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B&E case nets eighth arrest

EURE – A Gates County man joined seven others who have been arrested in connection with an October 3 break-in near the Brantley’s Grove community.

Sunday afternoon, officers with the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence on Powell Lane and arrested Cordy Alexander Powell, 50, on charges relating to that breaking. He was placed in the Hertford County Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond, facing charges that included 10 counts of possession of stolen goods, one count of safe cracking and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Powell joins seven others already arrested after a residence was broken into on the Vann Road in Brantley’s Grove. According to Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan, items stolen from the residence included 10 weapons, one of which was a Browning 12-guage shotgun and another was a Winchester shotgun. Also taken were a safe and $1,000 in cash.

As the HCSO continued the investigation, more arrests were made, including Christopher Shane Parker, 19, of the Ahoskie-Cofield Road. He was charged with one count of breaking and entering, one count of felonious larceny, one count of possession of stolen property, 10 counts of larceny of a firearm and two counts of safe cracking.

The first firearm recovered was a Browning 7mm rifle.

Parker was placed in the Hertford County Detention Center (HCDC) under a $90,000 secured bond.

As a result of information received, Vaughan said his officers were able to obtain a search warrant, which resulted in the arrest of two additional people in the incident.

Charged were Thomas Jermaine Valentine, 27, and Nikkita Chennelle Edwards, 22, both of Bonner Bridge Road in Ahoskie. Valentine was placed in the HCDC under a $35,000 secured bond on charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of stolen property, possession of counterfeit instruments, maintaining a dwelling to store a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Edwards was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was placed in the HCDC with a secured bond of $12,500.

Two more individuals were arrested last Wednesday, according to Sheriff Vaughan. They also face charges in the breaking and entering case. They were Keven Kountrae Edwards, 22, of Johnny Mitchell Road in Ahoskie and Travis Lamont Cofield, 21, of Snipe Street in Ahoskie.

Each of the Ahoskie men were charged with 10 counts of larceny of a firearm, two counts of safe cracking, one count of breaking and entering, one count of felonious larceny and one count of possession of stolen property. Each was placed in the HCDC under a $90,000 secured bond.

On Thursday, another person wanted in connection with the case, 28-year-old Carlos M. Slade of East Baker Street in Ahoskie, was arrested by the Ahoskie Police Department.

Subsequent to that arrest, the APD officers searched Slade, finding a large plastic bag stuffed inside his pants. That bag contained a green, leafy substance thought to be marijuana.

The Ahoskie Police charged Slade with felonious possession with the intent to sale and deliver marijuana (122.5 grams) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Those charges resulted in a $25,000 secured bond to go along with a $100,000 secured bond on charges by the HCSO – 10 counts of possession of stolen goods and one count of safe cracking.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Vaughan said his officers were still seeking one individual in connection with the B&E/larceny case as warrants have been drawn for the arrest of Brian Kenton Valentine, 23, of Vann Road in Ahoskie. He is being sought on 10 counts of larceny of a firearm, two counts of safe cracking, one count of breaking and entering, one count of felonious larceny and one count of possession of stolen property.

“We want anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Brian Kenton Valentine to share that information with us,” he said. “We are working to get the rest of these weapons off the street and back to their rightful owners.”

Those with information on the case can contact the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office at 358-7800.

(Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald Editor Cal Bryant contributed to this story.)