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Kerr-Vance Academy volleyball player Katelyn Balentine knocks the ball over the net during her team’s 3-0 victory over St. Thomas More Academy on Tuesday night.

Robbery attempt, shooting, leaves man dead and two people injured
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HENDERSON — A Tuesday night robbery attempt at a house on David Street just outside Henderson left a man dead and a woman and a child injured, Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame said.

Authorities have already arrested and charged 24-year-old Dequante Jabree Terry with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Willard Ray Dement Jr., 38.

Terry is being held in the Vance County Jail without bond on the murder charge, and on a $750,000 secured bond on the other charges he faces: two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and attempted armed robbery.

Dispatchers sent deputies and Henderson police to 956 David St. at 7:42 p.m. about a shooting. Dement was dead by the time they got there.

Brame said the incident “took place on the front porch and [at] the front door of the house,” and that deputies found him lying in the doorway.

The other two victims were taken to Maria Parham Health. The child was treated and released. The woman, 42, was later airlifted to Duke University Hospital in Durham.

The case remains under investigation, with sheriff’s deputies and State Bureau of Investigation detectives working on it. Brame said a question they were looking at as of Wednesday was whether there was an additional suspect.

Deputies and police officers patrolled the area after the shooting and soon found “a person of interest,” namely Terry. They brought him to the sheriff’s office while SBI and sheriff’s detectives questioned people in the neighborhood.

Brame said authorities “have no evidence” to indicate the victims returned fire at their assailant. Both Terry and Dement have criminal records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety that include convictions for illegal firearms possession.

Terry was on parole following a stint in state prison this year at the Polk Correctional Institution in Butner.

He was in Polk from March 23 to June 9 after a conviction in Vance County on charges of possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of Schedule VI drugs with intent to sell. Schedule VI drug charges typically involve marijuana.

His parole was to run until March 6, 2021.

Terry was also imprisoned from September 2015 to March 2017 over convictions on charges of larceny and common-law robbery.

Brame said investigators are still seeking information from the public about Tuesday’s shooting, with the Vance County Sheriff’s Office taking calls at 252-738-2200.

Contact Ray Gronberg at rgronberg@hendersondispatch.com or by phone at 252-436-2850.

Man wanted in Oct. 7 slaying in custody in Wake County
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HENDERSON — The suspect in an Oct. 7 homicide is now in custody in Wake County and has an arrest warrant pending against him in connection with the shooting that left an 18-year-old dead, Henderson police say.

Authorities intend to serve the warrant on Wallace Wayne Yarbrough, 44, of Person County, who is being held on charges pending against him “out of the Wake County area,” officials said in a news release distributed by Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow.

Yarbrough is accused in connection with the death of 18-year-old Alveante “Al” Markeith Holden, who was found dead the night of Oct. 7 in a car parked outside an East Andrews Avenue laundry.

Holden had suffered a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Police have said they believe the death resulted from “a narcotics transaction gone awry.”

They also said they considered a man who was accompanied by another man and a woman as the sole suspect in the case.

After questioning witnesses and gathering evidence, including surveillance-camera video, they put out the word they were looking for an extended-cab pickup truck that had left the scene.

Police said they’ve notified Holden’s family and are “still actively investigating” the case.

N.C. Department of Public Safety records indicate that Yarbrough — who also goes by the name Yarborough — has a lengthy criminal record that includes four stints in prison, the most recent lasting from July 2018 to February 2019.

His record goes back to 1994 and includes convictions for, among other things, larceny, chop-shop activity, unauthorized use of a motorized conveyance, common-law robbery, felony breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretenses, uttering forged papers, simple assault and affray, possession of Schedule II and Schedule III drugs with intent to sell, and financial transaction card fraud.

Contact Ray Gronberg at rgronberg@hendersondispatch.com or by phone at 252-436-2850.

Trunk-or-treat event to be held downtown
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HENDERSON — People can still experience Halloween fun this year during the Downtown Drive Thru Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 29 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.

“The whole idea is, we don’t want people to feel like this COVID has me completely trapped where I can’t do anything and we’re trying to just have something where the children can enjoy, to come out at least [for] a little while in safety because everything is safety first,” Henderson-Vance Downtown Development Commission Promotions Committee Chairwoman Alice Sallins said.

The event is sponsored by the Henderson-Vance Downtown Development Commission and the Henderson Police Department.

“... we’ve ordered these, the little grabbers, where you can pick something up and hand it at a distance,” she said. “Everything’s going to be done safely and the reason we’re having a drive thru [is] we’re going to start where the Fire Department is on Young Street, make a left on Court, keep across Montgomery and the back of the police station there are parking spaces. Every other space there will be a vehicle and on the opposite side we’ll start opposite of where we started on the other side and socially distance every other space there via [car].”

Then the cars progress through the Sally Port at the Police Station — it’s going to be decorated like a haunted house — and folks will drive through to Breckenridge Street. On Breckenridge, when they make that right turn, there’ll be some more spaces, she said. “So we have about 30 spaces available now,” she said.

The parking lot across from McGregor Hall — the open field where buses usually park when there are field trips — will be available for additional parking.

Directions are as follows:

From the fire station on Young Street, make a left turn on Court Street, continue across Montgomery Street (treats in the police parking lot), go through Sally Port (more treats), make a right on Breckenridge (more treats) exit on Breckenridge. Organizers ask that participants wear face masks.

The idea behind the event is to get the downtown businesses involved. In year’s past, the Halloween event has been held on Garnett Street and businesses would set up right outside their doors. This year, because of COVID-19, the event needed to change for safety reasons, so organizers opted for the trick-or-trunk option. “[Participating organizations] have the option of ordering pre-packaged candy or having trick-or-treat candy, [if] they package it themselves, we’re advising them to package it 10 days ahead of time preferably with gloves on because we want to keep everything safe and no transference of any type of virus,” she said.

She noted this was the “safest way” they could come up with “a plan that would work.”

Downtown businesses’ staff is handing people candy through their car windows. It’s not just the businesses downtown, however. “Other people, because I’ve had calls from like some churches already,” Sallins said.

They’ll take other people and the reason she said that is because “by them being shut down for downtown trick or treat[ing], there may be some other people who want to participate, other churches, other organizations, it does not matter,” she said. “We just, like I said, we have about 30 spaces now available and we’ll make available another 10 spaces in that parking lot for 40 because we figure we’re going to have a larger group this year simply because they won’t be able to trick or treat afterwards.”

People can call Sallins (252-767-4579) and she’ll assign them a parking space to give out treats.

“So, you can encourage people who want to, other churches or civic organizations or it may be some individuals, but they need to wear face coverings … I’m going to have gloves available and I’m going to have additional masks available, so everything is meant to be done at a social distance,” she said.

In addition to the trunk-or-treat, the Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department is going to sponsor a haunted drive-thru at Kings Daughters Park. The downtown trunk-or-teat ends at 6:30 p.m. The Recreation and Parks event begins at 7 p.m.


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Early voting gets underway
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HENDERSON — Early in-person voting for the Nov. 3 general election started today, Thursday, Oct. 15, and will end on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 3 p.m.

Also known as one-stop voting, early voting will continue through the weekend prior to election day.

People who are not registered to vote may register and then vote during the early voting period.

Boards of elections in the Tri-County area have announced sites where voters can cast their ballots.

The Vance County Board of Elections has designated two early voting sites:

• Aycock Recreation Complex, 305 Carey Chapel Road.

• Henderson Operations Center, 900 South Beckford Drive.

There will be no early voting at the Board of Elections Office in the Henry A. Dennis Building. The facility doesn’t have enough space to meet COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Granville County has three sites for early voting:

• Oxford Public Works building meeting room, 127 Penn Avenue, Oxford.

• South Branch Library multipurpose room,1550 South Campus Drive, Creedmoor.

• Tar River Elementary School gymnasium, 2642 Philo White Road, Franklinton.

In Warren County, early voting will take place at three sites:

• Board of Elections, John Graham annex building, 309 N. Main St., Warrenton.

• Vaughan Elementary School cafeteria, 2936 U.S. 158 East, Macon.

• Norlina Fire Department annex building, 102 Center St., Norlina.

The voting sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday of this week and for the same hours each weekday during the early voting period.

In addition, on Saturday, Oct. 17, the voting sites in Vance and Granville counties will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. In Warren County, they will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25, the Vance County voting sites will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Granville County voting sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. In Warren County, the voting sites will be open on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, voting sites in all three counties will operate from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Although in-person early voting has begun, voters can still vote using an absentee ballot. To request an absentee ballot, contact your county board of elections or go to the State Board of Elections website at www.ncsbe.gov.

Great ShakeOut earthquake drill aims to make residents safer
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HENDERSON — North Carolina is not often shaken by an earthquake.

But it does happen.

As recently as this Aug. 9, a 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit in western North Carolina near the Virginia state line. It was strong enough for the shock to be felt as far away as Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia.

The N.C. Geological Survey reported that, although there were no significant injuries, the quake damaged structures and roads in the local area.

That’s reason enough to be prepared.

Communities across North Carolina — including Vance, Granville and Warren counties — are participating in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, an international movement that takes place each year on the third Thursday of October. The event is designed to encourage planning and preparation to reduce the possibility of damage and injuries from an earthquake.

The drill centers around “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” That brief slogan describes the basic safety measures to protect personnel from injury:

• DROP onto your hands and knees to protect yourself from being knocked down. It also allows you to stay low and find shelter.

• Cover your head and neck with one arm and hand. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter.

• Hold on until the shaking stops.

Vance County Emergency Management Director Brian Short sent a memo to county offices inviting them to participate by registering with the Great ShakeOut and then practicing Drop, Cover and Hold On on Thursday.

North Carolina “is subject to earthquakes and they do in fact occur more frequently than most people realize,” he wrote. “It is important for us all to know what to do in the event one should occur that impacts our area.”

In an email message, Granville County Emergency Management Coordinator Robin Edwards said the EMS office “will stop what we are doing, where we are, and Drop, Cover, Hold On this Thursday [at] 10:15 a.m., participating in the Great Southeast ShakeOut. We have encouraged all county departments and school systems within Granville County to do the same or to choose another date to participate.”

Warren County Emergency Management Director Dennis Paschall said he and his staff “shared the information with our Safety Committee and with each department.” They were encouraged to participate in whatever way was most appropriate for their particular situation.

Drop, Cover and Hold On is the simplest level of participation in the Great ShakeOut Drill. Level 2 participation focuses on immediate life safety and emergency response procedures during an earthquake. Level 3 emphasizes life safety and emergency response procedures during and after an earthquake.

The Great ShakeOut website explains: “ ‘Drop, Cover, Hold On’ is the recommended action to take during an earthquake because it allows you to get down before you’re thrown to the ground, provides protection from falling or flying items, and increases your chances of surviving a building collapse.”

The ShakeOut began in Southern California in 2008. It has grown so that an estimated 1.3 million people participate.

ShakeOut activities for North Carolina are supported by N.C. Emergency Management.