Pitt County Student, Foster Father Facing Weapon Charges

A student at North Pitt High School and his foster father are in trouble with the law after deputies say the teen brought multiple weapons to school.

David Vanheeren is charged with two counts of felony possession of a firearm on educational property, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, and felony possession with intent to sell/distribute a counterfeit controlled substance.

Deputies say the 17-year-old brought four knives and a gun to school on Wednesday. Authorities say a Crime Stoppers tip led to his arrest.

Pitt County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Christy Wallace says the student also had a tube of an unknown white substance that is being analyzed.

Vanheeren's foster father, Chadwick Brown of Bethel, was charged with failure to store a firearm from a minor.

The student is jailed on a $35,000 bond.


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A Pitt County school student is under arrest after the sheriff's office says he brought weapons to campus.

The sheriff's office arrested the 17-year-old North Pitt student Wednesday afternoon after they say he brought four knives and a gun to school.

Pitt County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Christy Wallace says the student also had a tube of an unknown white substance that is being analyzed.

Wallace says a CrimeStoppers tip led to the arrest.

The sheriff's office has not detailed the exact charges.


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