Another Student Charged In Ayden-Grifton Vandalism Case

There is another arrest in the case of vandalism at Ayden-Grifton High School.

Pitt County deputies say a 17-year-old student at the school has been charged with intimidation of a state witness, a felony. Morgan Sauls was released to her mother on a $5,000 bond.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Christy Wallace says after the initial arrests in the case, Sauls is accused of calling a state witness and made threats. Wallace says they took the threats very seriously and the teen was arrested Friday.

Vandalism to the high school tool place just days before the first day of school last month. Damage was estimated at $30,000.

John Norris, Adam Craft, Justin Brannon, Michael Grate, Eric Tripp and Christopher Williams are facing several charges, including breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, felony conspiracy, injury to real property, injury to personal property and second degree trespassing.

Wallace says Norris is a current student at Ayden-Grifton High School, while Craft, Brannon, Tripp and Williams are past students. Wallace says Grate has no apparent connection to the school.

Vandals broke in and spray painted the football field and softball complex, including the dugout and press box. Equipment was stolen and tires were slashed on most of their maintenance equipment.


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The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says six people have been arrested for the vandalism at Ayden-Grifton High School last month.

Spokeswoman Christy Wallace tells WITN that the arrests were made Wednesday night.

John Norris, Adam Craft, Justin Brannon, Michael Grate, Eric Tripp and Christopher Williams are facing several charges, including breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, felony conspiracy, injury to real property, injury to personal property and second degree trespassing.

Wallace says Norris is a current student at Ayden-Grifton High School, while Craft, Brannon, Tripp and Williams are past students. Wallace says Grate has no apparent connection to the school.

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The bond for each suspect was set at $10,000. Craft and Grate remained in jail this morning.

Officials estimated the vandals did $30,000 in August.

Vandals broke in and spray painted the football field and softball complex, including the dugout and press box. Equipment was stolen and tires were slashed on most of their maintenance equipment.


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