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Roanoke Valley law enforcement reported the following:

Roanoke Rapids Police Department

According to interim Chief Bobby Martin, on July 5 shortly after 10:30 p.m., Officer J. Shelburne responded to a call of a vehicle colliding with a house in the 1500 block of Fourth Avenue.

The inside of the house could be seen. No one was in the vehicle but a short time later a woman walked up and told the officer she ran into the home.

Shelburne noticed the odor of alcohol was strong and conducted field sobriety tests.

The woman, Amy Martin, 51, of the Roanoke Rapids area, was taken into custody for DWI.

Ms. Martin was taken before a magistrate where she was formally charged with DWI and cited for an unsafe movement violation.

Damages to the house were more than $5,000. There were no reported injuries to the occupants of the house.

Ms. Martin received an August 12 court date.

Sergeant T. Tyler assisted. 


Sunday shortly after midnight, Officer C. Roberts was in the area of West First and Jackson streets when he noticed a vehicle with an expired registration and inspection violation. 

There were two passengers along with the driver.

One of the occupants was wanted out of Craven County on an order for arrest. 

Master Officer R. Cross arrived with his dog Midas to assist.

An open container of alcohol and a Crown Royal bag containing 27.3 grams of mushrooms were located.

A capped needle, digital scale, a folded mirror containing two red straws, a metal spoon, wax paper, and a small container containing three small balls of cotton were also seized. 

The passenger with the Crown Royal bag was identified as David Sparks, 52, of Roanoke Rapids. 

Sparks was charged with possession of schedule 1, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule 1. 

Sparks was placed under a $5,000 bond and received a court date of July 17. 

The passenger with the order for arrest was identified as Andrea Howell, 47, of Roanoke Rapids. 

Howell received a $500 bond and a court date in Craven County of July 18.

The driver was not cited.

Northampton County

Captain Patrick Jacobs of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office reported on Sunday Deputy R. Horton conducted a vehicle stop in the Conway area for a minor traffic violation. 

The passenger, 25-year-old Deryck Bennett of Garysburg was arrested and served outstanding warrants for possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, assault on a government official, resisting a public officer, driving while license revoked, and four orders for arrest for failure to appear in Northampton County.

He received a $16,150 secured bond and a Thursday court date.

These warrants stem from an earlier traffic stop conducted by Horton on June 28 when Bennett was stopped in Garysburg for a revoked license plate. 

Horton located a handgun belonging to Bennett. 

During the investigation officers were involved in a foot chase with the man.

Sheriff Jack Smith said he “is thankful that no one was hurt in either of these situations.”

Smith commended Horton for “his hard work in removing this weapon from the streets and the subject.”