Public Information

PIO

Public Information Officer

The Public Information Officer (PIO) is the primary contact for the news media. The PIO prepares news releases and coordinates print and broadcast coverage of agency events. The PIO also acts as the liaison with the media at crime scenes and other activities that generate media interest. This office also handles public records requests by credentialed members of the media.

The unit’s mission is to effectively provide a link between the Sheriff’s Office and the community it serves.

Inquiries

Routine media inquiries are handled as expeditiously as possible during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The PIO is always on-call for emergencies and for significant breaking news events. Once the PIO determines that a situation is newsworthy, the information is disseminated to all news media.

The PIO will generally not have information regarding routine events (i.e.: non-fatal car crashes, routine arrests, crimes not resulting in death or critical injury, etc.).

In the event of a major crisis or event, the PIO, at the direction of the Sheriff, will coordinate news conferences and disseminate news to the public on a timely basis. The Public Information Office is also responsible for social media outlets, such as the Sheriff’s Office website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Contact

Eric Curry, Public Information Officer
330 S. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, N.C. 27602
Office: 919-856-6820
Email: [email protected]

WCSO News

WCSO to Launch New, Improved Patrol Boat, March 3, 2021

WCSO to Launch New, Improved Patrol Boat

 

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office will officially launch its new patrol boat in preparation for the upcoming recreational water season.

The media is invited to cover the launch tomorrow, Thursday, March 4, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Bartley-Holloman Boat Ramp, 4420 Bartley-Holleman Road, in New Hill.

The purpose of the launch is to give deputies an opportunity to test out the boat, while ensuring that all emergency equipment is fully operational and prepared for the upcoming boating season.

The boat will be used to patrol and respond to emergencies at all Wake County lakes, including Falls Lake and Sheron Harris Reservoir.

The WCSO obtained the boat through a grant provided by Duke Energy. The reservoir not only provides cooling water for the Harris Nuclear Power Plant, but the lake is a popular spot for boating and fishing. The new boat replaces one of the two boats, currently in the agency’s possession.

The 21-foot Bay boat is updated with the latest equipment including Sonar and GPS, that will assist deputies in locating individuals on the water quickly. Improved lighting has also been installed to assist with night searches.

“We are extremely excited to announce the launch of this patrol boat,” said Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker. “This is just one, of several initiatives that will enable this agency to respond to any emergency, whether it be by land, air or water.”

 

 

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Wake Forest Man Arrested Following Standoff, January 27, 2021

Wake Forest Man Arrested Following Standoff

Wake County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man following a 4-hour standoff in a Wake Forest neighborhood.

Around 5 p.m. today, deputies with the Domestic Violence Unit responded to the 11000 block of Jeffrey’s Lane to serve a warrant and restraining order to the subject, after he allegedly assaulted his wife earlier this week. The subject has been identified as Brad Woodlief. Woodlief once serve as a Wake County deputy in a previous administration.

When deputies attempted to contact Woodlief by phone, he made threats against the safety of the deputies. It was believed that Woodlief was armed. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to get Woodlief to come out of the house peacefully. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office’s Tactical Response Team (TRT) was dispatched and responded to the scene.

Shortly, before 9 p.m., TRT made entry into the home, deploying tear gas to end the standoff. It was believed that Woodlief was armed. The subject was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Woodlief is charged with Second degree Kidnapping and Assault on a Female-Communicating Threats. Woodlief will be transported to the Wake County Detention Center upon his release from the hospital.

Press Release

Contact: Eric F. Curry 

[email protected]

Wake Detention Officers Credited with Assisting Ailing Man, January 27, 2021

Wake Detention Officers Credited with Assisting Ailing Man

Three Wake County detention officers’ quick action during their lunch break, may have helped to save a man in a medical crisis.

Shortly after noon today, Sergeant Joshua Holmes, Officer Lamar Parris and Officer Ruben De Los Santos jumped into action to assist a man in a medical emergency.

According to witnesses, as Sgt. Holmes was turning into Bojangles’ parking lot on S. Wilmington Street, he noticed a female trying to perform CPR on a man in the parking lot. Holmes quickly jumped into action and continued to perform life-saving measures.

Minutes later, Officer Parris would also arrive at the restaurant and noticed his colleague assisting the victim. Parris jumped out and used the training they received as detention officers to relieve his colleague and continued to render aid. Seconds later, Officer Santos arrived rendering valuable support.

 The detention officers remained with the unidentified victim until Wake County EMS arrived.

No information is available on the condition of the man.

 

Press Release

Contact: Eric F. Curry 

[email protected]

Wake Detention Officer Faces Charges, January 26, 2021

Wake Detention Officer Faces Charges

A two-month investigation into alleged misconduct by a Wake County detention officer has led to an arrest this evening.

 

Wake County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Rodale Pippen, without incident earlier this evening, during his regular shift within the detention facility located inside the John H. Baker Jr. Public Safety Center.

 

Pippen is charged with one Felony Count of Give/Sell Phone/Electronic Device to Another-Deliver Inmate, One Felony Count of Conspiracy to Provide a Cellular Device to an Inmate and Give/Sell/Tobacco/Vapor Product to an Inmate, which is a misdemeanor.

 

Investigators received information that a detention officer was supplying contraband to inmates inside of the facility. Pippen was charged and subsequently terminated and is being booked into the Wake County Detention Center and placed under a $27,000 secured bond.

 

The investigation is ongoing.

Press Release

Contact: Eric F. Curry 

[email protected]

Wake Detention Officers Credited with Assisting Ailing Man, January 27, 2020

Wake Detention Officers Credited with Assisting Ailing Man

Three Wake County detention officers’ quick action during their lunch break, may have helped to save a man in a medical crisis.

 

Shortly after noon today, Sergeant Joshua Holmes, Officer Lamar Parris and Officer Ruben De Los Santos jumped into action to assist a man in a medical emergency.

 

According to witnesses, as Sgt. Holmes was turning into Bojangles’ parking lot on S. Wilmington Street, he noticed a female trying to perform CPR on a man in the parking lot. Holmes quickly jumped into action and continued to perform life-saving measures.

 

Minutes later, Officer Parris would also arrive at the restaurant and noticed his colleague assisting the victim. Parris jumped out and used the training they received as detention officers to relieve his colleague and continued to render aid. Seconds later, Officer Santos arrived rendering valuable support.

 

Press Release

Contact: Eric F. Curry 

[email protected]

The detention officers remained with the unidentified victim until Wake County EMS arrived.

 

No information is available on the condition of the man.

 

 

WCSO Arrest Man on Peeping Charge, January 22, 2021

WCSO Arrest Man on Peeping Charge

Wake County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Raleigh man for allegedly using a device to secretly record his female victims.

Investigators have charged Lin Honeycutt, of Raleigh, with a felony count of Secret Peeping. The crime occurred at Honeycutt’s Fieldstream Farm property located at the 8000 block of Old Stage Road, where Honeycutt has hosted a drive-through Christmas light display, in the past few years.

Deputies became aware of the incident earlier this week after one of his victims found a recording device in a bathroom stall and reported it to investigators.

Honeycutt was taken into custody this afternoon.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

 

Press Release

Contact: Eric F. Curry 

[email protected]

Durham Man Faces Sex Offense, Robbery Charges, January 19, 2021

Durham Man Faces Sex Offense, Robbery Charges

Wake County Sheriff’s Deputies have taken a man into custody for allegedly sexually assaulting a female family member.

Earlier today, with the assistance of the Technical Operations Division of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies, investigators arrested 29-year-old Kaylor “Michael” Fenner, of Durham.

Fenner is charged with two counts of First-Degree Rape, Attempted First Degree Rape, three counts of First-Degree Sex Offense, Felony Breaking and Entering to Terrorize, First Degree Kidnapping and Common Law Robbery.

During the investigation, deputies obtained information that the crimes committed occurred on January 12 and January 13, and that the victim reported the incident to investigators the following day.

It was learned that on January 12, Fenner sexually assaulted the family member before leaving the residence. The next day, the suspect broke into the victim’s home and continued to sexually assault his victim, over a 24-hour period.

 

The suspect then forced the victim into her car and drove to several ATM machines, where he made withdrawals from her account totaling $1,000. After the robbery, the suspect drove to a location in Durham, where he fled from the area.

 

Warrants for Fenner’s arrest were obtained after investigators consulted with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office. The suspect, who was arrested without incident, has been booked into the Wake County Detention Center.

 

Press Release

Contact: Eric F. Curry 

[email protected]

Garner Man Arrested on Sexual Offense Charges, January 19, 2021

Garner Man Arrested on Sexual Offense Charges

Wake County Sheriff’s Office (WSCO) investigators have taken a Wake County man in custody and charged him with sexually assaulting a female acquaintance.

WCSO investigators were notified by WakeMed Hospital Police, on January 17, that one of their patients had reported being sexually assaulted by the suspect, at his Garner residence.

After consultation with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, investigators arrested 49-year-old David Poole Hicks Jr., and charged him with two counts of Forcible Sex Offense.

Arrest warrants were issued for Hicks and he was taken into custody at his residence and booked into the Wake County Detention Center.

Press Release
Contact: Eric F. Curry 
[email protected]

WCSO Investigates Shooting in Northern Wake County, January 15, 2021

WCSO Investigates Shooting in Northern Wake County

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a male subject that witnesses say is responsible for shooting a man in a Wake Forest home.

 

Around 7:30 tonight, deputies responded to a reported shooting at 4021 Burlington Mills Road. When deputies arrived, they found the victim with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his hip.

 

The alleged shooter fled the home on foot before first responders arrived. It’s believed that the victim and suspect know each other.

 

The victim was transported to WakeMed for treatment of his injuries.

 

Investigators continue to determine the cause of the shooting.

Press Release

Contact: Eric F. Curry 

[email protected]

WCSO Public Safety Center Closed Through Next Thursday, January 15, 2021

WCSO Public Safety Center Closed Through Next Thursday

As a result of planned protests anticipated to begin this weekend in downtown Raleigh, through next week, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office’s John H. Baker Jr. Public Safety Center will be closed to the public on Tuesday, January 19, and Wednesday, January 20.

The office will resume normal business hours on Thursday, January 20.

 

 

Press Release

Contact: Eric F. Curry 

[email protected]

WCSO Answers Questions Related to COVID-19 Exposure in Jail Facilities, January 14, 2021

WCSO Answers Questions Related to COVID-19 Exposure in Jail Facilities

 

As the global community continues to deal with the challenges of coping with COVID-19, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office has not become immune to the same issues affecting the community it serves.

The WCSO has identified staff, as well as residents housed in the Wake County Detention Center (WCDC) and the John H. Baker Jr. Public Safety Center (PSC) that have either tested positive for the virus or have been placed in quarantine pending results of a COVID-19 test.

“No one has ever faced a something like this before,” said Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker. “This pandemic has forced us to change our practices and policies constantly to ensure that we do our best to keep staff and residents safe from contracting this potentially deadly disease.”

To date:

  • Employees tested positive: 17
  • Inmates with positive tests: WCDC: 43 – PSC-56
  • All positive residents are housed in isolation dorms, separated from general populations and placed in single cells

 

Precautions implemented to reduce exposure/spread of COVID-19:

  • All arrestees receive a COVID-19 screening before admission.
  • All arrestees, upon entry to the jail, are issued masks.
  • New admissions are housed in a quarantine dorm, in single cells; separated from general population, swabbed for COVID-19 and remain in that area for 14 days; if positive, arrestees are moved to a separate isolation dorm for an additional 14 days.
  • All residents are required to wear masks.
  • All civilian and sworn employees are required to wear masks.
  • There is mass resident COVID-19 testing.
  • All employees are required to receive COVID-19 testing.
  • WCSO implemented a COVID-19 Staff Services Hotline in March of last year, available to all staff for questions, pre-screen and medical referral.
  • Thermoscan machines have been placed at all visitor and employee entrances at all WCSO buildings
  • All movement is restricted in both jail facilities.

 

How does the WCSO believe the outbreak occurred?

It’s difficult to say, because this pandemic has no boundaries. However, Sheriff’s Office medical staff have detected positive cases among new arrestees in the jail. The facility is also a congregate living space where inmates reside for extended periods of time, in shared spaces. Because of the proximity in the congregate setting; WCSO is doing all it can to lessen the transmission.

 

Communication between legal counsel and clients:

Attorneys in need of communicating with their clients, who are in the custody of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, may do so through video conferencing, upon request. Attorneys are instructed to visit the Wake County Detention Center, where they are screened and then escorted to the visitation area. A staff member connects them to a monitor which is linked to a monitor in the housing area. Legal counsel and inmates are then able to communicate in a private setting.

 

Press Release

Contact: Eric F. Curry 

[email protected]

Wake County Teen Charged Following Brief Pursuit, January 14, 2021

Wake County Teen Charged Following Brief Pursuit

Wake County Teen Charged Following Brief Pursuit

 

A Raleigh teenager faces several charges after he led Wake County deputies on a short chase this evening before crashing his vehicle.

Deputies arrested 19-year-old Caleb Douglas Prescott who faces charges including careless and reckless driving.

Shortly after 8 p.m. this evening, a deputy was patrolling on Rock Service Station Road, when he observed the driver of a white Ford Focus operating in a careless and reckless manner. When the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the driver sped away. As the subject continued to flee the area, a motorist, travelling in the opposite direction, swerved to avoid a collision with the suspect and crashed into a ditch.

Considering road conditions and public safety, the pursuit was quickly terminated, by a Wake County Sheriff’s supervisor. A short time later, witnesses reported that the vehicle that fled from deputies had crashed and that the driver fled from the scene on foot.

K-9 responded and begun a track through the woods, when Douglas returned to the scene to turn himself in. The State Highway Patrol is investigating both motor vehicular accidents.

That decision to call-off the pursuit is in line with Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker’s decision to revise the agency’s chase policy, which has resulted in a reduction in reported crashes and injuries involving deputies and innocent motorists, due to the negligence of fleeing motorists.

“In the past, supervisors were discouraged to call off pursuits, which meant that you could put deputies and citizens at greater risk than necessary,” said Sheriff Baker. “The revised policy, which was used in this incident, resulted in none of our deputies or bystanders getting hurt. This was a fortunate conclusion of what could have turned tragic.”

 

Douglas was taken into custody and transported to the Wake County Detention Center.

 

 

Press Release

Contact: Eric F. Curry 

[email protected]

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