Press Release: Possible Tornado Touched Down 2 Miles Outside of Whitakers NC


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Pinetops – Janitor Charged With A Weapon On School Ground


Sheriff Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson Jr.


imageOn 03/18/19, Corporal R. Dozier II was working as the School Resource Officer at Southwest Edgecombe High School. School staff brought to Corporal Dozier’s attention that Jerome Faison Jr, a custodian at the school, had made threats to other staff and possibly had a gun. Corporal Dozier was able to get consent and to search Faison’s vehicle where he located a loaded handgun.

Faison was charged with Weapon on Educational Property and Carry Concealed Weapon. He was transported to the magistrate’s office where he was given a $5,000 unsecured bond and released.

Sheriff Atkinson applauds school staff and Corporal Dozier for taking quick action and resolving this incident safely.

Note: Don’t get it twisted the Sheriff Office has a job to do and they did their part. It is the school system job to inform the parents about situations that take place at school where their children are during the day.

Press Release: Update On Dog Mauling Incident


There have been numerous requests for confirmation that the victim of the dog mauling from last week, Triniti Harrell, has passed away. I feel confidant at this time that the information is correct and that she has passed away as a result of her wounds from this incident. There are still no charges expected in this tragic accident. We ask for continued prayers for her family and the first responders who were involved. We would also ask for restraint and respect for her family in this trying time, in terms of coverage. Please keep a distance from their family home and any funeral proceedings unless they invite you in.

Thank you all for your concern.

I don’t anticipate any further comment on this matter from our office.

E. W. Muse Jr.

Detective Lieutenant

Criminal Investigations Division

Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office

3005 Anaconda Rd.   Tarboro, NC 27886




Press Release: Update on Homicide at 7812 NC 33 NW

Sheriff Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson Jr.


***UPDATE on Homicide at 7812 NC 33 NW***

After more follow-up investigation, Detectives have charged an additional person of interest in this case.

Mitchell Brinson

Apartment 31 Pinehurst Homes Tarboro

DOB- 06/26/2000

Charged with First Degree Murder

Detectives are still actively working leads in this case and continue to ask for the public’s assistance. If you have any information on this incident, please call the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office at 252-641-7911 or email Lieutenant Muse at

Press Release Edgecombe County Sheriff Office – Martellus Davon Sanders Sentenced To Life Imprisonment Without Parole

Sheriff Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson Jr.


On November 26, 2015, deputies responded to reports of shots fired and a vehicle collision in Country Estates Mobile Home Park outside of Rocky Mount. Upon arrival, officers found a wrecked vehicle occupied by a deceased driver, Quentin Allen. The investigation revealed that Allen had been killed by gunfire.

Mimageartellus Davon Sanders and two other suspects were charged and arrested for the crime in January 2016. From January 9-11, 2018, the murder case against Sanders was heard by an Edgecombe County jury. They returned a verdict of “guilty” to First Degree Murder. Sanders was sentenced to life imprisonment without chance for parole. Charges are still pending against Sanders’ co-defendants who await trial.

Martellus Davon Sanders B/M DOB- 04/10/1994

521 Arlington St. Rocky Mount

Press Release Edgecombe County Sheriff Office: Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson announces the arrests of 3 people involved with trafficking Cocaine

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            Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson announces the arrests of 3 people involved with trafficking Cocaine within the Twin County area.


            Two joint investigation, involving the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force, resulted in the arrests of three persons involved in trafficking Cocaine.  These investigations have led to the seizure of approximately ½ a kilogram of Cocaine over the past few weeks, and resulted in a search warrant being served at 1020 Burt St. Rocky Mount. The street value of the drugs seized is over $25,000.


            Arrested were:

                                    Nathaniel Clevester Clark, 26 years old, from Lexington St Rocky Mount.

                                    Charges:          Trafficking in Cocaine

                                                            Possession with intent to sell/deliver Cocaine

                                                            Bond: $100,000 secured


                                    Lamont Andrea Stancil, 39 years old, from 1020 Burt St Rocky Mount.

                                    Charges:          Trafficking in Cocaine

                                                            Possession with intent to sell/deliver Cocaine

                                                            Maintain a dwelling to sell Cocaine

                                                            Possession of a firearm by felon

                                                            Bond: $80,000 secured


                                    Jacob Clark, 33 years old, from 1016 E. Stokes Ave. Rocky Mount.

                                    Charges:          Possession with intent to sell/deliver Cocaine

                                                            Bond: $20,000 secured


            Sheriff Clee Atkinson states that arrests like these will continue.  The cooperation between the different agencies is the only way to slow down the trafficking of drugs in our communities and to make our neighborhoods safer.  No Sherriff’s Office or Police Department can do it alone.  Drug dealers don’t recognize city limits or county boarders.  Like in this case, we partnered with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations and the Nash County Sheriff’s Office to maximize the results of the investigation.  Investigations like this show the drug dealers that the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office is serious about making our county a safe place to raise a family and build strong ties with the community.  We will work with local, state and federal authorities to put a message out that this is not the place to come to if you plan on selling drugs, we will investigate and prosecute drug dealers. 


            Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone echoed those statements by saying, collaboration between agencies is paramount.  Sheriff Stone states that citizens reporting suspicious activity gives law enforcement the ability to make these larger seizures.


            The Tar River Regional Task Force consists of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office , Nash County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Tarboro Police Department, Spring Hope Police Department and Nashville Police Department. 

Press Release: Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office & Tarboro Police Department Arrest Khalil Wilkins After Observing Suspicious Behavior From A Person In East Tarboro


On 11/22/17, during a joint operation between the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and Tarboro Police Department, Lieutenants Muse (ECSO) and Mann (TPD) observed suspicious behavior from a person in East Tarboro. The person sped away in a vehicle blowing through stop signs and eventually ending up on US 64 Bypass. Edgecombe County deputies got the person stopped at the US 64 Alternate exit in Rocky Mount.

When deputies approached the vehicle, they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. Deputy Dozier removed the driver, Khalil Wilkins from the vehicle. A pistol was immediately observed in Wilkins’ seat. A check of the firearm showed that it was entered as stolen by the Duke University Campus Police. Wilkins was found to be a convicted felon. Wilkins has a pending charge of Possession of Firearm by Felon from Tarboro Police Department. Further search of the vehicle turned up a “brick” or 50 bags of heroin. Another 40 bags of heroin was found inside Wilkins’ pants at the magistrate’s office.

Detective Johnson charged Wilkins with Possession of Firearm by Felon, Possession of Stolen Gun, Trafficking Heroin, PWISD Heroin, Maintaining a Vehicle for Sale/Storage of Controlled Substance, and aggressive driving. He was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $900,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Atkinson notes that combined efforts with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are critical in fighting crime. Our office will continue to foster these partnerships to combat criminal elements in our jurisdiction. Sheriff Atkinson wants to thank Chief Webb and staff for their part in planning and implementing the operation that netted this arrest.