Indecent liberties with a child

A Smithfield man turned himself in at the Wayne County Magistrate’s Office in connection to a sexual assault investigation that began in 2017.

Bronnie Edwards, 64, of Smithfield, was arrested on three counts of indecent liberties with a child. He was booked in the Wayne County jail under a $25,000 secured bond.

Goldsboro police began investigating Edwards after a woman filed a report on Oct. 4 2017, with the Goldsboro Police Department, said LaToya Henry, spokeswoman for the city of Goldsboro. The woman told police Edwards sexually assaulted her when she was a juvenile between ages 11 and 16. Police turned the case over to the Wayne County District Attorney’s office for review after an investigation.

A True Bill of Indictment was granted and order for arrest was issued for Edwards on June 3, Henry said.

Edwards’ first appearance is today in Wayne County.

Indecent liberties with a child

A Pikeville woman was arrested after a two-month investigation into reports of indecent liberties with a juvenile.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Katie Michelle Balance, 22, of Gene Arthur Lane, Pikeville, on one count of indecent liberties with a child and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. She was placed at the Wayne County jail under a $5,000 secured bond.

Deputies opened an investigation after receiving reports of an “inappropriate relationship” between Balance and a 15-year-old boy that was “sexual in nature” in April, said Capt. Shawn Harris, with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested Balance on Friday, according to a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Her first court appearance was Monday in Wayne County.

Possession with intent to sell, deliver marijuana

Members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Goldsboro man on drug charges following a search of his residence.

Deputies arrested Christopher Scott Sharp, 26, of Aycock Street, with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintain a dwelling, possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. He was placed at the Wayne County jail under a $2,000 secured bond.

The ACE Team assisted the Wayne County Probation during a warrantless search of Sharp’s house on Aycock Street on Sunday, said Maj. Richard Lewis, with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. A warrantless search is a part of regular conditions of Sharp’s probation. During the search, deputies found narcotics and contraband in Sharp’s possession.

Possession of drugs

Goldsboro police arrested a Mount Olive woman on drug charges after responding to a suspicious vehicle.

Police responded to a suspicious vehicle off U.S. 70 West just after midnight Saturday morning, according to a Goldsboro Police Department incident report. Officers found Yurdemia Garcia Barger, 32, of Maysville School Road, exit the passenger side of a grey 2004 Volkswagon Jetta and reportedly drop a small Ziploc bag containing a “white crystallized substance.”

Officers arrested and charged Barger with one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She was placed at the Wayne County jail under a $3,000 unsecured bond.

Assault inflicting serious injury

A Goldsboro man was arrested after he reportedly struck a woman in the McDonald’s drive-thru on Berkeley Boulevard.

Police arrested and charged Tevante Rashaad Hatch, 22, of Hollowell Street, with one count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was placed at the Wayne County jail without bond.

Amari Savvionne Lawrence, 20, of Fleming Street, Ayden, reported that Hatch entered her front passenger seat and struck her jaw in the McDonald’s drive-thru on Berkeley Boulevard around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a Goldsboro Police Department incident report.

Lawrence fled her car and ran into the business and Hatch reportedly followed her into the women’s bathroom, where he put his hands around her neck, the report reads. Lawrence drove to Wayne UNC Health Care for treatment following the incident, and to the Wayne County Magistrates Office to secure charges.

Robbery with a dangerous weapon

Goldsboro police are investigating a robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Joel Borja Flores, 19, of Coy Smith Road, Albertson, told police an unknown suspect threatened him with a firearm and took $100 in cash around 6:50 p.m. Saturday on East Walnut Street, according to a Goldsboro Police Department incident report. Flores did not report any injuries, according to the report.

Possession of methamphetamine, concealed weapon

A Princeton man was arrested after deputies reportedly found him in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and a concealed gun.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged Dakota Conner Bowen, 19, of Ginger Drive, Princeton, with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of carrying a concealed weapon, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, one count of possession of paraphernalia and one count of resisting/delaying/obstructing. He was placed at the Wayne County jail under a $25,000 unsecured bond.

Deputies responded to a call regarding a man walking down Rosewood Road with a gun around 2 p.m. Friday, according to a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office arrest record. Deputies found Bowen in the 200 block of Friendly Drive in Rosewood, according to a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Bowen was non-compliant to deputies’ verbal commands and attempted to walk away twice, the report said. Deputies reported Bowen lied about having a firearm, which was located in his right pocket.

Deputies conducted a search and reportedly found Bowen in possession of a digital scale, a weight, a cigarillo package containing one tobacco cigar, two lighters, and a small gold cylinder container used to store methamphetamine, according to the report. Bowen also reportedly had $246 in cash, 1.9 grams of methamphetamine, 23.9 grams of marijuana and a silver .38-caliber revolver with five .38-caliber bullets.