The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Bobby Martin:
Wednesday the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shaunda Campbell, 39, from the Roanoke Rapids area.
Campbell was arrested following an investigation conducted by RRPD Sergeant Detective G. Williams. On October 2 Williams followed up on a complaint by the victim concerning his taxes.
The victim went to United Tax Solutions located on Roanoke Avenue to have his taxes done. The victim learned fraudulent paperwork was sent in.
Through further investigation, Williams discovered Campbell was the person who purportedly prepared the taxes.
Campbell was charged with ID theft, obtaining property by false pretense, and felony conspiracy. She received a $3,000 unsecured bond and December 18 court date.
Williams also charged Sharon Barlow, 51, of Roanoke Rapids.
Barlow works at the same business as Campbell and faces the same charges. She received the same bond and court date.
This investigation began after multiple victims complained to the police department about the discrepancies they noticed with their tax returns and some victims never received their returns. The investigation continues.
Wednesday shortly after 2:30 a.m., Officer C. Roberts was on patrol in the area of Julian R. Allsbrook Highway and Marshall Street when he noticed a vehicle which appeared to be disabled with off lights just in the travel lane.
Roberts talked with the driver who claimed he ran out of gas or had another mechanical issue.
Roberts noticed what appeared to be an AK-47 in the floorboard of the vehicle.
Roberts continued his check. He had the driver exit and assisted him with starting the vehicle.
Sergeant R. Cross arrived as the suspect’s vehicle was started. The driver entered the vehicle and sped off.
Cross pursued the vehicle to Lewis Street where the suspect abandoned the vehicle.
The suspect was not located following a search of the area but was identified as Nelson Mitchell Jr., 31, from the Garysburg area.
Roberts will seek charges for fleeing to elude arrest and potentially others as the investigation continues.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810 or Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444
Lieutenant T. Tyler and Officer J. Horne assisted.
Wednesday shortly after 5 p.m., Master Officer M. Hunsucker responded to the area of Smith Church Road and Highway 125 about a vehicle collision.
On scene Hunsucker assisted with directing traffic to allow crews to work.
Hunsucker noticed a white pickup truck whose driver appeared to not follow his directions.
The driver traveled around a patrol vehicle and fire truck into the middle of the collision area. Officer C. Walker stopped the driver and had him enter a parking lot.
Hunsucker saw a brown paper bag in the rear of the truck and cup with ice in it.
An opened bottle of vodka was located in the bag.
The driver was placed under arrest and carried to the police department where he was charged with DWI and failure to obey a police officer.
The driver was identified as Joseph Weaver, 60, from the Roanoke Rapids area.
He was released to a responsible person and given a court date of January 3.
Tuesday shortly after 11:30 a.m., PACE Team Members B. Council and J. DeSare were contacted about potential narcotics use in the 1000 block of Franklin Street.
The officers were met with an overwhelming smell of marijuana.
The occupants were checked and during the search a handgun and marijuana were located. A further check of the handgun revealed it was stolen from the Roanoke Rapids area.
The suspect with the gun was identified as Kengia Faulcon, 21, from the Roanoke Rapids area. The other suspect in the vehicle was identified as a 17-year-old juvenile in possession of marijuana.
They were carried to the police department for processing and the parents of the 17-year-old were contacted.
Faulcon was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, and carry a concealed weapon.
He received a $5,000 secured bond with a February 5 court date.
Officers will seek petitions on the juvenile for possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.