Ongoing Clayton anti-drug operation brings 2 arrests on heroin charges

November 30, 2017 in Bail Bonding, Crime

Police arrested two men on heroin-possession charges Wednesday in what officials said was part of an ongoing drug-enforcement operation that netted 19 people in October.

The arrests came when police searched a house on Tuscarora Lane and narcotics investigators watched a heroin sale.

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Asa Michael Warf

Johnston County Sheriff’s Office

At the house, police said, Asa Michael Warf, 37, was “cutting” heroin and had 33 sale-sized bags of the drug, or “stamps.”

They said a newborn baby and an elderly man with dementia were in the house at the time Grant was working with the heroin.

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Kenneth Brantley Crawford Jr.

Johnston County Sheriff’s Office

Later, the investigators pulled over a car and arrested Kenneth Brantley Crawford Jr., 34, and said he had a “brick” of heroin, equivalent to about 50 “stamps.”

Both arrests, police said, were connected to the October roundup, which they called Operation Hailstorm.

Wednesday, police charged Warf with possessing heroin with intent to sell and doing that within 1,000 feet of a daycare center, manufacturing heroin within 1,000 feet of the center and marijuana possession with intent to sell it and going so within the same distance from the daycare center.

All the charges are felonies. Warf had about a half-ounce of marijuana, which is not automatically a felony charge, but police asserted that he intended to sell it. Intent to sell is a felony regardless of the amount involved.

Crawford was charged with four felonies: Possessing heroin, delivering it, selling it and possession with intent to sell and deliver it.

Crawford was held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Warf was held on $125,000 bail.

NC woman with 85 criminal convictions sentenced to lengthy prison term

November 30, 2017 in Bail Bonding, Crime

A Hickory woman with 85 criminal convictions, including six for driving while impaired, was sentenced to 14 more years in prison this week.

Marijo Rudisill, 49, was sentenced after a Catawba County jury found her guilty of selling methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, and Rudisill then pleaded guilty to another set of the same charges and to being a habitual felon.

The drug charges stemmed from two undercover buys made by Catawba County sheriff’s investigators at separate sites in the county, the Catawba County District Attorney’s Office said.

Rudisill will serve the 14 years after she finishes her current sentence of six to eight years, prosecutors said. She is serving her current sentence after being convicted in Burke County in July of possession of a stolen vehicle and habitual felon status.

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Marijo Rudisill

Catawba County District Attorney’s Office

Rudisill has 50 prior misdemeanor convictions, the six DWIs and 22 other felony convictions, the district attorney’s office said.

“This case is another example of my commitment to protect our citizens from career criminals,” District Attorney David Learner said in a statement on Wednesday. “Ms. Rudisill will be at least 70 years old before she will complete her prison term. We continue to work closely with all law enforcement agencies to take drug dealers and repeat offenders off the streets.”

CMPD investigating robbery at south Charlotte Jimmy John’s

November 30, 2017 in Bail Bonding, Crime

Two suspects are on the loose after police said they robbed a south Charlotte Jimmy John’s at gunpoint.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating after a Jimmy John’s in south Charlotte was robbed Wednesday. 

According to CMPD, officers responded to a reported armed robbery at the Jimmy John’s restaurant in the 4500 block of Park Road around 4:15 p.m. When police arrived, witnesses said two suspects robbed the store and ran in an unknown direction. 

No one was injured during the incident, according to CMPD. Investigators have not released any suspect information or made any arrests in the case. 

Anyone with information about this is asked to call CMPD Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

© 2017 WCNC.COM

Father of Missing NC 3-Year-Old Girl Says Her Disappearance Is Suspicious: ‘It’s a Nightmare’

November 30, 2017 in Bail Bonding, Crime

The father of 3-year-old Mariah Woods, who was reported missing early Monday, told a reporter that he’s suspicious of his daughter’s disappearance from her Jacksonville, North Carolina, home.

“Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn’t cry, she didn’t scream?” Alex Woods told local TV station WCTI-12. “Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?”

Mariah’s mother Kristy, who shares a mobile home with her live-in boyfriend, reported her daughter missing at about 6:45 a.m. Monday, officials have said. She told officials she last saw the girl when she put her to bed at about 11:30 p.m. the night before.

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“My last memory of her was feeding her and putting her to bed,” Woods told local station Channel 12. “I told her I loved her and she loved me.”

On Wednesday morning, law enforcement officials hoped for a break in the case when they released a surveillance photo and asked for help identifying a woman and child in the photo. But after a few hours, officials learned the pair was unrelated to the investigation.

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Mariah Woods

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Zimmer said the search was still ongoing. Law enforcement officials from 14 agencies, which conducted more than 100 interviews, were working around the clock, he said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“Our goal is to find Mariah and bring her back home. We want to bring her home safely,” he said. “If you have a shed, a barn, a wooded area, take a look and call us immediately if there’s something out of the ordinary.”

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Zimmer added he wanted to hear from anyone who spoke with Mariah’s family on Sunday or Monday as investigators work to develop a timeline.

Law enforcement have not commented on whether anyone is a suspect or a person of interest.

Mariah’s father Alex heard about the news of his daughter when he heard the AMBER Alert announced on the radio. He was shocked to hear his daughter’s name.

“It’s unreal. It’s a nightmare,” he said. “You hear about this stuff all the time but you never think it’s going to happen to you or your kids.”

CMPD: Starbucks robbery suspect linked to string of crimes

November 30, 2017 in Bail Bonding, Crime

CMPD is asking for the public’s help identifying and locating a serial armed robber.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There is an urgent search for a serial armed robber in Charlotte. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said the same man who robbed a Starbucks on Providence Road Tuesday night also targeted four other businesses in the past two weeks. 

RELATED: CMPD investigating Starbucks armed robbery in Myers Park

It’s a wake-up call for Starbucks customers like Colin Pillay.

“I think people should take a stand against it,” said Pillay. “If I was in there at the time I would defend myself.”

Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect. CMPD released surveillance photos of him Wednesday. 

RELATED: CMPD searching for suspect in string of armed robberies

“This is usually a pretty safe area, so to know something like that could happen, particularly in the early part of the evening is pretty unsettling,” said another customer in the shopping area.

Before the latest robbery, police said the same man targeted four other businesses since mid-November. That includes a Dairy Queen and Smoothie King on Prosperity Church Road just days apart.

“That’s scary. Wow,”  said a customer near Starbucks. 

“It’s a big deal whenever you have armed individuals robbing businesses at a clip like this,” said Rob Tufano, a CMPD spokesman.

Tufano said investigators are concerned the situation could escalate and result in someone being hurt. 

“Be a good witness, comply if they’re just asking for your property give them the property,” explained Tufano.

“Police certainly have their work cut out for them and they need to catch this guy,” said a customer. 

Starbucks customers say they’ll be on alert too.

“I will keep my eyes out,” said Pillay.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in any of the robberies. If you have any information about the suspect you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

© 2017 WCNC.COM

War criminal drinks poison during court hearing, dies

November 30, 2017 in Bail Bonding, Crime

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A former Bosnian Croat general has died after apparently swallowing poison as a judge at the Hague upheld his 20-year sentence for war crimes.

Footage from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) showed 72-year-old Slobodan Praljak tilt his head back and drink from a small glass bottle as the presiding judge read out the verdict.

“Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. I am rejecting your verdict with contempt,” Praljak shouted before swallowing the liquid.

The judge was then heard immediately suspending proceedings and asking for the curtains to be drawn. An ambulance was at the building shortly and paramedics raced up to the courtroom, Reuters reported.

The courtroom was being treated as a crime scene, an ICTY spokesperson told CNN.

Croatia’s Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, later confirmed the former general had died and offered his condolences.

“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and on my own behalf, I want to express my deepest condolences to the family of General Slobodan Praljak,” Plenkovic said, according to a tweet from an official government account.

The nature of the substance ingested by Praljak was not immediately clear.

Praljak, a former assistant defense minister of Croatia and commander of the Croatian Defense Council, was appealing a jail term of 20 years in prison.

He was one of six former Bosnian Croat leaders found guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including the rape and murder of Bosnian Muslims, in 2013.

Praljak played an important role in securing weapons and ammunition for the Croatian Defense Council army, according to the original indictment.

The offenses, which date to between 1992 and 1994, were part of a wider conflict that followed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.

The appeal judges upheld the findings of an earlier trial that implicated the Croatian regime under then-President Franjo Tudjman in a criminal conspiracy with the goal of “ethnic cleansing of the Muslim population” of parts of Bosnia to ensure Croatian domination.

The Bosnian Croat leadership, along with Croat leaders, wanted to make this territory part of a “Greater Croatia,” the ICTY said when the case first went through the court.

The six received sentences that ranged from 10 to 25 years. No further appeals are possible.

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Winston-Salem man wounded in Monday afternoon shooting

November 30, 2017 in Bail Bonding, Crime

A Winston-Salem man was shot Monday afternoon in his lower leg in the 1500 block of Diggs Boulevard, authorities said.

The incident happened at 1 p.m., around the time Winston-Salem police received a report of discharging firearms on Diggs Boulevard, police said. Officers found several spent shell casings in the street.

Investigators then learned that several shots had been fired, and a man was seen running from the area with a handgun, police said.

A short time later, Monte Jaharia Peters Jr., 27, arrived at Forsyth Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his lower left shin, police said. Peters told officers that he was being robbed when he returned fire at a suspect.

Investigators say they later learned that an illegal act between Peters and the suspect led to the shooting. Officers continue to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information about this shooting can call Winston-Salem police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

Teen driver charged in Davidson County wreck that killed passenger

November 30, 2017 in Bail Bonding, Crime

LINWOOD — The driver of a car involved in a fatal crash Saturday night has been charged.

James Andrew Dimery, 18, of 408 Farmer Ave. in Lexington is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and careless and reckless driving, said Trooper Ned Moultrie with the Highway Patrol.

The charges stem from a single-vehicle wreck Saturday night on Old Salisbury Road in which a passenger, Kevin Crisp Jr., 19, of Lexington, died.

Dimery was driving a Toyota Scion near Haden Grove Church Road about 11:10 p.m. when he went around a curve too quickly, going about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone, said Trooper B.C. Deel.

The car went off the road to the right and hit a ditch and a culvert before overturning several times, Deel said. Responding officials found Crisp, who was in the front passenger seat, dead at the scene.

The backseat passenger, Austin Ferrell, 18, of Lexington, was taken to Lexington Medical Center for his injuries. He was treated and released, Deel said.

Dimery was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition Sunday night, according to the Highway Patrol.

By Monday, however, his condition had been upgraded to fair, a hospital spokeswoman said.

All three men were wearing their seatbelts in the crash.

Man killed in shooting at Durham gas station

November 30, 2017 in Bail Bonding, Crime

— Durham police areinvestigating a fatal shooting at a gas station Wednesday night.

Authorities said one man was shot at the Pure Mart at the corner of Roxboro Street and Cornwallis Road at about 6:20 p.m.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries.

Witnesses at the scene told WRAL News that the incident began with two women fighting, but police have not released a motive for the shooting.

Anybody with information is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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Lexington assisted living employee charged with exploiting elderly person

November 30, 2017 in Bail Bonding, Crime

An aide at an assisted living center is accused of taking personal information from a patient and is charged with exploiting an elderly person.

Investigators with the Davidson county Sheriff’s Office were called to Grayson Creek Assisted Living in Welcome about a case of potential identity fraud.

They say they learned from the center’s medical director that Cianna Tynece Moore, 25, of Lexington had obtained personal information. It is not clear how she received the information or whether it might have been used for fraudulent purposes.

Moore was jailed under a $3,500 secured bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 9.