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Pamlico County GOP Headquarters in Bayboro Vandalized Again!

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gop-2By Terry Leigh McCune

Early Wednesday morning the workers at the GOP headquarters found at least 3 dimpled cracks in their front window where sometime during the evening or early morning hours, person or persons unknown had fired at their facility with either an air rifle or BB gun.

The Chairman of the Pamlico County Republican Party, Dave Wickersham issued the following statement:

We have had two separate incidents at our Headquarters over the last three weeks that involved a person or persons shooting an air rifle or BB gun at the front windows. No volunteers were in the building at the time of the shootings and no one has been injured. Both of these incidents were reported to the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office.

Wickersham continued, “we cannot condemn strongly enough the cowardly action of those responsible and ask that anyone with information about the shootings contact Sheriff Chris Davis”.

We do not believe any of our volunteers were or are in any danger from these sneaky, late night attacks and are committed to keeping our Headquarters open to the public. Our volunteers are providing information on voting hours, Republican candidates and handing out yard signs and sample ballots.

We will be taking additional security measures as a result of these unprovoked attacks and hope the person or persons will be found and prosecuted.


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Sheriff Chris Davis
Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office

Within the past 3 weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 2 different incidents involving the windows in front of The Pamlico County Republican Party Headquarters being shot. During the investigation, it was determined that the windows were shot with a pellet rifle or similar gun. These events are occurring during overnight hours, and there was no one inside the building at the time of the incidents. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about these incidents to contact The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office at (252)745-3101.

Pamlico Republican Party Headquarters window shot a second time

406171d42d31768c616062a34eb61246Sheriff Chris Davis
Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office

Within the past 3 weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 2 different incidents involving the windows in front of The Pamlico County Republican Party Headquarters being shot. During the investigation, it was determined that the windows were shot with a pellet rifle or similar gun. These events are occurring during overnight hours, and there was no one inside the building at the time of the incidents. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about these incidents to contact The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office at (252)745-3101.

Smile! Camera meant to catch dumpers

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer
Culprits are ignoring rules that prohibit dumping of household garbage at the Reelsboro recycling site.

Culprits are ignoring rules that prohibit dumping of household garbage at the Reelsboro recycling site.

REELSBORO – The Pamlico County Commission rejected a recommendation Monday night to close the Hwy. 55 recycling site, instead authorizing an expenditure to install ‘trail cam’ style monitoring with the intent of nabbing those who are dumping household garbage, non-recyclable items, and even in one recent incident – concrete.

Garry Cooper, Director of Public Services for the county, wrote in a Dec. 30 e-mail that “the situation was so bad this weekend (Dec. 28 & 29), I had to call two of my employees to work Sunday to remove the trash. It was so much trash on the ground (1,540 lbs.) they had to use an empty 30 cubic yard box to haul the collected trash to the Transfer Station in Grantsboro.”

All seven of the commissioners expressed outrage over abuse, including Pat Prescott, who is the elected commissioner from the township that includes Reelsboro.

“At some point it may come to that (closure),” she said, “but I want to explore every alternative first.”

Commission chairman Paul Delamar III asked County Manager Tim Buck to “formally notify the Sheriff’s Department and ask that they pay attention to that site while on patrol.”

Commissioner Christine Mele suggested the abuses “are a deterrent for people to purchase the new homes that are being built in that area.”

Commissioner Ann Holton asked for “additional signage” at the site, and also suggested Buck should consider “possible lights” in addition to her motion to purchase an eye-in-the-sky style camera – an expense unanimously approved by the seven-member board.

In other business, the board rejected another staff request – this one coming from Chris Murray, the county’s Fire Marshal, who sought a county ordinance to regulate illegal burning. A seldom-enforced state law – and one where Murray now has little or no authority — gives would-be violators free rein.

Open burning of leaves, tree branches and other vegetative debris is allowed without an Air Quality Permit, but state law prohibits the burning of non-vegetative materials such as household garbage, lumber, or synthetic materials – an activity Murray said is on the increase.

“This was a recommendation from the state,” explained Murray, who said two dozen or more complaints per month is not unusual. Murray added the calls typically report “mostly repeat offenders and it is usually done late at night.”

Murray said the current procedure works something like this: “People call the state agency that monitors it (air quality) and sometimes they (regulators) will send them (violators) a letter.”

But the commissioners were un-persuaded, voting unanimously to nix any proposed local law. Several cited possible “unintended consequences” and expenses that might emanate from a local ordinance passed as a substitute for an infrequently prosecuted state law.

“If you’re waiting on the state to do something about this,” said Delamar, “you’re going to get old fast.”

Squatters arrested in Minnesott Beach

‘They looked like regular renters to me’ said one neighbor

TCC080813001By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer

MINNESOTT BEACH –Bryan Moore, 47, knew nothing about four squatters who settled into his waterfront home, located on the Neuse River a mere stone’s throw from this community’s ritzy golf and country club.

Moore, on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C., had done little to his residence since Hurricane Irene struck in August of 2011. So he immediately sensed something was awry when his Minnesott Beach neighbor called to gently complain about Moore’s ‘renters.’

“I would not even know about this now were it not for her call,” said Moore, during a brief telephone interview Wednesday afternoon. “But let me tell you, that was some good service that I got from the law enforcement folks down there. I really feel good about how they handled the situation.”

The Poteet family enjoyed a waterfront view after brazenly moving into Bryan Moore’s home at 63 Beach Road, near the Minnesott Golf and Country Club.

The Poteet family enjoyed a waterfront view after brazenly moving into Bryan Moore’s home at 63 Beach Road, near the Minnesott Golf and Country Club.

The squatters – a married couple and two adult sons – “were quite overt about everything,” said Moore. “I think maybe that’s part of their regular tactics.”

Deputy Jerry Pegram with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case, which quickly brought about the arrests on July 23 and 24 of Mike and Kristi Poteet, and their sons Paul, 25, and Jacob, 30. The three men remain incarcerated at the Pamlico County Jail, with the woman being held in Craven County.

“They really know how to play the system,” said Pegram, who said that the investigation is still underway. “They forged and altered documents to get the water and electricity turned on. In Pamlico County, if a house has had they power turned off for more than a year, then the Building Inspector has to approve the residence. The place didn’t pass inspection the first time, but they made some repairs and got approval.”

Pegram added the family had previously been evicted from another home in town. As a result of that information, investigators believe the Poteet family was familiar with the Beach Road neighborhood, and knew Moore’s home had been unoccupied for many months.

The Poteet family enjoyed a waterfront view after brazenly moving into Bryan Moore’s home at 63 Beach Road, near the Minnesott Golf and Country Club.

The Poteet family enjoyed a waterfront view after brazenly moving into Bryan Moore’s home at 63 Beach Road, near the Minnesott Golf and Country Club.

One neighbor, Bob McDonald, said “they looked like regular renters to me.”

One person, unconnected with law enforcement, but familiar with the situation, reported the squatters “had four stolen – verified by their animal chips – very expensive cats, from $600 to $1000 in value. Outside were two stolen (also chipped) dogs.”

Inside the residence were huge containers of beads and jewelry making materials, with a “very large amount of clothing.”

The source also reported a large quantity of food, both fresh and canned, including animal food in unopened bags.

“Apparently they were not planning on running if found out – too much stuff to leave behind.”

Pegram, the deputy, expects more shoes to drop.

“We found out that one of the sons, Jacob, is wanted in Kansas City. And, we know that the parents got financial help locally, so we’re looking into possible charges related to that.”

Moore, the absentee homeowner, finds the entire episode mind-boggling.

“The sheer audacity of it is what amazes me,” he said. “You just don’t expect something like this to happen. They forged my name in mid-March, and after that they just got more and more comfortable living there.”

“ They look like filthy roaches on the surveillance video! ”

Ed Denton of Denton Pharmacy resolute in wake of early am break-in

Framed Wednesday morning by the broken storefront window, Ed and Caroline Denton said violent break-ins are a threat to the entire community.

Framed Wednesday morning by the broken storefront window, Ed and Carolyn Denton said violent break-ins are a threat to the entire community.

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer

ORIENTAL – Two thugs, dressed in black with covered faces, robbed Denton Pharmacy at approximately 4:20 a.m. Wednesday morning, after breaking a storefront window with a rock thrown so hard that it landed well behind the counter.

Oriental Police Capt. Duane Moore said the thieves were in and out of the store in just over three minutes in what appears to have been a heist of cash and drugs.

“They look like filthy roaches on the surveillance video,” said a shaken Ed Denton, who opened the store less than two years ago with his wife Carolyn.

“We want people to know that this will not deter us in the least from pursuing our dream,” added Carolyn. “And, we intend to do everything possible to prosecute this crime – this type of thing is a threat to our entire community.

Oriental Police Capt. Duane Moore reviews surveillance videos, which captured images of the two thieves from numerous angles.

Oriental Police Capt. Duane Moore reviews surveillance videos, which captured images of the two thieves from numerous angles.

The store’s alarm system, monitored remotely, triggered an immediate call to the Pamlico County 911 System, and operators there quickly notified Moore, who responded within minutes.

“They appear to know exactly what they were looking for,” said Moore, “and attempted to keep their heads down and faces hidden.”

Denton Pharmacy has an extensive surveillance system, which produced numerous images and photo angles of the crime. Moore, a veteran law enforcement officer, plans to release images and other information with the hope that the public can assist with the investigation.

And, tentative plans may include a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspects.

“On the video, you can see my flashlight less than a minute after they went out – the same way they came in – through the broken front window,” said Moore.

Anyone with information about this case should call Moore immediately at (252) 675-1859.

Surveillance Photos:

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Hunt is on for waterline vandal

 

Random punctures appear malicious, intentional

Special to the County Compass

Billy E. Sawyer, Jr.
Sheriff of Pamlico County

December 3, 2012

Victim:   County of Pamlico

The Pamlico County Sheriffs’ Office is conducting a criminal investigation into series incidents where person or person(s) unknown are damaging the water lines in Pamlico County.

Pipes are being damaged by placing a probe into the ground and punching a hole in the pipe. The damage is being done to pipes adjacent to the roadway, near fire hydrants or cut-off valves.  The damage done appears to be for the purpose of vandalism only, with no indication that attempts are made to contaminate the water system and no contamination has been found. The damage has cause several water outages and low pressure.

The Sheriffs’ Office requests that anyone observing suspicious activity near or adjacent to the roadways or water system lines please contact call 911 or 252-745-3101. Any information provided will remain confidential.

Lt. W. H. Jewell
Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office

Crews worked quickly Wednesday afternoon to repair the most recent damage near the intersection of Kershaw and Janeiro Roads.

Crews worked quickly Wednesday afternoon to repair the most recent damage near the intersection of Kershaw and Janeiro Roads.

Al Gerard, Field Operations Supervisor for the Pamlico County Water Department, spent much of the day opening and closing valves throughout the sprawling system in order to isolate the problem.

Al Gerard, Field Operations Supervisor for the Pamlico County Water Department, spent much of the day opening and closing valves throughout the sprawling system in order to isolate the problem.

Pamlico County Deputy Wade Sawyer points to holes, which are the result of vandalism. The three pipes come from different areas of the county, and are being held as evidence in the case.

Pamlico County Deputy Wade Sawyer points to holes, which are the result of vandalism. The three pipes come from different areas of the county, and are being held as evidence in the case.

Workers distributed emergency water supplies late Wednesday to households affected by the vandalism.

Workers distributed emergency water supplies late Wednesday to households affected by the vandalism.

Family vows to repair cemetery

 

TCC041212001By Dan Piner | Special to the County Compass

ARAPAHOE – I want to thank The County Compass for your recent article about the desecration of the Ed Stanley Brinson cemetery behind the old Arapahoe Elementary School.

The severity of the crime against these graves has been very difficult to comprehend. It’s hard to believe there is anyone that would do such destruction to this cemetery. I commend the Sheriff’s Department for lending its full support to finding the people responsible for committing this crime.

Ed Stanley Brinson was my great grandfather. My great grandmother, grandmother, grandfather, as well other relatives are also buried there. There are numerous other graves there that are not related to my family.

Several of the graves in the cemetery have no living relatives remaining to take care of their headstones. This Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m., a few of my family members and I plan to be at the cemetery to try to set as many of these headstones as possible back in place.

Any volunteers who may be able to assist in lifting these headstones in place would be welcome. And again, thank you for your coverage. Those who may wish to help may call me at (919) 880-1590.

$500 reward offered in gravestone desecration

 

NEWS1-Gravestone-pic-1By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer

ARAPAHOE – Residents of this small, close-knit community are irate over wanton, malicious damage done to an obscure, but in tact, cemetery located behind a decaying building on Hwy. 306.

The property and two buildings were once a vibrant elementary school built adjacent to an existing cemetery. One marker, apparently for a child, is more than a century old:

“In memory of Little Johnny,” son of J D & Arcady Flemming, b. Oct. 22, 1896 – d. June 19, 1899.

NEWS1-Gravestone-pic-2A Letter to the Editor in the March 29 issue of this newspaper brought the graves’ desecration to the forefront this week.

In a brief telephone interview Wednesday morning, Pamlico County Sheriff Billy Sawyer offered a $ 500 reward for a tip or information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

“This is absolutely the most disrespectful thing that can be done,” said Sawyer, who vowed to fully investigate the case. “Whoever did it certainly got no monetary gain from it. I am happy to offer the reward if we can find and convict whoever did such a horrible thing.”

Those with any information about the case should call the Sheriff’s Department at 745-3101. Sawyer also said that this newspaper could release his personal cell phone number, which is 229-3100.

Page 11 of a reference book, titled “Pamlico County, North Carolina Cemeteries” written by Dixie T. Willis in the early 1980s, identifies the site’s three dozen graves, which include surnames that are familiar to our area.

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