Published in News on March 22, 2005 1:46 PM
A 24-year-old Dudley man did not have a good day Monday.
Joseph Daniel Figgins of Emmaus Church Road was accused of choking a woman in the afternoon, taking his mother's car at night, driving while impaired and assaulting three police officers after he was arrested, authorities said.
Figgins allegedly got into trouble first by assaulting Rose Ann Barwick of Waldrop Lane, Dudley. She was treated and released from Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Then Figgins' mother told a Wayne County sheriff's deputy that her son had taken her 1989 Toyota at about 10 p.m. without her permission.
A short time later, Goldsboro police Officer K.D. Perry stopped a car matching the description of the missing auto on North William Street. Perry charged Figgins with driving while impaired. When Figgins was taken to the courthouse, he refused a breath-analysis test. According to the report, as officers tried to put Figgins in jail, he assaulted them by kicking them and spitting on them. Figgins was charged with felony assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He also was charged with driving while impaired, felony malicious conduct by a prisoner, three counts of assault on a law-enforcement officer and resisting arrest. He was jailed without bond.
Crime of the Week
A home invasion and a shooting on Friday have been selected by Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers as this week's "Crime of the Week."
Edward Barnes was asleep in his home in the 1500 block of Mimosa Street at about 9 a.m. when two black men kicked open a side door. The intruders then fought with Barnes and put a gun to his head. During the struggle, Barnes was shot in the face and leg. When the intruders were leaving, Barnes grabbed his gun and fired several shots at them. They fled in a tan 1990s model Chevrolet Blazer.
Anyone with information on the incident was asked to call police Investigator Seth Harris at 580-4242 or Crime Stoppers at 735-2255. Callers may remain anonymous, and they may be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000, if their information leads to an arrest. Anyone with information on any crime in Wayne County also was asked to call Crime Stoppers.
A Goldsboro teen-ager was wounded Monday as he played basketball near the 600 block of Courtyard Circle, according to a Goldsboro police report.
Quentin Lamont Kenon, 17, of Neil Street was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital. His condition was not immediately known. Kenon told police that a black man, about 25 years old, approached him at about 12:50 p.m., shot him once in the right foot and drove off in a dark red car.
A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with two felony sex offenses. Casey Brandon Smith of North Beston Road, LaGrange, was charged with a statutory sex offense with a 15-year-old girl and statutory rape of a 15-year-old. He also was charged with two misdemeanors, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting arrest. He was placed in the Wayne County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 secured bond.
Goldsboro police are seeking information on a purse snatching that occurred Friday in the Wal-Mart parking lot on North Spence Avenue. The victim, a 76-year-old woman, was loading packages in her car.
The suspect was described as white with a medium height and medium build. He drove off in an early 1990s model Chevrolet Lumina.
Anyone with information on the suspect was asked to call Investigator M.K. Horstmann at 580-4213 or Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 735-2255. Callers may remain anonymous, and they may be eligible for a cash reward, if their information leads to an arrest.
Twelve people were injured and damages were estimated at $64,800 in nine recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported.
*Both drivers were injured and damages were estimated at $20,000 in a two-car collision at 6:08 a.m. Monday at South Slocumb and East Elm streets. Lashonda M. Miller, 26, of Maple Street and Roosevelt Edward Johnson, 44, of North Virginia Street were treated and released from Wayne Memorial Hospital. Ms. Miller was charged with failure to stop for a red light.
*Damages were estimated at $6,300 in a three-car wreck at 4:40 p.m. Monday on East Ash Street near North Spence Avenue. Emily Ann Edwards, 16, of Belfast Avenue, was charged with failure to reduce speed.
*A driver was injured and damages were estimated at $6,000 in a two-car collision at 7:30 a.m. Sunday in heavy fog at U.S. 117, U.S. 13 and Genoa Road. Lenora Lee, 61, of Old Grantham Road was released after emergency-room treatment.
*Damages were put at $5,500 in a three-vehicle crash at 4:53 p.m. Friday on U.S. 117 near Stoney Hill Road, the Highway Patrol said. One driver, Reita S. Radford, 48, of Vail Road, Pikeville, was charged with failure to reduce speed.
*Six people were injured and damages were estimated at $8,000 in a two-vehicle wreck at 12:02 p.m. Thursday at N.C. 581 and Pikeville-Princeton Road, the Highway Patrol said. One driver, Beverly C. Thompson, 59, and her passengers, Angela Thompson, 33, and Nicholas Thompson, 4, all of Boyette Pond Road, Pikeville, and the other driver, Rosa M. Sepulveda, 25, of Pikeville-Princeton Road, Princeton, and her passengers, William Sepulveda, 4, of Pikeville-Princeton Road, and Elisa De La Cruz, 6, of Boswell Road, Kenly, were released after emergency-room treatment. Ms. Sepulveda was charged with a yield violation.
*A driver was injured and damages were set at $10,000 in a two-vehicle collision at 9:20 a.m. Thursday at Camp Jubilee and Pineview Cemetery roads. Jacquelyn Otellio Hudson, 22, of Pineview Cemetery Road, Seven Springs, was released after emergency-room treatment. Morgan Elizabeth Parks, 18, of N.C. 55 East, Seven Springs, was charged with a yield violation.
*A passenger was injured in a motorcycle wreck at 2:20 p.m. March 15 on Corbett Hill Road near Raynor Mill Road. Mary Jordan, 55, of Fayetteville was treated at Wayne Memorial Hospital . Charles Marvin Jordan, 55, of Fayetteville, was charged with exceeding a safe speed. Damages were estimated at $1,000.
*A driver was injured in a crash at 7:48 a.m. March 15 on Pikeville-Princeton Road near Pikes Cemetery Road. Rodney Ray Rider Jr., 30, of South Andrews Avenue was released after emergency-room treatment. Damage was set at $1,000.
Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports:
*A thief smashed a window, damaged a video cassette recorder at a home in the 2800 block of Indian Springs Road, then went outside, punctured four car tires and stole the car's battery. S.H. Whitlock estimated damages at $450 and put a $75 value on the battery.
*A car was spray-painted, two tires flattened and the radio in it stolen in the 100 block of Sal Court. A.K. Campbell estimated damages at $2,150 and put a $50 value on the radio.
*A red 1994 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was stolen Monday from the Wayne County school bus garage parking lot. Sanford Ham Jr. of Goldsboro said the truck was valued at $6,500.
*Video-game equipment, a television, a DVD player, DVDs and a heater were stolen from a home in the 100 block of Crabapple Lane. Jamie Allen Horne estimated the value of the stolen property at $825 and damage at $50.
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