News Briefs

December 28, 2013 

Teens charged in computer thefts

Two teens, age 13 and 14, have been charged with breaking into their school and stealing five laptop computers.

The computers went missing from Clayton Middle School on Dec. 10.

Clayton detectives working with school administrators were recently able to recover the computers and return the laptops undamaged.

Police charged the two juveniles with breaking and entering and larceny.

Police say man swindled Latinos

Clayton police have charged a man with swindling 18 people out of more than $50,000.

Alfonso Pasillas Carrillo, 24, faces 18 counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Bond was set at $362,000.

According to police, 18 Latinos reported that a man promised them driver’s licenses and immigration papers for $2,500 and $5,000, respectively. He never delivered.

Patrol car hit; woman charged

No one is immune to the dangers when someone drives under the influence – not even police officers.

Earlier this month, someone driving the under the influence hit a Clayton Police officer who was sitting in his parked patrol car with emergency lights flashing and siren going off.

It happened in the early morning hours of Dec. 14. The officer was stopped on Barbour Mill Road investigating a suspicious person when his car was struck from behind.

The officer suffered minor injuries; the patrol car had major damage.

Police charged Charae Chantel Wallace, 22, of 208 Wexford Drive, Clayton, with driving while impaired, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to heed lights and siren.

Police seek armed robber

Clayton police are searching for the armed man who robbed the Food Lion on U.S. 70 Business on Dec. 15.

Police reported that a man walked into the store around 1 p.m., showed a cashier a handgun and demanded money. The employee cooperated, and the robber then left the store.

Police described the robber as a black male 35-40 years of age, weighing around 190 pounds. He had short hair and was wearing an olive-green jacket.

Police ask anyone with information about the robber to call 919-553-4611.

Johnston man held in murder, robbery

A Four Oaks-area man has been charged with robbery and murder in the death of a man found shot and lying along the side of Hannah Creek Road.

Sheriff’s detectives have charged Anthony Edward “Andy” Messer, 31, with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

They said Messer, of Stewart Road near Four Oaks, was the person who robbed and shot 62-year-old Billy Watson Strickland of U.S. 701 South, Four Oaks.

Sheriff Steve Bizzell did not say whether Messer and Strickland knew each other.

Messer was being held without bail in the Johnston County Jail.

Jobless rate falls

Johnston County’s jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent in October from 6.6 percent in September, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

In October, when the county’s labor force stood at 81,635, the number of jobless Johnstonians was 5,298.

Here are the October jobless rates in counties surrounding Johnston: Harnett, 8.6 percent; Nash, 9.8 percent; Sampson, 6.8 percent; Wake, 5.9 percent; Wayne, 7.6 percent; and Wilson, 10.4 percent.

Holiday trash

The Johnston County landfill and solid waste convenience centers will be closed Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

Meeting notices

The Johnston County Area Mental Health Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28.

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