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Roanoke Valley law enforcement reported the following:

Roanoke Rapids Police Department

On Friday at approximately 9 p.m., Master Officer A. Salmon responded to a report of an 11-year-old juvenile who was shot in the leg with a BB gun in the 300 block of Monroe Street.

Investigation determined the child shot themself in the leg with a handgun due to what Chief Chuck Hasty described as an “accidental discharge.”

Salmon located the handgun and narcotics in the residence.

He charged Demonte Tashon Lee, 18, with failing to store a firearm to protect a minor, permit a child access to a firearm without supervision, possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling.  

Lee received a $15,000 bond and a December 5 court date.

Lieutenant P. Parks and Officer J. Spragins assisted.


On Saturday at approximately 10 p.m., officers responded to the 1400 block of Washington Street on a call of people breaking into vehicles.

A neighbor looked outside and gave a description of the alleged suspects, which Hasty said enabled law enforcement to “catch them so quickly.”

Officers located two people in the 1200 block of Washington Street fleeing the area.

Spragins arrested and charged Terry Corneil Garner Jr., 22, of Garysburg, and Lamya Jones, 16, of Roanoke Rapids, with two counts of breaking/entering motor vehicles, larceny and possession of stolen goods.  

Garner received a $5,000 bond and Jones received a $2,500 bond. Both have December 5 court dates.

Spare change was taken from the vehicles.

This past weekend saw 16 motor vehicle break-ins, Hasty said.

Some vehicles were unlocked, some had windows broken out and some had valuables in plain sight.

Hasty said residents should exercise caution by locking vehicles, taking valuables out and parking in well-lit areas.

Investigation continues and detectives are also trying to determine whether Garner and Jones could be responsible for further break-ins over the weekend.

Parks, Sergeant T. Tyler, Salmon and Officer J. Shelburne assisted.


On Sunday at approximately 2:30 p.m., Officer B. Council responded to an open line 911 call at a room at Fairfax Motel on East Tenth Street.

When the door was opened there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside and narcotics and paraphernalia in plain view.  

Council arrested and charged Natasha Cherelle Simmons, 30, of Enfield, with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, two counts possession of paraphernalia and five counts contributing to the delinquency for the five children who were in the room with her.

She received a $5,000 bond and December 5 court date.

Officer H. Marshall assisted.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office

Chief Deputy Scott Hall reported on August 23 the sheriff’s office received information of a Rocky Mount man who had sent pornographic images to an underage female on Facebook. Through an investigation by Detective R.B. Biggerstaff, a warrant was obtained on Ernest Eley, 47, of Rocky Mount.

Eley was charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor.

He was arrested on November 17 by the Rocky Mount Police Department and received a $5,000 bond.

Eley has a first appearance set for December 19 in Halifax County.

Northampton County Sheriff’s Office

Captain Patrick Jacobs reported on March 6, Sergeant D. Shephard obtained warrants on 19-year-old Jaymuntae Boone of Woodland for breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.

These warrants were the result of an investigation which began on September 21 of 2017 when a residence in the Woodland area was broken into and items stolen. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Boone is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office.

Warrants are still active and pending service.


On September 25, Shephard obtained warrants on 23-year-old Eric Vaughan Jr. of Woodland for first-degree burglary and injury to personal property.

These warrants were the result of an investigation which began on June 23 of last year when a residence outside Garysburg was broken into during the night hours.

Upon investigation and analysis of physical evidence, Shephard determined Vaughan was the alleged suspect.

Warrants were served by the Hertford County Sheriff's Office on November 7 and he received a $50,000 secured bond and next court date set for December 6.

On October 31, Deputy C. Martin arrested 50-year-old Weldon Jackson of Weldon and charged him with possession of cocaine.

This arrest was the result of Jackson coming through a traffic driver’s license checking station outside of Garysburg.

As Martin encountered Jackson he noticed items in his hand later found to be cocaine. He was charged and received a $2,500 secured bond and next court date set for December 13.

On November 13, Sergeant J. Barnes and Deputy K. Byrum located 63-year-old Evangeline Casterlow at her residence in Woodland where she was arrested and served an outstanding warrant for public assistance fraud.

She received a $2,500 secured bond and next court date set for January 10.

These warrants were the result of an investigation conducted by Lieutenant A. Roye.


On November 15, Shephard obtained warrants on 34-year-old Antuan Robinson of Pendleton for possession of firearm by felon, felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, and possession of stolen goods, safecracking, and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

These warrants were the result of an investigation which began on June 29 of last year when the victim’s home was broken into. ‘After a thorough investigation Shephard developed enough evidence to obtain charges. These warrants have not been served and anyone with information on the whereabouts of Robinson is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office.

On November 19, Shephard served outstanding warrants on 20-year-old Jaques Hendricks of Margarettsville for breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

These warrants were from an investigation which began on November 1 where a local convenience store was broken into overnight.

This investigation is ongoing and more individuals are expected to be charged.