Continuing what he describes as a focus on being accessible, the Onslow County sheriff will host his next town hall meeting this week.
A lot has happened in Onslow County since the last meeting on July 14 and Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said he plans to address the major points at Thursday’s meeting.
Specifically, Miller said he’ll talk about the double homicide and arson on Haw Branch Road on Aug. 27 and noted that the sheriff’s office has investigated several homicides and large cases recently.
Martin Meza was stabbed to death in front of his home on July 25; Jarred Eddington was charged with second degree murder on Aug. 5 for the overdose death of Jason Sapp; Joshua Grappo was charged with second degree murder on Sept. 6 in the overdose death of Joseph Allen; and Tina Meyer was fatally shot in her home on Sept. 19.
Miller said he wants to assure the community that when a crime is brought to the sheriff’s office’s attention, it’s properly investigated.
“I want to be accessible to the people and let them know some of the things we have been doing,” Miller said.
That includes how investigations are done and why law enforcement sometimes withholds information while a case is ongoing, he said.
In addition, a focus will be on the important of a good relationship between the sheriff’s office and the community, Miller said. The assistance of citizens is necessary for law enforcement to do their jobs, he said.
“We do that through Neighborhood Watches,” Miller said. “We have very actively pursued Neighborhood Watches because Neighborhood Watches allows citizens to not only look out for themselves but also watch for their neighbors.”
The sheriff also plans to touch on the organizations and citizen groups the sheriff’s office has a good relationship with, including HOPE in Sneads Ferry, a group that works to help people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
Miller said he plans to keep the briefing at the beginning short and open the floor to questions so attendees have time to address their concerns.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Meadow View Elementary School, located at 1026 Fire Tower Road in Jacksonville.