Martin County Sheriff's Office - Williamston

  • Agency: Martin County Sheriff's Office - Williamston
  • Address: 305 E Main St, Williamston, 27892 NC
  • Chief:
Phone: 252-789-4500
Fax: 252-789-4529

Martin County Sheriff's Office - Williamston is located at 305 E Main St, Williamston, 27892 NC. The Martin County Sheriff's Office - Williamston phone number is 252-789-4500.

Martin County Sheriff's Office - Williamston News

Deputy Paniagua spoke with students at Williamston Primary School today about bicycle safety and the importance of wearing proper safety equipment.

Recent arrests by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Martin County Narcotics Unit Avery Lamont Williams B/M, DOB: 11-15-1987 1177 Middle Street, Jamesville Charges: • Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Heroin • Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Heroin within 1000 Feet of a School • Maintaining a Dwelling to Keep or Store Controlled Substances Bond: $500,000.00 Calvin Ray Bonds B/M, DOB: 08-21-1964 142 Warren Court, Williamston Charges: • Felony Breaking and or Entering a Motor Vehicle (4 counts) • Misdemeanor Larceny (3 counts) Bond: $60,000.00 Robert Shane Whitaker W/M, DOB: 10-16-1989 Homeless Charges: • Misdemeanor Breaking and or Entering Bond: $500.00 Kristy Lee Beacham W/F, DOB: 06-20-1995 3647 Brown Road, Jamesville Charges: • Possession of Heroin Bond: $7,500.00 Andrew Garrisondale Banning W/M, DOB: 10-02-1995 1430 Stewart Street, Jamesville Charges: • Possession of Heroin Bond: $7,500.00 Derrick Juarez Goss B/M, DOB: 07-01-1976 110 Willow Drive, Williamston Charges: • Sell or Deliver Heroin (2 counts) • Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Heroin • Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Heroin within 1000 Feet of a School • Felony Flee to Elude in a Motor Vehicle Bond: $850,000.00 Arika-Dare Elizabeth Byrum W/F, DOB: 07-11-1985 1505 Price Road, Williamston Charges: • Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Heroin • Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Heroin within 1000 Feet of a School Bond: $5,000.00 The following agencies assisted in the investigations that led to the above arrests: Martin County Sheriff’s Office Williamston Police Department North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation

The Martin County Sheriff's Office is currently seeking qualified applicants for an open Animal Control Enforcement Officer position. This position is a sworn law enforcement position and applicants must be BLET certified. Application paperwork can be found at www.martincountyncgov.com/sheriff. After completing the required paperwork, applicants should contact Chief Deputy Drew Robinson for further instructions. Chief Deputy Robinson can be reached at 252-789-4500.

Enjoyed spending time with Women on a Mission today. They were collecting cleaning supplies for Hurricane Florence victims. Members of the Sheriff's Office donated and helped load 3 pickup trucks to be delivered to New Bern NC. This is a great example of Law Enforcement partnering with the community to serve others in need.

Sheriff Tim Manning donating TWO units of red blood cells through the use of the Power-Red machine!! #americanredcross #savinglives

The American Red Cross blood drive that is sponsored by the Martin County Sheriff's Office is today-10am to 4pm. If you have a few extra minutes, be sure to stop by the old Ag Building (205 East Main Street, Williamston) and help save a life with your donation.

***UPDATE*** Miller has been located and served with the outstanding warrants. He has been placed under a $1,000,000.00 secured bond and has a court date of 10-01-2018.

INDIVIDUAL WANTED ON MULTIPLE BREAKING AND ENTERING CHARGES After receiving multiple breaking and entering reports in Martin County, Investigators with Martin County Sheriff’s Office have identified a suspect and secured warrants for his arrest. The breaking and entering incidents occurred in the area of Thoroughfare Road, Thurman Griffin Road and Lee Road. During the incidents, personal property, as well as firearms were stolen. SUSPECT: Brandon Lee Miller W/M, DOB: 06-04-1987 143 North End Avenue, Chocowinity Charges: • Felony Breaking and Entering (5 counts) • Felony Larceny of a Firearm (4 counts) • Felony Larceny After Breaking and Entering (3 counts) • Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (2 counts) • Felony Habitual Larceny (2 counts) • Felony Habitual Breaking and Entering (2 counts) • Felony Possession of Stolen Property (1 count) • Felony Possession of a Stolen Firearm (1 count) Anyone who has information as to Miller’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Martin County Sheriff’s Office at 252-789-4500, Martin County Communications at 252-789-4555, Martin County Crime Stoppers at 252-792-8800 or their local law enforcement.

*** Red Cross Blood Drive*** The Martin County Sheriff's Office, working in cooperation with the American Red Cross, will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday October 2, 2018 (10am-4pm). The blood drive will be held at the old Ag Building (205 East Main Street, Williamston). Come out and help save a life!

***State of Emergency*** Martin County remains under a declared state of emergency; however, the curfew and restrictions on alcohol and firearm sales has been lifted, effective 8:00 am 9-15-2018. Thank you to the citizens and businesses for your cooperation and understanding throughout this event.

***Hurricane Update***

No significant changes have been made to the forecast track of Hurricane Florence which is currently moving NW at 12 mph. A NW track is expected for the remainder of the day eventually making landfall in the vicinity of Wilmington early Friday morning. After which, the storm is expected to begin drifting W or WSW and continue in that general direction through the weekend. Florence has been downgraded to a high end Category 2 storm but this does not change our impacts significantly! Florence carries a huge wind field where hurricane force winds extend 80 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend 195 miles from the center. Significant impacts will extend far from the center of the storm. Please do not lose attention of this storm – catastrophic impacts remain possible and Florence remains a life-threatening situation due to dangerous storm surge, flooding rains, and damaging hurricane-force winds. Excessive Rainfall Rain has begun to fall along the Outer Banks as the outer bands from Florence have reached the coast. Rain will spread westward and continue to fall through the weekend where Coastal NC is expected to receive 20-30” of rain with isolated totals of 40”. Central, western, and northeastern NC is expected to receive 6-12” with isolated totals of 24” possible. Extreme flooding in the east from rainfall may prompt numerous rescues along the coast. Rivers and streams may overflow their banks with deep moving water. Flood waters may enter numerous structures with some perhaps being uninhabitable. The delivery of drinking water and sewer services may be interrupted and flood waters may be polluted and contain hazardous materials. Complete road failure is likely in many locations due to flowing water so driving conditions will be very dangerous. Never, under any circumstances, drive through standing or flowing water. Unlike previous storms that have affected NC in recent history, Florence carries the potential for significant storm surge in addition to extreme rainfall. The extent of the storm surge will inhibit river outflow, exacerbating the flooding threat. Heavy rainfall in the west is anticipated Saturday into Monday with conditions gradually improving Tuesday. Main stem river flooding is likely in the mountains with the potential to produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding while also contributing to the potential for landslides across the mountains. Damaging Winds Tropical storm force winds are expected to reach the coast late Thursday morning into early afternoon, with hurricane conditions arriving within the hurricane warning area on Friday. Devastating impacts across southeastern NC are anticipated. Structural damage can be expected to sturdy buildings, with some suffering sever or even total destruction. Complete destruction of mobile homes and poorly constructed buildings is also likely. Numerous large trees may be snapped or uprooted, along with fences and roadway signs gone. Many roads will become unsafe and impassable from large debris as well as many bridges and other elevated roadways will become impassable. Extensive power and communication outages can be expected. Many vessels will break free from their moorings. Storm Surge Dangerous, widespread, and deep storm surge inundation is expected along portions of the coast. The surge will affect homes close to tidal creeks and waterways farther from inland that what people are accustomed to. The surge combined with battering waves will damage many homes along the barrier islands. Structural damage to buildings is likely in many areas, and as a result with many on the barrier islands washing away. The damage will be greatly compounded from a considerable amount of floating debris. Severe beach erosion with significant loss of dunes is expected as well as sand deposits onto the barrier islands blocking roadways. Major damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers is expected. Debris in waterways and other navigable channels will make navigation hazardous. A Storm Surge Warning is currently in effect for areas south of Duck, NC including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds as well as the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. A Storm Surge Watch remains in effect for areas north of Duck, NC. Remember that surge is not tied to storm category and can fluctuate with minor changes in storm track. Tornadoes A Tornado Watch has now been issued for portions of eastern NC and coastal waters until 9PM this evening. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes in and close to the watch areas. Supercells and a few tornadoes will be possible within the outer convective bands. These outer convective bands will gradually spread inland across the NC coast this morning, continuing across eastern NC through the afternoon/evening. The threat for tornadoes associated with Florence will continue into Friday. Tornadoes associated with land falling tropical cyclones are typically short-lived, weak, and offer little lead time. Florence will be a multi-hazard situation with the potential for extremely hazardous impacts from storm surge, winds, and extreme flooding. As the storm nears the coast and slows in forward speed, it will create unique forecast challenges and lead to an extended period of impacts

Hurricane Florence is tracking NW towards the coast of NC at 16 mph maintaining winds speeds of 120 mph as a Category 3 storm. Florence remains a major hurricane and is expected to maintain strength until making landfall. Florence is currently forecast to approach the southern portion of the NC Coast, then slow down considerably taking a westward turn within collapsing steering flow. As such, a very slow westward motion near the coasts of the Carolinas is expected through Saturday. Fluctuations in the track could still occur, it is important to realize that significant impacts extend well away from the center of Florence. Please do not lose attention of this storm – catastrophic impacts remain possible and Florence remains a life-threatening situation due to dangerous storm surge, flooding rains, and damaging hurricane-force winds. Excessive Rainfall Heavy rain will enter the state early Thursday in the southeast and is expected to continue into the weekend. Coastal NC is expected to receive 20-30” of rain with isolated totals of 40”. Central, western, and northeastern NC is expected to receive 5-10” with isolated totals of 20” possible. Extreme flooding in the east from rainfall may prompt numerous rescues along the coast. Rivers and streams may overwhelmingly flow their banks with deep moving water. Flood waters may enter numerous structures with some perhaps being uninhabitable. The delivery of drinking water and sewer services may be interrupted and flood waters may be polluted and contain hazardous materials. Complete road failure is likely in many locations due to flowing water so driving conditions will be very dangerous. Never, under any circumstances, drive through standing or flowing water. A large shield of moderate to heavy rain will continue to push west as the center of Florence is moves through western SC Sunday night. Heavy rainfall in the west is anticipated Sunday into Monday with conditions gradually improving into Tuesday. Main stem river flooding is likely in the mountains with the potential to produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding while also contributing to the potential for landslides across the mountains. Damaging Winds Tropical storm force winds are expected to reach the coast early Thursday with hurricane conditions arriving within the hurricane warning area on Friday. Devastating impacts across southeastern NC are anticipated. Structural damage can be expected to sturdy buildings, with some suffering sever or even total destruction. Complete destruction of mobile homes and poorly constructed buildings is also likely. Numerous large trees may be snapped or uprooted, along with fences and roadway signs gone. Many roads will become unsafe and impassable from large debris as well as many bridges and other elevated roadways will become impassable. Extensive power and communication outages can be expected. Many vessels will break free from their moorings. Storm Surge Dangerous, widespread, and deep storm surge inundation is expected along portions of the coast. The surge will affect homes close to tidal creeks and waterways farther from inland that what people are accustomed to. The surge combined with battering waves will damage many homes along the barrier islands. Structural damage to buildings is likely in many areas, and as a result with many on the barrier islands washing away. The damage will be greatly compounded from a considerable amount of floating debris. Extreme beach erosion with significant loss of dunes and the potential for new inlets carved into some of the barrier islands. A large amount of sand will be deposited onto the barrier islands blocking roadways. Massive damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers is expected. Debris in waterways and other navigable channels will make navigation hazardous. A Storm Surge Warning is currently in effect for areas south of Duck, NC including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds as well as the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. A Storm Surge Watch remains in effect for areas north of Duck, NC. Remember that surge is not tied to storm category and large amounts of water is expected even if the storm weakens close to the coast. Tornadoes A few tornadoes will be possible Thursday and Friday across eastern NC. Tornadoes associated with land falling tropical cyclones are typically short-lived, weak, and offer little lead time. Florence will be a multi-hazard situation with the potential for extremely hazardous impacts from storm surge, winds, and extreme flooding. As the storm nears the coast and slows in forward speed, it will create unique forecast challenges and lead to an extended period of impacts.

***Hurricane Florence Advisory #3*** Shelter Opens at 5:00 p.m. today at Riverside Middle School The Martin County Emergency Management Department and the entire Martin County team continue to monitor and prepare for Hurricane Florence. The current forecast suggests we will see wind start to increase through Thursday afternoon. Maximum gusts are estimated at 70 mph, with top sustained winds estimated at 50 mph. This will be a long duration event – from Thursday afternoon / evening through late Saturday evening. Our total rainfall looks a little better this morning, but forecasts still suggest we may see 10-15 inches of rain. This brings the potential for widespread, prolonged power outages with significant structural damage. Roads may become impassable, due to flooding and downed trees. Everyone in eastern North Carolina should continue to make preparations for the storm. Martin County residents should complete hurricane preparations by Wednesday night. Residents in low lying areas and mobile homes are encouraged to voluntarily evacuate ahead of the storm. An emergency shelter will open at Riverside Middle School (2920 US-17, Williamston) today – Wednesday, September 12th at 5:00 p.m. Also, residents who go to the shelter who have domestic animals (dogs and cats) can take their animals to the Martin Community College horse arena (1161 Kehukee Park Rd, Williamston) beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12th. Pet owners will need to bring proof of current rabies vaccinations and pet food. This service is only for residents evacuating to the shelter. A State of Emergency began at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, September 11th in Martin County. Restrictions on alcohol sales and curfew requirements will begin on Thursday, September 13th. A curfew will be in effect from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., starting at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13th and ending at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 16th. The restriction on alcohol sales involves the prohibition of the sale, consumption, transportation, or possession of alcoholic beverages beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 13th and ending at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 16th, except on one’s personal premises. Citizens are strongly encouraged to sign-up for Martin County’s Hyper Reach notification system. Hyper-Reach is an emergency notification system used in the event quick notifications need to be shared with the public. Registration for the Hyper Reach notification system is available at http://www.hyper-reach.com/ncmartinsignup.html. Through this link, citizens can sign-up for alerts for land-line phones, cell phones calls, cell phone texts and/or email alerts. This is a life-threatening storm. Everyone is encouraged to monitor the forecast. Be alert to additional forecast track changes that could increase the danger to eastern NC. Check on your neighbors, particularly the elderly or disabled. Also, be prepared to take action to protect yourself and your property, if needed. Furthermore, everyone needs to be prepared for “cabin fever” – have books, magazines, cards, games to help pass the time during the weather event and power outages. Be prepared. Be smart. Be safe.

There remains no significant changes to the track of Florence compared to previous advisories. Confidence continues to increase that North Carolina will see life-threatening impacts from Hurricane Florence. Key Takeaways: · Florence will continue to strengthen over the next 24 hours and is still expected to make landfall as a dangerous storm. · Life-threatening storm surge at the coast, extensive inland flooding from heavy rain, and dangerous winds remain the primary threats from Hurricane Florence. · There is low confidence in where the storm will head after landfall and where the heaviest rain will fall. Preparedness is advised across the entire state. Hurricane Florence is expected to continue to intensify over the next 24 hours. However some gradual weakening is anticipated as forward speed slows. Florence is still expected to maintain strength to remain a Category 4 storm just prior to landfall, which is expected late Thursday or early Friday morning. While the track of Florence is still being refined, widespread impacts are likely as dangerous hazards will extend well away from the storm’s center. Inundation, Rainfall, and Marine A Storm Surge Warning is currently in effect for areas south of Duck, NC including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds as well as the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. A Storm Surge Watch remains in effect for areas north of Duck NC. Very dangerous inundation amounts are expected along the entire NC Coast Thursday through Saturday. Information detailing the extent and location of inundation can be found in the attached weather briefing. Heavy rain will enter the state early Thursday and is expected to continue into the weekend. The current rainfall forecast now has most of the Coastal Plain receiving 10-15” of rain with portions of the Coast having the potential to receive 15-25”. Up to 35” of rain could be observed along the track. Long-term river flooding is likely but will be delayed into next week. Depending on the amount of rainfall the western counties receive, landslides are possible in portions of the mountains. There remains great uncertainty where the heaviest rain will occur, but as the track forecast is better refined this will become more apparent. Wind Impacts A Hurricane Warning is currently in effect for areas south of Duck, NC including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. A Hurricane Watch remains in effect for areas north of Duck and a Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect of portions of the eastern Piedmont. Tropical storm force winds could arrive along the NC coast as early as Wednesday evening, but most likely will arrive late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Hurricane force winds are expected along the coast and Tropical Storm force winds are likely across much of the state Thursday and Friday. Windy conditions are anticipated through the weekend which increase the potential for widespread, prolonged power outages with significant structural damage. Roads may become impassable due to flooding and downed trees. A few tornadoes are also possible Thursday and Friday, but it is too early to discuss this threat with any confidence. Any tornadoes that form are expected to be short-lived and weak. With conditions expected to begin to deteriorate Wednesday night, preparations should be completed by that time. For additional information detailing ways to prepare, reference the State Climate Office of North Carolina’s Hurricane Florence website (https://climate.ncsu.edu/florence) in addition to ReadyNC (https://readync.org).

***Martin County is now under a declared state of emergency***

Overall, the forecast track of Florence is very similar to previous advisories. Confidence continues to increase that North Carolina will see life-threatening impacts from Hurricane Florence. Key Takeaways: · Florence’s intensity will waver some today but will remain a strong and dangerous storm, still likely making landfall as a Category 4 storm. · Life-threatening storm surge at the coast, extensive inland flooding from heavy rain, and dangerous winds remain the primary threats from Hurricane Florence. · There is low confidence in where the storm will head after landfall and where the heaviest rain will fall. Preparedness is advised across the entire state. While the track of Florence has some uncertainty, widespread impacts are likely as dangerous hazards will extend well away from the storm’s center. The greatest threats to NC are storm surge along the coast and inland flooding from prolonged heavy rainfall. North Carolina is also likely to see dangerous wind impacts where downed trees and extensive power outages are anticipated. Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm on Thursday, then slow in forward speed which will likely lead to prolonged heavy rain and windy conditions. Inundation, Rainfall, and Marine A Storm Surge Watch is currently in effect for the entire coast of NC, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. Very dangerous inundation amounts are expected along the entire NC Coast Thursday through Saturday. Information detailing the extent and location of inundation can be found in the attached weather briefing. Heavy rain will enter the state early Thursday and is expected to continue into the weekend. The current rainfall forecast now has most of the Coastal Plain receiving 10-15” of rain with portions of the Coast having the potential to receive 15-20”. Up to 30” of rain could be observed along the track. Long-term river flooding is likely but will be delayed into next week. Depending on the amount of rainfall the western counties receive, landslides are possible in portions of the mountains. There remains great uncertainty where the heaviest rain will occur, but as the track forecast is better refined this will become more apparent. Dangerous surf and rip currents will continue along the coast this week due to large swells from Florence. Heed warnings and do not enter the water for any reason. Wind Impacts A Hurricane Watch is currently in effect for the entire NC Coast and Coastal Plain and a Tropical Storm Watch is currently in effect of portions of the eastern Piedmont. Tropical storm force winds could arrive along the NC coast as early as Wednesday evening, but most likely will arrive late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Hurricane force winds are likely near the coast and Tropical Storm force winds are likely across much of the state Thursday and Friday. Windy conditions are expected to persist through the weekend which increase the potential for widespread, prolonged power outages with significant structural damage possible. Roads may become impassable due to flooding and downed trees. A few tornadoes are also possible Thursday and Friday, but it is too early to discuss this threat with any confidence. Any tornadoes that form are expected to be short-lived and weak.

***Hurricane Florence Advisory #2*** The Martin County Emergency Management Department continues to monitor Hurricane Florence. As of 11:00 a.m. today, Florence was a Category 3 major hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (100 kts), moving west at 13 mph. The estimated minimum central pressure was 962 mb. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the storm center. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the storm center. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the storm up to Category 4 strength through midweek, with winds up to 150 mph. The last Category 4 storm to directly hit South Carolina was Hurricane Hugo in 1989. The last and only Category 4 storm on record to hit North Carolina was Hurricane Hazel in 1954. It is still too early for anyone to accurately predict the exact location where Florence will move inland. Many computer models are projecting the storm will hit somewhere along the coast of South or North Carolina Thursday evening. It is also still a little too early to forecast specific impacts from the storm for any location. Those details should become more certain over the next couple of days. Everyone in eastern North Carolina should continue to make preparations for the storm. All of those preparations should be complete by midday Wednesday at the coast and Wednesday night for inland areas. Closely monitor the forecast for Florence in the coming days. Secure your home. Check on your neighbors, particularly the elderly or disabled. Also: • Have a disaster preparedness kit ready; • Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week; • Have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable, crank or solar powered USB charger for cell phones; and • Plan for what you would do if asked to evacuate. Please maintain awareness and monitor for further updates from Martin County. Citizens are strongly encouraged to sign-up for Martin County’s Hyper Reach notification system. Hyper-Reach is an emergency notification system used in the event quick notifications need to be shared with the public. Sign-up for the Hyper Reach notification system at http://www.hyper-reach.com/ncmartinsignup.html. Through this link, citizens can sign-up for alerts for land-line phones, cell phones calls, cell phone texts and/or email alerts.

***Martin County Citizens Encouraged to Register for Hyper Reach*** In preparation for Hurricane Florence, as well as for other events, citizens are strongly encouraged to sign-up for Martin County’s Hyper Reach notification system. Hyper-Reach is an emergency notification system used in the event quick notifications need to be shared with the public. Sign-up for the Hyper Reach notification system at: http://www.hyper-reach.com/ncmartinsignup.html Through this link, citizens can sign-up for alerts for land-line phones, cell phones calls, cell phone texts and/or email alerts.

Hurricane Florence has strengthened overnight into a Category 2 Hurricane, and she will continue to rapidly intensify over the next couple days. Florence is still expected to make landfall somewhere along North or South Carolina as a major hurricane Thursday night. Confidence continues to increase in Eastern NC seeing significant to life threatening impacts from this storm.

I want to strongly encourage the citizens of Martin County to begin making preparations for Hurricane Florence. Even though landfall is estimated to be Friday, people should start making preparations now. The following information was issued by Martin County Emergency Management and was current as of 11:00 am: - Florence has strengthened and has achieved hurricane status once again - Forecast remains similar with a major hurricane landfall (Cat 4, 120-140 mph) forecasted early Friday - Tropical storm force winds should be approaching on or around Thursday morning, so preparations should be completed at least by that time - Two life-threatening hazard events current forecasted: surge and inland flooding - Florence is expected to stall upon landfall which would increase rainfall accumulations - High surge can prevent rivers from discharging into the ocean which can further exacerbate flooding - Uncertainty remains regarding impact specifics, but certainty is high that there will be dangerous impacts along the entire NC coast - While model members continue to waiver slightly, the middle envelope of guidance has remained stable the last few days Please, do not delay on preparing. All residents are urged to be self-sufficient for at least 7 days. Stay tuned to local news stations for updated information.

The following individuals were arrested during the past week by the Martin County Narcotics Unit. The Martin County Narcotics Unit is made up of two Investigators from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and one Detective from the Williamston Police Department. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation assisted in these investigations as well. Jocelyn Monae Suggs B/F, DOB: 11-09-1992 1034 Whitfield Drive, Oak City Charges: • Trafficking in Heroin (3 counts) • Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Heroin Bond: $2,000,000.00 (33 grams of heroin seized, street value of approximately $6,000.00) ------------------------------ Shaneita Nicole Wesson B/F, DOB: 08-16-1988 105 Spivey Lane, Windsor Charges: • Sell Heroin • Deliver Heroin • Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Heroin within 1000 feet of a School • Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Marijuana • Maintaining a Vehicle to Keep or Store Controlled Substances Bond: $200,000.00 ------------------------------ Carol Ann Clow W/F, DOB: 12-08-1989 1700 US Hwy 17 (Apt. #19), Williamston Charges: • Felony Possession of Heroin Bond: $5,000.00 ------------------------------ Debontis Jamel Brown B/M, DOB: 12-28-1981 408 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Williamston Charges: • Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sale or Deliver Marijuana • Felony Possession of Marijuana • Maintaining a Vehicle to Keep or Store Controlled Substances Bond: $30,000.00 (476 grams of marijuana seized, street value of approximately $3,500.00)

Tonight Sheriff Manning and Chief Deputy Robinson spoke to the members of the Martin County Shrine Club about safe driving practices and the various scams that are going through our communities. Did you know that several Shriners from the Martin County Shrine Club regularly transport sick and injured children from this area to one of the many Shriners’ Hospitals on the eastern seaboard of the United States? These children receive state of the art medical care at no cost!

The Martin County Sheriff's Office has received several reports of individuals representing themselves as IRS agents calling citizens and demanding money. "Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a gift card or wire transfer. Victims may be threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver's license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an "urgent" callback request." -www.irs.gov Sheriff Tim Manning would like to remind everyone that the IRS WILL NOT: -"Demand that you use a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS will not ask for your debit or credit card numbers over the phone. -Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver's license, business licenses or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes. -Demand payment without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe." - www.irs.gov If you believe that you have a received a telephone call that is a scam, the Martin County Sheriff's Office urges you to contact law enforcement immediately and before you take any action. Law enforcement can be requested by calling Martin County Central Communications at 252-789-4555.