Vehicle Pursuit leads to arrest | Tuesday, December 16, 2008
On Monday evening, (12-15-08) at 11:46 pm, Clayton Police Lt. J.L. Owens observed a 1993 Toyota leaving the Wal-Mart area at Town Center Blvd. The car was being driven recklessly and at high speeds. The driver failed to stop for blue lights and siren, and fled west on Hwy 70 Business into Wake County. Lt. Owens pursued the vehicle westbound through the Town of Garner where Garner PD officers were able to deploy a tire deflation device that flattened three tires on the suspect vehicle. The suspect turned off of Hwy 70 Bus. onto Mechanical Drive and was stopped near McCormick Drive. Garner Police officers as well as Wake County Deputies assisted in the pursuit and arrest of the suspect. The pursuit covered approximately 10 miles. The lone occupant of the car, James Earl Davis (35) of Thomasville was arrested for felonious Speeding to Elude Arrest, DWI, and traffic violations. Additionally, the suspect was found to be in possession of about $500 worth of perfumes and colognes stolen from Wal-Mart at 805 Town Centre Blvd in Clayton, and was charged with Larceny of those items. Davis was confined in the Johnston County Jail under $30,000.00 secured bond.
Don't get sideswiped by 'skimmers' | Sunday, November 20, 2008
Police are urging users of ATMs to be aware of skimming devices and hidden cameras used to fraudulently obtain ATM card data and PINs. These devices are placed over the slot where you insert your card into an ATM. The device reads your card and sends a thief a text message with your personal information. Once criminals have your information, they usually make fake credit cards with reprogrammed magnetic strips; they swipe and you pay. Watch the WRAL story on this crime here .
Largest Drug seizure ever in Clayton | Thursday, November 13, 2008
During the past two days, Clayton Police officers have confiscated over 87 pounds of Marijuana with a street value estimated to be close $400,000.00. Clayton Police Detectives have been working cooperatively with out-of-state authorities targeting shipments of Marijuana destined for Clayton. The investigation thus far indicates that the marijuana was concealed in packages being sent to Clayton via a corporate shipping company. About a half-dozen shipments have been intercepted thus far with the assistance of Clayton Police K-9 “Justice” and his handler Officer W.C. McIntosh. The illegal drugs were intercepted and confiscated as part of an ongoing investigation, so very few details are available for release at this time. Chief Glen Allen said, “This is the largest drug seizure in Clayton’s history, more than tripling the 28 pounds seized by officers in June of 2007. This is a substantial seizure, especially considering that these drugs were destined for our community.” No arrests have been made at this time, but police in Clayton and other states are continuing the investigation. The Wake County Sheriff’s Department also provided support in this operation.
Counterfeit check arrest | Wednesday, November 19, 2008
On Tuesday, November 18th, 2008, Clayton Police officers responded to the Woodforest Bank, inside the Wal-Mart at 805 Town Center Blvd, for a report of a female who was attempting to pass a counterfeit check. Upon further investigation, Detective Jason Barnes was called to the scene to investigate. During the investigation he found that the suspect had counterfeited a check against Rent America of Garner, NC in the amount of $4,550.00. Det. Barnes arrested , Ms. Betty Lee Perez 25, of 1415 Foxwood Drive, Garner, NC, and charged her with: 1 Count Attempted Obtain Property by False Pretense and 1 Count Attempted Uttering. Ms. Perez was placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $5,000.00 secure bond. Det. Barnes is following up with Garner Police on similar cases in their city.
CRIME UPDATE | November 10, 2008
On Thursday, November 6th, 2008, the Rocky Mount Police Department, NC, located and arrested Kareem Montell Hinton. Hinton was served with the outstanding warrants by this agency and placed under a $10,000.00 secure bond in the Nash County Jail for the Clayton Charges. The Rocky Mount Police Department was investigating Hinton on similar crimes in their area. For more information on Hinton’s arrest or involvements on their cases contact the Rocky Mount Police Department. A news article from the Rocky Mount Telegram implicating Hinton on similar charges can be found by using this web link: http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/police/rocky-mount-police-charge-man-with-several-armed-robberies-227728.html
Arrest made in Narcotics Investigation | October 28, 2008
In the early morning hours of October 28th, 2008 Officers with Clayton Police Department served a search warrant at the address of 810 Hobbs St., Clayton, NC as part of a 4 month undercover investigation into the illegal sale of marijuana. Warrants for arrest were served on: Denisha Diann Hill (19) of 810 Hobbs St., Clayton, NC. Hill was charged with: 3 counts of Felony Possession with intent to Sale & Deliver Marijuana, 3 counts of Felony Selling & Delivering Marijuana, 3 counts of Maintaining a Dwelling for Selling and Delivering Marijuana. Investigating Officer: Detective Colonel Kilpatrick. Hill was placed in the Johnston Co. Jail under a $55,000.00 secure bond. No Narcotics were found during the search of the residence.
Teens Arrested for 1st Degree Kidnapping | October 27, 2008
On Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 1:02am, Clayton Police Officers were dispatched to the Clayton Village Shopping Center parking lot at 10183 US Hwy. 70 Business West, for an assault and possible kidnapping. Once at the scene, officers spoke with Mikal Pinel (19) of Garner, NC. He reported that he had been the victim of an assault and held against his will. The victim reported that he had been called by Justin Garr, and asked to pick up Garr at his residence in Clayton. When the victim arrived, an argument ensued between the victim and the suspect that called him. The victim was subsequently assaulted by the suspect. During the assault, the victim reported another suspect prevented him from leaving the residence at 303 Robin Lane. The victim later escaped and summoned police from the nearby shopping center.
The two (2) suspects were later located by Sergeant R. Flint and Officer R. Freeman nearby. After further investigation, the two suspects were arrested by the responding officers. Arrested: Justin Ray Garr, 17, of 303 Robin Lane, Clayton, NC and Kyle Bradford Dryer, 16, of 18 Cranberry Court, Clayton, NC. Mr. Garr and Dryer were each charged with: 1 count of First Degree Kidnapping. Bond was set at $50,000 secured for both and they were confined in the Johnston County Jail.
Friday, October 17, 2008 | Suspect in Break In also found in possession of Narcotics
On Thursday, October the 16th, Clayton Police served an arrest warrant on Mr. Deante Markeith Cooper of 510 W. Second St., Clayton for Felony Larceny. During the arrest Cooper was also charge with Narcotics violations. Cooper who is currently on Probation, was at home Thursday when officers arrived along with his Probation Officer to serve the arrest warrant. As part of his Probation, Cooper is subject to have his residence and person searched. During a search of his residence officers found Marijuana and Counterfeit controlled substances. Cooper was charged with: 1 felony count of Possession with Intent to Sell-Deliver Counterfeit Controlled Substance 1 misdemeanor count of Possession of Marijuana. Cooper was also charged with the original warrant of Felony Larceny on a unrelated case. Cooper was jailed under $50,500.00 secured bonds.
Local Man Sought for Felony Larceny, Warrants on File | Thursday, October 16, 2008
On October 7, 2008 shortly after noon, the Clayton Police Department was notified of a felony theft that had occurred at Pittman’s Jewelers, 400 E. Main Street. A suspect posing as a customer had been examining a Marquis-shape diamond ring, when he turned and ran from the store with the ring valued at $1,650.00. Detective Andy Jernigan was assigned to investigate, and though his efforts a suspect was identified and warrants have been issued charging the suspect with 1 Count of Felony Larceny and 2 Counts of Feloniously Attempting to Obtain Property by False Pretenses. Warrants are on file for: Kareem Montelle Hinton (black, male, age 21) of 273 Greenlyn Drive, (off of Powhatan Road) near Clayton. The assistance of the public in locating Hinton is requested and a reward may be available. Callers may reach Detective Jernigan at 919-553-1599 or the Clayton PD at 919-553-4611. Any local 9-1-1 may also be contacted with information.
Franklin County Couple Arrested for Kidnapping & Larceny | September 28, 2008
Saturday evening (9-27-08) at 5:58 pm, Clayton Police received notification of a vehicle having been stolen with two small children inside. Mary Garrett (24) of Raleigh, NC reported that she had left her 2005 Honda Odyssey van unsecured with the keys in the ignition while stopped briefly at a business located at 12973 US Hwy 70 Business West. Her two infant children, age 1 month and age 15 months, were sleeping in child seats inside the unsecured vehicle. The suspects took the vehicle containing the sleeping infants and drove away eastbound on Hwy 70 Business. Clayton Police intercepted the eastbound van on Hwy 70 Bus. near Amelia Church Road, about two miles from the scene of the crime. The driver pulled over for the police car and was arrested without incident. A female passenger fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended by officers. The children were unharmed and the van was not damaged. The vehicle driver, Robert Dale Rose (49) of 166 Osage Rd near Louisburg, NC was charged with 2 counts of 1st Degree Kidnapping, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, DWI, and Driving without a License. The vehicle passenger, Christie Lynn Coffman (31) (same address as Rose) was charged with 2 counts of 1st Degree Kidnapping and Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. Both were jailed under $200,000.00 secured bonds.
Arrest made in Attempted residential Break In | September 18, 2007
On Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 at 10:22am, Clayton Police Officers were called to the home of 203 Brandon Drive, for a residential breaking and entering in progress. The caller stated that she heard a noise, so she looked out her bedroom window and observed a male subject attempting to gain entry into her home. She screamed and dialed 911, and the suspect ran away. Officers arrived to get a description of the subject, an a radio broadcast was given to all Clayton Police officers to be on the lookout for him. While canvassing the area, Det. Jason Barnes found the subject on Hwy. 42 near Barber Mill road. A positive ID was made on the subject and Det. Barnes arrested the individual. Detective J. G. Barnes arrested: Daniel Charles Lewis, 22, of 1008 Sunset Lane, Clayton, NC. Lewis was arrested and charged as follows: 1 Felony count of Attempted Breaking and Entering. Lewis was placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $75,000.00 secure bond.
UPDATE: 3rd Arrest Made in August 7th Attack | September 5, 2008
Charles Henry Smith (21) of 249 Hedgerow Lane in Johnston County has been arrested and charged by Clayton Police with Accessory After the Fact regarding the assault of a Clayton teenager in the Wal-Mart parking lot on the evening of August 7th. Smith was arrested by Detective Lieut. J. R. Herring without incident and jailed pending a $75,000.00 bond on the felony charge. Background Information: On 8-15-08 at 10:20am another individual was charged in connection with assault of Wal-Mart employee Arnold Dyer (age 18). Lieutenant J. R. Herring obtained warrants and arrested Brandon Michael Nicopolis, (21) of 321 Tobacco Lane in Johnston County, NC. Nicopolis was arrested at his home without incident. He was charged with: 1 felony count of Aid and Abet AWDWIKISI, 1 felony count of Aid and Abet Secret Assault, 6 misdemeanor counts of Aid and Abet Injury to Personal Property, 1 misdemeanor count of Hit and Run Property Damage. Nicopolis was placed into the Johnston County Jail under a $125,000.00 secure bond. The investigation indicates that Nicopolis drove with Thomas Michael Accardi around town in a vehicle on the night of August 7th while they shattered the rear windows of no fewer than 6 vehicles with a baseball bat. Shortly thereafter, the assault occurred at Wal-Mart. (Also while driving the vehicle Mr. Nicopolis sideswiped a parked vehicle and drove away.) Thomas Accardi has been additionally charged with: 6 misdemeanor counts of Injury to Personal Property. During a first appearance hearing held on Monday August 11th, Accardi’s bond on all charges was raised to $400,00.00. He is still held in the Johnston County Jail.
Arrest made in Backflow Valves | August 29, 2008
During the past few weeks, the Clayton Police Department received several reports of irrigation backflow plumbing system connectors being stolen from commercial and residential sites about town. Read more here.
REWARD OFFERED IN CASE | August 25, 2008
Up to a $5,000 REWARD is being offered for INFORMATION resulting in the arrest and conviction of PERSON(S) responsible for the Vandalism, Trespassing and Breaking and Entering occurring at occurred at 715 Amelia Church Road (Clayton Community Center Construction Site). The Clayton Police Department is investigating a vandalism, trespassing and Breaking & Entering at the new construction site for the Town of Clayton’s Community Center on Amelia Church Road. This incident occurred sometime in the afternoon of Saturday, August 23rd, 2008. It appears those responsible broke into a construction trailer on the site and managed to start up some heavy equipment, including a bulldozer. Using the heavy equipment, they damaged the building under construction, a large quantity of building materials as well as other equipment. The amount of damage is significant, and has yet to be fully estimated by the building contractors. Contact: Investigating Detective Andy Jernigan Office Phone: (919) 553-1599
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Clayton Police Department at 919-553-4611 or by calling their local 9-1-1 center. The reward offered is up to $5,000.00 to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Local couple arrested for Burglary | Friday, August 22nd, 2008
On July 27th, 2008 at 3:10am, Clayton Police officers responded to Sandhu’s convenient store, located at 101 Amelia Church Road, Clayton, for a burglary alarm call. Officers arrived on the scene to find a window shattered to the business. The suspects in this case stole beer and cigarettes from the store. 2 days later on the July 29th, at 12:54am, Officers were called to Howard’s Mini Mart, located at 4222 Barber Mill Road, Clayton, for a burglary alarm call also. In this case officers found a window shattered. The suspects in the case stole beer and the scratch-off lottery tickets from the counter of the store. Detective Lieutenant John Parker was assigned the case and through his investigative efforts, he was able to identify the suspects in both cases. Warrants were obtained and Detective Parker arrested:
1.) Michael Tremayne Hood (left), 36 of 288 Johnson Estate Road, Clayton, NC
2.) Verleen Renea McNeil (right), 23, of 288 Johnson Estate Road, Clayton, NC
Both subjects were charged with:
2 felony counts of Breaking and Entering
2 felony counts of Felonious Larceny
Both subjects are currently in the Johnston Co. Jail.
Mr. Hood received a $60,000.00 secure bond and Ms. McNeil received a $40,000.00 secure bond.
Second Arrest in Baseball Bat Attack – Serious Injury | Friday, August 15, 2008
On 8-15-08 at 10:20am another individual was charged in connection with assault of Wal-Mart employee Arnold Dyer (age 18). Lieutenant J. R. Herring obtained warrants and arrested Brandon Michael Nicopolis, (21) of 321 Tobacco Lane in Johnston County, NC. Nicopolis was arrested at his home without incident. He was charged with: 1 felony count of Aid and Abet AWDWIKISI, 1 felony count of Aid and Abet Secret Assault, 6 misdemeanor counts of Aid and Abet Injury to Personal Property, 1 misdemeanor count of Hit and Run Property Damage. Nicopolis was placed into the Johnston County Jail under a $125,000.00 secure bond. The investigation indicates that Nicopolis drove with Thomas Michael Accardi around town in a vehicle on the night of August 7th while they shattered the rear windows of no fewer than 6 vehicles with a baseball bat. Shortly thereafter, the assault occurred at Wal-Mart. (Also while driving the vehicle Mr. Nicopolis sideswiped a parked vehicle and drove away.) Thomas Accardi has been additionally charged with: 6 misdemeanor counts of Injury to Personal Property. During a first appearance hearing held on Monday August 11th, Accardi’s bond on all charges was raised to $400,00.00. He is still held in the Johnston County Jail. The victim remains hospitalized at this time.
Indecent Liberties Arrest | August 13, 2008
On August 12th, 2008 at 6:01pm, Officers were dispatched to the Clayton Village Cleaners, located at 10183 US Hwy. 70 Business West, in Clayton for a disturbance call. Once on the scene officers spoke with a 10-year old female and her mother, who reported that an adult man had intentionally touched the young girl in an inappropriate manner. The victim reported that while she was playing video games the subject walked by and touched her from behind. The juvenile victim told her mother, who called police to report the incident. Officer S.J. Holzshu located the suspect nearby. After further investigation the suspect, who is a registered sex offender, was arrested by the officer. Officer Holzshu arrested: Robert Jackson Henderson, 39, of 402 Champion St., Clayton, NC. Mr. Henderson was charged with: 1 felony count of Indecent Liberties with a Child. Mr. Henderson is currently in the Johnston Co. Jail, placed under a $50,000.00 secure bond.
Johnston County Man Arrested | August 8, 2008
Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and Malicious Secret Assault. On August 8, 2008 at 10:28 pm the Clayton Police were called to investigate a report of an assault in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart located at 805 Town Center Blvd. Officers arrived to find the victim, Arnold Dyer (18) of 600 S. Boling Street in Clayton, suffering from serious injuries about the head. The victim is an employee of the Wal-Mart. He was transported by ambulance to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh and admitted for treatment of serious injuries. Over the next 14 hours, Clayton Police investigators were able to secure enough information to charge Thomas Michael Accardi (21) of 2008 Huntclub Drive (in Johnston County) with the attack. Detective Lieutenant J. R. Herring obtained warrants charging Accardi with Malicious Assault in Secret and Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. Both charges are felonies. The investigation tends to indicate that Accardi came from a hiding place, then ran up behind the victim and struck him in the head with a baseball bat. Late this afternoon, Detective Herring (assisted by Detective C. W. Kilpatrick and Johnston County Deputy Brian Murphy) arrested Accardi at his residence in the Cleveland area of Johnston County without incident. He was placed in the Johnston County Jail in lieu of $100,000.00 secured bond. This investigation is still continuing. A motive for the assault has yet to be determined, and additional charges and arrests are possible.
Investigation leads to prison sentance | July 21, 2008
A 50 year-old Clayton man (James Robert Worrells) accused of selling narcotics from his home on South Robertson Street has been sent to prison. He was arrested in April following an ongoing investigation by Clayton Police and NC Probation officers and was already on probation from an earlier drug arrest by Clayton Police. Worrells was sentenced to serve between 16 and 20 months in the Department of Corrections, after being convicted in Johnston County Superior Court, for three counts of the sell and deliver of cocaine. North Carolina Probation assisted Clayton Police to search his house and discovered 7 grams of marijuana during a search which lead to this sentance.
Two Charged with Residential Break-Ins | July 17, 2008
On July 14th, 2008 at 8:12 am, Clayton Police officer responded to 1013 Cove Circle, for a report of a residential breaking and entering. The home owner came home to find that unknown person(s) had entered and stolen several pieces of jewelry, money and electronic equipment (valued at $548) from the home. Read more here.
Larceny – Felony Speeding to Elude Arrest | July 16, 2008
Last evening (7-15-08) at 7:40 pm, the Clayton Police Department was called to the Shoe Shoe at 829 Town Centre Blvd upon report of a shoplifting. Arriving officers learned that three males had attempted to steal shoes from the store, but had been confronted by employees. After threatening an employee, the three fled the store, dropping all but one pair of athletic shoes valued at $40. No one was hurt. Two of the suspects fled the area in a 1995 Chrysler, and the other ran away on foot. Clayton Officer S.J. Holzshu spotted the suspect vehicle westbound on Highway 70 and pursued the car as it fled into Wake County onto Guy Road, E. Garner Road, and Rock Quarry Road into the City of Raleigh. The suspect vehicle collided with a house under construction in or near the Laurel Ridge subdivision, and the suspects then fled on foot where they were quickly apprehended with the assistance of Raleigh PD and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. The stolen property was recovered. The driver (15-year old from Wake County, name withheld due to age) was charged with: Felony Speeding to Elude Arrest, Driving w/out a License, Resist, Obstruct or Delay an Officer, and Larceny. The passenger, Douglas Howard Franklin (26) of 4203 Western Blvd, Raleigh, NC was charged with: Resist, Obstruct or Delay an Officer, and Larceny. He was taken to the Johnston County Jail in lieu of $1,000.00 bond. The third suspect, William Christopher Allen (19) of 7501 Trudy Ln, Garner, NC was later located and charged with Larceny. He was also taken to the Johnston County Jail in lieu of $1,000.00 bond.
Arrest made in Statutory Rape Case | July 9, 2008
On May 13th, 2008, the Clayton Police Department was contacted by a complainant who reported a family member had sexually assaulted his two daughters. The incident occurred sometime in December while the victims and family were living in Clayton. None of the parties involved currently live in Clayton, but still reside in Johnston County. The victims are described as being Hispanic females, ages 8 and age 11. Detective Jason Barnes was assigned to investigate and through his efforts an arrest was made. On July 3rd, 2008, Detective Barnes arrested Mr. Luis Antonio Cruz, H/M, 43 of 818 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC. Mr. Cruz was arrested for: 2 counts of Felony 1st Degree Statutory Rape, 2 counts of Felony 1st Degree Sex Offense with a Child and 2 counts of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child. Mr. Cruz was placed in the Johnston Co. Jail under a $500,000.00 secure bond.
Teen Arrested for Break-Ins of 3 Residences | July 1, 2008
Between June 7th and June 8th, 2008, the Clayton Police Department responded to the area of Candlewood Subdivision for complaints of a Residential Breaking & Entering that had occurred. Officers found two homes where a suspect attempted to break into, and one residence where a suspect forced open a window and gained entry. That home was not occupied at the time, but the suspect(s) had stolen 2 Guitars that were valued at $3,000.00. Detective A. R. Jernigan was assigned the case, and was able to make an arrest and recover the stolen guitars. Detectives from the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office provided valuable assistance with this investigation. Detective Jernigan subsequently has charged Joshua Michael Ray, age 17, of 108 Bryant Lance, Smithfield, NC. Mr. Ray was charged with:1 felony count of Breaking and Entering and 1 felony count of Felonious Larceny (victim- J. Newman, 512 Charles St.), 1 felony count of Attempted Breaking and Entering (victim- R. Clark, 668 Charles St.), 1 misdemeanor count of Damage to Property (window screen) and 1 felony count of Attempted Breaking and Entering (C. Stocks, 524 Charles St.). Mr. Ray is currently in the Johnston Co. Jail, placed under a $202,000.00 secure bond.�NOTE:�On June 9th, 2008 Mr. Ray was arrested by the Clayton Police for secretly peeping into windows in the same neighborhood.
Suspect Wanted in February Child Assault is Arrested | July 1, 2008
On February 6, 2008, Roger Dale Benton (50) was charged with First Degree Sexual Offense against a three-year-old female child. The alleged offense occurred on or about February 5, 2008 in Clayton, North Carolina. Information tends to indicate that Benton fled the area and Clayton Police have been seeking him since February. He was entered into state and national police computerized wanted files. The Clayton Police Department was notified Monday morning that Benton has been located and taken into custody by the Concord Police Department. He remains in the Cabarrus County Jail in lieu of $20,000 secured bond pending his return to Johnston County to face these charges. Further information developed following his arrest in Concord, led Clayton Police Detective T.R. Allen to secure a warrant yesterday charging the suspect’s wife, Sarah Furr Benton (49) with being an Accessory After the Fact to this crime. Concord officers subsequently arrested her, and she has also been jailed under $20,000 secured bond pending her return to Johnston County to answer to the charge. The Benton’s address at the time of this crime was 309 Robin Lane in Clayton.
Shooting *UPDATED INFORMATION * Suspects Arrested | June 30, 2008
Information was developed by Clayton Detectives that the suspect (Frankie Clark) was located at 3607 Polenta Road in the Cleveland area of Johnston County. Detective A.R. Jernigan responded to that address and with assistance from the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office located Frankie Clark inside the residence. Clark was arrested and the warrants were served on him. He was confined in the Johnston County Jail on a $100,000.00 secured bond. ALSO located at that address was Jennifer Cameron, (31) who was wanted by Clayton Police on previous unrelated felony charges of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine; Sell and Delivery of Cocaine; and Maintaining a Vehicle or Dwelling to Sell Controlled Substances. Cameron was jailed pending a $25,000.00 secured bond.
Drowning of Child *UPDATED INFORMATION * | June 29, 2008
At 8:50 am today, Clayton EMS was dispatched to a possible drowning near Charleston Drive in the Riverwood Athletic subdivision. An investigation tends to indicate the four-year-old male was with his parents this morning as they worked to clean inside the nearby Child Development Center. The child is believed to have wandered away and left the building. The parents noticed the child missing and first searched the interior of the large facility, then began searching outside where the child was found unresponsive in the fountain pool. The father began CPR and EMS was called. The child was transported by ambulance to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. The victim was reportedly autistic. The parents are Johnston County residents Gil Alonso and Erika Gozalez-Trejo. The child victim is Derek Casanova-Gonzalez (age 4). This investigation is continuing by Clayton Police Detectives.�On June 30, 2008 the Clayton Police Department was notified the four-year old victim died at Wake Medical Center.
New Captain added to Clayton Police | June 26, 2008
John Coley has been promoted to Police Captain effective July 1, 2008. He most recently has served as a Lieutenant in the Investigations Division, and has over seventeen years of law enforcement experience. Coley began his law enforcement career in 1991 with the Smithfield Police Department and in 1992 he joined the Clayton Police Department as a Patrol Officer. In 1998, he was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant. In 2002 he was transferred from the Patrol Division to the Investigations Division as a Detective Supervisor. Read more here.
Missing Teens | June 20, 2008
The Clayton Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public in locating a 14-year-old female who has been reported missing. Donesha Oshay Hinton was last seen at her residence in the Mitchner Hills subdivision in Clayton at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Her mother, Demetria Crowder, reported her missing. Investigators believe that she left of her own volition and probably is in the Dover Apartments (South Saunders Street) or Martin Street area of Southeast Raleigh.
The Clayton Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public in locating a 15-year-old female who has been reported missing. Yezica Ramirez Hernandez was last seen at her residence on West Main Street in Clayton on June 13. Her father, Juan Carlos Hernandez, reported her missing. Investigators believe that she left of her own volition and is still in the Clayton area.�UPDATE: The missing 15-year old Hernandez girl was safely located on 7-1-08. She is no longer being sought and the case is closed.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of the teens is asked to contact the Clayton Police Department (553-4611 – ask for Det. Linder) or call 911.
NCAWARE links data in fighting crime | June 19, 2008
Smithfield, N.C. — The state launched a pilot program in Johnston County Wednesday that compiles information from law enforcement and the courts into one Web-based system. The system, called NCAWARE (North Carolina Arrest Warrant Repository), is expected to launch later this year in Lee and Harnett counties and to go statewide by 2010. Read more here.
Convenience Store Robbery Arrest | June 16, 2008
On June 14th, 2008 at 3:27am, the Clayton Police Department responded to call of a robbery at the Pantry Convenience Store (Kangaroo Express) , located at 10081 US Hwy. 70 Business West. Read more here.
Weekend Arrests | June 10, 2008
On June 9th, 2008 at 10:10pm Clayton Police officers responded to a call of Secret Peeping. The witness reported he observed a w/m peeping into the windows of his neighbor. Read more here.
On Saturday, June 7th, 2008 at 10:06pm, Officer R. Lipscomb was dispatched to the area of 805 Town Centre Blvd. (Wal-Mart parking lot area) for a suspicious female. Read more here.
Special Olympics Torch Run | June 05, 2008
Today, 9 members of the Clayton Police Department ran with the torch about 6 miles through Clayton on Hwy 70 Business westbound to the vicinity of the Wake County line, where the torch was handed to officers there for continuing its journey to Raleigh. Despite the sweltering 95 degree heat, the officers ran voluntarily to further the cause of the Special Olympics. Read more here.
Clayton Police Annual Report | March 13, 2008
On behalf of the police officers and staff of the Clayton Police Department, Chief Allen is pleased to submit to you the 2007 Annual Report. This report provides the reader with information regarding the various divisions and units within the Department and a glimpse into department activities and accomplishments throughout 2007. Download the report here (3mb PDF).
Care Provider Arrested | June 4, 2008
On May 27th, 2008 The Clayton Police Department took a report from a senior victim in an assisted living facility who reported that she has had her personal checks stolen. The victim, age 80 was living at the Clayton House assisted living facility located on 245 Dairy Road. She reported that she noticed her bank account was overdrawn, and later learned that someone was stealing checks from her checkbook. She alerted the management who called the police. The case was investigated by Detective Lieutenant J. T. Parker. Through his investigation he found that an employee of the assisted living facility was responsible and charged her accordingly. Det. Lt. Parker arrested Ms. Deborah Sue Hill, (41) of 810 Hobbs St., Clayton, NC. Ms. Hill was charged with 2 counts of Felonious Obtaining Property by False Pretense and 2 counts of Felonious Identity Theft. She was placed in the Johnston Co. Jail under a $25,000.00 secure bond.
Arrest made in Business Break-In and Larceny | June 4, 2008
On April 30th, 2008 at 8am, Clayton Police Department patrol officers discovered a Break-In at the Family Dollar store located at 10137 US Hwy 70 Bus. W. The suspect had gained entry through a rear door and stolen a small quantity of cash from the business. Detective Jason Barnes was assigned to investigate and through his efforts an arrest was made. On June 3rd, Detective Barnes arrested Mr. Kevin Henry Medina, (39) of 920 Hobbs St., Clayton, NC. Medina was charged with 1 count of Felony Breaking and/or Entering and 1 count of Felony Larceny. Mr. Medina also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for Failure to Appear on a possession of Marijuana charge. He was placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $25,250.00 secure bond.
Stolen Storm Drain Covers | May 17, 2008
The Clayton Police Department is investigating several reports of larcenies where unknown individuals are stealing storm drain covers from various locations around the town. Below is a picture of a similar type drain cover. Read more here.
Collecting Worthless Checks | May 13, 2008
In 1997, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation to establish pilot programs for worthless checks in Columbus, Durham, and Rockingham counties. By 1999, it had become apparent that these programs were very successful and popular in those counties. In subsequent years, this program was extended to ten additional counties. Read more here.
UPDATED INFORMATION: Sixth Arrest Made in Vehicle Break-Ins | May 12, 2008
The Clayton Police Department has charged a sixth suspect with multiple counts of entering unlocked cars and thefts of items found inside the cars. Anthony “Tony” Richard Walls (18) of 8400 Fawncrest Drive in Raleigh, has been arrested on warrants obtained by Detective J.G. Barnes that charge him with 14 counts of felonious breaking and/or entering vehicles, and 11 counts of larceny. Read more here.
2008 Officer of the year | May 10, 2008
Detective W.C. (Bill) Kilpatrick has been named the Clayton Police Department’s Officer of the Year for 2008. The Officer of the Year honor is awarded annually by the department based on a nomination procedure and selection process that recognizes responsible service to the Town and dedication to the agency and the Clayton community. Clayton’s Officer of the year will represent the department in various law enforcement recognition and appreciation events over the year by a number of clubs, churches, etc. Read more here.
Traffic Fatality | May 29, 2008
At about 5:00 pm on May 29th, Clayton Police were called to investigate a traffic accident involving a car and a tractor-trailer rig on westbound Hwy 70 Business at Medical Park Drive (west of Shotwell Road). Julia Chernik Bilenky (age 80) of Clayton was the driver and sole occupant of the car. She was taken to Wake Medical Center by Clayton EMS, but died as a result of the accident. The truck's driver, William Keith Green (age 36) of Apex was not injured. Preliminary investigation indicates that the car (2001 Mercury Marques) entered Hwy 70 Business into the path of the westbound (1999 Freightliner) truck which collided with the driver’s side of the car. Westbound Hwy 70 Business was closed for about 1 hour, and onlooker delays slowed eastbound lanes. Detoured traffic created severe congestion on Shotwell Road, Old Garner Road, and Guy Road in Wake County. Four minor accidents were also reported during this time. The Clayton Fire Department also provided on-scene assistance.The Clayton Police Department is continuing the investigation, but charges are not anticipated at this time.
Stolen Trailer UPDATE | May 21, 2008
The stolen trailer was recovered by law enforcement authorities in Florida on 5-20-08. The Miami-Dade Police Department found the trailer and contacted Clayton PD. It had been disconnected and abandoned in an area near the Everglades. The trailer was not damaged, but the cargo (liquor) was missing. Clayton investigators are working with authorities from other jurisdictions on this continuing investigation. Anyone with information on the theft or the whereabouts of the stolen cargo is asked to contact the Clayton Police Department - Detective Jason Barnes at (919) 553-1570 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Robbery with Dangerous Weapon | April 28. 2008
At 6:56 pm yesterday (4-27-08), the Clayton Police Department was called to investigate a report of a robbery at the Family Dollar Store located at 10137 Hwy 70 Business West (near Boling Street). Two female employees were present, and reported that two suspects (one armed with a steak knife) had forced them to the rear of the business and robbed the store of cash before fleeing out the back door in an unknown direction. One employee had a minor injury, but did not require medical attention. No one else including a female customer was injured, and an undisclosed sum of currency was taken from the business. Officers searching the area did not immediately locate the suspects. The investigation is continuing by the Detective Division. The suspects are described only as follows:
(#1) black male, brown “hoodie” jacket and baggy brown camouflage pants, armed with steak knife
(#2) black male, “salt & pepper” beard, older than suspect #1
Anyone with information is asked to call the Clayton Police Department at 919-553-4611. A cash reward is available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Callers may remain confidential.
Two Men arrested for Copper & Metal Theft | April 24, 2008
Early this morning, Clayton Police were called to investigate the reported theft of a large amount of copper, aluminum, stainless steel, and radiators from the rear of The Church at Clayton Crossing located at 11407 US Hwy 70 Business West. (The materials valued at over $1,500.00 were associated with some large air conditioning units that the church was in the process of dismantling and recycling.) Read more here.
Clayton Officers Receive Advanced Certifications | Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The Town of Clayton Police Department is proud to announce the awarding of the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate to two members of the agency. In accord with the criteria established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, Sergeant John LeQuire and Detective C.W. (Bill) Kilpatrick each were awarded their Advanced Law Enforcement Certificates on February 22, 2008 by the Commission. Read more here.
Counterfeit $100 bills being circulated | April 14, 2008
All business interests and individuals should be aware of counterfeit $100 bills circulating in the area. The Clayton Police Department is investigating two recent cases in the Town of Clayton. Read more here.
More Arrests Made in Vehicle Break Ins | April 14, 2008
The Clayton Police Department has charged a fourth suspect with multiple counts of entering unlocked cars and thefts of items found inside the cars. Dustyn Lee Heath (18) of 420 Cannady Street in Clayton, has been arrested on warrants obtained by Detective J.G. Barnes that charge him with 25 counts of felonious breaking and/or entering vehicles, and 17 counts of larceny. Heath was arrested by Det. Barnes this morning and was jailed in lieu of $262,000 secured bond.All of these offenses are previously reported cases for which three others have also been arrested. The investigation tends to indicate that Heath acted in concert with the others that have been arrested earlier.
Clayton Police and Parole Officers Cooperate on Drug Arrest | April 7, 2008
On the evening of April 3, 2008, State Probation and Parole officers conducted a warrantless search of a probationer’s residence at 210 S. Robertson St. Clayton Police Detectives assisted Probation personnel at the scene. Read more here.
ARRESTS MADE IN BREAK-INS | April 7, 2008
In Clayton and surrounding areas, several dozen vehicles have been illegally entered and items have been stolen from most. These incidents have been reported in various residential areas over the past two weeks. READ MORE HERE.
Attempted Intentional Burning of Uninhabited House | February 25, 2008
On Saturday morning, (2-23-08) at 12:24 am, the Clayton Police Department responded to a report of a fire at an unoccupied house located at 312 W. Stallings St. It was discovered that unknown suspects had illegally entered the vacant house, and an effort had been made to set fire to the interior of the uninhabited dwelling. Responding police officers were able to quickly douse the fire with portable extinguishers. Read more here.
Armed Robbery | February 14, 2008
Just before Noon on February 14, Clayton Police officers were dispatched to a report of a robbery at the Shoe Show located at 829 Town Centre Blvd (off Hwy. 70 W. Bus.) in Clayton. An employee reported that an unknown man had robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash, a few inexpensive wrist watches and a pair of sneakers before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction. No one was injured. The suspect was described as a black male in his mid 20’s standing about 6 feet tall with light complexion and slender build. He was armed with a small handgun and wearing a heavy black coat with a fur collar. He also wore a red cloth / bandanna on his head. The suspect was not immediately located by officers searching the area, and the Clayton Police Investigative Division is continuing the investigation.
Drug Arrests Made | February 4, 2008
The Clayton Police Department executed a search warrant at 705 Lakeview Drive in Clayton Estates on Saturday morning, February 2, 2008 at approximately 1:00 AM. An investigation by Vice Detective W.C. Kilpatrick over the past four months had indicated that the residence appeared to be a location where illegal drug activity was taking place. Read more here.
Arrests Made Involving Vandalism at Town Park | January 30, 2008
This past weekend, Clayton Police discovered that a significant amount of vandalism had occurred at Community Park located at 1075 Amelia Church Road. Read more here.
Traffic Accident Under Investigation | January 24, 2008
UPDATE: Regarding the traffic accident at NC 42 and Hihway 70 - the driver had a sudden medical condition that caused the single-vehicle accident. There were no apparent injuries resulting from the collision event. The driver remains under medical care, and no charges are expected. The Clayton Police Department investigation is completed.
Operation Stop Selling | January 15, 2007
In “Operation Stop Selling”, (conducted over this past weekend) the Clayton Police Department was assisted by a 19-year old underage volunteer (working covertly under close police supervision and monitoring) going to stores licensed to sell alcohol and attempting to purchase beer. The operation involved no deception; If asked for ID, the underage buyer presented proper ID showing a correct age of 19. Read more here.
Dowtown Vandals arrested | January 11, 2008
During the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 8th, Clayton Police Officers on patrol discovered several cases of spray-paint vandalism in the downtown area. The officers also located a suspicious vehicle parked in the area, which was later impounded after further investigation. All of the spray paint vandalism was similar and clearly linked. The markings have been characterized as “tagger vandalism” and do not appear to be gang related. Read more here.
Possession of Cocaine, Marijuana & DWI | January 7, 2008
On January 5th, 2008 at 3:52am, The Clayton Police Department was dispatched to a call of a vehicle sitting in the roadway at Old US Hwy 70 W. and Shotwell Road. The anonymous caller advised the vehicle had been sitting at the stop light in the travel lane for several light cycles and was not moving. Read more here.
Breaking and Entering Arrest | January 7, 2008
At 4:24 am Saturday (1-5-08), Clayton Police officers were dispatched to Arby’s Restaurant (11851 Hwy 70W) regarding a burglary alarm. Officers arrived and noticed that someone had tampered with a drive-through window. Officer P.D. Millar and Lt. S.P. Lapsley subsequently entered the restaurant via the window and located the lone suspect hiding behind a counter. The suspect was arrested and charged with Breaking & Entering and Damage to Property. Read more here.
Statement regarding Katlin Violette murder case | January 4, 2008
On January 12, 2007, the Clayton Police Department investigated the horrific murder of a 4-year old girl, Katlin Violette. The girl’s father, John Violette, was quickly located and charged with First Degree Murder (read the 2007 press release here). On January 3, 2008, Superior Court Judge Jack Thompson determined that John Violette was insane on the day of the murder. As a result, he ruled that Violette was not guilty; effectively ensuring that he will never stand trial for killing and beheading his daughter. In the Superior Court proceedings, it was said that John Violette allegedly heard voices insisting that Katlin was possessed with an evil spirit. Violette went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and stabbed Katlin several times before decapitating her. Supposedly to contain the evil spirit, he stuffed her body in a trash can. Read more here.
2007 Archived News and Events can be found here.