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Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

For Immediate Release:

April 28, 2011


Suspected Drug Dealer Arrested in Greenville 

A two month investigation into reported drug dealing in Pitt County has led to the arrest of Richard Haki Duarte, DOB:  7/30/1974, of 345 Moses Drive, Greenville.  During the course of the investigation, marijuana and cocaine were purchased from Duarte at his residence.

On April 26, narcotic’s investigators with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Richard Haki Duarte, DOB:  7/30/1974, of 345 Moses Drive, Greenville with four counts of Sell and Deliver Marijuana; four counts of Possession With the Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana;  one count of Sell and Deliver a Counterfeit Substance;  and two counts Maintaining a Dwelling House for Control Substance.

“Our narcotic’s unit continues to be aggressive in their pursuit of illegal activity in Pitt County.  This is a residential neighborhood.  We are hoping that with this arrest, the neighborhood will be a safer place for those families,” stated Sheriff Neil Elks.

Duarte was transported to the Pitt County Detention Center, where he is under a $75,000 secured bond.

For Further Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357

 

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

For Immediate Release:

April 29, 2011

Two Arrested After Selling Narcotics 

On April 26, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detectives arrested Francis Sabrina Bizzell, DOB:  5/25/1959 and Jimmy O’Neal Murphy, DOB:  9/15/1968 both of 583 First Street, Ayden for narcotics violations. 

During the past month, the Narcotics Unit conducted an investigation into reports of Bizzell’s involvement in selling illegal narcotics.  28 grams of opium was purchased from Bizzell which led to her arrest.  Murphy was also arrested and charged in connection with the undercover purchase.

“The efforts to apprehend those selling illegal drugs to people in our community is a primary pursuit of our office,” Sheriff Neil Elks said.  “We will continue to work to defeat drug use in our communities.”

Bizzell is charged with Trafficking in Opium or Heroin by Sell; Trafficking in Opium or Heroin by Delivery;  and Maintaining a Vehicle for Control Substance.  Murphy is charged with Conspire to Traffic Opium or Heroin by Sell.  Both are in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1,000,000.00 secured bond each.

For Further Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357

 

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

For Immediate Release:

For Immediate Release:

May 19, 2011 

 

Tip From Neighbors Lead to Arrest of Drug Dealers

 

In April, 2011, a tip from neighbors led to the investigation of Noel Hutchinson by the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.  During the investigation, detectives were able to purchase crack cocaine from Hutchinson.

 

On May 12, a search of Hutchinson’s residence at 1874 Hop Tyson Road, Greenville resulted in locating approximately 10 grams of cocaine, as well as cash.

 

Hutchinson, DOB: 11/20/1964 was arrested and charged with three counts of Possession with the Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine; two counts of Selling Cocaine; two counts of Delivering Cocaine; and Maintaining a Dwelling House for a Control Substance.

 

A second suspect, Orr Ali Omar, DOB:  11/19/1974 of 960 Spring Forest Road, Greenville, was also arrested at the time of the search in connection with the investigation, and charged with Possession with the Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine.

 

Before leaving the scene, the detectives were thanked for their efforts and for listening to their concerns by the citizens of the Hop Tyson Community.

 

Both were transported to the Pitt County Detention Center.  Hutchinsonwas placed under a $30,000 secured bond and Omar was placed under a $10,000 secured bond.  

 

        

For More Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

 

 

Press Release Information

June 8, 2011

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Alton Crandall

Named Officer of the Year

 

Lieutenant Alton Crandallwith the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has been named the 2011 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. 

This honor was awarded to Lt. Crandall last night at the annual Law Enforcement and Greenville Fire Department Appreciation Dinner organized by the Chamber.

Lt. Crandall is a 30 year veteran of the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.  Beginning in 1984 under Sheriff Ralph L. Tyson, he entered the profession as a deputy, and soon found his calling in the enforcement of civil actions.  As his career progressed, he was promoted up the ranks and recognized for his passion, knowledge, and skills under four different sheriffs.  Currently, he oversees the civil enforcement unit within the sheriff’s office.  This includes court security, the county office security, and the airport security.

Lt. Crandall is a founding member of the “Gold Star Band”, a group of fellow law enforcement officers/musicians who play at numerous charitable events and civic organization events.  Lt. Crandall has been a licensed pilot since 1972, and he served in the National Guard for six years. 

Lt. Crandall is an active member of his church in Stokes and an avid poet and songwriter.  He has been married to Mary for 22 years, and they have five children.

Regarding this award, Sheriff Elks stated, “Lt. Crandall has a love for his community and fellow man. Even though his years of service and accomplishments can never be measured, this honor allows him to be recognized for a job well done.”

 For more Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357

 


Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

  



For Immediate Release:

June 24, 2011

 

Traffic Stop Leads to Pursuit Through Greenville

 

 


On June 23, at 12:30 am, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2007 GMC Yukon on Memorial Drive.   

While detectives were obtaining information from the driver and the passenger, the two individuals fled in the vehicle, leading deputies on a pursuit through Greenville.

The chase ended when the passenger, Kendrick Earl Green, DOB:  9/18/1986 of 3001 McGregor Downs Road Greenville, jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot in the area of Tobi Circle, Greenville. 

The driver, Brandy Michelle Meeks, DOB: 12/22/1984 of 3001 McGregor Downs Road Greenville, was immediately arrested.  

Green ran into an apartment on Tobi Circle, and was soon arrested. Green had in his possession approximately 1/2 lbs. of marijuana and $238.

Green is charged with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana and Resisting Public Officer; 4 counts of Failure to Appear for Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana;   Possession of Marijuana Up to ½ oz.; and 2 counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Green is also wanted by the Department of Correction for a Parole violation. 

Meeks is charged with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana;  Maintain a Vehicle for the Sale of Controlled Substance;   Flee to Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle;   Failure to Heed to Lights and Siren;  and 4 counts of Failure to Stop at Sign/Flashing Red Light.

Both remain in the Pitt County Detention Center.  Green is under a $120,000 secured bond, while Meeks is under a $45,000 secured bond.

        

For More Information, contact:

Christy Wallace
Public Information Director
Pitt County Sheriff's Office
252-902-6357

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

June 23, 2011

 

Joint Investigation Leads To Arrest

 

On June 22, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph Thomas Smith, Jr., DOB:  6/07/1935 of 3527 Red Tip Lane, Farmville for felony larceny.

 

A joint investigation involving the PCSO, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles resulted in a search warrant of Smith’s residence.

 

During the search, a stolen John Deere Gator and a John Deere LX/27 riding lawn mower were recovered.  The items, valued at $23,000, were reported stolen in Greene County on June 19.

 

Smith is charged with two counts of Felony Larceny. Smith is out of the Pitt County Detention Center under a $2,500 unsecured bond.

 

The investigation in this case is ongoing.

 

For Further Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357



Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 
 

 

 

Press Release:

June 28, 2011

 

Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Offers Safety Tips for July 4th Weekend

 With the approach of the July 4th weekend, Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday period a happy and enjoyable one for all.

 

 Traditionally during this holiday, our highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year.  The sheriff reminds all residents to follow these safety tips:

 

·        Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you.  Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road.

 

·        When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass.  You will know instantly if the car is about to veer - giving you an extra few seconds to respond.

 

·        You should pull out into the opposite lane of traffic when passing while you are still well behind the car in front.  This should give you some time and space to build up speed and will enable you to pull back into your own lane should the need arise.  Never cut abruptly out of your lane into the opposite lane when passing.

 

·        Always signal your intentions with your brake lights, turn signals, horn and/or headlights so that other drivers will see you well before you change course.

 

·        Drivers should always “aim high” in steering.  That is, you should glance frequently at points well ahead of you.  Not only will this help your steering, but it will also help you check the position of vehicles in front of you as well as on-coming ones.

 

·        Never follow too close.  Remember that, as your speed increases, it takes you substantially longer to stop.  Also remember that it’s good to have an extra cushion of space in front of you if you’re being tail-gated, on a slippery road, or in low visibility conditions.

 

“Lastly, I would remind all motorists to practice the Golden Rule when driving.  Be courteous and tolerant of other drivers," Sheriff Elks stated.

 For Further Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357



Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 
 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

June 30, 2011

 

Suspect Shot After Breaking into a Home

 

On June 29, Reginald Watson, Jr. DOB:  1/25/91, of 8819 Prison Camp Road, Robersonville was shot in the chest and leg after breaking into an occupied home.

 

Around 1:20 a.m., the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a burglary.  Kimberly Spell, DOB: 2/3/64; Oliver Atkinson, DOB: 1/28/56; Wayne Buck, DOB: 7/7/51; and Albert Atkinson, DOB: 10/15/33 of 217 River Road Estates Road, Greenville were all in the residence when two black males busted in the front door. One of the intruders, Watson, had a black revolver in his hand.

 

At some point after the intrusion, Albert Atkinson was able to retrieve a handgun from another room.  Once Watson saw Albert Atkinson with the gun, he pointed his revolver at him.  Several shots were fired. 

 

Both intruders then fled out of the front door.

 

Watson later showed up at Pitt County Memorial Hospital with gunshot wombs to the chest and leg.

 

After he was released from the hospital, he was arrested and charged with First-degree Burglary, and Felony - Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.  Watson is in the Pitt County Detention Center under $300,000 secured bond.

 

The PCSO is still investigating the identity of the second suspect.

 

For Further Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357



Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 
 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

July 5, 2011

 $127,500 of Marijuana Plants Recovered 

On June 30, detectives with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit received information in regards to the location of possible marijuana plants.

 

When the detectives arrived at 6409 NC 43 North in Fountain, 51 Marijuana plants were discovered.

 

James Whitley, DOB: 2/2/1983, which was at the residence at the time of seizure, was arrested.  Bennie Whitley, DOB:  9/10/1953, the owner of the residence and father of James, was arrested at the Pitt County Detention Center later that evening.

 

Both are charged with two counts of Trafficking Marijuana, and are currently under a $50,000 secured bond.

 

The street value of the plants is $127,500.

 

For Further Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357

252-717-1385



Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 
 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Press Release

September 12, 2011

 


The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy

 

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office will begin a new session of the PCSO Citizen’s Academy on Tuesday, September 13. The response from the first academy has been so overwhelming that the maximum number of 25 participants has been increased for this class to 38.  This class is full. However, Sheriff Elks has requested that two members of the media be allowed to join this group.  If your organization would like to take part in this community educational opportunity, please contact me.

 

The Citizens' Academy is a program designed to provide Pitt County residents new insight into how deputy sheriffs and investigators perform their duties, as well as how the department serves the community.

 

In a classroom setting, often enhanced with field trips and tours, citizens explore various aspects of law enforcement, including Narcotics, Investigations, a mock trial, processing a crime scene, as well as a tour of the Pitt County Detention Center.

 

Each class provides insight into the challenging tasks and daily functions of the sheriff’s office. Instructors are veteran officers who teach in their own areas of expertise.

 

Participation in the academy requires a commitment of one night a week, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., for the 10-week period.  Classes are held Tuesday nights. There is no fee for the academy, but space is limited and participants must be 18 or older.

   

For Further Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357

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