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HCSO roundup: November 22-26

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The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office reported the following, according to Chief Deputy Scott Hall:

On Sunday at approximately 3 p.m., Corporal Brandon Council was notified by Caledonia Correctional Institute officials a visitor left the facility after attempting to bring narcotics into the prison.  

The visitor’s vehicle description and registration plate was provided to Corporal Council as he responded to the area.

The suspect vehicle was located on Highway 561 in Tillery and stopped.

Council identified the driver as Charles Rogers, 49, of Wilson, who confirmed he left the prison. Continued investigation led to a search of his vehicle where two Mason jars containing vacuum sealed bags of marijuana matching the contraband confiscated at Caledonia was found.

Rogers was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance on prison premises, possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

He was placed in the Halifax County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond with a December 13 court date pending.

On Saturday around 1 p.m., Sergeant Roy Ball stopped a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban on Wood Glenn Road after noticing the driver, Charles Gregory Balmer Jr., 32, of Roanoke Rapids was driving with a revoked license.

During the stop, Ball learned Balmer had five outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Northampton County for breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and injury to personal property.

After Balmer was arrested for the outstanding warrants, Ball located a semi-automatic pistol inside the vehicle.

Balmer was arrested and charged with the warrants and Halifax charges possession of a firearm by felon and driving while license revoked.

Balmer was placed in the Halifax County Detention Center under a $150,000 bond and a December 20 court date.

He has a Friday court date on the Northampton County charges.

On Friday around 8:20 a.m., Deputy Ethan Johnson responded to a local convenience store just outside of Roanoke Rapids on a report of possible drug activity.

Johnson encountered Joseph Grady Washburn 28, of Lawrenceville Virginia.

While interviewing Washburn, Johnson could see narcotics in plain view in the man’s vehicle.

Johnson located a small bag of cocaine, currency with heroin in it, a Mason jar with marijuana, and digital scales.

Washburn was arrested and charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of heroin, and possession of marijuana and later placed in the Halifax County Detention Center under a $1,500 secured bond with a Friday court date pending.    

Lieutenant John Bozard and Corporal Dustin Newsome assisted.


On November 23 at approximately 3:45 a.m., while visiting the Marathon on Highway 158, Deputy Joe Comeaux held the door open for a person.

Comeaux noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the individual.

After a brief investigation Comeaux collected a plastic bag containing marijuana and cocaine from the individual’s vehicle.

Comeaux arrested and charged Devin Rashod Johnston, 19, of Roanoke Rapids, with felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana less than a half-ounce, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Johnston was placed in the Halifax County Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond and a court date of December 20.


On November 22 at 11:30 a.m., Detective Matt Brown with the assistance of Warren County detectives arrested a Roanoke Rapids man for 22 counts of obtaining property by false pretense, 23 counts of possession of stolen goods, seven counts of larceny by employee and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.

The charges stem from an investigation on October 23 after a former employer filed the report of the thefts.

Investigation led to the discovery of a total of six victims and probable cause James Harold Ellis was pawning and selling the stolen items to area businesses.

Ellis, 25, was placed in the Halifax County Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond and a December 20 court date pending.

Some $15,000 in items were stolen.

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