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VCSO: ‘No Merit’ to Separate Allegation Against SRO Deputy Durham

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On December 13, 2019, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office received a citizen complaint concerning an alleged incident on December 12, 2019, between a minor child and SRO Deputy Durham and others, which was separate from the previously reported incident. 

The Vance County Sheriff’s Office takes all citizen complaints seriously, as we have this one. Based upon the facts provided, we have reviewed video for the time before, during and after the time period alleged.

Based upon our review of this video, we can find no merit to allegations as provided to us, and further, we can find no interaction that rises to levels alleged.

Officers Responding to Vehicle Accident Find Victim Shot Multiple Times

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 5:48 p.m., the Vance County Sheriff’s Office responded to 172 Mansfield Lane regarding a motor vehicle accident. Once fire and EMS personnel arrived at the scene and pulled the victim out of the car, they noticed the victim had been shot several times.

The victim was transported to Maria Parham Health located at 566 Ruin Creek Road, Henderson, North Carolina 27536. The known male was pronounced dead at Maria Parham Health at 6:38 p.m.

The Vance County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to assist in this investigation.

The Vance County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding this incident. Please contact the Vance County Sheriff’s Office at 252738-2200. This investigation is continuing.

Resident of Sombrero Lane Shot Multiple Times; Authorities Seek Info.

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On Monday, December 16, 2019, at 11:28 p.m. the Vance County Sheriff’s Office responded to 137 Sombrero Lane, Henderson, North Carolina 27536 in reference to an Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury with the Intent to Kill.

While Deputies were in transit they were flagged down by a vehicle on NC 39 North. Deputies made contact with the victims in the vehicle. They were the same persons from 137 Sombrero Lane Henderson, North Carolina.

Deputies identified a known male that had suffered several gunshot wounds to his body. This male was transported by Vance County EMS to Maria Parham Health located at 566 Ruin Creek Road in Henderson and later airlifted to Duke Medical Center.

The Vance County Sheriffs Office is seeking information regarding this incident. Please contact the Vance County Sheriffs Office at 252738 2200. This investigation is continuing.

Vance Co. Middle School SRO Publicly Identified, Charged With Misdemeanors

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In a press conference held at the Vance County Courthouse earlier today, District Attorney Mike Waters announced the former school resource officer involved in last week’s assault on a Vance County Middle School student faces misdemeanor charges.

The officer, identified as Warren Durham of Warren County, is charged with misdemeanor assault on a child under 12, misdemeanor child abuse and willful failure to discharge his duties. All three charges carry a maximum penalty of 120 days in jail, according to Waters.

Fired from the Vance County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, Durham avoided felony charges due to the lack of serious bodily injury sustained by the student. Waters said while he was thankful that the child was not seriously harmed, the lack of injury limited the nature of the charges under current NC law.

In a video capturing the December 12 incident, Durham and the student can be seen walking down the school’s hallway. The deputy then turns to the student, picks him up, drops him to the ground and then repeats the process before dragging him down the hallway.

Waters said that he discussed the charges with the student’s family prior to the press conference and is aware that they are “disappointed and frustrated that this is not a felony case.”

When asked what led up to the assault, Waters said he did not know, and it did not matter. “I don’t think that there’s any kind of training or anything like that that would lead someone to act in that way with an 11-year-old.”

Vance County Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson addressed the community and the media in a separate press conference held yesterday, referring to the incident as an “unacceptable and egregious act.”

“As a school system, as an administrator, as a district, we are disappointed; as a community we are embarrassed. Most of all, we want to express our apologies to our community that this has occurred. We are better than this. This child deserved better than this. No child deserves to be treated in this manner.”

Jackson stated that the school system is providing support to the school, the student and his family and is modifying its agreement with the Vance County Sheriff’s Office in order to review all protocols and procedures moving forward.

Deputy Involved in VCMS Incident ‘No Longer Employed’ With Sheriff’s Office

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

As of December 16, 2019, the Deputy involved in the Vance County Middle School incident is no longer an employee with the Vance County Sheriff’s Office.

We appreciate all the concerns regarding this matter; however, we will ask that everyone remain patient while this investigation is ongoing.

This matter is under investigation with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and all questions or concerns should be directed to 1-8003343000.

School Resource Officer Under Investigation for Assault on VCMS Student

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-Information courtesy the Vance County Sheriff’s Office and Vance County Schools

On December 12, 2019, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint by Vance County Schools regarding the Assault on a juvenile by a law enforcement officer. The Vance County Sheriff’s Office reviewed the videotape and referred the matter to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. 

The Deputy involved in the matter was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Vance County Schools released this statement regarding the incident:

We are aware of the incident that occurred at Vance County Middle School involving a school resource officer. We are deeply concerned about the actions that took place.

School and district officials are working closely and in full cooperation with the local authorities to address this matter consistent with school board policy and state laws. The safety of our students has been and continues to be of the utmost importance to our district.

Should you have further questions, please direct those to the Vance County Sheriff’s Office.

Vance Co. Sheriff’s Office Seeking Info. on I-85 Shooting

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office 

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 11:20 p.m., the Vance County Sheriff’s Office responded to Maria Parham Health located at 566 Ruin Creek Road in Henderson, NC in reference to an Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury with Intent to Kill.

The three (3) victims in this matter stated they were traveling north on Interstate 85 heading back to Henderson, North Carolina when an unknown vehicle pulled up beside them and started shooting into their vehicle.

Upon arriving at Maria Parham Health, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Deputies located two known black males at the hospital. The other known black male involved in this incident was treated at Maria Parham Health and transported to Duke Medical Center.

The Vance County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding this incident. Please contact the Vance County Sheriff’s Office at 252-738 2200. This investigation is continuing.

New Phone Scam Prompts Sheriff Brame to Issue Further Warnings

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Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame is again reminding citizens to be aware of fraud, particularly gift card fraud.

Not only that, but someone, according to the Sheriff, is impersonating Brame and other deputies with a phone scam.

There has even been at least one confirmed instance of a person selling gift cards at local establishments stating he is associated with Sheriff Curtis Brame and the Vance County Sheriff’s Office.

Brame has said to WIZS that this is simply false. He said, “It is a scam.”

Brame also told WIZS News that buyers should use caution when purchasing “Green Dot” cards. Brame said these cards are often used in gift card scams because they are not traceable.

For the scammer, it’s the perfect cover. For the unsuspecting buyer, problems are likely to follow. Brame confirmed that in addition to being taken advantage of, the unsuspecting person becomes part of a money laundering crime.

Buyer beware! The Vance County Sheriff’s Office is in no way associated with these activities and reminds you point blank that they are scams.

VCSO: Undercover Operation Ends in Two Drug Arrests

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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office

On December 3, 2019, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Daric Eugene Hawkins (age 29) and Kaziy Sakidra Harris (age 22) at Raleigh Road and Chavasse Avenue in Henderson, North Carolina.

Hawkins and Harris were arrested as a result of an undercover operation.

Hawkins was charged with Possession with the Intent to Manufacture Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Felony Maintaining a Vehicle, Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana, Possession of less than a half-ounce of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Harris was charged with Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance on Jail Premises, Maintaining a Vehicle and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Hawkins received a $29,0000.00 bond and Harris received a $28,000.00 bond. Hawkins and Harris’ court dates were set for December 30, 2019, in Vance County District Court.

This investigation is continuing. 

VCSO: Beware of Gift Card Scam Using Sheriff Brame’s Name

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-Information courtesy Sheriff Curtis Brame

The Vance County Sheriff’s Office has received credible reports that someone hanging around Walmart in Louisburg is attempting to sell gift cards to shoppers by stating that they are associated with Sheriff Curtis Brame and the VCSO.

In a phone call to WIZS, Sheriff Brame stated that this is a scam and neither he or the VCSO are associated with the sell of any gift cards.

During the holiday season, scams are rampant and the public is urged to use caution when purchasing gift cards from anyone other than a reputable merchant.