Stolen Weed Eater Lands 3 People In Jail On Felony Charges

PINE LEVEL – An investigation into a stolen weed eater resulted in the arrests of three on a variety of charges.

Around 7:00am Friday a resident on Oliver Street in Pine Level called 911 reporting a breaking and entering in progress.  Pine Level Police and Johnston County deputies responded and determined someone had entered a storage building behind a residence and had stolen a $300 Stihl weed eater.

The suspect vehicle was spotted a short time later parked under a carport at a home in the 1300 block of Highway 70-A.  Police and deputies found the stolen weed eater behind that house.

During a search of the residence, a firearm, cocaine, methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia were reportedly found.

James Scott Corbett, 41, of Highway 70-A, Selma was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of stolen goods and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $76,000.

Melvin Brandon Brantley, 31, of Sparrow Court, Pikeville was arrested for possession of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of stolen property. His bail was set at $16,000.

Jesse James Hall, 65, of Highway 70-A, Selma, was charged with felony possession of cocaine. Hall was given a $15,000 bond.

The stolen weed eater was recovered and returned to its owner.

CORRECTION: The story originally identified Danny Brooks Tucker as a suspect in this case. Tucker was charged in an unrelated case.