Traffic stop leads to
weapon, drug charges
LAWRENCEVILLE – Earl Lamont Elder, 47, from Warfield is charged with felonious assault, use or display of a firearm in commission of a felony and possess, transport firearms by a convicted felon on Aug. 13.
Captain B. T. Evans with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Peter and Deputy A. W. Connell responded to a gunshot incident at 19168 Boydton Plank Road. Dispatch advised that a subject had shot a female. They made contact with the victim walking in the road identified as Sharon Elder. She had a gunshot wound on the top of her right shoulder. The wound appeared to be from a small caliber weapon. She said she was walking back from the truck stop and someone drove by and shot her. The victim appeared to be highly intoxicated. Several witnesses at the scene said that she was arguing with her husband, Earl Elder, and he shot her. Connell was advised that Earl Elder walked back to the residence and was possibly inside. At that time, other units and Connell surrounded the house. More units arrived and the house was searched but Elder was not inside. Connell remained in the area while investigators began interviewing witnesses and processing the scene.
On Aug. 19 Connell obtained three felony warrants on Earl Lamont Elder for shooting Sharon Elder.
On Aug. 20 the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office served the search warrant on Elder’s residence at 19112 Boydton Plank Road, Warfield. He was arrested on the three warrants and Sharon Elder was arrested on some outstanding indictments from Petersburg Circuit Court.
Investigator J. W. Myrick assisted with the investigation.
Justin Lee Holmes, 20, from Lawrenceville is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, 1st offense and driving on a suspended/revoked license, first offense on Aug. 20. Travis Donta Green, 19, from Lawrenceville, a passenger, is charged with the sale, distribution of marijuana less than 1/2 ounce
Evans said Deputy T. Harding was monitoring westbound traffic on Highway 58 at the Freeman Post Office and saw a white SUV traveling in the left lane with defective equipment. He initiated a traffic stop and found Holmes to be the operator of the vehicle. Harding noticed an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from the inside the vehicle. They stated they had just smoked and there was nothing else in the vehicle. Harding said he was going to search the vehicle and Holmes said there was a weapon in the vehicle. He stated that his friend Jaquan Edmonds had left it in the vehicle and it was behind his seat. Harding removed both people from the vehicle and waited on secondary units to arrive. Harding found a loaded handgun directly behind the driver’s seat. which was easily accessible. It appeared that the weapon had been placed behind the seat possibly soon after the stop. Harding also located a set of brass knuckles in the center console, which was also easily accessible to the driver. The driver eventually claimed both.
The passenger had approximately 27.81 grams of marijuana in his right front pocket and a scale directly next to him. The rolling plate was right in front of him, which made Harding believe he had been distributing marijuana to at least the driver. Holmes had no illegal narcotics upon his person.
Both parties were explained their summonses and given an advisement date of Aug. 26. Both parties were released on summonses and were picked up by a friend.
In other matters, Devainte Jamare Green, 33, from Petersburg is charged with public intoxication on Aug. 22.
Evans said Deputy A. S. Grassel responded to the area of Highway 46 and Ankum Road for a report of a suspicious person. The caller stated that a male subject was passed out next to a car in the middle of the road. Grassel found Green standing next to a car matching the description the caller gave in a driveway. Green was very unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech. Green had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person. He was very belligerent and would not answer questions. He was taken into custody for drunk in public.