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On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at 141 Lake George Road, Mount Olive, NC. James Gregory Thomas, Sr. had driven his truck into the side of the garage and this appeared to be intentional.  Witnesses saw Thomas set the truck on fire inside the garage and the fire became fully engulfed.  The house was occupied by three people at the time who were able to escape without injury.  Deputies arrived a short time later and took Thomas into custody without incident.  Thomas will be charged by Duplin County Sheriff’s Office with three counts of attempted murder and one count of first degree arson.  The investigation is ongoing at this time.





 What is the Citizen Academy About?

 The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy is an extension of the agency’s Professional Development Section. The goal of the Academy is to provide insight about the job functions and duties of the Sheriff’s Office.

Twenty Duplin County residents will be screened and selected to attend each academy session. Applications are considered in the order received, and all applications are subject to a criminal background check.

Students will be provided all materials required for attendance including an Academy polo shirt at no charge.

What Topics Are Discussed?

 Requirements to become a deputy sheriff

  • Special response team demonstration
  • K-9 demonstration
  • Evidence Collection/Storage
  • Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
  • Detention Facility Tour
  • Response to Critical Incidents
  • Laws of Arrests, Search and Seizure
  • Functions of each division within the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office

Who Can Participate?

 The Citizen Academy is open to Duplin County residents at least 21 years of age. All applications will be subject to a criminal background check meeting partial criteria equal to North Carolina’s requirements for obtaining a concealed handgun permit.


FREE!  The only cost to participate is time.  Acceptance to the Academy comes with an expectation to attend all sessions.

Where and When?

The Citizen Academy meets on Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Training Center on Landfill Road. The first meeting will be held on May 3, 2018.  The last session will be held on June 7, 2018.

 How to Apply?

Complete the attached request and you will receive an application by your choice of US mail or e-mail. Processing of applications takes approximately two weeks.  Registration deadline is April 12, 2018.














SEND THIS REQUEST TO:         Citizen Academy

                                                       Duplin County Sheriff’s Office

                                                       PO Box 908

                                                       Kenansville, NC 28349


On February 6, 2018, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on South NC 903 Highway near Halls Pond Road and pulled into the driveway of 3416 South NC 903 Highway. During the stop, a clear plastic bag containing approximately 9.6 grams of methamphetamine was located in the driveway, behind the suspect vehicle.  Both the driver, William Franklin Usher Jr, and the passenger, Kevin Ray White, were arrested and charged with PWIMSD schedule II and other narcotics offenses. William Franklin Usher, Jr. was additionally charged with numerous narcotic offenses including trafficking in methamphetamine.  These charges were a result of a pending undercover investigation involving purchases of methamphetamine from William Franklin Usher Jr. Both were placed in the Duplin County Jail.  Usher was placed under a $905,500 secure bond and White was placed under a $24,500 secure bond.



On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Duplin stopped a vehicle for traffic violations. The vehicle was being driven by Nyonto Collins.  Nyonto Collins identified himself as his brother Christopher Collins.  During the traffic stop deputies observed additional criminal indicators and a K-9 alerted on the vehicle.  Deputies discovered a large sum of US currency in the vehicle as well as components of a scam known as “Black Money Scam”.

Nyonto Collins was charged with Identity Theft and Fictitious Information to an Officer.  Nyonto Collins was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $8,500.00 secured bond.  The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office seized $20,000 in cash and 80% of that money will be returned to the Duplin County Sheriff’s office.

Nyonto Collins had a Pennsylvania driver’s license in his possession and was wanted by the state of Minnesota for non-extraditable charges.


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