by Carrie C. Causey
LOUISBURG — A 16-year-old was shot in the neck during a drive-by shooting off Claymont Road Saturday morning. Eight people have been arrested in the incident.
According to Franklin County Sheriff’s Capt. E.H. Smith, the bullet hit the teen’s neck and came through the other side. He was transported to WakeMed where he was treated and released Sunday.
Smith said the incident occurred around 1 a.m. after a man was told he was not welcome at a party taking place at the home. He returned with a group of people, and the teen, a party-goer, was in the line of fire.
According to the report by Deputy K. Perry, there were four cars believed to be involved, but suspects only gave details for two.
Smith said he believed the incident was gang related.
Later that evening, a witness told Deputy G. Perry that a white Thunderbird with two black males was seen on Wrenn Way parked near a yard. One occupant had braids and was wearing a white shirt with blood on it, according to the report. Another car also drove slowly by the area.
A .380 caliber gun, which the suspects may have been looking for, was found in a ditch and given to deputies along with the ammunition.
Arrested on June 3 were Maleak Alexander Yancy, 20, and Tavain Vontate Hicks, 20, both of 600 College St., Oxford; Deshawn Conyers, 19, 313 Ridley St., Louisburg; Vernon Hicks, 18, 30 Fred Hight Drive, Louisburg; Jamacies Crushawn Perry, 20, 203 Cooper St., Louisburg; Jarvis Lemont Powell, 21, 104 Derby Lane, Youngsville; Tevin Jeffrey Arringotn, 18, 604 S. Main St., Louisburg; and Darrel Travonne Green, 16, 1215 E. River Road, Louisburg.
All were charged with felony attempted first degree murder, felony conspiracy and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or seriously injure. Each was taken to jail on a $1 million bond.
Man clubbed with gun
YOUNGSVILLE — A resident suffered injuries after someone allegedly hit him on the head with a gun during an argument.
Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a shop building behind the N.C. 96 home June 1 just after 8 p.m.
According to a report by Deputy D. Barrett, the victim and suspect had been drinking. The victim was cleaning his truck when the suspect walked into the shop. They began arguing and the victim pulled his father’s old gun from the truck, threatening the other. The suspect allegedly took the gun and hit the victim.
Barrett reported the victim had a cut on his forehead and there was blood on the floor. The suspect had already left, but officers went to speak to him as well. Neither wanted to press charges. The gun was seized by deputies with permission granted for the owner to pick it up.
Unlocked car break-ins
YOUNGSVILLE — Unlocked car break-ins and resulting theft of personal items are common crimes that are easy to prevent.
May 28, several residents of the Tanager Farms subdivision off Moores Pond Road in Youngsville were victims, losing GPS systems, sunglasses, knives, a drill and money. All of the cars broken into were reportedly unlocked.
Deputies believe the suspect may have been wearing gloves as no fingerprints were found, though the crimes are listed as needing further investigation.
YOUNGSVILLE — Employees of stores in the Youngsville area should be on heightened lookout for counterfeit cash.
May 13, a Food Lion employee reported finding three counterfeit $20 bills. The money was discovered during the morning deposit. The bills had incorrect dimensions, missing watermarks and were printed on the wrong paper. They also had matching serial numbers.
The bills are believed to potentially be linked to a case with similar circumstances at CVS in Youngsville May 12. An employee reported three fake $20 bills were used at the register and deposited. Again, two of the bills had the same serial number.
Management of either store weren’t able to provide the time the bills were passed or a description of the suspects. But officers believe suspects could be linked with an investigation by another agency.
Anyone who believes they have received counterfeit funds should report it immediately.