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Man charged with murder of son-in-law

A Macclesfield man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of his son-in-law in Nashville.

Nashville Police Chief Anthony Puckett said Monday night in a news release that John Henry Adams III, 58, of the 7200 block of N.C. 43 North in Macclesfield, was charged with first-degree murder for the death of his 30-year-old son-in-law, Bobby Braswell.

“This was an isolated incident, and the Nashville Police Department made the scene safe immediately upon their arrival. A loss of life is always a tragedy, and we ask that you please keep the families involved in this tragic incident in your prayers,” Puckett said in the news release.

Nashville police responded about 11:19 a.m. Monday to 1116 Mulberry Road in Nashville in response to reports of a shooting victim. The Nashville Fire Department and Nash County Emergency Medical Services also were dispatched to the scene.

Nashville police officers were the first to arrive at the scene and began administering potentially life-saving measures until emergency personnel arrived. These measures were continued until medical personnel concluded that Braswell was dead, Puckett said.

Adams was still at the scene when police arrived. He was immediately detained without any further incident, Puckett said.

The investigation of the incident revealed that Braswell and his wife had a history of domestic violence. Braswell’s wife said that he had moved out of the home, though it is still listed as his address. He was also still staying at the home some of the time, Braswell’s wife told police.

Braswell’s wife said she called her father, Adams, on Monday morning after Braswell arrived at the home. Once Adams arrived, a fight broke out between the woman’s husband and father.

“A physical altercation ensued between Adams and Braswell, which unfortunately turned deadly for the victim,” Puckett said. “The information that investigators received is that the victim was running from the location after the physical altercation and was shot by the offender while running away.”

The case was presented to the District Attorney’s Office and first-degree murder warrants were issued for Adams, Puckett said. He was arrested and jailed without bond in the Nash County Detention Center. Adams has a first appearance scheduled Tuesday at Nash County District Court in Nashville.

“The Nashville Police Department would like to thank the Nash County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case,” Puckett said. “We would also like to thank the residents that assisted in life-saving measures and those that came forward with information and video that assisted in the investigation.”

Riding Along

Deonte Daniels, Devon Lucas and Nyjah Artis, from left, ride their horses along Raleigh Boulevard.

Area man charged with statutory rape

A man is behind bars under a high bond after police recently arrested him for allegedly having raped a child this summer, authorities and judicial system records said.

Richard Allen White, 28, is charged with one count of committing statutory rape of a child and two counts of committing statutory sex offense with a child, Nash County District Court records said.

According to the records, White was arrested on Sept. 10 and is accused of having engaged in intercourse with a juvenile.

The records listed July 8 as the date of the offense.

White is charged with statutory rape because he allegedly engaged in intercourse with a person who was 15 years old or younger and with whom he was not legally married.

Additionally, Nash County District Court records said White is charged with failure to stop or steady for a red light at a traffic signal and driving while his license was revoked.

According to the records, White on March 17 was driving a truck on Grace Street from Falls Road toward Thomas Street when a red light at a traffic control signal activated for White’s direction of travel.

White was roughly two to three car lengths away from the stop line when the red light had activated, the records said.

After a police officer halted White and asked for White’s driver’s license, White told the officer his license was revoked, the records said.

State judicial system records online said White is charged in Edgecombe County with failing to wear a seatbelt and driving while his license was revoked.

State Public Safety records also said Allen was convicted in 2018 in Washington County for speeding to attempt to elude arrest or to elude arrest and driving while his license was revoked.

Allen is jailed under $252,000 secured bond in the Nash County Detention Center, Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said.

Allen had listed an address in the 500 block of Henry Street, Medina said.

Investigators determine vehicle fire was arson

Authorities are trying to find out why a car was deliberately set on fire in the Little Raleigh area of the city.

According to the Rocky Mount Fire Department’s report of the arson, the driver/owner of the car the morning of Sept. 13 appeared to have lit the inside of the vehicle on fire using gasoline as an accelerant.

Firefighters responded to the 1500 block of South Church Street about a vehicle being on fire and police responded at 9:20 a.m.

Firefighters arriving at the scene were waved in toward the fire scene by a woman on the sidewalk, the report said.

A man was seen driving a pickup truck in reverse on the path to where the fire was burning, the report said.

Firefighters found the car, which had a fully involved fire in the passenger section, the report said.

The driver of the car was nowhere to be found, but a camera that had been on at a nearby business had recorded the incident, the report said.

Due to the suspiciousness of the incident, members of the fire investigation team were called in to assist with the probe, the report said.

Members of the fire investigation team after watching the video determined arson to have been the cause of the fire and estimated the property loss totaled $3,200.

Police also assisted with the investigation.

Cash incentive plan for child vaccinations sparks backlash

A decision Monday by Nash County commissioners about a plan to offer $100 in incentives to Nash County residents ages 12-18 if they get a COVID vaccination has drawn a firestorm of criticism based on what county officials say is inaccurate information.

Commissioners on Monday gave approval to an overall plan as to how to spend the more than $18 million the county expects to receive from the federal government as part of the America Rescue Plan Act designed for COVID-relief efforts. An eight-member committee appointed by county commissioners made a recommendation to commissioners that included a provision to reward younger residents for getting vaccinated.

The plan would “provide a vaccination incentive to Nash County school-age children age 12-18 in the form of a card program. The incentive would be for any Nash County resident age 12 through 18 who receives both the first and second vaccinations by a date certain. This is to motivate eligible school age children to get vaccinated,” the proposal states.

“We still have a lot of work to do on this, especially in regard to the vaccination of the school kids,” Nash County board Chairman Robbie Davis said. “We will need to work with the school administration and the school board to make sure we are both on board with this one.”

Davis, who is a member of the committee, said that he feels the recommendation is an important one.

“The committee that made these recommendations is really in favor of this because it is so important to hopefully keep our kids in school for the full school year because it has pretty much been determined that for the most part, we lost a school year last year,” Davis said.

Davis also said the program would apply to all students in the county, even if they attend private or home schools.

He also said that the county has been in full communication with some school district officials and school board members about the incentive plan.

“We still have a lot of details to work out on this with them,” he said.

Nash County Manager Zee Lamb said Monday the program may be open to amendment to include younger students, especially if Pfizer is given emergency approval to administer the vaccine to children ages 5 to 11.

The commissioners’ decision has caused consternation among many parents — especially over concerns that students may be given the money to be vaccinated without parental consent.

However, county officials say that is not true.

“This decision is getting a lot of press and people are assuming a lot of facts not in evidence, including the idea that there is not going to be parental consent required,” Lamb said Tuesday at a meeting of the Nash County COVID Response Team. “Another idea is that there will be a meeting between the two boards later this week. There is a meeting scheduled later this week among staff members from several departments, including the school administration, but not between the boards.”

The law on parental consent for COVID vaccinations is ever changing as the vaccination approval process also changes. But former state Sen. Angela Bryant said at Monday’s meeting that parental consent is currently required by state law for residents under the age of 18. However, that could soon change.

“Parental consent is only required for vaccines under emergency-use authorization. When full authorization for the Pfizer vaccine occurs for 12- to 17-year-olds, parental consent will be no longer required,” Bryant said.

Full authorization for the Pfizer vaccine could come as early as October and most likely will come by January, according to media reports.

However, that issue may be overridden if the school district administers the vaccinations as is currently planned. That issue is one that legal experts will likely need to explore and the school board will need to consider.

“I think that students 16 and over can consent to their own vaccinations by the general statutes, but I don’t know if the school district will require parental consent,” Nash County Health Director Bill Hill said at Tuesday’s meeting. “I think this is an area they will probably want to give some attention to. I could foresee some issues where the child is offered $100, and that incentive does look extremely good.

“I would hope that the child and the family member will be on the same page about getting the shot, but I am not sure the jury is out on that one yet,” he added.

Hill said he thinks it is likely that the school board will require parental consent if the school district is involved with the process as it is expected to be.

“I would think they would make that decision if they were sponsoring this,” he said. “You know, a teen can come to the health department at 16 or 17 and get birth control, but that is not a school-sponsored project. I would think that something that the school is going to sponsor on their own premises is one that they pay a little more attention to how they want to involve the parents in that decision-making process.”

Davis said Tuesday that county commissioners had assumed that parents would need to give consent for vaccinations.

“I am certain that there was no intent from the county commissioners to ever do anything like this without parental consent,” he said. “In the end, that would be a decision by the school board. But I did have a nice conversation with the chairman of the school board to get his opinion on that and it seems that the school board is of the same mindset that our board is. I don’t want anybody to think that we would be attempting to give any of our students a vaccine without parental consent.”

More details about the plan are expected to be released after school officials have time to give their input into the process.

Lamb said Tuesday that he wants county and school district officials to work together to release accurate information about the plan once the details are decided.

“I request that when you meet with the school system that, for full transparency reasons, you work with the school system to put out a press release with the rules and standards you set,” he said. “People are assuming things that are not necessarily true. We want to get the facts out as they really are and not as some people want to sensationalize them.”

Lamb said in a later interview that the issue of whether the cash cards would be given to the minors or to their parents is another topic up for discussion.

“We will know more after county and school officials meet together later this week,” he said.

In the meantime, Lamb urges the public to be patient and not make assumptions.

“There are a lot of misconceptions in the cloud out there,” he said.

Police seek suspect in dollar store holdup

Police have identified a suspect in connection with a recent armed holdup of the Dollar General store in the 400 block of West Thomas Street.

Police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Man-Quan Randolph for committing robbery with a dangerous weapon, interim city Communications, Marketing and Public Relations Director Jessie Nunery said Tuesday afternoon in an email.

Officers at 8:43 p.m. on Sept. 13 responded to the store.

According to the police incident report of what happened, the suspect entered the store and, brandishing a knife, robbed the clerk of cash.

The store is at the southeast corner of West Thomas and North Grace Street on the western edge of the downtown part of Rocky Mount.