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A Halifax man is dead after his brother crashed into a utility pole and stop sign in the town limits of Weldon Saturday night, police Chief Mark Macon said.
When officers arrived, Jonathan James Brown, 21, of Weldon, was holding his brother in his arms and crying, apologizing for what he allegedly did, Macon said this morning.
Brown’s brother, 19-year-old Jeremy Lemuel Harvey, of Halifax, was ejected from the vehicle following the crash, which occurred around 10:27 p.m. at the intersection of Elm and Sixth streets in town.
The crash occurred when Brown, along with Harvey and Willie Ray Pittman Jr. of Weldon, were coming back from the county.
Macon said Brown was allegedly driving the vehicle approximately 67 mph in a 25 mph zone when the vehicle crossed the center line, struck a utility pole with a transformer on it, splitting the pole, and then knocking down a stop sign. The crash knocked power out for a period of time.
The vehicle rolled over once, ejecting Harvey and then landed upright. Witnesses told police the engine compartment began smoking and it became engulfed in flames as officers arrived.
Brown and Pittman got out of the car safely but Pittman sustained a broken arm, collar bone and had bones broken in his chest.
The police department charged Brown with DWI, careless and reckless driving, driving while license revoked and driving left of center.
The police department planned to meet with the District Attorney’s office today and more charges are expected.
Brown was released from custody on a written promise to appear in court due to a medical condition he received in the crash.
The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following:
•Officers responded to an assault call on Oak Street around 2:15 a.m. Sunday. Chief Jeff Hinton said a 41-year-old woman was beaten in the face by Jack Eldridge Bryant, 24, of Roanoke Rapids. Bryant was arrested yesterday afternoon at his residence on 411 Oak St. and charged with assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was jailed under no bond. The victim was flown to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.
•Officers responded to a stabbing on Southgate Drive around 11 a.m. Sunday. The victim, Donald Yellorday, 33, was stabbed during an argument with Cedric Parker. Parker allegedly stabbed Yellorday with a kitchen knife and then fled the area on foot. Warrants have been obtained for Parker’s arrest but have not been served yet.
•Willie Tillery was arrested over the weekend for robbery. Tillery went to a man's house on Marshall Street who allegedly owed him $5. Hinton said he was armed with a handgun Tillery demanded money and assaulted the occupants of the house and then fled with the $5.
Two men charged in the July 24 Weldon Produce armed robbery now face charges in a July 15 break-in on Elm Street in Weldon, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Detective Doug Pilgreen charged Raymond Mills, 19, and Tyrell Brack, 18, both of the Weldon area, for felony breaking and entering and felony larceny after breaking and entering.
On July 15 deputies responded to a residence on Elm Street in the Weldon area where a television was stolen.
Brack was placed in jail under a $5,000 bond and Mills under a $3,000 bond. Both men have Sept. 23 court dates.
Brack and Mills were arrested last week along with James Tyreese Webb, 24, and Jessie Webb, 48, in the Weldon Produce armed robbery on July 24.
The armed robbery occurred at 11 a.m. at the company located at 113 Maple St. Two people entered the building, one of them carrying a gun, and demanded money. The men left the company with an undisclosed amount of money.
The Weldon Police Department has been investigating the case since the robbery and was able to make arrests last week.
Jessie Webb, an employee of the company, was charged with conspiracy to armed robbery while the other men were charged with armed robbery. While only two of the men allegedly went inside, a third man served as lookout.
Mills was already in jail charged with other crimes including break-ins at Weldon City Schools, a case which remains under investigation.
The daughter of a Lake Gaston couple shot last week is off a ventilator at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said this morning.
The case into the shooting of the girl, the daughter of Barry Holmquist and Keisha Harper, of Myrick Estates in the Littleton area, remains under investigation, Lt. Bobby Martin said.
While the girl’s condition has been upgraded, she remains in the intensive care unit, Martin said,
recovering from surgery to repair wounds sustained from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen Aug. 22.
Martin declined to elaborate on details of the case until the investigation is completed.
The shooting remains listed as accidental.
Two Roanoke Rapids men are more than 6,000 miles from home at Joint Security Station Doura located outside Baghdad.
It is there they do patrols and train Iraqi military and police.
It is from there Sergeant Troy Beach and Specialist E4 Christopher Stacy, both in the National Guard, send these email dispatches.
Both soldiers have left family behind and are not sure when they will return. Beach, a Roanoke Rapids native and the son of Elaine Wong and Johnny Braswell, is married to Paula Beach and they have two children, Ashlyn Beach and Brandon Batton.
Stacy and his wife Emily have a 14-month-old son named Luke. His mother, Cindy, lives in Gaston, and his father, Phillip Herman, is from Powell, Mo. His stepfather is John Adams from Colerain.
Both men feel fortunate they have not been injured.
“We have been fortunate not to have encountered any hostile fire but every time we leave there is a threat of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and insurgents tossing grenades from overpasses so we are always on alert,” Beach said.
“Every situation is dangerous,” Stacy says, “from the time you leave the gate until the time you return.”
The places they patrol are not exotic, Beach explains. “The country is still trying to get itself straight. There is trash everywhere and destroyed and damaged buildings wherever you look.
“Kids are glad to see us and some of the older people, but a lot of the men in their 20s aren’t too glad we're here. I think they know why we're here and they see that our mission is changing now to support the Iraqi military and police.”
Stacy says most of the people are friendly. “But just like in any country, including the United States, there are mean people. We let them know we are here to protect them and to help lead their country in the right direction.”
The answers are simple when asked what is the hardest thing to adjust to. “Being away from my family. It's hard not to be able to handle things back home that my wife might need my help with,” Beach said.
“Being away from your family and friends is one of the hardest things for a lot of people I think,” offered Stacy.
Routine is the easiest thing to adjust to, both men say.
What do they miss about home? “Everything,” Beach says. “Mostly my family but I miss it all. Sometimes you just get a craving for a food like a Browning’s hot dog or something and you can't do anything about it. I miss all the little things about home that maybe I took for granted before I deployed.”
For Stacy it is the more intimate family moments he misses. “I miss cuddling up to my wife on the couch and watching our little son play in the living room floor.”
The soldiers have no specific date on when they will return but Beach looks forward to that time. “I'm gonna kiss my wife and take her away on a romantic weekend. Then I'll go home and kiss and hug my kids and probably have a big welcome home party with all my family.”
Says Stacy, “The first thing I do when I get home is kiss my wife and son. Then when I get to the house it's off to the shower.”
Beach wants people to realize Roanoke Rapids soldiers are still over there. “I would like to thank all the people who do support us over here but it seems like a lot of people have forgotten we are here.”
He said, “I really haven't seen anything from the area showing that they even know we deployed. I guess since the armory in Roanoke Rapids was taken from the local soldiers last time they deployed and given to a special forces unit that the local citizens have forgotten about us. But we still have soldiers from the Roanoke Valley in the Guard, We just had to go to other cities to serve.”
Stacy also has some advice. “I'd just like to remind folks at home not to take simple things in life for granted such as air condition, water and electricity, but most of all your family and friends.”
The state Wildlife Resources Commission is already reporting one deer stand injury before bow hunting season starts.
Sgt. Carl Hatcher, an enforcement officer with the commission, said the injury occurred on Aug. 20 but wasn’t reported to Wildlife until Aug. 24.
Phillip Vinson Davis, 48, of Conway, was putting up a lock-on stand unassisted, putting steps in the same location he had them last year when one of the steps dislodged, causing him to fall.
As he fell he hugged the tree with his arms and legs to break the fall but was impaled in the left arm by the fifth step, causing him to hang from the tree. He suffered nerve damage and lost a large amount of blood. He fell 19 feet, Hatcher said.
Several factors led to the fall, Hatcher said, the first being Davis was erecting the deer stand alone, carrying all the equipment by himself.
Most stand makers recommend placing the steps in a different location from the previous year. Davis also failed to wear a fall restraint device. Wildlife recommends bow hunters wear a full body harness which limits the distance of a fall.
Bow season: Sept. 12 through Oct. 9.
Muzzle loading season: Oct. 10 through 16.
Gun season: Oct. 17 through Jan. 1.
For more information visit Wildlife’s website at www.ncwildlife.org.
Between 10 to 15 storm grates have been stolen from city streets over the last several days, Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Jeff Hinton said this morning.
The grates, used to trap debris from runoff, cost around $300 and present a possible hazard to pedestrians and motorists, he said. “It could cause severe injury if people aren’t paying attention.”
Police believe the grates are being stolen to sell as scrap metal.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police department at 252-533-2810 or Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.
The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following:
•Saturday morning around 7:45 officers received a call of an attempted theft of a vehicle, Chief Jeff Hinton said in a news release. Officers responded to 150 Highway 125 and spoke with the victim who heard "banging" around 3 a.m. but did not report noise. The victim found the steering column on their vehicle was broken and the ignition was pried. The case remains under investigation and damage was about $500.
•A checking station in the 300 block of Madison Street during the day on Saturday led to the arrest of: Donte Anton Peebles, 29, of Roanoke Rapids, for possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possess marijuana and possess drug paraphernalia. His bond was $8,000 and his court is Sept. 16. Kelsey Demond Harper, 34, of Roanoke Rapids, was charged with possess drug paraphernalia, possess with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possess marijuana and maintaining vehicle for distribution of a controlled substance. His bond was $8,000 and his court date is Sept. 16.
•Saturday around 10:30 p.m., Willie Albert Tillery, 27, of Roanoke Rapids, was arrested at his residence and charged with: robbery, three counts assault by pointing a gun, assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of communicating threats. He went to jail on $10,000 bond and has an Oct. 14 court date. No further details are available at this time.
•Friday around 11:30 a.m., Tammy Jean Britton, 46, was arrested at her residence in Roanoke Rapids on a fugitive probation violation out of Virginia. She was jailed on $100,000 bond.
•Reports of a shooting at Halifax Regional Medical Center last night are unfounded, Hinton said. “Some gunshot victims from the county came to HRMC for treatment,” he said. “Family members (and others) came with them and HRMC called for officers to come out there and assist with crowd control. A call was given out as a nurse being held hostage. Everything out there is fine.”
A Roanoke Rapids developer has appealed the denial by city council of his zoning request, according to a lawsuit filed in Halifax County Superior Court yesterday.
Council turned down the rezoning request of developer Mike Davis, who owns MTD Investments Inc., at its July 28 meeting. Council accepted the recommendation of the planning board, which recommended it turn down Davis’ request to rezone 6.62 acres of land at the end of Downs Brook Drive to multifamily housing. The decision by council was unanimous.
The lawsuit, filed by Cary Whitaker, a Roanoke attorney, says the rezoning would change the zoning of the property from R-12 to R-3, a lawful use under the city’s zoning ordinance.
“The application complied in every respect with the requirements of the zoning ordinance,” the lawsuit says. “No factual reasons were stated by the Respondents for its failure to make the necessary findings to deny the application and its conclusions are not supported by competent evidence in the record.”
The appeal maintains, “The decision of Respondents was arbitrary and capricious in that the Statement of Consistency with Plans to Amend the Land Use Ordinance had already been distributed. The decision of the City Council was arbitrary and capricious in that adjoining property and property which is of a similar nature has been zoned R-3. The reasons set out in the Statement of Consistency with Plans to Amend Land Use Ordinance for denying petitioner’s application are conclusions not supported by the facts.”
Davis said in an interview yesterday he simply wants the decision overturned. This is the second time the rezoning request was turned down. He said the same request was turned down about three or four years ago.
He said the city’s rejection of the rezoning is costing him untold amounts of money. “I could have had it developed and selling property at the peak of the market. There is no justifiable reason. If it was rezoned I would be building townhouses.”
Demand for townhouses is strong, he said. “They sell good. People are looking for places to live with no maintenance.”