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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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

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-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)

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

HPD Chief Credits Agency Cooperation, Public’s Help With Drug Arrests

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Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow was on Thursday’s edition of WIZS Town Talk for a general discussion on crime in the city as well as to provide updates on recent newsworthy incidents.

Barrow reassured listeners that law enforcement is making strides in the on-going war against drugs, a feat that he believes is made possible by the cooperative spirit between local agencies.

“We’ve federally indicted 152 people now since I became chief in December 2013,” Barrow said. “I think that’s very successful. Our District Attorney’s office has made some transitions to move some cases along in the state court system, which has really helped.”

“Our agencies are working really well together right now. The sheriff [Curtis Brame] has been a blessing to our agency. Our togetherness shows and shines through; it’s like it should be.”

Another essential part of fighting crime, according to Barrow, is the information and assistance provided by the general public and organizations such as Vance County Crime Stoppers.

“We wouldn’t solve anything without the public unless we saw it first hand,” said Barrow. “The information the public gives us is vital to every investigation – especially violent crimes and drug deals.”

While violent crimes and drug arrests often get the most press, Barrow reassured citizens that most calls are less intense in nature. “We get a large volume of calls, the majority of which are common, domestic calls such as arguments and civil issues.”

When asked about police pay and retention rates, Barrow said progress has been made in making salary and benefits more competitive, an accomplishment he credits, in part, to Henderson City Manager Frank Frazier.

“In my short tenure as chief, the City Manager [Frazier] has been instrumental in assisting the police department with huge pay increases. We aren’t quite there yet, but we do have benefits that people don’t have in other locations. It takes us going out and making those recruitment contacts for people to understand what the City of Henderson has to offer.”

To hear Barrow’s interview in its entirety, including updates on recent crimes in Henderson, please click here. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.

Four Deputies Transported to Maria Parham After Suspect Rams Vehicles

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On the morning of September 13, 2019, members of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office and the Henderson Police Department were attempting to serve a search warrant at 617 Thomas Street in Henderson. A suspect rammed into three Sheriff’s Office vehicles in an attempt to escape.

The suspect was apprehended at the scene.

Four members of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office were transported to Maria Parham Health with non-life threatening injuries. The Henderson Police Department is investigating the incident.

Any other details will be released by the Henderson Police Department at the appropriate time.

HPD: Attempted Breaking & Entering Ends in Death of Suspect

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-Press Release, Henderson Police Department

On Monday, September 9, 2019, at approximately 2 a.m., Henderson Police Department officers responded to a report of someone shot at 232 Crozier Street. Upon arrival to the area, officers located a deceased subject who had been shot, lying outside a window.

Preliminary investigative efforts reveal that the subject was attempting to break and enter the window when he was shot by a resident inside the home. The investigation is continuing, however no charges have been filed at this time.

The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending proper notifications.

Anyone from the area that may have information on the shooting or breaking and entering is urged to contact Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141.

HPD: Two Arrested, Two Wanted in Rockspring Street Murder

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-Press Release, Henderson Police Department

In the early morning hours of August 14, 2019, Quintin Rogers, 27, of Durham, NC, succumbed to gunshot wounds that he received while in the area of the 600 block of W. Rockspring Street in Henderson.

The investigation of this matter has led to the arrest of Erica Champion, 25, of Vance County, for First Degree Murder and Antavis Jones, 30, of Henderson, for Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Conspiracy to Sell/Deliver Schedule I Narcotics. Both are in the Vance County Jail.

The Henderson Police Department has also obtained warrants for First Degree Murder on Morey Bernal Champion, 30, and Tradarius Delmont Jones, 29.

If you have information on their whereabouts or more information about this case, please contact the Henderson Police Department at (252) 438-4141, Crime Stoppers at (252) 492-1925, or through the use of the P3 mobile app.

Town Talk 08/28/19: Community Events Show Law Enforcement in ‘Different Light’

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Sgt. Marti Stewart, with the Henderson Police Department, was on Wednesday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk to discuss local law enforcement’s participation in the annual “Cops on Top” fundraiser as well as Vance County’s observance of the National Night Out Against Crime.

Stewart said these and other such community events allow the public to see law enforcement outside of their traditional roles. “These events let people see us in a different light. We, in turn, get to meet people and participate in community events.”

Cops on Top

Chick-fil-A of Henderson, the Henderson Police Department, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, WIZS 1450AM/100.1 FM and other community organizations will once again team up for the annual “Cops on Top” fundraiser for the Special Olympics of NC.

The event will be held at Chick-fil-A of Henderson on Thursday, September 5, 2019, from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Officers and deputies will be collecting donations at the restaurant’s drive-through and side entrances. Money raised will cover the expenses Vance County athletes incur while participating in the Special Olympics.

“Look into your console, look into your dash where you throw change after paying for something. We’d appreciate it if you drop that spare change in the bucket for us,” said Stewart.

The event will also provide entertainment for families including a bouncy house in the Chick-fil-A parking lot and face painting courtesy BoHo the Clown with Character Antics.

Kids are sure to enjoy guest appearances by Henderson Fire Department’s Sparky the Fire Dog and the Chick-fil-A cow, along with a special guest appearance by Muddy the Mudcat from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m.

Stewart reiterated that all money raised goes directly to Special Olympics of NC and not law enforcement departments.

Night Out Against Crime

Vance County’s Annual Night Out Against Crime will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 5 until 8 p.m. in front of the Henderson Police Department on Breckenridge Street. In case of rain, the event will be held Tuesday, October 8.

Stewart encouraged the community to bring the family out for presentations and displays by the Henderson Police Department, Vance County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers, Henderson Fire Department, Vance County Fire and EMS, NC State Highway Patrol, Vance County Schools and many other agencies and organizations.

Bleachers will be set up for participants to enjoy performances by the Badd Boyz and Lady Badd Boyz Social Club of Henderson, line dancers, Ballet Arts Dance Studio, Midnight Blue Martial Arts, Vance County High School’s JV cheerleaders and South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church’s gospel group.

Free hotdogs will be served and bouncy houses and activities for children will be available.

To hear Stewart’s interview in its entirety, please click the play button below. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.