ECU Student Arrested After Break-In At Chancellor's Residence

An East Carolina University student is charged with breaking into the chancellor's residence on East Fifth Street.

Jaleesa Vales was jailed on a first degree burglary charge. ECU says Chancellor Steve Ballard and his wife Nancy were both at home when the break-in happened around 3:15 a.m. Neither was injured.

ECU police responded to a burglar alarm at the home and say they saw the student inside. They say Vales then went into the backyard where she was arrested.

“I appreciate the quick action by ECU police officers." said Ballard. "They responded immediately, and I have complete confidence in the way they handled this case.”

The 20-year old Vales has been at ECU since fall of 2008 and her intended major is hospitality management. Her bond was set at $20,000.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    To Deadfish: Who are you to rant and rave over sentence structure when you don't even know how to insert a comma after a dependent clause?
  • by HcoGuy Location: Harnett County on Aug 29, 2010 at 03:21 PM
    She is a good girl. lets not jump to conclusions untill we hear all the details. Best to her and her family during this horrible time.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Aug 28, 2010 at 02:48 AM
    TO: I know her: Are you an ECU student? Regardless your sentence construction and grammar need tons of work-politely stated. Hispanic is correct hispanic is NOT. Most Hispanics resent the term and prefer to be called or referred to as Latinos. Some Latinos are Caucasian and some are black just like there are Caucasians in South Africa. Please educate yourself because you don't know what you're talking about. As a result your ignorance can easily represent racism. If found guilty of the charges she has to face the consequences. ¡Hello to The Pirate Lady!
  • by CritterLover on Aug 26, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    You are so dumb, you are really dumb, fo real...so hide your keys, hide your guns, hide your keys, hide your guns, cuz they be breakin into everybody's crib...
  • by M Location: ENC on Aug 26, 2010 at 03:39 AM
    I'm not sure why people think that state money funds stadium construction (which is irrelevant to this story). It is against state policy to use state money for entertainment.
  • by to I know her on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:58 PM
    She looks like a white girl to me. A nasty white girl.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    Gosh, that last comment at 8:15 pm was so pointless. Get a life!
  • by To Roger and "To Roger" Location: Greenville on Aug 24, 2010 at 05:15 PM
    Roger - they say even if you look dumb you can keep 'em guessing or open your mouth and remove all suspicion. You did a fine job of the latter. And "to Roger" no one is keeping you in Greenville. ECU and the other proud alumni won't miss you at the football games.
  • by I know her Location: ECU on Aug 24, 2010 at 04:28 PM
    Jalessa is not white she is of hispanic origin. Why it matters at all im not sure just saw people arguing over her ethnicity thought Id clear it up, she is hispanic not one of those white girls that dosent wash their hair. Trust me I have played beer pong with her parents. She also dosent have any drug problems or anything like that. This is also a really really bad pic of her shes normally semi cute. I have no clue to why she did this, in all honesty I would not doubt her "friends" in her sorority had influenced her to do this. The bottom line though is this... drunk people do stupid stuff.
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Aug 24, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    Debra obviously has some sort of chip on her shoulder. She seems to like making broad generalizations about college student behavior. You drove around somewhere and weren't even sure what it was called? It's good you're successful but why are you hating on college students?
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