A local law enforcement agency stepped up to help an area high school in serious need of upgraded athletic equipment.
The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office donated several pieces of weight room and fitness equipment to SouthWest Edgecombe High School. Sheriff Clee Atkinson said the school received about 12 to 15 pieces of used equipment that is still in great shape. Atkinson was able to gather the equipment from people he has built relationships with from across North Carolina.
Dr. Valerie Bridges, superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, said the Sheriff’s Office is one of the school district’s most important partners.
“We’re extremely grateful for the donation of fitness equipment for SouthWest High School,” Bridges said. “This will give our students access to state-of-the-art equipment in the weight room. Sheriff Atkinson and his department have been instrumental in our school receiving this amazing gift.”
SouthWest Edgecombe football coach Jonathan Cobb said the last time any new or updated equipment was purchased for the school’s weight room was 31 years ago in memory of a former SouthWest player. (Read more)
Pastor Malcom E. Lewis and the Men of Anderson Chapel MBC Macclesfield NC cordially invite all men and women to come out and celebrate our Annual Men’s Day with us on Sunday August 5, 2018 11:00 AM. Edgecombe County Sheriff Cleveland (Clee) Atkinson Jr. will bring forth a powerful spiritual message “Men Run & Tell That!” Sheriff Deputy Lynn Powell and The Shades of Harmony will provide the spiritual in songs. Please come out and support the Men of Anderson Chapel and the Sheriff of Edgecombe County. You don’t want to miss this powerful message.
Deacon David Ricks
Bro. Curmilus Dancy II – (252) 314-5484
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.
Since Sheriff Clee Atkinson was appointed Sheriff he should consider applying for the Chief of Police in Rocky Mount since he lives in the city limits and has been for almost 20 years. I feel strongly that he would do a great job. He has been involved in gang/drug activity over the years so he would come in with much expertise. Although I would hate to see him not become elected as Sheriff, I feel he would be what Rocky Mount need at this time with his compassion for law enforcement.
I would say this would be good for Rocky Mount and Sheriff Atkinson. Sheriff Atkinson ties to the State Highway Patrol, Edgecombe County Sheriff Office and the Rocky Mount Police Department to me would be great.
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