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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Henderson Police Dept. Weighs In

In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, WIZS’ Town Talk program has featured several organizations that respond to abuse and domestic violence situations in the local area. On Tuesday’s edition of Town Talk, representatives from the Henderson Police Department (HPD) discussed their experiences in dealing with domestic violence calls.

“Each time we get a call, it’s a different situation,” said Lt. Jessica West. “Domestic violence is not just people that live in the same house; it’s many different kinds of relationships.”

While two spouses verbally arguing or physically fighting may come to mind when the words domestic violence are mentioned, West said it is just as often siblings, parents and children, cousins or ex-boyfriends/girlfriends involved.

Domestic violence also extends to all genders, races and socio-economic backgrounds. “It’s a stereotype that women are always the victim. Men are victims as well but may be less likely to report,” said West.

In cases of repeated domestic violence issues, West said that the problem often starts out as emotional abuse and quickly turns to physical violence. “A lot of abuse begins as emotional abuse and control methods and escalates to physical abuse. Many victims can’t see that they are being abused, but others around them see it.”

According to West, while there are some referrals after the fact, the HPD mainly gets involved when either the victim or a concerned family member or neighbor calls to report an in-progress incident.

“The 911 dispatchers are trained on how to handle a domestic dispute call and know how to dispatch officers to the scene accordingly,” West said.

Calls involving a weapon of any kind get the highest priority. “Whether it be a gun or someone swinging a stick around, if a weapon is involved the call becomes a high priority,” said West.

West said when the call is first answered, the dispatcher will verify the name and address to ensure they are sending officers to the correct location. “This is why it is so important to make sure that children know their address, their name and their parents’ names,” West explained.

Officer Ryan Woodlief, also on Town Talk representing the HPD, described how advances in technology allow officers to view a “narrative” of the 911 history of the call location, including previous incidents, whether there are juveniles living in the home and vehicle information.

When asked how he handled calls of such a sensitive nature, especially as they may involve children, West responded, “I try to relate to the people that I’m serving as much as I can and try to put myself in their shoes.”

This understanding often goes a long way to help calm frayed nerves and volatile situations.

To assist those victims who are in immediate need of removal from their home or situation, the HPD has a relationship with Infinite Possibilities, Inc, an organization that helps victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence find temporary shelter in a safe, discreet location.

Infinite Possibilities, Inc. is available 24/7 by calling their hotline at (252) 425-2492. For help in an emergency situation, call 911.

To listen to the interview in its entirety, please click here.

Body Found Behind Marathon Gas Station on Dabney Dr.

-Information courtesy Lt. Chris Ball, Henderson Police Department

On August 28, 2018, the Henderson Police Department responded to a call for service at the Marathon gas station on Dabney Drive beside Union Bank. On the scene behind the store, a body of a deceased middle-aged African American male was found.  The medical examiner was contacted and identification was later made through the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Pending proper identification of the deceased and notification of the next of kin, the Henderson Police Department has only just now been able to release the following: the individual was identified as Kenneth Durham.  No foul play is suspected.

Judd Sentenced For Felon in Possession of a Firearm Charge

-Press Release, U.S. Department of Justice 

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, United States Chief District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced XAVIER RAMONE JUDD, 32, of Henderson to 36 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.

JUDD was named in a two-count Indictment filed on December 20, 2017. On April 19, 2018, JUDD pled guilty to one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

On November 7, 2017, officers with the Henderson Police Department conducted a traffic stop. As officers approached the vehicle, they observed JUDD in the passenger seat. JUDD tried to encourage the driver to leave, but the driver refused. JUDD exited the vehicle and began walking away from the scene. When officers attempted to arrest JUDD, he resisted slightly but was eventually arrested without further incident. In the passenger area where JUDD, a convicted felon, had been sitting, officers seized a 9mm handgun.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

The Henderson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted the criminal investigation of this case. Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette handled the prosecution of this case for the government.

News releases are available on the U.S. Attorney’s webpage at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce. Follow us on twitter @USAO_EDNC.

Attacker in Vance Co. Stabbing Incident Quickly Apprehended

-Press Release, Henderson Police Department

On August 8, 2018, Officers of the Henderson Police Department responded to the 400 block of Pearl Street in reference to a dispatched call of a stabbing. Officers were close by and were on scene within two minutes of receiving the call.

When they arrived, they found Derrick Antonio Davis (age 31) suffering from what appeared to be a stab wound. Information was obtained quickly and a suspect was developed while on scene. Charles Antonio Hayes (age 44), of Merritt Mill Rd, Oxford House, Chapel Hill, NC, was identified as the attacker. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was familiar with  Charles A. Hayes, and at the time of the incident Charles A. Hayes was attempting to rob Mr. Davis.

A search of the area by the Henderson Police Department, North Carolina Highway Patrol, and the Vance County Sheriff’s Office was conducted, and Charles A. Hayes was located and placed into custody within the first hour of the incident occurring. He was found hiding under an abandoned structure.

We are extremely grateful for the valuable information and cooperation that has been given by our citizens. Their assistance brought immediate closure to this case. As always, we will seek any additional information that our citizens may have about the incident or the circumstance that lead to the crime.

Friendly Folks and Free Hot Dogs Await at 2018 ‘Night Out Against Crime’

A reminder that the Henderson/Vance Night Out Against Crime will be held this Tuesday, August 7, 2018, from 5 – 8 p.m. on Breckenridge Street in downtown Henderson.

Events for this year’s Night Out include displays of law enforcement, public safety vehicles and equipment and informational booths. Free hot dogs, drinks, souvenir cups and children’s activities, including face painting and bounce houses, will also be available.

In addition to the Henderson Police Department, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson Fire Department, Vance County Fire Department, EMS personnel, NC State Highway Patrol, Crime Stoppers, Vance County Department of Social Services, and Infinite Possibilities, Inc. will also be among the organizations represented at the community event.

“Night Out is held for everyone to see what our community has to offer,” said Lieutenant Jessica West with the Henderson Police Department. “It’s about getting together, having fun and learning about law enforcement; get to know officers one-on-one.”

In case of heavy rain, Night Out will be rescheduled for the following Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – same time and location.

The event coordinator for the Henderson/Vance Night Out Against Crime 2018 is Community Services Sergeant Marti Stewart of the Henderson Police Department. Agencies and organizations involved in public safety and related fields interested in participating in the event may contact Sergeant Marti Stewart at (252) 432-0062 or via email at [email protected]

Free Community Fun at 35th Annual Henderson-Vance Night Out Against Crime

Lieutenant Jessica West and Sergeant Marti Stewart with the Henderson Police Department were on Wednesday’s edition of WIZS’ Alliance Against Crime, a public affairs program, to discuss the Henderson -Vance 35th Annual National Night Out Against Crime event.

This year’s Night Out will be held Tuesday, August 7, 2018, from 5 – 8 p.m. on Breckenridge Street in downtown Henderson. Free hot dogs, drinks, souvenir cups, face painting and bounce houses will be available.

West estimated that 30-50 vendors will be on-hand to interact with the community and provide information on their programs and services. Vendors still interested in participating may contact West or Stewart at the Henderson Police Department.

In addition to the Henderson Police Department, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson Fire Department, Vance County Fire Department, EMS personnel, NC State Highway Patrol, Crime Stoppers, Vance County Department of Social Services, and Infinite Possibilities, Inc. will also be among the organizations represented at Night Out.

“Night Out is held for everyone to see what our community has to offer,” said West. “It’s about getting together, having fun and learning about law enforcement; get to know officers one-on-one.”

In case of heavy rain, Night Out will be held the following Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – same time and location.

Other Updates and Upcoming Events:

St. Baldrick’s Day

The 2018 St. Baldrick’s Day event “Cops vs. Cancer” was held at Fox Pond Park in May to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping fight childhood cancer. According to West, who shaved her head in support of the foundation, the event has currently raised approximately $11,000 – $12,000. Donations will continue to be accepted through the end of the year. Please visit the event page if you wish to donate.

Community Health Assessment

The Henderson Police Department is partnering with Granville Vance Public Health (GVPH) to conduct a door-to-door community health assessment in Vance County through Saturday, July 28. Volunteers will be identified by a GVPH visor. Participation is important to ensure an accurate reflection of the community’s health needs.

Community Watch Groups

Residents interested in starting a Community Watch group are encouraged to contact West or Stewart. Established groups meet monthly, bimonthly or quarterly. According to Stewart, a police representative attends the meetings to answer citizens’ questions, provide crime statistics on the area and to gather information on what the Henderson Police Department can do to better assist the community.

‘Police and Community Together’ at Henderson/Vance Night Out Against Crime

-Press Release, Henderson Police Department – Marcus W. Barrow, Chief of Police

In cooperation with the “35th Annual National Night Out,” 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 on August 7, 2018. The event is scheduled from 5  to 8 p.m. with set-up beginning at 3 p.m.

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 to 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 38.5 million people and 16,500 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 an effort to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

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 2018 is Community Services Sergeant Marti Stewart of the Henderson Police Department. Agencies and organizations involved in public safety and related fields interested in participating in the event may contact Sergeant Marti Stewart at (252) 432-0062 or via email at [email protected]

Brown Sentenced for Felon in Possession Charge

-Press Release, U.S. Department of Justice

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, AQUILLA BROWN, 27, of Henderson, North Carolina, was sentenced by Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 105 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.

BROWN was named in an Indictment on June 27, 2017, charging him with Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Felon. On February 15, 2018, BROWN pled guilty to the charge.

On March 15, 2017, the Henderson Police Department (HPD) initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for traffic infractions. BROWN was a passenger in that vehicle. After obtaining identification from the driver and BROWN, the HPD became aware of the frequent alleged drug-trafficking activities by BROWN. Based on this information, a K-9 unit responded to the scene and made a positive alert to the presence of narcotics on BROWN’S side of the vehicle. BROWN stated that he smoked marijuana prior to entering the vehicle. As both occupants exited the vehicle, law enforcement observed the driver attempt to hide an object in her boot which was discovered to be a firearm. BROWN acknowledged ownership of the firearm, a .38 caliber revolver, which was loaded at the time.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Henderson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette handled the prosecution of this case for the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s webpage at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce. Follow us on Twitter @USAO_EDNC

Henderson Man Sentenced to 36 Months for Felon in Possession of Firearm Charges

-Press Release, U.S. Department of Justice

United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today, LAJOHN CHAMPION, 28, of Henderson, North Carolina was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III to 36 months imprisonment followed by 3 years’ supervised release.

CHAMPION was named in an Indictment on November 29, 2017. On March 5, 2018, CHAMPION pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

On November 17, 2017, members of the Henderson Police Department received information that CHAMPION, a previously convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm and operating a vehicle located at a gas station in Henderson.

Officers responded to the A & A Food Mart in Henderson and observed CHAMPION driving a Honda Accord. Officers, knowing CHAMPION did not possess a valid driver’s license, conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle as it turned into the driveway of a residence in Henderson. As the vehicle came to a stop, CHAMPION fled from the driver’s seat of the vehicle carrying a book bag. Officers pursued CHAMPION and, after searching the area, located CHAMPION coming out of a wooded area. CHAMPION was no longer in possession of a book bag.

In response to the foot chase, a K9 unit responded to the scene and located the book bag near a nearby residence. A search of the book bag revealed a loaded 9mm pistol. CHAMPION was arrested and transported to the Henderson Police Department. CHAMPION acknowledged the firearm belonged to him.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

In support of PSN, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina has implemented the Take Back North Carolina Initiative. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Henderson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette prosecuted this case.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s webpage at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce. Follow us on twitter @USAO_EDNC.

Five Vance Co. Residents Arrested in Recent Narcotics Bust

-Press Release, Henderson Police Department

On May 10, 2018, members of the Henderson Police Department Vice-Narcotics Section and Criminal Investigations Section, members of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, along with North Carolina Probation and Parole officers executed a search warrant at the residence of 132 George Floyd Road, Lot 1, Henderson, NC.

During the execution of the search warrant 680 dosage units (13 bricks and three bundles), 49 grams of marijuana, thirty rounds of 5.56 ammunition, over $6,000 in U.S. Currency, a BMW passenger vehicle, and a Cadillac passenger vehicle were located and seized.

680 dosage units (13 bricks and three bundles), 49 grams of marijuana, thirty rounds of 5.56 ammunition, over $6,000 in U.S. Currency, a BMW passenger vehicle, and a Cadillac passenger vehicle were located and seized from 132 George Floyd Road, Lot 1, in Henderson on May 10

The following individuals were arrested and charged:

Lorenzo Martez Alston, 28, of 132 George Floyd Road, Lot 1, Henderson, $350,000 bond

Brandon David, 23, of 41 Nightingale Lane, Henderson, $110,000 bond

Joseph Crudup, 24, of 404 E. Rockspring Street, Henderson $350,000 bond

Rakim Perry, 22, of 675 Adams Street, Henderson, $350,000 bond

Tyren Hargrove, 19, of 1009 Harriett Street, Henderson, $350,000 bond

All individuals were charged with two counts of Trafficking Heroin, PWIMSD Schedule I, PWIMSD Schedule VI, Maintaining Heroin, Maintaining Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lorenzo Alston was also charged with felony maintaining a dwelling and served with a no hold parole warrant.

Authority: Chief M.W. Barrow