Crime reports
By BSO press release

March 02, 2010
Derryck A. Cutler
On February 28, 2010 at approximately 11:08 p.m., Sgt. Charles Rose was patrolling in the Edward area of Beaufort County. Sgt. Rose observed a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of Labor Camp Road and checked the vehicle’s registration. After learning that the car had a fictitious plate, Rose performed a traffic stop.

During the stop, liquid methadone was recovered from the vehicle. As a result, Rose arrested Derryck Anthony Cutler, age 36, of Labor Camp Road in Edward. Cutler was charged with Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. The driver of the vehicle, Sylvester Miller, age 53, of Bayboro was charged with Driving While License Revoked. Cutler was released on a $500.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Eric Holmes.


On January 7, 2009, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a home invasion robbery that occurred on Wheat Patch Road in Belhaven NC. The Sheriff’s Office began and investigation and conducted interviews.

On January 22, 2009, Investigator Robert Gaskins applied for and obtained a warrant charging Allen Thomas Mobley, age 19, of Hideaway Road in Belhaven with First Degree Burglary and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. Attempts to serve Mobley locally were unsuccessful. Mobley was entered into the National Crime Information Center files as a wanted person.

On February 25, 2010, Mobley was arrested by the Fredericksburg Police Department in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is being held without bond while he awaits extradition back to Beaufort County.


On January 16, 2010 at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residential fire on Mary’s Chapel Church Road in Aurora, NC. The Aurora Volunteer Fire Department reported that the fire appeared suspicious. The State Bureau of Investigation Arson Unit was called in to assist. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the SBI reviewed physical evidence and conducted interviews.

On February 22, 2010, Investigator Jim Martin applied for and obtained warrants charging James Norwood Depner Jr., age 32, of Mary’s Chapel Church Road in Aurora with Fraudulently Burning a Dwelling and two counts of Insurance Fraud. Melissa Stilley Cahoon, age 30, of Toler Road in Ernul was charged with Accessory After a Felony and Insurance Fraud.

Depner and Cahoon turned themselves in on February 22, 2010. Depner was released on a $5,000.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Donald Sadler. Cahoon was released on a $2,500.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Bruce Smith.


On February 20, 2010 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Sgt. Kasey Neal with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office performed a vehicle stop on Gilead Shores Road in Blounts Creek, N.C. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle operated by a suspect in a recent domestic dispute and was being operated in a careless and reckless manner.

While speaking with the driver, Sgt. Neal developed a suspicion that he was impaired. During the stop, Sgt. Neal performed a pat-down frisk and located a paper bindle containing an off-white powdery substance consistent with heroin. Luther Paul Lewis, age 32, of Gilead Shores Road was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While Impaired. Lewis was transported to the Magistrate’s Office where he was released on a $5,500.00 secured bond set by Magistrate Jasper Mills.




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