Community Emergency Response Team Training To Be Held in March

Lee County CERT will be holding a 21-hour CERT Basic Course in March 2019 with the following schedule:

Friday, 15 March 6-9 PM

Saturday, 16 March 8 AM - 5 PM

Friday, 22 March 6-9 PM

Saturday, 23 March 8 AM - 4 PM


Click here for the information flyer and what is taught in the Basic Course along with instructions on setting up a TERMS account, which is required to attend the training. 

Instructors will be using the North Carolina Training - Exercise - Response Management System (NC TERMS) site to register all students for the Basic Course.  Here is the link to the course.

If you want to register for the course, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the button "I want to register".

Training is provided through Central Carolina Community College’s Emergency Services Training Center and is free of charge to Lee County residents.


CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a training program that prepares community volunteers to help themselves, their families, and their neighbors in the event of a major disaster. During a major disaster, first responders may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will learn the skills needed to help save lives and protect property. 


For more information, please contact the Lee County CERT Director @ pbturner@windstream.net

Nicholson Rd Man Arrested For Drugs


On Thursday, January 3, 2019 Lee County Narcotics agents arrested Bradley Keith Riggs, age 23 of 2569 Nicholson Road, Sanford.

Agents discovered Riggs to be in possession of approximately 1 gram of heroin, and a half of a gram of crystal methamphetamine. Agents processed and charged Riggs with the below offenses; one count of felony possession of crystal methamphetamine, one count of felony possession heroin, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used to store and sell an illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Riggs is jailed under a $15,000.00 secured bond.

Sumac Drive Man Detained by Homeland Security


On Wednesday January 3, 2019 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents along with the help of US Homeland Security agents conducted an investigation leading to the arrest of an individual that had illegally re-entered the US after previous deportation.

Javier Sanchez Cruz Jr., 38 years old of 80 Sumac Drive Sanford had been working as a contract employee on a cleaning crew in a Lee County food processing plant. Cruz had been previously deported in 1998 under an alias of Francisco Rodriguez Ramirez while attempting to enter the US illegally at a Texas border entry point. Cruz illegally re-entered the US some time shortly thereafter and had yet another run in with law enforcement in 2001. In 2001 Cruz was arrested for driving while Intoxicated after being involved in an accident in Ohio under another alias of Carlos Jose Morales Hernandez. After being arrested in Ohio for DWI Cruz would be arrested an additional three times for alcohol related driving offenses, along with numerous citable driving offenses along the way.

Cruz was to appear in Lee County District court on Thursday 01-03-2019 for speeding violation and upon his arrival to the Lee County courthouse deputies took Cruz into custody. Cruz provided agents with the aforementioned alias and presented law enforcement with the same fraudulent identification of Carlos Jose Morales-Hernandez. Cruz was charged with identity Fraud and an alien arrest warrant issued by US Homeland Security was served.

Javier Sanchez Cruz is being held in the Lee County Sheriff’s Office detention center under a $5000.00 secured bond and an illegal alien detainer secured by US Homeland Security.

Westover Drive Man Arrested For Drugs

On Wednesday January 2, 2019 Lee County Narcotics agents arrested Tyquan Bernard Jones age 19 of 1508 Westover Drive, Sanford.

Jones was processed and charged by agents for the below offenses; one count felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, one count of sell and deliver heroin, one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jones was jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond.

Sanford Woman Arrested During Traffic Stop for Heroin

On Monday December 17, 2018 at approximately 6:00 pm, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents assisted the North Carolina Highway patrol with a vehicle stop on U.S. Highway 1, near the exit of Deep River Road. Agents located 1 gram of heroin on the operator Jamie Childress Stewart.

Jamie Childress Stewart, age 42 of 1301 Frank Wicker Road, Sanford, was arrested, transported, and processed by agents.

Stewart was charged with one count of felony possession of heroin, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the illegal storage and use of a controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Stewart was jailed under a $25,000.00 secured bond. 

Woman Arrested and Charged with Attempted Murder and Arson


12/12/2018         Charlie Ann Allen (31) of 176 Sandollar Ct., Sanford was arrested and charged w/ 1st degree Arson and 6 counts of Attempted Murder; she was held under $1,000,000 secured bond.

Allen is charged w/ setting and burning her group home on 11/25/2018 located at 176 Sandollar Ct., Sanford.

There was 6 other people in the home at the time, all of who escaped unharmed.

Sanford Man Arrested For Felony Possession of a Firearm

On 12-3-2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Antwan Jerome Mitchell, 40 years old of 101 McGill Street, Sanford NC for possession of firearm by felon and possession of a concealed weapon. Mitchell also had several orders for arrest from Cumberland County for drug violations. Mitchell was jailed under a $45,000.00 secured bond.

Agents were called to assist North Carolina Highway Patrol after a vehicle stop was conducted for a speeding violation. Troopers located several warrants for arrest for Mitchell and a search pursuant to the arrest led to the discovery of a firearm in the motor vehicle. Mitchell was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the arrest. 

Sanford Man Out on Bond For Drugs Arrested... For Drugs

On 12-7-2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Timothy Leon Easterling, 57 years old of 304 Pyrant Road, Sanford NC for 2 counts of Sell Heroin, 2 counts Deliver Heroin, 2 counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver Heroin, and 2 counts of drug paraphernalia. Easterling was jailed under a $40,000.00 secured bond. 

Timothy Easterling of Sanford was arrested for the sale and delivery of heroin.

Easterling is currently out on bond from several trafficking heroin related charges from a previous investigation by Lee County agents. Easterling is expected in court on Monday December 10th at 9AM for the new heroin related charges.

Winter Weather Preparedness Week

WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN NORTH CAROLINA
DECEMBER 2-8, 2018

This week has been declared winter weather preparedness week in North Carolina.

Driving in winter weather:
Seventy-five percent of all winter weather related deaths occur on the road, either in accidents or by people becoming stranded. When the weather is bad and driving conditions are poor, the best bet is to stay at home. However, if you must venture out, the following tips could make for a safer journey.

1) Make sure your car is in good running condition. Make sure that your battery, antifreeze, windshield wipers, ignition and thermostat are all in good working order. Be sure your tires have enough tread. Replace any of these items if necessary.

2) If you must go out when snow and ice are on the ground, let someone know your destination and when you plan to arrive. Also take a cell phone with you if possible.

3) Clean snow and ice off all parts of your car before you drive away.

4) Keep your gas tank as full as possible when snow and ice are forecast. This will not only give you added peace of mind, it also increases the weight of your car and this will provide additional traction.

5) Keep the following basic items in your car - windshield scraper and brush, booster/jumper cables, a tow chain or rope, bag of sand or salt, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and road map.

6) Overall drive slow. Driving at even posted speeds is extremely dangerous when snow and ice are on the road. Many vehicles will lose traction especially at higher speeds resulting in serious accident and vehicle rollovers.

7) Steer your car into the skid. If your vehicle loses traction and begins to skid, steer the front tires into the direction of the skid. Never hit your brakes as this will result in a more serious skid and spinning of the vehicle. When your vehicle skids keep your cool and remain calm. Again driving at slower speeds will
help you recover from a skid.

If you get stranded on the road:
1) Stay in your car! Do not seek alternate shelter unless it is close by or already visible. You can easily become disoriented in heavy snow and cold temperatures. Take a cell phone with you when you travel if possible.

2) Periodically turn on the car engine for brief periods. This will help provide heat to the inside of the car. However, to avoid carbon monoxide gas buildup, clear the exhaust pipe of snow and leave a downwind window slightly open for ventilation.

3) Make yourself visible by tying a colored cloth to your antenna or door, or by turning on your dome light when running the engine.  Being prepared for winter weather means having the necessary information to make the right decisions.
Weather forecasts play a large role in this decision making process. 

Holiday Safety Tips from the LCSO

It's that time of year again for our holiday safety reminders.  From shopping to parties, please take a few minutes and enjoy this with a cup of your favorite coffee.




Shopping
  •      Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member and park in an area with adequate lighting.
  •     Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  •     Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  •     Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
  •     Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get  separated.
  •     Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  •     Be sure to locate your keys before going to your car.
  •     Remain aware of your surroundings at all times and move to and from your vehicle with confidence and "purpose.”
  •     Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and shopping bags. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
  •     Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  •     Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.


Online Shopping
  •     Links in emails, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often how criminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, it’s best to delete it.
  •     Don’t share personal or financial information over an unsecured network (a connection that doesn’t require a password for access). Using the direct cellular access on your phone is safer than an unsecured wireless network when on your mobile device.
  •     Make sure the site you are ordering from is legitimate. This includes a closed padlock on your web browser’s address bar or a URL address that begins with a http or https. This indicates that the purchase is encrypted or secured.
  •     Use safe payment options. Credit cards are generally the safest option because they allow buyers to seek a credit from the issuer if the product isn’t delivered or isn’t what was ordered. Never send cash through the mail or use a money-wiring service.
  •     Keep a paper trail. Save records of your online transactions. Read your credit card statements as soon as you get them to make sure there aren’t any unauthorized charges. If there is a discrepancy, call your bank and report it immediately.


At Home
  •     Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
  •     When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  •     Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
  •     Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  •     Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
  •     Create an up-to-date home inventory including make, model, serial numbers, other detailed descriptions, and photographs of items of value (including jewelry). This inventory should be kept somewhere safe.
  • Lock your vehicles when parked at your residence.  Do not leave any items in plain view that would entice a suspect to break in.
  •     Contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office (919-775-5531) to request extra patrols of your residence while you are out of town.


Strangers at Your Door
  •      Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
  •     It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
  •     Ask for their identification, and find out how the donated funds will be used. If you are not satisfied, do not donate.
  •     Donate to a recognized charitable organization.


After You've Opened the Gifts

  •     Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items by the curb or other garbage pick-up locations.
  •     Break down any boxes you are throwing out, put them in garbage bags and place them inside a trash can.
  •     Think about keeping broken-down boxes inside until the evening before your regular garbage pick-up. Some burglars actually look inside garbage cans for evidence of holiday gifts.


Celebrate Responsibly 

    Drinking and driving is a danger to everyone on the road. Anyone with a BAC of .08 or higher is in violation of NC law and may go to jail. The risk isn’t worth it. If you choose to drink alcohol at a party, don't drive. Take a cab, UBER, public transportation or a designated driver.  Celebrate responsibly.

 Electrical Safety


     Here is a great resource for those holiday electrical safety questions!


LCSO Needs to ID This Suspect

UPDATE!!!!  12/07/2018


Suspect has been ID'd.  We have warrants for arrest for him as well:

Casey Christopher Trail (30)

464 Longstreet Rd, Sanford


B&E motor vehicle

2 counts of possess stolen goods

OPBFP

ID Theft

Credit card theft



Lee County....


Need your help in identifying this suspect. Man is suspected to have been involved in a burglary to a vehicle and larceny on Nov 1st  @ 2910 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Sanford.  



Please contact our Crime Tip Hotline @ 919-718-4577 if you have information on him.


Let's keep our streak active.  Social media is a powerful tool if used the right way!

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Sheriff Carter

Man Arrested After Pointing Firearm at Deputies

11/24/2018 Jimmy Deleon of 83 Ayers Ln. Sanford reported his neighbor was in the woods pointing a rifle at his residence.

Deputies arrived and found Harold Wayne Ayers (53) of 197 Ayers Ln. Sanford in the woods near 83 Ayers Ln.


Deputies observed Ayres in the wood line with a rifle. Deputies attempted to talk Ayes out of the woods to no avail. At one point Ayres pointed a rifle at the deputies on scene. Ayers was later arrested at his home and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer w/ a firearm, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats; he was held under $11,500 secured bond.

May We Never Forget...

A gracious, Marine veteran friend, who is a Lee county citizen, gifted these to me to add to my office display of pro-military items.  I still recall, from my highschool years, the tragic news that our troops were attacked on this day.   

May we never forget the sacrifice our military made and continues to make each day so we can live the American Dream.

God Bless America!

Sanford Man Arrested For Heroin

On 11-14-2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Michael Latorio Harrington, 38 years old of 21 Bassett Hall Lane Sanford, NC for 3 counts of Sell Heroin, 3 counts Deliver Heroin, 3 counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver Heroin, sale of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school and 3 counts of drug paraphernalia.

Harrington was jailed under a  $50,000.00 secured bond. 

Farrell Road Man Arrested for Drugs

On 11-14-2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Marcus Craig Faulk, 42 years old of 3448 Farrell Road Sanford, NC for Sell MDMA/Molly, Deliver MDMA/Molly, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver MDMA/Molly and drug paraphernalia.

Faulk was jailed under a $5,000.00 secured bond. 


LCSO Annual Open House 2018

Annual Christmas Open House! Open to the public!

Come and say hello to Sheriff Carter and his staff on Thursday, December 20th, floating from 10am to 1pm at the LCSO, located at 1401 Elm Street, Sanford. 





You can RSVP below but it's not required.

https://www.facebook.com/events/291337528387968/

Common Sense Home Security


Some of our surrounding counties have been experiencing some burglaries at night while the victims were warm and asleep in their beds. Historically, crime, nationwide is higher this time of year because of the purchases made for the upcoming holiday Christmas season are all piled under the family Christmas tree.

Here is just a simple reminder that we call Common Sense Home Security.

Of all your exterior doors, including your garage door is likely to be the most vulnerable. It is the door most likely to be left unlocked and even left open. If you have an attached garage with a door through to the rest of the house, this is a double security risk.

Once inside your garage the thief can work unseen on breaking through that connecting access door. Burglars love cover, they can take their time if there is little chance of being observed, being inside your garage is the perfect cover.

If you do leave your remote in your car, then the chances of a would-be theft accessing your garage (or even inside your home) increase. The theft can simply activate the remote, open the door to the garage and then gain entry into the garage or even your home. If you must leave your remote in the car, lock your vehicle at all times and lock the garage doors if your system is equipped with an internal lock that prevents it from being opened, even with the remote.


  • Make sure the door from your garage into your house is as secure as your front door.
  • Always lock the door from your garage into your house.
  • Ensure that the door to your garage is in good condition.
  • For effective garage door security keep it closed and locked at all times.
There are many home security gadgets homeowners can purchase at local stores or on the internet to further secure their homes if they do not have an electronic alarm system.

Female Robbed on US 1 While Repairing Tire

crime alert
On 11/13/2018 @ 1:10PM a 34 yr. old female reported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office that she was robbed at gunpoint while repairing a tire on the side of US 1 at the Farrell Rd. off ramp. 

The victim reported 2 Hispanic males operating a black Nissan Altima approached her, displayed a pistol and advised her not to move. The victim reported one of the suspects entered her vehicle and removed her wallet containing cash and jewelry.
The victim was not injured in this incident.

The suspects both wore black pullover hoodies, tan work pants and work boots. Both suspects had paint covering their clothing.  The suspects departed the scene, driving south on US 1 in the black Nissan Altima.

Anyone who may have seen this incident or have information on the suspects are urged to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. 919-775-5531 or the Tip Line 919-718-4577

Bunnlevel Man Arrested During Traffic Stop for Felony Possession


Thursday afternoon November 1st, 2018 at approximately 3:30 pm North Carolina State Troopers conducted a vehicle stop on U.S. Highway 421 south near the 421 business bypass.

Lee county Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents were called by troopers to assist with the vehicle stop. During the investigation personnel on seen discovered that the operator of the vehicle, Joshua Lynn Hardy, age 32, of Bunnlevel NC, was entered wanted by North Carolina Probation and Parole, as an absconder. Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents searched the vehicle and discovered one gram of crystal form methamphetamine, and one gram of marijuana, hidden inside the vehicle. 

Agents transported Hardy to the Lee County Sheriff’s office for processing and confinement. Agents charged Hardy with one count of felony possession of methamphetamine, one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hardy was jailed under no bond for the order of arrest for absconding by the North Carolina Probation and Parole department, and $5,000.00 secured bond for the drug charges.     

17 Year Old Held under $950K Bond For Craigslist Robbery


10/31/2018         Shaddius Montae Upchurch (17) of 4930 Colon Rd., Sanford was arrested on true bills of indictment for 2 cts of robbery w/ a dangerous weapon, 2 cts of conspiracy to commit robbery and 1 ct of kidnapping; he was held under $950,000 secured bond. These charges stem from a Craigslist robbery which occurred on Copeland Rd. on September 9, 2018.

Deep River Man Arrested Following Domestic Dispute


10/31/2018         Tammy Jean Simpson of 670 Deep River Rd. Sanford reported she was assaulted, strangled and shot at during a domestic dispute at her residence. Tommy Gene East Sr. (65) of 670 Deep River Rd. Sanford was arrested for attempted murder, discharging a firearm within an enclosure to incite fear and felony assault by strangulation; he was held under no bond.

Kannapolis Woman Arrested with 1.5 Grams of Heroin


On Tuesday October 30th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents assisted the North Carolina Highway Patrol with a vehicle stop on Horner Boulevard. Agents discovered the passenger in the vehicle, Heather Paige Dostroph age 29, of 4773 Mooresville Road, Kannapolis, NC had an outstanding warrant from Onslow County for failure to appear for driving while impaired and speeding.

Agents took Heather Paige Dostroph into custody for the outstanding process. Once in custody, Dostroph made agents aware that she was in possession of 1 ½ gram of heroin.

Agents transported Dostroph to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing and confinement. Agents charged Dostroph with one count of felony possession of heroin, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dostroph received a $1,000.00 secured bond for the outstanding failure to appear charge and an additional $10,000.00 secured bond for the drug offenses. 

Wanted Man Arrested by Sanford PD


Friday afternoon October 26th, 2018 Michael Keith Benson age 32, who resides at 150 Hill Ave, Sanford, was located and arrested by Sanford Police Department uniform patrol officers.
Sanford Police Department officers initially took Benson into custody on charges stemming from a Sanford Police Department investigation. Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents had Benson entered wanted in NCIC (National Crime Information Center) for two separate incidents involving Benson distributing heroin.

Benson was transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s for processing and confinement. Along with charges stemming from the Sanford Police Department, Benson is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, two counts of sell and deliver heroin, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling used for the storage and sells of a controlled substance, two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance within 1000ft of school, and two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Benson was jailed under a $50,000.00 secured bond for the drug offenses.


Halloween Safety Tips

Soon our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating!  Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun.  


As Sheriff, I would like to remind all Lee County residents to follow these safety tips:

Motorists:
Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

Parents:
Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
Check the sex offender registry at www.ncdoj.gov when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route.  You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood, and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby.
Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow.  Know the names of older children's companions.
Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group.
Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home.
Establish a return time.
Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.
Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.

Costume Design:
Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.
Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.
Make sure that shoes fit well to prevent trips and falls.
If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible.

Face Design:
Do not use masks as they can obstruct a child's vision.  Use facial make-up instead.
When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled "Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives," "Laboratory Tested," "Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics," or "Non-Toxic." Follow manufacturer's instruction for application.
If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.

Accessories:
Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials.  Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.
Carrying flashlights with fresh batteries will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

While Trick-or-Treating:
Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
Walk; do not run, from house to house.  Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.

Treats:
Give children an early meal before going out.
Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces.
Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped, or has a strange odor, color or texture.

Homeowners/Decorations:
Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could catch fire. 
Do not leave your house unattended.

Halloween is a fun time in Lee County!  Let’s make it a safe time as well.  The major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes.

Rabies Clinic - Saturday - October 27

A rabies clinic hosted by Willow Springs Animal Hospital and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 9am to 11am in the back parking lot of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 1401 Elm Street, Sanford.

Shots - $7.00 each - CASH PLEASE
(ATM is onsite) 


Dogs MUST be on a leash
Cats MUST be in a cage


Bring your pet’s proof of previous rabies vaccinations.

Any Questions, please contact Sgt Gilstrap @ 919-775-5531

www.leecountync.gov/Sheriff

Couple Arrested For Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

10/25/2018 Jonathon Wayne Mullis (42) of 1209 Athens Dr. Raleigh NC and Katrina Hope Milligan (31) Homeless were both arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretenses.

The Lee County Sheriff Office has received numerous complaints for these two individuals going door to door soliciting money claiming they had ran out of gas.

Milligan was held under $2,000 secured bond and Mullis was held under $1,000 secured bond.

Thanks to the citizens and their keen awareness to call the department!

Search Warrant on Bracken Street Nets One Arrest

On Thursday morning October 25th, 2018 at approximately 9:00 am, Lee County Sheriff’s Narcotics agents executed a search warrant on the property located at 531 Bracken Street in Sanford.

While searching the residence, agents located 27 grams of marijuana, along with digital scales and one Taurus .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Kentreal Deashaun Quick, 
a resident of 531 Bracken Street was taken into custody and transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s office for processing.

A criminal background check of Kentreal Deashaun Quick revealed that Quick is a convicted felon and could not possess a firearm.

Kentreal Deashaun Quick was charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling used to store and sell a controlled substance, one count of felony possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kentreal Deashaun Quick was jailed under an $85,000.00 secured bond  

Man Arrested for DWLR & Drugs

On Wednesday morning October 24th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents assisted Lee County Sheriff’s Office uniform patrol deputies with a traffic stop. Uniform deputies were out with a vehicle at the Circle K store located at 2206 Jefferson Davis Highway. Deputies had taken Randy Ross Hunter into custody for operating a vehicle while his drivers license was revoked. 

Uniform deputies had located 22 grams of crystal methamphetamine, and 7 dosage units of Oxycodone on Hunters person. Agents transported Hunter to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing. 

Agents charged Hunter with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver 22 grams of crystal methamphetamine, one count of misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone), one count of felony maintaining a vehicle for the illegal storage and sells of a controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Hunter was jailed under a $15,000.00 secured bond.  

Winslow Drive Man Arrested For Drugs

On Tuesday morning October 23rd, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents arrested Virgil Lemmond Tomlinson, age 44 of 1504 Winslow Drive, Sanford.

Agents transported Tomlinson to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing. Agents charged Tomlinson with one count of trafficking opium by possession (Oxycodone), one count of trafficking opium by sell (Oxycodone), two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance within 1000 ft of a school, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (Percocet), one count of sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance 10 (Percocet) pills,  two counts of felony maintaining a dwelling place used to illegally store and sell a controlled substance.

Tomlinson was jailed under a $140,000 secured bond.

Willow Ridge Drive Man Arrested

On Wednesday October 10th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Charles Alexander Mclean Jr., age 28, of 207 Willow Ridge Drive, Sanford.

Agents were attempting to locate Mclean on two outstanding warrants for possession and sell of heroin. With some assistance for the Sanford Police Department uniform patrol, division agents found Mclean walking down Chatham Street near Maple Avenue.

Upon agents approach, Mclean was holding a pack of cigarettes in his hand, which he attempted to discard. In the course of the arrest, agents located almost a gram of heroin inside a cigarette pack.

Agents transported Charles Alexander McLean Jr. to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Agents charged Charles Alexander McLean Jr. with three counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, two counts of sell and deliver heroin, and three counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Charles Alexander Mclean Jr. was jailed under a $25,000.00 secured bond. 

Avoiding Scams following Hurricane Florence (and now perhaps Michael)


As communities like ours here in Lee County begin the process of cleaning up after Hurricane Florence, I urge you to be aware of criminals who will seize this opportunity to prey on our citizens.  Many people, especially the elderly, can become victims of scams following a natural disaster.

As people return home to assess the damage from Hurricane Florence, it is common for scammers to show up to take advantage of citizens because they know reputable contractors will be overwhelmed with work.  There are often three different types of fraudulent activity that is common following a natural disaster: home repair scams, price gouging, and charity scams.  

As your Sheriff, I urge you to keep these important tips in mind before hiring someone to undertake repairs to your home or property:
  • ·       Always get the estimate in writing.
  • ·       Consider getting multiple estimates. 
  • ·       Ask for references. 
  • ·       Avoid paying money up front.
  • ·       Resist all attempts that force you to make an on-the-spot decision.
  • ·       Never pay in cash.
  • ·       Use local contractors, even if this means being placed on a waitlist. 
  • ·       Make sure the contractor is insured. 


Home repair scams are common following a disaster such as Hurricane Florence.  This form of scam often involves questionable contractors going door to door, offering to do work at low prices in exchange for a deposit.  Once the deposit is obtained, the contractor never returns to complete the work.  Please remember the tips above to avoid becoming a victim of home repair scams.
      
Also, be aware there is a greater potential for price gouging following a natural disaster.  Price gouging occurs when an individual charges excessive prices for goods or services during a state of emergency.  Price gouging is also prohibited by law and civil penalties may apply to individuals engaged in this type of unscrupulous activity. 
Finally, please be aware that people pretending to work for charitable organizations may also be fraudulently soliciting donations. 
Here are a few tips to avoid the fake charity scam:
  • ·       Donate only to charities you know and trust.
  • ·       Do not give or send cash to any organization. 
  • ·       Do not give out any personal or financial information.  


The citizens of Lee County must be aware that there is a greater potential for scams following a natural disaster, and you should therefore be extremely cautious when choosing contractors to make repairs, or when donating money to individuals claiming to be calling on behalf of a charity. 

If you have a price gouging or home repair scam complaint, please contact the North Carolina Department of Justice toll-free at 1-877-5-NOSCAM or file a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov/gouging.  You may also contact the United States Department of Justice, National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDP), to report fraudulent activity.  NCDP can be reached toll-free at 877-623-3423, or via email at disaster@leo.gov.

Traffic Stop Nets Arrest & Drugs

On Tuesday October 9th, 2018 at approximately 3:00pm Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents were called to assist the North Carolina State Highway Patrol with a vehicle stop on the 421 bypass near Cumnock Road.

NC State Trooper J. Cox had stopped Daniel McLean Fan Fan for speeding 81 mph in a 65mph zone. Daniel McLean Fan Fan’s license had been suspended by the state of North Carolina for failure to appear on previous unresolved driving offenses. 


Trooper Cox advised agents that there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents assisted with the search of the interior and discovered 17.5 grams of marijuana, along with 8.5 grams of Crack form cocaine. Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents transported Daniel McLean Fan Fan to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing. 

Agents charged Daniel McLean Fan Fan with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the illegal storage and sells of controlled substances, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Daniel McLean Fan Fan was jailed under a $25,000.00 secured bond. Daniel McLean Fan Fan was cited for speeding 81 mph in a 65 mph zone, and driving a motor vehicle with a suspended license by NC State Highway patrol Trooper J. Cox.

Oak Road Man Arrested with Drugs & Stolen Firearm

Thursday night October 4th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Jody Lynne Scales, age 23, of 7070 Oak Road, Sanford. In the course of a traffic stop, Agents found Scales in possession of 100 grams of Marijuana, and a stolen firearm. 

Agents transported Scales to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing. Agents charged scales with one count of felony possession of a stolen firearm, one count of felony concealed firearm, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Marijuana, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the storage and sells of an illegal controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Scale’s is held under a $40,000.00 secured bond.

Nineteen Old Woman Arrested For Craigslist Robbery

9/27/2018 @ 11:12 AM, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a man reporting he was robbed at a vacant house on Copeland Rd. 

The victim reported he went to 239 Copeland Rd. Sanford to purchase an ATV, from a Craigslist listing. The victim reported once there 2 black males were on scene, and walked him around the rear of the house. At that point, one of the suspects displayed a pistol and demanded his money and phone. The victim reported he complied with all demands and the suspects fled into the woods. After the robbery occurred the victim saw the two suspects get picked up in a vehicle in which he recorded the registration number. A deputy on duty located the suspect vehicle minutes after the report and stopped the driver, Kayla Areanna Thompson (19) of 1883 Minter School Rd., Sanford. 

Thompson was charged with robbery w/ a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy; she was held under $100,000 secured bond. Investigation is ongoing.

Sanford Man Arrested For Cocaine


On Thursday September 27th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Maurice Danjuan Gill, age 43, of 107 N Seventh Street, Sanford. Gill was charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, one count of sell and deliver Cocaine, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used to store and sell illegal controlled substance, one count of sell a controlled substance within 1000ft of a school, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Gill was held under a $20,000.00 secured bond.

Poplar Springs Church Rd Man Arrested for Heroin


On Wednesday September 26th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Anthony Gage Berryman, age 26, of 3201 Poplar Springs Church Road, Sanford. Berryman was charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, one count of sell and deliver heroin, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Berryman was held under a $10,000.00 secured bond.

Good Neighbor Day!

Did you know that September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day?

This annual holiday was first proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana came up with the idea of a national holiday recognizing the importance of good neighbors in 1971. In 1978, U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced the creation of a national day aimed at raising public awareness that good neighbors help achieve human understanding and build strong, thriving communities.

With that said, do something nice for your neighbor today!

Deep River Woman Arrested For Drugs


On Tuesday September 25th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Kimberly Beltran, age 25, of 1641 Deep River Road, Sanford.

Agents found Beltran in possession of 7 dosage units of Oxycodone. Agents transported Beltran to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to be processed and charged.

Beltran is charged with, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Oxycodone, and one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the illegal storage and sells of a controlled substance.

Beltran was held under a $15,000.00 secured bond. 

Sanford Woman Arrested for Trafficking Oxycodone

On Tuesday September 25th, 2018 Lee County Narcotics agents arrested Monica Arnett Scott, age 46, of lot 25 Oakwood mobile home park, Sanford.

Agents found Scott in possession of trafficking level 1 Oxycodone pain medication. Agents transported Scott to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Agents processed and charged Scott with three counts of trafficking Oxycodone, 1 count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Oxycodone, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the illegal storage and sell of a controlled substance, and one count of drug paraphernalia. Scott was held under a $300,000.00 secured bond. 

Westover Drive Man Arrested


On Tuesday September 25th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Tyquan Bernard Jones, age 19, of 1508 Westover Drive, Sanford.

Agents found Jones in possession of a Smith & Wesson semi-auto pistol. A quick check of the firearms manufactured applied serial number revealed that the firearm was stolen and had been entered stolen by the Sanford Police Department. Agents also discovered that Jones at the time of possession had been convicted of a E felony in July of 2018.

Agents transported Jones to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Agents processed and charged Jones with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. Jones was held under a $35,000.00 secured bond.
 

Are you Prepared?

Three-day supply kit
Start with an easy to carry, watertight container – a large, plastic trash can will do, or you can line a sturdy cardboard box with a couple of trash bags. Next, gather the following items and place them in your kit:

Water: 1 gallon per person per day. Fill plastic containers, such as soft-drink bottles.


Water purification kit or bleach (use eight drops of regular bleach per gallon of water.


Essential medications
First-aid book and kit that includes:
- 20 emergency bandages of various sizes
- One 5 x 9 sterile dressing
- One roll of self-adhering elastic bandage
- Four various-sized sterile gauze pads
- One roll of 3-inch cohesive bandage
- Waterless alcohol-based sanitizer and wipes
- Medical grade non-latex gloves
- Adhesive tape, 2-inch width
- Anti-bacterial ointment
- Cold pack
- Small scissors
- Tweezers
- CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
- Non-prescription drugs (e.g., aspirin or non-aspirin pain relievers)


Ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, granola bars, instant soup and cereals, fruits and vegetables, canned or box juices, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, bread and any special dietary items you and your family need.

Manual can opener

Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, soap, baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices
Food, water, leash and carrier for pets (If you plan to go to a shelter, remember that most do not allow pets. Make other plans for your pets.)

Sanitary Items:
- Large, plastic trash bags for waste and to use as tarps and rain ponchos
- Large trash cans
- Towelettes
- Bar soap and liquid detergent
- Shampoo
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Feminine hygiene supplies
- Toilet paper
- Household bleach for cleaning
- Rubber gloves

Blanket or sleeping bag per person
Battery-powered, portable radio or portable TV and plenty of extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
Extra pair of eyeglasses
Extra house and car keys
Fire extinguisher (ABC-type)
Cash and change
Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
Prepare your paperwork

Start with a portable, waterproof (airtight) bag that's brightly colored, so you can quickly find it in the dark. Diving equipment shops stock the ideal bag, but gallon-sized or larger zip-lock bags will do in a pinch.


Print this checklist and keep it inside your waterproof bag to help you collect the items listed below:

Driver's license, photo ID
Emergency contact list or address book (even if contacts are stored in a smartphone)
Insurance policies (health, home, auto)
Vital documents (birth certificates, passports, wills)
Bank account information (account numbers, passwords)
Photocopies of credit and debit cards (front and back)
Stock certificates, investment information
Extra keys (home, safe deposit box, office and car)
Remember: When packing, be realistic about what you can carry. Pack only what is essential for surviving the storm and its aftermath.

Don't forget to hurricane-proof your digital information. Backing up to a portable hard drive leaves you open to the same storm-related dangers your computer faces. Cloud-based backup preserves your data and grants you secure access from anywhere.

Finally, create an emergency kit with necessities for your pets, including food, water, and medicines, as well as a collar and leash.