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The investigation into the shooting of a 3-year-old girl Sunday night is a slow, methodical one, Lt. Bobby Martin said this morning.

“We’re making sure what we do is done in the child’s best interest,” the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office investigator told The Spin.

Martin said he is receptive to the opinions of the public who believe an arrest should already be made in the case.

He said, however, “We have to go through case law and see what will apply. There is a lot of legwork. We’re making sure it’s done right for the child’s best interest.”

Martin said the sheriff’s office continues to work closely with the District Attorney’s office on the case.

Meanwhile, Martin said the child is recovering from surgery to repair wounds sustained from the single gunshot wound to the abdomen. She remains in the intensive care unit of Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

Martin declined to elaborate on details of the case until the investigation is completed.

The shooting remains listed as accidental.

It occurred in the Myrick Estates subdivision in the Littleton area.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009 20:16

Man charged in Enfield break-in

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office investigated a break-in at Enfield Tractor Company.

The investigation was conducted by Deputy Dreher Bozard with the assistance of Detective Rich Somogyi. 

Deputy Bozard's investigation led to the arrest of Douglas Silver, 44, of Enfield. 

Silver was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen property. 

Silver was placed into the Halifax County Jail under a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 9.

Silver was in custody serving a sentence for several prior break-ins.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009 20:14

Four charged in Weldon Produce robbery

Four Weldon area men have been charged in the July 24 armed robbery of Weldon Produce Company, according to the town’s police department.

Two of the men were arrested yesterday and one was arrested Monday. The other was served a warrant in jail, Lt. James Avens said this morning.

The armed robbery occurred at 11 a.m. at the company located at 113 Maple St. Two people entered the building, one of them carrying a gun, and demanded money. The men left the company with an undisclosed amount of money.

The police department has been investigating the case since the robbery and was able to make arrests this week, Avens said.

Arrested were Raymond Mills, 19, James Tyreese Webb, 24, Tyrell Brack, 18, and Jessie Webb, 48.

Jessie Webb, an employee of the company, was charged with conspiracy to armed robbery while the other men were charged with armed robbery. While only two of the men allegedly went inside, a third man served as lookout, Avens said.

Mills was already in jail charged with other crimes including break-ins at Weldon City Schools, a case which remains under investigation. He is jailed on $100,000 bond and the rest of the men are jailed under $30,000 bonds, Avens said.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009 20:14

Probe continues into girl's shooting

Lt. Bobby Martin of the Halifax County Sheriff’s was in Greenville today to check on the condition of a 3-year-old girl who was shot in the abdomen Sunday night.

At last check the girl remained in critical condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital, the investigator said.

Martin declined to elaborate on details of the case until the investigation is completed.

The shooting remains listed as accidental.

It occurred in the Myrick Estates subdivision in the Littleton area. The child was struck once.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009 20:12

Bell turns himself in

The boy wanted for shooting a security guard Saturday has turned himself in, Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Jeff Hinton said this morning.

Hinton said Deputy Fred Whitaker of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office got word to Andrew Bell, 17, he should turn himself in and convinced the Roanoke Rapids boy to do so. Bell turned himself into the Roanoke Rapids Police Department around 11 last night. “We really appreciate Deputy Whitaker helping us,” Hinton said.

Bell was jailed on $50,000 bond and his court date is scheduled for Dec. 16.

Bell was wanted in the non-fatal shooting of Michael Proctor, a security guard at the former Rosemary mill, who was working when the boy allegedly approached him on an orange bicycle and demanded his money or wallet around 11:30 Saturday night.

Proctor told Bell he had neither and identified himself as a security guard. Bell allegedly shot him in the arm with a small caliber revolver. The shooting occurred in the 13th Street area of the former mill site.

Police got a break in the case Monday when officers from A Squad and the detective division spotted Bell around noon on an orange bike, a gun noticeable in his waistband.

The officers attempted to stop him and Bell fled, allegedly stealing another bike to make his getaway. While Bell got away, officers were able to identify him and obtain warrants for his arrest on charges of attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, flee to elude arrest and larceny of a bicycle.

Proctor, who was treated and released from the hospital, walked to the intersection of Roanoke Avenue and 13th Street to use a cell phone and call for help.

The Roanoke Rapids Police Department will get one new officer through a $119,925 grant which requires no matching funds from the city, police Chief Jeff Hinton told council tonight.

The grant is administered through the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Hiring Recovery Program and funds the officer for three years, with a requirement the officer be kept on at the city’s expense for a year after, Hinton told The Spin following the meeting.

Hinton also told The Spin the officer would be a regular patrolman on the force. Council unanimously approved the grant and the accompanying budget amendment. Hinton said the department applied for the grant about four months ago.

The city has three vacant officer positions so one of them will be funded through the grant.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009 20:10

Council grants extension to Halifax Linen

Halifax Linen Service will have until the end of February to comply with job creation requirements it is supposed to meet after receiving One North Carolina grant funds in 2006.

Under the grant the company had three years to create 81 new jobs. Thus far, with the bad economy, it has only created 46 jobs, said Kathy Scott, Halifax County economic development director. “Once things turn around, the company thinks it can meet the commitment,” she told city council at its meeting tonight.

The state approved the extension, Scott said, and after her presentation, council did the same.

The grant funds were part of an expansion plan at the company’s Roanoke Rapids production plant and a plan for the construction of three new distribution centers around the state, a $1.6 million investment.

Since the grant, the company has invested $900,000 in its expansion, Scott told council.

The expansion was made possible in part by an $81,000 One North Carolina Fund grant. The  money represents $1,000 per job, for each of the 81 positions the company's expansion was expected to create.

The Halifax County Board of Commissioners contributed $50,000 in matching funds and the city allocated $30,426 for the project when it was announced in 2006.

Council unanimously approved the extension.

In an unrelated matter tonight, council approved allowing Holland Consulting Planners to apply for a Community Development Block Grant to fund improvements in the Vine Street community.

The consulting company will apply for $850,000 for the project, said its representative, Danny McKewon.

Councilman Carl Ferebee said following the meeting if the grant is approved it would allow people who live in dilapidated housing in the community to relocate and allow the demolition of those homes along with other improvements.

Ferebee said it not known how many people it would affect but said the grant money, if approved, should cover the project.

Vine Street is right off U.S. 158, a road with heavy traffic running through the city and one of the locations the city would like to improve, Ferebee said.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009 20:09

Sheriff's office investigates bogus bills

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office is investigating the passing of counterfeit $20 and $10 bills at a local business.

Maj. Bruce Temple said in a press release the sheriff’s office is encouraging everyone to study any bills that may be passed and to call the office at 252-583-1991 if anything is suspicious.

Investigators have identified four series of serial numbers on the bills.

If anyone has information on the bills, they are encouraged to call Halifax County Crimestoppers 252-583-4444.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009 20:08

RABA gets $1,500 in donations

Three local business donated $500 each to the Roanoke Avenue Business Alliance for its efforts to bring the Main Street Program to Roanoke Rapids.

Donations were made by Wilkie Real Estate, First Carolina Agency and the Renaissance salon, alliance President Kim Simpson said this afternoon.

The alliance is currently waiting word on whether Gov. Bev Perdue will OK the city’s application into the program. A decision is expected by the middle of October.