Christian Lamar Baker

LAWRENCEVILLE – Christian Lamar Baker, 27, from Emporia, Virginia is charged with possession of a Schedule I, II Controlled Substance, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Captain Brad Evans with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said on Feb. 6, 2021 Deputy A. W. Connell stopped a vehicle traveling on Reedy Creek Road for failure to yield for a stationary emergency vehicle. The subject said he didn’t see Connell on the side of the road with emergency equipment activated. Connell asked if there was any marijuana in the car and Baker said he was smoking a blunt and got nervous and threw it on the passenger’s side. He said he was not licensed and provided a Virginia identification card. Connell asked Baker to exit the vehicle and while searching the vehicle he found a backpack in the floorboard on the passenger’s side. When he opened the bag Connell saw a handgun inside. He also found a pill bottle in the center console containing a plastic bag with several orange colored pills.

During the investigation Baker said the gun was not his but admitted to be a drug user and further stated that the pills were ecstasy. Connell also found a bag of marijuana in his front right pocket. There were several open containers in the vehicle. Baker blew a 0.2% BAC for the preliminary breath test. Jolly’s was called to tow the vehicle. He was held at the Meherrin River Regional Jail with no bond.

In other matters, Rhaheem Javar Murphy, 23, from High Point, N.C. is charged with false identity to law enforcement officer on Feb. 3, 2021. Davonte Layquian Washington, 22, from Greensboro, N.C. is charged with possession of marijuana, false identity to law enforcement officer and fugitive from justice on Feb. 5, 2021.

Evans said Deputy A. W. Connell stopped a vehicle on Highway 58 at the intersection of County Pond Road. The investigation revealed false information was given, the basis for the charges against both people.

William Leaonard Adair, 63, from Brodnax, Virginia is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on Feb. 4, 2021.

Evans said Investigator J. R. Daniel was conducting an investigation that a weapon the sheriff’s office was looking for was located at another residence. The subject with the gun was a convicted felon. A search warrant was obtained through a magistrate. The Investigative Division and Patrol Division responded to a residence on Meredithville Drive, Brodnax, and executed the search warrant. A firearm and ammunition were located. Adair was arrested and charged.

Lewis Edward Brown, 62, from Ebony, Virginia is charged with driving on a suspended/revoked license, second offense, on Feb. 6, 2021 and eluding police, a misdemeanor, on the same date.

Evans said Deputy A. D. Peter recognized Brown driving a gold Pontiac Bonneville south on Robinson Ferry Road near the intersection of Birdsong Road. Peter was aware of a previous driving under the influence charge and driving under suspension/revocation charge in the past year. Peter checked the vehicle traveling 61 mph in a posted 55 mph zone and initiated a traffic stop. The investigation led to Brown being charged.

William Lee Holmes, 70, from Alberta, Virginia is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Feb. 6, 2021.

Deputy A. W. Connell saw a vehicle turn onto Samford Street and stop in the lane of travel. He initiated a traffic stop. Connell asked the driver to turn the radio down. He could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person, his eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred. A preliminary breath test was administered and he blew 0.21% BAC. He was taken to the Meherrin River Regional Jail and held on a $2,500 secure bond.

Russell Scott Coleman, 57, from Rawlings, Virginia, is charged with public intoxication, giving false report to police officer, and obstructing justice without threat/force on Feb. 7, 2021.

Deputy A. W. Connell responded to a call at approximately 5.32 p.m. Dispatch advised that his speech was slurred and he said he did not need anyone to assist him. Dispatch said Coleman was talking about an insurance card and asked them to drink a beer and relax with him. Coleman continued to call 911 22 times. Sergeant Smith responded to his residence on Rawlings Road and when he pulled into the driveway Coleman began yelling at Sergeant Smith. His speech was slurred and he continued to yell at Sergeant Smith. Coleman grabbed a light attached to the side of the camper and tried to throw it at Sergeant Smith but the light was attached to a chain. He pointed at Sergeant Smith and said, “I’m going to kill you.” Sergeant Smith grabbed Coleman’s left arm and he pulled away. He was grabbing the door frame trying to pull himself in the camper. Sergeant Smith restrained him in handcuffs and searched his person. He was transported to the Meherrin River Regional Jail and charged. Coleman was too intoxicated for the magistrate to hold a bond hearing.