Man charged with stolen firearm

Gary Willis, 32, of Arrington Bridge Road, was arrested by Wayne County sheriff deputies Friday and charged with one count of possession of stolen property, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and one count of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

Deputies pulled Willis over during a traffic stop early Friday morning. As a deputy approached the vehicle, the smell of marijuana was present, and Willis was removed from the vehicle. He was found in possession of a controlled substance, and a search of the vehicle resulted in deputies finding a handgun, confirmed as stolen from Sampson County. Deputies also found controlled substances inside the vehicle.

Willis was booked in the Wayne County jail under a $250,000 bond.

Escaped inmate captured

A 44-year-old woman who went missing from a Raleigh prison Thursday was captured Friday in Wayne County by local law enforcement.

Gayle Newcombe from Wayne County, who was serving a sentence as a habitual felon at the N.C. Correctional Institution for Women, was reported missing from her work assignment in Wake County on Thursday at 5:45 p.m., according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

She was captured in Wayne County eight hours later, at about 1:45 a.m. Friday, following a coordinated effort by several law enforcement agencies, including the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Fremont police, the State Capitol Police, DPS Prison Emergency Response Team and DPS staff.

DPS plans to pursue internal and external charges and has demoted Newcombe from minimum custody. Her previous date of release was projected for April 2020.

Newcombe was serving a sentence for two counts of habitual felon, several counts of breaking and entering, felony breaking and entering, larceny and wanton injury to personal property. She was admitted to prison on Aug. 24, 2014.

Man charged with second-degree burglary

Javier Tyquan Gray, 22, of Warrick Circle, was charged Wednesday with second-degree burglary after the N.C. State Crime Laboratory linked Gray’s DNA test results to 2017 burglaries in Goldsboro and Pikeville, according to Wayne County sheriff deputies.

A sample of Gray’s DNA was taken recently while he was being held at the Wayne County jail on other charges, officers said. In March, the crime lab found a high-stringency match of DNA found at the scene of a breaking and entering that took place at a home on N.C. 111, in Pikeville, on Aug. 8, 2017, and at the location of a breaking and entering at a location on East Mulberry Street on July 3, 2017.

Items stolen from the East Mulberry location included jewelry, a safe and cash valued at $5,650. No items were taken from the Pikeville residence, deputies reported. At both locations, a suspect entered the properties after breaking glass and entering through a bedroom window. At the time, blood samples were taken and sent to the State Crime Laboratory for testing.

Wayne County sheriff deputies were notified in March of the DNA results, which revealed a match of Gray’s DNA and the DNA found at the Pikeville residence. Gray received a $10,000 unsecured bond for the charge.