter was conducted by the Henderson Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol. All offenses in regard to the pursuit were handled by the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Additional charges in this matter may be forth coming.

Press Release – Authority: Chief Marcus Barrow

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Car Chase

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Henderson Police were involved in a car chase.

Police Chief Marcus Barrow said, “It started after a reported robbery at N. Cooper and Dabney Drive. The victim and suspects knew each other. A vehicle chase ensued and ended at 158 highway near I-85 in Granville County. The two suspects were apprehend quickly. North Carolina State Highway Patrol assisted at our request.”

Vance County Sheriff Deputies also assisted.

There are no known injuries, and more information, such as the names of those involved, will likely be released on Wednesday.

April Crimes of the Month

Fraud Case:
On February 05, 2016 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Henderson Police Officers received a call from Mr. Anderson who stated that someone had used his personal and corporate credit cards at several locations within the city. The Henderson Police Department encourages any person with information related to this case to contact Henderson – Vance Crime Stoppers at 492-1925 and also you can leave anonymous tips on the web site Citizens with information can also contact the Henderson Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 431-6063.

Shooting into a Occupied Dwelling & Property Damage Case
On March 30, 2016 at approximately 6:47 p.m., officers responded to North Clark Street and Charles Street, in reference to shots fired.  Upon arrival, officers talked to Ms. Hargrove of North Clark Street who stated that someone fired shots into her residence and caused damage to the fence around the house. The Henderson Police Department encourages anyone with information related to this crime to contact the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141 or Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925. You can put anonymous tips on the web site Callers may remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Breaking & Entering & Larceny Case
On March 20, 2016 at approximately 2:41 p.m., the Vance County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 420 Greystone Road Henderson, NC in reference to a Breaking and Entering. Upon arrival, deputies talked to Patricia Alston who stated that someone had broken into her house and removed items. The Vance County Sheriff’s Office encourages any person with information related to this case to contact Henderson – Vance Crime Stoppers at 492-1925 and also you can put anonymous tips on the web site Citizens with information can also contact the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at 738-2200.

Armed Robbery Case
On February 08, 2016 at approximately 9:15 p.m., Vance County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 141 Begonia Lane Henderson, NC in reference to an Armed Robbery. Upon arrival deputies talked to Randolph Scott who stated that a black male tall and skinny wearing all black tried to (commit) robbery. The suspect did not get any money and the subject ran from the scene. The Vance County Sheriff’s Office encourages any person with information related to this case to contact Henderson –Vance Crime Stoppers at 492-1925 and also you can put anonymous tips on web site Citizens with information can also contact the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at 738-2200.

Note: Crime Stoppers will pay rewards up to $2,000.00 for information leading to the arrest of persons responsible for this and other criminal offenses. All information received is kept confidential. The Crime Stoppers phone number is 492-1925. Callers do not have to give their name.

News 04/05/16

Orange County Speedway Media Day 2016 Press Release

Welcome to Orange County Speedway. We are starting our 10th season under the current management, and are pleased to announce exciting renovations that are underway. The main office is being renovated as well as the souvenir stand. OCS will have a new walk-in souvenir stand to offer fans the opportunity to have easy access to touch and feel the products they may want to purchase. We will also be offering a better selection of merchandise to appeal to all ages.

Track owner Melvin Stanley, and Operations Manager, Terry Deal, are making several upgrades to the track to make it a place where fans will have the most enjoyable experience and competitors will appreciate and enjoy their experience as well. “We want to make it a place enjoyable for everyone and a place where everyone will want to return,” said Deal.

Many local favorites are returning in 2016, such as 2014 Late Model Champion Chris Denny. Former champions Chuck Lawson and Terry Dease will throw their hat into the mix in 2016. Also returning is former Late Model competitor Tripp Massengill. Defending champion Craig Moore will be making periodic appearances throughout 2016, along with Layne Riggs.

Chris Elliott, Daniel Schadt, Dennis Sargent, Daryl Carver, and the Gray brothers are just a few names which will be running in the Limited Sportsman division. Defending Street Stock champion Jared Gillis will be returning to run for another Street Stock championship. Other Street Stock notables are the Purnell brothers and Jeffrey Martin, who is moving up from Super Mini Trucks, along with local favorite Scoot Hayden.

The Pure Stock and Super Mini Truck classes are growing and Orange County Speedway is expecting new competitors from Virginia and North Carolina. Danny Winstead has announced that he will be defending his Pure Stock title.

OCS is pleased to announce that the Modified Four Cylinder division will be running seven races this year with series sponsorship from Smokey Dave’s BBQ.

We are also running an open-wheel modified division with series sponsorship to be announced soon.

With new divisions, sponsorships, staff members, competitors, and renovations, everyone at OCS is excited about the 2016 season.

The first race of 2016 for Orange County Speedway is this Saturday, April 9th. Qualifying begins at five, and the first race begins at seven.

News 04/04/16

VGCC Student recognized for Academic Excellence

Vance-Granville Community College has named student Elizabeth M. Caulfield of Louisburg as its recipient of the North Carolina Community College System’s Academic Excellence Award for 2016. One student from each of the 58 colleges in the state system is honored with the award each year.

Caulfield will be officially recognized at Commencement in May, when she is scheduled to graduate from the college with an Associate in Arts degree. That same month, Caulfield will graduate from Franklin County Early College High School. She is the first student from an Early College high school to receive the Academic Excellence Award in VGCC history. The college partners with four Early College high school programs, one in each county of the VGCC service area.

Caulfield said that her high school experience has been “unorthodox” but “thrilling.”

“I would never change my decision to attend the early college,” she said. “With the help of counseling and advice from VGCC staff and teachers, as well as some tutoring here and there, I was recently accepted into the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Looking back, I know my solid foundation at VGCC has set me up for success when I transition into university-level classes. I have learned to manage stress, stay organized, communicate with instructors, take notes, and above all, make the most of my college experience.”

Caulfield was inducted into the college’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society last year, and has made the Dean’s List and the President’s List. She has excelled in both her high school and college classes while also working part-time at a local restaurant and taking part in student organizations. At the high school level, Caulfield is a member of the National Honor Society and the Early College student newspaper staff. As a VGCC student, she has participated in the campus Earth Day cleanup for several years and is helping to establish the Equality Club. Outside of school, Caulfield has volunteered with the Franklin County Animal Shelter and Clearview Baptist Church.

She plans to major in Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill.

“We are proud to recognize Elizabeth among the top students in North Carolina,” said Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of VGCC. “She is an excellent representative of both Vance-Granville and Franklin County Early College High School, and we know she will continue to excel as she completes her baccalaureate degree.”

VGCC to hold 32nd Benefit Golf Tournament on May 3rd

Vance-Granville Community College’s 32nd Annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, presented by Union Bank, will be held at the Henderson Country Club on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. All event proceeds support the mission of the college, the Endowment Fund and student scholarships.

With the support of numerous golfers and sponsors, the annual event has raised more than $650,000 since its inception in 1985. The 2015 tournament alone generated a record-breaking $100,318.

This year’s morning and afternoon rounds will begin with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The afternoon round is sold out, but there are openings in the morning round.

The format is four-person “Captain’s Choice Super Ball.” Golfers can form their own teams of four, or sign up and be put on a team. Teams will be handicapped based on handicaps supplied by each player. Trophies will be awarded for first through third place teams in both rounds. Other awards will be given for “closest to the pin” and “longest drive.”

A hole-in-one on Hole 9 will be rewarded with a 2016 Toyota Avalon, courtesy of Toyota of Henderson, while a player who hits a hole-in-one on Hole 16 will win a 2016 Mahindra 1533 Tractor with Loader, courtesy of Vanco Outdoor Equipment.

Other special bonus prizes for both holes-in-one include PING golf clubs and bag (Hole 4), an iPod Touch and gift card (Hole 9) and an HDTV (Hole 11). Even if there is no hole-in-one, there will be special prizes for the golfer who comes closest to the pin on these holes.

The cost for one golfer to enter the tournament is $150. In either round, that fee includes greens fees, cart, meals, gift bag, and practice balls.

A light breakfast, lunch, and dinner (immediately following the afternoon round) will be served in the HCC clubhouse. A silent auction and door prize drawings will be held in conjunction with dinner.

Businesses and individuals can take advantage of sponsorship opportunities at various levels. Businesses may also donate products or premium items featuring the company’s logo to be placed in golfers’ gift bags, or to be given as door prizes.

For more information, contact Kay Currin at or (252) 738-3409.