The co-defendant charged with the murder of Thomas Forte pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in Granville County Superior Court.
Shauna M. Parker, 30, of 1642 Gate 2 Road, Creedmoor, was sentenced to about 22 to 28 years by Judge Allen Baddour for the second-degree murder charge.
Melissa Elliott, of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, raised the microphone into the crowd and asked everyone to repeat after her: “No more silence!”
A group of about 50 local parents and students joined Elliott for a rally against bullying Saturday in the Henderson Middle School auditorium.
In addition to guest speakers, there were performances by the Northern Vance High band and praise dancers from Monte De Sion Church.
Clarence Hicks, L.B. Yancey principal, brought some of his students to the event.
“I want to share with the students and parents in here that bullying starts at a very young age,” he said. “We have pre-K to fourth grade at our school, and at least once a week I may get a call from a parent who says that their child is being bullied. People wouldn’t think that elementary kids bully, but they do, and we need to deal with it at this very young age and stamp it out.
"I’m saying to the young people here: If you experience any type of bullying — whether it happens in the school or in your community — share with teachers and parents.”
Overall reported crime is decreasing in Henderson, but the crime rate remains higher than other local municipalities.
There were 1,660 total reported offenses last year, compared to 1,858 in 2012 and 2,012 in 2011, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.
At a meeting Monday night, the Henderson City Council will discuss ways to minimize the impact of Interstate 85 construction that is slated to begin within the next year.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is in the process of completing plans for major improvements to the north and southbound lanes of Interstate 85 — which will start from just west of Andrews Avenue.
Arrests and incidents in Granville and Warren counties.
While waving the flags of Spanish-speaking countries, Henderson Middle School Latinos formed a circle together on the auditorium stage.
One by one, teacher Deris Mora called the names of individual nations. As she did, the student holding that flag would come forward.
“España. México. Chile. Guatemala. Paraguay. Colombia,” she said.
Pasem Hauter saw a huge influx of customers to his family’s gas station on Oxford Road this week.
He said gas sales tripled when prices at the convenience store dropped below $3 per gallon.
“I had people come in here who normally put $5 or $10 dollars, and, this week, they filled up their whole tanks,” he said.
Oxford’s Bailey Farms is voluntarily recalling some 6,215 pounds of fresh Serrano chili peppers because of the potential for salmonella contamination.
The Granville County sheriff said the fire that killed two in Creedmoor on Wednesday was accidental.
Arrests and incidents in Henderson and Vance County.