Category Archives: Reelsboro
Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office after receiving several “concerned citizen” complaints started a joint investigation with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and North Carolina Probation and Parole. During their investigation, they were able to conduct a search warrant at George Bateman IV’s residence 170 Hale Road, New Bern NC located in the Reelsboro Community. After execution of the search warrant investigators located evidence of the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
George Bateman IV was arrested and charged with the following:
Manufacturing Methamphetamine: one count
Possession of Methamphetamine: one count
Possession of Methamphetamine Precursor with the Intent to Manufacture: seven counts
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: one count
Bateman’s has a secure bond of $300,000.00 and a court date of 12/16/2016
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation concluded a 3-month investigation into the manufacturing of Marijuana and other narcotics in the Reelsboro Community of Pamlico County. The investigation concluded with a search warrant being executed at the residence of Michael Roach Jr of 5204 Hwy 55 East in Reelsboro. Inside the residence, Deputies and Agents located an indoor marijuana and hallucinogenic mushroom grow. Along with the grow operation, quantities of Marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and prescription medication were located, all packaged for the sale.
This investigation began after investigators with The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received numerous complaints from community members about the suspects involvement in illegal narcotics. This is still and on-going investigation and more charges are expected in the coming week.
Michael Gene Roach Jr.
W/M DOB- 07/21/1981
5204 NC Hwy 55 East
Manufacture Sch. I Controlled Substance
Felony Possession of Cocaine
Bond: 10,000.00 Secured
Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office
On Monday, June 20, 2016 the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a sexual assault that had occurred on an 8 year old female juvenile. Investigators from the Sheriff’s office responded to a residence in the Reelsboro community of Pamlico County and began the investigation. During the course of the investigation it was determined that the live-in boyfriend had molested the victim several times over the past month.
Based in the information provided by the victim and details learned during the investigation James Francis Driza III, 27 of New Bern was arrested and charged with one count of indecent liberties with a child and one count of sexual offense by a substitute parent. Driza was confined in the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $150,000.00 secured bond and his first court appearance is set for Friday, June 24, 2016 in Pamlico County District Court.
The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incidents and has received information that there may be other victims involved in the case.
Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Chris Davis
On December 29th at approximately 10:16 p.m. Deputies assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division, of the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a Prowler Call on Leaf Ln. in the community of Reelsboro. Upon arrival Deputies were notified by the resident that the suspect had gained entry into the home and was currently inside the residence. Deputies made entry into the residence and located the suspect hiding inside the residence.
While Deputies were processing the crime scene a neighbor reported that their vehicle had also been broken into. Deputies obtained a description of the suspect and determined that the two crimes had been committed by the same offender.
Justin Kuzminski, 23, of Reelsboro was arrested and charged with First Degree Burglary, Felony Breaking/Entering of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Public Officer, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Kuzminski was given a $25,000.00 Secured Bond and his First Appearance is scheduled for January 8th, 2016 in Pamlico County District Court.
Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Chris Davis
On November 19th, 2015 Deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua E. Chapman, 25, of Bayboro NC. Chapman was arrested and charged with First Degree Burglary and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.
Chapman was given $500,000.00 Secured Bond for the above mentioned charges and is currently in the Pamlico County Detention Center. Chapman has a first appearance in Pamlico County District Court on November 20th, 2015. Chapman is currently on probation for unrelated charges.
The charges against Chapman were the results of an investigation into a December 2014 Home Invasion and Robbery that occurred on Lee Landing Road in the Reelsboro Community of Pamlico County.
During that Robbery an occupant of the residence was the victim of a gunshot wound as was one of the co-defendants, Brian Javon Webb. Also charged in the case was William Dayshawn Wilson, age 25 of Vanceboro NC. Wilson has not been arrested for his involvement in this case.
The Investigation was conducted by the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, New Bern Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
By Rhonda Breed | Special to The County Compass
REELSBORO — Community Watch held its monthly meeting Feb. 3 with 34 citizens attending. Old and new business was discussed, which included placement locations for extra signs; information on plans by the Bay River Sewer District to develop a waste disposal spray site in the Reelsboro area; and, the idea of incorporating the Reelsboro township.
Paul Delamar, local lawyer and county commissioner, was the evening’s guest speaker. He answered questions and commented on the BRSD plans and the incorporation process. Residents from the Creek Pointe area shared information gathered from the BRSD and Delamar elaborated.
Apparently, the sewer district is a “separate authority,” regulated by the state and not subject to Pamlico County officials. However, the county does offer the service of joint billing (water and sewer).
Delamar expressed concerns about spraying effluent anywhere near homes or wetlands. Even if the area is approved for waste disposal, installation is likely a few years away.
Regarding incorporation, Delamar said that it was a “legislative” procedure. If a township wants to incorporate, several steps must be taken and enough citizens in the area have to want it before legislators go forward. Some highly opposed incorporation due to taxes and others liked the idea since it might include services like trash pickup, streetlights, etc.
Sheriff Chris Davis spoke at the meeting, briefly. He and Delamar expressed appreciation for each other, and the good working relationship that the Sheriff’s Department now has with the county commissioners. Both agreed that more was needed but Delamar said that right now they are doing “triage” and focusing on the major issue — drugs.
The next Community Watch meeting will be held at the Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Bail bondsman, Joe Beasley will be the guest speaker. The floor will be open for questions and everyone is welcome to attend.
Group tackles other concerns, including proposed sprayfield
By Rhonda Breed
REELSBORO — The monthly meeting for Reelsboro Community Watch was held Jan. 7 at the Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department. Newly appointed president, Gray Popp; vice president, Valarie Merkler; secretary/treasurer, Shirley Banks; and public relations officer, Rhonda Breed, attended.
Old business was discussed pertaining to the placement of additional Community Watch signs, tabled until the next meeting to allow for the selection of definite locations.
At the December meeting, the group agreed to donate $100 to the Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department in appreciation for the assistance of Chief Dwayne Croome and other volunteers.
The meeting moved to the introduction of our newly elected sheriff, Mr. Chris Davis, erupting into applause when he arrived. Also present were department investigators Jason Tyndall and Eric Griffin. Officer Stevens also attended, but as a member of the community more so than in an official capacity.
The floor was open for questions that Sheriff Davis and his officers gladly addressed. There was discussion regarding the continuing problem with four wheelers, speeders, illicit drug use/sales, theft, and vandalism. However, the sheriff did say that there had been a decrease in such activity since the Community Watch started. Many asked what they should do about the aforementioned issues.
“Call us,” said Davis.
He made it clear that the more information we could give to them, the more effective his department will be in apprehending criminals. He mentioned the desire to have Crime Stoppers in Pamlico County but he stated that it would be a privately funded program, needing to be sustained.
After approval of the minutes, as read by Mrs. Banks, the RCW opened the floor for new business. Residents from the Creek Pointe Homeowners Association presented information regarding the possible placement of a wastewater pond and spray area off Lee Landing Road.
No one at the meeting had any knowledge of such plans and most seemed eager to sign the petition created by the members of the Creek Pointe Homeowners Association against the proposed location, which is in close proximity to homes, wetlands and waterways.
Another topic discussed at the meeting was the idea of possible incorporation of Reelsboro. Chief Croome shared information regarding movement towards this goal and the need for dedicated, fast-paced people to get the process started and completed. Several in attendance discussed the pros and cons of incorporation.
The total number of persons present at the meeting was thirty-three. The next meeting, scheduled February 3, 2003 at 7:00 pm, is open to all Reelsboro residents, business owners, law enforcement officers, media representatives, and other interested parties.
Note: Reelsboro residents are also encouraged to attend the Jan. 15 meeting of the Bay River Metropolitan Sewage District, located at 101 North 4th Street, Bayboro, regarding the possible placement of a wastewater pond in the Reelsboro Township.
By Michael Quinn
REELSBORO – As we emerge from a season when, typically, we humans are more as we should be, I thank this newspaper for the opportunity to share my recent experience.
“I swear, the best thing to come out of our having that property is the sign.” If my wife has heard me say that once, she’s heard me say it . . . well, maybe not a thousand times, but quite a few. I can’t help but smile while I lament the journey of small business ownership. Ours has to do with the property over in Reelsboro on the corner of Hwy. 55 and Chair Road. It seems as long as we’ve had it, we’ve been trying to figure out just, exactly, what He wants us to do with it.
The piece of commercial real estate has chewed up several businesses since its heyday as a convenience store. In recent years, it’s been Hurricane Power Sports, Dr. Quest Video, even a pizza joint. But, nothing has seemed to do what we believe it was meant to do. We’ve considered several things from a church to a community park. Plenty of the local folks have approached us with ideas including a school, a bar, an Internet gambling joint, a bike shop (motorcycles) — one of my favorites — and of, course, there’s always the food establishments. But, really, the best thing so far has been that dang sign out front!
The property is, currently, undergoing renovations for what we believe will TRANSFORM the corner! More on that later! A while back, we made a decision to put something more on the board than just the price of a cheap ATV or scooter. We wanted to say something to a community that was doing its best to try and support our efforts as a small business. We wanted to say something positive, perhaps, provide some good news.
So, we decided to start putting up food for thought — at least, that’s what I call it. The messages are anything from family birth announcements to Biblical references, some funny, some not so, but always delivered with a positive intent. And, of course, as you may have experienced if you read the sign, when a good wind comes up — as it often does — some of the letters disappear and the message turns into a game of Wheel of Fortune! May I buy a vowel? But, I was remembering a time when I considered stopping the messages. And, that’s what I’d like to share.
We had been putting up messages for a couple of years and I had just put up a new message on a cold, COLD December morning. It was raining BIG drops for that time of the year and I was scooting back across the parking lot, ladder in tow, trying to get out of the weather. I remember questioning why I was still doing it? Really! Who was reading the sign anyway, driving by at 55 mph, busy heading to work or busy heading home or just plain busy? But that’s when I received my own sign.
I have to laugh as I write, because I remember hearing it, but I saw the old grey Pontiac — front bumper pushed into a frown, muffler dragging in its britches, and the windows all in a fog because the defrost wasn’t defrosting. Anyway, the car sounded like it was going to lose that bumper as it crossed over from 55 into our parking lot. I remember turning to see a gloved hand waving away a clear spot in the windshield as the car pulled straight for me.
Great, I thought, I’m wet and cold (FREEZING) and now somebody wants directions. Who would have imagined that the driver of that God-forsaken car was the one offering direction? The vehicle pulled up right next to me and the fogged-over window rolled down to reveal a young woman I had never seen before (or since). She had been crying and it took her a minute to speak. And, here I am thinkin’ look whoever you are, I don’t even have five bucks in my pocket so don’t bother asking and I’m sure not buying anything you’re sellin’!
All kinds of negative thoughts started going through my head, but none of them were even remote to what she had to offer: “I just had to tell you,” she started, then paused, wiped a fuzzy brown glove across her nose and tried to gain a little more control, “I just had to you . . . your messages . . . they mean a lot.”
I raised my eyebrows, stepped back a bit, and unconscientiously glanced over at the sign I’d just put up, then back to the young woman. No one had ever said anything about the messages before; no one. So, all of the sudden, I felt myself trying to make sense out of what she was saying. She wasn’t asking for money. She wasn’t trying to sell me any dope — an offer that has come up several times in the past. She was simply stopping to share a kindness. And, I didn’t know how to respond to a kindness with my head so full of negative.
Eventually and awkwardly, I choked out a thank you. But she fired back, “No, you don’t understand!” She almost shouted. “Your messages . . . I wanted to . . . I wanted to . . . but, I read your message that morning and I couldn’t,” she paused, again, and it was in that moment, in that silence, I realized what she was trying to confess. Again, I didn’t know how to respond. I wasn’t sure what to say; the profundity of her statement was still sinking in.
All I could do was smile another awkward smile and, again, I thanked her. But then, I reached out to her, I reached my hand into the window and she grabbed hold and pulled it close and it was hard not to weep with her. She leaned her head toward my hand and the moment seemed slow and winding and I didn’t feel the rain and I wasn’t cold anymore and the compassion for this human grabbed hold of my throat and didn’t let go.
But, then, we awoke and she let go of my hand and just like that, she drove off, out of the parking lot, back onto Hwy. 55 and she was gone. Just like that. And, I stood there, staring at a moment that wasn’t anymore and thinking about her words, thinking about her message.
And, all I could do was thank God for the sign.
By Rhonda Breed | Special to the County Compass
REELSBORO — The monthly meeting of the Reelsboro Community Watch, held Tuesday, Oct.7, was very constructive, both for citizens and for the Pamlico County deputies — Blaney, Wilkinson, Stevens, and Borner – who attended.
Sheriff Bill Sawyer Jr. was unable to attend due to a family emergency.
We discussed placement of new community watch signs. Various locations will be evaluated for potential problems — primarily utility lines, etc. Once again, Kevin Tyndall of Pamlico Home Builders has donated posts and other supplies. We thank him and his local, family-owned business for its continued support and contributions.
Deputy Blaney — called in at the last minute to speak in place of Sheriff Sawyer — shared some valuable information with attendees. He discussed the “Broken Window” theory, which “argues that a broken window left un-repaired will make a building look uncared for or abandoned and soon attracts vandals to break all the other windows.”
In essence, the more active a community is in taking care of itself, the less likely it is to be overrun by criminal activity. He also reiterated what has been said before, that a strong police presence deters crime. He also stated that all reports are placed in the “investigations file” to be reviewed.
After speaking, Blaney was bombarded with questions and comments from Community Watch officers and other citizens. Vice President Grey Popp voiced her concerns about deputies coming to a call but not speaking to the person who made the call, often not even stopping but just doing a “turn around” before going back toward Bayboro.
Blaney said this should never happen, adding that he was limited in what he could say regarding such incidents without knowing more.
Shirley Banks, who serves as Secretary and Treasurer for the group, quickly shifted the discussion from property crimes to the drug problems. Deputy Wilkinson shared how difficult it was to be the one who responded to calls where there were fatal drug overdoses.
In a turnaround, President Tom Ireland had strong questions for Blaney. First, he addressed the fact that no law enforcement officer had attended the meeting since February, and given the seriousness of criminal activity in the area, and the need for stronger ties between the community and law enforcement, he did not understand why this was the case.
Deputy Blaney could not give a good answer (Deputy Stevens attended the previous meeting; she is a citizen of Reelsboro). Ireland also discussed the lack of feedback when reports were made. He gave an example, citing an incident involving a bottle of pills found in a neighbor’s driveway and turned over to a deputy. No one from Sheriff’s Department contacted him after the fact, something that others have experienced.
Stevens said that often, due to the volume of reports, they sometimes forget and she recommended that those making reports call the department and ask what happened to ensure feedback. The discussion regarding drugs continued with comments regarding busting drug dealers but deputies said that it was about supply and demand. Every time you arrest a dealer, there is always another to take his/her place.
Dep. Blaney and other officers discussed the use of new radios that would eliminate scanners from picking up information that might interfere with investigations. The one holdback is that the Oriental Police department does not have the “Viper” system as of the time of the meeting. They also recommended taking photos of valuables, marking them discretely, and/or recording serial numbers for identification of stolen items.
As the meeting came to a close, there were some who spoke of “taking matters into their own hands” if law enforcement could not do it — something no one wants to see. However, one citizen summed it up nicely by saying, “If we can’t control Mayberry, we are in big trouble.”
The next meeting is scheduled for the second Tuesday in November. All Reelsboro residents and business owners, county officials, law enforcement, and media are encouraged to attend.
County rallies to support native son
By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer
REELSBORO – Freddie Sadler Jr., age 23, is slowly recuperating from a broken back, suffered when he slipped from a ladder Saturday morning during a routine training exercise in New Bern. Dwayne Croom, Chief of the Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department, said this week that Sadler’s spirits are good, but the young man – now confined to hospital room at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville — faces two long and difficult challenges: Physical and financial recovery.
“Freddie is our Assistant Chief,” said Croom, “and he has played a really big role in bringing this department up in the world. We are asking every Pamlico County resident to donate to a fund we have set up at the State Employees Credit Union on Hwy. 55 in Grantsboro, that will go directly to Freddie to help pay some of the huge expenses he will face.”
Bank officials said Wednesday that the account is in the name of: John Frederick Sadler, Jr. Donations and contributions are easy to make. Just consult any teller or the branch manager.