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North Carolina State players run onto the field after they defeated Clemson in double overtime at an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)


Crime
Man charged with impersonating law enforcement officer

A man was arrested at his residence in the Englewood area on a warrant for impersonating a law enforcement officer in the city and he also had marijuana in plain view inside the house, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man, Adrian Crump, 58, has a history in Virginia and Minnesota of bogus claims of being part of law enforcement, Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said in a news release.

In Minnesota, Crump also engaged in bilking the U.S. military out of money for his own benefit, Medina said.

On Friday, Nash County deputies, with the warrant to take Crump into custody, went to his residence in the 100 block of Charlotte Avenue, knocked on the already-open door and saw the marijuana, Medina said.

After Crump asked the deputies to step inside the house, the deputies, upon closer examination, confirmed the presence of the marijuana, took Crump into custody and seized roughly two ounces of the drug and a variety of paraphernalia items, Medina said.

Crump is charged with impersonating an officer, possession with the intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a place for the purpose of keeping or selling a controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia, Medina said.

Medina said the charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer locally resulted from an interaction with Crump on Aug. 11 in the 1000 block of Independence Drive in the northwestern part of the city.

Crump was wearing a T-shirt with a “federal agent” logo on the back and the likeness of a law enforcement badge on the front left breast pocket area, Medina said.

Crump also displayed a gold Central Intelligence Agency badge attached to the front neck area of the T-shirt and verbally indicated himself to be a law enforcement officer, Medina said.

Crump went as far as to present various documents in an attempt to substantiate a claim of being an investigator with the CIA and the federal Department of Homeland Security, Medina said.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office conducted a probe and found out Crump had impersonated a law enforcement officer in Virginia and Minnesota.

Medina in the news release cited news stories about Crump.

According to a news story from 2012 in Virginia, Crump was arrested by Virginia state troopers for driving a personal vehicle, a Range Rover, equipped with flashing lights while on Interstate 64 in Louisa County, which is between Richmond and Charlottesville. That news story also said in 2012 in Richmond, police halted Crump, who was driving a Mercedes also equipped with flashing lights, and he claimed to be a police officer.

According to a news story from 2010 in Minnesota, a psychiatric evaluation was ordered of Crump after he was arrested outside a bank for having a firearm without a permit and carrying identification claiming to be a federal agent. That story said that Crump was wearing a shirt saying “U.S. Federal Agent” on the front and back and that he had a holster on the right side of his waistband containing a fully loaded magazine but no gun. A CIA license plate was located on the rear of a vehicle and a badge and credentials were located inside the vehicle.

That story said that police also found a baton, two sets of black-hinged handcuffs with keys, a large can of chemical spray, a couple of different identification cards in Crump’s name and credit cards. A 9mm semi-automatic handgun was found in the storage cubby, with Crump maintaining he was there on official government business involving the bank.

That story also said Crump was put in a police cruiser and that he refused to provide any contact information from the CIA or the Department of Homeland Security. The local FBI office, when contacted by police, found out Crump had no record of affiliation with the CIA or an independent contractor hired by the agency.

In 2006, also in Minnesota, a news story said that Crump was charged with offenses after having been found to have been impersonating a U.S. Naval officer to successfully obtain nearly $6,700 in cash and more than $890 in health insurance premiums he did not deserve. That news story said that Crump’s goal was to get leave pay from Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis and that the supporting documents he submitted to cemetery officials turned out to be fake.

That story said that Crump had been in the military but that he had left military service in 2001.

On Friday, Crump’s bond was set at $5,000, secured, in Nash County on the charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer while on Independence Drive and at $5,000, secured, in Nash County on the drug-related charges, Medina said.

Medina said that at the time he was issuing the news release, Crump was posting the bonds.


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Pumpkin Festival to return to Spring Hope

Local residents can spend this weekend celebrating fall and helping out a good cause by attending the Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival and donating to the Special Olympics at the event.

This is the 49th year of the annual pumpkin festival, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic. This year’s event promises to be a festival of fun with live music, food and activities for all ages.

The festival begins at 9 a.m. Friday with a Pumpkin Recipe Contest at the Town Hall. Food vendors will open for business at noon Friday and the bouncy houses will open at 5 p.m.

Russ James will kick off the live music at 6 p.m. Friday while the crowning of Miss Pumpkin Queen and Little Miss Pumpkin Queen will take place at 6:40 p.m. The evening will end with the Sleeping Booty Band in concert on the main stage from 7-10 p.m.

Pumpkins will again take center stage on Saturday as a giant pumpkin and watermelon weigh-off is set to take place from 8 a.m. to noon.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension and Nash County 4-H will be at the festival this year with their own giant pumpkin.

“We have been nurturing this baby since mid-May and we are estimating it to weigh nearly 800 pounds. We can’t wait to put it on the scale and have it officially be weighed,” the Nash County Extension Office said in a recent statement.

More music will be presented Saturday with performances by Jerome Creekmore and the Heads Up Penny Band scheduled during the day.

The Pumpkin Festival Parade is slated to begin at 1 p.m. The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Demo Tant. Tant, who recently turned 100, is the brother of Elmo Tant, who helped found the Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival 50 years ago.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office also will be offering a couple of fundraising opportunities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the festival. The funds raised will go to support the Special Olympics of North Carolina.

The highlight of the fundraising activities will be the opportunity for residents to dunk the deputy of their choice from among eight options. A donation to the cause will earn participants a chance to dunk Chief Deputy Brandon Medina at 9 a.m., Sgt. Scott Gardner at 10 a.m., Sgt. Stan Ricks at 11 a.m., Deputy Elizabeth Cahoon at noon, Maj. Miste Strickland at 1 p.m., Lt. Daniel Wrenn at 2 p.m., Lt. Randy VanHouten at 3 p.m. and Cpt. Jeremy Hardy at 4 p.m.

Other fundraising opportunities hosted by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office at the festival will include face painting, the sale of Torch Run T-shirts and hats and a “Cover the Cruiser” event.

“For every donation made to the Special Olympics of North Carolina, the donor can write his or her name or a special message on a donation card and help decorate a cruiser,” Maj. Eddie Moore of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said in an earlier statement. “Special Olympics brings joy to thousands of athletes and does so through donations like Cover the Cruiser.”

More information about the schedule for the Spring Hope Pumpkin Festival can be found at www.visitspringhope.com/schedule.


Crime
Man busted after police find drugs, firearm at residence

Henderson

A man convicted slightly more than 6½ months ago on a drug-related charge is now facing half a dozen drug-related charges after police found drugs and a firearm at a residence in the 300 block of North Howell Street in the Happy Hill area of the city.

Darius Tiant Henderson, 43, was arrested and officers confiscated more than eight-tenths of an ounce of marijuana, more than 1½ ounces of cocaine, more than 1¼ ounces of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and the firearm, police Cpl. Ricky Jackson said in a news release.

The arrest was made after the police department’s Special Operations Division executed a search warrant on Thursday, Jackson said.

Jackson said Henderson is charged with:

  • Possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine.
  • Manufacturing cocaine.
  • Trafficking in cocaine.
  • Possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana.
  • Maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for the purpose of keeping or selling a controlled substance.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.

The police department’s Special Operations Division investigates all complaints from residents about illegal drug activity in the city.

Police Chief Robert Hassell, in prepared remarks in the news release, made clear that removing illegal narcotics from the streets of Rocky Mount is a priority for the department.

Hassell reported for work in Rocky Mount in early May after having served as the police chief in Reidsville in the Triad region.

Henderson’s bond was set at $50,000, secured, and he was placed in the custody of the Nash County Detention Center, Jackson said in the news release, which was issued on Friday afternoon.

Nash County Sheriff’s Office jail records online did not list Henderson as an inmate on Friday evening.

State Public Safety records said Henderson was convicted on March 8 in Nash County for use/possession of drug paraphernalia.


Crime
Local man sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for robbery

A Rocky Mount man has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for his role nearly a year and 10 months ago in a robbery of a business in Raleigh at which the manager of the business was duct-taped to a chair and repeatedly pistol-whipped.

Dexter Jamal Williams, 23, on Thursday received the decision from Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II in Wilmington.

Myers ordered Williams to serve seven years for having committed interference with commerce by robbery and to serve seven years for having brandished a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, U.S. District Court records online said.

The records also said that Williams assisted during the crime, the records said.

Myers ordered Williams to immediately pay $200 in special assessments as penalties and ordered Williams, along with two others in the criminal case, to make $2,550 in restitution to Mejd Aroury, the records online said.

Myers ordered Williams, after he completes his sentence, to concurrently — that is, side by side — serve three years under supervised release for having committed the robbery and five years under supervised release for having brandished the firearm, the records online said.

Myers recommended Williams be incarcerated at the federal correctional institution at Butner in Granville County or at a facility close to his family, the records online said.

Myers also recommended Williams receive the most intensive treatment for substance abuse available, receive a mental health assessment and treatment and receive vocational training and educational opportunities, the records online said.

Williams, also known as “Baby D,” on Dec. 4, 2019, committed the robbery and brandished the firearm at Royal Eco Marketing Co., the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh said Friday in a news release.

According to the news release, Williams and the two others in the criminal case, Arafat Alzer and Bashar Hroub, also known as “Don,” duct-taped the manager of Royal Eco to a chair and repeatedly pistol-whipped him before stealing more than $20,000 worth of merchandise from the business.

Video surveillance footage of the parking lot of the business showed Williams and Alzer leaving in Alzer’s Toyota Camry and Hroub leaving in his Chevrolet Silverado truck, the news release said.

As the three were leaving, an employee of the business began firing multiple shots at the two vehicles, striking both of the vehicles in the process, the news release said.

According to a report by television station WRAL of the robbery, someone had phoned Royal Eco to ask about purchasing hemp flower and when a staffer let the person in, two other people pushed their way in before the staffer could lock the door.

Before the three people arrived, the staffer had called an acquaintance to provide security during the potential business deal, WRAL reported.

By the time that man arrived, he saw someone with a gun in a waistband leaving Royal Eco and putting a black bag in the trunk of a sedan, WRAL reported.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in the news release that after the robbery, Alzer and Williams left Alzer’s vehicle in a parking lot in Raleigh and returned to Rocky Mount.

Raleigh police responded to Alzer’s vehicle and recovered Alzer’s identification card and vehicle registration, the news release said.

Later in the day, Williams checked into Nash UNC Health Care for treatment of a gunshot wound and Alzer and Hroub went back to Raleigh to hide Williams’ firearm at Hroub’s girlfriend’s residence, the news release said.

On Dec. 11, 2019, Wake County deputies, with a search warrant, went to that residence and recovered the firearm, the news release said.

On Feb. 11, 2020, Rocky Mount police officers, with a search warrant, went to Williams’ residence and confiscated more than 1½ pounds of marijuana and a .40-caliber handgun, the news release said.

The news release also said that on May 12, 2020, Rocky Mount police officers, after responding to a report of a shooting at a residence, encountered Williams, who was in possession of a stolen 9mm handgun.

Alzer is serving five years and 10 months in federal prison after having appeared before Myers on Sept. 3 for sentencing for his role in what happened at Royal Eco, the news release said.

Hroub is awaiting sentencing by Myers for his role in what happened at Royal Eco, the news release said.

Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina on Monday told the Telegram that Hroub is jailed under $120,000 secured bond at the Nash County Detention Center on a list of charges.

Williams and Hroub are also known to the judicial system locally.

The Telegram on Oct. 2, 2019, reported that Williams was one of nine people rounded up on illegal drug-related charges by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office.

State Public Safety records also said that Williams was convicted in 2016 in Edgecombe County for carrying a concealed weapon and assault with a deadly weapon.

The public safety records also said that Hroub was convicted in 2017 in Nash County for possessing illegal drugs and maintaining a place for keeping or selling illegal drugs, as well as in 2016 in Nash County for possessing illegal drugs and attempted assault with a deadly weapon of government officers or employees.


Local
Motorcyclist killed in traffic crash identified
  • Updated

A 65-year-old man was the motorcyclist who was killed in a wreck late last week on a busy thoroughfare in the Little Raleigh area.

Donald Ray Farmer was identified in a police incident report as the victim of a collision involving a motorcycle and a vehicle Thursday evening in the 400 block of West Raleigh Boulevard.

The police incident report listed the motorcycle as a 2011 Suzuki and included a vehicle listed as a 2017 Nissan Rogue.

H.D. Pope Funeral Home in Rocky Mount is in charge of the funeral arrangements for Farmer.

A notice online by the funeral home said the visitation is set for 5-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home, which is at 325 Nash St. The funeral service is set for 11 a.m. the next day in the Rocky Mount Chapel of the funeral home.

The incident report about the wreck is posted on the public local Police to Citizen online link, but the incident report does not provide a narrative of what happened.

That narrative would be put on a state Division of Motor Vehicles-349 crash form by the police officer who investigated the wreck.

An attempt by the Telegram on Monday via email to obtain a copy of the DMV-349 report of the wreck from the City of Rocky Mount was unsuccessful.

Police officers responded to the wreck about 6:20 p.m. on Thursday.

A news release from police spokesman Cpl. Ricky Jackson the next day said that the police department’s traffic crash reconstruction unit was conducting an investigation and that any potential criminal charges would be postponed until the conclusion of the probe.

State public records law states that a law enforcement officer who investigates a reportable accident, whether at the scene of the accident or by subsequent investigations and interviews, must make a written report of the accident within 24 hours of that accident and must forward that report.

The law says that report must include the cause of the crash, the conditions existing at the time of the crash and the people and the vehicles involved in the crash.

The one exception to the latter is the identity of a minor who was a passenger on a school bus involved in a crash.

In that case, the child’s name may only be provided to the local board of education, the state Board of Education, the child’s parent or guardian, an insurance company investigating a claim as a result of the crash, an attorney representing a person involved in the crash and law enforcement officials investigating the crash.


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