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HPD Releases Statement on Opening of Planet Fitness

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-Press Release, Henderson Police Department

The City of Henderson and its Police Department received definitive information that Planet Fitness will open its North Carolina facilities under an interpretation of Executive Order 141 to “allow members with a medical need to exercise.”

Due to the complexities of the “Executive Order” in this specific discourse, we will seek the guidance and lead of State officials and their subject matter experts.

Our greatest concern is the health of our community as a whole, and this will remain our stance in seeking clarification in this matter. We implore our citizens to use their best judgment and follow the guidance that has been established. We all want a prosperous and healthy community.

Henderson Police Department

Henderson Police Arrests for 8-6-20

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The following arrest reports on file today at the Henderson Police Department:

Shortly past 10 a.m., on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, police arrested Jerome Manson, 32, of 150 Falkner Street, Henderson. Manson was charged with three felonies including two counts of trafficking opium/heroin as well as possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin and one count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place.

Bond amount listed at $507,000, and he was confined to the Vance County Jail by the magistrate pending a court date of August 10.

Police arrested Damien Lamar Bullock, 27, of 1261 Americal Road, Lot 4 on Wednesday, August 5 about 3:45 p.m. He was charged with three felonies including possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place and sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance.

Secured bond amount listed as $90,000, and Bullock was jailed by the magistrate pending an August 17 court date.

In another matter, second-degree kidnapping, felony hit and run injury and aggressive/careless driving were the charges resulting in the arrest of Shonkale Jabar Davis, 22, of 711 Arch Street. He was arrested on-view at that residence on Wednesday, August 5 about 6:45 p.m.

The magistrate gave a $60,000 secured bond in the matter, and Davis was jailed prior to a November 20 court date.

Henderson Police Department

Henderson Police Department Addresses Public Face Covering Requirement

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In response to the announcement earlier this week that NC’s Safer at Home Phase 2 will be extended for three more weeks, and face coverings are now required in public places, the Henderson Police Department addressed local enforcement of the order via Facebook.

HPD’s statement reads:

“As always, I strongly encourage everyone to take safeguards to protect themselves, their families, friends, neighbors, and all others. As of 5 p.m. today (Friday, June 26, 2020) EXECUTIVE ORDER 147 takes effect. I urge everyone to read EXECUTIVE ORDER 147 (click here) for its content and in its entirety.

There are no provisions to charge a person for simply failing to wear a face covering in public. The enforcement section of this document only pertains to varying businesses, certain government, and transportation settings. Violations under this order can be issued only to businesses or organizations that fail to enforce the face covering requirement.

Law enforcement personnel are not authorized to criminally enforce the “face covering” requirements of this Executive Order against individual workers, customers, or patrons. The “Exceptions” section of the order makes it difficult to enforce the face covering requirements of the Governor’s order based on the way the order is worded and the numerous exceptions listed.

Downtown Henderson

Town Talk 06/01/20: Henderson Police Chief Discusses Sunday’s ‘Peaceful’ Downtown Protest

THIS STORY IS PRESENTED IN PART BY DRAKE DENTISTRY

Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow appeared on WIZS Town Talk Monday at 11 a.m.

Barrow discussed Sunday’s protest/walk through downtown Henderson, a response, in part, to the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died during an incident with law enforcement in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25.

Following days of both orderly protests and violent riots and looting throughout the country, Barrow reported that Sunday’s local gathering was both “peaceful and productive.”

Barrow estimated 30-40 Henderson residents participated in the protest, including local community leaders Kendrick Vann, director of the Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department; Lt. Jessica West, Henderson Police Department; Sara Coffey, Henderson Mayor Pro Tem; and Henderson City Council Members Melissa Elliott and Marion Williams.

“These community members came out yesterday to engage with the group, to engage our youth in conversation,” said Barrow. “We walked around downtown peacefully and talked and held a conversation the entire time. I think it was very productive.”

When asked to elaborate on their discussions, Barrow said, “We talked about history and where we are today. We talked about the incident in Minnesota. We talked about the right way of doing things and the wrong way of doing things. They were receptive to what we had to say and I feel like we were open to what they wanted to talk about and their opinions. We agreed on the majority of the things we discussed.”

According to Barrow, during the protest, phone numbers were exchanged and dates were scheduled for further discussions “among some Henderson residents whose paths had never crossed before.”

Barrow said some participants asked him if there were any fundamental changes he would like to see in law enforcement. “I told them ‘absolutely,'” he said. “As a nation, I think there are some fundamental changes we need to make to our hiring process and the way we operate.”

While currently a voluntary measure, Barrow said one thing he’d like to see is more law enforcement agencies become a part of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). According to Barrow, the Henderson Police Department is a CALEA participant with the next closest accredited departments being Durham and Raleigh.

“CALEA provides police departments and sheriff’s departments alike with opportunities to have up-to-date policies and best practices,” explained Barrow.

For those planning future protests or demonstrations in Henderson, Barrow said the proper procedure is to contact the HPD at (252) 431-4141 to file the required paperwork.

To hear the interview with Barrow in its entirety, go to WIZS.com and click on Town Talk.

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Young Girl Hides From Juvenile Assailants in E. Montgomery St. Break-In

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-Press Release, Henderson Police Department

On Thursday, May 7, 2020, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Henderson Police were dispatched to 621 E. Montgomery Street in reference to a residential Breaking and Entering. The caller advised she was not at home, but her young daughter was and had called her.

Police were told that the young lady was hiding in a closet to escape the detection of the assailants.

Approximately ten police units arrived in less than two minutes of receiving the call. Officers surrounded the residence and found the point of entry, a rear window of the residence.

Officers gave commands for the assailants to surrender and were able to take them into custody without incident. Located were two juveniles, one sixteen (16) years old and the other fourteen (14) years old. Both were transported to the Henderson Police Department.

The young female was located safely inside her residence, unharmed. The mother arrived back home as she had left to retrieve breakfast for her daughter and had only been away for a few minutes prior to the incident.

Once at the Police Department, NC DPS – Juvenile Justice was contacted in an attempt to gain secure custody orders due to the severity of the crime. Petitions have been completed at this time; but under the direction of NC DPS – Juvenile Justice, the two juveniles were released into the custody of their mothers.

Henderson Police Department

Henderson Police Dept. Announces Minor Adjustments to Operating Procedures

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-Information courtesy the Henderson Police Department

Although there are no known positive cases of coronavirus in Henderson, we must be proactive and take precautions now to mitigate the spread of the virus in our community. Out of an abundance of caution, the Henderson Police Department is implementing minor adjustments in our operating procedures to ensure we can continue to provide the safety and core services to our community.

In order to accomplish these goals, we have implemented the following temporary plan:

Many non-violent and misdemeanor reports can be made online with no waiting. If you are reporting Harassing Phone Calls, Damage to Property, Hit and Run, Lost Property, Damage to Vehicle, Identity Theft, Stolen Property, Theft From Vehicle, Credit Card Theft/Fraud, within the City limits and no suspect is known, please email the Henderson Police Department at Records@hendersonncpd.org and provide your name, address, contact information to include a phone number and a description of the incident you are reporting.

Effective immediately, many non-violent criminal reports will only be taken by telephone. These reports include, but are not limited to: misdemeanor theft, harassing communications, lost property, identity theft, computer/phone/mail scams. Reports can be made with a live Henderson Police Department employee during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F) at 252-438-4141.

Our Dispatch Center is asking more questions to collect a wider range of information from callers to better prepare officers who are responding to calls. This is being done so officers can take more proactive steps; it will not affect officers’ response to calls for service.

Officers may ask community members to meet them outside of homes and businesses where appropriate in order to practice social distancing.

Officers have been issued personal protective equipment, and they may be seen wearing gloves, face masks, protective eyewear and clothing. This is especially true in medical testing environments and/or in environments known to have an increased risk of illness. Officers may ask community members to wear surgical face masks if they are showing signs of illness.

The Henderson Police Department attempts to utilize alternatives to arrest when possible, and we are working with the Vance County Sheriff’s Office to screen arrestees and employees who may be entering the detention center facilities. This is to reduce the risk of introducing and/or spreading the virus in the detention center environment.

Our community outreach and scheduled community events have been suspended for the next month. Please contact our Community Liaison Officer, Lt. Jessica West at 252-432-1558 for guidance if you have a scheduled event.

We have temporarily suspended agency tours and ride-along programs.

Copies of reports and motor vehicle accident reports can be requested by email at Records@hendersonncpd.org.

We will continue to be a 24-hour, full-service police department, and we will always be here to serve you, we want to reassure you that public safety is our number one priority; it always has been, and it always will be.

State Offers $5K Reward in HPD Sgt. Brandon Mitchell Shooting

THIS STORY IS PRESENTED IN PART BY DRAKE DENTISTRY

-From the Office of Governor Roy Cooper

Governor Roy Cooper announced on Monday that the State is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of Sergeant Brandon Mitchell, age 31.

During the evening hours of Wednesday, July 10, 2019, detectives from the Henderson Police Department began investigating the homicide of 16-year-old Adonious Hawkins, Jr. Shortly after midnight on Thursday, July 11, 2019, detectives traveled to 1043 North Pinkston Street, home to one of the suspects. Investigators attempted to speak to individuals at this address and were unsuccessful. Henderson Police Sgt. Brandon Mitchell and Lt. David Elliott then went to a house next door to seek information.

While the two officers stood just inside the home, shots were fired from outside into the residence. Sgt. Mitchell was shot in the right shoulder and rushed to a local hospital. Other police detectives who were outside the home identified two passing vehicles as the source of the gunfire. The vehicles left the scene without being captured by law enforcement.

Police have previously made arrests in connection with the shooting death of Adonious Hawkins, Jr.

Anyone having information concerning the shooting of Sgt. Mitchell should contact the Henderson Police Department at (252) 438-4141 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500.

Marrow Arrested on Heroin, Marijuana Charges

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-Information courtesy the Henderson Police Department

On January 30, 2020, the Henderson Police Department served a search warrant at the residence of 552 Grant Street.

Jemario O’Neil Lewis Marrow, age 24, was arrested on January 30, 2020. (HPD photo)

Located during the search were 4.9 ounces of marijuana and 2 bricks of heroin along with scales, drug paraphernalia, US currency, and Motion Picture Money 100 dollar bills.

Twenty-four-year-old Jemario O’Neil Lewis Marrow was arrested on scene and charged with the following:

Possession with Intent to Sell, Manufacture, and Deliver Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell, Manufacture, and Deliver Marijuana, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Dwelling for a Controlled Substance, 2 counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Marrow received a $ 49,000 secured bond.

Located during the search of 552 Grant Street were 4.9 ounces of marijuana and 2 bricks of heroin along with scales, drug paraphernalia, US currency, and Motion Picture Money 100 dollar bills. (HPD photo)

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Gunshot Victim Found in Vehicle Outside Citizens’ Pub; HPD Investigating

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-Press Release, Henderson Police Department

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, at approximately 1:30 a.m., a Henderson police officer was traveling south on Garnett St. As the officer passed Young Street, they heard a series of gun discharges in close vicinity. As the officer traveled further, they observed individuals gathered in the roadway and on the sidewalks of the 200 block of S. Garnett Street near the intersection of Breckenridge Street.

One individual, brandishing a firearm, was observed crouching behind a vehicle parked on the left side of the roadway. The officer exited the marked patrol vehicle and began giving verbal commands. The commands were ignored and the individual continued to distance himself, entering a crowded Citizens’ Pub and Grill. The handgun the person had was soon found lying on the ground close to their encounter.

As other officers began to arrive, Dyquarium Moore (age 28) was found sitting in a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. Moore was treated by EMTs and transported to a local medical facility for his injuries. The arriving officers also began securing the scene and searching for evidence and witnesses.

Property damage, from projectiles, was found on three separate structures in the immediate vicinity and multiple motor vehicles parked near or about the intersection of Garnett Street and Breckenridge Street also sustained damage.

We are still actively seeking information on the incident and have already collected a substantial amount of evidence, including a second firearm. We are aware of an altercation involving female patrons inside Citizens’ Pub and are attempting to confirm or disprove if it was connected to the incident in the roadway.

We are asking that anyone with information about the incident contact us immediately. A cash reward of up to $2,000 is offered through Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers (252) 492-1925 or P3 app. Please call us at 252-438-4141 or contact us through Facebook or Instagram.

Five Arrested in Heroin Drug Bust on High Street

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-Press Release and photos, Henderson Police Department

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, officers of the Henderson Police Department served a search warrant on a residence located at 555 High Street. During the service of the warrant, 2,191 dosage units of heroin, 9.6 grams of raw heroin, 2.25 pounds of marijuana, drug manufacturing equipment, a ballistic vest, $1,972 in U.S. Currency, a semi-auto pistol and a rifle were located.

Located at the residence were Jose Martinez (18), Keylan Johnson (27), Tyler Bryant (19), Kemarus Bryant (18) and Alexis Bryant (20).

All five subjects were charged with five counts of Trafficking Heroin of 28 or more grams, two counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for a controlled substance, one count of PWIMSD Heroin, one count of Manufacture Schedule I, one count of Possession of Heroin, one count of Felony Possession of Marijuana, one count of PWIMSD Marijuana, one count of Manufacture Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Kylan Johnson had an additional charge of Possession of Firearm by Felon.

Jose Martinez

Keylan Johnson

Tyler Bryant

Kemarus Bryant

Alexis Victoria Bryant