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

On Monday at approximately 10:33 p.m., Officer H. Marshall responded to the area of Julian R. Allsbrook Highway about a person calling 911 constantly.

The person, identified as Tony Taylor, 40, of Roanoke Rapids, would call 911 and tell telecommunicators he needed law enforcement assistance.

Taylor was stopped on Julian R. Allsbrook Highway in front of Subway after four more calls were made to the 911 center.

Marshall attempted to talk with Taylor about misuse of 911, but he would not cooperate or listen. When Marshall attempted to arrest the man, he would not comply.

He was eventually handcuffed, carried before a magistrate and charged with resist, delay and obstruct and misuse of 911.

He received a $1,500 bond and March 3 court date.

Taylor was charged on similar counts last summer.

Lieutenant J. Baggett and officers B. Council and J. Wind assisted.

On Wednesday at approximately 9:26 a.m., Master Officer R. Cross responded to Walmart on a shoplifting call.

A person, later identified as Melvin Peterson, 51, of the Roanoke Rapids area, had a shopping cart full of items and was trying to exit from the garden center.

When confronted by loss prevention he ran out of the store and went around back.

Officers headed to the store were advised the man had fled and were given a description.

Cross went to Chockoyotte Park to try and head him off. When the officer encountered a man fitting Peterson’s description, Cross recognized him from a crime the previous day.

Peterson was charged with two counts of misdemeanor larceny and two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods. One count of larceny and possession of stolen goods was from the previous day where Patterson was in Walmart and identified by loss prevention.

No bond or court date was immediately available and there has yet to be an entry made on the state online court calendar.

Sergeant M. Moseley assisted.


On Wednesday at approximately 9:18 p.m., officers were called to Joe’s Bingo Hall in Oakland Shopping Center about a fight between two men, one possibly armed with a knife.  

Detective J. Davis had one of the men detained upon other officers arriving.

A witness advised  he saw a man who appeared to be casing the bingo hall.

When the man, identified as Martavius Clements, 21, of Roanoke Rapids, went inside the witnessed followed him and asked Clements what he was doing.

Clements struck the witness in the face.

Clements was attempting to steal a jar on a table with approximately $60 inside.

The witness tried to restrain Clements until police arrived.

Clements was arrested and carried before a magistrate and charged with attempted misdemeanor larceny and simple assault.

Clements was placed under a $1,500 bond and has a March 22 court date.

Officer C. Hagbourne was the charging officer.

Davis, Detective E. Johnson, and Sergeant M. Peck assisted.