Category Archives: LAW ENFORCEMENT

Part-timer with Oriental Police Dept. tenders resignation

ORIENTAL – Town Manager Diane Miller announced Tuesday morning that Officer Ben Barnett – who has picked up much of the slack in the wake of Police Chief Dwaine Moore’s indefinite suspension – intends to retire from his part-time post effective May 31. In a brief press release, Miller wrote: Officer Barnett has been with the Oriental Police Department since June of 2013, and served faithfully in every situation and emergency that has crossed our path. He will remain on duty with the Oriental Police Department as a Reserve Officer, and will function as a consultant during the hiring pr…

Oriental police officer arrested

Dwaine Moore of Oriental On Thursday, March 23, 2017, at approximately 11:50pm, Pamlico County Communications received a 911 call from a female requesting help and crying. No further details were given during the call and when telecommunicators attempted to gain more information the call was disconnected. Through investigative means, telecommunicators were able to determine who the phone number was registered to and a search led Pamlico County deputies to 403 Freemason Street in Oriental, North Carolina, where the victims’ vehicle was located. During the course of the investigat…

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Planning Summer Camp

Sheriff Chris Davis Pamlico County This summer, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office is planning to begin a new program geared at helping our youth in Pamlico County. We understand that our youth are this community’s greatest asset and want to ensure that we do all we can in making sure these young folks succeed in life. This summer we are planning to start a summer camp for our youth. This camp will last a week and we plan to run as many week-long sessions as we have kids sign up for. Each session we would like to have between 10-15 kids and will be chaperoned by our (2) school resource officers as th…

‘No Justice, No Peace’ vows one

Powerful, silent protest of black community sends message Officials approve ‘body cams’ for sheriff deputies   BAYBORO – Few among them uttered a single word, yet an overwhelming turnout Tuesday night spoke volumes: Any hint of law enforcement brutality will not be tolerated in rural, sparsely populated Pamlico County. Entering one by one, concerned citizens from the county, from the Town of Mesic, and from the congregation of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church – quickly transformed the (usually) more-than-adequate size of the County Commission meeting area into a Sta…

Former New Bern police officer charged

State of North Carolina General Court of Justice Prosecutorial District Three B FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SCOTT E. THOMAS | DISTRICT ATTORNEY New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that former New Bern Police Officer BRADLEY DAIL WILLIAMS, 23, of New Bern, has been charged with Misdemeanor Larceny and Obstruction of Justice. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) requested by District Attorney Thomas and New Bern Police Chief Toussaint Summers, Jr. The warrant for arrest alleges tha…

Sheriff Chris Davis of Pamlico County graduated from the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute

FOR RELEASE MARCH 11, 2016 FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: EDMOND W. CALDWELL, JR. EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL NORTH CAROLINA SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION (919) 459-1052 NORTH CAROLINA SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute Chris Davis PAMLICO COUNTY Sheriff Chris Davis of Pamlico County graduated on March 11, 2016 from the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute. This training was sponsored by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and partially funded through a grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission. Twenty-seven sheriffs from acros…

Debate over bear hunting with dogs could get vicious

Hunting elusive bears becomes easier when assisted by dogs, as seen in this file photo. Under General Assembly-approved legislation known as a ‘Local Law,’ the practice is currently banned in Pamlico County. By Lawrence Rowe PAMLICO COUNTY – This is an open letter to the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners, which I have asked to be placed on the front page of the County Compass Newspaper. I am writing this as a citizen, taxpayer, and constituent of Pamlico County. It has come to the attention of myself and others that a movement is in motion that would once again allow the running of dogs…

County Commissioner becomes law enforcer

At left, Ken Heath, a Pamlico County Commissioner, recently completed Basic Law Enforcement Training, and accepts his badge Friday afternoon from instructor Rick Barney. PAMLICO COUNTY – Elected official, self-employed businessman, husband/father, community college trustee, and overall multi-tasker recently carved out 30-plus hours per week over the past six months to fulfill a lifelong goal – certified law enforcement officer. Kenny Heath, 40, represents Township 5 on the Pamlico County Commission. He completed a rigorous course of instruction known as Basic Law Enforcem…

Convictions obtained in Pamlico Superior Court

Bayboro, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court this week, his office was able to obtain the following felony convictions in cases involving illegal drugs and violent offenses. Resident Superior Court Judge Ken Crow presided over this session of court. Each defendant pled guilty prior to having the cases called for trial. Assistant District Attorney Laura Bell prosecuted the cases in court. STEPHANIE NICOLE HOPKINS, 30, of Alliance, was convicted of two counts of Attempted Trafficking in Heroin. On September 10, 2014, the Pa…

‘Operation Clean Slate’ nets 25 drug arrests throughout county

Sheriff Chris Davis pledges: “We will not stop here!”   PAMLICO COUNTY – Monday was a Day of Reckoning in this rural, sparsely populated county as newly elected Sheriff Chris Davis – who happens to be the youngest sheriff in the nation – made good on his campaign promise to aggressively pursue illicit drug trafficking. Kelly Gibbs Jr. Operation Clean Slate, an under cover operation started shortly after Davis took office in early December, netted 25 arrests on May 18, with one suspect, Kelly Jackson Gibbs Jr., singled out for nine counts of federal criminal felony offenses …