North Carolina Department of Correction News - May 1999
|Probation officer helps capture "road rage" shooter||Officer finds phony
Four people have been arrested by Virginia authorities after a Dan River Prison Work Farm correctional officer found a box of counterfeit money March 17.
Two days later, Martinsville, Va., sheriffs deputies arrested two men from Reidsville, N.C., and two women from Bassett, Va., and charged them with conspiracy and uttering false currency.
R. David Felts, a probation officer with Judicial District 13, recently helped capture an accused "road rage" shooter.
Felts was traveling on N.C. 211 near Southport when he heard a warning over his radio to be on the lookout for a man driving a white Acura automobile. The man had apparently shot another driver in an act of road rage after the two had exchanged obscene hand gestures.
Felts spotted the Acura and began following the vehicle. He then notified the sheriffs department of the Acuras location. After following the car for several minutes, the driver stopped his vehicle.
"He actually stopped about 100 yards in front of my car," Felts said. "He backed up to my car."
The driver emerged from the Acura, and on Felts command, showed Felts that he had no weapon. As Felts ordered the man to lie on the ground, an off-duty Brunswick County sheriffs detective arrived on the scene. The two unarmed officers searched the man and held him until backup officers arrived.
Officer Terry Stamey of Marion Correctional Institution had a work squad picking up litter along I-40 near the Burke and McDowell county line when he spotted an object in the grass. It was a walkie-talkie that had Buladean Fire Department written on it. Stamey made sure the radio was returned to the Bakersville-area volunteer firemen. The fire department's chief, L.G. Sheets, said a fireman was headed into work three weeks earlier and accidentally placed the radio on top of his car. The car traveled 60 miles before the radio fell where Stamey found it. Chief Sheets said the radio survived the fall and several days of rain.
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