Arrests and reported crimes on Hatteras Island, provided by the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.



Dec. 21, 2011

Narcotics 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 to 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 and Suboxone. 

The following arrests were made.

Suspect  1:    Jeremy Robert Mills, 32, 10112 Jim Morris Road, Fredericksburg, Va.

Charges:    Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance
        Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance
        Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
        Released on $5,000 Bond

Suspect  2:    Arthur Eugene Willis, 25, 38 Chatham Heights Road, Fredericksburg, Va.
       
Charges:    Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance
        Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance
        Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
        Drivers License Violation
        Held at the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 bond

Random 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 crimes have been committed in the middle of the night, on unlocked vehicles, with mainly cash or other negotiable items being taken.  The Dare 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 hesitate to 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 aware of your surroundings, place packages out of sight, and always lock your car, even at your house.  As Christmas parties are held, always 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


Drug 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 handgun.

Two subjects were arrested.

James Claiborne 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 Possession     
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

Along 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 $185,000 bond

Nathan Alan Stancil, 24, 27242 Sand St., in Salvo was arrested incident to the search warrant for the following charges:

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


Larceny 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 was assigned to the case.  As a result of his investigation, and with 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 property and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense.  He was released on $2,000 bail.













Oct. 17, 2011

Domestic Violence Arrest/Hatteras Island: On Oct. 7, Deputies M.A. Harris and J. M. Spragins  from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported domestic disturbance in progress call at 56190 Cedar Ave in Hatteras.  Upon their arrival, assisted by units from the National Park Service, deputies heard an argument at the residence.  As a 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 $115,000 bond.       
       










Oct. 13, 2011

Assault in Hatteras village: 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 victim was transported to Avon Medical Center for treatment.  The case was assigned to the Dare Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division for further investigation.  On Oct. 3, Investigator K.H. 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.












Assault/Kidnapping 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 this 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 arrest of  Christopher Lee Chrobot, 21, 47029 Bernice Lane, Buxton. He 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
       











Breaking and 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 Avon.  Upon their arrival, the resident reported that three persons had entered his home and assaulted him.  Suspects then allegedly ran from the residence and fled the scene.  A National Park Service Ranger, who was near the scene, located a vehicle that matched the description of the one that fled the Avon address.

This vehicle 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

Michael Jay Daniels, 34, Sportsman Drive, Frisco. Charges: misdemeanor breaking and entering, simple assault, aiding and abetting DWI. Released on $500 bond

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 marijuana. 

Arrested was Kenneth Cadwell 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 Mike 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 bond.



Aug. 2, 2011

Breaking and Entering with 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 from a 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

Vehicle 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 include electronics, money, and clothes.  The incidents appear to be crimes of opportunity, as the vehicles victimized were unlocked.  The Dare County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens and visitors to always lock your vehicles and remove any valuables.  Secure inside your residence or rental any surfboard or other valuable that may easily be carried away.  Anyone with information regarding these 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

Burglary 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 the 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 was able to take the suspect into custody near the scene of the crime. 

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

More 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 gun.  As a result of their investigation, a significant amount of stolen property was recovered and the following arrests were made on June 16:

Richard William Taylor, 18, 52180 Mare Vista Drive, Frisco.  Charged with 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.

Steven 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

Breaking 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 cart reported stolen from Columbia, S.C. 

The stolen cart was found in the backyard of the residence.  There also was a quantity of methamphetamine discovered.  Further investigation led to the recovery of more property in the form of some electronic equipment allegedly stolen from automobile break-ins in Hatteras on June 11. 

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 petitions 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 12, 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.



June 3, 2011


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 as 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 quantity of crack cocaine was located inside the residence.   Arrested 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 each.          

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 violation.  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 V. 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 at $2,000.




May 19, 2011

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 items 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 many such crimes can be prevented by securing your valuables and vehicles.



May 2, 2011

Narcotics arrest on Hatteras 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 stop, 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 charged.

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 Agustin 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.

Concealed weapon arrest on 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 discovered a .45 caliber handgun and a small quantity of marijuana. 

Christopher Daniel Knizekewich, 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.




April 22, 2011


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 associated cash.

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 paraphernalia.


April 12, 2011

FELONY MARIJUANA ARREST: As a result of a traffic stop on Sunday, April 10, a Buxton man has been arrested on two felony drug charges.  The Dare County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics 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 Lost 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 about 7:35 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, a citizen reported that someone stole a Jeep Cherokee belonging to Mary Jane Scarborough in Avon.  According to the person reporting, the vehicle left in an unknown direction.   An off-duty Dare County deputy sheriff, who was 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 to responding units, who in turn apprehended the subject.  He was transported to the Dare County Detention Center.  Charged in the incident is Jonathan Malachi Gray, 42, of Tarpon Lane in Avon.  Charges include larceny of a motor vehicle (a felony), driving while impaired, and possession of marijuana.  Bond was set at $3,000.


March 7, 2011

Narcotics arrest in 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 bond.


February 21, 2011


  • First-degree burglary, 57180 Saxon Ct., in Hatteras.  On Feb. 14, Fred (Barry) Austin, reported that sometime around 1a.m., his mother, Irma Austin, 96, awakened to find someone in her house.  Deputies responding to the residence, searched it, and found that the intruder had left.  Deputies processed the crime scene and noticed that some drawers in the dresser were partially opened and gone through.  There were signs of forced entry to the residence.  There was nothing reported stolen, and there was no harm to Mrs. Austin. Deputies searched and could locate no one in the area.  The Criminal Investigation Division of the Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.  No arrests have been made.
  • Unwitnessed death, Cape Hatteras Motel, 46556 Highway 12, Buxton.  On Sunday morning, Feb. 20, at approximately 1 a.m., deputies responded to a call at the Cape Hatteras Motel regarding a report of a cardiac arrest.  Upon their arrival, Dare County Emergency Medical Services and Hatteras Island Rescue Squad personnel were attempting to revive a young male subject.  The EMS personnel could not revive the person.  Subsequent investigation 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 charges. On Friday, Feb. 18, Dare County sheriff's deputies and officers from 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 the 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


  • At 4:40 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 custody without problems.   Long was held on a New Jersey Fugitive Warrant in lieu of $500,000 bond.
According 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.

“I would 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.
  • A 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 Diamond Shoals Drive, Buxton, was arrested in the early morning hours by the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies received a call about a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle after a Buxton resident observed someone inside his vehicle.  The resident caught and held the suspect until deputies arrived.  Lyerly is being held in the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 bond. She is charged with felonious breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.


January 5, 2011

  • On Monday, 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 entry and removed a 19-inch Sylvania and a 36-inch Sylvania flat screen TV.  Anyone with information on these crimes is encouraged to call the Dare County Crime Line at 473-3111, or the Dare County Sheriff’s Office at 475-5980.


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