Protecting Yourself After a Restraining Order is Issued

As many know, the times after obtaining a restraining order can be uncertain, but there are ways that you can be proactive and think smart...

  • Change the locks on the doors, replace any weak doors (metal doors are better than wood) and reinforce sliding glass doors by installing a lock or placing a piece of wood in the track
  • Add interior window locks so that windows can't be opened from the outside
  • Install a security system or speak to someone at your local hardware store for less expensive alternatives; install motion-sensitive lighting outside your home
  • Plan an emergency escape route from all areas of your home, including upstairs, and make sure all family members are aware of the plan
  • Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1. If possible, purchase a cordless telephone and take it with you as you travel to different rooms in your residence
  • Teach your children how to make a collect call to you or family members in case they are abducted. Tell your children not to unlock the door if the respondent tries to get into your home
  • Include family pets or other animals in your safety and escape plans. Animals are often targeted (threatened with harm, cruelly injured, or killed) by a batterer or stalker as a means of controlling, terrorizing or punishing human victims. If it is not safe for you to remain at home, it is likely not safe for your animals, either

Staying safe at work:

  • Inform your supervisor of the existence of the restraining order and of any concerns you may have for your safety at your place of employment
  • Leave work in the company of at least one other co-worker
  • Park in an area that is well lighted and/or where there are other people around
  • Alter your route to and from work

Staying safe in the community

  • Use different grocery stores and shopping malls; regularly change the hours you shop to avoid detection of a routine
  • Avoid alcohol and/or drugs as they can affect your ability to react quickly and make rational decisions
  • Avoid walking in unlighted or isolated areas
  • If you are being followed while driving or riding in a vehicle, call 9-1-1 and follow their directions; proceed to the nearest police station or look for a police officer - do not drive home.

Lee County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents Reports Arrests

William Henry Kottcamp V of 2006 Colon Road Sanford NC for Possession of Stolen Property. William Henry Kottcamp V. was jailed under a $10,000.00 Secured bond.

Christopher Shane Brown of 308 A High Ridge Drive, Sanford NC for Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Suboxone, Sell and Deliver Suboxone and Drug paraphernalia. Christopher Shane Brown was jailed under an $11,000.00 Secured bond.

Kelly Angel Council of 2533 Buckingham Drive Sanford NC for two counts of Obtain Controlled substance by fraud, three counts of identity theft and four counts of trafficking opiates.   Kelly Angel Council was jailed under a $400,000.00 Secured bond.

Lonnie Wayne Simmons of 124 Knot Circle Sanford NC for Possession with intent to sell and deliver Suboxone, possession with the intent to sell and deliver methadone, maintaining a dwelling to store narcotics. Lonnie Simmons was jailed under a $20,000.00 secured bond.

Michelle Chavis Hales of 86 Applewood Drive Broadway NC for possess a controlled substance in detention facility, felony possession of cocaine in detention facility and drug paraphernalia. Michelle Hales was jailed under a $15,000.00 Secured Bond.

Jennifer Green Gouldthorp 172 Palomino Drive Sanford NC for two counts of Conspiracy to manufacture Methamphetamines, two counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine and exceeding pseudoephedrine limits. Jennifer Gouldthorp was jailed under a $350,000.00 secured bond.

Keith Espinoza 15 Wood Run Drive Sanford NC for possession of concealed weapon, driving while license revoked and communicating threats. Keith Espinoza was jailed under $1500.00 secured bond.

Ronald Anthony Blackmon of 14 Ontario Drive Sanford NC for possession with Intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintain a vehicle to Store narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Ronald Blackmon was jailed under $5000.00 secured bond.

Bryant James Rosser of 1349 Sheriff Watson Road Sanford NC for possession with Intent to sell and deliver xanax, maintain a vehicle to Store narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Bryant Rosser was jailed under $60,000.00 secured bond.

Rufus Martin Neal Jr.  Of 511 Pineland Street Sanford NC for three counts of possession with Intent to sell and deliver cocaine, three counts of sell cocaine and three counts drug paraphernalia. Rufus Neal was jailed under $80,000.00 secured bond.

Jeremy Antwan McLeod of 2111 Kildare Circle Sanford NC for two counts of possession with Intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of Sell and Deliver marijuana and two counts of drug paraphernalia. Jeremy Mcleod was jailed under $40,000.00 secured bond.

Arthur Lionel Smith Jr. of 837 Boykin Avenue Sanford NC for possession with Intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintain a vehicle to Store narcotics and  three counts of drug paraphernalia. Arthur Smith Jr. was jailed under $23,000.00 secured bond.

Drive-By Shooting on Andrews Dr.


·         Rasheed Rakin Wilson (16) B/M of 3504 Hiawatha Trail Sanford NC was arrested for assault w/ a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a weapon into occupied property. Wilson was held under $100,000 secured bond.

9/2/2014 @ approximately 7:33 PM,  Julisa Gisell Gutierrez of 110 Austin St. Sanford was struck in the lower right leg while at 2601 Andrews Dr. Sanford.  

      Gutierrez was transported to CCH-ER by a friend and was treated and released for the leg wound. 

       Witnesses reported seeing a red or burgundy SUV in the area at the time of the shooting. 

      The Lee County Sheriff's Office is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved.  Our Tip Line can be reached at 919-718-4577.

No Bullying Allowed

What Parents Should Know About Bullying

Bullying among children is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending him or herself. Usually bullying is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms such as physical, verbal, emotional and cyber bullying.

Signs that your child might be bullied:
  • torn clothes
  • loss of appetite
  • mood changes
  • reluctance to go to school
  • bruises or injuries that can't be explained
Signs that your child might be engaging in bullying behavior:
  • impulsiveness
  • no empathy for others
  • a desire to be in control
  • may be an arrogant and boastful winner and poor loser in competitive games

Lee County School's Anti-Bullying Policy (click here for the policy)

The Lee County School District now has an Anti-Bullying Policy that prohibits bullying of or by any district student or employee. It is important that parents become familiar with the policy. For a copy of the policy or to ask any questions, please contact your child's school office or the assigned Sheriffs School Resource Officer (SRO).

What to do if you suspect your child is being bullied:

Talk with your child. Be supportive and gather information about the bullying.
Report suspected bullying to your child's school or the assigned Sheriffs School Resource Officer (SRO).

What Parents Should Know About Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying occurs when children or teens use the internet, cell phones or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass other children or teens. This can include sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images; posting sensitive, private information about another person; or pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad. Children and teens can cyber bully each other through e-mails, instant messaging, text messages, web pages, blogs or chat rooms.

Tips to help prevent cyber bullying:

  • keep your computer in easily viewable places
  • talk regularly with your child about on-line activities that he or she is involved in
  • tell your child that you may review his or her on-line communications if you think there is reason for concern
  • consider installing parental control filtering software and/or tracking programs
  • educate your child about the consequences of inappropriate use of his or her electronics, such as losing internet access or use of their cell phone

Tips for dealing with cyber bullying that your child has experienced:

  • strongly encourage your child not to respond to the cyber bullying
  • do not erase the messages or pictures (save these as evidence)
  • try to identify the individual doing the cyber bullying
  • consider filing a complaint with your service provider
  • contact your child's school
  • contact the police if cyber bullying involves acts such as threats of violence, extortion, obscene or harassing phone calls or text messages, harassment, stalking, hate crimes or child pornography

OC Johnson - Lee County Deputy Passes Away at 94

 Oliver Claiborn Johnson Sr., LCSO's first black sheriff's deputy died August 13 at the age of 94.  "OC" was a respected figure in Lee county.  OC worked at the LCSO from 1964 - 1986 and filled multiple positions, including jailer, patrol officer and detective.   He was also employed by Sanford and Durham police departments as well.

Sheriff Carter said that Johnson's role as the first black deputy paved the way for others to move forward.  OC treated people the way he would want them to treat him.  A "top shelf" figure of a man.

(For those with an online account with the Sanford Herald, here is the link to their story)

"Badges for Baseball" Let's Play Ball!

On Monday, August 11, local children teamed up with Lee County Sheriff and Emergency Management personnel for a special community outreach project.

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps to build character and teach critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people living in America’s most distressed communities through baseball- and softball-themed programs.

Teams were assembled from Lee county public safety as well as the Boys and Girls Club and parents, where a softball game was held!

The program, "Badges for Baseball", was created in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice as a juvenile crime prevention initiative. It’s a simple concept: pair cops and kids together to play and learn. It works to enhance the relationship between law enforcement and kids in underserved communities across the country using baseball as the hook.

Sheriff Announces Child Exploitation Convictions

·         Gerald Glenn Garvin (58) W/M of 306 Bracken St. Sanford NC was sentenced in Federal Court in Greensboro on July 11, 2014 for Possessing Child Pornography. He was sentenced to 40 months in Federal Prison; 15 years supervised probation once released and must register as a sex offender. This case originated in Lee County on 3/21/2013 after Lee County Sheriff’s Detectives served a search warrant on Garvin’s residence at 306 Bracken St. Sanford for child pornography.

·         William Van Savage II (24) W/M of 3962 S. Plank RD. Sanford was sentenced to 132 months in Federal Prison for receipt of Child Exploitation Materials in Federal Court in Greensboro. He was also sentenced to 15 years of supervised probation once released and must register as a sex offender. These charges stemmed from a report on January 16, 2012 to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office when Van Savage’s wife reported a sexual assault on their 2 yr old child and Van Savage’s possessing and downloading Child Pornography.

·         William Herbert Schliebener (48) W/M of 825 Walker RD. Sanford plead guilty to transporting a child over state lines to produce sexual material and producing sexual exploitation material, in Federal Court in Rochester NY on April 8, 2014. He is scheduled for sentencing on September 10, 2014 where he could receive a sentence between 10 yrs. and life. These charges stemmed when a 14 yr old runaway from New York was found at Schliebener’s residence on Walker RD on 10/3/2010.

·         Johnny Wayne Norris (23) of 2871 Nicholson RD. Sanford NC pleaded guilty to 2 cts of attempted indecent liberties w/ a child in Lee County Superior Court on August 8, 2014. He was sentenced to 60 months supervised probation on each charge and must register as a sex offender. These charges stem from an investigation on 4/9/2014 when Norris attempted to meet a child on the internet for sex.

·         Michael Ray Norris (20) 2871 Nicholson RD. Sanford NC plead guilty on February 27, 2014 for 3rd degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He received 36 month’s probation. These charges stemmed from an investigation that began on January 20, 2014 for Norris attempting to solicit sex from a minor on the internet.

(Note that the LCSO has two Detectives assigned to the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force)