Broadway Elementary G.R.E.A.T. Graduates 110 Students!

Please help me celebrate another graduating class of G.R.E.A.T.!

On January 29, 2015, SRO Deputy Adam Kindle graduated 110 students at Broadway Elem. This was Deputy Kindles first graduation class, which consisted of a 6 week program;
G.R.E.A.T.  (Gang Resistance Education And Training) is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum.
The program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior. It also walks the students through processes like decision making, conflict resolution, anger management, and the consequences of gangs and violence. It also builds their relationship and trust with law enforcement personnel.

Sheriff Carter was the guest speaker as Principal George Raley recognized all graduates.


Be Safe!



Be Safe People!

If you have children, perhaps this is a conversation and pledge you should have with them.
Print it out, have parents and kids sign it!
 
Ø  I will not knowingly allow underage youth (under 21) to consume or use alcohol or illegal drugs at my home, on my property, or at gatherings I am hosting at other locations.

Ø  I will provide reasonable adult supervision for parties of underage youth at my home or on my property. When I am out of town, I will not knowingly allow my children to host parties at my home.

Ø  If I have weapons in my home, I will make sure those weapons are secured according to the law.

Ø  I will make every effort to lock up alcohol and medications in my home keeping them out of the wrong hands.


According to North Carolina General Statute NCGS 18B-302(a), as a parent/guardian, you cannot legally give alcohol to any child, including your own, who is under 21, even in your own residence, even with another parent’s permission.

NCGS 14-316.1: 18B-302(c) specifies that you can not knowingly allow an underage person to consume or possess alcohol in your residence, even if you did not purchase the alcohol.

All weapons in your home must be secured according to the child access prevention/safe storage law, NCGS 14-315.1

Did You Know?

Did you know that every 15 seconds a home in the United States is burglarized? That's why it's essential to secure your home and protect your family against break-ins. For a more secure home read these common myths about burglaries and get the facts to protect your home:

Myth: Burglars break in through discreet areas, like the back of the house.

Fact: Securing the back of your house is important, as first floor windows and the back door are among the top targets for burglars. But shockingly, the most common point of entry for home burglaries happens to be through the front door. Install deadbolts on the front door and any exterior doors, as they are harder to pick. Put strong locks on glass doors and lock-up whenever you leave the house. The garage is another common area for burglar access – don't share your garage door code with others, and don't leave the garage door opener in your car – it's a quick way for thieves to gain access to your home.

Myth: Most burglaries happen at night.

Fact: Most burglaries actually occur during the day while homeowners are away from home and at work. Locking doors before you go to bed may be a common practice, but ensure your home is also secure during daylight hours too.

Myth: If you're running out for a few minutes, it's okay to leave your door unlocked -- no burglar could get in and out that fast.

Fact: Burglars are faster than you think. The average burglar spends only a few minutes in your home. So, lock the door no matter how soon you're planning to be back. Burglars can also make fast work because they know common hiding places – the key under the doormat, the jewelry in the master bedroom. Leave your spare key with a neighbor and consider putting valuables in a safe.

Myth: You don't need a home alarm system if you live in a safe area with a low crime rate.

Fact: Even if you live in a relatively safe neighborhood, homes without security systems are 2 to 3 times more likely to be broken into, yet few U.S. homes are armed with one. According to the Alarm Industry Research & Educational Foundation, 74% of burglaries are prevented by having an alarm in place, and can go a long way in protecting your home and giving you added peace of mind.

Some cost effective alarms systems include SimpliSafe (http://simplisafe.com/security)

Take a self-defense class or local firearm training in the event you are victimized while at home.  Check my Facebook page or call our department to learn more about personal self defense. Local gun stores and clubs such as the Lee County Wildlife Club offer private and public classes for firearms training.

Drug Agents Had A Productive Week



On Thursday January 15, 2015 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Erik Ramirez age 21 of 4326 Lee Avenue Sanford was charged with 1 count of Possession with the intent to sell and deliver Marijuana, 1 count of sell and deliver Marijuana, 1 count of felony maintaining a vehicle that was used for keeping and selling controlled substance. Ramirez was released under a $3,000.00 unsecured bond.


On Friday January 16, 2015 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Marlin Anthony Smith age 27 of 3008 Paradise Way Sanford. Smith was charged with 1 count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Heroin, 1 count of sell and deliver Heroin, 1 count of felony maintaining a vehicle that was used for keeping and selling controlled substance. Smith was jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond.



On Tuesday January 20, 2015 Lee County Narcotics agents arrested Steven Elliot Mclean age 39 of 610 Greenland Street Sanford. Elliot was charged with 2 counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, 2 counts of sell and deliver Cocaine, 2 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Mclean was jailed under a $8,000.00 secured bond.




On Wednesday January 21, 2015 Lee County Narcotics agents arrested Daniel Edward Babcock age 30 of 7431 Sheriff Watson Road. Babcock was charged with 3 counts of trafficking Opium, 1 count of felony maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling controlled substance and 1 count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Babcock was jailed under a $120,000.00 secured bond.



On Friday January 23, 2015 Lee County Narcotics agents arrested Devolar Mclean age 67 of 601 Spruce Street Sanford. Mclean was arrested after agents executed a search warrant and found Mclean in possession of 30 dosage units of crack form Cocaine. Mclean was charged with1 count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, 1 count of felony maintaining a dwelling for the storage and selling of illegal controlled substances and 1 count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Mclean was jailed under a $5,000.00 secured bond.

Don't Make It Easy For Criminals...

As citizens, we all share the responsibility to see that our belongings stay secure and that we don't get complacent, this is when criminals take advantage of us.  Criminals look for easy opportunities such as stealing small items that can be bought or traded without being traced.

I once had a fortune cookie that read "Society Prepares The Crime, The Criminal Commits It".    Never has there been a statement as true as this!  

Report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff's department.    No law enforcement agency can operate effectively without the cooperation of the people it serves.  The concept of crime prevention invites ALL segments of the community to proactively participate in the reduction of crime.

In an effort to prevent crimes in Lee county, I've put together some helpful tips to follow. 




·  Lock your doors and windows to prevent "Crimes of Opportunity". A high number of crimes are thefts of property. Many of these thefts are through unlocked doors. These are preventable thefts. Lock Out Crime!


·  Keep your car locked and your valuables stored securely. Secure CD cases, purses, radar detectors, cellular phones, portable stereos, and other valuables in trunk. Conceal otherwise conspicuous stereo equipment.
·  Report suspicious strangers or activities by dialing 9-1-1. Make a phone list of numbers (non-emergency too) to call (Police, Sheriff, Animal Control, etc) ahead of time so you have it handy when you need it! 



·  Maintain identification records (make, model, serial number, original cost) of all valuable property. If possible, photograph or otherwise maintain visual record of valuables.



·  You're Smart. Be Smart. Be Aware. Be Safe. Lock Out Crime.


Home Safety:

  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
  • Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.

Don't Tempt a Thief!

  • Lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight
  • Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
  • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
  • Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone shopping.”

Locks…Get the Best:

  • No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a local locksmith for advice on your situation.
  • Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
  • When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.

Targeting the Outside:

  • Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
  • Easy way to record activity is with a wildlife or deer camera, which can found at your local Walmart of sporting goods store.

Windows:

  • Most windows can be pinned for security.
  • Drill a 3/16" hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame - place a nail in the hole to secure the window.

Alarms:

  • An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.
  • Make several inquiries to different companies for the best security system available to you.
  • If you have a home alarm system, use it! Activate your alarm system — Alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.
  • Many individuals have alarm systems but do not arm them because it is inconvenient. Many burglars know this and will not be deterred by a window sticker or sign indicating that the home has an alarm system.

If Your Home Is Broken Into:

If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:

  • Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Use your cell phone or a neighbor's phone to call 9-1-1.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
  • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons. (Note description from head to toe)

Car Burglaries

Tips on how to avoid car break-ins:

  •  Do not leave valuables in plain view:
    (GPS devices, laptops, cell phones, MP3’s, wallets, purses, backpacks, etc)
  •  Do not leave windows or sunroof open.
  •  Do not leave doors unlocked.
  •  Do not leave keys in the vehicle.
  •  Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.
  •  Do not leave out items with personal information.
  • Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.
  • Slow Down and use common sense before you leave your car.

SCAM ALERT !

Our office has received numerous reports today in regards to an individual stating that he is employed with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Warrants Division and is informing citizens that they had missed an important court date and was attempting to solicit money from them. 

Please know that the Sheriff's Office would NEVER call and solicit funds!
 

If anyone has information on this person(s), please contact our department immediately at 919-775-5531.

BOOYAH FOR G.R.E.A.T. Graduates!



This morning was the first graduating class of 2015 and was held at B.T. Bullock along with SRO (School Resource Officer) Deputy Jynnifer Bridges, who taught the 6 week program to 120 fourth grade students.

G.R.E.A.T.  (Gang Resistance Education And Training) is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum.

The program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior. It also walks the students through processes like decision making, conflict resolution, anger management, and the consequences of gangs and violence. It also builds their relationship and trust with law enforcement personnel.

A special thanks to the following staff members who helped make this such a successful event:Geoffrey Hurdt, Christian Chaney, Heather Smeraldo, Charlene Schlott, Andrea Mcvey and Stefanie Clarke.

Deputy Bridges was presented with a "Leadership Award" by the staff of B.T. Bullock for her excellence in leading this group of young leaders during this graduation.
Would you help me in giving these young men and women a hand?
Sheriff Carter

Deep River Burglary - Suspect Sought



On 12/23/2014, a residence on Copper Ridge Drive in Deep River was burglarized at approximately 2:37AM.  Items taken included 6 televisions, 6 long guns and 2 handguns.   Below are just a few of the images captured on a home surveillance system.   Anyone with information on this case should contact the investigator below. (click on the image to enlarge)




Detective Sergeant Matt Watson

Crime Scene Investigator

Lee County Sheriffs Office


Phone: (919) 718-4563 ext 5631


Drug Agents Arrest Two




On Friday December 19th 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested and charged Nicholas Marshall Poe age 21 of 1190 Thomas Kelly Road Sanford with possession of narcotics in a correctional facility. Poe was jailed under a $20,000.00 secured bond.


On Friday December 19th 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested and charged Omar Ruebeny Baylor age 31 of 811 Hillwood Street Sanford with 1 count of trafficking Opium (Percocet) by possession, 1 count trafficking Opium (Percocet) by sell, 1 count trafficking Opium (Percocet) by delivery, and 1 count of trafficking Opium (Percocet) by transportation. Baylor was jailed under a $120,000.00 secured bond.