Dec. 21, 2011
Arrest Buxton: On Dec. 7, Dare County Deputy Sheriff C. M. Aguirre
initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in Buxton for a traffic
violation. During the course of the stop, investigation led
the deployment of Dare County Sheriff’s Deputy D.J. Saffell and K-9
Rico. As a result of the deployment of the K-9, a search was
conducted that yielded a quantity of controlled substances, Dilaudid
The following arrests were made.
Suspect 1: Jeremy Robert Mills,
32, 10112 Jim Morris Road, Fredericksburg, Va.
Charges: Possession of Schedule II
Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
on $5,000 Bond
Suspect 2: Arthur Eugene
Willis, 25, 38 Chatham Heights Road, Fredericksburg, Va.
Charges: Possession of Schedule II
Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 bond
Vehicle Breaking and Entering: On several occasions since late
November, there have been multiple instances of breaking and entering
of vehicles in various Dare County neighborhoods. These
have been committed in the middle of the night, on unlocked vehicles,
with mainly cash or other negotiable items being taken. The
County Sheriff’s Office urges all residents to lock your vehicles, even
if they are parked under your house or in a carport. This is
usually enough to deter these types of crimes. Do not
call 911 should you hear a suspicious noise around your house or car,
or see suspicious persons.
“During this, the Christmas season,”
said Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie, “I would like to ask all Dare
County residents and visitors to use extra caution while shopping,
parking your car, or using automatic teller machines. Be
your surroundings, place packages out of sight, and always lock your
car, even at your house. As Christmas parties are held,
remember to have a designated driver if you plan to consume alcohol, no
matter how short the trip home is.
“Be safe, be careful and have a Merry Christmas.”
Dec. 13, 2011
bust in Salvo: On Nov. 30, The Dare County Sheriff’s Office, the Nags
Head Police Department, and the Kill Devil Hills Police Department
executed a search warrant at 27242 Sand St., in Salvo. The Sheriff’s
Office seized LSD and marijuana, along with six long guns and one
Two subjects were arrested.
Steele, 44, 24227 Sea Sound Rd., Rodanthe. He was served with three
Grand Jury indictments for the following charges:
2 counts of Trafficking of Opium Derivative by
2 counts of Trafficking of Opium Derivative by Sale
1 count of Sell / Deliver Sch. II (Methadone)
3 counts of PWISD Sch. II (Methadone)
1 count of maintain a dwelling for Controlled Substance
with these warrants he was also charged with one count of felony
possession of LSD Schedule .I, as a result of the search warrant.
He was committed to the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of
Nathan Alan Stancil, 24, 27242 Sand
St., in Salvo was arrested incident to the search warrant for the
1 count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana
1 count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
1 count of misdemeanor maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance
He was released on $4,000 bond.
Oct. 26, 2011
of Heat Pumps/Buxton: On Sept. 11, Deputy Matt Stowe of the Dare County
Sheriff’s Office answered a call regarding a larceny from a foreclosed
home in the Buxton community. Upon his arrival, he found that
heat pumps had been stolen from two residences on Crooked Ridge Trail
in Buxton. Dare County Sheriff’s Investigator Doug Oberbeck
assigned to the case. As a result of his investigation, and
the help of several members of the community, Oberbeck was able to
locate one of the stolen heat pumps and make an arrest in the case on
Oct. 20. Arrested was Billy Jack Quidley, 22, 48089 Quidley Lane,
Buxton. He was charged with felony possession of stolen
and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense.
was released on $2,000 bail.
Oct. 17, 2011
Violence Arrest/Hatteras Island: On Oct. 7, Deputies M.A. Harris and J.
M. Spragins from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office responded
reported domestic disturbance in progress call at 56190 Cedar Ave in
Hatteras. Upon their arrival, assisted by units from the
Park Service, deputies heard an argument at the residence. As
result of the investigation of the incident, deputies and Park Service
officers attempted to arrest the suspect involved in the reported
dispute. The suspect was subdued after he resisted
officers. He was subsequently charged with multiple domestic
violence related charges, as well as charges brought by deputies as a
result of the arrest.
The suspect arrested is Devon
Christopher Bierwerth, 28, of Hatteras. He is charged with
assault by strangulation, first degree burglary, breaking and entering,
assault on a female, communicating threats, resisting, obstructing, and
delaying an officer, domestic trespass, and second degree trespass.
Bierwerth is confined in the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of
Oct. 13, 2011
On Sept. 24, Sgt. E. J. Scarborough of the Dare County Sheriff’s Office
responded to the intersection of Kohler Drive and Highway 12 to
investigate a reported assault. Upon arrival, Scarborough met
with the victim who reported that unknown persons had assaulted him
after an incident involving the blocking of a street. The
was transported to Avon Medical Center for treatment. The
was assigned to the Dare Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation
Division for further investigation. On Oct. 3, Investigator
Lawson arrested a suspect in the case.
Joseph Allen Hudnell,
36, of Belhaven, N.C., was charged with felony assault inflicting
bodily injury and released on $2,500 bond.
in Buxton: On
Friday, Sept. 30, The Dare County Sheriff’s Office was asked to
investigate an assault that had occurred the previous day, Sept.
29. Sgt. E. J. Scarborough responded to the location of the
reported assault and began an investigation. As a result of
investigation, Scarborough interviewed several witnesses and was able
to conclude that in addition to the original crime reported, the victim
of the assault had also allegedly been prevented from leaving the
residence by the suspect. Further investigation led to the
of Christopher Lee Chrobot, 21, 47029 Bernice Lane, Buxton.
was charged with second degree kidnapping and assault on a female. He
was held at the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $10,500 bond
Entering, Assault, Hatteras Island:
On Sept. 23, Dare County deputies responded to a report of a breaking
and entering and assault at 40185 Methodist Church Road in
Upon their arrival, the resident reported that three persons had
entered his home and assaulted him. Suspects then allegedly
from the residence and fled the scene. A National Park
Ranger, who was near the scene, located a vehicle that matched the
description of the one that fled the Avon address.
was stopped and the occupants questioned. As a result of this
questioning, and further investigation by deputies, the following
persons were arrested and charged.
James Kenneth Thomas, 22,
6230 Old Leesburg Rd, Hopkins, S.C. Charges: misdemeanor breaking and
entering, simple assault, aiding and abetting DWI, possession of open
container of alcoholic beverage. Released on $1,000 Bond
Jay Daniels, 34, Sportsman Drive, Frisco. Charges: misdemeanor breaking
and entering, simple assault, aiding and abetting DWI. Released on $500
Joseph Steven Thomas, 20, 57182C Deering Ridge Road,
Hatteras. Charges: misdemeanor breaking and entering, simple assault,
DWI, provisional licensee driving after consuming alcohol, registration
violation, failure to register address change. Released on $2,500 Bond
Aug. 15, 2011
Cocaine trafficking arrest on Hatteras Island:
On Aug. 5, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Unit and the DCSO
Patrol Division, along with the Kill Devil Hills Police, conducted a
narcotics investigation in the Buxton community that resulted in the
seizure of significant quantities of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and
McClees, 31, 507 Weeping Willow Dr., Durham, N.C. He was charged with
trafficking cocaine by possession and released in lieu of $50,000 bond.
This investigation continues and additional charges are pending.
Additional charge in Hatteras
Island breaking and entering: Additional
charges have were brought on Aug. 8 against Jason Patrick Williams, 31,
40019 McMillen Road in Avon in the breaking and entering that occurred
at the Hatteras Histories and Mysteries Museum in Avon on July
22. Williams has been charged by Dare County Investigator
Davieds with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and
inflicting serious injury, regarding an assault that occurred in the
vicinity of the museum shortly after the incident occurred.
Williams remains in the Dare County Detention Center under a $70,525
Aug. 2, 2011
Assault, Hatteras Island: On Friday, July 22, 2011, deputies from the
Dare County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a breaking and
entering with an associated assault at the Hatteras Histories and
Mysteries Museum in Avon. Deputies found that an employee
business near the museum had been assaulted by the perpetrator after
approaching him as he was leaving the museum. An investigation by Dare
County Major Norman Johnson and a member of the Dare County Narcotics
Unit yielded a suspect, who in turn was arrested by Investigator Mike
Davieds of the Dare County CID unit. Arrested in the case was
Jason Patrick Williams, 31, of 40019 McMillen Road in Avon. He is
charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny and remains in
the Dare County Detention Center under a $10,525 bond. Other
charges are pending.
July 22, 2011
Break-ins Hatteras Island: During the last two weeks, there has been a
rash of vehicle break-ins on Hatteras Island, primarily in the Rodanthe
and Frisco communities. Items taken in these incidents
electronics, money, and clothes. The incidents appear to be
crimes of opportunity, as the vehicles victimized were
The Dare County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens and visitors to
always lock your vehicles and remove any valuables. Secure
your residence or rental any surfboard or other valuable that may
easily be carried away. Anyone with information regarding
crimes is asked to call the Dare County Sheriff’s office at 475-5980,
or the Dare Community Crimeline at (252) 473-3111, or (800)745-2746.
June 29, 2011
arrest Hatteras Island: On Friday, June 24, at about 2 a.m., the
resident at 40050 Highway 12 in Avon reported that there was an
intruder in the residence. Deputies and Investigators from
Dare County Sheriff’s Office responded and found that a burglary had
occurred, but the perpetrator had left the premises. Deputies
conducted a crime scene search and initially were unable to locate the
suspect. At approximately 6 a.m., Investigator Doug Oberbeck
able to take the suspect into custody near the scene of the
Jody Lee Lavender, 31, of 185 South Haven Drive, Mooresville, N.C., was
arrested and charged with first degree burglary. Bond was set at $2,500.
June 22, 2011
break-in arrests on Hatteras Island: During the weekend of June 11-12,
there were several motor vehicles broken into in the Frisco
community. Deputy Sheriff Joey Spragins, while handling an
unrelated call for service, was able to locate a gun stolen in Buxton
on May 25. From this information, Dare County Criminal
Investigators Sgt. Scott Rodriguez, Doug Oberbeck, and Phil Tokazowski
were able to take the information and develop suspects in the Frisco
car break-in cases, as well as the case involving the stolen
As a result of their investigation, a significant amount of stolen
property was recovered and the following arrests were made on June 16:
William Taylor, 18, 52180 Mare Vista Drive, Frisco. Charged
felony possession of a stolen firearm, possession of firearm by a
convicted felon, and four counts of breaking and entering of a motor
vehicle. Bond was set at $42,500.
Julio Leal, 18, 52236 Lovey
Lane, Frisco. Charged with four counts of breaking and entering of a
motor vehicle, felony larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen
firearm. Bond was set at $20,000.
Anthony Nelson, 17, 51834 Highway 12, Frisco. Charged with one count of
breaking and entering a motor vehicle. Bond was set at $1,000.
June 17, 2011
and Entering Arrests Hatteras Island, Recovery of Stolen Property: On
June 13, Sgt. Jack Scarborough of the Dare County Sheriff’s Office,
accompanied by members of the Criminal Investigation Division, went to
57402 Highway 12 in Hatteras village, armed with a warrant to search
the premises. The warrant was issued to search for a golf
reported stolen from Columbia, S.C.
The stolen cart was
found in the backyard of the residence. There also was a
of methamphetamine discovered. Further investigation led to
recovery of more property in the form of some electronic equipment
allegedly stolen from automobile break-ins in Hatteras on June
CID Deputies Doug Oberbeck and Phil Tokazowski were
able to determine that the stolen items had been in the possession of
two juveniles and one 16-year-old in Virginia. Juvenile
are to be drawn on the local juveniles and warrants will be drawn on
the 16-year-old for the Hatteras auto break-ins as soon as he can be
returned from Virginia.
In the recovery of the stolen
golf cart, Joseph Steven Thomas, 19, 57402 Highway
Hatteras, was arrested. He was charged with possession of stolen goods
(felony), possession of Schedule II controlled substance, underage
possession of alcoholic beverage. Bond was set at $10,000.
Vehicle breaking and entering in Frisco. On Monday, May 30, Dare County
Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Frisco for a breaking and entering of
a motor vehicle in progress. Upon arrival of the deputies, the
residents identified the suspect and the three vehicles that were
broken into in the area. The suspect was arrested and transported to
the Dare County Detention Center. The suspect is identified
Mahonie Willis, 23, of Highway 12 in Frisco. He was charged with three
counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, which is a felony, and
was held in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Frisco woman charged with possession of cocaine. On June 1, deputies
from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office went to Norwood Armstrong’s
residence on Etheridge Road in Manteo to investigate a report of a
runaway juvenile. While conducting that investigation, a
of crack cocaine was located inside the residence.
and charged with possession of cocaine were Norwood Armstrong, 57, of
Etheridge Road, Manteo and Doris Bailey, 25, of Hughes Lane in
Frisco. Bond was set at $3,000
Felony marijuana arrest on Hatteras Island. On June 1, while on
preventive patrol, Deputy Stephen Hickman of the Dare County Sheriff’s
Office stopped a vehicle in Frisco for an equipment
While conducting the stop, Deputy Hickman detected an odor of marijuana
in the vehicle. Dare Deputy Sheriff Dave Saffell and K-9 Rico
conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered a quantity of
marijuana and psilocybin (mushrooms). Arrested was Jonathan
Rodriguez, 21, of Dix Hills, N.Y. He was charged with possession of
Schedule I drug (psilocybin), felonious possession of marijuana, and
possession with the intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Bond was set
Automobile break-ins in Hatteras: Overnight Saturday, May 15, persons
unknown entered six different vehicles in the Hatteras area, taking
various objects from the vehicles. The vehicles were
unsecured. There have been no arrests in these cases. Some
were recovered in the dune-line area behind the houses were the
vehicles were parked. The Dare County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens
and visitors to remove any valuables from view inside their vehicles
and lock them in the trunk or in another secure area, and lock your car
doors. These crimes appear to be crimes of opportunity, and
such crimes can be prevented by securing your valuables and vehicles.
May 2, 2011
Island. On Saturday, April 30, Dare County Deputy Sheriff Christian
Aguirre, while on patrol in Avon, conducted a traffic stop of a 2004
Volkswagen for an equipment violation. As a result of this
and with the assistance of the Dare County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit,
Deputy Aguirre was able to locate a quantity of cocaine in the
passenger area of the vehicle.
Two men were
James Scott Perrt,
26, of Lunar
Drive in Kitty Hawk was charged with felony possession of cocaine,
misdemeanor driving while license revoked, and possession of open
container of alcohol (infraction). He is confined at the Dare County
Detention Center in lieu of $5,500 bond.
Also charged was
Salomon, 36, of Sunfish Court in Avon. He was charged with felony
possession of cocaine and is being held at the Dare County Detention
Center in lieu of $5,000 bond.
Hatteras Island. On Friday, April 29, Dare County Deputy Sheriff
Christian Aguirre conducted a traffic stop for a speeding
violation. While conducting the stop, Deputy Aguirre
.45 caliber handgun and a small quantity of marijuana.
28, of Fisherman’s Road in Norfolk, Va., was charged with driving 77 in
a 55 mph zone, possession of marijuana, possession of drug
paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed weapon – all misdemeanors. He
was released on a secured bond of $500.
MARIJUANA ARRESTS IN WAVES. On April 19, as a result of an
undercover drug investigation, a search warrant was executed on 25651
Lances Way, Unit 2C, in Waves. During the search of the
residence, a quantity of marijuana was seized, along with some
Brandon Michael Schied, 25, of 25651 Lances Way was arrested and
charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled
substance, marijuana. His bond was set at $1,500.
Also, Darren K. Howerton, 24, of Waves was issued a citation for
misdemeanor violations – possession of marijuana and possession of drug
April 12, 2011
FELONY MARIJUANA ARREST: As a result
traffic stop on Sunday, April 10, a Buxton man has been arrested on two
felony drug charges. The Dare County Sheriff’s Office
Division and the Nags Head Police Department stopped a vehicle in Nags
Head on Old Oregon Inlet Road. The traffic stop netted approximately
one pound of marijuana. The suspect was transported to the Dare County
Detention Center without incident. Jeffrey W. Jones, 47, of
Tree Trail was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver
marijuana and possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $1,500.
March 21, 2011
STOLEN VEHICLE ON HATTERAS ISLAND: At
p.m. on Sunday, March 20, a citizen reported that someone stole a Jeep
Cherokee belonging to Mary Jane Scarborough in Avon.
the person reporting, the vehicle left in an unknown
direction. An off-duty Dare County deputy sheriff,
monitoring the radio traffic on the island, heard the call, and spotted
the vehicle on the side of Highway 12, north of Ramp 30, with a male
subject walking around it. The off-duty deputy reported this
responding units, who in turn apprehended the subject. He was
transported to the Dare County Detention Center. Charged in
incident is Jonathan Malachi Gray, 42, of Tarpon Lane in
Charges include larceny of a motor vehicle (a felony), driving while
impaired, and possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $3,000.
Frisco. On Saturday March 5, while conducting a traffic stop in Frisco,
Deputy C. M. Aguirre of the Dare County Sheriff’s Office arrested a
Virginia man on narcotics violations. Cameron Joseph Bertram, 17, of
Virginia Beach, was arrested on several charges, including the
possession of Psilocybin (mushrooms). Charges are possession of
Psilocybin (felony), possession of marijuana (misdemeanor), possession
of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor). The suspect was released on $1,000
- First-degree burglary, 57180 Saxon
Hatteras. On Feb. 14, Fred (Barry) Austin, reported that
around 1a.m., his mother, Irma Austin, 96, awakened to find someone in
her house. Deputies responding to the residence, searched it,
found that the intruder had left. Deputies processed the
scene and noticed that some drawers in the dresser were partially
opened and gone through. There were signs of forced entry to
residence. There was nothing reported stolen, and there was
harm to Mrs. Austin. Deputies searched and could locate no one in the
area. The Criminal Investigation Division of the Sheriff’s
is continuing the investigation. No arrests have been made.
- Unwitnessed death, Cape Hatteras
Highway 12, Buxton. On Sunday morning, Feb. 20, at
1 a.m., deputies responded to a call at the Cape Hatteras Motel
regarding a report of a cardiac arrest. Upon their arrival,
County Emergency Medical Services and Hatteras Island Rescue Squad
personnel were attempting to revive a young male subject. The
personnel could not revive the person. Subsequent
indicated that the victim, identified as Travis Muggar, 32, of Durham,
had been consuming alcohol during the day and also was believed to have
jumped off of the second and third floor balconies at the motel into
the sand dune below. The cause of death is pending. The
investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division is continuing.
- Hatteras man arrested on cocaine
Friday, Feb. 18, Dare County sheriff's deputies and officers
the Nags Head Police stopped a vehicle based on information they had
received during the course of a narcotics investigation. This
vehicle was stopped on the Old Oregon Inlet Road. A search of
suspect found in the vehicle yielded a quantity of cocaine.
Deputies arrested Theodore Mark Midgett, 33, of Hatteras, who was
subsequently charged with drug offenses. The charges include
trafficking in cocaine by possession and trafficking in cocaine by
transportation. He was held in lieu of $100,000 bond.
January 19, 2011
p.m. on Friday, Jan.
14, deputies from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, along with state
and federal officers, apprehended John T. Long, of Randolph, N.J. at
the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. Long, 41, was wanted in
conjunction with the robbery of Skylands Community Bank in Roxbury,
N.J., on Jan. 12. Officers were able to take Long into
without problems. Long was held on a New Jersey
Warrant in lieu of $500,000 bond.
to an article in the
Daily Record of Parsippany, N.J., Long was tracked to North Carolina
and a charter fishing boat, which was at sea when authorities contacted
the vessel and directed it to the Oregon Inlet Coast Guard Station in
North Carolina, Bianchi said.
like to commend our
deputies, as well as officers from the National Park Service, The N.C.
Marine Patrol, the FBI, SBI, and the Kitty Hawk Police Department for
the spirit of cooperation that led to this successful apprehension,”
said Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie. “When law enforcement agencies
pool their resources, great things happen.
20-year-old Buxton woman was
charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle after an early
morning incident on Jan. 17. Helen Marina Lyerly of 46048
Shoals Drive, Buxton, was arrested in the early morning hours by the
Dare County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies received a call about
breaking and entering of a motor vehicle after a Buxton resident
observed someone inside his vehicle. The resident caught and
the suspect until deputies arrived. Lyerly is being held in
Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 bond. She is charged
with felonious breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor
Jan. 3, two
residential break-ins were reported in the Galleon Drive area of
Salvo. At the first residence, access was gained through an
unsecured door, and a 36-inch Insignia flat screen TV was
removed. At the second location, unknown person(s) forced
and removed a 19-inch Sylvania and a 36-inch Sylvania flat screen
TV. Anyone with information on these crimes is encouraged to
the Dare County Crime Line at 473-3111, or the Dare County Sheriff’s
Office at 475-5980.