Multiple Drug Busts in Chatham County

Chatham County authorities have arrested two men in what appear to be separate incidents involving narcotics.

Members of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle on White Cross Road in Pittsboro on August 4. That stop led to a search of the vehicle where deputies found six grams of crack cocaine. Officials say 46-year-old Reginald Bland, of Graham, was operating the vehicle and was taken into custody. Bland was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also on August 4, members of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office searched a residence at 4440 Old Graham Road, in Pittsboro, where investigators seized 16.5 grams of crack cocaine, along with 28 grams of marijuana, 17.74 grams of opiates, 6.64 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and over $3,000 in cash.

Donvelle “Chubbs” Partridge was arrested after the search. The 34-year-old was charged with 13 drug offenses including trafficking opiates and counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule I, schedule II and schedule VI controlled substances.

Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson issued a statement in the release associated with the arrest of Partridge:

“I commend my staff on their teamwork and investigative skills. I also want to encourage any citizen who is concerned over potential criminal activity in his or her neighborhood to contact the Sheriff’s Office with more information. Community safety is a responsibility we all share, and we value citizen participation in safeguarding the welfare of Chatham County.”

The releases announcing the arrests were sent separately on the same day by Chatham County officials. They did not say the cases were related.

Bland was being held under a $10,700 bond as of last update.

Meanwhile, Partridge was being held on a $300,000 secured bond.

Both are scheduled for court appearances in Pittsboro on August 22.

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Two Arrested in Orange County Drug Investigation

A three-month narcotics investigation has led to multiple arrests by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say investigators initially received information in May that prescription medication and other illicit drugs were being distributed near Orange High School in the area of Highway 57 and Rencher Street in Hillsborough.

Orange County Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested 35-year-old Chavis Lamar McPherson and 20-year-old Bobbi Ann Grady and both are facing multiple drug charges.

McPherson has been charged with outstanding warrants for trafficking opiates, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances.

McPherson was out on bond on similar charges at the time of his arrest, according to officials.

Grady has been served with outstanding warrants for trafficking opiates, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of sell an deliver a schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

McPherson is being held on a $250,000 secured bond. Grady was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond.

A Dodge Truck, approximately 105 dosage units of prescription medication and US currency were seized as part of the investigation.

Authorities say this is an ongoing investigation and additional charges and arrests are anticipated.

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Final Suspect Arrested, Others Appear in Court for Killing Chapel Hill Teenager

Chapel Hill Police have arrested the fifth suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenager on Tuesday night.

Laquida Shuntae Poston. Photo via Blake Hodge.

Laquida Shuntae Poston. Photo via Blake Hodge.

The release announcing the arrest of 23-year-old Denzel Lamont Spikes, of Shelby, came after the other four suspects charged in the case made their first appearance in a Hillsborough courtroom on Thursday afternoon.

Those four suspects who were already in custody are 26-year-old Laquida Shuntae Poston from Shelby; 22-year-old Renaire Lewis II from Shelby; 30-year-old Thomas Oliver from Gastonia and 18-year-old Jalen Raekwon Hackney from Burlington. They have been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and accessory after the fact.

Thomas Oliver. Photo via Blake Hodge.

Thomas Oliver. Photo via Blake Hodge.

Orange County Assistant District Attorney Lamar Proctor said in court that the four were facing the accessory after the fact charge for driving Spikes to a Greensboro hospital so that he could receive treatment for a gunshot wound sustained during the shooting. Officials have not said how Spikes sustained that gunshot wound.

Proctor said the robbery charges stemmed from the suspects taking marijuana from the victims valued at $350 – $700 after the shooting.

Police say officers were called to a shooting off of Legion Road on Jackie Robinson Street near Adelaide Walters Street just before 10 o’clock on Tuesday night. Officers found two victims – both 18 years old – with gunshot wounds at the scene.

Malik Brown was pronounced dead at the hospital, while Tanner Cobb was listed in stable condition as of last update.

Renaire Lewis II. Photo via Blake Hodge.

Renaire Lewis II. Photo via Blake Hodge.

A youcaring page has been established hoping to cover the medical cost for Cobb and funeral expenses for Brown and a vigil is planned to remember Brown on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the four suspects who made first appearances on Thursday are due back in court on August 15. They are all being held without bond.

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Vigil Planned as Chapel Hill Remembers Slain Teenager

Members of the Chapel Hill community are continuing to mourn the shooting death of an 18-year-old on Tuesday night.

An outpouring of support has flowed on social media following the death of Malik Brown. Tanner Cobb, also 18 years old, was injured in the shooting.

A school spokesperson confirmed that both victims had been students in the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School System in the past. The Chapel Hill High School Student Government Twitter account also sent a message of condolence saying Brown had been a student at the high school.

A youcaring page has been set up with hopes of raising money to cover the funeral expenses for Brown and medical expenses for Cobb, who was last listed in stable condition by officials.

Chapel Hill town manager Roger Stancil wrote in an e-mail to members of the Town Council and staff that the town’s Collaborative Response and Engagement Workgroup met to discuss an action plan to respond to the shooting.

Stancil added that Brown had been a resident of the Town’s Rainbow Heights community located off of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. Cobb was formerly a resident of Colony Woods public housing, according to Stancil.

Stancil added the town’s communications staff would be distributing information to public housing residents in Rainbow Heights and Colony Woods, including contact information for resources available to the residents. Those resources include the Crisis Unit.

A vigil is being planned for 6:30 Thursday night near the scene of the shooting on Jackie Robinson Street, which is off of Legion Road.

Four suspects are in custody and have been charged with several offenses – including first-degree murder – in relation to the shooting. Police are still looking for another suspect.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/vigil-planned-as-chapel-hill-remembers-slain-teenager

Chapel Hill Police Charge Man with Second-Degree Rape

Chapel Hill Police have charged a homeless man with second-degree rape of another homeless individual.

Police were called the to wooded area near Chapel Hill North on Tuesday night after someone, who police identified as a homeless individual, called 911 to report that another homeless male was “taking advantage” of a female. When officers arrived, they found a homeless female who was unconscious. It appeared she was suffering from some sort of overdose, according to police.

The suspect was identified as 54-year-old Herman Robinson and he was taken into custody on Tuesday night.

Officials say that the individual who reported the crime said that he approached the suspect during the act and that Robinson fled the scene at that point.

Robinson has a long criminal record mainly consisting of misdemeanor charges including trespassing, larceny and possession of alcoholic beverages on a public street.

Robinson is being held in the Orange County Jail under a $25,000 bond. He made his first appearance on Wednesday afternoon, and Robinson is set to be back in court on Monday.

No update was given as to the victim’s condition.

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Police Looking for Suspect, Four Others Arrested After Teenager Killed in Chapel Hill

UPDATE: The fifth suspect has been arrested.

Five individuals have been charged in the shooting death of an 18-year-old late Tuesday in Chapel Hill.

Four of the five suspects are in custody and have been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and accessory after the fact.

Those four suspects that have been arrested are 26-year-old Laquida Shuntae Poston from Shelby; 22-year-old Renaire Lewis II from Shelby; 30-year-old Thomas Oliver from Gastonia and 18-year-old Jalen Raekwon Hackney from Burlington.

Police say warrants have also been obtained for 23-year-old Denzel Lamont Spikes of Shelby. He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Renaire Lewis, Jalen Hackney, Laquida Poston, and Thomas Oliver (Photos via Chapel Hill Police)

Police say officers responded to a shooting off of Legion Road on Jackie Robinson Street near Adelaide Walters Street just before 10 o’clock Tuesday night.

Officers arrived to find the two injured victims who were then transported to UNC Hospitals.

Police identified the victims on Wednesday morning as 18-year-old Malik Devon Brown Burnette, who was pronounced dead at the hospital, and 18-year-old Tanner Cobb, who is being treated at UNC Hospitals and is in stable condition, according to officials.

Police confirmed that both victims were Chapel Hill residents. A spokesperson for Chaple Hill – Carrboro City Schools did not immediately respond to an inquiry regarding where the teens had attended school, if in the system.

Police say the incident was not random and that at least one victim and one suspect were known to each other. Officials said in an e-mail, “we believe this was a drug deal that escalated into a robbery” ending with shots being fired.

If anyone has information about this crime, particularly as to the whereabouts of Spikes, you are asked call either the Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest.

Officials say the Chapel Hill Crisis Unit is available to those in need of grief counseling.

 

Final Suspect Arrested, Others Appear in Court for Killing Chapel Hill Teenager

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Teenager Killed in Chapel Hill Shooting

***UPDATE: Four suspects have been arrested and authorities are looking for one other suspect in connection with the shooting***

An 18-year-old was killed in a shooting late Tuesday in Chapel Hill.

Police say officers responded to a shooting off of Legion Road on Jackie Robinson Street near Adelaide Walters Street just before 10 o’clock Tuesday night.

Officers arrived to find the two injured victims who were then transported to UNC Hospitals.

Police identified the victims on Wednesday morning as 18-year-old Malik Devon Brown Burnette, who was pronounced dead at the hospital, and 18-year-old Tanner Cobb, who is being treated at UNC Hospitals and is in stable condition, according to officials.

Police confirmed that both victims were Chapel Hill residents. A spokesperson for Chaple Hill – Carrboro City Schools did not immediately respond to an inquiry regarding where the teens had attended school, if in the system.

Chapel Hill Police Captain Donnie Rhoads told WCHL on Wednesday that people in the neighborhood saw the shooting.

“There were a couple of witnesses at the scene,” Rhoads said. “Those were the ones that actually called 911. We interviewed them last night and got some good information.”

Rhoads said that four “persons of interest” are being questioned as part of the investigation.

“They’re being interviewed,” Rhoads said. “Nobody’s been charged yet.”

Rhoads said it does not appear this was a random act.

“It appears that at least one of the victims and one of the suspects knew each other,” Rhoads said. “Because they made arrangements to meet up at this location.”

Rhoads added that the investigation was progressing.

“I think we’ve got most of the pieces, we’re just trying to figure them out and put them all together.”

If anyone has information about this crime, please call either the Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515.  Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest.

Officials say the Chapel Hill Crisis Unit is available to those in need of grief counseling.

Police Looking for Suspect, Four Others Arrested After Teenager Killed in Chapel Hill

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Man Facing Child Sex Offenses Released from Orange County Custody

A Roxboro man facing nearly two dozen child sex offense charges from the mid-1980s has been released from Orange County Jail after putting his house up for bond.

Officials with the Clerk of Court’s Office in Hillsborough confirmed that Donald Roy Smith had been released from custody after putting his home up to cover his bond. Smith is facing a range of child sex offense charges alleged to have occurred between 1984 and 1989.

Assistant District Attorney Byron Beasley said at a previous court hearing that the three alleged victims ranged in age from four to 15 years old over the course of the allegations.

Smith was arrested on Friday, June 30, and made his first appearance in court the following Tuesday – after the long July 4 holiday weekend. He was initially held on a $1.5 million bond. Smith’s bond was reduced to $100,000 by Judge Lunsford Long after an evaluation from pre-trial release confirmed that Smith had no other criminal record and did not deem him a risk to skip his next court date.

There was also concern that Smith, who has cancer, was not able to get all of his prescribed medication because it was considered a narcotic and, therefore, not allowed into the jail.

Weighing those factors, Long lowered Smith’s bond to $100,00 and allowed Smith’s Roxboro home on Main Street to be put up to meet the bail amount.

Supporters of Smith and some of the alleged victims in the case have packed the courtroom each time Smith has made an appearance. His supporters even offered to put up half of the bail amount in cash earlier this month if the judge would allow him to be released while waiting for the paperwork to come through putting the house up for bond.

That request was denied.

The close proximity of supporters and victims in the case led to tense moments earlier this month in court when supporters of his were accused of taking pictures of the victims in the courtroom.

That led Long to issue a warning to Smith’s defense attorney George Doyle from the bench.

“You need to get your client’s supporters under control or they’re going to compromise his case, Mr. Doyle.”

As part of his bond, Smith and his supporters have been ordered to have no contact with any of the alleged victims or their families.

Smith was initially scheduled for a probable cause hearing on July 25, but his next court appearance is now slated for September 9.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/man-facing-child-sex-offenses-released-from-orange-county-custody

Suspect in Orange County Double Homicide Held Without Bond

A man facing two charges of first-degree murder made his first appearance in District Court in Hillsborough on Monday afternoon.

Armando Garcia Lopez was arrested in Greensboro over the weekend, according to law enforcement, after two people were shot and killed on Doc Corbett Road in Cedar Grove on Friday.

Authorities say deputies responded to a call on Friday morning of two individuals with gunshot wounds located in a single-family dwelling in northern Orange County. Both victims were deceased when deputies arrived.

Authorities initially identified one victim as 37-year-old Armando Aguirre Jr., of Graham. The second victim was identified in court on Monday as Manuela Gomez-Arreola.

Lopez was initially held without bond awaiting his first appearance and there were no arguments for a bond amount made by his defense attorney after the reading of both murder charges on Monday.

Lopez stood quietly with his head down through most of the hearing before District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett Monday afternoon as the proceeding went forward with the assistance of an interpreter.

No details were put forward on Monday in reference to any alleged motive in the killings.

Scarlett appointed the public defender’s office to handle the case in defense of Lopez.

He is due back in court in mid-August for a probable cause hearing.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 644-3050. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at (919) 732-7687.

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Arrest Made After 2 Killed in Orange County

A man has been charged with murder in connection with a shooting on Doc Corbett Road on Friday.

Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office say Armando Garcia Lopez was arrested in Greensboro early Saturday morning.

Authorities say deputies responded to a call on Friday morning of two individuals with gunshot wounds located in a single-family dwelling in northern Orange County. Both victims were deceased when deputies arrived.

One victim has been identified as 37-year-old Armando Aguirre Jr., of Graham. The second victim has not been positively identified as of Saturday morning, according to officials.

Law enforcement says an additional murder warrant is forthcoming against Lopez.

Lopez is being held in the Orange County Jail without bond pending his first appearance on Monday.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 644-3050. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at (919) 732-7687.

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