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Tuesday, 28 July 2009 18:55

Hollister man charged in break-ins

During the month of May the Halifax County Sheriff's Office received reports of several residential breaking and enterings in the Hollister area. 

According to a press release, Detective Rich Somogyi investigated the crimes, which resulted in the arrest of several subjects in the area and the recovery of the stolen property. 

Further investigation led to the recovery of an auto transport trailer concealed in the woods in the Hollister area. 

The trailer was previously reported stolen from a company in the Richmond, Va., area. 

The investigation led to the Monday arrest of Jan Lynch, 42, of Hollister. 

Lynch was placed in the Halifax County Jail under a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 17. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2009 18:54

Man charged in Colonial Drive BE&L

A 31-year-old Roanoke Rapids man was charged Sunday in a breaking, entering and larceny in the Colonial Drive area of Roanoke Rapids.

Lt. Bobby Martin of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release shortly after midnight Sunday Deputy Joe Sealy received a breaking and entering call.

When the deputy arrived he noticed a 36-inch television sitting in the front yard with a blanket on top and a VCR sitting by the road along with a navy blue pillowcase.

While at scene a witness approached Deputy Sealy and told the officer he saw someone he knew carrying items from the victim’s house. 

The witness said when the suspect saw him he quickly went back to his house.

Deputy Sealy learned the victim was on vacation and noticed the side door glass was broken out and the door damaged. 

When Deputy Sealy looked inside several items were turned over.

The deputy talked to the suspect, James Michael Doughten, who came to the door sweating profusely. Deputy Sealy saw two navy blue pillowcases on the couch, which matched the ones in the victim’s yard, Martin said in the news release.

With assistance from Deputy Corey Griffin, Sealy spoke to Doughten, who allegedly told the officers he was responsible for the breaking and entering. 

Deputy Sealy charged Doughten with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of possession of stolen goods, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and injury to real property,

Doughten was jailed on $25,000 bond and has a Sept. 30 court date.

This case was solved, Martin said, because of neighbors looking out for one another. “The witness coming forward and assisting Deputy Sealy really aided him in finding the person responsible for this breaking and entering,” he said in the news release.

Joshua Rouse, charged in the June murder of an Applebee’s manager, was transported to Central Prison in Raleigh over the weekend after he allegedly cut an inmate in the Halifax County Jail.

Lt. Bobby Martin of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office told The Spin this morning Rouse, a former employee of the restaurant, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

The cutting occurred after Rouse, 22, asked an inmate for his soup. The inmate gave Rouse his soup but refused to give him the crackers which accompanied the meal, Martin said.

Rouse became angry and cut the inmate in the face with a homemade blade. The inmate received stitches in his left eye brow, bridge of his nose and inside of his lip.

Rouse was in the Halifax County Jail awaiting an appearance on a first-degree murder and armed robbery charge in the stabbing and cutting death of Sandy Denise Riedel, who worked at the restaurant on Premier Boulevard since October.

Riedel died from multiple cut and stab wounds inside the restaurant. Rouse was arrested three days later

The Roanoke Rapids Police Department has said there is evidence indicating a robbery motive because some money was apparently missing.

Rouse has a previous criminal record  and was released from prison last May after he was convicted on Jan. 20, 2004, for attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Those offenses occurred on July 13, 2003, in Roanoke Rapids. They stem from an assault on Jefferson Street in which a victim was attacked by three to five people.

The victim was hit in the face by his assailants, who demanded money as he was stabbed in the legs. Witnesses scared the attackers away and Rouse was later arrested.

Rouse, a South Carolina native, is a member of the United Blood Nation and has the Blood symbol of three paw prints branded on his right shoulder.

Rouse was schedule to appear in Halifax County District Court today on the jail charge and Aug. 26 for the murder and robbery charges stemming from Riedel’s death.

Gov. Bev Perdue’s visit this afternoon to Roanoke Rapids was brief, but upbeat, this after a morning session with administrators from the Halifax County school system.

“I’m real surprised anybody likes me,” Perdue told a group of the county’s elected officials and business people at the Kirkwood Adams Community Center, referring to the state’s deficit, state employee cuts and and a high unemployment rate. “I’ve been here six months. I took over at a time unparalleled in history.”

Perdue spoke of the state’s $4.7 billion deficit, one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, a state where only California, New Jersey and New York have lost more jobs.

“Every single county in North Carolina has lost jobs,” the governor said.

The governor said, however, “I sleep well at night because I have made tough decisions.”

In calling for citizens to get behind Raleigh’s efforts to create more jobs, the governor said, “This is North Carolina. We can stand up to anything. We can do anything.”

Despite bleak economic news, Perdue said there were early signs of an upturn in the state’s economy. An Outer Banks realtor sold seven condos, she said. “The unemployment rate did not go up (this month). This is the first month I’ve felt confident about paying (the state’s) bills. This is the first month I’ve had a car dealer say, ‘Bev, it ain’t all bad.’”

Perdue asked for statewide support of military bases and the Main Street program, which Roanoke Rapids is applying for membership. She called for adults in the community to stand up for students.

In a brief question and answer session before going in to meet with elected and other officials, Perdue said the only way she saw getting on equal footing with China in the global marketplace was for the state and country to concentrate on specialty manufacturing.

Honestly, the governor said, “In my time I don’t think you will see a level playing field.”

She explained only a demand by China’s people for democracy and increased wages could help.

Asked if she supported the president’s health care initiative, Perdue said she didn’t want something which would end up costing and penalizing states. “It has to be the right care, right place, right time.”

Monday, 27 July 2009 18:50

Man arrested for stealing cash

On Sunday the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Edmonds, 22, of Roanoke Rapids for the theft of approximately $10,800 in cash from a residence off N.C. Highway 48 in Roanoke Rapids. 

Detective Rich Somogyi said Edmonds was placed in the Halifax County Jail under a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 5.

Monday, 27 July 2009 18:49

Arrest made in Edgewater home invasion

A Roanoke Rapids area man has been arrested for a July 19 home invasion in the Edgewater subdivision, according to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

Detective Rich Somoygi said in a news release Terence Wyche, 18, was charged with first-degree burglary, larcency and possession of stolen property. 

He was placed in the Halifax County Jail under a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 9.

Somoygi said more arrests are pending in the case, which occurred around 11 p.m. Deputies responded to a break-in in progress at a residence located in the Edgewater Subdivision in Roanoke Rapids. 

The homeowner was awakened when the door to his residence was kicked in and several suspects entered his home and began to steal items, including a firearm. The homeowner fired several gunshots at the suspects, who fled the residence. No one was injured.

Monday, 27 July 2009 18:48

Saturation patrol nets 66 charges

The Roanoke Rapids Police Department made 66 charges during a Saturday night saturation patrol, Chief Jeff Hinton said.

Officers patrolled complaint areas across the city, the chief said.

Charges ranged from 17 loud music citations to one careless and reckless driving count. They also included two possession of marijuana counts and one concealed weapon charge.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009 18:46

Dylan Moore succumbs

Dylan Moore, the young Roanoke Valley area child with a rare genetic disorder, died Sunday. In a short journal entry on the Web site detailing the child’s struggles it is simply written: Dylan is gone.

The Web site is: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dylanmoore

The child’s health was beginning to decline in the last few days. The last journal entry on July 24 notes, “The MRI revealed no blockages today so the docs are assuming that it’s GVH.  Only way to tell for sure is to do a liver biopsy!  Docs are not in agreement that he is stable enough for that.  We’ll have to see how he progresses in the next few days and if he’s better, they may try to do it early next week.”

Moore was diagnosed with fanconi anemia, a very rare genetic disorder with a very high frequency of bone marrow failure and many other problems, in September of 2004.

Patients with FA have a 75 percent chance of developing solid tumors at unusually young ages, including head, neck, esophagus and squamous cell carcinomas, as well as liver tumors, according to the Web site.

The Web site says over the last few months, his bone marrow failure had progressed to severe, leaving him vulnerable to possible life threatening infections and internal hemorrhaging.

News of the child’s death prompted numerous signings on his guestbook, from both people locally and across the nation.

“Dylan has made me look at life in such a different perspective, he has made me realize that giving up is not an option, you have to fight, no matter how tough times get,” one entry said. “He is truly a hero to me. I will miss him dearly, and always remember what a strong, tough, kind, and loving boy he was.”

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a shooting in the 1000 block of Washington Avenue in Weldon last night where a man was shot in the right thigh. Lt. Bobby Martin said in a news release Deputy Emerson Carroll responded to the location around 11:30 p.m. after receiving a call someone was shot. The victim told the deputy he was walking when he heard several shots and was struck in his right thigh. The victim, who was treated at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, did not know where the shots came from. Deputies checked the area but were unable to locate any suspects. No one else was hurt and there are no suspect or vehicle descriptions. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Halifax County Crimestoppers at 583-4444.