News Briefs

December 6, 2013 

Police seek two in break-ins

Clayton police are seeking two men in a series of residential break-ins. They are Kweisi Saku McDougal Garland, 19, of 232 Mitchell Ave., Clayton, and Lawrence Gregory Hunter, 34, of 411 E. Hinton St., Clayton.

From Oct. 20 through Nov. 14, police responded to break-ins on Hinton Street, Cove Circle, Cheltenham Drive and Matthews Circle. Thieves stole televisions, laptop computers, video game systems, jewelry, musical instruments and other items.

To help police, call CrimeStoppers at 919-359-8479 or Detective Jason Linder at 919-553-4611.

Suspect found hiding in attic

Clayton police on Monday arrested a Raleigh man on multiple charges.

Police say the man tried to pass a fraudulent check at local grocery store, led them on a short car chase, jumped out and ran into a home, where they found him hiding in the attic.

In a news release, the town said officers were called to Compare Foods on East Second Street, where a man was trying to use a fraudulent check.

When police arrived, the man fled. Officers followed him for a few minutes, then he hit a curb at the intersection of John and Holding streets and ran away. Officers chased him into a home at 533 Holding St., where they found him hiding in the attic.

Marcus Terrell Walton, 21, of 1304 Garner Road faces charges of trying to obtain property by false pretense, speeding to elude arrest and resisting an officer. Bond was set at $195,000.

Teen held in car break-ins

Clayton police have arrested a 17-year-old in a series of car break-ins.

Raekwon Jamal Oliver faces two counts each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering a motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretense and identity theft.

The break-ins happened on two weekends in November on Whitiker Street and North Church Street. The thief stole credit cards from the cars and then used them to make purchases.

Attorney to seek clerk’s office

Johnston County attorney Michelle Drake Denning has announced her candidacy for Johnston County clerk of Superior Court. She will seek the Democratic nomination for the post.

Denning has been an attorney with the N.C. Industrial Commission since 2006. In that role, she has conducted administrative hearings and written about 600 legal opinions. Since 2005, Denning has been an adjunct faculty member at Johnston Community College, where she has taught commercial law, business law, legal research and writing, and GED courses.

Denning is graduate of Meredith College, where she majored in speech communication and minored in political studies. After earning her law degree from Regent University, she was admitted to the N.C. State Bar in 2004.

“Johnston County has been blessed with strong leadership in our clerk’s office under (Will) Crocker since 1978,” Denning said. “He has been an advocate for the people of Johnston County and has built a reputation as a hard-working, diligent clerk, dedicated to the office and our judicial system. It would be my honor to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Crocker, bringing new, dynamic leadership and my experience in the law to innovate and update the clerk’s office.

“My goal is to really focus on excellent customer service – looking at how we can utilize technology to improve how we interact and serve the people of Johnston County.”

Denning lives in Smithfield with her husband, Bob, a Benson native, and their son, Will. They are members of Centenary United Methodist Church. Denning serves on the county’s Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and on the board of Neuse Charter School.

Olive to seek fourth term

Johnston County Registrar of Deeds Craig Olive has announced that he will seek reelection to a fourth four-year term.

“It has been my pleasure to have served the citizens of Johnston County as their registrar of deeds for the last 11 years,” Olive said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream of public service, and I have an enormous desire to continue serving the fine citizens of Johnston County for the next four years.”

During his tenure, Olive has automated the deeds office to include instantaneous access to public records. The automation, he said, has allowed the deeds office to save money and return $2 million to county tax coffers.

“Throughout my terms in office, I have been a steward of your taxpayer money by improving productivity and efficiency through automation and providing outstanding customer service to our citizens,” Olive said. “All of this has effectively cut fees (hidden taxes) for the citizens of Johnston County.”

Olive, 48, makes his home near Clayton. He is the son of the late James C. and Pearl T. Olive. He is a deacon at Little Creek Primitive Baptist Church.

Johnston resident on state commission

Gov. Pat McCrory has named Johnston County resident J.D Solomon to the State Water Infrastructure Commission.

Solomon is a vice president of strategic consulting for CH2M Hill, a provider of consulting, design, construction and operations services to corporations and governments.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from N.C. State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina.

The purpose of the Water Infrastructure Commission is to identify the state’s water infrastructure needs, develop a plan to meet those needs and monitor the implementation of the plan.

Rouzer “On the Radar”

N.C. Congressional candidate David Rouzer has been elevated to “On the Radar” in the “Young Guns” program of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The program aims to provide candidates and their campaigns with the tools needed to run winning campaigns. Rouzer is a former member of the N.C. Senate, representing Johnston and Wayne Counties from 2009 to 2012.

Lottery introduces four games

The N.C. Education Lottery has introduced four new scratch-off games – Carolina Limited, Ultimate Crossword, Cold Hard Cash and Tic Tac Cash.

Ultimate Crossword, a $5 game, starts with five top prizes of $100,000. Cold Hard Cash is another $5 game that starts with five $100,000 top prizes.

Carolina Limited is a $2 game with more than $6.3 million in total prizes. Tic Tac Cash, a $1 game, begins with 15 top prizes of $4,000.

Meeting notices

The Clayton Downtown Development Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in Room GS 223 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St.

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