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Aug 19, 16:45
HAMLET — Seven cadets completed the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Richmond Community College
Aug 19, 16:41
From the Sheriff On August 17, 2016 the Scotland County Sheriff’s Officer Patrol Division stopped a vehicle for suspected impaired driving on Fred Carter Road. The passenger in the vehicle fled on foot carry a shotgun and backpack. The driver of the vehicle was detained at the scene. After a two mile track using K-9 Cido the suspect was apprehended. Justin Dewayne Goins, age 24, of Laurel Hill was arrested and charged with Possess with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver a Controlled Substance, Conspire to Sell and Deliver Sch lll a Controlled Substance, and Maintain a Vehicle or Dwelling place for a Controlled Substance. Samuel Enacio Goins, age 18, of Laurel Hill was arrested and charged with Resisting Public Officer, Possess Stolen Firearm, and Possess with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver, a Controlled Substance Schedule lll. Both were placed in the Scotland County Detention Center under a 75,000 dollars secured bond.
Aug 18, 23:12
From: Sheriff Ralph Kersey SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: DOES YOUR CHILD KNOW THE RULES? SHERIFF ENCOURAGES SAFETY MEASURES TO AVOID INJURY Every day millions of students use school buses as transportation to and from school. Although school buses represent the safest form of highway transportation, there are a number of safety factors of which both student and drivers should be aware. Hoping to ensure school bus safety, Sheriff Kersey of Scotland County encourages caution whenever school buses are present. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 19 school-aged children die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year and more school-aged pedestrians have been killed between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. than any other time of day. “Children are often eager to get off the school bus because they are excited to tell their parents about all of the fun they had at school that day,” said Sheriff Kersey “It is crucial that parents re-enforce the school bus safety rules children learn at school.” Sheriff Kersey also suggests that parents drive their child’s bus route with them to practice the proper safety precautions they can take to help ensure their child enjoys a safe ride to and from school. Sheriff Kersey encourages all parents to discuss the following safety measures with their children: Student -Always arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early. -While the bus is approaching make sure to stand at least three giant steps away from the curb, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop, the door opens, and the bus driver says that it’s OK to board. -Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus. Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you. -Never walk behind the bus. -If you are walking beside the bus, walk at least three giant steps away. -Use the handrail when entering and exiting the bus. Take extra precautions to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door. -Never stop to pick something up that you have dropped when a bus is stopped. Tell the bus driver or wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver. Motorists -Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone. -If there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road. -Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights flashing. -Never pass a school bus when there are flashing red lights and the stop arm is extended. This is a sign that children are getting on or off the bus. Motorists must wait until the red lights stop flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus is moving before they can start driving again. -Learn and obey the school bus laws in North Carolina. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration For further information contact: Name: Sheriff Ralph Kersey Telephone (910) 277-3114
Aug 18, 04:12
Operation Safe Streets August 20, 2016 Gibson, North Carolina 9am to 1pm Sheriff Ralph Kersey is pleased to announce the launching of “Operation Safe Streets”. Operation Safe Streets is a crime prevention initiative that, was implemented on June 4th 2016. This program will target high-crime areas based on statistics gathered by our sheriff’s office. Sheriff Kersey has implemented this new program in a response to the rising violent and drug-related criminal activity within the city and county. The goal of Operation Safe Streets is to improve the overall relationship between the sheriff’s office and the proud members of our community. Part of this includes promoting, fostering and, reinforcing more positive relationships that employ open communication between both deputies and the citizens of Scotland County. Once a month the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office will station officers at designated locations to communicate with the residents of the identified area by knocking on their doors (knock and talk) and exchanging information. This also provides the citizen’s with the opportunity to give us feedback on any questions or concerns they may have. During the knock and talk, we will inform the citizens of all the excellent programs we have implemented at the Sheriff’s Office to help make our county a safer and better place to live, work and play. We will utilize this time to give each and every person we encounter the opportunity to get know our Sheriff's deputies better. Additionally, this will provide us with the chance to hear directly from you as we strive to continually improve ourselves as we continue to proudly serve the citizens of Scotland County. The strategies utilized in the Operation Safe Streets program are based on the idea that the underlying issues of drugs, gangs, breaking and entering, etc, tend to be localized and dependent on a number of environmentally specific factors. A proven method to tackling these problems first hand is by strengthening the relationship between the people and law enforcement so that together, our community is strengthened by lasting relationships and partnerships where we all work together for the common good. By gathering information one on one from each and every one of you, and by building a trust in the community through a more positive relationship, we hope to use this information to suppress the establishment and operation of crimes. Ultimately, making Scotland County a place where people are proud to call their home. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any other questions related to this program. We look forward to seeing you soon. Be safe and God bless.
Aug 16, 14:55
SHERIFF OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL Sheriff Kersey of Scotland County offers some safety tips for those youngsters who will be walking back and forth to school this year. “Parents can teach their children the following safety tips which will inform the youngsters of the danger signs to watch for and avoid when walking between school and home,” Sheriff Kersey said. “Drivers should be cautious of children walking back and forth to school,” added the Sheriff. “We can all learn from the safety tips below and abide by them to make Scotland County safer for all.” • While walking, remember to always travel with a friend. Two heads are better than one, especially if there’s an emergency. • A stranger is anyone you or your parents don’t know well. • You or your friend must never take candy, money, medicine or anything else from a stranger. • If a stranger in a car asks you questions, don’t get close to the car (you could get pulled in) – and never get in the car. • Strangers can be very tricky – they can ask you to walk with them to “show” them something; they can offer to pay for your video game, or ask you to help them find a lost dog or cat. Don’t be fooled! • Don’t tell anyone your name or address when you’re walking and don’t think that because someone knows your name that they know you – they may just be looking at your name printed on your lunch box, school bag or T-shirt. • If you think you’re in any danger, yell, and run to the nearest store or “safe house” or back to school. • Always tell your parents or teacher if a stranger has approached you. “By taking the time to carefully prepare your child on how to handle these situations, you can insure your child’s safety whether they are on their way to school or home, playing on a playground or riding their bikes,” Sheriff Kersey concludes. For further information contact: Name Ralph Kersey Telephone (910) 277-3114
Aug 10, 13:56
From Sheriff Kersey On August 8, 2016 the Criminal Investigation Division and Deputies of the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve a warrant on a suspect located at Scotland Inn in Laurinburg. During the attempted service of the warrant a large amount of narcotics was discovered in the room . Detectives seized 3.6 pounds of Marijuana, 25 Ecstasy pills, 9.5 grams of powder Cocaine, 5.7 grams of Crack Cocaine, and 2 firearms. Eric Fields and Melissa Leggette were arrested and charged with Possession with intent to sale and deliver Marijuana, Possession with intent sell deliver Cocaine, Possession with intent to sell and deliver Ecstacy, Possession of a stolen firearm, Conspiracy to sell and deliver Marijuana, Conspiracy to sell and deliver Cocaine and Conspiracy to sell and deliver Ecstasy. Both suspects were placed in Scotland County Detention Center. Eric Fields received a $ 20,000.00 Secured Bond and Melissa Leggette received a $ 10,000.00 Secured Bond.
Aug 09, 17:41
Today we have reached 6,504 likes on our facebook page. We could not have done this without your help. Please continue to share with family, friends, and everyone.and invite them to like our page. Thank you Sheriff Ralph Kersey
Aug 01, 00:20
COFFEE WITH A COP Monday August 1st from 7am - 8am At - East Laurinburg Discount Grocery and More. 700 Old Lumberton Road East Laurinburg, NC Sheriff Ralph Kersey and Deputies from Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and have a cup of coffee or two. .
Jul 27, 18:03
LAURINBURG — With the help of the United Way of Scotland County, deputies may be able to better protect and serve elderly residents.The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office got a check on Tuesday from United Way to assist with “Project Lifesaver,” a program that uses transmitting technology to locate pe...
Jul 24, 21:14
God is so good. This week has been amazing. First being cleared of the false accusations (vote buying) that was made against myself and teamkersey during the 2014 General Election for Sheriff of Scotland County by the Shep Jones campaign. Second, I was notified yesterday that I had been selected by the National Sheriff's Association to attend the National Sheriff's Leadership program. See below; Dear Sheriff Kersey, "Congratulations! You are confirmed to attend the 111th session in (Denver, Colorado) of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI), cosponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). This exclusive class is limited to thirty first-term sheriffs, so you are in unique company. This will be an intensive week". I will never be a prideful man. Pride has always been the fall of man. But to be selected as one of the thirty Sheriff's from all the Sheriff's in the country to attend this school is truly a honor, miracle and Blessing. All I can say is thank you Lord for showing me favor. I will not disappoint you. Amen
Jul 24, 20:11
Reminder: Scotland County Sheriff's Office Explorer post 2401 are actively collecting back to school supplies. You may drop off your donation at the Scotland County Sheriff's Office Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. if you have a donation and need us to pick the items up please contact us at 910-277-3114. The Scotland County Sheriff's Office Explorer post would like to thank you for your support in helping them make a difference in Scotland County. Scotland County Explorer Post 2401 will begin collecting BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES starting July 5th. This year the Sheriff's Explorers will assist Life Changing Ministries at 414 E Church St, Laurinburg, This wonderful church is reaching out into the community to make a difference for children and their needs for back to school supplies. If you would like to assist the Explorer Post in their collections you may drop off your donated supplies at the Sheriff's Office Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. We will also host a Stuff a Cruiser the end of July. Dates and Times will be announces. Thank you in advance for your help to make a difference in our community.
Jul 22, 17:16
Good Afternoon, Today is a good day. As most of you know in November of 2014, I and teamkersey were accused of vote buying to win the General Election for Sheriff in Scotland County. I am excited to announce that on July 22, 2016, that the Scotland County District Attorney has ruled that all the accusations that were made during this time were not true and unfounded. Please take the time to read the following release from the District Attorney's Office. During the course of the NCSBI investigation, numerous allegations of wrongdoing were made against each candidate for the Office of Sheriff and/or their campaign subordinates and supporters. Current Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey was personally accused of two separate acts of wrongdoing. He was also potentially implicated in acts of wrongdoing allegedly committed by members of his campaign, as any wrongdoing committed by a subordinate could implicate the candidate, if the candidate approved such behavior. Beginning first with the allegations of personal wrongdoing, Mr. Kersey was accused of directly offering money to a person in exchange for a vote and of buying pizza for inmates of the Scotland County jail in exchange for votes. The allegation that Mr. Kersey offered direct payment of money to a voter was made by one person, referred to as #1 above. #1 fully recanted this account, telling investigators that it was not true, that Kersey never offered him/her money in exchange for a vote, and that he/she had no evidence or information that Kersey had ever offered any other voter money in exchange for voting. Throughout the course of this extensive investigation, no other person ever accused Mr. Kersey of personally offering money to people for a vote. Mr. Kersey was also accused of paying for pizza for inmates of the Scotland County jail in exchange for their votes. This allegation was made by a group of seven inmates and officially filed by former Sheriff Shep Jones. This allegation is not true. The evidence overwhelmingly showed that pizza was not provided to inmates in exchange for voting. Pizza has been served in the jail since 2007 under the authority of the Jones Administration. The printed menu covering the time of the election was prepared and signed on March 27, 2014, eight months prior to the election, by members of the Jones Administration and an independent employee of the food services company that supplies food items to the jail. Although pizza was served to inmates on Election Day, it was approved by and paid for by the county, under the authorization of the Jones Administration. Mr. Kersey had no involvement in the decision to serve pizza to inmates. Mr. Kersey did not pay for or provide the pizza. Sheriff Jones and his employees approved the menu and provided the pizza, pursuant to standard operating procedures in the jail. The pizza was paid for by the county. The investigation clearly establishes that the allegations that current Sheriff Ralph Kersey personally engaged in vote buying are not true and are unfounded.
Jul 22, 15:28
On July 21, 2016 Detectives from the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division assisted agents from the FBI in the service of a Federal Search Warrant in Scotland County. This Federal Search Warrant was in reference to a FBI investigation into child pornography at this residence in Scotland County. As a result from the service of this search warrant, Detectives from Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division charged 57 year old William Bryan Campbell with 12 counts of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The FBI is currently in the process of adopting this case on the federal level due to the type any amount of evidence recovered during the service of this search warrant. William Bryan Campbell was processed and placed in the Scotland County Detention Center under a $500,000.00 Secured Bond.
Jul 20, 03:35
National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August The event has been held annually since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States. The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts. Laurinburg/Scotland County has been organized by the Laurinburg Police Department. Scotland County Sheriff's Office has participated in this hometown event the last 2 years. National Night Out festival which includes live music, food, and entertainment. Join the Scotland County Sheriff's Office for a family evening of increasing community awareness. Please visit the Sheriff's Office Deputies with Sheriff Ralph Kersey to learn about your community neighborhood watch programs and sign up to get involved. Combined with the Laurinburg Police the Sheriff's Deputies with Sheriff Kersey also have begun Operation Safe Street.
Jul 14, 14:58
Good Morning, Sheriff Kersey would like to pass along The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for today. Heat Advisory Weather Updated: Jul 14 4:10AM Issued by the National Weather Service en-US HEAT ADVISORY FROM 12PM EDT THU UNTIL 8PM EDT THU .TEMPERATURES IN THE MID TO UPPER 90S COMBINED WITH HIGH HUMIDITY WILL RESULT IN HEAT INDEX VALUES AROUND 105 THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY EVENING.. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING. * TEMPERATURE... RANGING FROM 95 TO 99. * HEAT INDEX VALUES...AROUND 105. * IMPACTS...INCREASED LIKELIHOOD OF HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES. A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS, STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM, STAY OUT OF THE SUN, The Deputies at the Sheriff's Office are encouraging everyone to check on relatives and neighbors especially our elders. Have a safe day. Scotland County Sheriff's Office
Jul 14, 12:50
WANTED MICHAEL J. GIBSON 33 Years Old Male Black Hair/ Brown Eyes Charged with: Neglect Child (includes nonsupport of child) - 3806 2 Outstanding orders for Arrest (Child Support) http://bit.ly/1VrMP
Jul 13, 21:01
Today we have reached 5600 likes on our/your Sheriff's Office page. Please continue to share with your family, relatives, and friends. Help us to continue to grow and keep you and everyone updated on what is happening in our county. Thank all of you for your support. God Bless, Ralph
Jul 11, 15:52
SCSO Explorer Post 2401 has begun collecting BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES . This year the Sheriff's Explorers will assist Life Changing Ministries at 414 E Church St, Laurinburg, This wonderful church is reaching out into the community to make a difference for children and their needs for back to school supplies. If you would like to assist the Explorer Post in their collections you may drop off your donated supplies at the Sheriff's Office Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. We will also host a Stuff a Cruiser the end of July. Dates and Times will be announces. Thank you in advance for your help to make a difference in our community. Scotland County Explorer Post 2401 will begin collecting BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES starting July 5th. This year the Sheriff's Explorers will assist Life Changing Ministries at 414 E Church St, Laurinburg, This wonderful church is reaching out into the community to make a difference for children and their needs for back to school supplies. If you would like to assist the Explorer Post in their collections you may drop off your donated supplies at the Sheriff's Office Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. We will also host a Stuff a Cruiser the end of July. Dates and Times will be announces. Thank you in advance for your help to make a difference in our community.
Jul 08, 05:39
Good evening Scotland County citizens. Please advise that the Scotland County Sheriff's Office Facebook page serves as a means to connect the people with our agency through continuous updates and feeds. We strive to preserve the integrity and professionalism of our page. We ask, that any person posting to or commenting to the agency page, keep such posts professional, and within respectable guidelines. Profanity, slander, gossip or otherwise malicious content or statements will be removed from our page moving forward. This is in an effort to provide the citizens with the feedback and communication they deserve, while keeping the availability and content appropriate for any party who desires to view it, including families and adolescents. We appreciate your support
Jul 06, 14:48
IN GOD WE TRUST Join Sheriff Ralph Kersey, Attorney Michael Schmidt, and our Scotland County citizens in honoring God, the greatest source of our freedoms. We have an opportunity to place over the main entrance of our Courthouse the words: “In God We Trust”. Some of our neighboring counties already have proudly affixed “In God We Trust” on their courthouses and government buildings. It’s time for that to happen here in Scotland County. Our County Commissioners have already approved the sign and we are raising the financial resources to make this happen. Some have already contributed! The Preamble of the North Carolina Constitution reads: “We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, … for our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings…ordain and establish this Constitution”. Our North Carolina Constitution begins with Article I, Section 1, “We hold it to be self-evident that all persons are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the pursuit of happiness.” The glory of America, and what has made this nation the wonder of all the nations of history, is that we have always stood on the principal that our basic individual rights are derived from God, not from government. Our system of government limits and divides government power while allowing maximum liberties to each individual citizen. That freedom unleashed the creative powers of Americans. Remarkable inventions and innovations took place because we were free to pursue adventures and dreams without the intrusion of government. Our political office holders have recognized the blessings of Almighty God on our land, from President George Washington up until recent times. The phrase “one nation under God” incorporated in 1954 into the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, was a way our fellow citizens, and our political leaders, including President Eisenhower, could honor God Almighty for the victory over great evil that sought to rule and dominate the world and take away our freedom. Do our children even recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school anymore? Only recently have we seen many of our political leaders begin to forget the Sovereign of the universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Suddenly, even our law enforcement officers are being degraded and disrespected. Some political office holders seem to have forgotten that they are elected to serve us, “we the people”. They often seem more interested in government serving government interests first, without regard for burdens they put on us. Our founding fathers wisely planned to help prevent us from straying from the principles that make us a free and unique people, by including in Article I, Section 35 of our Constitution that “[a] frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is absolutely necessary to preserve the blessing of liberty”. It is time that we remind our citizens of the “fundamental principles” of our enduring republic and of our great State of North Carolina by boldly placing over the entrance to our Courthouse, “In God We Trust”. We anticipate the sign will cost $2,500 with an additional $300 for the Sheriff’s patrol car stickers which also read “In God We Trust”. Please join us in this noble reminder of why we are a unique and exceptional people by contributing to this great project. All contributions will be placed in trust to pay for the signs. You may give contributions to Sheriff Ralph Kersey or Mike Schmidt. With our best regards, Ralph Kersey 910-277-3114 Michael Schmidt 910-266-9017
Jul 04, 06:22
REMEMBER OUR PETS ARE AFRAID THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. SECURE YOUR PETS AS NEIGHBORHOOD FIREWORKS BEGIN~Enjoy the 4th of July knowing our pets are safe.
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