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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Shane Guyant:

On Friday around 2:30 p.m. officers responded to the area of Jackson Street after receiving a fight in progress call.

Officer P. Dueitt discovered the assault in progress but it had moved to the dead end of Madison Street.   

Dueitt observed Latasha Maleka Johnson, 40, dragging and assaulting her adult daughter, Guaynt said. He said it is not known what provoked the assault, which was observed by several people.

Johnson was subsequently charged with simple assault.  

She has an April 12 district court date.


On Saturday around 2 a.m. Lieutenant M. Hunsucker observed an SUV committing a lane violation and swerving on Bolling Road near Belmont Elementary.  

Hunsucker identified Kisha Neshawn Hunter, 39, of Roanoke Rapids as the driver.

Hunsucker found several indicators that Hunter was possibly impaired and requested her to submit to several Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Hunter also provided a roadside breath sample.  

The lieutenant determined from these two presumptive tests that Hunter was in fact impaired.

Hunter was placed under arrest and transported to the police department for further testing on the intoxilyzer instrument. Hunter provided a breath sample of .18.

Hunter was charged with DWI and no operators License. She has a previous conviction for DWI in 2011.  

Hunter was released to a responsible sober adult, and was given an April 19 court date.

On Friday around 5 a.m., Master Officer C. Majette responded to an automobile crash on Jefferson Street. 

Steven Craig Hall, 45, of Roanoke Rapids was operating a Chevy Cruze when he left the roadway and struck a parked vehicle. 

Majette instantly detected the strong smell of alcohol coming from Hall, who Guyant said could barely stand when he exited the vehicle.

Majette was unable to perform any Standardized Field Sobriety Testing due to Hall’s condition and an open alcoholic beverage was located inside of the vehicle accessible to the driver.  

Hall was subsequently arrested and taken to the police department where he submitted to a breath test using an intoxilyzer instrument. 

Hall registered a .29.and was charged with DWI and an open container violation. He has an April 8 district court date.

“If you have not noticed we have had a tremendous number of DWI arrests lately,” Guyant said. “I attribute this to proactive police work and we have sent several officers to specialized training to recognize impaired driving.”

This training has allowed officers to see driving patterns that they had normally dismissed.  It also has helped to identify impaired drivers without even having them present a breath sample.  “Now, these trained officers are catching these drivers,” the chief said. “It’s important to know that a DWI will cost you $10,000 or more, and that is if it is your first offense. Driving impaired on alcohol or other controlled substances is dangerous and possibly deadly to everyone on the roadways.”

Said Guyant: “There is no reason why anyone should drive impaired. None. However, you can rest assured, if you come through this city we are going to catch you, and your arrest will be publicized. There is a simple solution.  Stop driving impaired.”

Wanted person

On Thursday around 2:30 p.m. Lieutenant D. Newsome noticed an individual he recognized as Isaiah Nathaniel Ellis, 25, of Roanoke Rapids walking on Jackson Street.  

Newsome knew Ellis had active warrants for a February larceny of a firearm and attempted common law robbery in the city.  

A canvass of the area was conducted and Sergeant S. Langley found Ellis inside of a business off Roanoke Avenue.  

Ellis was taken into custody and was searched. He was found in possession of a digital scale, 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, and 2.04 grams of fentanyl.

Newsome served Ellis with the outstanding warrants. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II narcotic, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has a Tuesday district court date for all charges.