Solicit to commit murder

Police arrested a Goldsboro man after he reportedly attempted to arrange three murders of Wayne County residents.

Members of the Goldsboro Police Department Gang Suppression Unit arrested and charged Dearren Strickland, 25, of South Herman Street, with three felony counts of solicitation to commit murder, according to LaToya Henry, spokeswoman for the city of Goldsboro.

Officers opened an investigation into Strickland after receiving information that he reportedly communicated with people to arrange three murders of Wayne County residents, Henry said. Strickland was arrested before he could take any action.

Strickland was placed at the Wayne County jail under a $2 million secured bond. His first appearance is Monday.

Search warrant execution

Members of the Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant in the northern part of the city, leading to four arrests on multiple drug charges.

Task Force officers executed the warrant at a North Carolina Street residence on Thursday, according to LaToya Henry, spokeswoman for the city of Goldsboro. During the search, officers seized four weapons, three of which were reported stolen, more than 125 grams of marijuana, less than 1 gram of cocaine and various drug paraphernalia.

Officers arrested and charged Michael Marquell Williams, 22, of Wayne Memorial Drive; Javone’ta Brandell Taylor, 29, North Carolina Street; Marquita Danielle Waters, 35, of North Carolina Street; and Stephanie Renee Patrick, 53, of Hereford Place, Dudley.

Williams is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm. He was placed at the Wayne County jail under a $20,000 secured bond.

Taylor is charged with one felony count of possession of a firearm by felon, one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm, one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, one felony count of possession of cocaine, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Wayne County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond.

Waters is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, one felony count of maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was placed at the Wayne County jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

Patrick is charged with one misdemeanor count of order for arrest for failure to return rental property and one misdemeanor count of order for arrest for larceny. She was placed at the Wayne County jail under a $2,000 secured bond.

Officers with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Goldsboro Police Department Support Services Division, Goldsboro Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Goldsboro Police Department Patrol C-Shift and K-9 Buster assisted in the case, Henry said. The investigation is ongoing and may result in more arrests, she said.

Firing into occupied dwelling

Goldsboro police are investigating a shooting on Ash Street.

Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert on West Ash Street just after 9 a.m. Thursday, according to a Goldsboro Police Department incident report. Upon arrival, police found a bullet hole in the front window of a house in the area.

Charles Otis Duncan, 38, of West Ash Street, renter of the house, told police he was not home at the time, the report said. Dwayne Lee Hardy, 35, of Brownrigg Street, was the only person inside the home at the time of the shooting, Duncan told police.

Police reported approximately $500 in property damage to the walls and siding of the house and $200 in damages to the window, according to the report.

Larceny of auto parts

Police opened an investigation after Goldsboro Auto Exchange reported an unknown individual took nearly $5,200 in rims and tires off two vehicles.

Officers responded to a report regarding larceny of auto parts around 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Goldsboro Auto Exchange, according to a Goldsboro Police Department incident report. An employee with the business told police she discovered the tires and rims of her boss’s black 2014 GMC Sierra were missing when she arrived at work.

The owner of the truck was out of town at the time of the report, the employee told police. In addition to the missing rims and tires, the employee discovered the rims and tires of a red 2011 Dodge Ram were gone.

Reported items stolen are four black and silver fuel rims, $1,860; four Michelin Off Road tires, $1,340; four gray and burgundy rims, $1,000; and four black tires, $1,000. Approximate total value of items is $5,200, according to the report.

Trafficking methamphetamine, fleeing to elude

Deputies arrested a Mount Olive man on drug trafficking charges after he reportedly failed to stop at a four-way stop sign and led deputies on a chase.

Sheriff’s deputies charged Thomas Sterling Gardner Jr., 31, of Scott Store Road, Mount Olive, with one count of fleeing to elude, one count of resisting/delaying/obtaining, one count of driving while license revoked, one count of failure to maintain lane control, one count of failure to stop at stop sign, one count of unsafe speed, one count of careless and reckless, one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of trafficking a schedule II controlled substance.

Gardner was heading east on a red 2009 Suzuki bike on Sleepy Creek Road and did not stop at a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Emmaus Church Road and Sleepy Creek Road around 11 p.m. Thursday, according to a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Deputies attempted to pull Gardner over using lights and a siren, and he reportedly sped up to 80 mph.

Deputies pursued Gardner to the 3036 block of N.C. 55 East, the report continues. Gardner then jumped off his bike and ran through a yard before deputies detained him.

During a search of Gardner, deputies found two pocket knives; three collectable coins valued at $1,000; various household goods; a smart phone; a cigar; a smoking pipe; and hypodermic needles, according to the report. Deputies also seized 62.3 grams of methamphetamine and 13 grams of marijuana.

Deputies took Gardner to the Wayne County Magistrate’s Office, where he was charged. He was booked at the Wayne County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.