Category Archives: CRIME

VIOLENT HOME INVASION ENDS WITH 25 TO 33 YEARS IN PRISON

BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, just prior to the selection of a jury in the cases today, KAREEN RAMEL ELLIOTT, 39, of Havelock, pled guilty to the charges against him arising out of an armed home invasion, and was sentenced to a prison term of 25 ½ years to 33 years in prison. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Karen Hobbs, and Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over this term of court. On October 10, 2015, three masked men broke into a residence in Merritt, all three armed with handguns. Inside the home were three adult re…

UPDATE – Suspect has been identified and is in custody

Suspect has been identified and is in custody in the Onslow County Jail on unrelated charges.  The vehicle has also been recovered. He will face charges of larceny of a motor vehicle in Carteret County. Jack Joseph Pekkala II DOB 05/17/1989 (Click on image to enlarge) Detectives need your help in identifying the man pictured above. The subject is wanted for questioning for larceny of a motor vehicle from North Shore Auto Sales in Cedar Point, NC. The subject may be operating a silver 2006 Silver Hyundai Tucson with a fictitious license plate. Anyone with information on the identity of this per…

Assistance Needed in Suspect Identification

(Click on image to enlarge) Detectives need your help in identifying the man pictured above. The subject is wanted for questioning for larceny of a motor vehicle from North Shore Auto Sales in Cedar Point, NC. The subject may be operating a silver 2006 Silver Hyundai Tucson with a fictitious license plate. Anyone with information on the identity of this person is asked to contact Detective Derek Moore, Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, (252) 726-1911 or call Carteret County Crime Stoppers at (252) 726-INFO (4636). You do not have to give your name to be eligible for a cash reward. You can ema…

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a woman and charged her with the murder of her husband

GRANTSBORO — On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at approximately 1:50pm, Deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office responded to 783 NC HWY 306 North in reference to a male subject that was suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon arrival deputies began an investigation and determined that the victim, Raymond E. Griffin (DOB- 7/17/1943), of the residence, died from an apparent gunshot to the chest. Deputies contacted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations to assist in investigating the case. Deputies with the sheriff’s office and agents with the SBI conducted a searc…

21 criminal suspects were arrested and charged for use and distribution of illegal drugs

Over the past several weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has been actively working several known drug dealers operating within our communities. During this operation, deputies conducted traffic stops, completed controlled purchases utilizing undercover agents, and conducted search warrants at residences that were involved in the use and distribution of illegal drugs. During the operation 21 criminal suspects were charged and several others are expected to be arrested in the coming days. Those arrested were: 1. Manuel Sawyer (11/30/1958) 219 Cowell Rd, Bayboro, NC Char…

Sheriff Asa Buck and District Attorney Scott Thomas Help Lead State’s Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis through the North Carolina Law Enforcement Opioid Task Force

BEAUFORT, NC – Sheriff Asa Buck and District Attorney Scott Thomas are helping shape North Carolina’s response to the opioid epidemic through a statewide task force facilitated by Attorney General Josh Stein. The North Carolina Law Enforcement Opioid Task Force is helping coordinate and support the efforts of local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities to confront the opioid epidemic. The group – which includes representatives from more than 30 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and organizations – meets quarterly and works regularly to address the…

Juvenile taken into custody for communicating threats at Arapahoe Charter

(Google Earth) On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Deputies with The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received information from concerned parents and teachers that a student at the Arapahoe Charter School was planning an act of violence at the school. Deputies later learned that school officials suspended the student on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, however; the sheriff’s office was not notified of the allegations. Deputies interviewed numerous parents, teachers, students and concerned citizens throughout the day Wednesday. On Wednesday evening, a search warrant was executed at t…

Traffic stop leads to chase, arrest on drug charges

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on NC Hwy. 55 in Reelsboro, on Antonio Dion STILLEY of Oriental, NC. When investigators activated their lights and siren, STILLEY did not stop. During the vehicle pursuit, STILLEY swerved at one of the patrol cars several times, before hitting the patrol car on the passenger side while traveling approximately 70 MPH. After hitting the patrol car, STILLEY hit a second vehicle being operated on Hwy. 55, before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into the ditch. Over the pa…

Morehead City man charged after vehicle stuck at crime scene

Valentine was operating his burgundy truck as seen in the photo stuck in the ditch. Taylor Russell Valentine On 02/02/2018, Carteret County deputies and Morehead City police arrested Taylor Russell Valentine, 27, of Emeline Place, Morehead City for stealing numerous items from several businesses on Riggs Road in Morehead City. Deputies say they got the call at 7am this morning when employees from Interstate Battery attempted to assist Valentine who got his truck stuck in a nearby ditch. Employees quickly recognized stolen items from their business and altered authorities. After furth…

Former Stella VFD treasurer charged with embezzlement

On 01/16/2018, Carteret County deputies arrested Linda Gibson, 72, of Wetherington Landing Road in Stella for embezzling money from the Stella Volunteer Fire Department. Detectives say Gibson was treasurer for the fire department for the past twenty years and is being charged with three counts of embezzlement from April of 2014 through September of 2016. Gibson is responsible for the misappropriation of $12,000 (twelve-thousand) including using the departments ATM cards to collect cash and pay numerous personal bills, which were not related to the official business of the Stella Fir…
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