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

A Halifax man with two pending superior court dates will have a December 21 district court after more charges were lodged against him.

Joshua Antonio Burnell, 40, remains in the Halifax County Detention Center without the opportunity for bond following his November 27 arrest under a new law that prevents a magistrate from setting bond for defendants on pretrial release who pick up new charges for 48 hours or they can be seen by a district court judge.   

Burnell’s latest arrest occurred when Officer C. Walker received an anonymous tip that a man  with several warrants was at a local restaurant.  

Walker confirmed that Burnell had several outstanding orders for arrest from Halifax County for various crimes including flee to elude arrest and hit and run.  

Walker and Lieutenant D. Hundley located Burnell inside the restaurant and he was placed under arrest.  

While searching Burnell pursuant to his arrest officers discovered cocaine and marijuana in his pants pocket.  

Burnell was served with the outstanding orders for arrest and was given a $90,000 bond. 

He was also charged with felony possession of schedule II, misdemeanor possession of schedule IV, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Burnell has a December 11 superior court date for several traffic offenses and a January superior court date for drug charges.


On Sunday around 1 a.m. officers responded to Marshall Street on a call regarding a single-vehicle crash.

Officers discovered that the driver left the roadway striking a Dominion light pole which caused the vehicle to rollover.  

The driver, Kelly Monique Anderson, 36, of Roanoke Rapids, showed signs of impairment.  Anderson was taken into custody and later submitted to a breath examination where she registered a .10.  

Anderson was charged with DWI and received a written promise to appear in court on January 19.