Threatening your way to criminal charges

Two unrelated stories, both involving criminal threats

Two men were charged Wednesday with threatening people, one a man who police said threatened for wanting to leave gang and the other a Wake County inmate speaking to a witness in his assault case.

How interesting

In the first case, (Suspect 1), 19, of 501 New Bern Ave. was arrested near the Moore Square bus station in downtown Raleigh and charged with communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and threatening to punish gang withdrawal.

Moore Square bus station is where all the criminals and homeless people hang out. Note that many of the homeless are homeless because they are criminals.

Suspect 1

My favorite Sunday brunch is an Irish pub on Moore Square. I don’t go there any more because they banned guns. Right off Moore Square. Where criminals, both homed and homeless hang out.

In the other case, police charged that (Suspect 2), 33, of 322 S. Franklin St., was caught on the jail’s Paytel inmate phone system telling a woman, “All … you need to do is not show up” in court and that if she did come to court, “You’re gonna see a side of me you ain’t never seen,” an arrest warrant recounted.

It takes a special kind of stupid to make actionable threats against witnesses while using the prison pay phone which is monitored and recorded.

Suspect 2

Note that the “side of him” that the victim “ain’t never seen,” is probably contained in the 6-12-2000 incident listed at the bottom of his criminal record.

This is just his job

Employment can be formal, with wages, a boss, and taxes paid. Or it can be informal.

A 25-year-old man from Fuquay-Varina was charged Tuesday with breaking into a church in town in June and several other charges from Apex and Garner police involving stolen credit cards.

and judging by his rap sheet,

Suspect

he’s employed informally as a thief.

Sounds like they need to hire Jiminy

These pre-paid wireless stores seem to get robbed a lot.

A man already wanted on separate warrants has been charged with an armed robbery in Statesville.

Police say (Suspect), 33, tied up a clerk at the Cricket Wireless on Crossroads Drive.

A worker told police he pulled out a gun and forced him to hand over cash from the register and the store safe. The suspect then duct taped the clerk’s hands and arms and told him to stay in the bathroom, according to police.

They caught him at a bus station

Suspect

Pre-paid wireless stores are a cash heavy business. They are one of the go-to robbery locations. Sadly, they can’t hire a talking cricket to be the conscience of the people who rob them.

Interstate counterfeiters hail from Raleigh, NC

Spreading hate and discontent to other states.

(Suspect 1), 36, and (Suspect 2), 24, both from Raleigh, N.C., were using children to attempt to pass counterfeit U.S. currency at the Family Dollar Store in the Four Mile Fork Shopping Center, 5095 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Sheriff Roger Harris said.

The store manager called 9-1-1. “Deputies detained all suspects, including the driver, (Suspect 1), who was waiting in the vehicle outside the store,” Harris said. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspects’ vehicle, and they recovered a printing machine, used to print the counterfeit bills, and several hundred dollars in counterfeit currency. 

What a nice guy he is, sending his wife and children in to the store to pass the fake bills while he sat in the car.

Suspect 1

He looks like he is incapable of getting away with things. He keeps getting caught.

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There’s no “I” in Team

Apparently criminals in Goldsboro work together.

Police have charged six people with murder in connection with the shooting of a 21-year-old woman who was found dead in her minivan in Goldsboro on Oct. 31.

So how many of the six have previous convictions?

Suspect 1

Suspect 2

Suspect 3

Suspect 4

Suspect 6

Five. Three felons and two misdemeanants.

North Carolina 4th in nation in SchoolShootings™

When you hear “School Shooting,” naturally you think about things like Newtown, Columbine, and Virginia Tech. The gun grabbers like to exploit that thinking in order to pretend that there is a serious problem with mass murder in schools.

A new report says North Carolina is fourth in the nation for the number of school shootings since the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut two years ago.

Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the information Wednesday. They say there have been at least 95 school shootings in 33 states around the country. The data was collected for incidents that occurred at colleges, as well as K-12 schools.

Six of the shootings were in North Carolina, including a shooting at Salisbury High School in February 2014, and at Carver High School in Winston-Salem in August 2013. 

“That’s not a ranking that any parent, any student, any principal, any teacher wants to see that we have the 4th most school shootings in the country,” says Jackie Holcombe, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

They forgot to point out that Jackie Holcombe is a “volunteer” for Moms Demand Illegal Mayors for Everytown, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc, only because she no longer has a job being mayor of Morrisville, NC. She pissed off the gun owners and GRNC led the charge to vote her out of office.

So let’s take a look at these SchoolShootings™. Are they incidents of mass murder and mayhem?

4/13/2013            Elizabeth City, NC             Elizabeth City State University

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – A 23-year-old student has been released from the hospital after being shot near a residence hall on the Elizabeth City State University campus Saturday.

Police officers patrolling the campus on foot responded to Butler Hall late Saturday about 9:30 p.m. after hearing gunshots. They found the student with a gunshot wound, a news release from the university said. Elizabeth City police also responded because there were officers on campus assisting with security for a concert that was taking place at the Robert L. Vaughan Center.

The student was taken to Albemarle Hospital, treated and released, according to ECSU.

No arrests have been made, but police said that the shooting was in retaliation for a fight that had occurred earlier in the evening at Butler Hall. The university did not say in the news release whether any suspects in the shooting had been identified.

University counselors will be available for students in Butler Hall today and students may also make appointments with counselors this week.

Increased security measures are also in place for the remainder of the semester, the university news release said. Students, faculty and staff should have their university ID cards with them at all times.

Following the shooting, the campus was placed on lockdown and visitors were eventually required to leave, the university news release said. With the exception of the concert at the Vaughan Center, all other events on Saturday night were canceled. Once the concert ended, attendees were routed away from the crime scene.

Shortly before 11 p.m., the campus lockdown was lifted.

This was the second lockdown at ECSU this week. On Thursday night, the campus was placed on lockdown about 11 p.m. after a report of shots fired on campus. No injuries were reported and the university said later that the shots were fired by someone who was not on the campus but in a wooded area east of the university. The lockdown was lifted less than two hours later.

No mass mahem. Not even an injury.

8/30/2013            Winston-Salem, NC         Carver High School

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem student pleaded guilty today to shooting another teen at Carver High School last August.

(Suspect), who was 18 at the time of the shooting, was sentenced in Forsyth County Superior Court to between two years and three years, two months in prison.

He was also placed on supervised probation for three years.

He was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm on school property, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm within city limits.

According to eyewitnesses and police, the shooting happened outside of the school building at the end of a scheduled fire drill. Officer Tim Wilson, a school resource officer assigned to Carver, called in the shooting.

Wilson, a 25-year police veteran, saw the shooting and arrested the suspect without incident, Chief Barry Rountree said at a news conference on the day of the incident.

According to police, (Victim), 15, was shot with a .38-caliber handgun. A witness said four or five shots were fired. Police said that the shooting stemmed from an on-going dispute between (Victim) and (Suspect).

A contingent of 30 to 60 police officers responded to the scene and officers delayed traffic in front of Carver High School. Carver officials followed the district’s lockdown procedures for its schools immediately after the shooting.

Police set up an area at nearby Russell Community Center where parents could pick up their children. Authorities allowed school buses one at a time to pick up riders, so police could account for every student.

School officials released students to their parents or buses about 4:15 p.m. that day, and students were patted down before getting on buses.

A Carver home football game that was scheduled that night against Reynolds High School was postponed.

(Suspect) had previously been convicted of bringing a knife to school during the 2011-12 school year while attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. From court records, it appears (Suspect) enrolled in Carver High School the following year.

On Dec. 14, 2012, (Suspect) was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed gun and possession of marijuana. He was accused of having a .25-caliber handgun.

Then in January 2013, (Suspect) was charged with misdemeanor second-degree trespassing and resisting a public officer.

According to court records, he was accused of trespassing on property in the 1000 block of 15th Street that belonged to the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem. He was also accused of failing to stop when a police officer told him to do so.

At the time, he was a sophomore at Carver High School.

That May, as part of a plea arrangement, (Suspect) pleaded guilty in Forsyth District Court to the charge of carrying a concealed weapon, and Assistant District Attorney Aaron Berlin voluntarily dismissed the other charges.

Forsyth District Judge Victoria Roemer gave (Suspect) a suspended sentence of 45 days in jail and placed him on 18 months of unsupervised probation. Roemer ordered the handgun be destroyed.

(Victim) was involved in the 2011 beating of Rickie Wilson, a 58-year-old man with learning disabilities. At the time, prosecutors requested that (Victim) be tried as an adult, but a judge denied that request.

It was recommended that (Victim) spend a minimum of six months at a locked juvenile training center.

A fine pair of individuals.

Suspect

The victim was convicted for previous offenses as a juvenile and did not have an adult criminal record.

11/2/2013            Greensboro, NC                               North Carolina A&T State University

GREENSBORO — A review of footage from N.C. A&T’s closed circuit cameras may answer questions about the campus shooting that took place late Saturday during homecoming weekend.

Greensboro police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen said police have the recordings, but would give no further details.

“There is surveillance footage, which we can’t release or talk about, from an investigative standpoint,” Danielsen said. “The content may help us find the people responsible for the shooting.”

A&T junior Devine Eatmon, 21, was shot at about 10 p.m. Saturday. The campus was placed on lockdown for about two hours.

Danielsen said police continue to search for four men in connection with the shooting, based on information from witnesses.

Information distributed by police the night of the shooting describe the number of armed men, but do not give specific, identifiable physical details.

Police have said that the shooting isn’t connected to an Oct. 29 shooting that occurred at Bluford and Regan streets, just a few blocks west of the homecoming incident.

Police said the man shot during homecoming festivities was about 50 yards away from the suspects.

“(Eatmon) was not the intended target,” Greensboro Police Capt. Mike Richey said.

Eatmon was shot near the Bluford Street Circle, just south of the residence halls known as Aggie Village. There were several clusters of people nearby at the time, Richey said.

The Greensboro department is heading the investigation of Saturday’s shooting at the request of campus police.

Eatmon is from Whitakers, approximately 20 miles north of Rocky Mount. He has been released from Moses Cone Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound, said Samantha Hargrove, director of media relations for A&T.

Hargrove would not comment on whether Eatmon will receive time off or any other accommodation from his classes because of the injury.

A&T had additional police and security officers on campus for homecoming weekend. Following the shooting, the university increased patrols, Hargrove said. The exact number of officers the university added for the weekend was not immediately available.

The university does not think it needs to improve security for the school on a daily basis, Hargrove said. However, it will take steps to increase safety at the school for future homecoming celebrations.

“We view this as an isolated incident,” Hargrove said.

The last shooting on the A&T campus occurred in 2001, according to Hargrove.

A News & Record article of the account states that a 21-year-old man shot an A&T student in the chest during a dormitory cookout. The shooting victim survived.

I couldn’t find a story saying that they had located any suspects.

2/10/2014            Salisbury, NC                      Salisbury High School

SALISBURY, N.C. —A 17-year-old is being held under a $1 million bond after being accused of shooting a high school freshman in Salisbury.

(Suspect) of Salisbury is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm on school property and discharging a weapon on school property. It’s not known if he has an attorney.

Salisbury High School student (Victim) told the Salisbury Post that he was trying to break up a fight in the school gymnasium on Monday when he was shot in the stomach. The 16-year-old was treated and released after several hours at the hospital.

Investigators say the shooting happened during a fight between two groups, including some students. It is believed to have stemmed from a weekend fight.

Neither suspect nor victim had adult criminal records in the NC DOC database

9/30/2014            Albermarle, NC                                 Abermarle High School

ALBEMARLE, N.C. — An Albemarle teenager shot twice by a fellow student is still in serious condition, one week after the campus shooting. The attorney for (Victim) and his family says the 16 year old has a long road ahead of him. Medically, he says (Victim) hasn’t improved much over the past seven days.

“Still facing a long road from a medical stand point,” said Ken Harris, (Victim)’s family attorney. “He sustained profound injuries in the incident, and it’s going to be a long time before his medical situation resolves.”

Harris wouldn’t elaborate on (Victim)’s injuries, just that it’s a tough situation for him and his family. They’ve been by his side in Charlotte, since the shooting.

(Victim) was shot one week ago before class at Albemarle Senior High School. Police say (Suspect) shot him twice, then turned the gun over, and waited for police. Some speculate bullying led to the argument and shooting, but (Victim)’s attorney says it’s too early to say.

“I don’t think there’s been any confirmation at this point that this is a bullying situation,” said Harris. “I’m not saying that that won’t happen. I’m saying it’s very early in the investigation, and investigators have not reached that conclusion at this point.”

Harris says his firm is concerned about the school system and whether it did everything necessary to protect its students following reports (Suspect) was involved in another incident at a different school.

Time Warner Cable News reached out to Stanly County Schools, but never received a call back.

Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton says the department has no comment on the bullying reports tied to this shooting, and they will not release any 911 calls from last Tuesday until the district attorney’s office has time to review them.

“Devastating for both families,” said Harris. “Of course, you expect your child will come home safely. And that’s our role, to make sure everything was done to protect those students.”

Harris says it could be months before they decide if there will be any civil action. In the meantime, Miller’s family asks for privacy as their teenager recovers.

Neither the suspect nor the victim’s names appear in the DOC database.

10/8/2014            Elizabeth City, NC             Elizabeth City State University

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) – Police arrested the man who is accused of firing a gun Wednesday near the center of Elizabeth City State University’s campus.

(Suspect), 24, faces five charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, going armed to terror of public, discharging a gun on educational property (a felony) and gun on educational property (another felony), according to officers.

University police said no one was hurt and they located (Suspect) and his car within an hour of the shot. (Suspect) fired the bullet by the outdoor classroom, which sits near the center of ECSU’s campus.

WAVY.com spoke to ECSU Campus Police Chief John Manley about the incident. Manley said (Suspect) came across another student in the outdoor classroom shortly before 1 p.m. Manley said the two knew each other and had a previous dispute that dated back a few months ago. According to Manley, (Suspect) confessed he fired a gunshot into the ground near the student.

“His words were to us, directly, were that he fired a warning shot,” Manley said.

Manley said the incident was isolated and campus police responded quickly. He said the call came in at 12:57 p.m. and an alert was sent out three minutes later.

However, there have been discrepancies. Some students said they received the alert around 1:10 p.m. A campus news release said an emergency alert was sent out to campus at 1:14 p.m. WAVY.com is working to determine exactly what time the initial alert was sent to students and staff.

(Suspect)’s bond has been set for $156,000, and he is held in Albemarle District Jail.

Strangely, the suspect in this case doesn’t have any conviction records in the NC DOC database either.

So there you have it. At least this time the gun grabbers are only including actual on campus incidents, unlike the previous time where they included drive by shootings near campus. But do any of these situations sound like Columbine? Newtown? No. They sound like ordinary crime that happened to occur on school grounds.

Why do these people think that the magic line between “school” and “not school” repels crime? Is there something that makes people believe that the presence of people learning things prevents crime? If anything, these incidents point to the need for expanded concealed carry on school campuses. The magic line doesn’t stop criminals from bringing guns, much less stop them from committing crimes. So why is it that the gun haters want to keep the law abiding from carrying a firearm for self defense? Why do they need to keep us disarmed and helpless?

This is why you report rapes

Make the report. Go straight to the hospital. Get the physical evidence.

Police detectives, using DNA information from the State Crime Lab, have charged a 40-year-old man with rape and another sex charge in connection with an attack on a woman in North Raleigh in 2000.

(Suspect) of 6603 Terrace Park Court in Raleigh was arrested Thursday evening and charged with first-degree rape and first-degree forcible sexual offense.

Just before midnight on Oct. 1, 2000, two men attacked a 21-year-old woman who was walking home from work in the 7100 block of Ray Road, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue. They showed the woman a knife, dragged her into nearby trees and sexually assaulted her, Sughrue said.

The woman later called police and was taken to a hospital, where medical personnel collected a rape kit for evidence.

The case remained cold until this week, when a DNA database match connected Sullivan to the case, police said.

Just over 14 years later, he gets caught. He would have gotten away with it forever had the victim failed to report or had destroyed the DNA evidence.

Suspect

And do you know what the penalties for First Degree Rape and First Degree Sexual Offense are? At least 16 years. Minimum.

Now they need to beat the name of his accomplice out of him.

Robbing the Kangaroo

Durham, once again.

Police charged two men with armed robbery a few hours after two Kangaroo convenience stores were held up, a spokeswoman said.

Oh Durham, you so crazy!

Suspect 2

Suspect 1 is only 17 and I can’t find him in the database.

Lottery thief

The long arm of the law will eventually catch you

York County authorities arrested a fugitive wanted in North Carolina.

Police say (Suspect) stole lottery tickets, activated them and collected the winnings when he worked at A-1 Express Mart in Lincolnton.

Who does this?

Suspect

People who already don’t like to follow the law.