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Welcome to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office page. This is the official page of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office in Onslow County, North Carolina. This page is monitored and managed by administrative staff and network administrators. If you would like to have access to more content, comment on posts and share information, please click on the “like” button. Please note by clicking on “like” your understanding of the terms of use for the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office page and violating the terms will prohibit you from posting on the site. Before posting on this page, please review these terms: * A posting on this page constitutes acceptance of these terms. * In case of an emergency, dial 911. * Do not use this page to report a crime. To report a crime, call (910)455-3113. * If you post information related to a crime on this page, you may potentially place yourself in the position of becoming a witness to the crime and subject yourself to subpoena. * “Friending” between Onslow County Sheriff’s Office page and a citizen does not indicate endorsement of that person’s actions or comments. * Comments posted by others on the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office page are not to be considered the opinion of the agency, nor does Onslow County Sheriff’s Office endorse any third party comments on this page. * The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to remove and/or block anyone who posts inappropriate material as determined by the administrator(s) or network administrators. * Only the agency’s administrator(s) may post items to the page. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to remove any comments that are inappropriate or offensive; including, but not limited to, comments that: ∙defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or violate the legal rights of others ∙include racism, hatred, slander, threats, obscenities, violence, vulgarity ∙spam or advertise ∙have personal information about another person or that violate a person’s privacy ∙include copyrighted material that belongs to another person or business ∙contain links to inappropriate websites Inappropriate material may include, but are not limited to: ∙Sexual comments ∙Insults ∙Strong language ∙Political

Mission: Mission of the Sheriff's Office The men and women of the Onslow County Sheriff's Office will strive, at all times, to provide for the peace and security of all residents and visitors to Onslow County. We will fairly and impartially enforce the Constitutional laws of the United States, the State of North Carolina General Statutes, and the ordinances of Onslow County. We will assist and aid any other law enforcement agency in areas of mutual interest, and we will assist other emergency service agencies to protect the lives and property of our citizens and visitors. At all times, while dealing with our law-abiding citizens, we will remain courteous and helpful. Whether by telephone or in person, we will attempt to assist people by taking action or giving referrals to the proper authorities or agencies. We will treat all people with respect without regard to race, sex, creed, or religon.

A PERSONAL NOTE FROM ONSLOW COUNTY SHERIFF                                       HANS MILLER:Sheriff Miller, his command...
06/01/2020

A PERSONAL NOTE FROM ONSLOW COUNTY SHERIFF
HANS MILLER:

Sheriff Miller, his command staff and all of his deputies grieve with the surviving family of George Floyd and communities across our country. We are saddened and highly disappointed when we see the excessive force that was used which resulted in the totally unnecessary and cruel death of Mr. George Floyd. We expect a thorough criminal investigation and a trial will result in justice served.

The mission of law enforcement, in our country, is to PROTECT, first and foremost, ALL people. This is the service we in Onslow County will continue to provide. The employees of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office know that we work FOR the people.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

05/29/2020
05/28/2020

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-3113

RELEASE DATE: May 28, 2020

NEWS RELEASE

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9:38 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Myna Drive in Jacksonville regarding a reported robbery and shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located no victim or witnesses. While deputies were on Myna Drive, Onslow Memorial Hospital reported that a gunshot victim had been brought to the hospital by private vehicle. The victim, Nicholas Carl Matthews, 33 years of age of 225 Weatherington Rd., Apt 11, Jacksonville, NC was pronounced deceased at OMH. The preliminary cause of death is gunshot wounds, but an official cause of death is pending an autopsy, which is being scheduled.

There is a suspected motive; however, it is very early in the investigation. There are few details that are available for release at this time. Preliminary information leads investigators to believe this an isolated incident. Additional information will be released as the investigation continues and the information becomes available. Onslow County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information on this incident to call 910-455-3113 and speak with a detective.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540(910) 455-3113RELEASE DATE: 5-22-2020NEWS RELEASEA...
05/22/2020

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-3113

RELEASE DATE: 5-22-2020

NEWS RELEASE

An investigation into drug activity in the Swansboro area resulted in the arrest of two people.

On May 21, 2020 members of Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit conducted an investigation at a residence in Swansboro. Several vehicles were witnessed coming and leaving the house and a traffic stop was conducted. Richard Patrick David was arrested after a K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. David, 39-years-old of Avon Drive in Hubert was also found to have a suspended driver’s license. David was taken before a magistrate where he was charged with:
Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Distribute Methamphetamine
Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Distribute Cocaine
Felony Manufacture Cocaine
Felony Manufacture Methamphetamine
Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia
Misdemeanor Driving While License Revoked

David was transported to Onslow County Detention Center under a $121,000 secured bond. Jacksonville Police Department’s Special Operations Division assisted in this
investigation.

In a separate incident, members of the Drug Enforcement Unit assisted patrol on a traffic stop near West Corbett Avenue in Swansboro. During the stop, K-9 Bonito alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A search was conducted, and prescription narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found. The driver, Jamie Renee Harmon was taken into custody and arrested. Her charges are:
Felony Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance
Misdemeanor Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance
Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Harmon, 43-yearss-old of Great Neck Landing Road in Hubert was transported to Onslow County Detention Center under a $2,500 secured bond.

Anyone with information about these incidents may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540(910) 455-3113RELEASE DATE: 5-20-2020NEWS RELEASEA...
05/20/2020

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-3113

RELEASE DATE: 5-20-2020

NEWS RELEASE

A Sneads Ferry woman has been arrested on felony drug charges.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit recently began investigating Jennifer Lorene Brunick after receiving complaints she was selling drugs out of her residence. On May 15, 2020, the investigation concluded with her arrest.

Brunick, 40-years-old of Sand Hill Road in Sneads Ferry, was taken before a magistrate and charged with:
Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance
Felony Manufacture Schedule II Controlled Substance
Felony Sell Schedule II Controlled Substance
Felony Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Brunick was transported to Onslow County Detention Center under a $21,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2020-005951 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540(910) 455-3113RELEASE DATE: 5-19-2020NEWS RELEASEO...
05/19/2020

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-3113

RELEASE DATE: 5-19-2020

NEWS RELEASE

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in identifying a suspect in a fraud case. The victim in this case reported a lost wallet and subsequently received notifications from multiple financial card companies that his cards were being used at various locations in Onslow County. Security camera recordings from the Murphy Express in Jacksonville show the attempted use of the victim’s cards by the suspect.

The suspect is a white male, approximately 5’ 10,” with a thin beard and undercut hairstyle, tattoos on the inner forearm area of each arm. The male shown was driving a blue in color Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on the date of the offense.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the male in the photos, please contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at (910)455-3113, Det. Bacon at 910-989-4073 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case number 2020004389 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

05/15/2020
Onslow County Sheriff’s Office717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540(910) 455-3113RELEASE DATE: 05-14-2020NEWS RELEASE...
05/14/2020

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-3113

RELEASE DATE: 05-14-2020

NEWS RELEASE

National Peace Officers’ Memorial Week is held across the states and nationally annually. Ceremonies are held to recognize and honor law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line-of-duty. President Trump has declared Friday, May 15, 2020 as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all formal events to honor the men and women in law enforcement have been canceled.

Sheriff Miller and staff want to express their deepest sympathies to families of the fallen officers who have perished while trying to protect and serve.

To all of our brothers and sisters in law enforcement, we are proud to serve with you and will continue to strive to protect the citizens that we serve.

God Bless each and every one of us and keep us safe!

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540(910) 455-3113RELEASE DATE: 5-13-2020NEWS RELEASEA...
05/13/2020

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-3113

RELEASE DATE: 5-13-2020

NEWS RELEASE

A life-time registered sex offender out of Connecticut has been arrested in Onslow County.

On May 11, 2020, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received information that a registered sex offender from Connecticut was living in Maysville. Investigation confirmed that Eric Ernest Whipple is a life-time registered sex offender who failed to register upon his move to Onslow County.

Whipple, 47-years-old of New Bern Hwy in Maysville was arrested May 12, 2020, taken before a magistrate and charged with Felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He is currently in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond, awaiting his first court appearance.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Sergeant K. Simma at 910-989-4058 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2020-005739 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540(910) 455-3113RELEASE DATE: 5-13-2020NEWS RELEASEA...
05/13/2020

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-3113

RELEASE DATE: 5-13-2020

NEWS RELEASE

A Jacksonville man has been arrested for the theft of a gun.

On March 24, 2020, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report that a shotgun had been stolen from a residence on Scott Jenkins Road in Jacksonville. Investigation revealed that William Patrick Lausterer who was known by the victim, entered the residence sometime between March 16 and 17, 2020 and stole a shotgun, along with other items. It was also learned that Lausterer entered the residence a second time on March 17th and stole additional items.

Several witnesses saw Lausterer running towards the wood line near the residence and contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Lausterer was not located upon deputies’ arrival.

The victim confronted Lausterer on a later date where Lausterer admitted to stealing the shotgun and returned it. Warrants were issued for Lausterer who was arrested May 12, 2020.

Lausterer, 24-years-old of Decatur Rd., Jacksonville was taken before a magistrate and charged with:
Felony Larceny of a Firearm
Felony Possession of Stolen Firearm
Felony Possession of Firearm by Felon

He was then transported to Onslow County Detention Center under a $15,000 unsecured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at
910-455-3113, Detective Simmons at 910-9898-4049, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2020-003781 when calling.
Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540(910) 455-3113RELEASE DATE: 5-12-2020NEWS RELEASET...
05/12/2020

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-3113

RELEASE DATE: 5-12-2020

NEWS RELEASE

Two men have been arrested for fraud.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report that a citizen had several checks deposited and cashed into an account that was not their own. Investigation would reveal that Rodney Jack Shope stole the checks. Shope and Jeffrey Scott Wiggins then deposited the checks through online banking and local Walmarts.

Shope, 46-years-old of Huffmantown Road in Richlands was arrested May 1, 2020. Wiggins, 34-years-old of Catherine Lake Road in Richlands was arrested May 5, 2020.

Both men were taken before a magistrate. Shope was charged with (12) Counts Forgery of Endorsement, a felony. His bond was set at $60,000 unsecured.

Wiggins was charged with (3) Counts Forgery of Endorsement, felony. His bond was set at $30,000 unsecured.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Dorn at 910-989-4074 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2020-003686 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540(910) 455-3113RELEASE DATE: 5-11-2020NEWS RELEASEA...
05/11/2020

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-3113

RELEASE DATE: 5-11-2020

NEWS RELEASE

A Sneads Ferry man has been arrested on drug charges after the Sheriff’s Office received numerous complaints.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit began an investigation after receiving complaints of suspected drug activity in Sneads Ferry. On May 6, 2020, Rodney Keith Canary was arrested. Canary, 50-years-old of Lucky Street, Sneads Ferry, was taken before a magistrate and charged with:

(3) Counts Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Methamphetamine-Felony
(2) Counts Manufacture Methamphetamine-Felony
(3) Counts Sell Methamphetamine-Felony
(3) Counts Deliver Methamphetamine-Felony
Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Heroin-Felony
Sell Heroin-Felony
Deliver Heroin-Felony
(4) Counts Maintaining a Dwelling-Felony
(4) Counts Possession of Drug Paraphernalia-Misdemeanor

He was transported to Onslow County Detention Center under a $255,000 secured bond and is currently awaiting his first court appearance.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2020-2058 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

05/08/2020

***SCAM ALERT***

There is currently a WARRANT SCAM going around again in Jacksonville and Onslow County. The scammer is using the names of actual deputies working at the sheriff's office, which has been done before. The scammers are telling the potential victims they can pay off the warrant by purchasing gift cards. The scammers can use technology that appears to show they are calling from the Sheriff's Office, but there is a clear "give-away" to tell if the person on the phone is trying to trick you. A scammer will try and get you to buy a gift card to pay off the fake fine or warrant, many times demanding to remain on the phone with you while you purchase the card and have you read the numbers off the back of them.

If someone calls you on the phone and says they have a warrant for your arrest and you have to pay them money from a gift card to keep from going to jail, THAT IS A SCAM!

We want to stress the Onslow County Sheriff's Office will never take payment of anything over the phone, especially if it requires the use of gift cards!

05/07/2020
Onslow County Sheriff’s Office717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540(910) 455-3113RELEASE DATE: 5-1-2020NEWS RELEASEOn...
05/01/2020

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-3113

RELEASE DATE: 5-1-2020

NEWS RELEASE

On April 30, 2020 members of Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a search warrant at a residence on Lava Court in Jacksonville after investigation revealed that the occupants were in possession of illegal narcotics.

During a search of the residence, detectives located heroin, marijuana and a stolen firearm . Edward Matthew Dargo IV was taken into custody and arrested on the following charges:
Felony Possession of Heroin
Felony Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon
Felony Possession of Stolen Firearm
Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substance.

While on scene, Edward Earl Meadows was found to have an outstanding warrant for non-support family and had a small amount of marijuana in his possession. Meadows was taken into custody and arrested for Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Dargo, 29-years-old of Lava Court, Jacksonville is currently incarcerated at Onslow County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.

Meadows, 39-years-old, also of Lava Court, is currently incarcerated under a $4,000 secured bond.

Jacksonville Police Department Special Operations Division and Naval Criminal Investigative Service assisted in the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2020-005278 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

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