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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Bobby Martin:

Monday shortly before 4:45 p.m. Officer J. DeSare was dispatched to the area of Highway 158 and Daniels Street about a person driving carelessly and recklessly in the area. 

The officer had received a call about the vehicle earlier in the day.

Narcotics Agent B. Council spotted the vehicle turning onto Julian R. Allsbrook Highway from Roanoke Avenue and initiated a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Leon Strickland, 25, of the Roanoke Rapids area.

DeSare arrested Strickland on suspicion of driving while impaired and no operator’s license. He was taken to the magistrate’s office and formally charged on those counts.

Strickland received a $1,000 bond and August 24 court date.

The vehicle had been reported to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office as stolen. A representative of the sheriff’s office did not immediately return a phone call this afternoon.

Sergeants C. Babb and D. Hundley assisted.


Wednesday shortly before 8:45 p.m. Officer J. Wind was patrolling in the area of West Ninth Street and Roanoke Avenue when he reportedly saw a driver run a red light.

The officer stopped the vehicle, which had two other occupants inside.

Sergeant M. Hunsucker assisted with the stop because there were multiple occupants.

The driver — Jason Richardson, 25, of the Roanoke Rapids area — had a revoked license and an order for his arrest for not going to court.

Hunsucker deployed his dog Dubai to conduct a check of the vehicle for suspicion of narcotics. The dog gave a positive alert. A search of the vehicle revealed 1.9 grams of a white powder later identified as cocaine. 

The rear passenger — Christopher Whitley, 33, of the Roanoke Rapids area — had a warrant for his arrest for breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

Richardson was served on an outstanding order for arrest for resist, delay and obstruct. He received an $800 bond and September 2 court date.

Whitley was charged with possession of schedule II; maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for controlled substances; a warrant for breaking and entering and a warrant for larceny after breaking and entering.

He received a $3,000 bond and September 2 court date.

The third occupant was released without arrest.


Wednesday shortly before 9:45 p.m. Officer S. Langley was dispatched to the area of Chick-fil-A about a stolen vehicle in the parking lot.

The vehicle was reported stolen from Rocky Mount and the occupants of the vehicle were confirmed by police there as being the ones sought.

Officer Langley arrested the occupants — Tamara Anderson, 22, of Halifax County and Kierra Cousin, 22 of Gibsonville —  with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. 

A juvenile in the vehicle will have a petition drawn for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Anderson was also charged with resist, delay and obstruct for reportedly lying about her information.

Anderson received a $1,000 bond with a September 11 court date. 

Cousin was released on a written promise with a court date of September 11. 

The vehicle was secured so the rightful owner could recover it.

Lieutenant J. Baggett, Hunsucker, and Master Officer J. Spragins assisted.